Don was born in Ottawa but spent his early years in Stanstead, Quebec, before his family returned to Ottawa.

Education / Employment History

Attended Corpus Christ School and St Patrick’s College in Ottawa

1950-1954 – McGill University – Graduated B Eng (Electrical – Communications). Had been in Canadian Officers Training Corps and now commissioned as Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (Reserve)

1954-1976 – RCA Victor Co Ltd (Montreal) – Engineering Dept – design and installation of TV, AM, & FM transmitters and studio equipment across Canada.

1976-1994 – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Montreal) – Headquarters Engineering – Chief Broadcast Engineer


Amateur Radio History

1945 – First licensed as VE3BDY in Ottawa. Later licensed as VE2SH while living in Montreal.

Member of OARTA and Technical Advisor (1948). One of the earliest users of the OARC VE2CRA 2M FM Repeater for trips back and forth from Montreal.

Member of Montreal Amateur Radio Club and long-time teacher of the club’s amateur radio courses. Credited by fellow MARC member graduate with more than a thousand graduate licensed amateurs.

Very active in contesting and DX – both HF and VHF/UHF.

Don is one of the early Life Members of QCWA and a Life Member of Chapter 70. He gave a presentation on “VHF/UHF DXing and Contesting” at the Chapter 70 November 2000 dinner meeting. His QCWA Century Certificate was presented to him at the Chapter 70 May 2001 dinner meeting, and his QCWA “65 Years Licensed” Golden Certificate and lapel pin were presented to him at the Chapter 70 May 2010 Dinner Meeting. He was presented with the first “Chapter 70 Life Member” certificate at the Chapter 70 September 2010 dinner meeting.


Don became a Silent Key on February 12, 2014-02-13. 


He was inducted posthumously into the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame on Feb 17, 2015 at the Chapter 70 February meeting. The plaque was presented to Don's brother Jim and Sister Edna.


Biography prepared by VE3XK with assistance from VE3RM                            February, 2014    Updated 2015-02-17