QUARTER CENTURY WIRELESS ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
OTTAWA ONTARIO CANADA
6:45 pm – 9:30 pm
September 21, 2010
1) At 6:45 PM, President Bob MacKenzieVA3RKM welcomed 44 Chapter members and guests, and introduced the head table.
Vice-President Dave Conn, VE3KL
Director Doug Leach, VE3XK
Director Richard Ferch, VE3KI
Director George Roach VE3BNO
Past President Dave Parks VE3AV
Treasurer Dick Bonnycastle, VE3FUA
Secretary Ken Pulfer VE3PU
Guests: Barry Allison VE3NJK
3) Minutes of the May 18th, 2010 dinner meeting: - Bob VA3RKM, asked for approval of the May 18th minutes as posted on the Chapter 70 website.
Moved by Bob VA3RKM and seconded by George Roach VE3BNO that the minutes be adopted as posted. Carried.
4) Secretary’s Report: - Ken Pulfer VE3PU provided the following brief report.
Sent obituary notices to HQ for Chapter 70 members
Updated E-mail distribution list and sent e-mails to membership on: Silent Keys, and a dinner reminder
Mailed Pins and certificates to recipients not present at the May meeting
Updated membership database for new members, membership dues paid, and SK’s.
Prepared material for Sept 2010 Executive meeting, including call out lists.
Moved by Ken VE3PU and seconded by George Roach VE3BNO that the Secretary’s report be accepted. Carried
5) Illness and SK Report: - Richard Ferch VE3KI, reported on sick and ailing members as follows:
Don Heaslip VA3NJH, Arnold Vandenbelt, VA3IEE and Ken Scrivens VE3LJ have become silent keys since the last dinner meeting in May.
Brice Wightman’s wife broke her hip, but is recovering,
Clay Hiltz has a severe cough which has kept him home,
Rod Newkirk no change to report,
Jim Dean had surgery and is undergoing chemotherapy, but doing well,
Wally Clarke’s wife has died, and Wally has moved into a home.
Rich then asked for a moment of silence in honour of the Silent Keys.
6) Special Presentation: - Ken Pulfer VE3PU and Croft Taylor VE3CT presented George Roach VE3BNO with a plaque marking his selection by the QCWA Board of Directors for the Roll of Honour Award. In his remarks, Croft noted George’s many contributions to QCWA, particularly as a convention chairman and an advisor to other convention chairs.
7) Treasurer’s report: – The Treasurer’s report was presented by Dick Bonnycastle VE3FUA as follows:
for the period May 18 to September 9, 2010
Dues: nine total, for 2010 =4 x$15= $60.00
2011 =4 x$15= $60.00
2012 =1 x$15= $15.00
Estate sales: $125.00
Bank interest: $.07
Total income for 2010 = $185.07
Total income for 2011 = $60.00
Total income for 2012 = $15.00
Total number of members: 80 x$15 = $1200.00 maximum
Number of members currently in arrears: 16 x$15 = $240
Income so far from chapter memberships: 64 x $15 = $960
First year of web hosting at new ISP (original ISP went out of business)
Envelopes and postage = $16.99
Total expenses = $83.44
Carried over from 2009 (float) =$1047.17
In bank, as of Sept. 2, 2010 = $1855.33
Sept. 12, 2010
Moved by Dick VE3FUA and seconded by Joe Parkinson VE3JG that the Treasurer’s report be approved. Carried
8) News and notices: - Bob VA3RKM provided the following report to the meeting:
The Hamfest QCWA table was again a success. Not only did we promote the chapter, two people took application forms and others paid their dues. Our thanks to Dave Parks, Dick Bonnycastle and Croft Taylor for serving at the table.
Several of our members were active during the QCWA QSO party, representing our chapter on various modes including QSONet. George Roach VE3BNO took a shift as W2MM on QSONet and CQ100.
Dave VE3AV, who is charged with nominating executive officers and directors for next year, is having trouble finding willing workers. We need several people to serve, since Doug VE3XK and Ken VE3PU will no longer be doing their usual excellent job, and Bob VA3RKM is not continuing as president. Please give careful consideration to serving or helping Dave to find suitable candidates for these positions. Time is getting short and we can't continue to run things as they have been run without people willing to organize on the chapter's behalf.
As usual, we remind members that we are all responsible for promoting chapter 70 to those we know. The health of the chapter depends on having a continuous inflow of people with energy and new ideas.
We have had an offer from Michael Babineau, VE3WMB, to look into setting up a remote operating station for the use and enjoyment of our Chapter 70 members. This station would be located somewhere suitable and accessible by members via a high-speed internet connection. As you can imagine, a lot of planning and effort would have to be expensed in such a study. The executive would like to know what your feelings are on this possibility. Please talk any of the members of the executive if you are interested in considering a remote station.
Last year we had our February mid-Winter meeting at lunchtime instead of dinnertime in order to make it easier for some members to attend. The darkness and snowfalls prevent some from venturing out at night in Winter. We have not yet decided whether or not to have the February 2011 meeting in the daytime or at night. About the same number of people preferred each option last time we polled our members. The executive would like to know if anyone has changed their mind on this issue and also what your opinion of the luncheon meeting was.
The trustee for our chapter call VE3QCW is being changed at the request of the current licensee Jim Dean VE3IQ. Dave Parks VE3AV will now be the contact person for anyone wanting to use the call for special events. We thank Jim for his service in this regard.
9) Presentation of pins and certificates: - Doug VE3XK presented a 30 year pin to Michael Babineau VE3WMB.
10) After Dinner Speaker: - Bob VA3RKM introduced after dinner speaker Ying Hum VA3YH, who spoke on software-defined radio as used to receive short-wave Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) signals. Ying gave a personal and humorous talk describing his youth in China, the family move to Hong Kong, and eventually to Canada. He became interested in radios at the age of 6, and has had a lifelong hobby of short wave listening, first in China, and later in Canada. Ying demonstrated the advantages of DRM, in particular the reduction of selective fading, and the improvement in fidelity of broadcast signals. He also described a number of interfaces he had built to allow the reception of DRM signals using a hand held shortwave receiver and a laptop computer. Ying was thanked by Dave Conn VE3KL
11) Door prizes and 50-50 draw: - Doug VE3XK, assisted by Ying VA3YH conducted the selection of winning tickets for the door prizes and for the 50/50 draw. The winner of the 50/50 draw ($37.50) was Doug himself !
12) Next meeting: - Before closing, Bob VA3RKM announced that the next dinner meeting will be held at Robbie's Restaurant on November 16th 2010. Guest speaker will be Gregory Danylchenko VE3YTZ, who will speak on software defined radio.
13) The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.