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John Van der Ryd was born in the Netherlands in 1929. After 7 years of primary school, and 2 years of "Ambacht School" (technical school) to become an "Electrician / Instrument maker"; he enrolled into a 5 year apprenticeship training program to eventually become a first class "Automobile mechanic". This included a total of 5 years of technical school training (4 nights weekly). Eventually leading to a "1st class Auto mechanic's certificate ", while working full time as an "Auto mechanic" during the day time.

In June 1949 John was drafted into the "Dutch army", where he was placed into the "NCO's training school" of the " Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers" (REME), in Utrecht, in the Netherlands. He graduated as an "Infantry Sergeant", as well as a "Sergeant-mechanic" (2 exames). Eventually he was promoted to"Sergeant Effective", (on salary).

After serving in the Dutch Army for 3 years un- interrupted; (because of a conflict between the Netherlands and Indonesia; which used to be called the "Dutch East Indies) ";he went on "Great Furlough", and sent back into civilian life.

During the following years he has been called back twice for active military services in the "Dutch Armed Forces", to serve in "West Germany" during the so called "Cold War"; under "NATO Command". Now promoted to "Staff Sergeant 1st Class" .Later on he was given the duties of an acting "Transport Officer"; ( to fill the job of a missing "2nd Lieutenant" during both courses of duty).

After getting married, he and his new wife emigrated to Canada. They arrived in Hamilton Ontario in June 1955, where shortly after; John found a job as a " Automobile mechanic" and eventually passed his test to become a certified Canadian "Class-A" Automobile mechanic.

He then enrolled into a 2 year night course at "The Radio College of Canada", to study "Radio and Television Technology". John also had to put in at least 400 hours of practice at a local "Radio/Television" repair shop; as part of his course to obtain a "Seal of practice" on his new "Diploma".

Now working as a "Leadhand Electrical and Performance mechanic"; looking after a "Truck Electrical repair shop" for the "White Motor HD Truck Manufacturer" (at the; "Hamilton Ontario Branch"); John decided to become a "Radio Amateur"; and soon after got his "Amateur Radio" licence. It was a combination of his diploma as a "Radio/ TV Technologist" and "Ham Operator"; that got him the job as a "Television Transmitter Operator/Technician" at a local "TV station" (CHCH-TV) in Hamilton Ontario Canada. While working for the "TV station" John studied; and did pass the "Advanced Amateur Radio" licence test (highest level in Canada).

To make a long story short; John has worked in both fields: as an "Automobile mechanic", specializing in electronics etc.; as well as an "Electronics technician", for companies like the "British Leyland Motor Corporation." (Specializing in electronic fuel injected "Rolls Roys-12 cylinder-V" engines); The "Chrysler Corporation"; as a heavy duty "Diesel Truck Electrical specialist". For the last 14 years of his working life; he did work for the "City of Hamilton Ontario's transit system" ("HSR"); as an Bus"Electrician";and "Two-way radio technician" on the City transit busses; untill his early retirement at the age of 61.

John has also written a few articles for "73", and "A-5" magazines" on the subject of "Amateur Fastscan Television", and his design of an "Amateur Fastscan UHF Television reception converter", called ; "Mark-7" ( see 73 Magazine March 1982). Also an article on a "HF Wire-Beam Antenna design" (June 1992) for the same magazine. This was under his first call: "VE3CYC" (he presently uses his 2 letter call most of the time, which is "VE3RK"). (ve3cyc is still also one of his valid call signs; which he has held since November 1959). Other Call signs which John has briefly held over the Years; were: "VE3QL"; and "VE3ON". As far as John's present "Amateur Station" is concerned: He uses the following pieces of equipment: "Yaesu FT-950" HF Tranceiver; "Icom IC-728" Mobile HF tranceiver, " an old "Heathkit SB-200" Linear HF amplifier; "Kenwood TM-2530-A" 2 Mtr. FM tranceiver; "Realistic HTX-202" 2 Mtr. handheld FM Tranceiver. One "All Band inverted-V Dipole system" (Home Designed). "Manual HF Antenna tuner". Also an experimental home-brewed "Endfire" (135 degrees phase shifted double Vertical); for the20/17/15/12/ and 10 Mtr. Bands; which is presently switchable in 2 directions; "NE" and "SW".

Note: Please look at John's previous posting ; using his first "Amateur Radio callsign, since November 1959" ; which is still valid as "VE3CYC".









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