An Update on the Canadian Amateur Hall of Fame

Fred Orsetti, VE7IO, has stepped down from the Hall of Fame Board. Thank you for all your work Fred. To learn more go to

Thank You Fred !

The Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame (CARHOF) is administered by an independent Board of Trustees, one per province, appointed by the Directors of Radio Amateurs of Canada.

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Fred Orsetti, VE7IO, has served on the Hall of Fame Board of Trustees for 12 years as the representative from British Columbia and has recently decided to step down from this position.

The Board sincerely thanks Fred for his dedicated service and contribution to the Hall of Fame and Amateur Radio in Canada.

Fred was recently presented with a RAC Certificate of Appreciation signed by President Glenn McDonnell, VE3XRA.

Due to the rigid COVID public health restrictions in place the professionally printed Certificate had to be sent by mail to Fred but we look forward to being able to do in-person presentations once again.

The Board of Trustees wishes Fred continued success in his many endeavours.

Welcome Aboard Helen and Neil!

As reported in the July-August 2021 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine, the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Helen Archibald, VA1YL, of Port Williams, Nova Scotia and Neil King, VA7DX of Vancouver, British Columbia have joined the Board of Trustees for three-year appointments.

CARHOF Trustee Helen Archibald, VA1YL
Helen Archibald, VA1YL

Helen Archibald, VA1YL, achieved her Amateur Radio certification and call sign VE2YAK in Quebec in 1992 because she “wanted to be able talk to her husband Fred, VE2SEI and her daughter Anne, VE2WHO, who started going on expeditions to activated rare IOTA islands in 1991. In 1992 she communicated with them again at Charlton Island (VE8CWI) in James Bay. She also wanted to operate the Guides on the Air event.”

In 1994 Helen, a member of the West Island ARC, went with her family on the club expedition to St Paul Island as CY9CWI. She “became hooked on IOTA expeditions and she has been on about 15 annual IOTA contest expeditions to many Maritime, islands, making thousands of contacts.” When she operated in the Guides on the Air Contest in 1992, a YL told her about the Canadian Ladies Amateur Radio Association (CLARA) net. Helen didn’t know that there were nets! When the CLARA net controller moved away Helen became Net Controller and is still serving in this position on 40m and 20m.

In 1993 Helen got her Advanced and her daughter Margaret became VE2ZOO at age 11. In 2003, Helen and Fred moved to Nova Scotia and she became VA1YL and Fred became VE1FA, and they joined both the Kings County ARC and the Halifax ARC. Helen still enjoys being the CLARA Net Controller on 40m and 20m. Helen and Fred look forward to the end of the pandemic so they can resume Field Days and IOTA expeditions!

CARHOF Trustee Neil King, VA7DX
Neil King, VA7DX

Born and raised on the West Coast of Canada, Neil King, VA7DX, was first licensed in 1979 as VE7CVM, attained his Advanced certification in 1980 and acquired the call VA7DX in late 1999. “An avid HF, VHF and UHF contester, preferring DX to sleep and CW to SSB, Neil has also dabbled in meteor scatter, EME, tropo and satellite operation from VE7 as well as DX locations such as 7P8 and 3DA0. Current DXCC count is 327 and looking forward to adding to the
list in the coming cycle.”

Neil has worked in the Information Technology sector for over 50 years, the last 21 as an IT consultant specializing in interim management, leadership skills and coaching, strategic planning and outsourcing. Since 2010, Neil has primarily worked overseas in fascinating places such Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Singapore, London, Johannesburg and DR Congo.

Neil is a member of Radio Amateurs of Canada (Maple Leaf Operator), the Coquitlam Amateur Radio and Emergency Services Society, Orca DX and Contest Club, BCFMCA, INDEXA and the Northern California DX Foundation. He is also actively involved in the British Columbia Wireless Amateur Radio Network (BCWARN).

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