Dave Goodwin VE9CB

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“I was born in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1960. I came into Amateur Radio through shortwave listening, starting at age 11. I earned my Amateur Radio licence in 1975 at age 15 and earned my Advanced Certificate one year later.

My primary interests in Amateur Radio are DXing and contests on the HF bands. I have held many Canadian records and I have placed among the top scorers in many contests. I have been involved in many other aspects from extensive public service work to VHF, UHF and microwave weak-signal operating. My preferred mode is CW, but I also operate SSB regularly and 2 metre FM while mobile.

I have played a leadership role in local and national Amateur organizations. I am currently the President of the Fredericton Amateur Radio Club and was an instructor in FARC’s most recent Basic Amateur Certificate course. I served as RAC’s Atlantic Director from 2004 to 2006 and as RAC President in 2008. I managed RAC’s contests for several years and I was the author of TCA’s ‘Contest Scene’ column for 20 years.

I am married to Melanie, who is extremely supportive and encouraging of my involvement in Amateur Radio. I am the father and step-father to four adult children. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and I have been a federal public servant for over 30 years.

I have lived in five provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta) and I have operated from 20 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. I read, write and speak English and French fluently and I have a limited command of Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

My grandfather, Harold Goodwin, was an Amateur and he earned his licence in 1927 in Saint John, New Brunswick. He initially held “1CB” before there were prefixes, then VE1CB. I am very proud to hold the contemporary equivalent of his call sign. I also hold call signs VO1AU, VO2AAA, VE3AAQ and US Extra class licence as W8SR.

I have been a member of RAC, or its predecessor, ever since I earned my licence. I am a Maple Leaf Operator member of RAC and I am a life member of the Radio Society of Great Britain, the American Radio Relay League and the Quarter Century Wireless Association."


The information on this page was obtained from a 2016 biography at Radio Amateurs of Canada Welcomes New Directors.