JAMES D. (JIM) THIESSEN – VA3KV
Grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario
Education / Employment History
1974-2008 – Department of Communications / Industry Canada – began at Acton Monitoring Station and ended at Industry Canada Headquarters, with postings to Acton, Hamilton, Trois-Rivieres, Halifax and Ottawa. Served as Radio Inspector, Licensing Specialist, Authorization Supervisor, and finally Technical Analyst for Spectrum Auctions.
2008 – Retired
Amateur Radio History
1970 – First Amateur Certificate in St. Catharines.
1971 – Advanced Amateur Certificate in St Catharines.
Call signs held over the years – VE3BOT, VE2YE, VE3BYG, VE3AM and VE1AW.
1975-1999 – Inactive. Heard about QRP homebrew rigs and got hooked again.
1998 – Obtained two-letter call sign VA3KV and built a workshop to build QRP gear.
Now go to the Dayton "Four Days In May" QRP event each year.
2003 – Joined Prescott-Russell ARES Group. Current Emergency Coordinator for PR-ARES.
Member of RAC, ARRL, Pescott-Russell ARES, Ottawa Valley QRP (OVQRP), QRP Amateur Radio Club International (QRP-ARCI)
Member of QCWA and Chapter 70. Received my QCWA "40 Years Licensed" lapel pin at the Chapter 70 May 2010 dinner meeting.
Biography prepared by VE3XK with assistance from VA3KV 2010-11-14