Minutes of: 2017-11-13

 

Members present: refer to attendance-spread sheet

 

1. Call to order:

7:34 Start called by Ron

 

2. Motion to adopt previous minutes:

Motioned by Terry and Seconded by Tom Buchanan

 

3. Additions to Agenda:

X-Mas party plans

 

4. Treasurer’s Report:

$xxxx.xx currently in the account

+$xxx.xx deposited from flea market 2017

+xxxx from Bat monitor project via Blair

+$xx.xx pending for dues

-xxx.xx refunded to Tom Buchanan

-> $xxxx.xx estimated after transactions

 

5. Committee reports:

• Repeater Committee:

o $25 expense to Blair for replacement Coax cable

o 10% of the Bat monitor money is being ‘tithed’ to the owners of the land where the repeater is located

o $98 from the flea market 50/50 is going to the repeater fund

o Long discussion about replacement batteries and solar panels

 Action items

• Make a few formal lists with new batteries and an additional solar panel and see if it is financially feasible to upgrade and or replace the equipment.

• Get VE6QO to aid in the set-up of a remote battery monitor. This will help us setup a baseline for battery consumption and battery capacity overtime.

• Field day:

o Rob and Geoff are in charge

o Looking for one more member to charge up the committee

 Recommend Kevin for this position

o Fortis Alberta said they repaired the transformer near the coyote flats and the HF noise should be gone.

 

6. Discussion on contacts conditions and nets

Ron – Talked to a neighbor 3 blocks away

Terry –

Perry – Caught Ron and Roy on the Air

Rob – Companied about FT8

Tom – mostly VHF nets

Tom VE6ARG – 9 Students in the course, on the ARES net

Roy – 80m antennae in back yard, inverted V. No longer “cloud warming”

Renze – G5RV blew off in the wind. Going to mount an 80M to the roof.

Blair – 80m, 3750mhz, 7055, 7100 nets at 23:00 Aurora net. Friend VE6ASL moved to Arizona 14168mhz at 10:45am

James (new HAM) added VHF to car, openstubb J-pole on fence (VE6SWX)

Cory – VHF Amp working on HF. Rig Rending, listning via Dongles on PC

Makay – Nothing to report

Geoff – got the iCOM 7300 HF Rig. Very cool waterfall display.

 

7. Old Business

Do we want to advertise in the paper or radio for the meetings?

 NO

 

Warning, Glastech building will be no longer available come the early part of the new year.

 

Tom Buchanan wants to head up the summer time Flea market to make up for the difficulty in getting to the Glacier park flea market.

 

8. New Business

Christmas party

 Wednesday, December 13th 2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

 Potluck (bring desert or salad)

 Blair’s Household.

 

9. Motion to Adjourn

Ron, seconded by Geoff

Time: 9:07pm

 

Thank you, Geoff Peterson Vice President

 

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Minutes of: 2017-10-23

 

Members present: refer to attendance-spread sheet

 

1. Call to order:

7:34 start

Motion to make quorum by Blair

Seconded by Tom Buchanan VE6ARG

 

2. Motion to adopt previous minutes:

Geoff Peterson motioned to adopt, Seconded by Tom Buchanan VE6ARG

 

3. Additions to Agenda:

 

4. Treasurer’s Report:

$xxxx.xx, pending $xxx.xx to be refunded to Tom Buchanan VE6ARG for expenses incurred during the flea market.

 

5. Committee reports:

• Repeater Committee:

Replaced damaged VHF cable at repeater

Topped up water in batteries

Added PWR/SWR meter to repeater. Measuring clean 16W.

Last visit Oct 22nd 2017

Winterized

May need more solar panels because repeater dies at 11.5V

 

Discussion on the Bat equipment

Do we agree to a 5 year agreement for $5,000? Blair forgot the exact agreement. Decision differed.

Some members want more money for the amount of equipment that is going to be mounted.

 Note: we are named on their (the bat people’s) liability insurance

Defer decision to RON on next meet.

 

PROPOSAL

 Local repeater to link Lethbridge to main repeater VE6CAM

 Req: 2 antennas, omni and directional

 2 radios

 any roof we can use for a long period of time (several years)

 Hard wired 120V power

 Some HAMs free time

 Blair is the current custodian of this project.

 

• Field Day Committee

Nothing to report

 

• Flea Market Committee:

Flea market was a success!

 

6. Discussion on contacts conditions and nets

Geoff Peterson won a antennae analyzer

VE6ARG working hard on website content

 New course started up with 10 students

Perry raised new 88 foot antennae, all bands save 80-meters.

Brad constructing 80meter loop

Roy new inverted V dipole

Gary – Active

Blair – examined new HAM. James (welcome to the hobby James)

Makay – nothing to report

 

7. Old Business

none

8. New Business

Radio world offers to attend any future flea markets

Proposed a southern/western Canada HAM meetup for BC/AB/SK

Blair believes more things should take place during field day to draw a larger crowd.

 Seminar perhaps

 

Roy asked about a method to see repeaters nearby.

 Club showed Roy the “repeater book” website and application.

 

9. Motion to Adjourn

Geoff Peterson motioned to adjourn

Seconded by Tom Buchanan

 

End at 9:08pm

 

 

Thank you, Geoff Peterson Vice President

 

 

 

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Minutes of: 2017-08-

14 Members present:

 

1.Call to order:  Time: 7:30pm

Called to order by: Geoff Peterson VE6LXS

 

2.Motion to adopt previous minutes: Motion to adopt by Geoff Peterson VE6LXS All in Favor: No Objections.

 

3.Additions to Agenda: No additions to agenda

 

4.Treasurer’s Report: $xxxx.xx in the bank 16 paid members to date

Cheque made out to RAC for club liability insurance for $186.35 and handed to Geoff Peterson

 

5.Committee reports:

a. Repeater Committee:

Repeater still functional, power still functioning

Notice: Another user of the repeater tower (Bat monitor research company) is thinking about setting up their own tower and may leave our tower. However, Blair does not think they will do this.

  b. Field Day CommitteeNon-existent currently.

  c. Flea Market Committee:

Tom Buchanan in charge of flea market organization

Call for feedback regarding the market from VE6ARG

ICOM and Radio world will be at the market

Kenalkee will have a complimentary club table.

Tom VE6ARG sent out a brochure for the flea market event for distribution (TELL YOUR FRIENDS!)

List for volunteers and volunteer position on the SAARC site.

20-25 tables will be available at the venue. When they fill up, that’s it.

Map of the venue is in production from Tom VA6ARG

 

6.Discussion on contacts conditions and nets

  a. VE6PWN – nothing to report

  b.VE6LSX – nothing to report

  c. VE6ARG – working on home renovations, teaching another HAM radio course, Built a new antennae and a new fully BNC antennae switch.

  d. Anthony – guest.

  e. VE6XMB – Playing with Olivia, complaints about a new digital mode called FT8. It is very automated and can perform a fully automated QSO in 15seconds.

  f. VE6QBD – attended the glacier park ham fest. Participated with the “summets on the air” event and got a “sloth” point because he didn’t climb the mountain. Got to see a gopro video of one of the people that actually scaled the mountain. Austin said he would share the link for us.

  g. VE6CV – Showed off a cool smartphone app from RemoteHAMs.com that allows him to remote into his desktop radio and control it for both full adjusting, broadcasting and listening. The Radio needs to be connected to a PC running RCforb software.

  h. VE6DC –APSN – new radio has powerful filtering that is giving him much clearer HF listening.

  i. Reminder that Cornfest is on Sept 1, at Renze’s property. Cocktails at 1:00pm, Dinner at 6:00pm

  j. VE6QO –re-set up his satellite antennae with servos using the aduino controllers. Payed with FT8 also, complained that it was too automated aswell. Talked about how FT8 was originally desined as a protocol for moon bouncing where 1500W is considered low power.

  k. VE6AGH – also attended the Glacier HAM fest and a “fox hunt”. Met a bloke who does competitive Fox hunting all over the world. Blair purchased some old military equipment. Also worked 20meters over the weekend and was one of three total people on the air.

  l. VE6JY – discussed a 1.2Mhz VHF radio relay system that would enable a handheld to broadcast to a transmitter to broadcast to a repeater all at once by using two “steps”. Discussed a friend named Don Moman who helped setup remote audio SDR setup.

 

7.Old Business none

 

8.New Business none

 

9.Motion to Adjourn Motion by: Geoff Peterson Seconded by: Makay Murray Thank you, Geoff Peterson Vice President

 

 

 

 

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Minutes of: 2017-07-10

 

Members present: refer to attendance spread sheet

 

1. Call to order:

Time: 7:33pm

Called to order by: VE6LSX (Geoff Peterson)

2. Motion to adopt previous minutes:

Motion to adopt by VE6PWN (Makay Murray), Seconded by Terry

All in Favor: All present are in favor

 

3. Additions to Agenda:

• Field day wrap-up

• Flea market updates

• Video produced from Tom (VE6ARG)

 

4. Treasurer’s Report:

• Tom (VE6TRM) not present today

• We assume the value has not changed from the previous month's value of $xxxx.xx

 

5. Committee reports

Repeater Committee:

• Kevin present, Blair absent

• Nothing to report regarding the repeater.

 

Field Day Committee – Just completed field day 2017!

• Field day wrap-up:

• This was the best field day in the last 5-6 years

• Kevin provided a document on things to improve for next year. (Scanned and uploaded to our dropbox share)

• Tom (VE6ARG) and Makay (VE6PWN) took photos and have shared them on the SAARC site.

• Tom (VE6TJB) will purchase a 'car tent' for next year

 

6. Discussion on contacts conditions and nets

• VE6PWN, nothing to report

• VE6ARG, 7100 ICOM HF rig died again. ICOM fixing under warranty

• VE6TMA, back on the air with Air Hustler vertical and 40m dipole

• VE6TJB, purchased a 7' x 5' desk for his HAM shack

• VE6COR, made some cool HF contacts and encountered some 'interesting' contacts in the USA

• VE6QO, made contact with friend in iceland!

• VE6LSX, nothing to report

 

7. Old Business

• Membership dues

o As of this month, being the sixth month of the year. Our club bylaws state we can remove membership status from members that have not paid dues for 2017 as of today.

 

• MOU: Memorandum of Understanding from 2539613 Ontario inc.

MOU currently -unsigned-

If we sign it we get more money, $1000 a year. For 5 years.

New Equipment to be added to the tower.

- Wind Vane

- Anemometer

Coordinates of tower: N50º02.126’ W 112º59.169’

 

We Voted to sign the MOU.

 

• Motion to join RAC membership to gain access to the insurance.

VE6ARG – Tom Started the motion

VE6TJB – Seconded

 

All in favour?

Majority Carried.

 

 

8. New Business

• Flea Market:

◦ ICOM will be providing a door prize

◦ need to create a committee for volunteers and work delegation.

◦ Need to collect banners from Peters

◦ Need to produce some signage

◦ Need numbers to give to church

◦ Need to apply for Liability insurance

◦ Need T-Shirts for volunteers

◦ Need sticky name-tags for volunteers and guests

◦ Advertising for the event through

▪ radio world

▪ facebook

▪ “old timers” group

▪ word of mouth

 

9. Motion to Adjourn

Terry

Seconded by Tom (VE6ARG)

 

 

Thank-you

- VE6LSX (Vice President)

- See you next month Monday August 7th 2017. At the Glastech conference room.

 

 

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Minutes of: 2017-06-12

 

Members present: refer to attendance spread sheet

 

1. Call to order:

Time: 7:31pm

Called to order by: VE6PAP

2. Motion to adopt previous minutes:

Motion to adopt by VE6PAP

All in Favor: Everyone Present

 

3. Additions to Agenda:

none

 

4. Treasurer’s Report:

Estimated $xxxx.xx

 

5. Committee reports

Repeater Committee:

Installed BAT monitors 100 foot high and ground level. PVC tube with microphone. Nothing fancy.

Changed some coax at the site

Topped up water on the batteries. Up by 355ml.

Solar panels are clean, bird spikes doing their job

70cm abandoned antennae were removed.

Dangling coax removed

 

Field Day Committee – 2017 Field Day scheduled at Coyote Flats pioneer Village planning and commitments:

Teams. 3 transmitters

Keven helped with digital wireless login

Ron in and Roy in charge of food

- Club will be paying for basics,

o Hamburger, buns, condiments

Count on 20 burgers

 

Tom Buchanan VE6ARG in charge of a station

Geoff Peterson VE6LSX in charge of a station (FT101)

Third Station wasn’t discussed

 

6. Discussion on contacts conditions and nets

 

VE6PAP - Re-installed some equipment in truck

VE6LSX – Joining as many nets on 2m as he can, some LDS nets, Sunday nets and CAM net.

VE6QO – first time in 2 months he was on. Worked coast to coast. Sporadic ‘E’. working on solar trackers for solar panel sun tracking. Voltage equalizer using photo cells.

VE6JRD – nm

VE6AWT – nm

VE6PWN – Geoff installed the radio directly on the battery, encountered a ground loop with the stereo as a result of the two devices being at different ground potentials. Researched a concept called “ground loops” learned lots and purchased a ground loop isolator 3.5mm adaptor.

VE6TJB – nm

VE6NX – 6m open, fixed 3 element beam can’t chase all that well. Made a satellite contact with American resident. APSN nets

VE6ARG – Busy getting ready for field day. Hunting for another rig. Antenna setup stayed up thru thunder storm. Struggling with ICOM purchase decision.

 

7. Old Business

• Survey monkey

VE6PAP lost his notes on this. He will do his best to find them.

 

• Request from Sabelo Makalima (declined)

30-40 riders

Primary organizer is the LACL.

Primary contact is Dave

Phoned Sabelo Makalima and he didn’t know much as Dave is the true organizer.

Dave Lawson from LACL can be reached at 403-360-2537

Need more information before we decide to volunteer or not.

 

• SAARC flea market

Radio world will attend if we a position locked down quickly

2nd week of October

Similar setup to Calgary HAM fest

(Tom Buchannan VE6ARG will organize a venue)

 

• Bat Monitor installation (accepted)

Bats like the mammals. Not like a battery

Environmental monitor of bat calls involves a microphone, cable, power supply and recording equipment with SD card slot. (no radio signal will be used to send the data off site) Therefore less chance of radio interference.

The organization that wants this monitor put up is offering us $1000.00 a year for the privilege to use our tower.

The payment will be considered an “honorarium” and will not be construed as a commercial payment so we can keep our non-profit status.

 

• Discussion on the entrance fee being to high?

o It was concluded that $5 entrance fee is acceptable.

 

8. New Business

• Membership dues

o As of this month, being the sixth month of the year. Our club bylaws state we can remove membership status from members that have not paid dues for 2017 as of today.

 

• MOU: Memorandum of Understanding from 2539613 Ontario inc.

MOU currently -unsigned-

If we sign it we get more money, $1000 a year. For 5 years.

New Equipment to be added to the tower.

- Wind Vane

- Anemometer

Coordinates of tower: N50º02.126’ W 112º59.169’

 

We Voted to sign the MOU.

 

• Motion to join RAC membership to gain access to the insurance.

VE6ARG – Tom Started the motion

VE6TJB – Seconded

 

All in favour?

Majority Carried.

 

9. Motion to Adjourn

VE6PAP Motioned to adjourn

VE6ARG Seconded

@ 8:32pm

 

 

Thank-you

Ron PAPP

VE6PAP

President

 

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Minutes of: 2017-05-10

 

Members present: refer to attendance spread sheet

 

1. Call to order:

@ 7:32pm by VE6PAP

 

2. Motion to adopt previous minutes:

Reader of previous minutes Tom Buchanan VE6ARG

Minutes adopted by VE6ARG first and seconded by VE6TJB

 

3. Additions to Agenda:

None

 

4. Treasurer’s Report:

$xxxx.xx in the bank

New signing authority given to VE6PAP, VE6TRM and, VE6LSX

Two Signatures are needed to sign a check

 

 

5. Committee reports

Repeater Committee:

VE6CAM net hardware is in good working order

Request for 5th net controller on months where there is a 5th week.

Topics to speak about during the net can be sent to VE6WEK@rac.net

 

Field Day Committee – 2017 Field Day scheduled at Coyote Flats pioneer Village planning and commitments

VE6ARG (Tom Buchanan)

4th Weekend of June.

Informal Contest.

Picknick Style

Battery Powered Rigs only

Teams: stations will be set up into teams and each station should be able to be raised in 1 hour.

Bands to cover: 20m, 40m and 80m

Modes to cover: CW, phone, digital

3 stations can be within a circle of diameter 300meters

VE6CAM is the clubs callsign

Event starts at 1800 UTCSaturday ends on 2300UTC Sunday

For UHF/VHF simplex contacts only count

 

6. Discussion on contacts conditions and nets

Very quick run through

We welcome 2 new HAMS to the hobby. VE6LSX and VE6COR

*The majority of the reports were gone through so fast I couldn’t write down adequate notes*

Most reports were positive

VE6ARG’s report on propagation was negative. The sun does not seem to be cooperative this year.

 

7. Old Business

• Survey monkey

VE6PAP lost his notes on this. He will do his best to find them.

 

8. New Business

• Facebook page set up by Mel DeWinter

www.facebook.com/groups/1856371221311142/

The conclusion was to not join or create a facebook group as it causes fragmentation. Our single unifying site is the better solution.

 

• Request from Sabelo Makalima

30-40 riders

Primary organizer is the LACL.

Primary contact is Dave

Phoned Sabelo Makalima and he didn’t know much as Dave is the true organizer.

Dave Lawson from LACL can be reached at 403-360-2537

Need more information before we decide to volunteer or not.

 

• SAARC flea market

Radio world will attend if we a position locked down quickly

2nd week of October

Similar setup to Calgary HAM fest

(Tom Buchannan VE6ARG will organize a venue)

 

• Bat Monitor installation

Bats like the mammals. Not like a battery

Environmental monitor of bat calls involves a microphone, cable, power supply and recording equipment with SD card slot. (no radio signal will be used to send the data off site) Therefore less chance of radio interference.

The organization that wants this monitor put up is offering us $1000.00 a year for the privilege to use our tower.

The payment will be considered an “honorarium” and will not be construed as a commercial payment so we can keep our non-profit status.

 

9. Motion to Adjourn

Tom Buchannan VE6ARG motion

Seconded by Geoff Peterson VE6LSX

 

 

 

Thank-you

Ron PAPP

VE6PAP

President

 

Next meeting will be held on June 5th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. At the Glastech Glazing Alberta LTD. 1-542 39 St. North Lethbridge AB, T1H 6Y2

 

 

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Minutes of: 2017-04-10

 

Members present: refer to attendance spread sheet

Call to order:

@ 7:41pm

 

Previous minutes accepted by Tom - VE6ARG and Ron - VE6PAP

 

Treasurer’s Report:

- 2 New members paid membership dues ($40.00)

- $xxxx.xx in the bank

- no new expenditures

 

Repeater Committee:

- (joke) power bill is paid up

- wind mill power generator was installed

- No new progress on determining the age of the equipment in the repeater tower.

 

Field Day Committee:

- Field Day committee was elected in February

o Gary - VE6CV, Justin - VE6JRD and Tom - VEGARG

- No change to the location or date of the field day.

 

Reports on Contacts and nets:

- Ron - VE6PAP: Busy, no activity

- Tom - VE6ARG: busy, no activity

- Perry - VE6NX: Received a new HF tuner acquired from the flea market

- Roy - VE6AWT: no activity

- Rob - VE6XMB: Made several QSOs. Austria, Belgium, and France.

- Austin - VE6QBD: Put up a tower in poor weather (so it should be able to withstand poor weather). Got new band available and made some QSOs. New band was 15-meter CW.

- Tom - VE6TRM: some activity on Nets on 2m

- Renze - VE6DC: Some activity on Nets on 2m. Belarase (sp?) system. Got a new book called “low band DXing” and has been putting it to use.

- Geoff (no call): No call sign yet. Studying for the exam. Was at the flea market and got some good finds.

- Blair - VE6AGH: went to the flea market. Purchased a 120v transformer. HF 37.50Mhz and CAM net activity.

- Makay - VE6PWN: Went to the flea market and purchased a Yaesu 100D mobile transceiver for 2m and 70cm.

- VE6PAP: Been busy with family

- Kevin - VE6QO: 17m DX. Got some contacts. Using APRS he was able to send and receive telemetry data. He did a small project where he could monitor the battery conditions on a station via http://aprs.fi

 

Old Business:

 

1. Survey monkey questionnaire handout

 

2. Club inventory

- Members with club property will report back and a spreadsheet will me made

- Ron - VE6PAP has a generator

- Kevin - VE6QO has equipment

- Blair - VE6AGH has a generator

 

- The document should include these key pieces of information:

Who has it?, age of equipment, Where is it? What is it? Serial number? Condition? Approximate value?

 

New Business:

1. Makay - VE6PWN suggests a club coin.

o Weather a coin would be a good project was never clearly decided.

o If the project went forward it would contain the SAARC diamond logo in a circle coin on one side. The other side design is undecided.

o Alternative suggestion was to get more SAARC patches printed for stitching onto clothing and bags.

2. Gary - VE6CV Ham Shack Visit

a. Sign-up sheet handed around

b. Date: April 18, 6:30pm

c. Address: 30 Sheridan Rd. West.  Lethbridge

d. Remote sign-up sheet on the SAARC homepage. (bottom right)

3. Formal topics for the nets (suggested by Rob - VE6XMB) suggests if we put topics for the net on the website people will know the topic before signing onto the net.

4. Gary - VE6CV shared a cool weather tracking map he has been working on

a. http://lethbridgeweather.com/lightning-strike-map/

b. http://VE6DOK.net/ham-shack/ (this is a 70cm repeater)

 

Ajournment:

First -> Tom - VE6ARG

Seconded -> Tom - VE6TRM

Meeting ended @ 9:10pm

 

Thank-you

Ron PAPP

VE6PAP

President

 

Next meeting will be held on May, 8th 2017 at 7:30 p.m. At the Glastech Glazing Alberta LTD. 1-542 39 St. North Lethbridge AB, T1H 6Y2

 

 

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Minutes of: 2017-03-13

 

Members present: refer to attendance spread sheet

 

Treasurer’s Report:

 $xxxx.xx

 

Repeater Committee:

- No change, sensitivity appears to be weather related

 

ARES Committee: no report

 

Field Day Committee:

-roll over from last month

 

Contacts and nets:

- Ron VE6PAP - been on the nets

- Tom VE6ARG - been on lots of nets and working on the class

- Perry VE6NX - Strong signal from contact in japan

- Terry VA6TMA - just getting his station setup

 

Old Business:

1. Is the SAARC at a crossroads?

2. Increase Material on the Website (member submissions)

3. Survey monkey questionnaire handout

4. Field trips to see a HAMs stuff.

5. Sign-up sheet to reduce the flood of people into a single location

6. Gary VE6CV and Ron VE6PAP offered their Shack up to be viewed.

7. Strike a committee to see about having a HAM fest in southern Alberta so we don’t need to go across the border.

8. Proposes a new Flea Market. Organized as a club And a club collective

9. Tom transmitter building contest. —> first person to build an operating transmitter from a bag of parts is the winner.

10. How to revitalize HAM radio ideas:

 

 1. How to up your station in the event of an emergency?

 - Merge the idea of preppers with HAM radio.

 - LDS prepper society (reach out to them)

 - Dr. Bryan Murray could be an authority on prepping

 - We could get Dr. Murray to do a presentation for the club

 - Visit a cannery on how to can food.

 - How to properly store water

 - Firearm training

 - Battery back-ups and power supply instructions

 - Government of Canada will pay you 30% to put up solar panels. http://hespv.ca/canadian-energy-programs

 

 2. Add more articles to the website

 - Blair has some stories and Tom is going to interview him

- Tom offers to interview people and he will write up the story for the website.

 - the oldest stories about ham radio from southern Alberta

 - Ron VE6PAP bought Bill Savage’s old equipment after he passed away.

 

 3. Tom VE6ARG suggestion about youth involvement with HAM radio

 - Getting youth involved

- Get involved with some the youth that are not involved in sports. get them involved with HAM

 - Merge robotics and ham radio

- Create some posters and get teachers to do some sort of extra-curricular activity sanctioned by a school or principal.

- A new person is taking the Basic course and is involved with the school system as a physics teacher.

 

 4. Blair VE6AGH – advertising for the club

 - Lethbridge herald and other medium have free advertising location

 - CKXU free ads

 - College may have free ads

 - bulletin board at the college once a month

 - free radio ads

 

 5. Permanent meeting place is needed for the SAARC meetings.

  - A place that we can lock up our gear.

 

 6.  VE6CV attempting to appeal to the wider group of people

 - Started a facebook page of his own.

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=southern%20alberta%20amateur%20ham%20radio

 

 7. Makay VE6PWN offers to make some videos for the website

- He will pick some topics and make 2 or 3 videos to put on the website to interest some people.

 Floods and service that the HAM radio club did.

 Good video by VE6LK about the floods at high river (Tom VE6ARG will dredge up)

 

 8. Gary VE6CV mentioned National parks on the Air mirror for Canada.

   We need to get on this right away

 - have SAARC start this for the 150th birthday of Canada.

 - contact parks Canada and get this started

 

 9. Centre of our Activity will be the CAM NET and the website.

  The chair of the net will put forth a topic

 The chair will have to initiate the topic with a story or something to spark discussion

 Topics do not need to be round table discussions.

 “Rag chew” after the topics

 Topics: 1. Teach people not to tune up on the same frequency.

 2. Comparisons of wire antennas

 

New Business:

•  Questions for the survey discussed (the survey will go ONLY to club members currently)

o Do not include the question about shutting down the club

o Spend money to promote the club?

 Merge HAM radio with what the younger people are doing

 Volunteer our-selves for the 150th anniversary of Lethbridge

 D-Star and Fusion are newer technologies that are of interest to the youth.

 Can we get a conversation with the space station?

 Vimy ridge 100 anniversary project (get involved) This was on the cover the TCA magazine.

 We can get the Survey Monkey questionnaire to change the follow-up questions based on answers to previous questions.

 Promote the club by putting money into activities that may attract new people.

o Renew associations with emergency groups (yes/no)

o Do we want to know how to perform formal traffic passing using ARES? (y/n)

o How much a minimum float in the bank do we want to have in the club?

o Will you accept dues increase?

 (We need a club budget allocated before we ask about dues increase.)

 Where will we store the equipment?

o How old is the repeater ?

 Do a site survey at the repeater to determine what we have.

 According to some members the repeater has been replaced twice.

o What are we as a club really willing to spend money on?

o How much money did we earn through the sale of donated gear.

o Let’s inventory the club’s assets.

 VE6PAP has a 1KW generator

o Will we keep the first year that a member gets their membership to be free

o Will be pick a MAIN site for field day and other activities?

 Coyote flats is the current field day site.

o Does the club want to buy a linking repeater?

o

 

•  Gary VE6CV, you can create a link repeater that allows one person to link a single radio signal all over Alberta.

 

Next meeting will be held on April, 10th 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lethbridge Senior Citizen Organization meeting room. (UPDATED)

 

Ron VE6PAP motion to adjourn

Geoff Seconded

Meeting ended 2017-03-13 9:01 PM

 

Thank-you

Ron PAPP

VE6PAP

President

 

 

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meeting called to order 2017-02-13 7:30 PM

 

Executive team:

President Ron VE6PAP

Vice President: Jeff

Secretary: Makay VE6PWN

Finance: Tom VE6TRM

Auditor: Rob VE6XMB

Communications: Tom VE6ARG

Repeater Committee: Blair VE6AGH

 

 

HAM radio meeting Minutes for 2017-02-13

 

- names and call signs listed out. 7:35 PM

 - full circle complete

 

Repeater committee:

- no issues reported

- 440 antenna needs to be taken down

 the COAX feed is coming loose.

topic ended

7:42 PM

 

Field day committee creation:

 The field day committee:

4th weekend in June

All WX field day this year around.

Who would like to work on the committee?

- VE6CV

- Justin VE6JRD

- Tom VE6ARG

 

Additional discussion on field day:

- Gary - VE6CV,

 between now and field day talk about what topics and sub topics leading up to field day to get people excited.

- the guy on CW speed talking

- the guy working late into the morning getting a long communication

- wonderful time to network and to get to know your fellow hams

 

Location is in Heritage museum in Picture Butte.

Website: https://coyoteflats.org

Directions: https://coyoteflats.org/visit-us/how-to-get-there/

—Field day discussion over 7:50 PM

 

Discussions on contacts conditions and nets: started 7:51 PM

- Ron VE6PAP

- Makay VE6PWN nothing to add

-Tom VE6TRM was on vacation

- Rob VE6XMB was on vacation as well

- Tom VE6TJB just listening mostly

- Justin VE6JRD just listening

- Austin VE6QBD, just back into the hobby after not being into it. Attempted to coordinate with the cut-bank folks and wind and cold knocked out their antenna. Will be getting serious shortly.

- Perry VE6NX, tore his station apart and is rebuilding it slowly. Heard to DX. mostly listen but didn’t talk much.

- Blair VE6AGH, ran the emergency net down in milk river. Attended a funeral of Dominic Beyankee. Met 9 old hams from the boarder ham club. Found an old military radio the size of a zippo.

- Terry VE6TMA, normally works on 20meters and chases DX. expects to have new antennae ready in early may

- Brad VE6BVE, checked into the APSN. Got a radio interface for his Beofang handheld and brushed up his soldering skills. About a 1/2mile range on his handheld.

- Tom VE6ARG , 20m, 75m checks into the ARES net every weekend. Dead 7100 that needs to be fixed. SDR off into the moon from/with a Kilowatt signal close to the SDR antenna. Running a training course every Wednesday night.

- Gary, VE6CV. on HF nets, 145, 210. repeaters. trying to repair a 440 repeater. Yaesu digital repeater. VE6DOK.net website for more updates. Beta testing lightning detector at the weather station with 350-400mile radius to track lightning storms. people all over southern Alberta and north Montana forwarding to “westlethbridgeweather.com”

- Kevin VE6QO, Made a winkey with an Arduino. takes 1950 rotators with Arduino and automated his satellite rig. also some RTTY communications.

- Ron VE6PAP, recap on the CAM net from January. Please have people check-into the net. Time 8:00pm Wednesday nights. 146.88 - 146.28Mhz.

LDS Mercury net, LDS is putting up 3 fusion repeaters in southern Alberta.

Fusion repeater does digital and analog, The system will fall back to analog if you jump in. Currently they are Fusion capable but not fully ready because they need some additional components.

 

- Sunday morning ARES net

- BC net 3729

- Sask net 3755

- Montana 3910

- Auroa net 7055

 

Treasurers report:

 - $xxxx.xx

 

OLD Business:

- no Christmas dinner

 

New business:

- Gary VE6CV Gift card given to Makay VE6PWN to RadioWorld in Calgary

- Ron VE6PAP opening discussion for the club

- editorial going to be put out on the website by Tom VE6ARG.

- Survey monkey being worked on to be handed out

- Editorial from TOM was read out

Is the SAARC at a crossroads?

 Major Points…

 - club has become stale

 - some voices have doubts about the club

 - some ideas are shot down because of money and work reluctance

 

Direction from the President

- the executive team will attempt to have regular meetings to decide a direction

- Survey monkey, 10 questions and 100 responses for free.

 Google forms lets you do the same thing for free.

- Field trips to see a HAMs stuff.

 sign up sheet to reduce the flood of people into a single location

 VE6CV and VE6PAP offered their Shack up to be viewed.

- Read off the questions that are going to be on the survey… —>

- when you are trying to sell you don’t give them a negative answer available. Give two positive answers.

 

Tom VE6ARG. The club has become very apathetic. if you give people too many choices they don’t make any.

- he would love powerful stories about the evens in recent history where HAM radio has done good.

-Blair has been nominated to write an article about a story from QST magazine.

 

Tom VE6ARG commended on the website:

- not enough material and not enough content

- Wants the discussion to get going!

 

Ron VE6PAP:

- Proposes a new Flea Market. Organized as a club And a club collective going out to

- 3rd weekend in July for the Montana HAM Fest

- Waterton/Glacier HAM fest is the longest running HAM fest in the world.

- Lots of great mini events at that HAM fest.

- Tom transmitter building contest. —> first person to build an operating transmitter from a bag of parts is the winner.

- TOMs big question about the HAM fest. moving money and businesses that like to advertise.

 

Strike a committee to see about having a HAM fest in southern Alberta so we don’t need to go across the boarder.

 

How to revitalize HAM radio?

 

1. How to up your station in the event of an emergency?

 - Merge the idea of preppers with HAM radio.

 - LDS prepper society (reach out to them)

 - Dr. Bryan Murray could be an authority on prepping

 - Visit a cannery on how to can food.

 - How to properly store water

 - Firearm training

 - Battery back-ups and power supply instructions

 

2. Add more articles to the website

 - Blair has some stories

 - Tom offers to have people get interviewed by himself and he will write up the story for the website.

 - the oldest stories about HAMs from southern Alberta

 - Ron VE6PAP bought some of Bill Savage’s old equipment after he passed away.

 

3. Tom VE6ARG suggestion about youth

 - Getting youth involved

 - Get involved with some the youth that are not involved in sports. get them involved with HAM

 - Merge robotics and HAM

 - Posters and get teachers to do some sort of extra-curricular activity sanctioned by a school or  principal.

 - A new person is taking the HAM course and is involved with the school system as a physics teacher.

 

4. Blair VE6AGH

 - Lethbridge Herald and other medium have free advertising location

 - CKXU free ads

 - College may have free ads

 - free radio ads

 

5. Permanent meeting place is needed.

 - A place that we can lock up our gear.

 

6.  Gary VE6CV attempting to appeal to the wider group of people

 - Started a facebook page.

 https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=southern%20alberta%20amateur%20ham%20radio

 

7. Makay VE6PWN offers to make some videos  for the website

 - I will pick some topics and make 2 or 3 videos to put on the website to interest some people.

 

8. National Parks on the Air mirror for Canada.

 - have SAARC start this for the 150th birthday of Canada.

 - contact parks Canada and get this started

 -

 

9. Flea market up in Calgary the Second or third week in May.

 

10. Vote: Are we willing to spend money on the survey monkey utility?

-Gary VE6CV Seconded by Rob VE6XMB vote Yes.

- Ivie VE6IVY would like to help with the survey monkey

 

11. Communications:

INFOSAARC@shaw.ca

Centre of our Activity will be the CAM NET and the website.

 

 

motion to adjourn

Ron VE6PAP, seconded by Tom VE6TRM

 

 

 

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Southern Alberta Amateur Radio Club

 

Annual General Meeting

 

Minutes of January 09, 2017 Meeting Time: 8:30pm

 

Meeting was called to order by:     VE6PAP

 

Number present : not recorded exactly, approximately 10

 

Item on the agenda: Election of Club Executive for: 2017.

 

 

Election of Executive for:: 2017

 

 

Person asked to Preside over the election: Blair Shaw - VE6AGH

 

Chairman of Committee to report slate of nominee for election:

 

Position  Name  Call Sign Elected/Nominated

 

President  Ron PAP VE6PAP  Elected

 

Vice President  Geoff  No-Call  Elected

 

Treasurer  Tom  VE6TRM  Re-elected

 

Secretary           Makay  VE6PWN     Elected

 

Director 2  Blair   VE6AGH   Elected

 

Director 3  Tom  VE6ARG  Acclaimed

 

Auditor   Roy  VE6XMB   Elected

 

Repeater committee Chairman Name  Call Sign Elected/Nominated

 

     Blair  VE6AGH Re-elected

 

Field Day committee Chairman Name  Call Sign Elected/Nominated

 

No ballots were cast, all voting was verbal.

 

Motion to adjourn the meeting by:            VE6PAP

 

Seconded by:                    VE6TRM

 

Time of close of meeting: 9:00PM

 

Date of next Meeting: TBD

 

 

 

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Minutes of January 09, 2017.

 

Meeting was called to order by VE6PAP

 

Adoption of minutes from last meeting:

 -VE6TRM

 -VE6ARG

 

Additions to the agenda

 -none

 

Treasurer's report

 -$xxxx.xx in the bank

 

Committee reports

 -Repeater committee

 Antenna 453.16 tx oct 15 2016 saarc fg--

 Still working, bank book still workable

 Field day committee – 2017 Field day scheduled at Coyote Flats Pioneer Village

 Antenna 453.16 TX, OCT 15 2016 SAARC fG

 Nomination Committee – January AGM

 

Discussion on contacts, conditions and nets

VE6TRM – Tom

VE6AWT- Roy Lots of contacts on dicition

VE6ARG – Tom 75M, construction, fusion

VE6NX - Perry No report

VE6PWN – nothing to report

VE6CV – New radio and fusion repeater, digital, FT 991 all modes + fusion

VE6BVE - BRAD – All star raspberry pi

VE6AGN – check into nets

Jeff – listening to nets on 2m + 20m

 

Old Business

 Repeater.. (no notes written)

 Nominations

 No Christmas dinner

 

New Business

 - VE6CV, VE6DOK All star

 In hospital – UP A6Ak soon (hard to read writing)

 Communications – ARG SW6L6 contact

 Meeting Moved 09 → 16

 

 

Adjournment

 -Call out 1st VE6PAP and VE6TRM

 

Presentation = None; AGM to follow

 

 

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Minutes of November 14, 2016

 

Members present:

Refer to attendance spread sheet. (VE6TJB, VE6PAP, VE6CV, VE6ARG, VE6PLV, VE6XMB, VE6TRM and  one visitor)

 

1.   Call to Order:   Pieter Van Ewijk, VE6PLV

 

2.   Motion to adopt previous minutes:VE6TRM, VE6ARG

 

3.   Additions to Agenda: - None

 

4.   Treasurer’s Report: VE6TRM reported that we have $xxxx.xx in our bank account.

 

5.   Committee Reports

• Repeater Committee – Seems to be working fine!

• Field Day Committee – 2017 Field Day Scheduled at Coyote Flats Pioneer Village (All wx field day!)

 

6.   Discussion on Contacts Conditions and Nets

• VE6PLV – Training 5 to 7 people in next session

• HF up and down for propagation

• VE6AAH 442.075 +5 with 100 PL  Full Fusion

 

7.   Old Business

• Pieter will not be able to continue as president next year

• Nomination Committee – January AGM (VE6PAP)

• Christmas Dinner – to be announced on web site.

 

8.   New Business

• VE6CV, VE6DOC  All Star

 

9.   Motion to Adjourn: VE6XMB

 

10. Presentation: Blair Shaw – Unable to make it to meeting.

 

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Minutes of September 12, 2016

 

Members present:

Refer to attendance spread sheet. (VE6AGH, VE6PAP, VE6DQ, VE6DC, VE6ARG, VE6PLV, VE6YT, VE6XMB, VE6TRM)

 

Call to Order:

Pieter van Ewijk, VE6PLV

 

Motion to adopt previous minutes:VE6PAP

 

 

Treasurer’s Report:

VE6TRM reported that we have $xxxx.xx in our bank account. He did not have #s for the club membership.

 

 

Repeater Committee:

The repeater still works. It is time to do the fall check on batteries and clean solar panels. The fence needs to be checked also. The repeater has a “drop dead” feature and will not self- restart if batteries get low enough for the repeater to turn off. Had some discussion about coverage prompting question about repeater turning off and back on automatically.

 

 

Field Day Committee:

4 members held the first “annual” (hope it’s the only) cancelled field day, field day, by the Belly river. Next year Field Day will hopefully be at the site of this year’s cancellation. Tour of museum a distinct possibility.

 

 

Discussion on Contacts, Conditions and Nets:

VE6 PLV, 5th Week Net

VE6ARG,  20 Meter Propagation up and down

VE6DC, 5x9 with Croatia and contact with ST. Paul Island on QRP

VE6QO, Digital modes RTTY, single operator 2 radios SO2R

VE6AGH, “First Annual cancelled Field Day”, Sunday Morning ARES net, Aurora net.

VE6PAP, 2 Meter

VE6DC, 2 Meter

 

VE6XMB, HF Digital

VE6TRM, HF Net Sundays, noted relays needed to get to Edmonton.

 

 

Old Business:

The group discussed the possibilities of fusion technology for the repeater. Yaesu is having a sale on fusion repeaters. It should make it possible to have the repeater on FM as well as digital.

Moved: VE6ARG, Tom Buchanan, Seconded VE6AWT, Roy Michelsen

That a committee be established at the September meeting to explore the possibilities of using fusion technology. Carried

 

Report and information on Fusion technology.  After discussion it was decided that the repeater use was too low to warrant upgrade at this time.

 

Discussion on need and use of filters for field day. Will see if need exists at next Field Day.

 

New Business:

 

Oct 8 Flea Market in Calgary. ¼ Century Club

Nov 12 Edmonton Flea Market

Write Exams in Coaldale

 

Motion to Adjourn: VE6AGH

 

Presentation: Rob VE6XMB presented on radio wx. Showed entertaining video about the www.swpc.noaa.gov web site.

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Minutes of August 19, 2016

 

Members present:

refer to attendance spread sheet

 

Call to Order:

Pieter van Ewijk, VE6PLV

 

Motion to adopt previous minutes: VA6KOL, Keith Lawlor

 

Treasurer’s Report: no report

 

 Repeater Committee: no report

 

Field Day Committee: no report

 

Discussion on Contacts, Conditions and Nets: no discussion

 

Old Business:

 

New Business: The group discussed the possibilities of fusion technology for the repeater. Yaesu is having a sale on fusion repeaters. It should make it possible to have the repeater on FM as well as digital.

Moved: VE6ARG, Tom Buchanan, Seconded VE6AWT, Roy Michelsen

That a committee be established at the September meeting to explore the possibilities of using fusion technology. Carried

 

Motion to Adjourn: VE6ARG, Tom Buchanan, VE6CPJ, Claude Poitras

 

Presentation: An excellent supper was hosted by VE6DC, Renze Dam

Renze also gave us a tour of his excellent green house and garden.

 

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Minutes of July 11, 2016

 

Members present:

refer to attendance spread sheet

 

Call to Order:

Pieter van Ewijk, VE6PLV

 

Motion to adopt previous minutes:

Tom Buchanan, VE6ARG, Rob McMillan, VE6XMB

 

Treasurer’s Report:

Tom Martens, VE6TRM reports xxxxx in the bank

 

Repeater Committee:

No report

 

Field Day Committee:

Cancelled due to thunderstorm threat

 

Discussion on Contacts, Conditions and Nets:

Tom Buchanan, VE6ARG reported good activity on 6 m band.

The VE6HRB repeater hub has not been functioning well.

Tom Buchanan, VE6ARG reported good progress with the class he is conducting.

Roy Michelsen, VE6AWT got PSK31 operating, thanks to Kevin Doherty, VE6QO

Rob McMillan, VE6XMB likes using Olivia for contacts to New Zealand etc.

 

Old Business:

Tom Buchanan, VE6ARG has volunteered to act as a director for the Southern Alberta Amateur Radio Club.

 

 

New Business:

Should we put together a float to put in some of the local parades?

 

Tom Buchanan, VE6ARG has done a lot with the website. If you have any comments to direct to Tom, please contact him.

 

There will be a short business portion (about 10 minutes) at the corn roast.

Friday, August 19 is the annual corn roast at Renze Dam, VE6DC

49.75441; -112.31917 which is about 4 km east of Cranford

 

Motion to Adjourn:

Rob McMillan, VE6XMB

 

Presentation:

none

 

 

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Minutes of May 09, 2016

 

Members present:

refer to attendance spread sheet

 

Call to Order:

Pieter van Ewijk, VE6PLV

 

Motion to adopt previous minutes:

Tom Martens, VE6TRM, Keith Lawlor, VE6KOL

 

Treasurer’s Report:

Tom Martens, VE6TRM reports xxxxx in the account

 

Repeater Committee:

The charging system on the repeater is doing well.

 

Field Day Committee:

We will be using the Coyote Flats facility (Picture Butte) for our annual field day.

We will invite the L.S.C.O. radio club to join us. RSVP by the end of May.

We want to do a group photo at the site.

We will advertise the event to the local media.

Blair Shaw, VE6AGH distributed a supply check list related to the field day.

 

Discussion on Contacts, Conditions and Nets:

201 ARES check-ins last month on 3750 (7055 back-up frequency)

Keith Lawlor, VE6KOL reported some skip success.

Renze Dam, VE6DC had CW contacts with Netherlands and U.S.A.

Tom Buchanan, VE6ARG returned from Nicaragua and reported DX activity there.

Rob McMillan, VE6XMB is using digital for several contacts in North America.

 

Old Business:

We still have one Director position to fill on the Board. Tabled.

Band pass HF filters (Kevin Doherty, VE6QO). Decided to not get them this year.

Meeting space is available at the L.S.C.O. lobby. We start using the area in July.

 

 

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Minutes of April 11, 2016

 

Members present: refer to attendance spread sheet

 

Call to Order: Pieter van Ewijk, VE6PLV

 

Motion to adopt previous minutes: Rob McMillan, VE6XMB, Tom Martens, VE6TRM

 

Treasurer’s Report: Tom Martens, VE6TRM

******* in the account.

 

Repeater Committee: Wind static is a problem on windy days. 1.2:1 SWR on antenna.

Propagation is best in the morning. The new antenna could be installed but there is no urgent reason to do it yet.

 

Field Day Committee:

We will be using the Coyote Flats facility (Picture Butte) for our annual field day.

We will invite the L.S.C.O. radio club to join us. RSVP by the end of May for those intending to join us would be a good way to plan the event.

 

Discussion on Contacts, Conditions and Nets:

It was noted that California contacts have been difficult lately.

 

Old Business:

We still have one Director position to fill on the Board. Tabled.

Band pass HF filters (Kevin Doherty, VE6QO). Tabled

Meeting space is available at the L.S.C.O. lobby. We need to pursue clarification on fees.

Change of regular day to Monday. Moved Roy Michelsen, VE6AWT, seconded Tom Martens, VE6TRM that our regular meetings be changed to the second Monday of the month.

 

New Business:

 

Motion to Adjourn: Tom Martens, VE6TRM

 

Presentation: Bill Seymour, Field Officer, Alberta Emergency Management Agency, discussed their leadership role in Alberta for handling emergency and disaster planning. His presentation was very well received!

 

Next meeting, May 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM at North-side Save-On-Foods.

 

Contact us by e-mail at: infosaarc@shaw.ca | Snail mail: SAARC, PO Box 1024, Raymond, AB T0K 2S0