OVMRC Executive

President Barry Allison
barry.allison@rogers.com Born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, graduated high school in 1968 and move to Toronto to attend Ryerson Polytechincal Institute (RPI) now Ryerson University, and graduate as an Electronic Technologist, Electronics major in 1972

During and after graduation from Ryerson I worked for Motorola in Toronto, and subsequently in Edmonton, Alberta for a 7 year stint.  I then moved over to the RCMP for 33 years, focusing on the design of mobile radio communication systems for public safety.  This eventually required a move to Ottawa.

The main thrust with the RCMP was designing VHF FM communications systems in various provinces and territories in Canada concluding with the latgest North American P25 encrypted communications system for public safety, in the province of Saskatchewan.

Callsigns: first licenced in Toronto as VE3CUE (a very good CW call) in 1972, then the move to Alberta in 19767 and licenced as VE3BGA, and then back to Ontario in Ottwa in 1981 as VE3NJK, the call I use today with my Advanced Amateur certificate.  I have rovered for the VHF contests, operate HF and I like to build stuff, circuitry, and antennas.  Outside the hobby I like to work with wood and I do a fair amount of auto mechanics.

I retired from the RCMP in July 2010 and am a current life time member of QCWA and hold memberships in RAC, OVMRC, and OARC.

Vice-President Norm Rashleigh
VE3LC@rac.ca Norm Rashleigh was first licenced as radio amateur by the “Department of Transport” in 1963 with the call sign VE3DVF. He obtained his Advanced Amateur certificate in 1964. In those days, Morse code proficiency had to be demonstrated for both qualification levels at 10 and 15 wpm.

In 1989, Norm obtained his 2 letter call sign, VE3LC which was previously held by renown artist and geologist and arctic explorer, Dr. Maurice Haycock.

Norm Rashleigh is retired from a career in radio systems engineering with the RCMP. Many coop engineering students came under Norm’s supervision while he was employed and most of those completed their work term with their amateur radio certificate under his tutelage .

Since retirement, Norm has served on the executive of Radio Amateurs of Canada and a term as the Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee Chairman of the Radio Advisory Board of Canada. Norm Rashleigh remains a member Radio Amateurs of Canada where he continues to serve on the Editorial Review Committee. He is also a member of the American Radio Relay League, the Radio Society of Great Britain, the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club and the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Chapter 70. Norm also leads the amateur radio training course for the OVMRC.

Norm remains an active amateur radio operator enjoying and promoting the technical aspects of the hobby.

Treasurer Nicole Boivin


Secretary Ron Smith


Standing Committee Chairs

Radio Course and Examiner


Norm Rashleigh
Membership Tom Mercer
Repeater and Technical Barry Allison
Net Radio Operations Ken Evans
VE3EKN@gmail.com Licensed in 2013 at the completion of the club’s extensive radio course, I now find myself in the position of Radio Operations Chairman for the OVMRC. In this capacity I hope to create a fresh interest in the club’s on air activities by encouraging conversation between our well established amateurs and the many rookies the club generates. My limited experience in amateur radio will make this a challenging position to fulfill.

My ham radio focus has always been HF. I like working 10 through 60 meters from home and portable, and I appreciate all contacts international or domestic. Antennas have always interested me, and I have enjoyed some successes experimenting. I use homebrew antennas on a regular basis.

Having tried as many radio things as possible in the last few years, I intend to keep learning. As for the future, clearly, radio will always be with me.

Newsletter Content Editor Robert Cherry
cw527@ncf.ca I have been the editor of the Rambler since 2009. My fascination with electronics began when I was 10 or 11 with the gift of a crystal radio kit. I took the course given by Ernie Jury in 2004 and got my Basic with Honours Certificate in 2005. In 2006, the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club gave me their Joe Norton Award for contributions to the hobby by new amateurs.
Newsletter Layout Artist


Bill Hall


Webmaster and Social Media Darin Cowan
VE3OIJ@amsat.org Darin first found an interest in radio back in the mid-1970’s, acquiring a GRS radio and experimenting with antennas. By 1980, he had constructed receivers, learned Morse code and was an avid short wave listener. In the mid-1980’s, Darin joined the Canadian Forces and was placed in the Communications Branch where he worked on radar and technical projects.

In 1992, due to a coincidence of timing and location, he wrote his amateur radio basic exam and was granted the callsign VE3OIJ. In for a penny, in for a pound, Darin wrote the morse code test, then the Advanced class exam in the next few months. For the next 4 years, Darin was active on VHF and UHF, mostly fox hunting and experimenting with local communications.

In 2006 VE3OIJ became active on the HF bands in digital modes. Today, Darin can be heard regularly on PSK, JT-65, SSTV, and other digital modes. Even, rarely, on CW or phone!

Darin volunteered at the club’s museum station VE3JW in 2007, and has been coordinating the station for many years with the help of club volunteers.