Member Testimonials

Amateur operators with vision loss

Florentine Wallace VA3FXY (Havelock, ON)

Florentine wanted to connect with other people with vision loss, both in Canada and around the world.

“People who are in your situation can truly understand what you are going through,” she says.

A CNIB trainer helped her get started, and Florentine now enjoys talking to people around the globe. She learns about their cultures and customs and shares her own. “It’s a very enriching experience.”

Bill McKendry VE3WMY (Toronto, ON)

Amateur Radio has opened up a new world for Bill, who attended the W. Ross MacDonald School in Brantford. He spent 10 months training to be an operator.

Receiving his licence in June 2003, Bill wasted little time hitting the airwaves and talking to new friends.

Jason Rowe VE7DIR (Vernon, BC)

Jason was introduced to Amateur Radio by a local Amateur in 1997-1998. Unfortunately Jason never managed to get his license at the time as it was a time when he was unable to give it his full attention.

Over the next few years, Jason found a natural progression in which He found that Amateur Radio was more available to himself. In July 2004, Jason successfully passed his Basic qualifications with the assistance of the CNIB Amateur Radio Program.

Jason has a broad interest in radio communications. He is studying for an upgrade to Advanced. He is also a co-host of the CNIB Amateur Radio Program Cross-Canada net on IRLP.