WILLIAM (BILL) BENSON VE3WB QCWA # 9810 (SK)

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Bill grew up in the East York part of Toronto.

 

Education / Employment History

 

1938-1939 Bill was a radio operator aboard ships on the Atlantic coast, St Lawrence River and Great Lakes (Both Spark and CW)

1939 - He joined Department of Transport as a radio operator, but over his 25 year career with DOT became a Technician and finally Telecom Area Manager for Ottawa International Airport.

1973 - Retired from Dept of Transport.

 

Amateur Radio History

 

1932 First licensed as VE3WB. His transmitter was a home-brewed pair of 45 tubes in a TPTG circuit. He believes that his WAC (Worked All Continents) certificate in 1936 was the second in Toronto. At that time his transmitter was a 50 W pair of 210 tubes 1938-1946 - Inactive, due to wartime shipboard radio operator service.

1946-1947 - Operated in Northern Ontario using homebrew 807 transmitter.

1950-1951 - Operated from Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

1951-1965 - Inactive due to heavy DOT travel schedule and unsuitable locations

1965-1973 He began operating again with a Heathkit DX60 Transmitter, and continued with various CW rigs chasing DX. Bill earned DXCC in 1968 and WAZ in 1969. Since then he has bought SSB gear and works 80-10 M, mostly to keep in touch with old acquaintances.

 

Bill joined QCWA in 1975 and was a member of Chapter 70 and was active in the 1977 QCWA QSO Party.

 

He passed away December 9, 1986 at age 71 years.

 

Biography prepared by VE3XK 2010-10-23