The meeting was held over the internet via a Zoom video conference. The following people were present:

Name Call Sign Position MH Grid WCARC RAC
Karen Bryden VA3IGO Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Charles MacDonald VA3CPY President FN25ag Yes Yes
Bertrand Zauhar VE2ZAZ Secretary FN25bk Yes Yes
Lawrence Dobranski VA3IQ Member FN25 Yes Yes
Ray Perrin VE3FN Member FN25dk Yes Yes
Robert Boyd VE3BE Treasurer FN25dj Yes Yes
Chris Rochefort VE2MW Member FN25ck Yes Yes
Luc Pernot VE3JGL Member FN25ek Yes Yes
Peter Jago VA3PJ Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Randy Nordlund VE3AX Member FN25jg Yes Yes
Clayton Smith VE3IRR Member FN25ai Yes Yes
Raj Thukral VA3RZT Member FN25 Yes Yes


The meeting was opened by the President, Charles (VA3CPY) at 19:06. No visitors were in attendance.

Secretary’s Report

Bert (VE2ZAZ) posted a draft version of the July 2020 meeting minutes on the website prior to this meeting. Moved by him that the minutes be adopted as posted on the website. Seconded by Randy (VE3AX). The motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report

Robert (VE3BE) reported 25 paid up members for 2020 and a bank balance of $1533.93. There is also $2,000 which is split up into 2 term deposits. One will mature on October 20th. The other one has a maturity date of June 21st, 2021.

Vice President’s Report

Not Present.

Director’s Report

Not present.

President’s Report

Charles (VA3CPY) has purchased a Zoom license on his own. He is offering to use his license for the Club monthly meetings. Members in attendance thanked him for that gesture.


Bert (VE2ZAZ): A brief overview on Fiber Optics Communications

Old Business

  • September VHF Contest: The board has noticed, likely due to the pandemic, that nobody has volunteered to organize the event. Moreover, it is anticipated that there would insufficient participation. Thus there will be no Club participation in the 2020 September VHF contest. Item closed

New Business


Reports / Project Updates


From Robert (VE3BE): The 6m, 2m, 1.25m and 70cm beacons are still off the air. Replacement N-connectors were received and installed. There is also work being done to improve ventilation and cooling, with the addition of a fan. The plan is to have the beacons installed on the new Diefenbunker tower, which was erected earlier this month. It is very likely that we will be able to install them there before the winter. In the event that this would not be possible, we would re-install the beacons at the Boltwoods’ place. The CW ID EPROM will need to be re-programmed if the beacons end up being relocated. Bert (VE2ZAZ) has offered to re-program the EPROM with the new grid square suffix.

Broadband Hamnet

Nothing to report.

New Business


Announcements / Show & Tell

Karen (VA3IGO) had solicited the members for suggestions of HF antenna on the Club’s email mailing list. Her request generated several replies and many suggestions. Resulting from that discussion, she opted to install a Cobweb antenna.


The President observed that there being no further business; the meeting was adjourned at 20:37.