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
Lawrence Dobranski VA3IQ Vice President FN25 Yes Yes
Charles MacDonald VA3CPY Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Karen Bryden VA3IGO Member FN25ag Yes Yes
Ray Perrin VE3FN Treasurer FN25dk Yes Yes
John McGowan VA3JYK Member FN25 Yes Yes
Bertrand Zauhar VE2ZAZ Secretary FN25bk Yes Yes
Wayne Getchell VE3CZO Director FN25dh Yes Yes
Mike Kennedy VA3TEC Member FN25 Yes Yes
Luc Pernot VE3JGL Member FN25ek Yes Yes
Norman Siemens VE3NPP Member FN25 Yes Yes
Clayton Smith VE3IRR Member EN82qb Yes Yes
Georges-André Chaudron VE2VAB Member FN25 Yes Yes
Andrew Hart VE3NVK Visitor - No -


The meeting was opened by the Vice President, Lawrence Dobranski (VA3IQ), at 7:12 pm. There was one visitor attending the meeting.

Secretary’s Report

  • Bert (VE2ZAZ) had posted a draft version of the November 2023 meeting minutes on the Club website prior to the December meeting. However these minutes were not adopted at the December meeting. Moved by him that the November meeting minutes be adopted as posted on the website. Seconded by Mike (VA3TEC). The motion was carried.
  • He has also posted a draft version of the December 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 Lawrence (VA3IQ). The motion was carried.
  • Bert submitted the RAC Affiliated Club and Insurance Program paperwork to RAC on January 6th. RAC will come back soon with a quotation for us to pay. Bert will then forward the invoice to the Treasurer so that he can proceed with the payment.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Ray (VE3FN) reported: As of December 31st 2023, we had $15.00 in our Share Account, $2,734.64 in our Daily Banking Accounts and $2,185.44 in our Term Deposits. This represents an increase of $0.12 from the amounts in last month’s accounts.
  • The Club currently has 5 regular (paid) members and 3 life members. Ray asked to forward membership dues to him via an Interac email transfer, or to send him a check by mail. He will also send a reminder email to the Club reflector.

Vice President’s Report

  • Lawrence thanked Charles (VA3CPY), our past President, for his contribution to the Club.
  • Upcoming presentations:
    • Confirmed:
      • February: VE2ZAZ - A presentation of his 10G Narrow-band transverter system.
    • In planning:
      • RT Systems: Their radio programming software.
      • VE2DX: His product line of add-ons, mainly for Icom radios.
      • VA2FSQ: Win4Icom and Win4Yaesu radio control software.
  • The February Meeting will be held on Monday the 19th, the usual third Monday of the month. The third Monday in May being the Victoria Day holiday, the May meeting will be held on the 13th, the second Monday of the month.

Director’s Report

The director had nothing to report.

President’s Report

The position of President was vacant.


There was no presentation.

Old Business

  • Lawrence (VA3IQ) is organizing a Saturday morning (8AM) breakfast in February. The selected location is the Summerhays Restaurant. A reservation will be made, and then communicated on the WCARC
  • Microwave day in a park: Lawrence is proposing that we hold a VHF and microwave communication day in a park when the warm weather returns and prior to the June VHF contest, likely at the end of April or in early in May. In early March, Bert (VE2ZAZ) will inquire about the Corkery Community Centre field as a potential venue for this event.
  • Constitution and bylaws discussion. The Club will revise the bylaws to reflect the current Club situation. A proposal is to have a 2-member sub-committee to perform the exercise, and then to submit the updated bylaws to the members for approval at the 2024 Annual General Meeting. Composition of the sub-committee will be decided at the February meeting. Some of the items discussed are:
    • One proposal is to add the webmaster as a Director. This would ensure that a higher number of Officers are active and available at any time.
    • The bylaws web page should be updated to reflect, either by referring to some external information, or explicitly, the current member dues.
    • The online (Zoom) nature of our meetings should be reflected into our bylaws.
    • According to Norm (VE3NPP), all 4 Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) are directors, and we have a fifth director, which we call the Director. This complies with the Non-For-Profit corporation structure in Ontario.

Officer Election

The following Executive positions were still vacant prior to the meeting: President, and Director. The election of these positions was thus deferred to this meeting. As a result, an election took place:

  • Wayne (VE3CZO) was re-elected by acclamation as our Director.
  • Mike (VA3TEC) was elected by acclamation as our President.

New Business

  • Lawrence (VA3IQ) proposed that we organize a 10 GHz demo at the Smiths Falls hamfest. Bert (VE2ZAZ) also offered to do a 24G Police Radars demo. So did Mike (VA3TEC) with his DATV demo. Lawrence will send an email to initiate the activity.
  • June VHF Contest venue reservation: We will know only in March whether we move back to the Corkery Community building for the VHF Contest. It was agreed by the participants that the Club reserves both the Kinburn and the Corkey Community Centres. This will ensure that we have a backup plan in case the Corkery Centre ends up being unavailable. Bert (VE2ZAZ) will contact the Kinburn Centre to reserve the site.
  • Zoom conference account: The previous meetings were set up using Charles’s (VA3CPY) personal Zoom account. In the future, Laurence (VA3IQ), the Vice President, will be using his personal Zoom account for the monthly meetings.

Show and tell

  • Bert (VE2ZAZ) showed his 10 GHz 3 Watt power amplifier, generously donated by a Québec ham.
  • Bert (VE2ZAZ) reminded the participants that the Club-sponsored 144 MHz WSPR beacon he runs at his place is still active. It transmits on 144.490,460 MHz, with around 500 mW of power into an omnidirectional horizontally-polarized antenna. The beacon was decoded by a few hams in the Québec City area, some 400 km away.

Ask the Club

No questions were asked.


The Vice President observed that there was no further business; the meeting was adjourned at 9:35pm.