The meeting was held in the Kanata Room at Sobey’s, on the SW corner of Hazeldean and Terry Fox Drive in Kanata. The following people were present:

Name Call Sign Position MH Grid RAC WCARC
Glenn MacDonell VE3XRA Member FN25dj Yes Yes
Graham Ide VE3BYT Member FN25ch Yes Yes
Wayne Getchell VE3CZO Member FN25 Yes Yes
Richard Ferch VE3KI Member FN25ce Yes Yes
Doug Leach VE3XK Vice President FN25bf Yes Yes
Clare Fowler VE3NPC Member FN25dj Yes Yes
Clayton Smith VE3IRR President FN25ai Yes Yes
Randy Nordlund VE3AX Secretary FN25jg Yes Yes
Andy Hart VE3NVK Treasurer FN25bh Yes Yes
Graham Collins VE3GTC Member FN25ig Yes Yes
Bertrand Zauhar VE2ZAZ Director FN25bk Yes Yes
Peter Jago VA3PJ Member FN25ag Yes Yes


The meeting was opened by the President, Clayton Smith (VE3IRR), at 19:30 hours. No visitors were in attendance.

Secretary’s Report

The Secretary, (VE3AX), introduced the minutes of the June meeting. Moved by the Secretary (VE3AX) that the minutes be approved; seconded by Rich (VE3KJ). Motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report

17 paid up members and $493 in the bank.

Vice President’s Report

The speaker for November will be Dave Conn and the subject will be designing HF antennas.

There are some hams who might be interested in joining the club but they have a scheduling conflict with the Diefenbunker meetings held on Tuesdays. Doug will have discussions with them.

The speaker for the August meeting will be Greg Danylchenko (VE3YTZ) with an introduction to extension cords.

Director’s Report


President’s Report


Old Business


Reports / Project Updates


2m beacon is still off the air. It was causing some interference to the repeater located at the fire station. The tower will need to be taken down in order to verify the 2m stacking harness.



Broadband Hamnet

New VE2’s on the mesh. They are planning to try to mesh with the Hull hospital and then the YMCA. Some new VE3 stations are also connected.

New Business

Doug (VE3XK) asked for further comments from the members on the feasibility of changing the location and day of the club meeting.


  • Clayton (VE3IRR) Showed a new DVB-T dongle from Nooelec - NESDR Smart. It has a TCXO and a low noise power supply. It also comes with a SMA connector. Also mentioned the new LimeSDR. It goes from 100 kHz – 3.8 GHz.
  • Glenn (VE3XRA) Talked about the Airspy Mini SDR receiver. It has a 12bit ADC. It goes from 24MHz to 1800MHz.
  • Graham (VE3GTC) mentioned some low cost LNA’s used for satellite reception. He also showed the PC boards he is getting from OSH Park.
  • Wayne (VE3CZO) is still looking for a replacement 12V cigarette lighter plug for the battery top-off project he’s designing. The ones he’s looked at so far cannot handle the current.
  • Glenn (VE3XRA) gave an update on the record 47GHz contact by VE3FN and VE2UG.


Tonight’s speaker is Clayton (VE3IRR) and the subject is the follow-up for the June contest.


The President observed that there being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 21:51.