In 1973, there were about thirty Ontario radio amateurs who had become members of QCWA. In the Ottawa area, one of these, Ken Scrivens - VE3LJ, felt there was a need to promote QCWA as a catalyst to bring "old-timers" together "maybe once a year for a dinner meeting and evening rag-chew session". He sent circulars to 'older' amateurs in and around Ottawa, setting out his objectives, and enclosing with each a QCWA membership application, with his signature as sponsor. Another local QCWA member, Hank Harley - VE3BR, lent his full support, and a gratifying number of Ottawa area amateurs became members of QCWA. Encouraged by this response, Ken then called a meeting for Feb 28, 1974 to petition QCWA Headquarters to approve the establishment of a chapter in the national capital area. The twenty-one Charter Members of Chapter 70 (in alphabetical order, by call sign) were: VE3BBM Ralph Cameron, VE3BR Hank Harley, VE3BYX Carl Everson, VE3DH John McCalla, VE3DMC George Schuthe, VE3DV Holland Shepherd, VE3GX Ed Morgan, VE3HO Norm Lewrey, VE3JA Brodie Gillies, VE3KF Jim Swail, VE3LC Doc Haycock, VE3LJ Ken Scrivens, VE3MA Doc Plummer, VE3OJ Charles Poole, VE3OZ Doug Pepper, VE3PY Vern McCourt, VE3QA Hal Parsons, VE3SB Bill Marsh, VE3UD Bud Punchard, VE3VP Howard Poole, and VE3ZS Art Stark.
Quarterly Dinner Meetings
Chapter 70 holds four dinner meetings per year. These meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of February, May, September, and November. The February meeting is at lunch time while the other meetings are evening dinners. Members begin to gather at 1815 hrs for a ragchew. This is followed by dinner at 18:45, a short business meeting and a guest speaker. The May meeting is currently Spouses' Night, with a program chosen to appeal to both the members and their spouses. Of course attendance by spouses is optional at this meeting, and welcome at any meeting (though the technical content of the presentations at the other meetings may not appeal to the non-technical spouses. The November meeting is the Annual General Meeting with election of officers for the following year. Meeting location is shown on the Notice of Meeting page.
Weekly Open BreakfastInformal breakfast gatherings are held every Thursday morning. As of March 8th, 2007 the Thursday breakfasts are now be held at Summerhay's Grill - 1971 Baseline Road, Ottawa. - (0830 to 1030 hrs.) Guests are welcome and any radio amateur is encouraged to attend for an informal rag-chew among the 15 - 25 attendees, mostly Chapter 70 members.
Weekly Chapter 70 2M Net
Chapter 70 holds a 2M Net every Monday evening at 1930 hrs local time. Repeater VE3MPC is used, courtesy of the repeater owners the RCMP group. The frequency is 147.150 (+600 kHz offset). The callsign used is VE3QCW. You need not be a QCWA member to check into this Net.
Several Chapter 70 members developed an 'Inventory of Amateur Radio Equipment Form'. Chapter 70 members are encouraged to use this form to itemize their radio equipment. This form is, and has been, useful in settling the estate of Silent Keys. The form may be downloaded by a link from the "Members' Pages"
QCWA has an extensive series of Honorary Awards, as well as awards issued to members such as the famous 50-Year Golden Award given to honour those who have been radio amateurs 50 years or more. In addition QCWA has a weekly SSB Net on 20M and a weekly CW Net on 40M, plus two QSO Parties (Spring and Fall) and various operating awards for working members, members in each state, etc. Chapter 70 members participate in these on-air activities.
Won't You Join Us?
We would enjoy your company. If you
qualify (licensed 25 years- not necessarily continuously) and would like to join
Chapter 70, then, in accordance with QCWA, Inc bylaws, you must first join
Last modified: March 02, 2014