National Capital Chapter 70 - Ottawa, Canada



Minutes of Meeting Sept. 15th, 1999 Carlingwood Family Restaurant

  • With 50 in attendance for Spouses' Night, President Jim Dean VE3IQ welcomed members, and introduced the Executive Director Doug Leach VE3XK acting for Secretary-Treasurer Joan Powell VE3ZC who was absent. Guests Clay Hiltz VE3TL , Brian Jeffrey VE3UU and George Zurakowski VA3GZ were welcomed.


  • The few who have not yet renewed their Chapter 70 membership for 1999 are urged to do so.
  • Members who have been in ill health since the last meeting include Gus Holtz VE3VK, Al Oldfield VE3ANO, Herb Morrison VE3HMF and Carl Everson VE3BYX. Debbie Norman VE3RGM is recovering from surgery, and Keith Bedal VE3GFI is recuperating from pneumonia. Fred Hammond VE3HC of Chapter 73 remains in recovery from a stroke.
  • Silent Keys since the last meeting are Mailes Dier VE3MD and Art Hewitt VE3CHJ. While not members of QCWA, both were prominent Ottawa area amateurs, known to many of us.
  • Members are reminded that they are the best recruiters for the Chapter, and should try to bring a prospective member to every meeting.
  • Almost all the amateur radio equipment from the estate of Chapter 70 member Gerry Harbottle, VE3AGU has been sold. The Chapter will have some funds for donation to various amateur radio-related causes.
  • Doug Leach VE3XK explained that the Radio Amateurs of Canada Outgoing QSL Bureau has been moved to Nepean from Alberta. Manager and Chapter 70 member Nenad Stevanovic VE3EXY is seeking help for packing and shipping cards one evening every two weeks. Interested members willing to donate some time to support their fellow amateurs should phone Nenad at 763-4526.
  • Jim Dean VE3IQ announced that Industry Canada has accepted an RAC initiative to allow Canadian radio amateurs holding Basic plus 5 WPM Morse qualifications access to 10 M (28 - 29.7 MHz) operation, effective Sept 11, 1999 per Canada Gazette Part II Notice DGRB-012-99.
  • Croft Taylor, VE3CT, Vice President of QCWA reminded Chapter 70 members to participate in the 43rd Annual QCWA QSO Party 18 Sept. 1999 at 1800 Hrs UTC for 24 hours.
  • Executive elections will be held at the next Chapter 70 meeting November 17, 1999. Past-President Jack Tennant, VE3AHZ will chair a Nominations Committee. Individuals wishing to nominate candidates should check the Chapter 70 Constitution on our web site.
  • Those members who have agreed to receive the notices of meetings and meeting minutes over the Internet are reminded that they should check the QCWA70 web site at in advance of the next meeting. It was noted that some have not been doing so and expressed surprise when called about the dinner meeting.


  • Motion of acceptance of Minutes of the May 19th, 1999 Chapter 70 Meeting was made by Ken ScrivensVE3LJ and seconded by Ed Morgan VE3GX. Carried
  • In the absence of Treasurer Joan Powell VE3ZC, a brief Treasurer's Report was presented by Director Doug Leach VE3XK . Bank balance August 31, 1999 was $4350.22, of which $3610 is proceeds of sale of equipment and components from the VE3AGU estate. Motion to accept the report was made by Doug Leach VE3XK and seconded by Croft Taylor VE3CT . Carried.
  • A brief review of QCWA International news by Croft Taylor VE3CT included the news that the Fall 1999 QCWA Journal is the first issue printed in Florida. Members were reminded about the QCWA National Convention in St. Louis Sept. 24 and 25, to be attended by Chapter 70 members QCWA Vice President Croft Taylor VE3CT, QCWA Director George Roach VE3BNO, and Chapter 70 Director Keith Bedal VE3GFI
  • QCWA Lapel Pins and Gold Certificates were presented to the following by Croft Taylor VE3CT:
    65 years - Bill Barrie  VE3AAS
             - Gord Grant  VE3DY (absent)
             - P. J. (Doc) Plummer  VE3MA (absent)
    60 Years - Al Oldfield VE3ANO
    50 Years - Gus Holtz VE3VK
             - Clare Fowler VE3NPC
             - Ken Pulfer VE3PU (absent)
             - John Athey  VE3GS (absent)
  • QCWA Lapel Pins were presented to the following by George Roach VE3BNO
    40 Years - Mike Rowlands VA3MR(absent)
    35 Years - John Barnhardt VE3ZOV
             - George Collins  VE3FJO(absent)
    25 Years - Duncan Schuthe VE3GXU
             - Nenad Stevanovic VE3EXY
    Pins and certificates for absent members will be presented at a later date.

    Guest Speaker

  • Guest Speaker George Zurakowski VA3GZ is a Manager, Broadcast Standards, Regulations and Procedures with Industry Canada. He was ably introduced by George Roach VE3BNO

  • The interesting and informative presentation was titled Digital Radio in Canada . George described the new Digital Audio Broadcasting, a new CD-quality stereo service on twenty-three 1.5 MHz width channels between 1452 and 1492 MHz, with up to five simultaneous independent programs per channel, sharing a single transmitter. He demonstrated an automobile radio with a clean audio signal originating from either Hull, Quebec or Carleton University DAB test sites.

  • The new service uses Eureka 147 technology and Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex for immunity to multipath fading. Rather than relying on high-powered transmitters, DAB uses multiple lower-power transmitters, networked on the same frequency for seamless coverage over a wide area. Program material is transmitted in MPEG-2 digital audio format from the program source to the transmitter, ensuring signal integrity. DAB also provided data capacity of up to 65 kilobits/second for Program Related Data such as program labels, artist and content notes, song titles and lyrics, as well as multimedia and images.

  • Compatible weather and traffic information data services are under development by several Canadian companies. Digital, software-intensive consumer auto receivers, combining DAB with AM, FM, and CD modes, are available from several namufacturers. Some will feature full graphic display screens. DAB transmitters and antennas have been designed and built by Canadian companies. Canadian manufacturers hope to have export opportunities among the 20 other countries using Eureka 147 technology, including Sweden, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Spain, Australia and Singapore.

  • Japan is developing its own DAB system. The USA is working on a competitive AM and FM compatible in-band DAB system. An S-Band satellite system, augmented by terrestrial transmitters will be operational in the US in Year 2000. WorldSpace is building L-Band satellites for Africa, Asia and South America.

  • The new Canadian DAB service is being introduced this fall (1999) in Toronto (19 program services), Montreal (9 program services) and Vancouver (6 program services). Other cities, including Ottawa, are in planning by local broadcasters, who have priority on channel assignments.

  • Ralph Cameron VE3BBM thanked George for his interesting and timely presentation, and reminded the audience that George's father was the famous Jan Zurakowski, Chief Test Pilot on the Avro Arrow.


  • Motion for adjournment was made by Bill Barrie VE3AAS - seconded by Croft Taylor . VE3CT. Carried.

    Jim Dean (VE3IQ)                                                        Joan Powell (VE3ZC)
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