CHARLES POOLE – VE3OJ QCWA # 8683 (SK)
Mid-30’s - Charles graduated with a degree in engineering.
Pre-WWII - Canadian Westinghouse (Hamilton) - Charles was employed as an engineer working on electronics
1940 - Royal Canadian Air Force - He enlisted at the outbreak of war and soon was in England taking a radar course in preparation for posting
1941 - Posted to Egypt and Aden.
1946 - Posted to Germany
Charles’ RCAF career continued in Canada, where (as a Group Captain) he headed one section at Air Materiel Command in Ottawa.
1965 – Charles retired with the rank of Air Commodore.
Amateur Radio History
1932 - He was first licensed as VE3OJ
1946 - While posted to Germany, Charles operated as D2OJ
Charles enjoyed most amateur radio activities, except DX, but particularly liked VHF and QRP.
He told a story of how Noel Eaton - VE3CJ, Fred Hammond - VE3HC and he, all enthusiastic VHF users, gave a demonstration of the capabilities of the old 5M band to a group of high-ranking RCAF officers in the late 1930’s to convince them to start using VHF in place of HF equipment aboard aircraft.
Charles became a Silent Key March 11, 2002.
Biography prepared by VE3XK Updated March, 2015.