DONALD W. (DON) HEASLIP – VE3NJH QCWA # 31866 (SK)
Don grew up in Oshawa, Ontario.
Education / Employment History
1953 - Don joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. After pilot training he served as a flight instructor on T33 aircraft at #2 Advanced Flying School in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Don was then transferred to 414 All Weather Fighter Squardon on CF-100 and later CF101 aircraft shortly before completing his tour. Don was then moved to 446 Surface to Air Missile (Bomarc) Squadron. After completing this tour Don was then transferred to 412 VIP Squadron at CFB Uplands (Ottawa) flying dignitaries on the Fanjet Falcon executive jet aircraft. Following this tour he was moved to National Defence Headquarters as head of the Aeronautical Information section of the Directorate of Cartography.
1981 - Don retired from the RCAF with the rank of Major.
1981- following his RCAF career Don joined the Department of Energy Mines and Resources
1991 - He retired from EMR as Director, Aeronautical Maps and Charts.
After his second retirement, Don did some consulting on small business computer systems and founded Lyndon Systems. He continued his interest in woodworking and metalworking. Don was also active in coaching children’s baseball and softball.
Amateur Radio History
Don was first licensed in 1977 as VE3JCV. He later received VE3NJH.
He was active on HF CW, SSB and PSK31.
Don was particularly fond of building - especially VHF antennas. He was a regular check-in to the weekly HF Pot Lid Slow-Speed CW Net, to the daily morning Rubber Boot 2M FM Net and a regular user of IRLP.
Don and his wife Marg VE3EQE joined QCWA in 2001. He received his QCWA 30 Year pin at the Chapter 70 May 2007 dinner meeting. Don also served as Chapter 70 Photographer, taking photos of the presentations and audiences at the November 2008 through September 2009 dinner meetings that are posted in the web site Events Photos section.
Don passed away July 20, 2010 at the age of 75 years.