QCWA CHAPTER 70
Minutes of Meeting Nov. 17th, 1999 Carlingwood Family Restaurant
- With 44 in attendance, President Jim Dean VE3IQ welcomed members, and guests Ted Turner's daughter Frances Cartwright VA3FEC and her son Sean. Clay Hiltz VE3TL and Frances MacKenzie Roach VE3HKG, our newest members, were given a hearty welcome.
- Being the last Chapter 70 dinner meeting of 1999, the century and the millennium, the 2000 membership renewals ($8.00) are now available. Those wishing to renew now should see Treasurer, Joan VE3ZC during the break. A reminder too for those whose International membership has lapsed, that Life membership in QCWA is very well priced. Forms are available from Joan.
- Fred Hammond VE3HC is now a silent key, having passed away on Nov. 07th, 1999. George Collins VE3FJO , Don Bower VE3BEF and Herb Morrison VE3HMF are not feeling quite up to par.
- Our members are the best recruiters for our Chapter and more are always welcomed, so bring your Amateur Radio friends along to a dinner meeting. The third Wednesday of February, May, September and November are our meeting nights. At this Carlingwood restaurant, to eliminate climbing stairs, there is a washroom available to us on the main floor in the mall, down the hall, on the left hand side.
- Having discovered that not everyone who has agreed to read the minutes on the webpage remembers to do so, starting with the February meeting we shall send a reminder via e-mail.
- For those who haven't already, Jim VE3IQ , suggested registering on the internet with RAC their e-mail address so your call @rac.ca can then be used as well. This type of e-mail address does make it easier for your Amateur friends in particular. Any change that is made, please inform the Secretary Joan VE3ZC .
- This being our 25th anniversary year, Carl Everson VE3BYX is producing an update of the club history. This will be printed in a booklet form for members. Assisting Carl is George Roach VE3BNO, Ralph Cameron VE3BBM and Jack Tennant VE3AHZ.
- Checking our web site is highly recommended. Web Master Keith Bedal VE3GFI , announced that he has a new computer and the web page will be kept up-to-date. A photo archives is now being kept by Joan VE3ZC and an album is here tonight for any to peruse, along with a few extra pictures for those interested.
- At the OVMRC tomorrow night, a distributor will be showing what is new in amateur radio equipment. Croft Taylor VE3CT and Gord Grant VE3DY in the sunny south passed along greetings via Ernie Brown VA3OEB .
- Motion of acceptance of the Minutes of September 15th, 1999 meeting was made by Bill Monuk VE3BDK , seconded by Ken Scrivens VE3LJ . Carried.
A Treasurer's Report was presented by Joan Powell VE3ZC
Bank Balance on September 15, 1999 $4350.22
Bank Balance on Nov. 17, 1999 $4277.26
Note that $3610.00 is dedicated monies from Gerry Harbottle's estate.
Remainder is $617.26
- Motion to accept the Treasurer's report was made by John Barnhardt VE3ZOV and seconded by Ken Pulfer VE3PU. Carried. The accounting book is out for any interested in viewing it.
- George Roach VE3BNO reporting on Headquarters Activities said that the Convention for 2000, on Thanksgiving weekend, is well underway in Toronto. 2001's convention just may take place on a cruise ship! Also, George represented QCWA International at Fred Hammond's funeral. Many known Amateurs were in attendance and Marty Rosenthal VE3MR gave the eulogy. The Kitchener-Waterloo ARC have it on their web site. One of the tours during the convention in Toronto will be to the Hammond Museum.
- Pins were presented by International Director George Roach VE3BNO. Gord Grant VE3DY received his 65 year pin before leaving for Florida. John Athey VE3GS was presented with a 50 year pin and certificate.
- Motion to accept the slate of names for the club's Executive, none others having been received, was made by Gerry King VE3GK , seconded by Doreen Morgan VE3CGO . Carried.
For the year 2000, the Executive of Chapter 70 will be:-
Past President Jack Tennant VE3AHZ
President Jim Dean VE3IQ
Vice-President Bob Zieman VE3ATN
Secretary-Treasurer Joan Powell VE3ZC
Director Doug Leach VE3XK
Director Alan Hiles VE3EEC
- Come Fly With Me, could be the theme of Bob Zieman VE3ATN's presentation - radio controlled model aircraft that is! With a plane and a helicopter, Bob, having spent 5 years in aviation and of course 47 in Amateur Radio, explained the operation - how and where - as well as some background history of the hobby. The Canadian Model Avionics Association monitors the use of this type of plane, sanctions air fields and arranges insurance - just in case, as these machines are no toys!
- In the radio spectrum, around 10 metres was used initially. In the 50's and 60's AM transmission followed by FM in the 70's and 80's with pulse code modulation (PCM) for rejection of interference was used. Varying the pulse for a channel early or late in time, adjusted by the joy stick, upsets the balance or zero reference in a servo from a decoded pulse train in the receiver. The servo motor responds by rotating left or right depending on the adjustment of the joystick to reset balance., Very precise control can be attained and with the micro processors contained in today's transmitters, programs can be stored to automate aerobatics.
- Operating on 72 MHz with a typical power of 500 mw, aircraft are not allowed to operate on any of the 40 adjacent channels at the same time and only 5 planes at the same air field are flown at one time - only 3 helicopters. In helis a rate gyro is used for stability with more modern gyros using a piezo electric effect. Bob went on to tell us of the construction of the plane and helicopter and their engines. Fuel consumption is 15 to 20 ounces per 15 minute flight.
- The "harvard" has a wing span of 70 inches, wing area over 700 square inches and weighs about 9.5lbs. The "heli" has a main rotor span of 5 ft., is about 53 inches long and weighs 10 lbs. At hover, the main rotor speed is 1600 rpm, the tail rotor is about 5 times the head speed!
- In the hands of a good pilot, rolls, loops, inverted flight, forward tumbles, pirouettes, etc. are performed with amazing agility. As well, the hobby includes gliders, power and sail boats, yachts, cars and trucks.
- There are flying fields in our region and having world class champion builders and flyers here, it could prove to be an exciting and interesting time watching those radio controlled flying machines!
- Thanks was given to Bob VE3ATN by Ralph VE3BBM for a very interesting presentation and suggested the possibility of flying the helicopter upside down and cutting the grass!
- Jim VE3IQ reminded everyone of our net as listed below and Thursday breakfasts. George VE3BNO noted that Chapter 73 has a net at 0900 hrs. Sunday on 3.773 MHz.
- Due to no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2125 hrs.
Jim Dean (VE3IQ) Joan Powell (VE3ZC)
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