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VE3JW has come in to a turn of bad luck. Difficulties at the Canada Science and Technology Museum have forced us to be off the air for a while. VE3JW will return to operation as soon as we are able.


Amateur Radio Station VE3JW, sponsored by the OVMRC, was officially opened on March 19, 1974. Amateur Radio Callsign VE3JW, is still in use at the station and was originally issued to Jim W. Cotter of Ottawa.

Jim W. Cotter lost his sight in early childhood when a box of dynamite caps exploded in his hands. He received his Amateur license in the early 1920's and was probably the first blind radio Amateur in Canada. He operated his home station under callsign C3EN and later, when VE letters were allocated to Canadian Amateurs, he obtained callsign VE3JW, his initials.

Jim W. Cotter became a silent key on December 29, 1969 at the age of 67. Amateur Radio Station VE3JW is dedicated to his memory and to the many Amateur Radio operators who pioneered in radio communications. In view of the fact that the station is dedicated to the early pioneers, the original 10" spark coils and hand sending key from the Voice of Atlantic Seaboard (VAS) was used during the opening ceremony. VAS was the first Canadian radiotelegraph station capable of transmitting commercial trans-Atlantic messages and commenced operation in the early 1900's. Mr. Cotter's nine year old granddaughter, Jayne Arbuckle, pressed the hand sending key to create the spark to officially open the station .

The original station equipment used in 1974 was provided by Heathkit in kit form. The equipment was built by members of the OVMRC and included one HW101 SSB transceiver, HP23B Power Supply, and a SB200 Linear Amplifier. A 30' tower with a Mosley three element tri-band beam was assembled by members and installed on the roof.

The objective of the station and the many volunteers currently operating the station is still the same. We are here to demonstrate to you, the general public, modern Amateur radio communications and to answer your questions on the many fascinating facets of Amateur radio.

Please visit the VE3JW web site at VE3JW.COM

P.S. "The New JW" picture posted here, after extensive renovations including Amateur Satellite Communications facility, D-Star and SDR Flex Radio.

Canada Science and Technology Museum

Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club (OVMRC)

QSL Info

VE3JW uses eQSL as well as paper cards. QSLs can be sent via the bureau or directly to the address above. Direct requests should contain return postage or the reply will be via the bureau.

Return postage (as of January 2013) is this:

  • You are in Canada (or Canadian military): a $0.63 CDN stamp (or a CDN "P" stamp)
  • You are in the USA (or US military services): $1 US, or a $1.10 CDN stamp or an IRC. An IRC is overkill, but it will work.
  • You are in any other country: $2.00 US, or $2.00 CDN, or a $1.85 CDN stamp (not a US or other country stamp), or an IRC.

*** From 0000 UTC 1 March, 2014 until 2359 UTC 31 March, 2014 we have been authorized to use the callsign VC3S in celebration of 40 years of amateur radio at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.  QSL cards for VC3S should be sent via VE3JW. ***


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