From Small Beginnings

A Brief History of the Guelph,
Kitchener-Waterloo and the
South Waterloo Amateur Radio Clubs.

Produced by the Kitchener-Waterloo Amateur Radio Club.


Chapter Six
Kitchener Waterloo
Amateur Radio Club


The first record of a Kitchener-Waterloo club appeared in the 1922 Call Book printed 3aba.gif (8928 bytes) by the department of Fisheries.  The callsign issued to the club was 3ABA.  It is this document that we use as the baseline for when KWARC originally was formed in 1922.

The first actual document that that has been found which had information regarding the formation of KWARC is a letter written to C.A.R.O.A. by Earl Stickney on 20 April 1946. The letters C.A.R.O.A. stand for Canadian Amateur Radio Operators Association. 

Here is that letter reproduced in its entirety.



                
    Apr 20,1946 
    
    
    The C.A.R.O.A., 
    46 Dunvegan Rd., 
    Toronto 12, Ont. 
    
    Attention: -T.G.E. Powell - VE3ZE 
                Editor-in-Chief "XTAL" 
    
    Dear OM, 
    
    The following information is forwarded to you 
    for your perusal and listing in XTAL Club 
    Directory. 
    
    The K/W Radio Amateur Club held an election of 
    officers recently with the following being 
    elected for the year 1946-7. 
    
      President N.A. Friedmann VE3HM 
      Vice-President N.A.Good VE3CY 
      Sec-Treas E.S. Stickney VE3QW 
      Chairman of Technical Committee 
      A. Chapman VE3AHM 
    
    With best wishes to the officers of "XTAL" 
    and may C.A.R.O.A. continue to grow. 
    
    
    yours truly, 73's 
    
    E. Stickney, VE3QW 
    183 King St N., 
    Waterloo, Ont., 
          
           
    
    

Here is an Indication of Club Growth

As with most clubs, the KWARC has a group of officers and committee members who are charged with operating and administering the club in accordance with the guidelines set down in the constitution. An interesting comparison can be drawn when looking at the group set up in April of 1946 at the club's inception and comparing that group with the current group for April 1992.

The group in office on April 1946 was as follows:

  • President N.A. Friedman VE3HM
  • Vice-President N.A. Good VE3CY
  • Sec - Treasurer E.S. Stickney VE3QW
  • Chairman of Technical Committee A. Chapman VE3AHM

There were approximately 40 hams at this first meeting.

Over the years ample evidence of the overwhelming popularity of the hobby and gives a glimpse of the many directions which the hobby has taken. As a comparison, the paid membership in 1997 - 1998 was 178. <

The following is a list of KWARC Presidents from the year 1945-46 to the present time. If you can help fill in the gaps, please do so by sending an email to webmaster@kwarc.org.   We are especially interested in ANYTHING from 1922 to the 1946.


1946-1947

N.A. Friedman VE3HM First President

1947-1948

N.A. (Newt) Good VE3CY

1948-1949

Andy McIntosh VE3AOH

1949-1950

 

1950-1951

 

1951-1952

 

1952-1953

Jack Fortune VE3VO

1953-1954

 

1954-1955

Bruce Underwood VE3ANU

1955-1956

Gord Moogk VE3DBP

1956-1957

Russ Anderson VE3EHV

1957-1958

Jim Anderson VE3EHY

1958-1959

   

1959-1960

Ron Gimbel VE3DBD

1960-1961

Ron Gimbel VE3DBD

1961-1962

Jim Anderson VE3EHY now VE3ERA

1962-1963

Paul Waechter VE3BBB

1963-1964

Harold Braun VE3DWH

1964-1965

Len Shantz VE3AVF

1965-1967

John Lubinkov VE3EUH

1966-1967

W. Ross Carruthers VE3CEA

1967-1968

Gordon Russel VE3LV

1968-1969

Gordon Russel VE3LV

1969-1970

John Enns VE3AIM

1970-1971

John Enns VE3AIM

1971-1972

Roger Grant VE3DWG

1972-1973

Don Lapp VE3CQS

1973-1974

Paul Cassel VE3AVY (now VE3SY)

1974-1975

Paul Cassel VE3AVY (now VE3SY)

1975-1976

Doug Campbell VE3CHQ (now VA3DC)

1976-1977

Doug Campbell VE3CHQ (now VA3DC)

1977-1978

Bruce Jones VE3GYC

1978-1979

Fred Mosher VE3IXY

1979-1980

Bruce Hawkings VE3JGD

1980-1981

Keith Campbell VE3IZW

1981-1982

Merrick Jarrett VE3BCZ

1982-1983

Don Roberts VE3KVR

1983-1984

Don Roberts VE3KVR

1984-1985

Gord Gibson VE3NQK

1985-1986

Gord Gibson VE3NQK

1986-1987

Harold Dietrich VE3EJP

1987-1988

Robert Jones VE3CPI

1988-1989

Kevin Hartley VE3OVY (now ZL1OVY)

1989-1990

Kevin Hartley VE3OVY

1990-1991

Don McKay VE3MJM

1991-1992

Gerry O'Robko VE3DYY

1992-1993

Gerry O'Robko VE3DYY

1993-1994

David Knight VE3PMT

1994-1995

John Schreiter VE3DOS

1995-1996

John Schreiter VE3DOS

1996-1996

Bill Riddell VE3WFR

1997-1998

Paul Cassel VE3SY (was VE3AVY)

1998-1999

Paul Cassel VE3SY (was VE3AVY)

1999-2000

David Johnson VA3MRJ

2000-2001

Bob McKie VA3MCK
2001-2002 Dennis Tabbert VA3DLT
2002-2003 Bill Graham VE3ETK
2003-2004 Ben Sasiela VE3ST
2004-2005 Ben Sasiela VE3ST
2005-2006 Gord Hayward VE3EOS
2006-2007 Bob Pelling VE3XNB
2007-2008 Dennis Tabbert VA3DLT
2008-2009 Dennis Tabbert VA3DLT
2009-2010 Nick Waterman VA3NNW
2010-2011 Nick Waterman VA3NNW
2011-2012 Nick Waterman VA3NNW
2012-2013 Nick Waterman VA3NNW
2013-2014 Nick Waterman VA3NNW
2014-2015 Rick Goetz VE3ZUP

If anyone can fill in any of the missing info or can supply other officers for any year, please drop us an e-mail at webmaster@kwarc.org.



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