QCWA NC CHAPTER 70
Minutes of the Meeting of November 15th, 2005
Held at the Carlingwood Family Restaurant
- With 42 members and 2 guests in attendance, President Joe Parkinson, VE3JG welcomed all to the dinner meeting. He introduced the head table which were: Past President Jim Dean, VE3IQ; Treasurer Dave Parks, VE3AV; Secretary Clare Fowler, VE3NPC; Director Doug Leach, VE3XK, and speaker Ken Pulfer, VE3PU.
- A special welcome was extended to visitors Harry Splett , VE3HHS, and Bill Nottingham VE3ARZ, guests of Keith, VE3GFI.
- Those noted as in ill health were Bob Knapp, VE3CDG, who has a spot on his left lung and is having an operation tomorrow, and also local amateur Jaques D'Avignon, VE3VIA.
- Renewal forms for HQ QCWA and the Journal are available from the Treasurer, VE3AV. They are also on the web site for downloading.
- All are invited to come to the very informal Thursday morning breakfast at the Embassy West Hotel.
- Jack Belrose, VE2CV, noted that Reginald Aubrey Fessenden has been elected to the recently opened Canadian Telecommunications Hall of Fame. 2006 will be the 100th anniversary of Fessenden's greatest wireless success of transmitting voice and music by wireless.
Croft, VE3CT, reported that the application for the next convention will be in the Journal and Keith, VE3GFI, will put it on our web site for downloading. Croft's term as past president of QCWA will be up and to keep a Canadian on the board of directors be sure to vote for Ken Oelke, VE6AFO. As there are 15 candidates for 8 positions you will increase his chances by not voting for any of the others.
Doug, VE3XK, presented a 45-year pin to Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN. He also had pins for absent members Chris Bisaillion, VE3CBK; Frank Stratton, VE3YY; Paul Reed, VE2LR, and Mike Rowlands, VA3MR.
- The minutes of the last meeting should be corrected for the call sign of new member Robert MacKenzie to read VA3RKM. It was moved by Ed, VE3GX, seconded by Ernie, VA3OEB, that the minutes of the meeting of September 20th, 2005, as corrected, be approved. Carried.
Dave, VE3AV, in his treasurer's report, reported that the bank balance was $2719.20. Dave also presented a proposed budget for Chapter 70 for 2006. Expected revenues are $1125 and expenditures $1060. Dave, VA3AV, moved, seconded by Doreen, VE3CGO, that the treasurer's report be accepted. Carried.
Clare, VE3NPC, reported that the Chapter 70 membership is 72, down from 77 as for one reason or another some did not renew for 2005.
Correspondence sent and received was a letter received from the chairman of the QCWA Scholarship Fund thanking us for our generous contribution. Clare, VE3NPC, noted that the new executive should inform the members about this fund as it is available to Canadians. A donation was also sent to the CNIB Amateur Radio Program in memory of SK Jim Swail, VE3KF.
Jim, VE3IQ presented his nomination committee report. The term of office is for a two-year period, but, as they are staggered, only three positions were open this year. However, only the secretary declined to run again. The proposed slate of officers for 2006 for QCWA Chapter 70 are: for President Joe Parkinson, VE3JG; Vice-President Gus Holtz, VE3VK: Past-President Jim Dean VE3IQ: Secretary Tom Bartello VE3ELM; Treasurer Dave Parks VE3AV; Directors Doug Leach VE3XK, Ernie Brown VA3OEB and Marg Heaslip VE3EQE. As there were no other nominations the proposed executive were declared elected by acclamation.
Our guest speaker, Ken Pulfer, VE3PU , who is one of our Chapter 70 members, was introduced by Jim VE3IQ. Would you believe that Ken goes to Geneva twice a year for a month on behalf of the Radio Amateurs of Canada. World Radio Conferences (WRC) are held every two to five years. Decisions at WRC are taken by countries only. In between WRC, countries propose changes. These changes are studied by committees within the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) whose members include countries, large companies, and organizations like the International Amateur Union (IARU). The membership of the IARU is made up of national radio amateur societies such as the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), the American Amateur Radio League (ARRL) and the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). The headquarters of the ITU and the IARU are in Geneva, Switzerland. The IARU participates fully in the ITU studies. Ken spends two months a year in Geneva, as he is an RAC representative at the IARU. That is why Ken spends two months a year there and it is no holiday.
- Ken described "a typical day at the office". He rises about 6 am and has breakfast about 7. From 8 to 9 he reads his e-mail and catches up on his work. From 9 to 12:30 he will attend a meeting where one hundred to two hundred attend. Then he has lunch and an hour or so to discuss items with other members. The afternoon is again taken up with meetings until 7 pm. He then has his evening meal and goes to bed. The meetings are document driven. They are processed and discussed until a consensus is obtained.
- As a chair of work committee Ken has to find a room , a time, prepare the agenda, conduct the meeting, prepare the output document, arrange for distribution and report back to the committee. Weekends are spent in personal contacts and discussion to facilitate reaching decisions by consensus. Ken now knows some 300 people by name.
- The ITU-R study groups, in preparation for WRC-2007, are currently reviewing the 4 to 10 MHz portion of the radio spectrum. The broadcasters want up to 800 kHz more spectrum and IARU would like the 40-meter band to be expanded to cover 7.0 to 7.3 MHz worldwide. Ken is concentrating his efforts in this area. Also on his agenda is Canada's proposal for a band at 135 kHz. Other topics are BPL, UWB, and little LEO's. We are very fortunate indeed to have someone like Ken spending so much of his time and effort volunteering on behalf of all radio amateurs.
- Doug, VE3XK, thanked Ken for his informative talk, and for the staggering amount of work he has done.
Joe Parkinson (VE3JG) Clare Fowler (VE3NPC)
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