The meeting was held at VA3BGB’s (Barney’s) QTH in Kanata.

The following eight members were present:

Name Call Sign Position MH Grid
Doug Leach VE3XK   FN15wg
Harold Hamilton VA3UNK   FN25dg
Dean Denter VA3CDD   FN15
Tim Evangelatos VE3MY   FN25bh
Tom Zinck VA3NFA President FN25bh
John Christensen VE3IAO   FN25xi
Barney Baker VA3BGB   FN25ai
Graham Ide VE3BYT Secretary FN25ch

Many thanks go to Barney (VA3BGB) for providing a pleasant location for the meeting.

Most meetings are informal, and this one was a level down from there. Our Treasurer was away, and our VP was not up to scratch.

Rick, VE3CVG, had sent a message that the 902 MHz transverters were to be shipped from DEMI on April 18.

Graham brought the only ‘show and tell’ item for the evening, a product woven from fine copper that might serve some purposes in radio applications, possibly for grounds or for shielding. Someone suggested it would be good as chain mail for action figures, like Barbie.

We enjoyed a good chat on a wide range of subjects, mostly related to Tom’s plans to be a rover station on VHF and UHF bands this summer. These included antenna design selections and polarization for each band, approaches to antenna mounts and masts, and cabling and equipment power in the vehicle.

There was preliminary discussion of potential alternative sites for monthly meetings, such as at a restaurant with a meal, or perhaps at the Diefenbunker in conjunction with donating work on the ham station and the antennas. The thought was advanced that this location might become available for the 222 MHz FM repeater and the club beacons.

The meeting adjourned at about 2115hrs.

And, at the request of the President, the following notice:

Estos minutos también son disponibles en español por nuestros amigos más del sur.

Graham Ide VE3BYT