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
Raj Thukral VA3RZT Member FN25   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
Clayton Smith VE3IRR President FN25ai Yes Yes
Robert Boyd VE3BE Treasurer FN25dj Yes Yes
Mike Kassay VE3MKX Visitor      
John Vandermey VA3RLC Member FN15xd Yes Yes
Jeremy Jones VA3ZTF Vice President FN25ac Yes Yes
Richard Ferch VE3KI Member FN25ce Yes Yes
Luc Pernot VE3JGL Member FN25ek Yes Yes
Andy Hart VE3NVK Director FN25bh Yes Yes
Mike Babineau VE3WMB Visitor      
Wayne Getchell VE3CZO Member FN25dh Yes Yes


The meeting was opened by the President, Clayton (VE3IRR) at 19:00. Two visitors were in attendance (VE3WMB, VE3MKX).

Secretary’s Report

Clayton (VE3IRR) introduced the minutes of the September meeting as posted on the WCARC website. Doug (VE3XK) asked that the August minutes be amended to add Remi (VA3DRI)’s name to the list of members who donated for the 70 cm beacon antenna. Moved by the Secretary that the September minutes be adopted as posted. Seconded by Doug (VE3XK). The motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report

Robert (VE3BE) reported 27 paid up members for 2019 and a bank balance of $1,700.48. There is also $2,000 which is split up into 2 term deposits which will be maturing in 2020. Robert mentioned the donation of the sale of Clayton’s equipment at the Carp Hamfest.

Vice President’s Report

Jeremy explained the meeting space situation.

Director’s Report


President’s Report

The question was asked if the WCARC mailing list was going to move because Yahoo groups is removing some of its functionality. Clayton is looking at moving the list to He also notified the group that he will present a motion at the November meeting to raise the membership dues from $25 to $30 as the Club’s expenses have gone up.


Mike Babineau (VE3WMB) gave a presentation on a Pico Balloon WSPR Beacon.

Old Business


Reports / Project Updates


Doug (VE3XK) reported that the beacons are all functioning well. There was a report of a key click issue due to a local FM receiver being overloaded.



Broadband Hamnet


New Business


Announcements / Show & Tell

  • Bert (VE2ZAZ) announced that he has a couple of items for sale.
  • Wayne (VE3CZO) mentioned that he and Luc (VE3JGL) went to Microwave Update.
  • Mike (VE3WMB) talked about a hamfest in the GTA.
  • Georges-André (VE2VAB) asked if anyone had comments about the transverters from the Transverter Store.
  • Peter (VA3PJ) mentioned a ground station transmitter that he designed in 1953 that operated at 152.5 MHz and communicated with balloons.


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