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 Vice President FN25 Yes Yes
Peter Jago VA3PJ Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Glenn MacDonell VE3XRA Member FN25dj Yes Yes
Rémi De Cristofaro VA3DRI Member FN25 Yes Yes
Luc Pernot VE3LUP Member FN25 Yes Yes
Clayton Smith VE3IRR Member EN82qb Yes Yes
John McGowan VA3JYK Member FN25 Yes Yes
Fred Crowe VE3LAF Member FN25 Yes Yes
Mike Kennedy VA3TEC Member FN25 Yes Yes
Larissa Reise VE3KGC Visitor FN14 No -
Paul K1YBE Visitor - No -
Nancy Austin KC1NEK Visitor - No -


The meeting was opened by the President, Charles (VA3CPY) at 7:10 pm. There were three visitors attending the meeting.

Secretary’s Report

Bert (VE2ZAZ) posted a draft version of the May 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

  • Ray (VE3FN) provided the following report: As of May 31st, we had $2733.83 in our chequing account. The changes from last month are a deposit of $10 (payment for a name badge), interest earned of $0.12, and a cheque for $101.70 to pay for our rental of the Kinburn Community Centre for the ARRL June VHF contest. We also had $2107.60 in our term deposits.
  • At the next meeting:
    • Ray will try to understand why the payment to the Kinburn Community Centre was $101.70, and not $110.
    • He will provide the current number of members.

Vice President’s Report

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

  • Meeting presentations already scheduled:
    • July 2023: Dennis (WA4LPR): INTRFIL - Round rod inter-digital 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.
    • The Codec 2 HF Voice codec. One of the creators will make a presentation.
  • There was an article published on the West Carleton Online website covering our participation in the June VHF contest. Following that article, a member of the local emergency preparedness committee contacted Clayton (VE3IRR) to inquire about the Club’s interest in providing advice on emergency communications. The Officers will discuss this matter further and report back to the members at a future meeting.

Director’s Report

No report, as the Director was absent.

President’s Report

The Club had a successful VHF contest again this year. This is quite an achievement, considering the size of our Club, and the complexity in setting up, operating and tearing down our temporary station. The Club would like to thank Bert (VE2ZAZ) for his contribution in organizing the VHF contest.


  • Paul (K1YBE): ARTEN Project - New England Mesh Networking.
  • Clayton (VE3IRR) - Report on our participation in the June VHF Contest. The Club did better than last year in the number of QSOs on most bands. In total, we had 400 QSOs and 173 multipliers. The submitted score is 111,066. More details are provided in the PDF file which can be downloaded from the Presentations page of the Club’s website.

Old Business

  • 902/1296 MHz Beacons: The beacons are still non-operational. Bert (VE2ZAZ) contacted Phil Lytle (VE3HOA) to get an update on their attempt to organize a visit to the YMCA roof to re-activate the beacons. Phil reported that no progress had been made. Bert recommended that we consider pulling out the beacons from the Y and move them to the Diefenbunker.
  • WCARC badges: Ray (VE3FN) distributed the badges at the Kinburn Community Centre during the VHF Contest. Ray took back the badges that were not picked up. He will mail them to the owners. The next order of badges will be processed in 2024.
  • 432 Yagi antenna procurement: The donated antenna was recovered from Ken (VA3KA) by Rémi (VA3DRI) before the VHF contest. The Club would like to sincerely thank Ken for the donation. The antenna was successfully used during the Contest. Bert (VE2ZAZ) took the antenna home after the Contest. He will try to improve its VSWR.
  • 2023 June VHF Contest:
    • The West Carleton Online wrote an article on the our participation in the VHF Contest, with some emphasis on the rover activities.
    • Tower sections: Following the contest, Ray (VE3BVV) went with Clayton (VE3IRR) to Ken (VA3KA)’s place to pick up the remaining tower sections that the Club owns. In total, eight sections were recovered: four aluminum sections, one straight painted-green section and three very rusted sections. These sections were transported to Ray’s storage barn. The rusted sections will be scrapped by Ray.
    • Bert (VE2ZAZ) moved that a donation of $100 be made to Ray Burrell (VE3BVV) to cover the cost of storing the Club’s contest gear and transporting it to the venue. Lawrence (VA3IQ) seconded the motion. All attendees agreed to the donation. The motion was carried. The Treasurer will contact Ray to transfer the donation.
    • The Club thanked Tyler Tidman (VA3DGN) and Margaret Tidman (VA3VXN) for their help in loading up the Club gear onto the truck on the day before the trip to the VHF contest venue.

New Business


Show and tell

Lawrence (VA3IQ): 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest on August 5th-6th, 2023. Hams in the Greater-Toronto and the Rochester, NY areas will participate in that contest.

Ask the Club

No questions were asked.


The President observed that there was no further business; the meeting was adjourned at 9:26pm.