There was a good turnout at the final club meeting of the WestCumb ARC for 2017-18. Twenty Nine members and family arrived to first take in the annual members apperiation barbecue put on by the executive to thank the members for their support over the year. Hamburgers and hot dogs were presented with soft drinks.
After the meal the meeting was brought to order and most of the short meeting talked about the upcoming YMCA Cross Border Race on June 23rd. If interested in helping provide communications for this contact Kevin Burke VE1KEV at 902-694-9202.
After a Q&A on the MESH network the club voted to purchase a couple of units to tour around the county this summer to see where they will work. Robert Mannette VE1RMJ will be looking after this.
Hope everyone has a great summer and hope to see you in the fall at our annual meeting on Sept.6th, 2018.
Thanks to Robert VE1RMJ for the photos.
There were fourteen amateurs attending the MESH class last night in Amherst put on by Steve Frost VE9SF. The class lasted just over an hour and then about forty five minutes for Questions & Answers. Steve went over all the basics of what is needed to set up a MESH network and had the equipment to show the class. Everyone seem to enjoy the class and this will be brought up at our next club meeting in June. In time the WestCumb ARC would like to have a Network set up to include most of Cumberland county and link into New Brunswick up to Moncton.
Eighteen members and three guests participated in the regular monthly meeting of the WestCumb ARC which was held Thursday night in Amherst.
Mike Johnson VE1MWJ gave an update on EMO including the new simplex repeater the county has purchased and how it works. He will be testing this out over the next few weeks so if you hear him mobile he will have the repeater with him and will be looking for contacts to test out this unit. It will be operating on 146.490 simplex.
New EMO ID cards are almost ready and will be given out ASAP. He is still looking at having an exercise in the spring dealing with all repeaters down and relying on simplex contacts around the county. Once the exercise is ready there will be another meeting with members of the WestCumb ARC to go over the plan for the exercise.
There was talk on the SMART symposium coming up on April 28th, 2018. Dana VE1VOX has received the license for a lottery, prizes are being looked at, wireless headsets have been ordered for the presenters to use during the classes and the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre has been booked. We are expecting well over 100 amateurs taking part this year and a reminder to all who want to take part in this year's event to register on the website under SMART.
The 50/50 was won by Mike Masters.
The WARC brunch will be this Saturday Feb.17th, at "Breakfast at Brittney's" in Amherst beginning at 10:30am.
Starting on March 1st, the regular monthly meetings of the WestCumb ARC will be held on the first Thursday of each month.
There was a very good turnout at the WestCumb ARC meeting Wednesday night. There were nineteen club members, two visitors from Truro Ken Holmes VE1UF and George Millard VE1GLM and John Langille from Folly Mountain NS who was taking his amateur radio exam.
Mike Johnson VE1MWJ gave a presentation on past weather events in the county and the possibility of a storm coming in the next few days. He reminded everyone in the event of the perfect storm the club may be active on simplex. He is drawing up an exercise for the club to experiment with simplex around the county. He showed off the new simplex repeater but due to problems it will be sent back to the manufacture for a replacement.
There is interest from members about purchasing coax cable for the club. If there is enough interest Mike will order a 500 ft role which he can get at a very good price. If interest in buying some of this cable contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org You must commit to buying the cable once it comes in.
There was talk about the SMART symposium coming up this April. The registration page has been added to the club website and if you are interested in attending go the the page and fill out the form. Dana Ruston VE1VOX will look after the lottery license and also the prizes for the event. For all the news and information about this year's event go to the club's website and click on S.M.A.R.T.
John Langille passed his amateur radio exam and was congratulated by all. Once he receives his call sign I will post it on the website. Thanks to Brad VE1ZX and Rick VE9RWS for conducting the exam.
UPDATE: John received his call sign. VE1CWJ
Dana Rushton VE1VOX won the 50/50 of 49 dollars and donated his half back to the club. Thanks Dana.
The club brunch will be this Saturday Jan.13th at Patterson's Restaurant in Sackville NB.
Next club meeting will be Feb.14th, 2018