The meeting was held at the the Hazeldean branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The following people were present:

Name Call Sign Position MH Grid RAC WCARC
Doug Leach VE3XK Member FN25bf Yes Yes
Clayton Smith VE3IRR President FN25ai Yes Yes
Bertrand Zauhar VE2ZAZ Member FN25bk Yes Yes
Lawrence Dobranski VA3IQ Member FN25 Yes Yes
Peter Jago VA3PJ Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Chris Rochefort VE2MW Member FN25ck Yes Yes
Jeremy Jones VA3ZTF Vice President FN25ac Yes Yes
Remi De Cristofaro VA3DRI Member FN25bh Yes Yes
Wayne Getchell VE3CZO Member FN25dh Yes Yes
Glenn MacDonell VE3XRA Member FN25dj Yes Yes
Andy Hart VE3NVK Director FN25bh Yes Yes
Raj Thukral VA3RZT Visitor FN25    
Randy Nordlund VE3AX Secretary FN25jg Yes Yes
John Vandermey VA3RLC Member FN15xd Yes Yes


The meeting was opened by the President, Clayton Smith (VE3IRR) at 18:07. One visitor was in attendance.

Secretary’s Report

Randy (VE3AX) introduced the minutes of the June and July meetings as posted on the WCARC website. Moved by the Secretary that the minutes be adopted as posted. Seconded by Glenn (VE3XRA). The motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report

Clayton (VE3IRR) reported 27 paid up members for 2019 and a bank balance of $923.45. There is also $2,000 which is split up into 2 term deposits which will be maturing in 2020. A number of expenses still need to be accounted for, so the available balance is around $300.

Vice President’s Report

Jeremy (VA3ZTF) reported that Pretty Street Community Centre has been reserved from September to the end of the year. (Note: The reservation was subsequently changed to the Fringewood Community Centre.) The start of the meetings will be back at 7pm. A preliminary budget was presented to the members for this year and 2020.

Director’s Report


President’s Report

Clayton (VE3IRR) mentioned that a table has been reserved for the Carp Hamfest. He will be selling some of his excess equipment and will give the proceeds to the club.


Bert (VE2ZAZ) gave a presentation on building 24 GHz equipment.

Old Business

Georges-André’s FT-817 went missing after the June contest and the club will reimburse the value of the radio. Clayton presented a motion to give the amount of $300 to Georges-André. Chris (VE2MW) seconded. The motion was carried.

Reports / Project Updates


Doug (VE3XK) reported that all beacons are working.



Broadband Hamnet


New Business


Announcements / Show & Tell

  • Andy (VA3NVK) offered to pay the cost of a replacement 144 MHz beacon antenna.
  • Peter (VA3PJ) offered to pay the cost of a replacement 222 MHz beacon antenna.
  • Multiple members each offered $20 to cover the cost of a replacement 432 MHz beacon antenna:
    • Bert (VE2ZAZ)
    • Wayne (VE3CZO)
    • Glenn (VE3XRA)
    • Randy (VE3AX)
    • Doug (VE2XK)
    • Luc (VE3JGL)
    • Ray (VE3FN)
    • Clayton (VE3IRR)
    • Remi (VA3DRI)
  • Glenn (VE3XRA) gave an update on the 10 GHz contest outing with Ray VE3FN.
  • Bert (VE2ZAZ) showed the NanoVNA that he received.
  • Jeremy (VA3ZTF) asked for speaker suggestions for future meetings.
  • Doug (VE3XK) mentioned that the QCWA’s September meeting will feature a presentation on an APRS nano beacon that will go around the world with balloons.
  • Remi (VA3DRI) showed an LC meter and asked the members for ideas to troubleshoot why it wasn’t accurate.


The President observed that there being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 20:03.