QCWA NC CHAPTER 70
Minutes of the Meeting of September 20th, 2005
Held at the Carlingwood Family Restaurant
- There were 37 members and 7 guests in attendance. In the absence of President Joe Parkinson, VE3JG, and Vice President Gus Holtz, VE3VK, Past President Jim Dean, VE3IQ welcomed all to the dinner meeting. He introduced the head table, which were Secretary Clare Fowler VE3NPC; Directors Doug Leach, VE3XK and Ernie Brown, VA3OEB; and the speaker Richard Barlow.
- A special welcome was extended to new member Robert Mackenzie, VE3RKM and guests Clive Oakes, VE3YB from Chapter 73; Mary Townson, VE3KIP; Chris Pugh, VE3TUF; Marg Grant, Audrey Perrins, and Carol Honeywell.
- Jim, VE3IQ reported that Eric Ilott, VE3XE in Kingston is now in a nursing home and not too well. Also in Kingston, Bill Jeffrey VE3PTM, just turned 80 and can no longer drive.
- Long time and blind member Jim Swail, VE3KF, became a Silent Key on Sept.13th in his 81st year. Cary Honeywell, VE3EV, volunteered to write an obituary for The Canadian Amateur.
- Renewal forms for HQ QCWA and the Journal are available from the Secretary, VE3NPC. They are also on the web site for downloading. QCWA life membership at $60.US is still a great bargain. A three year subscription to the QCWA Journal is available at a very nominal price. Keith, VE3GFI, has membership and subscription forms.
- There are still some who have not paid their 2005 Chapter 70 dues and Clare, VE3NPC, will accept them.
- Amateurs are always welcome to come to the Thursday morning breakfast around 9 am at the Embassy West Hotel.
- We are always looking for new members and there are a lot of amateurs in the Ottawa area who qualify. So please talk to your amateur friends and invite them out.
- The next meeting will be on Tuesday Nov. 15, and will be our annual general meeting when we elect the new executive. Jim, VE3IQ has been appointed as a nomination committee of one.
Pins and Awards:
- Doug, VE3XK presented a new member pin to Brian Martin, VE3IX. New member pins were also on hand for Chris Bisaillion, VE3CBK and Frank Stratton, VE3YY, who were absent. Cary Honeywell, VE3EV received a 40-year pin. 45-year pins were available for absent members Bryan Rawlings VE3QN; Paul Reed, VE2LR and Mike Rowlands, VA3MR. A 50-year pin and certificate was presented to John Gilbert, VE3CXL. A 55-year pin and certificate was presented to Clay Hiltz,VE3TL. Bill Jeffrey, VE3PTM was not present to receive his 55-year pin and certificate but Ken Perrins, VE3DWR will take it to him. Bob Knapp, VE3CDG not only received a 55-year pin and certificate but also his Century Certificate. Finally, Don Dashney, VE3RM was given his 60-year pin and certificate.
- Jim Dean, VE3IQ presented a certificate of appreciation for our generous donations to The Radio Amateurs of Canada to Chapter 70 director Ernie Brown, VA3OEB.
- Like amateur radio, the radio control of model aircraft has changed a great deal over the years, and like amateur radio has moved away from home brew to appliance operation. Guest speaker, Richard Barlow, model aircraft buff and president of the Model Aeronautical Association of Canada, (MAAC) reviewed the history of the radio control of model airplanes. In the early days, all models flew free. In the mid-fifties control line flying was introduced and at about the same time rudimentary radio control appeared. By about 1947 many experienced radio amateurs were flying radio controlled model airplanes. It was all home built as no commercial equipment was available and amateurs were involved as they were licensed to transmit radio signals. In 1952 the 27 MHz band was opened for remote model control with five frequency channels available. Aircraft control was known as bang bang with one button that moved the rudder. Next came rudder and elevator control with a primitive form of proportional control. About 1962 multi-control came by using vibrating reeds. The transmitter had two joysticks giving four-axis control of ailerons, elevators, rudder and speed. In 1966 the 72 MHz band with 50 channels was allocated for exclusive use for radio control of model aircraft. Then in the nineties computer control appeared, allowing pre-programmed stored data to trim each particular model for level flight. Up to fourteen functions could now be controlled. The recent appearance of brushless motors and very high capacity rechargeable batteries has resulted in very small radio controlled airplanes with a three to one weight ratio that can fly up to an hour indoors in a gymnasium.
- Now on the horizon is the move to utilize the 2.4 GHz band employing digital spread spectrum modulation. Benefits foreseen include simultaneous non-interfering no-tune control of up to 79 model aircraft and less susceptibility to radio frequency noise. Of primary concern is the need for continuous reliable control. A model plane traveling in excess of 200 mph is a very lethal weapon. No longer required will be elaborate administrative procedures, that have in the past, had to be followed to prevent loss of control should two transmitters transmit at the same time to an aircraft. In consultation with model aircraft people commercial manufacturers are working to develop and test 2.4 GHz radio control systems with standards, that hopefully ,will be internationally adopted.
- Doug, VE3XK, thanked Richard for his very informative talk. He noted that Bob Zieman, VE3ATN, was also a radio control model aircraft enthusiast and associate of Richard, who along with other members of Chapter 70, could provide some of the technical help and liaison Richard had requested in regard to 2.4 GHz radio systems.
- Jim, VE3IQ, added that the MAAC has a membership of about thirteen thousand. RAC membership is about six thousand and we both pay the $3500 annual dues to be a member of the Radio Advisory Board of Canada because of our concerns about frequencies.
- It was moved by Ed Sieb, VA3ES, seconded by Joan Powell, VE3ZC, that the minutes of the meeting of May 17, 2005 be approved. Carried.
- In the absence of the treasurer his report was given by Jim, VE3IQ. The balance on hand is $3648 with an outstanding cheque of $1000 US to be sent to the QCWA Scholarship fund.
- Clare, VE3NPC, reported the membership was now 77 which was one less than reported at the last meeting, but that we had a new member join tonight which would bring the membership back up to 78.
- Correspondence included a letter of thanks from RAC for our donations to them. We also received a letter from the Canadian Institute of the Blind Amateur Radio Program expressing their heartfelt thanks for our donation to them.
- Keith, VE3GFI, noted that the web site had been changed from Cyberus to Rogers. (The new web site address is shown below).
Joe Parkinson (VE3JG) Clare Fowler (VE3NPC)
President 613 225-8998 WebPage - http://firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary 613 730-1081
49 Inverness Ave. 16 Fairbairn St.
Ottawa, ON., K2E 6N6 VE3QCW on Thursday. 2000 hrs 147.03(-) (VE3TEL) Ottawa, ON., K1S 1T3
Thursdays at 0900 hrs - Breakfast Embassy West Motor Hotel - Consulate Cafe