RAC Bulletin: April 2016

RAC would like to welcome Ernest Clintberg, VE6EC/VE6ECK, as our newly elected Director for the Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Region. Ernest was elected by the members of the region and will complete the remainder of a two-year term that started on January 1, 2016 and will end on December 31, 2017.

Ernest was born in Edmonton and grew up in Boyle, Alberta, a village on the way to Fort McMurray. He graduated from the University of Alberta (U of A) with a degree in Science (Major in Physics) in 1973 and obtained his Master’s degree in Education (1987), followed by a Doctorate in Education (2005). In 1975, he began his career as a teacher for the County of Parkland in Alberta and was appointed as an Assistant Principal (1977) and Principal (1986). He joined the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) as an Executive Staff Officer in 2000, a career that led him to assist teachers in employment matters and collective bargaining. In 2005 he was appointed as the ATA Coordinator of Teacher Welfare, and in 2008 he was promoted to the position of Associate Executive Secretary of the ATA (Deputy CEO), a position he held until his retirement in 2011. Currently, in retirement, Ernest serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta and has provided day-by-day service at the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

Ernest resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta with his wife Linda. They have been married 45 years and have two children and two grandchildren.

Amateur Radio has been an interest of Ernest’s since age 12 when he found a kit-built crystal radio in his parent’s attic along with a set of surplus magnetic headphones. Thus began his interest in electronics. His mother took him out to visit Bonar Wilt, VE6HU (SK), who became his first Elmer. Bonar demonstrated his station, talked about the hobby and encouraged Ernest to get his ticket; however, it was not until much later that Ernest realized this goal.

Ernest was first licensed as VE6ECK in 1992 and he obtained his Advanced certificate in 1995 as well as a 12 wpm Morse Code certification. Over the past 23 years in Amateur Radio, his interests have been focused on the HF spectrum and contesting. He has set up a modest HF station which can be heard, depending on conditions, during many contests. He is particularly interested in those sponsored by RAC.

Since 2003 he has acted as Director of the North Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club he has served as its Secretary since 2011. He has been a RAC member since 1995 and also holds memberships in the Northern Alberta Amateur Radio Club (NARC), the Quarter Century Amateur Radio Club (QCARC), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and Ten-Ten International. In addition to his club commitments, he has served on a number of communication teams assisting community groups in events that have included the promotion of Amateur Radio as a hobby.

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair