July 29, 2014

From QCWA Headquarters

QCWA Bulletin 2014-023 - QCWA Board Appoints Activities Manager

The QCWA Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard (Rich)
Ferch, VE3KI, to fill the position of the QCWA Activities Manager.

Ferch was born in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay) in 1947. His
interests in electronics, kit building and SWLing began in high school,
but he did not become a radio amateur until 1978 while working in Pinawa
 Manitoba, thanks to his Elmer, Jim Barrie VE4FK (SK). His first call
sign was VE4AEO, which he exchanged for VE3IAY upon moving to Ottawa in
1980. He got his present call sign, VE3KI, in 2006, and in 2009 was able
to re-obtain his original VE4AEO call sign, which he uses while visiting
with family in Manitoba.
 
Although he does not consider himself to be a serious DXer, Ferch has
always had an interest in DXing. He has achieved DXCC on each of the
eight HF bands and is working towards 160m DXCC. However, his main amateur
radio activity is contesting. He is an active contester, mainly in CW
and RTTY. He is also a member of the development and documentation team
for the N1MM Logger contesting software.
 
He is a Life Member of QCWA and a current member of ARRL, RAC, the CW
Operators Club, Contest Club Ontario and the North American QRP CW Club.
He served as Radio Amateurs of Canada's Vice President, Regulatory
Affairs during 2006-2011 and is the trustee for all of RAC's 19 club
call signs. He joined QCWA as a Life Member in 2006 and has been on
the executive of QCWA Chapter 70 since 2008, first as a Director, later
Vice-President and now President of the Chapter.
 
Ferch has degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo
and Cornell University. He has developed and used computational models
to study problems in astrophysics, plasma physics and nuclear reactor
safety. After working at the Cornell Laboratory for Plasma Physics and
at Atomic Energy of Canada's Whiteshell Nuclear Research Establishment,
he joined the Canadian nuclear regulatory agency (formerly the AECB,
now the CNSC) in 1980, where he worked in a variety of capacities until
his retirement in 2006. During that time, he served as a Canadian
representative on a number of international committees and working
groups in the area of nuclear waste safety, and he continues to do
contract work on related topics. He is married with two adult children.

73,

Ken Oelke, VE6AFO
President, QCWA Inc.