The meeting was held in the Kanata Room at Sobey’s in Kanata.

The following members and guests were present:

Name Call Sign Position
Tom Zinck VA3NFA President
Rick Bandla VE3CVG V.P. / Webmaster
Tim Evangelatos VE3MY  
Dale Hennigar VE3XZT  
John Christensen VE3IAO  
Ed Blaser VE3LZV Guest
Harold Hamilton VA3UNK  
Justin Schmidt-Clever VE3QYR  
Les McCready VA3BZQ  
Brad Smith VE3BSM  
Barney Baker VA3BGB  
Doug Leach VE3XK  
Robin Webb VE3UIX  
Steve Attfield   Guest
Graham Ide VE3BYT Secretary

Ken Asmus, VA3KA, Treasurer, was absent, working in the Great Canadian North.

We were happy to have Ed Blaser, VE3LZV, and Steve Attfield join with us as guests. Steve is working on his amateur license. Introductions were made around the table.

Rick, VE3CVG, reported that the website is up to date, and that the 903 MHz beacon is working well at NRC on Montreal Road. The Maidenhead Grid location reported by the beacon will be corrected in the near future. Graham, VE3BYT, noted that he can hear the beacon at his QTH in Bells Corners on a 19” vertical whip inside the house. This is at a range of over 21 kilometres.

Rick mentioned that there is a 2 Meter Sprint tonight.

Graham had nothing Secretarial to report.

Brad, VE3BSM, reported that the APRS systems are all working.

Tom, VA3NFA, noted that Al, VO1NO, will coordinate the Field Day activities for the club. Al will prepare a budget and plans for the event in conjunction with the South West Lanark North Leeds ARES group.

Dale, VE3XZT, informed the group that Manfred, VA3WK, is giving up his two repeaters (VA3IGS on 147.24 and VE3KNA on 443.4 MHz). After discussion, the members decided that the club should take over these repeaters. Hopefully they will be able to remain at their current location. In view of the change in ownership, this action will require a notice to Industry Canada and a request for coordination to the Saint Lawrence Valley Repeater Council.

Rick, with Tom and Harold, VA3UNK, gave an illustrated talk and demonstration of networking and amateur radio communication on 2.4 GHz, using 802.11b/g computer networking equipment.

The next meeting will be on May 2, 2006.

Graham Ide VE3BYT