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
Lawrence Dobranski VA3IQ Member FN25 Yes Yes
Fred VE3LAF Visitor - No -
Clare Fowler VE3NPC Member FN25 Yes Yes
Rich Ferch VE3KI Member FN25 Yes Yes
Glenn MacDonell VE3XRA Member FN25dj Yes Yes
Ray Perrin VE3FN Member FN25dk Yes Yes
Peter Jago VA3PJ Member FN25ag Yes Yes
John VA3JYK Visitor - No -
Wayne Getchell VE3CZO Director FN25dh Yes Yes
Luc Pernot VE3JGL Member FN25ek Yes Yes
Mike Kassay VE3MKX Vice President FN14st Yes Yes
Rémi De Cristofaro VA3DRI 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 September 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 Mike (VE3MKX). The motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report

  • The balance as of September 30th was $2033.21. There is also $2,000 which is split up into two term deposits. One has a maturity date of August 21st, 2022. The other one will mature on October 21st, 2022.
  • There are 24 members as of today. There are also three life members.

Vice President’s Report

  • Mike (VE3MKX) finally got the internet at his new location.
  • Parks-OTA and Summits-OTA have been very popular lately.
  • The Kingston hamfest ended up being wet. After 45 minutes, a serious thunderstorm hit the region, and the ground flooded. This put an end to the hamfest.

Director’s Report

  • Regarding looking for a decent place for our beacons: Harrie Jones (VE3HYS) replied that it is unlikely that Camp Fortune will be a suitable location. Being an access-restricted and an RFI-prone commercial site, gaining permission to add more transmitters is a challenge.

President’s Report

  • Charles (VA3CPY) had nothing new to report on the beacon move front.
  • He mentioned our Club meeting on the 3640 HF net.


  • Karen (VA3IGO): Report on her Loop-On-Ground receive antenna.
  • Ray (VE3FN): Report on his participation in the 2021 10GHz+ contest.

Old Business

  • VHF/UHF Beacon move:
    • Bert (VE2ZAZ) is trying to identify the full name and call sign of a certain “Dale the electrician”, who could be a good resource for our beacon move. Some attendees suggested that it may be Dale Hennigar (VE3XZT). Bert will confirm that information.
    • Plan B location at the Diefenbunker: We shall visit the site to confirm that it is suitable. Verification shall include checking the always-on AC outlet and verifying the metal frame sturdiness. Bert will send an email to Nick (VE3OWV) to organize a visit.
    • Bert contacted Rick (VE3CVG) to inquire about how suitable the YMCA rooftop could be for our beacons. Rick was clear that, for many reasons, the YMCA would not be a good location for our beacons.
    • Mike (VE3MKX): The Lanark Club have a new tower. He suggested that this could be a good location for the beacons. However, Glenn (VE3XRA) reckoned that the Lanark Club would likely not want VHF transmitters near their station.

Reports / Club Project Updates


New Business


Show and Tell / Announcements

  • Charles showed a Russian 1 MHz glass-enclosed crystal. He also showed an old auto-focus Minolta SLR camera.
  • Bert showed the Super-Pixie QRP CW transceiver, a 1-Watt, simple, cheap but effective radio. On his first CQ call, he had a QSO with a Virginia station (a distance of 750 km).
  • Wayne showed a 2n3391A transistor from GE Canada (1964).

Ask the Club

This 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.