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:

NameCall SignPositionMH GridRACWCARC
Ken EvansGuestYes
Dean DenterVA3CDDMemberFN15wlYesYes
Ken AsmusVA3KATreasurerFN15wgYesYes
Peter JagoVA3PJMemberFN25agYesYes
Bert ZauharVE2ZAZDirectorFN25bkYesYes
Graham IdeVE3BYTMemberFN25chYesYes
David FrankVE3DMUGuestFN25Yes
Jeff MilneVE3EFFGuestFN25agYes
Ray PerrinVE3FNMemberFN25YesYes
Geoff JohnsonVE3KIDMemberYes
Norm RashleighVE3LCGuestFN25fkYes
Barry AllisonVE3NJKGuestFN25fgYes
Clare FowlerVE3NPCMemberFN25YesYes
Andy HartVE3NVKVice PresidentFN25bhYesYes
Glenn MacDonellVE3XRASecretaryFN15djYesYes
Al PenneyVO1NOPresidentFN24cwYesYes

The meeting was opened by President Al Penney(VO1NO) at 19:30 hours.
The President welcomed three guests to the meeting: Norm Rashleigh (VE3LC), Barry Allison (VE3NJK), Ken Evans (not licenced yet).

As the first order of Business the President called on Mr.Rob McLachlan of the Department of Planning and Growth Management of the City of Ottawa to outline the proposed Ottawa Antenna Policy Municipal Concurrence and Public Consultation Process for Ottawa. (The proposed process and accompanying documents can be found at

Mr.McLachlan noted that the process will be developed in accordance with Industry Canada's regulatory framework. The section of the City of Ottawa site plan control bylaw, dealing with communication tower proposals, will be deleted. Mr. MacLachlan outlined the proposed simplified consultation process for Residential Use Antenna Systems (such as thoses used by amateur radio operators) including exemptions that would determine when consultation was not necessary before proceeding. He answered questions and participated in a lively discussion with the members and guests present. The President thanked Mr.McLachlan for attending and participating in the discussion.

Secretary's Report:
Secretary Glenn MacDonell(VE3XRA) introduced the minutes of the previous meeting. Moved by Glenn MacDonell(VE3XRA) that the previous minutes as published on the web pages be approved. Seconded by Peter Jago(VA3PJ).
Motion approved.

Treasurer's Report:
Treasurer Ken Asmus(VA3KA) reported that the Club had made $84.50 in sales from the table it operated at the Ottawa hamfest and as a result the present balance was $544.30. There are now 27 paid up members and 3 life members.

VicePresident's Report
Vice President Andy Hart(VE3NVK) noted that the meeting room at Sobeys is now available but it is not yet possible to book it more than 1 week in advance.

Old Business:
At the previous meeting a motion to increase the dues had been moved and seconded and after discussion deferred to the October meeting. The President provided the meeting with an overview of income and expenses of the club over the past 3 years. The major source of income was membership dues. Membership had remained roughly constant over the 3 years with a slight decrease this year. The club also earned income from sales at local fleamarkets each year. However, there had been significant revenue from sales of donated equipment in 2009 and 2010 that met or exceeded the revenue from membership those years and no such revenue in 2011. The major change in expenditures was an increase in the cost of RAC insurance that tripled from 2010 to 2011. The club expenditure on the annual VHF Expedition was cut in half for 2011.

The deferred motion from the previous meeting was reintroduced to be voted on:
Moved By Bert (VE2ZAZ), seconded by Stan (VA3SMM) that the membership dues be increased from $20 (per year) to $25 (per year).
[Web master's Note: It is assumed, subject to change at the November meeting, that the dues amount is the per year amount. It is further assumed that the dues change is effective immediately.]

New Business:

General Reports:

The 2m, 1.25m and 70cm beacons have continued to operate without interruption for several months.

Expedition for June VHF QSO Party

We continue to wait for scores to be published.

Members' news
Geoff (VE3KID) has built a home brew Hex beam for 20m through 10m using the K4KIO (G3TXQ) design. See
Dean (VE3CDD)described the microwave transverter kits supprted by VK9NA that were developed and are sold by one of the VK9NA members, Graham VK3XKD. Information is on VK3XKD's website. See

Due to the length of the discussion on the Ottawa Antenna Policy, Glenn VE3XRA gave an abbreviated version of his presentation on 10GHz and 24GHz operations during and between the ARRL 10GHz and above contest 20-21 August and 17-18 September.The presentation included video of several 10GHz QSOs and the single successful 24GHz QSO. 10GHz QSOs were completed over distances of 200-600km with the longest made using rain scatter.

The President Al Penney(VO1NO) stated that there being no further business, the meeting would be adjourned. The meeting was closed at 22:00 hours.