WestCumb  Amateur  Radio Club  VE1WRC

  Serving Westmorland County New Brunswick & Cumberland County Nova Scotia


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Secretary - Ron Bickle VE1BIC

W.A.R.C. Annual General Meeting – September 13, 2017


The Meeting was brought to order at 7:03 p.m. with current President Kevin (VE1 KEV) in the chair. Seventeen members and guests were present.


Minutes From Last AGM:

The minutes from the September 2016 Annual General Meeting were read aloud by the Secretary.

Moved/seconded by Ron (VE1 BIC)/Peter (VE1 SM) that the minutes be approved. Motion carried.


Business From Minutes:

Jim (VE1 JBL) brought up the current WARC dues structure, which he said we talked about last year. He said we should make it easier to become a member. 


Jim suggested:


RAC Member $15.00

RAC Member + NSARA $15.00

RAC Member + family $25.00

RAC Member + NSARA + family $35.00


Non-RAC Member $25.00

Non-RAC Member + NSARA $35.00

Non-RAC Member + family $35.00

Non-RAC Member + NSARA + family $45.00


Associate Member – non-voting $10.00


Pravin (VE9 PKV) said perhaps we should think about making the fee for an Associate Member $20.00 instead of $10.00.

Rob (VE9 KM) clarified that an Associate Member would be “a person without a radio license.”

Jim (VE1 JBL) added it was handy to have the Associate Member category for any new members who join the club late in the year.

After some discussion it was decided to leave the fee for Associate Member at $10.00.


It was moved/seconded by Jim (VE1 CHI)/Brad (VE1 ZX) that the dues structure be changed. Motion carried.


Treasurer's Report:

Jim (VE1 JBL) will be presenting the latest Treasurer’s Report during the upcoming regular September meeting.


President’s Report:

No report presented.


Nominating Committee Report: 

No committee had been formed at the last regular meeting in June 2017.


Kevin (VE1 KEV) has re-offered as President.

Mike (VE1 XDT) will remain as Vice President

Ron (VE1 BIC) has re-offered as Secretary.

Jim (VE1 JBL) will be re-offering as Treasurer.


After three calls, there being no further nominations, it was moved/seconded by Pravin (VE9 PKV)/Brad (VE1 ZX) that nominations cease. Motion carried.


2017-2018 WARC Executive:

President – Kevin Burke (VE1 KEV)

Vice-President – Mike (VE1 XDT)

Secretary – Ron Bickle (VE1 BIC)

Treasurer – Jim (VE1 JBL)


Trustees: Brad (VE1 ZX); Rick (VE9 RWS); Al (VE1 ZS); Jim (VE1 AFH); Brad (VE1 ZX); Rick (VE9 RWS); Lorne (VE1 BXK).


Repeater Committee: Brad (VE1 ZX); Rick (VE9 RWS); Al (VE1 ZS); Jim (VE1 AFH); Brad (VE1 ZX); Rick (VE9 RWS); Lorne (VE1 BXK).

It was moved/seconded by Ron (VE1 BIC)/Jim (VE1 JBL) that two additional names be added:

Mike (VE1 XDT) and Kevin (VE1 KEV).  Motion carried.


The 2017-2018 WARC Directors shall consist of:

Jim (VE1 JBL); Mike (VE1 MY); Ron (VE1 BIC); Kevin (VE1 KEV); Brad (VE1 ZX); Rick (VE9 RWS) Al (VE1 ZS) and Jim (VE1 AFH).


Peter (VE1 SM) will continue as Newsletter Editor.

Jim (VE1 JBL) will continue as Webmaster for the next year.

Ron (VE1 BIC) will serve as backup Webmaster.


New Business:

Nothing to report.



Motion to Adjourn: 

Adjournment: at 7:32 p.m.         


Ron Bickle (VE1 BIC) Secretary.

W.A.R.C. REGULAR MEETING – September 13, 2017


The Meeting was brought to order at 7:33 p.m. following the AGM with President Kevin (VE1 KEV) in the chair.

Sixteen members were present. Introductions were made around the table. Regrets: Bob (VE1 DR).

A minute of silence was observed in memory of Silent Keys Gareth Greenslade (VE9 SG); Colin Curleigh (VE1 CMC) and Terry McGee.


Minutes From the Last Meeting:

The minutes from the May and June 2017 regular meetings were posted on the WARC website and distributed in the Newsletter.

It was moved/seconded by Ron (VE1 BIC)/Dana (VE1 VOX) that the minutes be approved.  Motion carried.


Business Arising From the Minutes:

Peter (VE1 SM) said he would include the revised dues structure in the next newsletter.


New Business:

Ron (VE1 BIC) said Bill (VE9 JMP) had collected surplus equipment from SK Gareth (VE9 SG) to be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Club. He said it had been suggested at a meeting in the spring that we should hold a sale of surplus equipment following the October meeting each year.


Treasurer's Report:

Jim (VE1 JBL) presented the Treasurer’s Report. He had a letter from Jack (VE1 CZD) saying he had checked the financial records from September 2016 to August 31, 2017 and found everything to be in order. Jack was in favour of the monthly reports and one-page annual report, and said Jim had done a good job.

It was moved/seconded by Jim (VE1 JBL)/Peter (VE1 SM) that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted. Motion carried.



Jim (VE1 JBL) has received the Registry of Joint Stock renewal form, which he will send in along with his financial report.


Field Day:

Don (VE1 AOE) gave a brief report on the 2017 Field Day event held in Truro.



Nothing to report.


Public Service:

The Cross-Border Challenge race was held Saturday June 24th with no major issues. Club members participating were Kevin (VE1 KEV); Mike (VE1 XDT); Mike (VE1 MY); Ron (VE1 BBB); Peter (VE1 SM); John (VE1 JCH); Mike (VE1 MWJ) and Ron (VE1 BIC).



Peter (VE1 SM) reported no problems.


Web page:

Jim (VE1 JBL) reported he will be updating the form for Club dues. It can be filled out online, and Jim will reply by email. He has also changed how the older minutes and newsletters appear on the page.



Mike (VE1 MWJ) gave a rundown on the telephone, cell phone and Internet outage that occurred during the summer. He said this is why he continues to stress having Amateur Radio stations in hospitals and fire halls. Mike said they would be working this week at the Parrsboro Fire Hall. There are two rolls of coax that have been set aside for installations.

Mike now has a Twitter account: @Cumberlandemo

He said he wants to do an exercise with Cumberland County and Sackville to test radios at all hospitals, including Sackville Memorial. The last test was in November, 2013. This time he would like to include the fire departments. It could be on a Sunday.

Ron (VE1 BIC) added we should include the 2m radios at CFTA and CKDH.

Mike said the scenario would be the loss of cell phones and TMR, as well as having the Amateur Radio repeaters being down. This would require using simplex to see how far across the county we could send and receive messages.

Brad (VE1 ZX) said we should think about using HF.

Mike said it would be “back to basics.”




Brad (VE1 ZX) said a meeting was planned for October in Greenwood.


President’s Report:

Nothing to report.



Mike (VE1 XDT) reported that the Net was quite active. Ron (VE1 BBB) had 22 check-ins on Monday night, including 3 newcomers.

The Wakeup Net had over 30. Mike was considering changing the wording of the preamble.

There was also a plan for a local DMR Net on Tuesday nights on XPR to cover NS, NB and PEI. Four repeaters would be linked over the Internet in a talk group.



Brad (VE1 ZX) reported he and Lorne (VE1 BXK) had taken over the operation of the Hammonds Plains and CDN repeaters.

Dana (VE1 VOX) gave an update on the new digital repeater in Truro ( VA1 DIG).

Brad said he and Lorne along with Mike (VE1 XDT) had worked on relocating equipment at VE1 BHS.

He and Lorne had also made 3 trips to the Halifax area for work at Upper Sackville, Hammonds Plains and Beaverbank.

Brad said there would soon be APRS on Economy Mountain.

He added Mike (VE1 XDT) had donated a radio to replace the Phoenix radio.

Jim (VE1 JBL) asked Lorne to send a write-up and pictures.

Lorne (VE1 BXK) reported the BXK to Sand River link is fixed.

Brad (VE1 ZX) said new antennas and cables had been purchased by the province, and a new web switch and router had been installed so they can remotely-control everything. He added we should be looking at upgrading the EMO equipment to add switches.

Lorne said he would do up a proposal on behalf of the Club.

Brad added that it was becoming harder to get crystals for the older repeaters.

Jim (VE1 JBL) said we should update the Club equipment list in 2018.





Unfinished Business:

Jim (VE1 JBL) noted that the $80.00 that had been donated for the DMR repeater has gone into the regular Club funds.


New Business:

Nothing to report.


Hints & Kinks:

Nothing to report.


Sick and Visiting:

It was reported that Bruce (VE1 II) had broken his shoulder.


Technical & Operating Information:

A recent solar flare had killed all HF traffic in the Western Hemisphere including CW for 180 minutes.

Jim (VE1 JBL) has sent out a notice on behalf of CANWARN looking for spotter stations. He was trying to entice Yarmouth to join the CANWARN net.

Mike (VE1 XDT) reported that DMR radio was active in Florida during Hurricane Irma.

Brad (VE1 ZX) noted that solar panels were being sold by Canadian Tire for $185.00.



The September Brunch will be held at Patterson’s in Sackville on the 23rd. In October, it will be at the Parkview in Oxford on the 14th.


The 50-50 ($21.50) was won by Mike (VE1 MWJ).


Next Meeting:

Wednesday, October 11th 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Municipality of Cumberland Building in Upper Nappan.



Adjournment: 9:04 pm.                      Ron Bickle (VE1 BIC) Secretary