Operators/Volunteers

Here are some of the members of the Diefenbunker Volunteer Radio Group (VRG), also known as the Diefenbunker Amateur Radio Club, or DARC. Most, but not all of our volunteers hold amateur radio licenses.

Name: Nick Shepherd (Chief Operator) Call sign: VE3OWV Previous calls: G8ADZ Licensed since: 1967 Preferred operating modes: HF SSB and AM Other ham activities: Maintaining the equipment at VE3CWM in the Diefenbunker.

Name: Nick Shepherd (Chief Operator)
Call sign: VE3OWV
Previous calls: G8ADZ
Licensed since: 1967
Preferred operating modes: HF SSB and AM
Other ham activities: Maintaining the equipment at VE3CWM in the Diefenbunker.

Name: Ralph Cameron (CW Hound) Call sign: VE3BBM Previous call: CHT-22 Licensed since: 1947 Preferred mode: HF CW (high speed) Other ham activities: OARC Lifetime member, Vintage Radio Club, EMI expert.

Name: Ralph Cameron (CW Hound)
Call sign: VE3BBM
Previous call: CHT-22
Licensed since: 1947
Preferred mode: HF CW (high speed)
Other ham activities: OVMRC Lifetime member, Vintage Radio Club, EMI expert.

Name: Brian Jeffrey Call sign: VE3UU and VE3CWM Previous calls: VE3EBF, VE8SK, VE3BCJ Licensed since: 1957 Preferred mode: HF SSB and low speed CW Other ham activities: Restoring boat-anchors, buying junk and selling treasures at hamfests.

Name: Brian Jeffrey
Call signs: VE3UU, VE3EBF, and VE3CWM
Previous calls: VE8SK, VE3BCJ
Licensed since: 1957
Preferred mode: HF SSB and (really) low speed CW
Other ham activities: Buying radio junk and selling radio treasures at ham fests.

On the right: Name: Chris Bisaillion Call sign: VE3CBK Previous calls: None Licensed since: 1975 Preferred modes: HF SSB QRP Other ham activities: Restoring and operating Second World War radios, especially Wireless Set No. 19. On the left: Name: Adam Prittie Call sign: None (yet) Previous calls: None Licensed since: (Soon) Preferred mode: Yet to be determined. Other ham activities: Assisting with maintaining the Museum's radios and systems. Proud owner of a working PRC-25. Student of the Vietnam conflict.

On the right:
Name: Chris Bisaillion
Call sign: VE3CBK
Licensed since: 1975
Preferred modes: HF SSB QRP
Other ham activities: Restoring and operating Second World War radios,
especially Wireless Set No. 19.

On the left:
Name: Adam Prittie
Call sign: None (yet)
Licensed since: (Soon)
Preferred mode: Yet to be determined.
Other ham activities: Assisting with maintaining the Museum’s radios and systems.
Proud owner of a working PRC-25 and student of the Vietnam conflict.

Here is the full roster of the Diefenbunker Amateur Radio Club in alphabetical order as of March 2020.

  • Hunter Bagby             VE3HVB
  • Jamie Bastien             VA3EEM
  • Chris Bisaillion           VE3CBK
  • Robert Boyd                VE3BE
  • Thane Brown              VA3TTM
  • Ralph Cameron          VE3BBM
  • Fred Crowe                 VE3LAF
  • Maruis Draghia         VE3ETK
  • Gord Evans                VE3ODT
  • Dave Green                VE3TLY
  • Reg Gilliford              VE3AWN
  • Gord Heath                VE3IRC
  • Brian Jeffrey              VE3UU
  • Jeremy Jones            VA3ZTF
  • Erhan Kum                VA3KUM
  • Sam Leach                 VO1CBL
  • Morrie Lightman      VE3KML
  • Winston Manning    VE3YFB
  • Stuart Ollerhead       VA3SIO
  • Graham Royston      VA3WFL
  • Nick Shepherd          VE3OWV
  • Pat Stever                   VE3PZ
  • Doug Yuill                  VE3OCU

The DARC crew usually gets together for an eyeball QSO (and cookies) on Tuesday evenings at the facility where we maintain and operate the station as well as busy ourselves with other technical projects.

Whenever possible, some of us operate VE3CWM during Museum visitor hours so that we can chat with visitors about the station and Amateur radio.