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Originally licensed in 1981 as VE4ALZ. The first amateur in Manitoba and second in Canada to obtain the Digital operator's certificate without first having an amateur or advanced amateur class certificate.

From 1981 to 1984 was active with the University of Manitoba Amateur Radio Society (VE4UM). As technical coordinator, worked intensely to get the VE4UMR repeater on the air.

Started experimenting with packet in 1981 and placed the first digipeter in Winnipeg on the air in 1984. Graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1984 with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering.

Married and moved to Alberta in 1986 and continued exploring VHF packet radio as VE6BUS. Returned to Manitoba in 1988 and assumed the current call VE4EAR.

In 1992 moved to Coral Springs Florida just in time to enjoy Hurricane Andrew. Operated as VE4EAR/4 for just over a year before returning to Winnipeg.

Professionally I have been a microwave design engineer developing high power 2.5, 13, 18, and 23 GHz transmitters and amplifiers. Since 1998 I have been the Communications Engineer for the City of Winnipeg, responsible for all VHF, UHF, 800 MHz, microwave voice and data radios systems. An active member of MTUG (Motorola Trunking User Group) and APCO (Association of Public Safety Communication Officials).

Since 2000 I have been the president of the Manitoba Repeater society. I still enjoy public service communication events, ARES activities and I am now enjoying dxing and contesting opeerations. I am also the VHF/UHF frequency coordinator for VE4 and work closely with our neibors in VE3, VE5 and W0 lands to analyze and assign repeater and bveacon frequencies throughout the province.

There has been a recent influx of new amatuers into the VE4 ranks largely due to the basic licensing courses supported by the WInnipeg Aamateur Radio Club. Being one of several instructors in these courses has been an excellent opportunity to introduce new hams to the hobby as well as wet their appetite for HF operations and especially contesting and DX'ing.

As for contesting, I have been exploring SO2R especially for RTTY contests. During the winter months I have installed a ground mounted Steppir vertical that I can use for 40 to 10m on the second radio. SO2R on SSB is getting better but SO2r for CW, that is something I likely will never attempt. Copying one signal at a time is tough enough!.

I have truly appreciated the new friends I have made around the world and especially the opportunities to have met face-face with so many..

Wishing everyone good DX and see you in the pileups!

Ed

 

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