Minutes of the Meeting on October 04, 2010
The meeting was held in the Kanata Room in Sobey's, at the SW corner of Hazeldean and Terry Fox Drive in Kanata.
The following people were present:
|Name||Call Sign||Position||MH Grid||RAC||WCARC|
|Doug Leach||VE3XK||Vice President||FN15wg||Yes||Yes|
The meeting was opened by President Al Penney(VO1NO) at 19:30 hours.
The President welcomed 2 guests, Ziggy Bernhoff VE3RY and David Frank VE3DMU.
Secretary Glenn MacDonell(VE3XRA) introduced the Minutes of the September meeting that had previously been posted on the club website. It was pointed out that Ray Burrell had attended the meeting but not been listed in the minutes. The Secretary noted the correction and moved, seconded by Andy VE3NVK, that the minutes as corrected be adopted. The motion passed.
Treasurer Ken Asmus(VA3KA) reported that the club's financial situation had changed little since the last meeting.
Glenn VE3XRA reported that the proposed purchase of a data projector for club meetings in 2011 did not take place because the item discussed at the previous meeting, that had been on sale but out of stock, was never restocked. The meeting discussed requirements and available projectors and came to the conclusion that more than the $450 planned expenditure would be required.
As notice had been given to formally consider the expenditure at this meeting, VE3XRA moved, seconded by Marc VA3DRV that the meeting authorize purchase of a projector at a cost of up to $600. The motion passed. (Webmasters note - Marc Pichette is shown as a guest. If this is correct he cannot second a motion.)
Doug VE3XK reported that the club's beacons continue to operate and have been recently set into winter mode (adjustment affecting air circulation to maintain proper operating temperature).
Rick VE3CVG reported that the 900MHz beacon is very weak. He is prepared to overhaul it and explore other possible locations. It was noted that VE3FN has offered to donate a 10GHz beacon. A location would be needed and Rick will explore the possibility of using the Y where the D-STAR repeater is located.
Rick VE3CVG reported a noticeable increase in activity on D-STAR in Ottawa. Several "hot spots", simplex extensions of the repeater, have been installed and more are planned and these will extend the coverage in the area. Early planning has begun for a D-STAR forum in mid November. More information will be available at the next meeting.
The Webmaster (Rick VE3CVG) reported that 6 years of club minutes are now accessible on the website.
Andy Hart VE3NVK gave an interesting and comprehensive presentation "The Newest Digital Modes Software - Fast Light Digimodes (fldigi). The presentation is available on the club website.
The President Al Penney(VO1NO) stated that there being no further business, the meeting would be adjourned. The meeting was closed at 21:45 hours.