Minutes of the Regular Meeting on May 14, 2018
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|
|Doug Leach||VE3XK||Vice President||FN25bf||Yes||Yes|
The meeting was opened by the President, Clayton Smith (VE3IRR), at 19:01 hours. 3 visitors were in attendance.
Clayton (VE3IRR) introduced the minutes of the April meeting posted on the WCARC website. Clayton moved that the minutes be approved as posted. The motion was seconded by Randy (VE3AX). The motion was carried.
We have 28 paid up members and the bank balance is $3,909.
Vice President’s Report
The speaker tonight is Brian Jeffrey (VE3UU) and the subject is “Adventures in the Coldest Part of the Cold War.”
Jeremy (VA3ZTF) introduced a motion to modify the club expenditure bylaw as follows (changes in bold):
Expenditures: Expenditures should be approved in advance, and prior to the actual expenditure. Single expenditures up to $250 may be approved by two Signing Officers and disclosed at the next general meeting. Expenditures exceeding $250 but less than $500 shall require approval by a majority of the members at a general meeting. Expenditures exceeding $500 shall be presented at a general meeting and opened for discussion on the WCARC email list, following which a majority vote will be held at the next general meeting.
Robert (VE3BE) seconded the motion. Motion was carried.
Doug (VE3XK) showed the RF Explorer spectrum analyzer that was purchased by the club and mentioned that the VNA was still in transit.
Reports / Project Updates
Doug reported that the 6m and 70cm beacons are presently down. They will be looked at once Wayne is available.
Clayton mentioned that an American ham (W1VLF) is experimenting with aircraft scatter and was not hearing the 6m beacon. He was notified of the beacon issues.
Bert updated the group on the project to stabilize the 2m WSPR beacon with a new 10 MHz referenced synthesizer.
Bert mentioned that we will be getting access to the Camp Fortune transmitter site and there is a possibility of installing a node.
Jeremy (VA3ZTF) updated the group on the project to install a node at the Diefenbunker. The tower is presently overloaded.
Randy (VE3AX) mentioned that a roll of 7/8” heliax was picked up at the NEWS conference for the 6m contest station. The cost was $50.
Randy gave an update on the 2 club antennas which were ordered from Directive Systems and the 6m antenna which is being rebuilt.
Announcements / Show & Tell
- Randy (VE3AX) showed the RS-918 portable HF transceiver.
- Glenn (VE3XRA) mentioned that there will be an amateur radio booth setup at Canada-Wide Science Fair being held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Clayton (VE3IRR) described a new SDR project called osmo-fl2k which uses a VGA adapter as a transmitter.
- Dean (VA3CDD) mentioned that the LimeSDR Mini is now shipping.
Preparations for the June Contest
Clayton gave a quick update for the final preparations and confirmed who would be available for setup and takedown.
The President observed that there being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 21:25.