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I spent 20 years in the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers as a Weapons Tech. Stationed in Vancouver, BC, Montreal QC, Gaza Strip with UNEF, Camp Borden On, Cyprus with UNFICYP, & Victoria BC. 

While in the Gaza Strip with the UNEF a rifle team was put together from cooks, medics, drivers, mechanics & others.  I was the Wpns Tech for this rifle team and also shot.  When the UNEF competiion among 7 nations was over our team emerged victorious and won the Gold medal.  This was the only time the Cdn contingent accomplished this act.  Only 14 Gold medals a year were available and I have one of them.  In 1971 I went to Bisley England, one of the largest rifle competitions in the word, with the Canadian rifle team as their Wpns Tech.  The winner of the Queen's medal used a rifle that I tuned up for him.  This was the highlight of my military career, as there were only 4 Wpns Techs in Canada who were eligable for this job and only one per year was selected..

I retired from the army in 1972 and went to work as a driller blaster then as a heavy equipment operator building logging roads. Shirley & I got married in 1954 and have three children, all married, and now have two grandsons and three great-grand sons & one great grand daughter.  We retired in 1999 and moved to Penticton BC as we had planned for years.

In 2008 we travelled across Canada from BC to Nfld and came back home through the USA enjoying both countries.

In 2009 we had to give up camping & travelling for health reasons.  We sold our house & moved into an independent living complex.  I also sold my radio equipment.  I now use our club station which is located a block & a half from where we live.  It has a Yaesu FT_991A into a Kenwood TS922A amplifier to a Mosley TA33 Jr that is on a 40 foot tower which is on top of a six story apartment building.  The station was put together in 1977 and has been a very dependable place for emergency operations and extremly good for DXing.  I call it my California Kilowatt station.

It is not the best solution but we make do with what we have.  I use an electric wheelchair to get to the club station and the only thing that stops me is if we get heavy snow.  The picture is of the antenna & location of the club station.

Take a 6 minute helicopter ride around Penticten here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5k4L5SMpjI

Hope to catch you on the air.




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