The regular meeting of the WARC was held on Thursday Nov. 7th with 14 members in attendance.
Regrets from Dana Rushton VE1VOX
A new agenda was talked about to speed up the meetings and starting in January each month's agenda will be sent out to members before the meeting so everyone will know what will be the topics.
At the same time if members have an item they would like to add to the agenda they will be able to forward it on me Jim Langille email@example.com and it will be added in.
There was much talk about voting on a new Spectrum Analyzer for the club. The vote passed and Lorne VE1BXKwill order it ASAP. This unit will be used to keep all our repeaters tuned up to the province of Nova Scotia standards.
Mike Johnson REMO management is looking for members who could go out at a moment's notice during times of need (snow storms, hurricanes, power outages). If you would like to be added to this list contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
There was also talk about Raspberry Pi. Robert Mannette VE1RMJ may put on a class how to set up these units in January if there is enough interest. If any members would like to order a unit contact Robert email@example.com and bring your money to the Christmas Pot Luck supper for pick up. Contact Robert for more info on this project.
The Pot Luck Supper will be on Thursday December 5th, beginning at 7pm. If you have not paid your club dues bring them to the supper.
This month's brunch will be held on Saturday the 16th at Patterson's in Sackville NB
The Radio Amateurs of Canada held its Annual General Meeting in Riverview, New Brunswick on Saturday, September 14th.
The RAC Annual General Meetings are held in a different part of Canada each year at the invitation of a local Amateur Radio club and are usually held in conjunction with one of their activities. This year it was hosted by the Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club and was held in conjunction with their Annual Fleamarket.
MAARC President André Goguen, VE9ARG narrated a Powerpoint presentation of the history of the club, and also recognized the strong ties between the MAARC and the Westcumb Amateur Radio Club, pointing in particular to their participation in the Nova Scotia club's monthly Exercise Handshake, and the help given to the MAARC by the WARC as they set up a new Fusion repeater.
Agenda items included the Report of RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, a review of the 2018 finances, and the appointment of auditors for 2019.
Special guest was ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. who spoke of similar issues facing the ARRL and RAC, such as an aging membership and the changing use of the radio spectrum.
A Question and Answer period followed the AGM proceedings.
Ron, VE1 BIC represented the WARC Executive at the meeting and submitted this report.
Today at the 2019 Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club Flea Market, ICOM setup a display showing off its various lines of radios and technology. Sales Manager, Murray Lycan was on-hand to answer questions for visitors. ICOM also generously donated an ICOM ID-4100A Radio as a raffle prize. Congratulations to the winner Mike Embree (VE1MY). Thank you ICOM for the support.
I am pleased to report Phase One is now completed and the DR-2X VHF repeater 145.190- is now "ON AIR" as of yesterday May 19 2019 @ 4:30 pm.
I thought it more appropriate to install the DR-2X VHF Fusion Repeater project at Salem in two phases as more time would most likely be required to fit it all in just one day.
Phase One Installation (Completed May 19 2019)
Install VHF Multi-couplers in Rack 100
Install RX/TX RF RG-214 coaxial cables from Rack 303 DR-2X VHF Repeater to VHF Multi-coupler Rack 100
Terminate N-Male RF connectors on both RX/TX RF cables at Multi-coupler Rack 100
Install 2RU shelving for DR-2X VHF repeater and 1RU for HP Lap Top computer
Phase Two Installation (Completed June 1st, 2019)
Install HP Laptop WIRES-X computer and HRI-200 WIRES-X modem on 1RU shelving (already mounted) in Rack 303
Install D-Link DIR-819 router on top of IRLP Node 1RU computer in Rack 303 (1RU shelving maybe required if needed)
Install Web Switch 7 near bottom of Rack 303 (3RU blank panel required)
Update IRLP Node 1RU computer static IP information to match D-Link router already configured (Loan of Monitor & keyboard required on time only)
Connect HRI-200 to HP Laptop WIRES-X computer via USB port
Interface HRI-200 to DR-2X VHF repeater (ACC Port)
Set DR-2X from "REPEATER" mode to "WIRES-X" mode
Connect Laptop WIRES-X computer network port to D-Link router network port
Connect Web Switch 7 network port to D-Link router network port
Connect IRLP Node 1RU network port to D-Link router network port
Connect Seaside IP cable to D-Link router WAN port (internet drop)
AC remote outlets for interfacing in order of priority on power up:
D-Link router, HP Laptop, DR-2X VHF Repeater, MSR2000 VHF Repeater, DC power supply, RLC-4 Repeater controller , (AC-DC adapter provided), IRLP Node
Test complete system for both Analog RF operation and WIRES-X internet operation
73,Lorne - VE1BXK
Club member Peter Hebb VE1SM (right) passed away early Monday morning (April 29th) after complications including a stroke and heart attack.
Peter was one of the founding members of the WestCumb ARC when it began back in 1980. He was present at the first meeting and was waiting for his call sign from Industry Canada after passing the exam.
Over the years Peter volunteered for many activities with the club including the annual Field Day and was editor for the WARC Newsletter.
Just last year Peter was given a Lifetime achievement award from club president Kevin Burke for his years of service with the club.Here is Peter's Obituary. CLICK HERE
The 4th annual Symposium for Maritime Amateur Radio Technicians (SMART) was held Saturday April 27th 2019 at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Center in Springhill NS.
Doors opened at 7am for the volunteers, presenters and vendors and soon the building was alive with sounds of amateurs preparing their presentations for the day while others were setting up their tables for displays and sale items.
At 8am the doors opened and many amateurs rushed in to get out of the cold and rainy weather.
The canteen (new this year) became the central point at this time with amateurs picking up tea, coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Then the rush was on for the 50/50 and raffle tickets. Some hams filtered out to the arena to see what was being setup for the flea market.
As promised each amateur received a Yaesu Fusion ball cap although they did not arrive till later in the morning.
At 11am the barbecues were turned on but due to the weather they had to be relocated to the side door of the arena which caused a slight problem of getting the burgers and dogs to the waiting hams..
At 12 noon lunch started with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, pop and water. By 12:30pm everyone had been fed and then the presentations began with opening remarks from Mike Johnson VE1MWJ representing the County of Cumberland.
Bernie Cormier VE9BGC was asked to join Mike up front and Bernie presented SMART organizer George Dewar VY2GF with a plaque for his work on bringing this Symposium to life over the years. This was followed by the door prize winners and topped off by a photo of all the hams taking park in this event. The hams continued to mill around the flea market tables until classes began again at 1:30pm.
At 3:30pm the hams gathered in the arena for the Grand Prizes and 50/50.
The complete list of winners can be found on the WestCumb ARC website under SMART 19.
The final classes began at 4pm and by 5:30pm the final hams left the building and SMART was finished for another year.
The organizing committee consists of Bernie Cormier VE9BGC, George Dewar VY2GF, Kevin Burke VE1KEV and Jim Langille VE1JBL.
We would like to thank the volunteers who helped out with the event.
Mike Johnson VE1MWJ Cumberland Regional EMO Management who made sure the arena was booked and brought two barbecues from Amherst to Springhill to help feed the hams.
Kevin Burke VE1KEV for helping the hams set up their flea market tables in the morning.
Bob Perry VE1EDP and his XYL Jo-Ann Reynolds for working the entrance tables and the giving out of name tags and hats. They also preformed other duties feeding the hams during the lunch hour.
Kevin Burke VE1KEV, Mike Masters VE1ZB, Robert Mannette and Mike Johnson VE1MWJ for another great barbecue.
Dana Rushton VE1VOX and Don Roland VE1AOE for another great raffle draw while Al Christie VE1ZS and Ron Blue VE1BBB manned the 50/50 table.
Ron Bickle VE1BIC who looked after the sound systems in both rooms and took photos throughout the day and hopefully will be on the website soon.
Bob Tuttle VE1DR who looked after the talk-in frequency from his mobile and was prepared with extra gas and others items in case of a break down along the way.
The County of Cumberland for letting us use this great Community Center to hold the event.
A special thank you to Heather Laurie and the staff at the arena who looked after all our needs and did a great job helping us prepare for the event.
Thanks to all the local clubs who donated prizes. Their names and the winners can be found on the SMART 19 webpage https://www.westcumb.ca/s-m-a-r-t-2019
Finally a big THANK YOU to the 170+ hams who came out in the not so best weather to support SMART. Without all of you this event would not take place.
See you next year at SMART 20.
The first meeting of the WestCumb ARC was held on Thursday evening Sept.6th at the ED Fullerton building in Upper Nappan.
There were sixteen members attending with two guest.
First was the annual meeting and all members of the executive have returned for another year. Kevin Burke VE1KEV President, Mike Masters VE1ZB Vice-President, Ron Bickle VE1BIC Secretary and Jim Langille VE1JBL Treasurer.
A motion was made to permanently moved the club meetings to the first Thursday of each month due to a conflict with the county meetings. Motion carried. The dues for the year will remain the same and can be found on the website under Club Dues.
The regular meeting followed the annual meeting and the hot topic for the evening was the report from Mike Johnson VE1MWJ of happenings from the Oxford sinkhole. Mike showed us several videos taken by the county drone showing different angles not seen from television video. The county is still following activity and Mike will give us updates and more video at the next meeting in October.
Mike also informed us that the county has purchased five new radios, antennas and power supplies to be installed in fire halls and other places throughout the county during the upcoming year. He has also received three more simplex repeaters to go along with the one we already purchased in the past year. At this time two of the repeaters will be permantly installed at locations around the county and the other two will be mobile stations to be activated when needed. He is still planning for a simplex exercise for the club in the upcoming year.
Robert Mannette VE1RMJ has purchased 16 amateur radio manuals from Coax Publishing in Ontario on behalf of the club for amateurs wanting to upgrade from basic to advanced license and people around the area wishing to learn and become amateur radio operators. These books are for sale from the club at $46.00 for either the basic or advanced book. Contact Robert Mannette VE1RMJ at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to purchase a book. Six books were sold after the meeting last night.
Member Bob Tuttle VE1DR brought a new member to the meeting last night. Terry Duncan VE1AS was introduced before the meeting. Terry and his wife Susan who is also a ham VA1SIS have recently moved here from Ontario.
WELCOME to the area and the club Terry and Susan.
50/50 was won by new member Terry VE1AS.
The first club brunch of the new year will be held on September 22nd at Patterson's in Sackville NB beginning at 11am. Come early for a good seat.
The WestCumb ARC 2 Meter Net will begin another new season on Monday September 10th at 8pm. Hope to hear many of you on there to support our local club net. Also a reminder to renew your club dues ASAP.
The next club meeting will be held October 4th at 7pm.