Blind Ham Receives Radio Gift From Fellow Hams

Rudie VE3OUA Scarborough amateur radio club VA3XPR HT Christmas Giving Toronto ham
Rudie, VE3OUA, with his new Yaesu FT-60 dual band HT. Photo courtesy of Ray Chow, VE3ZXC.

As everyone knows, the holiday season is all about sharing with others. And what could be better than to give the gift of ham radio! Just ask Heratch Toroian, a.k.a. “Rudie”, VE3OUA, a longstanding member of the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club (SARC) in Toronto, ON, who recently received a brand new Yaesu FT-60 dual band HT from his fellow SARC members. Rudie, a visually impaired ham that uses his HT frequently, had been experiencing problems with his old Yaesu FT-60, which kept him off the air and prevented him from using IRLP & EchoLink on the VA3XPR repeater, one of his favourite modes of communications. So the good members of SARC thought they would help him and that’s exactly what they did.

“Rudie’s radio just was dying out with time and Rudie has been a member of the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club for over 20 + years. Being a white caner with MS, he is a real trouper and the best friend the club could ever have” said Ralph Muecke, VE3VXY and President of SARC. “He really needed help and that’s what a club is all about”, Muecke added.

“He just asked me to open my left hand and I was so surprised that he put another radio in my hand” exclaimed Rudie, about receiving the new radio from Ralph, VE3VXY.

So if you hear Rudie on the air over the holidays, be sure to tell him how good his new radio sounds.

About Don Trynor, VA3XFT

Don Trynor, VA3XFT
Don is a 16-year veteran of the telecommunications industry and a licensed Canadian ham radio operator since 1988. He is passionate about VHF/UHF repeater communications, especially using digital modes and he has owned and operated a number of ham radio repeater installations over the years, including ones in both the provinces of Ontario (VE3/VA3) and New Brunswick (VE9). In addition to ham radio, Don enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, biking and astronomy.