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Executive Committee Minutes from Tuesday October 13th, 1998
Dave VA4DGS, Paul VE3SY, Ben VE3BNY, John VE3DOS, Gord VE3EOS, Gord VE3NQK, Greg VE3NXB, Ed VE3TCK, John VE3VRA, Bill Riddell VE3WFR.
The meeting was called to order by Paul Cassel at 7:30pm. Paul thanked the executive members for their attendance and invited Gord, VE3NQK and Greg, VE3NXB to discuss their thinking with respect to the proposed "twinning" venture with a Cuban counterpart club.
Proposed Cuba Club Twin idea
Gord, VE3EOS proposed an idea whereby the club would establish a new class of membership. The "Cuban Twin" membership would allow a Cuban national to receive the club bulletin, and in addition, be encouraged to contribute to it. There was concern expressed about the cost of sending the Bulletin to the Island, however it was generally agreed that a few copies might easily be photocopied and distributed among the members.
Paul Cassel suggested the club's FT101ZD transceiver, used only once a year, be donated. This would have to be put to the members. Paul requested the committee work toward completing their proposal for the December meeting.
Appointment of the Nominating Committee Ideas for formulating a nominating committee were discussed. It was thought that an effort could be made to make the holding of an executive position more attractive to the members. Bill, VE3WFR reported that some members were unsure about the committee and its function. It was therefore suggested that members of the executive write a description of their responsibilities.
Ben, VE3BNY told the committee members that the Brantford group had again suggested associating itself with KWARC on the CANWARN front. It was generally felt that, based upon current weather patterns, an alliance between the Hamilton and Brantford groups might be more beneficial. John, VE3DOS, wanted to emphasize that KSR check-ins by members of the Brantford group would always be encouraged during a severe weather net. Paul added that the group would continue to be welcome to participate in any of the training sessions organized by the club.
Ed Spike suggested the club might want to invest in some kind of vehicle or trailer to act as a base during an emergency. Paul, VE3SY agreed that the idea was well founded but cautioned against the cost of maintaining such a vehicle. Bill Riddel VE3WFR believes that a space has been reserved for amateurs in the regional mobile emergency trailer. This has to be verified.
Ben, VE3BNY, reported that the changeover of the repeater patch access codes is scheduled for the same day as the club meeting in November. Authorized members will receive the new codes with their bulletin mailings or by e-mail.
Ben, displayed a copy of a repeater directory prepared by members of the Brantford group. The document, several pages long, lists operating procedures and all the options available on KWARC repeaters. Paul, requested a copy so that it could then be posted on the Web-site.
Confusion still reigns with respect to the ULR Link. Some executive members have been inundated with requests for ULR codes. Frequent requests to the Link provider to furnish updated codes have produced little or no response. According to the original agreement with KWARC, in exchange for allowing KSR to be used on the Link, members would be entitled free access to the codes. This benefit has not been forthcoming.
The word Confusion was also used to describe the KSR packet node. It was reported that recent changes have some users scratching their heads, others seem to have abandoned the site entirely. Gord, VE3EOS, agreed to look into it.
Ben, VE3BNY, advised the meeting that due to ongoing problems, the 220Mhz repeater, VE3IXY,will be brought down for repairs.
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