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 – May 03, 2018

The Meeting was brought to order at 7:01 p.m. with President Kevin (VE1 KEV) in the chair. 17 members were present. Introductions were made around the room.

Regrets: Rick (VE9 RWS); Terry (VE9 TER); James (VE9 WIN).

Minutes From the Last Meeting:

The minutes from the April 05, 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)/Ron (VE1 BBB) that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted. Motion carried.


Jim (VE1 JBL) had received an email from Bob (VE1 DR) about magnetic door signs. Jim showed an example. Bob says he realizes we are identified by the wearing of the yellow vests, but says from a distance we could be mistaken for highway personnel. Bob feels the magnetic car signs will add greatly to the identification and recognition of who we are and why we are present.

Jim also had an email from Andre (VE9 ARG) regarding the dissolution of the Tri-County ARC (TCARC) at the end of August. From September 01, 2018, all club members will be under one club, MAARC.

Field Day:

Nothing to report.


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

Public Service:

Kevin (VE1 KEV) had been in contact with the organizers of the “Cross-Border Challenge” at the end of June, and they would be happy to have our help with communications again this year.


Peter (VE1 SM) reported a few problems with Microsoft Word, but had been able to correct them.

Web page:

Jim (VE1 JBL) reported the “Photo Gallery” is now working, but after uploading pictures from the Symposium, he was at the maximum limit of his webspace. His “Maritime Amateur” site is working fine.


Mike (VE1 MWJ) reported that the new laminated I.D. cards were ready for WARC members. There is a list of EMO Auxiliary members on the back. He says they hope to have an exercise soon. Mike said the County was very impressed with this year’s Symposium, and its use of the facility in Springhill. He also had kudos from Al Penney about the relationship with the County, and what we do that “makes things work.”

Mike had been asked by someone in another area of Nova Scotia if we had a “Memorandum Of Understanding” between the Cumberland Regional Emergency Management Organization and the WestCumb Amateur Radio Club, and finding that was not the case, he drafted one, and passed it around for our input. Mike said areas that should be addressed are providing money for gas, and acquiring insurance coverage through the EMO side.

Pravin (VE9 PKV) asked who pays for maintenance of the backup system, to which Mike replied that the County provides funding when necessary. Pravin suggested we should add the words “financial assistance.”

The insurance issue was also discussed, with Mike noting that the Halifax Municipality was covered through Workmans Compensation. He said DNR and other “Auxiliary” members have blanket coverage. Mike also stated he would like us to have “Incident Command System (ICS) Level 200” at some point. The Level 100 can be obtained through an online course, with a certificate for completion.

Mike noted that AVARC and KCARC will conduct an Emergency Communications Course Saturday June 2nd, with details on Facebook.


Mike (VE1 MWJ) said he had not received an update from Jim (VE1 AFH), but did report that Brad (VE1 ZX) and Jim (VE1 AFH) had met with Matt Boyle in Shubenacadie to conduct an Amateur Radio exam for a class taught by Al Prosser. Ten had passed, and there is a writeup on the “Maritime Amateur” site.

President’s Report:

Nothing to report.


Mike (VE1 XDT) reported the Monday night Net has been going good since September, with check-ins in the high teens.

Ron (VE1 BBB) said the Wake Up Net had over 30 check-ins. He noted there was some noise on the repeaters.


Lorne (VE1 BXK) said they had Sand River back on as of the end of April. They had re-booted the controller, but the TX audio was low. They replaced the RX card and that fixed the problem.

They are also working on a frequency coordination issue.

Work has been done on a UHF radio at Harmony, and a packet issue at Hilden. An issue at Salem had been fixed by Seaside.

Unfinished Business:

Mike (VE1 XDT) reported on some proposed changes to the DMR repeater to set up a local server that would give it more flexibility, and asked if the WARC would contribute $100.00. Don (VE1 AOE) said we should have more information before we commit any money.

It was moved/seconded by Brad (VE1 ZX)/Mike (VE1 XDT) that we contribute $100.00, but after further discussion, Brad retraced the motion, choosing to contribute $10.00 himself, and urging others to do the same.

Jim (VE1 JBL) gave a brief summary of the SMART Symposium on April 28th which saw 133 attend, up from 90 in 2017. There had been a few issues, Kevin (VE1 KEV) said they had been rushed with the BBQ, and the quality of the burgers could have been better. Also, some of the classes had finished too early for lunch. It had been suggested that the $5.00 entrance fee was too low, but they decided to keep it as it is for next year, due to the costs of travel for some participants. Some felt the canteen at the community Centre could have been open, and there were some who said there was not enough water on hand. Some also complained that there was not a handout showing a list of courses.

Mike (VE1 XDT) said the organizers should have radios with them.  Jim (VE1 JBL) suggested that when we bring someone in to do a presentation, we should cover their gas and hotel, but then said “we should all be volunteers.”

Don (VE1 AOE) said that those at the fleamarket shouldn’t be tied to their table. He also said we should make sure classes don’t run over an hour.

Pravin (VE9 PKV) extended congratulations to Jim (VE1 JBL) for a great job in helping organize the event.

Lorne (VE1 BXK) noted that HARC and NSARA didn’t contribute.  Jim (VE1 JBL) thanked all those who did.

New Business:

Nothing to report.

Hints & Kinks:

Nothing to report.

Sick and Visiting:

Nothing to report.

Technical & Operating Information:

MESH workshop coming upon May 10th at 7 pm with Steve Frost.


The May Brunch will be held on the 19th in Parrsboro.

On June 7th we will have out annual BBQ.

The 50-50 was $18.50, won by Brad (VE1 ZX) who donated his share to the Switch Fund.

Next Regular Meeting:

Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Municipality of Cumberland Building in Upper Nappan.

Adjournment: 8:16 pm.                 Ron Bickle (VE1 BIC) Secretary