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Secretary - Ron Bickle VE1BIC

W.A.R.C. REGULAR MEETING – January 10, 2018

The Meeting was brought to order at 7:10 p.m. with President Kevin (VE1 KEV) in the chair. Introductions were made around the room.

21 members were present.

Regrets: Kaye (VE1 YH); Mike (VE1 XDT); Lorne (VE1 BXK).

A minute of silence was observed for Silent Key Ed Crandall (VE1 XF).

Minutes From the Last Meeting:

The minutes from the November 2017 regular meeting were posted on the WARC website and distributed in the Newsletter.

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

Business Arising From the Minutes:

Nothing to report.

New Business:

Nothing to report.

Treasurer's Report:

Jim (VE1 JBL) presented the Treasurer’s Report.

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


Nothing to report.

Field Day:

Nothing to report.


Nothing to report.

Public Service:

Jim (VE1 JBL) gave a brief update for the last “Exercise Handshake.”


Peter (VE1 SM) reported he had some problems with Microsoft Word changing the format, but had managed to get it working.

Web page:

Jim (VE1 JBL) reported the site is working fine, and he had added a page for the upcoming SMART Symposium.


Mike (VE1 MWJ) said he, along with Jim (VE1 AFH) and Jim (VE1 JBL) had been developing a scenario for a simplex exercise. He had also discussed it with Al Cyples, of Nova Scotia Field Communications. It would involve a rather large, unusual freezing rainstorm with damage. As they prepared the exercise, a real storm was developing, just as we had finished dealing with the “weather bomb” on January 4th. This incoming storm had the potential for 50-70 mm. Then Bob Robichaud sent out another notice about what is coming on the weekend. 40 mm would be similar to what Northern New Brunswick had experienced. The freezing rain was trending towards the north.

SpotWX was showing two different results, from two different models. One had freezing rain and rain, and the other just rain.

Mike said this shows how likely this is going to happen, given our changing weather patterns.

EMO is going to be checking different areas for signal strength in simplex mode, and documenting the data. Mike had purchased a small simplex repeater for about $140.00 CDN but it only worked for a short time when connected to a radio. It was sent back for repair or replacement, and when they do get it back, they plan to set it up at the Springhill hospital.

Mike said if we have another phone outage, it could be more widespread, county-wide or all of Nova Scotia. We need to have people ready to go to the locations they have determined, such as Lynn Mountain and Leicester, to provide coverage using simplex. We can then contact other agencies to see if they need help. It is possible for someone in the Halifax area to hit the Springhill hospital.

Mike was also looking to see if anyone was interested in purchasing lengths of 214 coax. If enough are interested, he could purchase a 500 foot spool.

Jerry (VE1 KW) said it is important to be able to use simplex if all the repeaters are down.

Mike (VE1 MWJ) said we really need to get people to high areas and to find out what they can hit.

Jerry suggested that if we couldn’t get someone up high, we could set up a station-to-station relay.

Jim (VE1 JBL) noted that Glenn (VE1 GK-SK) had a great location for simplex.

Don (VE1 AOE) asked about a super-durable 2m antenna. Mike said the one they were using in Parrsboro was made of fiberglass.

Paul (VE9 TTT) reported that New Brunswick had held another hospital exercise on November 29th. They had used several repeaters, including one in Maine.


Jim (VE1 JBL) had issued a cheque to the NSARA for $55.00.

President’s Report:

Nothing to report.


Jim (VE1 JBL) reported that during the recent net all the repeaters have come on line, even Harmony. There had been trouble with the Nuttby repeater. Ron (VE1 BBB) had over 40 check-ins.


Brad (VE1 ZX) reported everything was working except Sand River which had a controller issue.

Jim (VE1 JBL) noted there was an intermittent open squelch problem on the WRC repeater.

Unfinished Business:

Kevin (VE1 KEV) said the proposed UHF repeater project was on hold for now.

Jim (VE1 JBL) gave an update on preliminary plans for the SMART Symposium, which is planned for the Springhill Community Centre on Saturday April 28th. Entrance fee would be $5.00 with registration on the WARC website. He said the Hospitality Room would be in use this year, with coffee and refreshments upstairs. The rink area could also be used this year for an antenna showcase. They were planning to have a trunk sale. Two headset mikes would be used this year for better sound during presentations.

Dana (VE1 VOX) has offered to apply for the licenses for the raffle. He said once we find out what we can get, we could offer some items as door prizes. Ron (VE1 BIC) suggested getting a Confederation Bridge Pass as a prize to attract more participants from PEI, and perhaps getting a vendor who could embroider callsigns on hats.

Jim (VE1 JBL) said setup would be on Friday night, along with a meet and greet at the Community Centre. Mike (VE1 MWJ) said maybe the meet and greet should be at the hotel or motel where most of the out of town people would be staying.

Congratulation were extended to John Langille of Folly Mountain, NS, who passed his basic exam during the evening.

New Business:

Dana (VE1 VOX) has offered to do a DMR presentation, at a date to be announced, probably at the County Building.

Hints & Kinks:

Don (VE1 AOE ) asked about the status of the MESH project. Kevin (VE1 KEV) suggested there might be interest in the project at the symposium.

Sick and Visiting:

Nothing to report.

Technical & Operating Information:

Don (VE1 AOE) noted that the VE1 GK callsign was available again. Jim (VE1 JBL) said VE9 ES was also available.


The January Brunch will be on the 13th at Patterson’s in Sackville at 11 am. Storm date is Jan 20th.

In February the Brunch is on the 17th at Breakfast at Brittney’s in Amherst at 11 am.

The 50-50 was $24.50, won by Dana (VE1 VOX) who donated his share back to the Club.

“Lifetime Member” Certificates were presented to Peter (VE1 SM) and Al (VE1 ZS).

Next Regular Meeting:

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Municipality of Cumberland Building in Upper Nappan.

Adjournment: 9:02 pm.                      Ron Bickle (VE1 BIC) Secretary