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Technical Hobby of John H. Grow VE2EQL           

John has had an interest in radio and communications since a very early age. His first radio experience, was at his grandmother’s house. There was an old Atwater-Kent receiver with a dial that had names of far away places. Not understanding, or knowing anything about radio, unknown to me, I was hooked.

As many of us, his start was via shortwave radio, and AM broadcast stations. My first real receiver was a Marconi Receiver No. 52. Without the covers, and no isolation on AC, I was shocked into the world of DX listening. Finally, after many years, he was licensed into the world of “hamdom”. Where, I stated many a time, “I’m at home.” John was a technical sales manager in the Defence industry for a Canadian manufacturer. He is also a licensed prospector in the province of Quebec. His current profession is that of an Personal Property Appraiser, specializing in Fine Art, Antiques, Watches and Clocks. He is a columist for a watch and clock magazine, and writer on appraisal subjects.

Ham Radio Accomplishments:

  • Experimenter & Builder since the age of ~ 8 years old. Survived many shocking encounters.
  • Built first computer on breadboard & wire wrap. Using the RCA 1802 COSMAC CPU?
  • Started an Electronics & Ham Radio program at St. Jude Elementary & High School in 1995.
  • Donated 12 computer systems to St Jude Elementary & High School to start a computer lab.
  • Founding member of the “Kartem Amateur Radio Club”, VA2KSC for the Karnak Shriners. See QRZ listing under VA2KSC.
  • Started in 1990’s, Santa Claus Communications to the North Pole, so patients at the Montreal Shriners Hospital can speak to Santa Claus directly via ham radio.
  • Co-organizer of Lobstercon, a QRP gathering in Brunswick, Maine for New England and Eastern Canadian hams. This is the 16th year of holding this event.
  • DX expedition to Guinea, West Africa. I was 3XY0D operating from Conakry, and Kankan, while on an energy installation project.
  • Written numerous amateur radio articles, featured in 73 Amateur Radio and “Eham”, among articles in club newsletters & media spotlights. 
  • Speaker & Presenter of ham radio topics for the past 22 years.

Ham-con, Boxborro ARRL Conventions, Near-Fest, Radio Talk 2013, Atlanticon & QRP events. Also public speaker on Energy systems relating to Large Scale Solar installations, DC Back up Power, Emergency communications and power sources.

Clubs & Associations:

  • Montreal Amateur Radio Club. Past director. VE2ARC                        http://marc.qc.ca
  • Club Radio Amateur Rive-Sud de Montreal, VE2CLM             http://www.ve2clm.ca
  • Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont, RANV                            http://www.ranv.org
  • Northern Vermont QRP Society, N1QS                          
  • New England QRP Club, NEQRP                                                            http://newenglandqrp.org
  • Kartem Amateur Club (This is a radio club for Shriners)        http://qrz.com/db/VA2KSC
  • Covey Hill Amateur Radio Club                                                    http://www.ve2cyh.org
  • Radio Amateurs of Canada                                                          https://www.rac.ca
  • Radio d’Amateur du Quebec                                                        http://www.raqi.ca
  • L’Union Metropolitaine des Sans-Filistes de Montreal                       http://ve2ums.ca                                                                       

Trustee:        Radio Amateurs of Canada, Hall of Fame trustee

Awards:        Ham of the year, 2008 RAQI (Radio d’Amateur du Quebec Inc.)


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