The meeting was held at the the Fringewood Community Centre in Stittsville. The following people were present:

Name Call Sign Position MH Grid RAC WCARC
Doug Leach VE3XK Member FN25bf Yes Yes
Randy Nordlund VE3AX Secretary FN25jg Yes Yes
Bertrand Zauhar VE2ZAZ Member FN25bk Yes Yes
Lawrence Dobranski VA3IQ Member FN25 Yes Yes
Peter Jago VA3PJ Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Graham Ide VE3BYT Member FN25ch Yes Yes
Georges-André Chaudron VE2VAB Member FN25dl Yes Yes
Remi De Cristofaro VA3DRI Member FN25bh Yes Yes
Wayne Getchell VE3CZO Member FN25dh Yes Yes
Robert Boyd VE3BE Treasurer FN25dj Yes Yes
Bryan Hodge VA3QJ Visitor      
Mike Kassay VE3MKX Visitor      
Darren Hodder VE3HOD Member   Yes Yes
John Vandermey VA3RLC Member FN15xd Yes Yes


The meeting was opened by the Secretary, Randy Nordlund (VE3AX) at 19:03. Two visitors were in attendance.

Secretary’s Report

Randy (VE3AX) introduced the minutes of the August meeting as posted on the WCARC website. Doug asked that the August minutes be modified to reflect the members who donated for the 70 cm beacon antenna. Remi (VA3DRI) asked that the RLC meter be changed to LC Meter. Moved by the Secretary that the minutes be adopted as amended. Seconded by Robert (VE3BE). The motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report

Robert (VE3BE) reported 27 paid up members for 2019 and a bank balance of $904.78. There is also $2,000 which is split up into 2 term deposits which will be maturing in 2020. Clayton (VE3IRR) donated $1,103 to the club after the sale of his items at the Carp Hamfest. With the outstanding cheques the effective balance is around $1,500.

Vice President’s Report


Director’s Report


President’s Report



No speaker was scheduled for tonight’s meeting.

Old Business

  • Doug (VE3XK) asked if tonight’s meeting space is committed until December.
  • Randy (VE3AX) mentioned that the speaker for October will be Mike Babineau (VE3WMB) – Pico Balloon WSPR Beacons. November will be Steve Harrison (VE3FTS) – Rebuilding Renfrew and Almonte ARES. December will be the AGM, and January will tentatively be Clayton (VE3IRR) with an SDR update.

Reports / Project Updates


Doug (VE3XK) reported that the beacon antennas were changed before the meeting. Bert (VE2ZAZ) showed pictures of the installed antennas.


Wayne (VE3CZO) asked if D-STAR should be removed from the list of projects as there are no more updates.

Broadband Hamnet


New Business


Announcements / Show & Tell

  • Bryan (VE3QJ) asked if anyone was interested in older ham equipment that he wanted to sell.
  • Bert (VE2ZAZ) gave an update on the September contest.
  • Doug (VE3XK) asked if there were options that the club could look at for future contests such as doing a September contest using rovers.
  • Lawrence (VA3IQ) showed his eBay GPSDO.
  • Graham (VE3BYT) showed his Skew-planar Wheel Antenna.
  • Mike (VE3MKX) showed Powerpole adapters and DC-DC converters from eBay.
  • Wayne (VE3CZO) showed a continuity tester he designed.
  • Randy (VE3AX) showed his NanoVNA.
  • Bert (VE2ZAZ) talked about the NanoVNA and recycling Li-ion batteries.
  • Georges-André (VE2VAB) showed his SOTA setup.
  • Doug (VE3XK) reminded everyone that the club owned test equipment that can be borrowed by the members.
  • Bert (VE2ZAZ) asked if there was a list of equipment donated by Clayton.


The Secretary observed that there being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 21:03.