February 14, 2000 at
VE3MRJ, Bob VA3MCK, Dave VA3DGS, Ben VA3BNY, Paul VE3SY,
Larry VE3LGN, John VE3VRA.
Guests: Don Fisher VE3ESE and Greg Hollinger VE3NKB
VA3MRJ called the meeting to order at 7:30pm.
Paul VE3SY tabled a motion that that the club officially recognize the
efforts of Dave VE3MRJ and KWARC members during the recent Open House held
on February 7th. The motion was seconded by Bob VA3MCK and carried unanimously.
An error in the January 11th executive meeting minutes was
identified by Paul VE3SY. In the paragraph headed "Open House"
it was incorrectly reported that Paul seconded the motion. The motion was
seconded by Dave VA3MRJ and carried unanimously.
A balance of $2,211.38 and a $1,500 GIC of was reported by club
treasurer Dave VA3DGS. A motion to accept the report was tabled by Dave
and seconded by Ben, VA3BNY and carried unanimously by show of hands.
There was general discussion on the proposed event intended to
re-enact the passage of the first "Conestoga Wagon" from
Lancaster Pennsylvania to Blair Ontario. Several ideas were proposed
including a special page on the KWARC website that could track the course
of the wagon via APRS. It was felt that the media coverage resulting from
this event could benefit the club. Paul VE3SY made a motion that KWARC
approach the event organizers with a view to installing an APRS station on
the wagon. The motion was seconded by Bob VA3MCK.
All voted in
Ben VA3BNY reported that he had received a letter from the owners of site
that houses the KSR repeater. The letter stated that a strategy had still
to be developed regarding the relocation of antennas during construction
of the new tower. The two smaller towers, one of which supports the KSR
repeater antenna, are scheduled to be torn down.
The entertainment committee, namely Ben VA3BNY, reported on the social
calendar for the next two months. The March meeting will be a "Show
and Tell" in which club members are encouraged to bring along, and
talk about, items that may of interest club members. In April, Ben
reported, the club will play host to a Guest speaker from Goderich, VE3WZL
who will talk about solar power.
President Dave VA3MRJ read a letter he'd received from Gord Gibson who had
recommended nominating Gary Hammond, VE3XN for the position of DXCC
check-in for the ARRL. Greg, VE3NXB made a motion that a letter be drafted
on behalf of the KWARC nominating Gary for this position. The motion was
seconded by Don, VE3ESE and carried by a show of hands. Greg and Don
to draft a letter.
Guest, Don VE3ESE, gave an informal talk on the latest
developments regarding the export of equipment to Cuba. He said that
additional funds were required to upgrade existing VHF equipment. Don said
that he had been able to raise some money, mostly from a US source, to
cover the cost of buying crystals. However, this amount was insufficient
and he needed more. Bob, VA3MCK proposed a motion that the club donate a
maximum of $125 toward the cost of upgrading the equipment. The motion was
seconded by Paul, VE3SY and carried unanimously. Several members voiced their concern with respect
to the accountability of this project and urged Don to establish some
means by which the situation might be monitored.
Bob VA3MCK reported that he'd been in contact with Scott Baird of Fairview
Park Mall and had been given the understanding that an area of the Mall
might be used as a location for Field Day. Ben said that the noise level
at the Mall would make operating conditions very difficult. Several other
locations were suggested including Waterloo Park and Chicopee.
Walter, VE3NEI pointed out that the KW Public Library could act
as a very useful showcase for club activities. He said that he had already
approached the library administration and had received a very favourable
aided by Ben VA3BNY, to approach the library with a view to promoting club
Paul VE3SY brought up the subject of the proposed Advanced
course. He said that Gord VE3EOS had tentatively agreed to play host as an
instructor but was in favour of small, informal groups. Gord asked for
more time to consider the proposal and develop a schedule.
Dave VA3DGS is to arrange a meeting with the new acting chairman of the
Fergus Fleamarket to discuss a new proposal to raise fees and to discuss
Club president, Dave VA3MRJ called the meeting to a close at 9:15pm. The
motion was seconded by Paul, VE3SY carried by show of hands.
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