Amherst, Nova Scotia

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. REGULAR MEETING – November 01, 2018

The Meeting was brought to order at 6:58 p.m. with President Kevin (VE1 KEV) in the chair. 21 members and guests were present. Introductions were made around the room.

Regrets: Lorne (VE1 BXK); Kaye (VE1 YH); Rick (VE9 RWS).

Minutes From the Last Meeting:

The minutes from the October 04, 2018 regular meeting were posted on the WARC website and distributed in the Newsletter.

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

Business Arising From the Minutes:

Terry (VE1 AC) brought in a golf shirt from the Ottawa club, with a large crest, name and callsign on the front.. It cost about $35.00 or about $30.00 with a minimum of 12. The company they dealt with had a wide variety of items, and the shirts had a quality thread count.

New Business:

Jim (VE1 AFH) mentioned the proposal for magnetic signs to be used on vehicles (except Ford trucks !) during Club “public service” events. The sign would mention “Amateur Radio Communications” and possibly the County emblem.

The idea had been originated by Bob (VE1 DR). We will look into pricing.

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.


Ron (VE1 BIC) said he had aired a PSA about the meeting on CFTA 107.9.

Public Service:

Jim (VE1 AFH) reported that this year’s Pumpkin Patrol had been quiet, with five operators: VE1 AFH; VE1 BBB; VE1 MY; VE1 MWJ and VE1 EDP. Nobody had been at the Amherst Police Station.


Peter (VE1 SM) reported no problems, but he had been late getting it out due to the September minutes being late.

Web page:

Jim (VE1 JBL) reported that “The Maritime Amateur” site has been renamed “The Atlantic Amateur” in order to include Newfoundland and Labrador.


Mike (VE1 MWJ) reported that Lorne (VE1 BXK) had two 25W radios ready for the simplex repeaters. Two will be in go-boxes, and the other two will be permanently located somewhere in the county, at locations we may not be able to drive to.

Frequencies will be 146.580 and 146.490. We will need to do tests.

Mike said a presentation had been made at the Sackville Legion with over 40 in attendance, including Scouts and Amateurs. It stressed the importance of communications during emergencies, and how Amateurs can contribute to weather information. Three study guides had been purchased during the evening.

Mike also demonstrated one of two new sets of harnesses to be used in climbing towers.

Mike (VE1 ZB) reported that there were plans to move the radio equipment downstairs at the Oxford Fire Station. He noted that there were only two locations in the building where TMR radios could be used.

Mike (VE1 MWJ) said the HT radios could be connected to an outside antenna, which would be part of the fire department’s budget.

Mike also gave an update on the Oxford Sinkhole. He said it had been “quite active” in the previous week, with the cracks in the parking lot getting bigger. The water level is about a foot below ground level, and with the forecast rain this weekend, water could be flowing into the lake. The community garden has also sunk quite a bit.


Brad (VE1 ZX) had attended the meeting in Greenwood on October 20th. President-Tom Cohoon (VE1 TA); VP-Craig Seaboyer (VE1 DSS); Treasurer-Bruce Harvey (VE1 II); Secretary-Shirley Cohoon (VE1 JFG). They had discussed the new “distracted driving” regulations, license plates and NSARA awards. The NSARA wants to become affiliated with RAC. Dave Hull (VE1 HUL) is the new Section Manager for RAC. Some grid site work will be carried out.

The Halifax Fleamarket will be held in May at the Lower Sackville Legion.

Jim (VE1 AFH) said affiliation with RAC would be a good thing. He said the Province looks at Amateur Radio Operators through the NSARA. We need to have a strong line of communication. Affiliation with the national organization (RAC)

would enhance the NSARA’s relationship with the province.

Bob (VE1 EDP) who is a RAC member, said he has no problem with the idea of affiliation, but cautioned that the RAC may “step over the NSARA” to get what it wants.

Jim (VE1 AFH) replied that as far as the amateur Radio end goes, the NSARA has no fear of being bullied.

Pravin (VE9 PKV) asked how many other organizations are affiliated with RAC? We should look at some documentation of what “affiliation” means.

Dana (VE1 VOX) noted that the RAC has four levels of affiliation on its website.

President’s Report:

Nothing to report.


Mike (VE1 ZD) reported that the Monday Night Net was going well.

Ron (VE1 BBB) had 48 check-ins. Brad (VE1 ZX) suggested using simplex.


Brad (VE1 ZX) reported a problem with one of the regulators at the VE1 PAR solar repeater. It was under warranty.

Jim (VE1 JBL) said Exercise Handshake was using the MAVCOM system. Mike (VE1 ZD) said the DMR repeater was not working properly, so they cannot do a net right now. Brad (VE1 ZX) said we should use HF more.

Jim (VE1 JBL) suggested they drop IRLP from Exercise Handshake. There is no computer at the Tidnish Fire Station.

Mike (VE1 MWJ) noted that we can’t control what others bring up.

Unfinished Business:

Jim (VE1 JBL) said that since no bursary had been awarded in June 2018, we could have two in 2019.  Jim (VE1 AFH) said the funding is there, and we can decide in January what schools are up next.

We will also keep in mind the provision for including a family member of a WARC member.

There had been some Yaesu radio purchases which would be sent to Corey Sickles at Yaesu.

Kevin (VE1 KEV) said plans for the 2019 Symposium were coming along well.

New Business:

Nothing to report.

Hints & Kinks:

Nothing to report.

Sick and Visiting:

Nothing to report.

Technical & Operating Information:

Jerry (VE1 KW) said that back in the early 90’s when things were moving toward digital, the WARC did a presentation about digital circuits using breadboards and IC’s from Radio Shack to construct a probe to test for +5V and 0V.

He said anyone interested in doing any circuit work over the winter can find information on the Internet.


The November Brunch will be at the Parkview in Oxford on the 10th. There will not be a Brunch in December. The Christmas Pot Luck will be held along with a brief meeting on December 6th.

The January Brunch will be at Patterson’s in Sackville on the 12th.

The 50-50 ($26.00) was won by Al (VE1 ZS).

Next Meeting:

Thursday, December 06, 2018 at (following the Pot Luck at 6:30 pm) at the Municipality of Cumberland Building in Upper Nappan.

Next regular meeting on January 03, 2019.

Adjournment: 8:28 pm.                 Ron Bickle (VE1 BIC) Secretary