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
Charles MacDonald VA3CPY President FN25ag Yes Yes
Karen Bryden VA3IGO Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Bertrand Zauhar VE2ZAZ Secretary FN25bk Yes Yes
Peter Jago VA3PJ Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Glenn MacDonell VE3XRA Member FN25dj Yes Yes
Rémi De Cristofaro VA3DRI Member FN25 Yes Yes
Clare Fowler VE3NPC Member FN25 Yes Yes
Mike Kassay VE3MKX Vice President FN14st Yes Yes
Wayne Getchell VE3CZO Director FN25dh Yes Yes
Ray Perrin VE3FN Treasurer FN25dk Yes Yes
John VA3JYK Visitor - No -
Clayton Smith VE3IRR Member EN82qb Yes Yes
Lawrence Dobranski VA3IQ Member FN25 Yes Yes


The meeting was opened by the President, Charles (VA3CPY) at 7:13 pm. There were two visitors attending the meeting.

Secretary’s Report

Bert (VE2ZAZ) posted a draft version of the July 2021 meeting minutes on the website prior to this meeting. Moved by him that the minutes be adopted as posted on the website. Seconded by Rémi (VA3DRI). The motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report

The following report was provided by email ahead of the meeting by Ray (VE3FN), the Treasurer.

  • The balance as of July 31st was $2033.04. There is also $2,000 which is split up into two term deposits. One has a maturity date of June 21st, 2021. The other one will mature on October 21st, 2021.
  • There are 24 members as of today. There are also three life members.

Vice President’s Report

  • The Lanark hamfest held last weekend was a success and will become an annual event.
  • After a ten-year stay in Ottawa, Vice President Mike (VE3MKX) is moving away from the area in September.
  • The radio bands propagation has been very variable lately.

Director’s Report

  • Nothing to report.

President’s Report

  • The latest earthquake in Haiti is generating some emergency amateur HF traffic. There are frequencies that the non-involved hams should avoid. Those frequencies are listed on the RAC website.


Wayne (VE3CZO) gave an update on his Tx/Rx Sequencer. It now uses a ATTiny micro-controller for timing purposes.

Old Business

  • Beacons move: Charles has received an update from the DARC on the beacon relocation. There may be a cost issue with feeding an uninterruptible AC supply to the beacons, as a licensed electrician would be required. We will know more about the expected cost in the next few weeks. The information should be available at the next meeting.

Reports / Club Project Updates

  • Ray (VE3FN) regarding contest cooperation: He is looking for some hams to help him with the 10 GHz and Up contest this upcoming weekend. He is planning to go to Mont Tremblant.
  • Bert (VE2ZAZ) and DMR: The OARC VE2CRA DMR repeater is now fully operational from the Camp Fortune site. Frequency is 444.400 MHz, color code 1.

New Business


Show and Tell / Announcements

  • Charles is reporting that the RAC Advanced Ham Course is very good and is worth the expense.
  • The International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend will be happening this upcoming weekend.

Ask the Club

This new period in the meeting offers an opportunity to ask technical questions and get answers from knowledgeable Club members.

  • No questions were asked.


The President observed that there was no further business; the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 pm.