Amherst, Nova Scotia

WestCumb  Amateur  Radio Club  VE1WRC

  Serving Westmorland County New Brunswick & Cumberland County Nova Scotia

Latest WARC Minutes
Secretary - Ron Bickle VE1BIC

WARC REGULAR MEETING – May 02, 2019


The Meeting was brought to order at 7:03 p.m. with President Kevin (VE1 KEV) in the chair. 20 members and guests were present. Introductions were made around the room.

A minute of silence was observed for SK Peter Hebb (VE1 SM).

It was moved/seconded by Pravin (VE9PKV)/Terry (VE1 AS) that the WARC donate $100.00 to Treva to help with expenses. Motion Carried.


 Minutes From the Last Meeting:

The minutes from the April 04, 2019 regular meeting were posted on the WARC website.


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


Business Arising From the Minutes:

Jim (VE1 JBL) presented a recap of the SMART Symposium held on April 27th. Jim said it went very well, with no complaints. He thanked all the volunteers. The flea market was well attended, as were the various classes.

Mike (VE1 MWJ) said it was a worthwhile event, and he thanked the Springhill Community Centre staff. He said he sensed we have started something very important, attracting younger people and “putting faces to voices.”

Jim (VE1 JBL) noted that we had 9 students registered this year, up from 4 in 2018.

Jim (VE1 AFH) said the Internet in the Community Centre was down at times.

Mike (VE1 ZB) reported they had served 144 hotdogs, 240 hamburgers, and 136 soft drinks.

Terry (VE1 AS) said the cooks did a great job.

Bob (VE1 EDP) said he had met the participants coming and going, and there were no negative attitudes. He did suggest we could make some changes to the food lineups in the future. Lorne (VE1 BXK) added that there were not enough tables set up for lunch.

Mike (VE1 ZB) said comments the next day on the Sunday Net were very good.

Jim (VE1 JBL) said there were double the flea market tables from last year. He suggested raffling an HF rig next year, but Dana (VE1 VOX) said we should do more mobiles, giving more chances to win. Kevin (VE1 KEV) suggested raffling a Raspberry Pi.

Pravin (VE9 PKV) suggested having more prizes rather than bigger prizes.

Jim (VE1 AFH) suggested a topic for next year would be how to incorporate Raspberry Pi. He said the Club could purchase 30-40 units and have them for sale on site.

Pravin (VE9 PKV) suggested Robert (VE1 RMJ) could do a class on hotspots next year.

New Business:

Dana (VE1 VOX) thanked Bob (VE1 DR) for his donation that spearheaded the Fusion Repeater project.

It was moved/seconded by Jim (VE1 AFH)/Pravin (VE9 PKV) that a plaque be attached to the repeater after it was installed in Salem saying it was “In Memory of Florence Tuttle.”

Pravin (VE9 PKV) wondered if Robert(VE1 RMJ) could put on a demonstration of digital radio.

Mike (VE1 MWJ) asked for a show of hands how many were planning to participate in Field Day in Tidnish. ( nine ) .

Jim (VE1 JBL) said he had been out to inspect the site at Tidnish Docks. He said we should discuss how to get extra points. Mike (VE1 MWJ) said he would donate propane for the BBQ.

Treasurer's Report:

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

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


Correspondence:

The club had received an email about the Run for Sun race.


Field Day:

( Was discussed during New Business )


Publicity:

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


Public Service:

The Cross-Border Challenge is no longer being held after 10 years. The new race was being called “Run For Sun.” Volunteers would be needed for June 22nd, the same Saturday as Field Day. Kevin (VE1 KEV) would be asking for volunteers at the June meeting.


Newsletter:

Since Peter (VE1 SM) has passed away, it would seem there will no longer be a Club Newsletter.


Web page:

Jim (VE1 JBL) reported he had run out of webspace for the WARC webpage, forcing him to delete a number of pictures.

Ron (VE1 BIC) said he would upload the Symposium pictures to his 4TB Dropbox account, and post a link on the WARC webpage.

Pravin (VE9 PKV) noted that if you lease Microsoft Office you get I TB of webspace free.


E.M.O:

Mike (VE1 MWJ) reported that there was not much going on. He said the new RCMP communications member had liked the Simplex Repeater project the WARC was running.


N.S.A.R.A:

Jim (VE1 AFH) had received a cheque for $49.00 as the NSARA’s contribution to the WARC Bursary.


President’s Report:

Nothing to report.

Net:

Mike (VE1 ZB) said the recent Monday Night Net had over 30 check-ins. He noted that Terry (VE1 AS) had done very well as a first time net controller. Mike noted that we will need to find a replacement for Peter (VE1 SM) SK.

Mike said he and Rob (VE1 RMJ) had participated in Exercise Handshake from the Oxford fire hall. He noted that when HRM checks in they say “900 MHz.”


Repeaters:

Lorne (VE1 BXK) gave an update on the progress of the Fusion repeater for Salem. He said the setup work was done, and it now just to be physically installed in the site. He has signed off the drawings and has the OK from Matt Boyle. There will have to be some fine tuning. The web switch has been ordered.

Jim (VE1 AFH) said they would be compiling the various emails and other correspondence in order to do a report for the Club. This will serve as a roadmap for future projects, and could also be shared with the MARC who are planning to install a Fusion repeater this summer.

Lorne added that the call sign VE1 AMH had been approved, and they had the Wires-X ID from Yaesu.

Brad (VE1 ZX) suggested a local Club member should have access to the site.

Brad reported poor audio quality at the VE1 SPH repeater on the Springhill All Saints Hospital. Kirk Hill also had an audio problem, and the equipment would soon be moving to a new building. A new tower was also being erected, and would be 50 feet taller than the present tower.

Kevin (VE1 KEV) asked about the digital repeater (VE1 XPR) in Springhill. Lorne said that noise issue may be caused by something off site. He outlined the test procedure.

Lorne said there was also a noise issue on the VE1 WRC Salem repeater, the same as what happened last year.

Mike (VE1 ZB) noted that there was no courtesy beep, just squelch noise.

Brad (VE1 ZX) said the problem could affect the Wake Up Net,


Unfinished Business:

Ron (VE1 BIC) thanked the crew who had moved the 2m antenna at the CFTA studios. The Icom radio was now performing well.

Jim (VE1 JBL) said they still have to install an antenna at Westchester, and Wallace has to be done. They now have 11 fire halls and 4 hospitals with emergency radios.


New Business:

Nothing to report.


Hints & Kinks:

Nothing to report.


Sick and Visiting:

Rob (VE9 KM) is feeling better, and is now back to work part-time.

Rick (VE9 RWS) has been moved back to the special care facility on Charlotte Street.


Technical & Operating Information:

Bob (VE1 EDP) passed along some information from a Raspberry Pi magazine.


Social:

It was decided to hold a June Brunch after all. It will be in Pugwash at the Lantern Restaurant across from the fire hall at 11 am on June 15th.

The 50-50 ($39.00) was won by Mike (VE1 ZB).

Next Meeting:

Thursday, June 06, 2019, to be held following the Annual BBQ at the Municipality of Cumberland Building in Upper Nappan.


Adjournment: 9:13 pm.                 Ron Bickle (VE1 BIC) Secretary   


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WARC REGULAR MEETING – June 06, 2019


The Meeting was brought to order at 7:25 p.m. following the Annual BBQ, with President Kevin (VE1 KEV) in the chair. 33 members and guests were present. Introductions were made around the room.


 Minutes From the Last Meeting:

The minutes from the May 02, 2019 regular meeting were not available at this time.


Business Arising From the Minutes:

Jim (VE1 AFH) gave an update on the Fusion Repeater project. He said Phase 1 went well, and the unit has been installed. Phase 2 will involve connecting the unit to Yaesu’s Wires-X system. He noted that there has been good support from Yaesu, the Province and Seaside Wireless. The final documentation will be done by October and will be shared with other clubs to show how the various setup issues were dealt with and overcome. He thanked Lorne (VE1 BXK) for the work he has done.

Lorne (VE1 BXK) said there are currently two issues. First, the Wires-X system lets you call out over the Internet, but is not accepting calls. He said he may have to change the router, or the issue may be with the PC. The second issue is with the DR2X repeater not being able to re-transmit. There is no decode on receive. The analog side is not affected. There have been good coverage reports for VE1 AMH ( 145.190 ) which seems to be better than VE1 WRC on the same antenna. The final cost of the installation was $2,232.00.

Jim (VE1 AFH) said we should keep trying to use it, and if it locks up, Lorne can fix it.

Jim (VE1 JBL) said if you don’t have a digital radio, you can still use the repeater with an analog 2m radio.

Lorne expressed thanks to Matt Boyle, Al Prosser and the Province.

He added that the VE1 XPR digital repeater in Springhill needs some TLC.

Terry (VE1 AS) asked if the new repeater would be linked to the various nets, to which Lorne replied that it would only be used with Wires-X.

New Business:

Jim (VE1 AFH) said he will head up the nominating committee leading up to the 2019 Annual General Meeting in September.

Treasurer's Report:

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

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


Correspondence:

Nothing to report.


Field Day:

Mike (VE1 MWJ) said the 2019 Field Day was still being planned for June 22-23 at the Tidnish Docks Provincial Park. HF and VHF would be used. Mike had sent an email to the Canadian Forces about getting the loan of a tent. The request is awaiting approval.

Jim (VE1 AFH) said the site will be next to the parking lot rather than out on the point. They have picnic tables available. Setup will take about two hours on Saturday, and teardown will be on Sunday. Rob (VE1 RMJ) is looking after the logging software.

Mike (VE1 MWJ) said the main point of Field Day is to “be prepared.”

Mike (VE1 ZB) said the Moncton Club was organizing their own Field Day.


Publicity:

Nothing to report.


Public Service:

Jim (VE1 JBL) reported he had not heard anything back about Amateurs being needed for a Poker Run on July 6th,  being organized by the Tidnish Fire Department.


Newsletter:

Jim (VE1 AFH) said Peter (VE1 SM) SK had done a “yeoman’s job” for many years with the Club Newsletter and will be missed. Jim has been going through the back issues.


Web page:

Jim (VE1 JBL) said the website was working fine.


E.M.O:

Nothing to report.

N.S.A.R.A:

Jim (VE1 AFH) said there had been a meeting at the Halifax flea market.

Kevin (VE1 KEV) and Jim (VE1 JWM) had qualified for the NSARA “Worked All Counties” award.


President’s Report:

Nothing to report.


Net:

Mike (VE1 ZB) said they needed a Net Controller for the next Monday Night Net.


Repeaters:

Covered under Unfinished Business


Unfinished Business:

Nothing to report.


New Business:

Nothing to report.

Hints & Kinks:

Nothing to report.


Sick and Visiting:

Nothing to report.


Technical & Operating Information:

Nothing to report.


Social:

Terry (VE1 AS) said the June Brunch will be held at 10:30 am on June 15th in Pugwash at the Lantern Restaurant across from the fire hall. They can accommodate 25-30 people.

The 50-50 ($49.00) was won by Terry (VE1 AS).

Next Meeting:

Thursday, September 5, 2019,  at 7:00 pm to be held following the Annual General Meeting at the Municipality of Cumberland Building in Upper Nappan.


Adjournment: 8:10 pm.                 Ron Bickle (VE1 BIC) Secretary  

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W.A.R.C. Annual General Meeting – September 06, 2018

 

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

It was moved/seconded by Ron (VE1 BIC)/Jim (VE1 JBL) that the date for the regular Club meetings be changed to the first Thursday of the month, September to June, with the Annual General Meeting to be held on the first Thursday of September each year. Motion Carried.

 

It was moved/seconded by Jim (VE1 JBL)/Brad (VE1 ZX) that the dues structure remain the same. Motion Carried.

 

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

 

Jim (VE1 JBL) added that it would be recorded that “Life Members” would be “paid up” for the year, but if they wish to pay $10.00 for NSARA they could do so.

 

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 2018.

 

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 Ron (VE1 BIC)/Mike (VE1 MWJ) that nominations cease. Motion carried.

 

2018-2019 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).

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

 

The 2018-2019 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.

 

Adjournment: at 7:24 p.m.         

 

Ron Bickle (VE1 BIC) Secretary.