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Held at



Tuesday February 17, 2015

Socialize from 11:45 hrs. – Lunch at 12:30 hrs.


1)      At 12:30 PM, President Richard Ferch, VE3KI introduced the head table including Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, QCWA Inc. President and Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, RAC Regional Director of North, East Ontario. He also welcomed Chapter 70 members and guests.  


Executive members present:

                                    Richard Ferch           VE3KI              President

                                    Dave Conn                VE3KL                        Past President

                                    John Barnhardt         VE3ZOV          Vice President

                                    Barry Allison              VE3NJK          Treasurer


     Unable to attend:

                                    Norm Rashleigh        VE3LC                        Secretary

                                    Pat Brewer                VE3KJQ          Director

                                    John Hewitt               VE3PUX          Director


     Guests:     Jim Dashney, Clare Dashney, Edna Dashney,

                        Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, Ken Oelke, VE6AFO,

Vlad Milutinovic, VE3JM/ANX, Vlad Sidarau, VE3IAE/EU1M/EV1M,

Norm Lalonde, VA3NPL/VE3IH and, Harry Ratajczak VA3ZAK.





2)      Minutes of the November 18, 2014 dinner meeting: - Richard Ferch, VE3KI asked for approval of the minutes as posted on the Chapter 70.

Moved by George Roach, VE3BNO and seconded by Bryon Rawlings, VE3QN that the minutes are adopted as posted.  Carried.


3)      President’s report: Richard Ferch, VE3KI.


Rich Ferch, VE3KI reported on an article about Chapter 70 member Ernie Brown, VA3OEB in Monday Feb 16, 2015 Ottawa Citizen. Ernie was one of the radio operators in Ottawa. More info is available on the Ottawa Citizen’s web page. CBC will have info on “Camp X” at 9PM & 11PM. “X Company” series will premiere on CBC TV Channel 8 starting Wed Feb 18 at 21:00 hrs. http://www.cbc.ca/xcompany/


The next meeting of Chapter 70 will be on Tuesday May 19.



4)      Illness and SK Report: John Barnhardt, VE3ZOV reported on recent Silent Keys and sick and ailing members as follows:

Jim Dean – SK January 3, 2015 (former president, Chapter 70)

John requested a few moments’ silence and reflection in honour of Silent Keys.


George Roach, VE3BNO reminded us of the QCWA QSO party coming on March 14, 15 2015.


Ken Oelke, VE6AFO thanked Rich Ferch, VE3KI for his activities as QSO Party manager replacing George Roach, VE3BNO. He offered greetings from QCWA HQ. He connected his laptop to the big screen. How many have not seen member’s web page? No hands went up! Ken Oelke, VE6AFO said we will be giving multiple awards at the May meeting. He congratulated Dave Conn, VE3KL 65 yrs., Paul Campbell, VE3PC and Doug Leach, VE3XK 60 yrs.  Be sure to submit your Chapter 70 annual report. Nine members will be receiving awards at May meeting. Sometimes we lose touch with life members. Chapter 70 has many. We should zero in on getting members e-mail addresses. Ken Oelke, VE6AFO observed that we lost eleven members in Chapter 70. Can members see lost members or just the executive? He also mentioned that payment for renewal is easy if your membership has not lapsed. The data will self-populate on the web page but when your membership expires at the stroke of midnight you have to fill in all you data if you chose to renew your membership.

He enjoyed his first HamCation in Orlando. QCWA had a booth there, had 21 renewals and 11 - 12 new members.


Rich thanked Ken Oelke, VE6AFO and wished everyone “Bon Appétit”.



Break for Lunch.


5)      History of the Hall of Fame Award (by Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA): Was created in 1989 by CARF when one of two societies came together. 15 outstanding amateurs inducted in the 25 years. In 2014 two were added to list Earl Smith, VE6NM and Ken Pulfer, VE3PU. Two more were inducted into Hall of Fame in 2014 posthumously George Spencer, VE3HES and today Don Dashney, VE3RN. They made significant contributions to amateur radio.


1:45 PM: Summary of Don’s Life (by Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA): Born 1929 in Ottawa, early interest in amateur radio, received his first license at 16 with call sign VE3BDY in 1945.

1954 graduated from McGill Electrical Engineering

His first job was with the Montréal engineering department of RCA Victor in the design / installation of AM, FM and TV transmitters across Canada & USA. He joined the CBC in 1976 became chief broadcast engineer responsible all their transmitters across Canada. He retired at 65, built his dream contest station in Hawkesbury and operated / shared it with many people. Many excellent comments were made of him by Montréal amateurs on the web after he died. When living in Montreal his call was VE2SH. He taught theory / CW for many years to the Montréal Amateur Radio Club (MARC). Don was responsible for over 1000 Montreal area amateurs getting their licenses.


Over 30 years he helped maintain area VHF repeaters and maintained the Hawkesbury one.

He was an early user of the VE2CRA repeater while driving from Ottawa to Montreal.

He was an early life member of QCWA Inc., Chapter 70 and was presented his 65 year certificate in 2010.


Michael Crestohl, General Chairman of the New England Amateur Radio Festival

(NEAR-Fest), VE2XZ/W1RC gave a detailed report published in QRZ listing his contributions

to MARC. "It was my greatest privilege in May of 2010 to have Don brought to Deerfield where we surprised the heck out of him when we presented him with the NEAR-Fest Lifetime Pass award.  This was in recognition as well as my personal thanks for his efforts on behalf of over a THOUSAND of us who attended his Code and Theory classes at the Montreal Amateur Radio Club in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and well into the 1990s". Michael Crestohl, VE2XZ/W1RC said that both he and his XYL, Cynthia VE2KW, have their licenses because of Don and the courses he taught in Montreal.


He was an active technical mentor for many hundreds of amateurs. Don was appointed to Canadian Amateurs Hall of Fame in 2014. His kindness and willingness to help people will not be forgotten.


He became a SK at 85 on Feb 12, 2014. Jim Thiessen VA3KV’s web page shows Don as an active amateur to the end. http://redtaco99.smugmug.com/AmateurRadioVA3KV/Don-Dashney-VE3RM-SK/. He was active at the Prescott Russell Field / ARES meetings day and boy scouts in 2012. He took part in the IARU contest in 2012.

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA thanked Vlad Milutinovic, VE3JM/ANX for nominating Don Dashney, VE3RMm (SK) with this honour to the Hall of Fame and Ed Fraser, VE7EF who chairs this nominating committee. Vlad put together an excellent nomination paper. Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA also thanked QCWA #70 for hosting this event. Finally Glenn thanked the North Shore of Vancouver and the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club which made the awards possible.


The RAC Hall of Fame Award for 2014 was presented posthumously to Don Dashney VE3RM (SK) by Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA (RAC Director Ontario North East) to Don’s brother Jim Dashney and Sister Edna Dashney.


1:59 PM Jim Dashney’s (Don’s brother) gave a summary of Don’s life.

He knew Don better when he was younger and we knew him better when he was older.

Don went to Dayton many times and Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC was there with him too.

Early in life he grew up in the Eastern Townships Quebec - Rock Island.

- He poked things into AC receptacles!

- Don tried to take apart a “Magic Bake” miniature oven.

- He received an electric train but was more interested in the transformer

- When Don was 12 yrs. old they moved to Ottawa on Third Street and met Gordy down the street. They strung wire from Gordy’s house to his backyard - WW2 time frame.

- Soon two investigators from the Dept. of Transport rang the front doorbell. Neighbours noticed strange conversations were interrupting their radio programs. They soon found out who was behind this. Don had to go straight and obtained his amateur radio license.

He needed a better arial and put it in the attic. His parents didn’t know about it!

He was pretty nervous when his antenna blew over to the neighbour’s house on windy day.


He sailed through high school and excelled in math and science. He received his Engineering degree and had an excellent career with the CBC. Jim thanked his many friends through his later years as his eyesight diminished especially Norm Lalonde, Vlad Milutinovic, VE3JM/ANX and Jean Ouellette.



6)     After Dinner Speaker:

Richard Ferch, VE3KI


2:10 PM: Rich Ferch, VE3KI gave a pep talk on the QCWA QSO party coming in one month.

What is a QSO party? It started out as a way for members of radio clubs to get on the air and talk with each. Initially ARRL traffic members would have a QSO party once or twice a year to chat with each other. It morphed into a full blown contest. Vlad Milutinovic, VE3JM/ANX thinks nothing of making 10,000 contacts in ten hours.


A QCWA contact requires you to log the first year you are licensed, name the chapter # or state/province (if not a QCWA member). It’s for enjoyment of the members and generates publicity. It’s now in its 59th year. Originally there were two/year - spring/fall but now it’s one.


The dates are picked so as to avoid conflicts with other contests or state QSO parties with the exception of the Commonwealth contest which overlaps at the beginning of the QCWA party. Most QCWA members are US based so it doesn’t conflict with that contest.


The QSO party starts on Saturday March 14 and goes to Sunday March 15 (1800 UTC) - 160 thru 6 m all modes. A new feature for amateurs, that don’t have big antennas, is the ability to participate on the QSO.net http://www.qsonet.com/. George VE3BNO is our resident expert.


You can have a quick QSO or a 30 minute rag chew. Spread the word to our club members.

Any contact is valid. W2MM is bonus station worth extra 100 points. Three or four stations will be active and our George Roach, VE3BNO will be the W2MM contact for the QSO net.


Send your log to Robert Buus, W2OD even if you have made only one contact.

Details are at http://www.qcwa.org/qso-party.htm


Results will be published in the journal in due course.

Chapter 70 - let’s get a bunch of us to participate. Hope to see you on the air.


Door Prizes


7)      Door Prizes (3) given out by Dave Conn, VE3KL assisted by Ken Oelke, VE6AFO.

Winners were: Luc J G Pernot, VE3JGL (newest member), Barry Allison, VE3NJK and Claire Dashney.


The 50-50 draw ($24.00) was given out by Barry Allison, VE3NJK assisted by Richard Ferch, VE3KI. Winner was Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA.


Ken Oelke, VE6AFO hooked up his laptop to the big screen and brought up the QCWA Inc. web page Info center and Home Page (use Ctl. F to search for a member).

He said George Roach, VE3BNO’s bio was too short. Ralph Stewart “Tony” Hirsch, W8RSH became SK at QCWA Inc. Bob Roske is their dedicated web master. Ken showed us behind the scenes web pages at QCWA Inc. 99999999 designates life member. The web page also shows your awards. Question: On members only page - do we see the renewal page?

All info is populated. We see our own info. If membership lapses the database goes delinquent. You then need to enter all your data over again to renew.


John Barnhardt, VE3ZOV was the photographer.

            The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 PM.

            Prepared By: John J. Barnhardt /VE3ZOV