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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Don Dashney (VE2SH/VE3RM)


February 12th 2014


I am very saddened to report Don Dashney's passing on Wednesday February 12th 2014. As the Montreal Amateur Radio Club Code and Theory Classes lead instructor from the 1960s well into the 1990s Don was responsible for helping well over a thousand people successfully pass the DOT/DOC examinations and qualify for their Certificate of Proficiency in Radio. The exams were formidable back then. You had to know your stuff or you failed and had to come back. The exams consisted of several elements, including drawing eight schematic (not block) diagrams and an oral quizzing by a real live Radio Inspector who had forgotten more than any of us knew about radio. This was no volunteer examiner! The Code test was 10 WPM and you had to get 100% or you failed. Both my wife (VE2KW) and I are graduates of the MARC Code and Theory classes. I am very saddened to report Don's passing on Wednesday February 12th 2014. As the Montreal Amateur Radio Club Code and Theory Classes lead instructor from the 1960s well into the 1990s Don was responsible for helping well over a thousand people successfully pass the DOT/DOC examinations and qualify for their Certificate of Proficiency in Radio. The exams were no easy task back then. You had to know your stuff or you failed and had to come back. The exams consisted of several elements, including drawing eight schematic (not block) diagrams and an oral quizzing by a real live Radio Inspector who had forgotten more than any of us knew about radio. This was no volunteer examiner! The Code test was 10 WPM and you had to get 100% or you failed. Both my wife (VE2KW) and I are graduates of the MARC Code and Theory classes. Don was born and educated on Ottawa but studied electrical engineering at McGill University in Montreal. He was the Chief Broadcast Engineer at CBC Montreal. After his retirement he moved to Hawkesbury Ontario and continued to helo newcomers learn and pass the amateur exams. In 2011 it was my distinct honour to present Don with a Lifetime Pass to the New England Amateur Radio Festival, aka NEAR-Fest in recognition of his incredible contribution to the advancement of the hobby over a 50 year span in Eastern Canada. Don also introduced me to Collins Radio equipment and taught me how to operate, maintain and repair this wonderful equipment. We thank Don and will always remember him every time we get on the air because if it were not for him we probably would have not become licensed. R.I.P. friend. 73, Michael, W1RC (VE2XZ)

Contributed by: Michael Crestohl (W1RC)


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