Category Archives: Silent Keys

JONES, Saltus George Peniston SK

JONES, Saltus George Peniston – Age 99, born in Bermuda Passed away during his sleep Sunday. He will be remembered by his wife Ruth, sons Gerry and Ron, their wives Audrey and Gail. He was adored by his six grandchildren Dan, Stephanie, Diane, Don and Rachael and Rosalind and 13 great-grandchildren. He survived the passing of his first wife Marjorie. His passions were family, 47 years at Metro News, 3 holes- in-one golfing, fishing, ham radio, navigator/instructor in WWII and his cats. Funeral service: Sunday, September 20th, 1 p.m., Chapel, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto. RSVP Audrey Jones or Mark Speakman. In lieu of flowers, give to Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital Foundation.
Published in the Toronto Star on Sept. 16, 2015

Fred Fox VE3XOF, SK

From Gord VE3CNA:

I have just received the sad news that Fred Fox, VE3XOF, passed away earlier today Wednesday, February 18, 2015. His wife, Chris just called me with the news and asked me to tell his friends in Amateur Radio.

Fred had been a long-time member of Scarborough ARC and a member of Senators. He had been active on the Executive of the club and a Field Day regular. Recently he had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease and had moved to a nursing home for the care that he needed.

Please let others know of his passing as you think appropriate. My next email will go out to the Senators.

73 Gordon VE3CNA

Bill Cate VE3HR, SK

Bill Cate VE3HR became a silent key on May 7, 2013. He was 101. Bill was a long-time member of SARC and served as President for several years. He had been a licensed amateur radio operator for almost 90 years. Bill was a dedicated Morse Code (CW) operator and was instrumental in creating the CQ-NR Trophy.

Noel Eaton VE3CJ presenting the Keith Russell Memorial Trophy to SARC President Bill Cate VE3CLT (now VE3HR) and Lee Jennings VE3OE (now ZL2AL)
Noel Eaton VE3CJ presenting the Keith Russell Memorial Trophy to SARC President Bill Cate VE3CLT (now VE3HR) and Lee Jennings VE3OE (now ZL2AL)
SARC Presidents Bill Cate VE3HR, Audrey Little VA3YD, Bob Chrysler VE3IEL, Gord Hogarth VE3CNA cut the cake at an anniversary party.
SARC Presidents Bill Cate VE3HR, Audrey Little VA3YD, Bob Chrysler VE3IEL, Gord Hogarth VE3CNA cut the cake at an anniversary party.

CATE, Bill – Our father passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in Whitby, at the age of 101 years. Predeceased by his wife Pat Cate of 70 years. Survived by his daughters Evelyn (David), Irene (Catie), sister Nora Colqhoun and sister-in-law Elsie Trafford. Grandchildren Sarah (Brian), Geoffrey (Sharla) and five great-grandchildren – Bryn, Rhys, Adele, Seth and Gabe. He will be sadly missed by his many nephews, nieces and friends. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11 a.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, 300 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Ontario.

Gord Gault VE3UFF, SK


Gordon Gault VE3UFF became a Silent Key on Sunday, April 14, 2013, a few days before his 91st birthday. He was a veteran of World War II (RCAF) and a long-time member of SARC. Gord worked at General Electric for many years, and was also a member of the Toronto Society of Model Engineers and Toronto FM Communications Society.

He was also my neighbour, and the man who introduced me to amateur radio and the club…I’ll miss him.


GAULT, William Gordon – (April 20, 1922 – April 14, 2013) Passed away at the Sunnybrook Veteran’s L-Wing after a brief illness. Predeceased by his parents, William and Ethel Gault, daughter, Kate Jean Gault and brother, David Gault. Survived by his wife, Jean Gault, sister, Joyce Gault and son, Robert Gault (Brenda). Proud Veteran of the RCAF. Gord served his country through World War II in Europe. A special thank you to the staff of Sunnybrook Hospital L-Wing for their care and compassion. Following Gord’s wishes, cremation has taken place. An informal gathering of remembrance to take place for family and friends at THE SIMPLE ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL CENTRE, 275 Lesmill Rd., Toronto (east off Leslie St., south of Hwy. 401, 416-441-1580) on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

Submitted by Ray Chow VE3ZXC

Vincent Graham VE3AXB, SK

Vincent Graham, VE3AXB, of Whitby, Ontario became a silent key on Monday, January 14, 2013. Vincent was the sole surviving member, one of the group called “The Original Five” who founded the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club on April 23, 1946. Vince was 91 at the time of his passing and was a veteran of WW2, Air Force. Vincent had not been a member of the Club for some time but he was presented with a plaque by the club in recognition of his participation at the founding. A memorial service is planned for May, 2013.

Submitted by Gordon Hogarth, VE3CNA

Tony Fegan VE3QF, SK

Tony Fegan VE3QF (formerly GW3TTF, G3TTF, VE3BUL) became a silent key on September 20, 2010. He was a long-time member of the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club and the Satellites, and participated in many events over the years. Tony was very interested in the practical side of amateur radio and gave many technical talks at the club. We will miss his good humour and helpful advice.

Antennas for 160 and 80 Meters

de Tony, VE3QF

(This article by Tony Fegan, VEBQF/G3’I’1″F first appeared

in the Scarborough ARC Newsletrer..ed)

The Big Back Yard- These two bands pose a problem for

the average amateur because of the physical size of a resonant
antenna and also because the antenna is going to be electrically
close to the ground. A dipole for 160 metres at 50 feet is still
only 0.1 wavelengths above ground and as such presents an
impedance at the centre feedpoint of anywhere between 20 and
50 ohms depending on the ground and nearby objects. This
antenna would also be up to 260 feet long. A dipole for 80