QCWA NC CHAPTER 70
Minutes of the Meeting of February 18th, 2003
With 41 members and guests in attendance Gerry King VE3GK welcomed all and introduced the head table which included, as well as the executive, Bill Barry VE3AAS and Don Dashney VE3RM. Gerry also introduced George Roach VE3BNO, who will fill the position of director which became vacant with the death of Ted Turner. Guests were Betty Newkirk VE3ZBB, Fran VA3FEC and Dennis VA3DWC Cartwright and Karen and Ben VE3CDA Price. New members Dick Bonnycastle VE3FUA and Bert Barry VE3QAA were welcomed as well.
- Gerry thanked those non life members for renewing their HQ membership for another three years and also thanked all those who had renewed their Chapter 70 membership.
- E-mail letters were received from Ken Oelke VE6AFO and Gord Grant VE3DY sending their greetings.
- George VE3BNO reported that the 2005 QCWA Convention will be an Alaskan Cruise. This year's convention is in Dallas Texas on October 17-19 and planning is well underway. Due to the fact that QCWA has some $600K US invested a financial advisor has been appointed. The next QCWA QSO party well be on April 5th and George urged members to participate and to send in their logs even if you only work two or three people. Last year only three Canadian logs were sent in from Chapter 70 although others took part.
- Croft VE3CT, President of QCWA, noted that the tenure of both himself and George on the HQ executive ends on the 1st of Sept. 2004. Croft is not going to run again and he would like to see a Canadian on the board. Any nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Member in ill health, George Collins VE3FJO is recovering from a stroke and a throat operation and hopes to come to the next meeting. A member of the local ham community but not a QCWA member, Chuck VE3JDM became a silent key.
- Gerry reported that Chapter 70 had sent $100 US to the QCWA Scholarship Fund in memory of Chapter 70 2002 silent keys.
- Dennis VA3DWC recalled some of the past life of his father-in-law, Ted Turner. How he had become active as a ham in Quebec in the early 30's. How he was always on the air with a radio in his car and in his cottage. He had made contacts with amateurs around the world and will be sorely missed.
- Doug VE3XK will be ordering pins in a week or so. To be eligible members must have their HQ and Chapter 70 membership paid up. This is causing a problem as Doug only finds out someone is in arrears when a particular pin is not included in the order. Doug then presented Paul Reed VE2LR with his QCWA new member call sign pin.
- The constitution and estate form are available on our web page for downloading. And Keith VE3GFI is to be thanked again for doing such a good job on the Web Page at http://www.qcwa70.cyberus.ca.
Motion to approve the Minutes of the November 20, 2002 meeting was made by Rick Bandla VE3CVG, seconded by Bill Barrie VE3AAS. Carried.
A Treasurer's Report was presented by Keith VE3GFI
Bank Balance on November 20, 2002 $ 997.20
Bank Balance on Feb. 18, 2003 $1758.66
Acceptance of the treasurer's report moved by Keith VE3GFI, seconded by Joan Powell VE3ZC
- Keith VE3GFI reported that the membership of Chapter 70 was 72 but that two more had joined tonight making a total of 74. 12 members had not yet paid their 2003 dues. Keith will have the membership list on the web page up to date shortly. The response to a suggestion that the Chapter 70 Journal report be put on our web site was positive. Life members Journal expiry dates will be posted as well when the secretary gets a replay from his request to HQ.
- Our Guest Speaker, Jim Dean VE3IQ was indroduced by Doug VE3XK. Jim was first licensed in 1954 as VE3DRV. He also has had VE7 and VE1 calls. He graduated from the University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering and the Royal Military College. and a graduate degree from US Naval Post Graduate School in California. He spent his career in the Maritime Canadian Forces retiring with the rank of Naval Captain. He was a specialist in electronic warfare systems. Jim was Canada's RAC representative to WRC-97 and will be again for WRC-2003.
- With the aid of a power point presentation Jim VE3IQ told us that WRC-2003 is especially important to amateur radio as there are many issues arising from the needs of other radio services. Amateur topics include harmonization of the 7.0 MHz band, earth exploration satellite systems in the 420 to 470 MHz band, changes to the regulations, public protection and disaster relief, review of broadcasting in the 4 to 10 MHz band, earth exploration satellite systems in the 420 to 470 MHz band, wireless LANs in the 5.6 GHz band, radio navigation satellite system in the 1215 to 1300 MHz band, unwanted emissions, little LEOs, possible new 135 kHz amateur allocation, and the agenda for WRC-2007.
- Some of the studies that are in progress for topics beyond WRC-2003 are wireless LANs, third generation of mobile personal communication systems, reservations for allocation in the 300 to 3000 GHz band, adaptive systems to pack more users in the 3 to 30 MHz band, new technologies such as ultra wide band and software defined radios which are being developed while regulatory controls lag, power line communications, intelligent transport systems and lastly what will we be doing to address these issues in preparation for WRC-2007.
- A World Radio Conference is primarily about spectrum. It is the forum in which decisions on frequency allocations and governing regulations for usage and technology are made. The conference strives to reach consensus on issues. The work is therefore done in small groups addressing each issue. The final result of a WRC is a new Treaty among Member States of the International Telegraph Union.
- The first of two principal amateur issues at WRC-2003 is the quest to restore a global allocation of 300 kHz at 7 MHz, which we had until 1939. The problem is that the 3 to 30 MHz band is very crowded. If one service gains an allocation, someone has to lose. The 40 Metre issue will be very difficult to resolve. There are six options on the table ranging from no change to various sharing arrangements. The second major amateur issue at WRC-2003 is changes to the regulations governing Amateur and Amateur Satellite Services. Changes to S25 regulations include likelihood of dropping the forbidden countries list, deleting the Morse code requirement from the treaty and replacement by a recommendation. The Canadian administration will have to decide whether to retain or delete Morse code as a qualification below 30 MHz.
- Changes are needed to S19 with respect to call signs. S19.49 c) forbids combinations commencing with a digit when the second character is the letter O or I. Yemen only has prefix block 7O so no amateur call sign is allowed. Also affected are other countries, Zambia (9I), Tanzania (5I), Yugoslavia (4O), and even the UK (2I and 2O). Numerals or four letters are not permitted in the suffix. There will probably be no opposition to changes to S19.
- At WRC-95 there was a resolution to name a frequency in the amateur 2 metre band for Public Protection and Disaster Relief. It was suppressed, but resurfaced at WRC-2000 in a broader context. So far amateur bands are not under threat, as amateurs are recognized as part of the emergency communications resources. However, equipment manufacturers in North America are casting covetous eyes on the 220-222 MHz band, playing on the needs for post 9/11 security.
- Hf broadcasting is alive and well and wants more frequencies. So far we have managed to keep the review of broadcasting in the 4-10 MHz band and worldwide harmonization of the 7 MHz amateur band as separate issues. There are moves to use digital radio and more efficient broadcasting technologies in accordance with ITU planning procedures. This is one that amateurs will have to watch carefully. It may not be resolved at WRC-03 and may carry over into WRC-07.
- For measuring moisture around trees, the 420-470 MHz band is optimum, and Earth Exploration Systems are looking for 6 MHz. They are targeting 432 to 438 MHz, which is the weak signal and satellite portion. This first arose at WRC-95 and subsequent analysis by Ken Pulfer VE3PU, on behalf of the IARU, showed the proposed solution would cause significant interference. After going back to the drawing board a feasible solution appears to have been worked out. We are all indebted to Ken for his hard work on this agenda item.
- There are tremendous pressures on the 5 GHz band. from the amateur perspective, the biggest concern is the proposal to add Mobile as primary user of 5650 to 5725 MHz. This would include wireless access systems including RLANs. We are very concerned about the potential problems of interference from amateur stations to RLANs.
- At WRC-2000 the Galileo Radio Navigation Satellite System received an allocation in the 1260 to 1300 MHz band. The amateur Service has a satellite uplink subband that is essentially 1268 to 1270 MHz. Hopefully we will not experience any problems with the RNSS Systems.
As spectrum becomes increasingly crowded, there is the possibility of spurious emissions from one service spilling over and causing interference to an adjacent service. Future amateur satellites will have to comply with the limits that are established.
At WRC-97, the industry has rationalized itself and the competition is not so intense. RAC is maintaining a watching brief. The band 400 MHz to 3 GHz is very crowded.
- European countries in the CEPT have had authorization to use the 135.7 to 137.8 kHz band since about 1992. RAC applied for a domestic allocation on a secondary basis. Industry Canada has opted for a global allocation for the Amateur Service. We hope to bring this request to WRC-2003 as a Region 2 proposal, but it is not now on the agenda. A lot of "socializing" at the WRC is likely on this topic.
- At WRC-2007 there are not expected to be many amateur items. If the 7 MHz issue is not resolved this year it is likely dead. An allocation at 135 kHz may be the one new item.
- RAC will be involved in many Post WRC-2003 activities. Tower consultation has potenially very serious implications for radio amateurs, even though it is industrial towers which appear to be the principal concern.
Canada reviews its spectrum policy periodically. We must be at the table or we are deemed to have acquiesced. If Morse code is deleted as a requirement what would replace it? We must be consistent with other countries for the purpose of reciprocal operation. We want to attract young people to amateur radio. RAC is working up a youth program.
The many pressures on the bands from 100 MHz to 3000 GHz are being monitored to ensure amateur interests are protected. Some specific amateur items are the pressure on 220 MHz and possibility of a new amateur allocation at 5 MHz. Industry has created a terrible mess in the 2400 to 2450 MHz portion of the 2300 to 2450 MHz amateur band. They say the only solution is more allocations for what they want to do. Power line communications have tremendous implication for users of the HF 3 to 30 MHz spectrum. Systems with bandwidths of 2000 MHz and more could be interfered with by amateur transmitters. UWB applications are leading UWB regulatory development. Software Defined Radios may bring amateurs both benefits and challenges, We have already seen amateur to Internet communications. It looks likd the next step will be amateur wireless LANs and possibly their connection to the Internet. There is much work to be done, Support of RAC and Defence of Amateur Radio Fund are key to meeting these challenges.
- Ken VE3PU thanked Jim for his presentation.
- note web page change in 2005.
Gerry King (VE3GK) Clare Fowler (VE3NPC)
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