The meeting was held in the regular upstairs meeting room in Sobey's at the corner of Hazeldean and Terry Fox in Kanata.
The following people were present:
|Name||Call Sign||Position||MH Grid||RAC||WCARC|
|Doug Leach||VE3XK||Vice President||FN25bf||Yes||Yes|
The meeting was opened by the President, Clayton Smith (VE3IRR), at 19:30 hours.
The Secretary, Glenn MacDonell (VE3XRA), introduced the minutes of the January meeting.
Moved by the Secretary, that the minutes be approved and posted; seconded by Doug Leach (VE3XK).
The Treasurer, Andy Hart (VE3NVK), reported that the club had 15 regular members and 3 life members so far in 2015 and more renewals were expected. The current bank balance was about $632.
The Treasurer noted that there did not appear to be an overall list of club assets. Members knew of the digipeaters belonging to the club, test equipment and equipment used for the VHF contest but these were not all recorded in a single place. He agreed to maintain such a list and members agreed to provide him with information on club property. In particular Doug Leach, who had organized the last June VHF contest offered to provide his list of cables ropes stakes and other material the club had purchased or otherwise acquired.
Reports / Project Updates
Clayton Smith reported that the Broadband Hamnet links described at the last meeting were very stable over the past month. Members discussed how to expand the existing network. Many had equipment but not a clear line of sight to stations in the existing network.
Doug Leach reported that there were no new developments since the last meeting: the beacons continued to operate well except for 6m and that problem could not be investigated until Spring.
Announcements / Show and Tell
Clayton Smith described the new Raspberry Pi 2, now on sale at the same price as the existing Raspberry Pi B+ ($35) that is fully compatible with the earlier device and has twice the memory and a new CPU with about 6x the performance of the earlier CPU.
Preparations for 2015 June VHF Contest
Doug Leach led a discussion of preparations for the June contest, noting which equipment is owned by the club and which may be borrowed from members.
The President, Clayton (VE3IRR) stated that there being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2115 hrs.