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
Norman Siemens VE3NPP Member FN25 Yes Yes
Lawrence Dobranski VA3IQ Vice President FN25 Yes Yes
Rich Ferch VE3KI Member FN25 Yes Yes
Glenn MacDonell VE3XRA Member FN25dj Yes Yes
Rémi De Cristofaro VA3DRI Member FN25 Yes Yes
Clayton Smith VE3IRR Member EN82qb Yes Yes
Ray Perrin VE3FN Member FN25dk Yes Yes
Peter Jago VA3PJ Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Malcolm Harper VE2DDZ Visitor FN35 No -
Larissa Reise VE3KGC Visitor FN14 No -
Ray Burrell VE3BVV Visitor FN24 No -


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

Secretary’s Report

Bert (VE2ZAZ) posted a draft version of the April 2023 meeting minutes on the Club website prior to this meeting. Moved by him that the minutes be adopted as posted on the website. Seconded by Glenn (VE3XRA). The motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report

  • As of this meeting’s date, no April 2023 bank statement had been received.

Vice President’s Report

Lawrence (VA3IQ) informed the members of the following upcoming meeting presentations.

  • Meeting presentations already scheduled:
    • June 2023: Action report of the contest. Also, Paul (K1YBE): ARTEN Project - New England Mesh Networking.
    • July 2023: Dennis (WA4LPR): INTRFIL - Round rod interdigital filtering construction software.
  • Meeting presentations in planning:
    • Mike (VA3TEC): State of the art in FPGAs.
    • Paul (W1GHZ): Subject to be determined.
    • Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation. The presentation will be given by a Ph.D. student.

Director’s Report

Nothing to report.

President’s Report

Nothing to report.


None. The bulk of the meeting was spent preparing for the WCARC’s participation in the 2023 ARRL June VHF Contest.

Old Business

  • 902/1296 MHz Beacons: The beacons are still non-operational. Bert (VE2ZAZ) will contact Phil Lytle (VE3HOA) to get an update on their attempt to organize a visit to the YMCA roof to re-activate the beacons.
  • WCARC badges: Lawrence (VA3IQ) informed the attendees that the badges had been received. They will be distributed at the Kinburn Community Centre during the VHF Contest.
  • 432 Yagi antenna Procurement: As previously mentioned, Bert (VE2ZAZ) will contact Ken (VA3KA) again at the end of May to set up a pickup of the antenna.
  • Clayton (VE3IRR): A few early notes on the upcoming June VHF contest:
    • The contest web page has been updated with 2023 information, and is now posted on the WCARC website.
    • Clayton is trying to reach previously active rover stations to gauge their interest in coordinating their activities with the WCARC.

New Business


Show and tell


Ask the Club

No questions were asked.


The President observed that there was no further business; the meeting was adjourned at 8:33pm.