April 5th 1999 General Meeting
KWARC Club Meeting of April 5, 1999
Paul, VE3SY opened the meeting at 7:30pm with 70 members present. Paul immediately invited
John VE3DOS, who was unable to remain for the whole meeting, to take the floor.
John made the announcement that the CANWARN training session is due to be held at
St.Andrew Presbyterian church on Tuesday April 20th at 7:00pm. He informed members that
limited copies of the new atlas would be available on the night. Those unable to attend
the training session would be able to obtain a copy by completing a form that John will
supply at the next club meeting.
Those in attendance, whose ranks were swelled by the prospect of a talk on Spy Radios by
Bob Morden were disappointed to learn that the event had been cancelled. Ben, VA3BNY
apologized, explaining that Bob had been forced to cancel on account of an illness in his
immediate family. The news, which reached Ben late Saturday night, left him scrambling for
something to fill the bill. After some desperate searching for material, he and Ted Dodda,
VE3TJD, working against the clock, put together a very slick presentation they entitled,
"The birth of a repeater".
The presentation, which
began at 7:35pm, dealt with the concept and the eventual realization of a 6 meter repeater
station. Tedd's passion for the 6 meter band quickly became evident as he talked lovingly
of cavities with 81dB of separation and his 50W "baby". The project, still very
much in its infancy, employs a temporary 30 ft high antenna located on the roof of the
Baden site. Yet even with this modest set-up he was able to boast of several long distance
QSO's (The greatest so far being VE3HKE in Scarborough. (A distance of 75 miles).
Ted announced future
plans for the repeater to include the relocation of the antenna at 150 ft above ground, a
phone patch and automated time announcement. In his conclusion he noted with enthusiasm
that repeater coverage will eventually extend as far as Goderich which will, working in
conjunction with other area repeaters, open up most of Southern Ontario and into Buffalo
Ted invited everyone with
6 meter capability to experiment with the repeater which can be found on 53.37Mhz (1Mhz
Note: It seems that 6
meters is becoming all the rage. CANWARN is proposing using the band as a back up for its
emergency communications this year.
The first half of the meeting concluded with Ben thanking Ted on behalf of the club for
his excellent impromptu talk. Ben also mentioned next month's meeting which is to feature
a presentation by Bob Rushby VE3GLA who will provide a glimpse into the remote station
control software he is currently developing for MFJ.
Just prior to the break, Paul VE3SY, offered members the opportunity of purchasing a VA3PT
Mini Repeater Directory. These small but useful publications, normally selling for $2.00,
were being offered at half price.
The members broke for
coffee at 8:20pm.
The meeting resumed at 8:50pm after a half-hour break. The 50/50 draw broke all records
with a grand total of $30.50. Ben VA3BNY picked the winning ticket belonging to Walter,
Paul explained to those present the recent move to "unbundle" membership fees,
making it possible for those with access to the club's web-site to avoid paying the cost
of postage that had previously been mixed in with the general fee. A motion to reduce
membership fees by $5.00 a year for those opting not to receive the Kilowatter by post was
proposed by Bob, VE3MCK and seconded by Ted, VE3TJD. The motion passed by a show of hands
and will be effective as of July 1st.
Vice-president, Dave VA3DGS, informed us that Field Day is once again imminent and
scheduled for the fourth weekend in June. Dave, who successfully organized last
years event plans to put on a Field Day Show and Tell at next month's meeting.
Members will have the opportunity of signing up on the night if they wish to participate.
Fergus Flea Market
Dave, demonstrating his varied ensemble of headgear, also informed us that in addition to
coordinating Field Day he is also the KWARC liaison person for the Central Ontario Amateur
Radio Association flea-market to be held in Fergus on June 12th.
Ever in search of volunteers, Rich
VE3DCC, announced he was seeking people to assist with flea market parking between the
hours of 5:00am and 1:00pm. As an extra incentive Rich has offered to provide donuts to
all helpers. Please contact him for more information. (With respect to the parking roster,
not the donuts).
Ben gave the technical report, standing in for John, VE3AMZ who was unable to attend.
Bens report sounded as though it should have submitted to the Ministry of Transport
rather than KWARC members! According to Ben, an unmarked truck with an insecure load went
through the area recently leaving a trail of debris strewn along the highway. With the aid
of another litter conscious citizen, Ted Dodda VE3TJD, he was able to clear up a mess that
included several rolls of heliax antenna cable, a commercial VHF antenna and sundry pieces
of mounting hardware.
These items will be used to update the
equipment at the Baden and Mannheim repeater sites. The only cost to the club is likely to
be the professional rigger we are obliged to employ who will install the aforementioned
equipment. Bens attempt to find one of these along the side of the road was in vain.
Following up on a discussion at the last months executive meeting, Paul VE3SY
explained to members that although the club has a large amount of information available on
its web-site KWARC lacks a hard-copy alternative. Paul outlined a proposed booklet and
invited those who might purchase such a publication to add their name to a sign-up sheet.
Quarter Century Wireless Association
Harold VE3DWH announced that QCWA is to hold its spring meeting at the Plainsman
Restaurant on May 1st. Among others, Fred Hammond has been invited to attend.
This will depend upon Freds state of health at the time. He also announced that Ben
VE3MNS has applied for the QCWA scholarship mentioned in this column earlier this year.
Club members joined with Harold to wish him luck.
Harold also noted that a page listing
QCWA members can now be found on the KWARC web-site. www.kwarc.org/qcwa/
Harold VE3DWH expressed his regret at the recent passing of Bob VE3AKN. He also reported
that the club had sent a card to Oliver Ketchaba VA3OL expressing condolences following
the death of his wife.
ARES district coordinator, Robert VE3ZLV reports that he has again met with Red Cross
officials. During the meeting Robert offered to assist in the upcoming Red Cross Car
Rally, scheduled for May 16th. He informed the members that 12 volunteers were
needed to establish 5 check-in points, and described the event as being an excellent
opportunity for individuals to test their communications and message handling skills. One
member of the audience pointed out that the weekend of the 16th is not an
auspicious choice since it coincides with Dayton. Nevertheless, information relating to
the Rally will be posted on the web-site. All volunteers will be welcomed.
From Tom VE3FCK. The fifth annual "Partners in Response" event is to held on the
7th and 8th of next month (May) at Westmount Mall located at
Wonderland and Commissioners Road in London. As well as displays by the
Police/Fire/Ambulance services, visitors can expect to see the amateur community well
represented. Further details may be found at the KWARC web-site.
At 9:20pm a motion to adjourn the meeting
was proposed by Marg, VE3BLJ and seconded by Ted, VE3TJD.
John VE3VRA, Secretary
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