2009-05-11

Scarborough Amateur Radio Club Inc. General Meeting

The meeting was held at the Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre
in the Seniors’ lounge on May 11, 2009.

Bernadine VE3YDB (President) called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM.

Tonight’s meeting was mostly devoted to Field Day discussion, and show
and tell.

Bernadine read a poem called “Do You Just Belong?” that has been
making the rounds at the Legion. Thanks to Bob VE3IEL for sending it
in for publication in Wavelength. If you have any stories or articles
that you would like to share, please send them to Ray.

Thelma Woodhouse VE3CLT became a Silent Key on May 6, 2009. Thelma was
a long-time member of SARC and served as Secretary for more than a
decade. She also served on the executive of the Trilliums and CLARA
(Canadian Ladies Amateur Radio Association). The club observed a
minute of silence in her honour.

Club jackets are available for purchase. The minimum order is six
jackets and so far we have four confirmed orders. Pictures and order
form are available in the members’ section of the website
(www.ve3we.org). Instalment payments are available – please contact us
for details.

Tech nights continue on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 PM. Bring in
equipment or project items to work on. Classes will resume in
September and we hope to have three sessions, each lasting three
weeks with the exam in the final week of each month.

Field Day

Ralph VE3VXY and Ray VE3ZXC have added the Field Day locator and
ARRL public service announcement to the website.

Mike VA3MVK wants to operate CW. Rod asked whether anyone had a
keyer/paddle he could use. Bob said he would bring one.

We will have a talk-in frequency (currently 146.400) for members
needing directions. We will have access to the side gate on Warden
Avenue as well as the main entrance on Stouffville Road (there will be
a sign on Warden).

Ted VA3TSG said that Bob Chandler VE3SRE would be interested in
operating a GOTA station.

This year we have 37 members. Many of these members are new to the
club, thanks in no small part to Ralph and Lambert who have been
teaching the basic course. Most of our members are living in the
Toronto area, except for Weldon Cromwell VE1ILN (ex-VE3ILN) who moved
to Nova Scotia some years ago and recently rejoined the club.

At last count, 17 SARC members are also members of RAC. This
works out to 43% so our insurance premium is slightly higher this
year.

Canada Day picnic and RAC contest

As decided by members at a previous meeting, we will be setting up in
Seven Oaks Park near Neilson Road and Military Trail. Cyril VA3CJE and
Joe VA3JDX will confirm the exact location within the park and other
details.

Show and tell

Here are some of the items people brought in to talk about.

Bob VE3IEL – 2m J-pole, Yaesu VX-7R handheld and speaker mike
Gord VE3CNA – Vibroplex bug (Blue Racer standard)
Bernadine VE3YDB – J-pole
Thomas VA3TSE – OpenTracker (small TNC to be used with a GPS and
transceiver for APRS)
Nick – homebrew 40 m QRP rig and GDO (grid dip oscillator)

Raffle prizes courtesy of Jim VE3JUS and Lambert VE3LYP

Meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM.

Participate – Learn – Enjoy