National Capital Chapter 70 - Ottawa, Canada



Minutes of Meeting May 21st, 2002 Green Valley Restaurant

  • With 50 members and guests in attendance Gerry King VE3GK welcomed all and introduced the head table which included all of the Chapter 70 executive except Jim Dean VE3IQ who was absent. Also at the head table were the guest speaker Cary Honeywell VE3EV and his wife Pauline McConnell. Guests were Andy Webb VE3UIY, Al Bingham VE3PPI, Paul Reed VE2LR and Barbara Everson. Amongst those in attendance were Bill Rieveley VA3AWJ who has been licensed for 70 years and Doc Plummer VE3MA with QCWA member number 2629 which is the lowest in Canada and who has been licensed for 69 years.


  • The QCWA elections are coming up and everyone is urged to vote for George VE3BNO for director. Croft VE3CT is running unopposed for president but will appreciate your vote as well.
  • Andy VE3UIY was welcomed and he is the student we sponsored for a scholarship a while back. He is interested in IRLP, slow scan TV, HF, PSK-31, VHF and APRS.
  • Some of our members have let their HQ membership lapse and they are reminded that they will not be eligible for the year pins if their HQ membership is not current. Keith VE3GFI has the forms available. Life membership at $60 US is still an incredible bargain.
  • In ill health is John Athey VE2GSX/VE3GS. We regret that Charles Poole VE3OJ has become a silent key.
  • We always welcome new members and if you know of anyone who might be interested bring them to a meeting.
  • The Chapter 70 Constitution is available on the web or a hard copy can be obtained from the web master Keith VE3GFI.
  • Keith VE3GFI reported the Web Page:- ( is right up to date.

  • Andy VE3UIY told us of how in 1998 he received a phone call from Ralph VE3BBM indicating that he would like to sponsor Andy for a QCWA Scholarship. He filled out the necessary forms and applied but was unsuccessful. He reapplied the next year and became the first Canadian to receive a QCWA scholarship. Andy expressed his appreciation for the award. He started his university career at Carleton University in 1995 and two years ago he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honors. He then continued on and is now completing his Master of Science in exploration for petroleum geology.
    It was through the availability of the QCWA scholarship that he has been able to continue on with his Masters and he is very appreciative of the help he has received. Andy has been a ham for 10 or 11 years and a number of those present have guided him along the way. He has passed the 12 wpm and is fairly active on HF particularly on the digital modes. He will be traveling to Calgary in two weeks to present and defend his research thesis. We wish him well.

  • Ted VE3LV has been working on the History Project for the Club. The 61-page booklet is full of pictures of our present and past members. The picture on the cover shows QCWA Chapter 70 director Doug Leach VE3XK presenting a 65-year pin to Doc Plummer VE3MA. The book is available for the very nominal cost of $10 and makes very interesting reading with lots of nostalgia.
    Ted then presented a copy to Barbara Everson and expressed our thanks for all the time and effort that Carl VE3BYX had put into its preparation. Ed VE3GX entered a motion of thanks from the club for all the work that Ted had put into the project.
  • Gerry VE3GK announced that the meeting in November is the Annual General Meeting where any new motions are put forward. If anyone has a motion that they wish to present at that time please let the executive know.


  • Motion to approve the minutes of the February 19th, 2002 meeting was made by Bob Zieman VE3ATN, seconded by Doreen Morgan VE3CGO. Carried.

  • A Treasurer's Report was presented by Keith VE3GFI
                        Bank Balance on February 21, 2002                $1891.04
                        Receipts                                           190.00
                        Expenditures                                       266.00
                        Bank Balance on May 21, 2002                     $1815.04
    Motion of acceptance of the Treasurer's Report was made by Keith VE3GFI; seconded by Ken VE3LJ. Carried.

  • Ted VE3LV reported on his first visit to Dayton. He was particularly impressed by its size. The indoor facilities were equal to that of six hockey arenas and all of Friday was spent in them. All day Saturday was spent in going through the acres and acres of fleamarket. Cars were parked in a large hay field and at a shopping mall about 3 kilometers away with parking space of about three times that of at the Corel Centre. The lineup for the shuttle bus was about a quarter of a mile long but it moved along quite quickly and everyone was extremely patient and courteous. Attendance was about thirty thousand, which was down a little from previous years. Lots of good deals for new equipment, but good used stuff was expensive and overpriced. He also noted that he was impressed by the fact that everyone of the thousands of vehicles in the parking lot had an antenna on it. It appeared you needed a ham radio antenna to be allowed to come. Ted recommends that everyone should do it at least once in their lifetime.
  • Croft VE3CT reporting on HQ activities reported that in the last 11 days he had been to three Chapter dinners one of which was at Dayton. Thanks go to guest Paul Reed VE2LR for driving Croft there and who knew where to go and got him there just on time for a finance meeting. He attended the Dayton Chapter 9 dinner meeting and on the previous weekend Croft went to the Toronto Chapter 73 semiannual meeting. At that meeting he met Leo Myerson who about 40 years ago was the founder of the QCWA scholarship program. This program is self-funding from interest on invested funds. The elections are coming up and ballots are in the mail. The convention next fall is being held in Orlando Florida and planning for it is well uderway. It has turned out that the manager of the hotel where it is being held is an amateur. He has become a QCWA member and he has been made a member of the convention committee so if there are problems we know where to go!

    Guest Speaker

  • Our Guest Speaker, Cary Honeywell VE3EV was introduced by George VE3BNO. Cary is 53 years old and at one time or another has been editor of the OARC Groundwave, TCA, and The Canadian Amateur magazine. He has been on the executive of CARF in various positions, a committee chairman for RAC, the CW traffichandler for the Ontario-Quebec CW net, and ARRL national traffic system appointments. He was involved in the coordination of the repeater frequency split bands for Canada in the seventies.
  • Cary told us that in November 1997 an internet link was set up between Vancouver and St. John NB. However, problems occurred with computer lock up and there were constant audio problems. There had to be a better way. Dave Cameron VE7LTD went to LINUX and designed an interface board that used Mitel technology and only a few other components and created a seamless link. IRLP provided an easy system to link radios together as a communications backbone. It provided reasonable security, utilized nodes and reflectors. Equipment requirements are minimal. You can use an old computer such as a 486 or Pentium as the bit rate is slow. The computer in /out audio is used to connect to a radio. The hardware is a very small card. The sofware is on CD available from VE7CLD. The software IRLP uses the internet to link distant radio sites together. It uses simple equipment to communicate globally. Four touch-tones from DTMF keys are used to access and control links. The internet bandwidth is 8 kHZ and the quality is excellent. IRLP security is reasonably secure, as there is no direct internet access. The internet links use PGP for authentication to minimize the risk of someone expropriating a node. Every IRLP has a key code that no one has except the node controller. IRLP reflectors enable multiple nodes to be linked together into a network; the number limited only by bandwidth. Running a reflector requires a very fast internet access, so most reflectors are hosted by internet service providers. The Toronto reflector has 50 nodes. There are reflectors at Vancouver, Yellowknife, Toronto, Denver and in the UK. The most active reflector is Denver which is number 2. The impact of IRLP has resulted in increased use of repeaters, and makes amateur radio more appealing to today's internet oriented youth. Our OARC node is number 204. We have connected our node to the Toronto reflector in the morning from 7 AM to 9 AM so people can QSO while going to work in their cars. Operation is point to point simplex and as PTT keying is used on all repeaters a wait of several seconds is required in the transmission turnover. DTMF tones from your transceiver are used to access other nodes or reflectors. IRLP operation is similar to linked repeater systems. It gives worldwide access to other IRLP nodes around the world. Currently there are 450 nodes in operation around the world. The future may see as many as ten thousand. Information on IRLP can be found at
  • Clare VE3NPC thanked Cary for his presentation.

Gerry King  (VE3GK)                                                                 Clare Fowler (VE3NPC)
President  225-3426           WebPage -                Secretary. 730-1081
1152 Tara Drive                                                                     16 Fairbairn St.
Ottawa, Ont., K2C 2H2         VE3QCW on Thursday. 2000 hrs 147.03 (VE3TEL)          Ottawa, Ont., K1S 1T3

Thursdays at 0900 hrs - Breakfast Embassy West Motor Hotel - Consulate Cafe


Last modified: September 18, 2014