Amherst, Nova Scotia

WestCumb  Amateur  Radio Club  VE1WRC

  Serving Westmorland County New Brunswick & Cumberland County Nova Scotia

Latest WARC Minutes
Secretary - Ron Bickle VE1BIC

W.A.R.C. REGULAR MEETING – March 01, 2018

The Meeting was brought to order at 7:02 p.m. with President Kevin (VE1 KEV) in the chair. 14 members and guests were present. Introductions were made around the room. Regrets: Rick (VE9 RWS); Lorne (VE1 BXK); Robert (VE1 RMJ).

Minutes From the Last Meeting:

The minutes from the February 15, 2018 regular meeting were posted on the WARC website and distributed in the Newsletter. It was moved/seconded by Ron (VE1 BIC)/Mike (VE1 MWJ) 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.


Jim (VE1 JBL) had received an email from the Charlottetown Amateur Radio Club, regarding getting on a tower in the Souris area. He also received a reply from Steve Frost that he would not be able to attend the Symposium, but would be available on a weekend in April to talk about the MESH project.

Field Day:

Nothing to report.


Ron (VE1 BIC) said he had put on a PSA about the meeting on CFTA.

Public Service:

Mike (VE1 MWJ) reported they had set up a permanent base station at the Collingwood Fire Department earlier in the day, and had moved some old equipment for them. They will be working on Westchester or Wallace at a later date.

Brad (VE1 ZX) said there was a problem with a power supply at the Parrsboro Fire Hall. It will require a larger one.

Mike (VE1 MWJ) suggested we think about having a Fox Hunt during the Symposium, possibly the night before.


Peter (VE1 SM) reported no problems this month.

Web page:

Jim (VE1 JBL) reported he is having problems uploading pictures taken on his phone. They are not being oriented properly. There was also an issue with the tab for the Symposium not pointing to the correct year.


Mike (VE1 MWJ) reported some unusual activity this winter at the North Pole. There were 60 events on near zero or above zero, instead of the usual 16.

Mike had collected some used gear from Garnet Allen Ramsey (VE1 GAR) who is downsizing. The items will be sold following the meeting.

Mike showed the members a dual band antenna (from that could be used for the simplex repeaters. He said more testing needs to be done and a procedure written up.

Mike noted that on Wednesday February 28th Bell Aliant was offline for cell phones to landlines. There was no audio is some directions from Cape Breton to Yarmouth.


The NSARA Contest will be coming up on Sunday.

President’s Report:

Nothing to report.


Mike (VE1 XDT) reported that most of the Nets were running smoothly. Al (VE1 ZS) said there are usually between 25-35 check-ins for the Wakeup Net.

Jim (VE1 JBL) noted that during the recent Exercise Handshake, someone took down the Discovery Reflector at 29 past the hour.


Brad (VE1 ZX) reported they had turned on SPR today, but SDR is still down. The 7-element yagi antenna for the link between BHS and Upper Sackville sometimes gets noisy due to ice.

He said Tom (VE1 GTC) will be talking with Rob (VE1 KS) about a few issues. Exercise Handshake is really about testing MAVCOM, and to see how many repeaters are working. It doesn’t really need IRLP or Echolink.

He said Tom could add a code for the time being, and suggested we don’t bring up the IRLP. The node is now 9014. It used to be 9013.

Unfinished Business:

Jim (VE1 JBL) gave an update on the Symposium, He said Bernie (VE9 BGC) had finalized the schedule. They have ordered three headset mikes for use by presenters to provide better audio. He said 67 have signed up so far. They had asked about holding the BBQ if it is raining, and were told they could put it by the back door, and set up tables and chairs in the rink. A meeting is being set up to discuss final plans.

New Business:

Brad (VE1 ZX) has asked Jim (VE1 JBL) to add the DMR nets to the Webpage. Jim said he had added a new digital page.

Dana (VE1 VOX) asked if we should stick with just Canadian nets.

Dana also has a line on some prizes for the Symposium – An RAC membership and a multi-band (non-DMR) FM mobile.

Hal (VE1 LV) asked the WARC to consider receiving equipment from his estate. He provided a list of equipment.

Jim (VE1 JBL) had received an inquiry from a Wallace resident regarding a possible course.

Mike (VE1 MWJ) said we really have to try to attract new members, and suggested we try to hold a basic course this fall.

Kevin (VE1 KEV) noted that a club in Newfoundland-Labrador was holding courses all the time. A “crash course” is available online.

Hints & Kinks:

Nothing to report.

Sick and Visiting:

Nothing to report.

Technical & Operating Information:

Nothing to report.


The March Brunch will be at Patterson’s in Sackville on the 17th at 11 am. In April, it will on the 21st at the Parkview in Oxford at 11 am. In May, on the 19th in Parrsboro.

The 50-50 was $17.00, won by Mike (VE1 MWJ).

Next Regular Meeting:

Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Municipality of Cumberland Building in Upper Nappan.

Adjournment: 8:25 pm.                 Ron Bickle (VE1 BIC) Secretary