Well this is it. The course is finished and all of the scheduled exams are written.
Congrats to all who passed their respective examinations! Ken and Kirk wrote the advanced exam and passed, so they join the fraternity of advanced licensees. And Ean met his objective of passing the Basic exam with honours!
I’d like to take a moment and thank the club and all those individuals who made this year’s session such a great experience:
- Our fearless leader, Ernie (VE3EJJ) whose wisdom and patience has no bounds. This man is truly dedicated to the hobby and offers an incredible wealth of information. Every week I would look forward to spending an evening with Ernie, and I would relish the opportunity to chat with him after the class.
- Darin (VE3OIJ) whose humour and technical sophistication are a perfect match for the format of the course. I was really pleased to see a familiar face when I showed up to the first lecture, and truthfully a bit sad to see that Darin wasn’t a “full time” instructor for the course. I hope that in the future he might consider wearing the instructor’s cap – he’d do a great job of it.
- Bob (VE3SUY) is a gentleman and a scholar who lends his unique expertise in electronics to the course in a fantastic manner. There were many times when Bob would offer up a subtle snippet of wisdom that would be easily lost in the complexity of his profound understanding of the material. I often kept my pen ready for these hidden gems.
- Michael (VE3QMC) whose expert discussion of the regulatory material made 25% of the Basic exam more accessible to the radio amateur neophyte. Michel would come prepared to answer some tough questions and was always willing to offer multiple explanations of his answers.
- Ralph (VE3BBM) provided us an insight into the nature of EMC and interference issues, helping to underscore the importance of understanding this often confusing topic. It was very nice to have such expertise on-hand to speak with us.
- Michel (VE3EMB) who taught us the basics of digital communication modes in amateur radio. This topic was of particular interest to me because of my love of computers, and so it was nice to have an expert in the field give such a great lecture.
Now that the course is finished, I will not know what to do with myself on Tuesday nights. For months now, I had the radio course to look forward to! I suppose it is now time to look for something to fill that void. Its sad really. I think that I’ll ask about auditing next year’s course – I really am that big a nerd!
73 to all, and thanks for reading!