The meeting was held at the Sobey’s in Kanata (March Rd. location). The following people were present:

Name Call Sign Position MH Grid RAC WCARC
Bertrand Zauhar VE2ZAZ Director FN25bk Yes Yes
Wayne Getchell VE3CZO Member FN25 Yes Yes
Clayton Smith VE3IRR President FN25ai Yes Yes
Doug Leach VE3XK Vice President FN25bf Yes Yes
Peter Jago VA3PJ Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Graham Ide VE3BYT Member FN25ch Yes Yes
Andy Hart VE3NVK Member FN25bh Yes Yes
Robert Boyd VE3BE Treasurer FN25dj Yes Yes
Jeremy Jones VA3ZTF Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Glenn MacDonell VE3XRA Member FN25dj Yes Yes
Stuart Fedak VE3SMF Visitor FN25eh Yes  
Nick Shepherd VE3OWV Member FN15vk Yes Yes
Chris Bisaillion VE3CBK Member FN25ai Yes Yes
Michael Kennedy VA3TEC Visitor FN25fl    
John Vandermey VA3RLC Member FN15 Yes Yes
Brian Jeffrey VE3UU Member FN15 Yes Yes
Laurens Wit   Visitor      


The meeting was opened by the President, Clayton Smith (VE3IRR), at 19:03 hours. 2 visitors were in attendance.

Secretary’s Report

The Secretary, Randy (VE3AX), introduced the minutes of the January meeting as posted. Moved by the Secretary (VE3AX) that the minutes be approved; Seconded by Doug (VE3XK). Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report

Before tonight’s meeting there was $717 in the bank and 17 paid up members. 4 members have paid tonight so the balance is now $817 and 21 paid up members.

Vice President’s Report

The speaker next month will be Paul Coverdale VE3ICV and the subject will be VNA’s. The May meeting will be the planning for the June contest. Doug highlighted the rest of the speakers for 2017.

Director’s Report


President’s Report

Clayton talked about the changes and improvements he has done on the WCARC website.

Old Business

Jeremy (VA3ZTF) asked if any club members were interested in participating to the joint field day. He has offered to act as the liaison with the other clubs.

Reports / Project Updates


VHF & UHF beacons are working with no issues. The 2m WSPR beacon at Paul (VE3PLE)’s home is up and running. He is looking at adding more improvements to the beacon. The next step will be adding an SDR receiver. Doug is asking for reception reports.



Broadband Hamnet

Rick (VE3CVG) is looking to do a BBHN seminar. Clayton (VE3IRR) is adding a list capability of who connects to the mesh. Members are still looking at trying to extend the mesh towards Orleans. Graham asked what type of traffic was presently seen on the mesh. Also if there was a way to put the present users on a map.

New Business



  • Randy (VE3AX) mentioned the NEWS VHF-UHF conference being held in Connecticut April 21.
  • Wayne (VE3CZO) mentioned that this was the last day to reserve the hotel rooms at the reduced price.
  • Randy showed the low cost Ukranian 50MHz – 28MHz transverter from eBay.


The speaker tonight is Jeremy VA3ZTF and the subject is his 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi network experience in Iraq.


The President observed that there being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 20:35pm.