Bill grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and attended schools there.


Education / Employment History


1933 - He graduated from University of Manitoba, majoring in Physics.

1933 - 1936 - Radio repair (It was the depth of the depression. Jobs were hard to find).

1937 - Radio operator for a bush airline in the NWT (jobs still hard to find).

1937 - 1942 - Studio Operator and Chief Transmitter Operator at CKY Winnipeg

1942 - 1974 - National Research Council - Radio & Electrical Engineering Division, starting as an Engineer and was then appointed Section Head. He also served a term as Chief Scientific Liaison Officer in London, England while with NRC.

1971 - Appointed Director of Radio & Electrical Engineering Division.


Amateur Radio History


1934 - First licensed as VE4UX

1935 - Temporary operation as VE5AAY in Zone 2 (North West Territories).

1937 - WWII Continued operation as VE4UX while employed at CKY.

1946 - Operated from Hull, Quebec, when first employed at NRC.

1955 - 1973 - Inactive

1973 - 1975 - Operated as VE3BKW CW on 80, 40, 20 and 15M


After WWII he used converted surplus and commercial equipment.


Bill had an interest in the design and reconstruction of radio gear until the outbreak of WWII and in DX and rag-chewing in later years.


Bill joined QCWA and served as a Director of Chapter 70 in 1979 - 1981. He was the guest speaker at the May 1978 dinner meeting on the topic of amateur radio in the early days as well as his experiences in the Arctic.

Bill passed away October 20, 1982 at age 72


Biography prepared by VE3XK      2010-10-25