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
Barney BakerVA3BGBMemberFN25aiYesYes
Ken AsmusVA3KATreasurerFN15wgYesYes
Peter JagoVA3PJMemberFN25YesYes
Bert ZauharVE2ZAZDirectorFN25bkYesYes
Graham IdeVE3BYTMemberFN25chYesYes
Rick BandlaVE3CVGMemberFN25hmYesYes
Clayton SmithVE3IRRVisitorFN25YesYes
Bill BrownVE3MMQMemberFN25vhYesYes
Clare FowlerVE3NPCMemberFN25djYesYes
Andrew HartVE3NVKMemberFN25bhYesYes
Doug LeachVE3XKMemberFN25wgYesYes
Glenn MacDonellVE3XRASecretaryFN25djYesYes
Al PenneyVO1NOPresidentFN24cwYesYes

The meeting was opened by President Al Penney (VO1NO) at 19:30 hours.

Secretary's Report:
Secretary Glenn MacDonell (VE3XRA) thanked Andy (VE3NVK) for taking the minutes of the previous meeting, in his absence, and introduced the minutes that had been posted on the club website.
Moved by Clare (VE3NPC) that the minutes as posted be approved. Seconded by Glenn (VE3XRA).
Motion approved.

Treasurer's Report:
Treasurer Ken Asmus (VA3KA) reported that the current bank balance was $642.38. The renewal of insurance through Radio Amateurs of Canada, typically about $283, was the only outsatnding expense. This bill had not yet been received, so the club will close the year with a reasonable balance. He noted that membership renewals will be due in January. Ken also informed members that he would not stand for re-election. The President, Al Penney (VO1NO) thanked Ken for his excellent contribution to the club as Treasurer over more than a decade.

President's Report:
President Al Penney (VO1NO) provided an extensive report on the activities of the club in 2012. This report was warmly received by all present and will be posted on the website.

Old Business:

New Business:

General Reports and Announcements:

Doug Leach (VE3XK) reported that the WCARC beacons (6m, 2m, 1 1/4m, 70cm) continue to operate nominally. Rick Bandla (VE3CVG) reported that he had obtained kits for beacons at 903.360MHz and 1296.060MHz and was now completing the assembly. He plans to locate the beacons at a central location in Ottawa.

Rick Bandla (VE3CVG) reported that the Ottawa Amateur Radio Digital Group had obtained access to an underused software reflector, XRF018, located in Montreal and administered by Brent (VE3BFW), who is a member of OARDG. This new arrangement is expected to enhance Ottawa area D-STAR communications.

Grid Expedition:
Al (VO1NO) reported that the scores for the ARRL VHF QSO Party held in mid June 2012 have now been posted. VE3WCC operated by the club did very well, scoring more than double its previous high. It was not only the highest score in its class but the highest score in Canada, in the top 4 in the ARRL Central Region and 20th highest score overall. He expressed some surprise at the reductions from our even higher claimed score and participants in the past contest discussed how to reduce errors that led to the reductions, with the objective of scoring event higher next year.

Annual General Meeting - Elections

West Carleton Amateur Radio Club Executives are elected for 2 year term with half of the positions up for election each year. At this meeting elections were held for the positions of Vice President and Treasurer. The results were:
Treasurer: Andrew Hart(VE3NVK). Acclaimed.
Vice President: Clayton Smith (VE3IRR). Acclaimed.

NOTICE: The first Tuesday of January 2013, our usual next meeting date, is New Year's Day. As a result, the January 2013 meeting will take place on January 8, 2013.

The President stated that there being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 20:30 hours. The members participated in the annual Christmas party.