Minutes - Meeting of August 1, 2006
The meeting was held in the Kanata Room at Sobey’s in Kanata.
The following members and guests were present:
|Rick Bandla||VE3CVG||V.P. / Webmaster|
The meeting convened at 7:30 at Sobey’s in Kanata.
Tom, VA3NFA, determined that we had no new guests present.
Rick, VE3CVG, indicated that the web site is up to date and that the 903 MHz beacon is working. Rick announced that he and Ken, VA3KA, would be working on two personal projects - 902 band FM repeaters, and implementation of the ICOM D-STAR digital system.
Ken reported that the finances are in good shape and the domain name is paid for the year.
Graham, VE3BYT, had nothing to report.
Tom noted that several members had worked Al, VO1NO, on the Magdalen Islands. Rick reminded us about the microwave contest the following weekend.
There was no new business.
Regarding 902 band repeaters, Rick reported that he and Ken have acquired a number of surplus commercial mobile and HT radios, and that they will be installing a repeater in the east area and one in the west that will be linked together. At present equipment for a 25 MHz Tx/Rx separation is available at reasonable prices. Eventually a 12 MHz split may be viable. It is planned to link these new repeaters to the 144 and 440 band repeaters as well.
Rick reported that he and Ken have applied for a $16,000 Seniors Grant to assist them with implementing the D-STAR system. Rick says that D-STAR uses the same protocol as the AOR modules. They are asking ICOM to supply two 1.2 GHz repeaters and the group will put up 144 and 440 MHz digital systems as well. D-STAR installations are proceeding in a number of cities, including Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria and Montreal. The “group” may pass the hat to area clubs to assist with the project.
The club plans to put up the 222 MHz repeater, and beacons for the 144, 222 and 440 MHz bands as soon as it can be done. Rick indicated that his involvement with these would be on the back burner for the foreseeable future.
Doug, VE3XK, showed and described his stripped down Tellurometer for 10 GHz, with power supply and 12 volt power access. Doug indicated that Ray, VE3FN, would be happy to have help and participation on this band. Ray is doing narrow-band work on 10 GHz.
Steve, VA3SAX, showed his 40m regenerative receiver - which is yet to be fully functional. Rick and others made suggestions for the project. Rick described “Dead Bug” and “Manhattan Style” (islands above a ground plane) construction methods.
The Carp Fleamarket is on September 2.
The next meeting will be on September 5, 2006.
Graham Ide VE3BYT