of the


held at



6:45 pm – 9:30 pm

 May 15, 2012


Dinner orders taken at 6:35 pm


1) At 6:45 PM,    David Conn, VE3KL welcomed about 50 Chapter members, spouses and guests, and introduced the head table.




David Conn                                             VE3KL                        President

Bob MacKenzie                                     VA3RKM         Past President

George Roach                                         VE3BNO         Director

John Gilbert                                             VE3CXL         Director

Richard Ferch                                          VE3KI             Director

Dick Bonnycastle                                     VE3FUA         Treasurer

Norm Rashleigh                                       VE3LC            Secretary


Regrets: Dave Parks                                VE3AV                      Vice President


Guests:  Jim Goldie                                  VE5SHK        


New Members: 


Jim Anderson                                        VE3ERA

Katharine Anderson                             VE3EHV                    


Dave thanked the volunteers for their hard work and also thanked Barry Allison, VE3NJK for completing the 2011 audit for us.  He was assisted by the work of Dick Bonnycastle our club treasurer.


Estate Sale of Clay Hiltz, VE3TL (SK in 2010)


Dave thanked the family of Clay Hiltz, VE3TL for donating a large portion of Clay’s radio equipment to the QCWA. So far we have collected over $900. He also thanked Doug Leach and Richard Ferch for doing such a fine job at the Smith’s falls flea market with the estate sale of VE3TL.


2)  Minutes of the previous dinner meeting: 

Dave, VE3KL asked for approval of the minutes of the February 21, 2012 luncheon meeting as posted on the Chapter 70 website.   Moved by Dick, VE3FUA and seconded by John, VE3CXL that the minutes be adopted as posted. Carried.

3) Secretary’s Report: -

Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC, reported that there was nothing to report.


4) Treasurer’s report: 

The Treasurer’s report was presented by Dick Bonnycastle, VE3FUA, as follows:

income: $312.54

expenses: $123.68

gain/loss: $188.86

cash on hand: $2071.52


Dick also told the membership about the issue of sending cheques and bank drafts to QCWA International. The cost the US organization amounts to a $10 transaction fee per item.  As a consequence, all funds for pins and membership, etc. sent to the QCWA HQ should be by “Pay Pal” which does not necessarily require a Pay Pal account by the sender.


Acceptance of the Treasurer’s report was moved by Dick Bonneycastle, VE3FUA,  and seconded by John Gilbert, VE3CXL, Carried.


5) Illness and SK Report:


Richard Ferch VE3KI, reported on the sick and ailing members as follows:


Dave Parks, VE3AV was ailing and was not able to able this evenings meeting.

Rod Newkirk, VA3ZBB, remains confined to St Vincents long term care facility.

Bill Barrie, VE3AAS, is recovering from a fall injury.

Barc Dowden, VE3TT, a long time QCWA member has passed away.

Gib Walker, VE3BGX, a well known Ottawa area amateur passed away.

Paul Cassel, VE3SY, a well known Kitchen area amateur passed away.

Hap Chafe, VE3MW (previously VE3HRC), of Perth has passed away.

Alex Milne, VE3KIY, of Gloucester has passed away.

Margaret Heaslip, VE3EQE, lost her son James McKinley suddenly.

Duncan Schuthe, VE3GXU, lost his mother recently.


A minute of silence and reflection of all SK’s was observed at the meeting.



6) Presentation of pins and certificates: 

Dave Conn, VE3KL, and Marcel Lemay, VE3FNG, presented the following members with anniversary pins and certificates:

Name                       Callsign           Year    Present to Receive

Rod Newkirk            VA3ZBB         75        Rec’d by Betty Newkirk for Rod.

Ralph Cameron         VE3BBM         65        No

Brice Wightman``      VE3EDR          65        Yes

Bert Barry                 VE3QAA         65        No

Ken Holt                   VE3VC            65        Yes

Donald Wilcox          VE1CAF         65        No

Brian Jeffrey  VE3UU            55        No

Ron   Powers VE3FIN           50        Yes

Richard Bandla          VE3CVG         50        No

Dave Parks               VE3AV            45        No

John Hewitt               VE3PUX         45        Yes

Joan  Powell              VE3ZC            40        Yes

Duncan Schuthe         VE3GXU         40        No

Ed Sieb                     VE3ES 40        Yes

George Morgan         VE3GM           35        No

Frank Stratton           VE3YY            35        Yes

Guy Charron VE3VCF         30        Yes

Don Salt                    VE3PFS          30        Yes                 


Those who were not present to receive their pins/certificates will be mailed their awards by Marcel, VE3FNG.


7) Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN 

gave a wonderful report on WRC 12 and the success in achieving the new amateur allocation 472 to 479 KHz.  Bryan also presented on behalf of the RSGB, their annual Calcutta Key Award  to Ken Pulfer, VE3PU, as an amateur who has enhanced the furtherance of amateur radio internationally; this for Ken’s considerable contributions at many World Radio Conferences.


8) News and Notices: 

·        Dave VE3KL asked for a show of hands re interest  in a field trip to the Kingston Communication Museum.   Fifteen folks raised their hands.

·        George Roach,VE3BNO, announced the QCWA Reno, Nevada convention that will take place Sept 25th, 2012.

·        Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC, updated the group on new 60 metre band spot frequency allocations for Canada.  Members of the Chapter were invited to review the Industry Canada consultation document,  SMSE-010-12, that is currently posted on the Industry Canada web site. 


10) Business Arising

            Nothing to Report




11) After Dinner Speaker: 

John Gilbert,VE3CXL presented  a interesting talk " Analyzing and Indexing Old Photographs - Lessons Learned from Working with Photographic Collections". It was well received by all who attended.

He was introduced by Dick Bonnycastle, VE3FUA and thanked by Dave Conn, VE3KL

12) Door Prizes and 50-5 draw.

The Door Prizes  for the  ladies were presented by Dave Conn, VE3KL with the assistance of our guest speaker John Gilbert, VE3CXL.  Winners were member Margaret Heaslip, VE3EQE, Kathy Petersen wife of Neal, VE3DHE, and Louise Rawlings, wife of Bryan, VE3QN.

The 50/50 draw was won by Ron Powers, VE3FIN.



13) Next meeting:  

Before closing, Dave VE3KL announced that the next dinner meeting will be held  on September 18 and that the guest speaker will be Michael Babineau VE3WMB to speak about Hellschreiber digital communications.  He also encouraged members to check into the Monday night net: even a few times a year will help.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.