2010-05-10

Scarborough Amateur Radio Club Inc.

General Meeting

May 10, 2010

This meeting took place at the Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre.

Vice-President Ralph Muecke VE3VXY called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

Welcome to new members Rob Brander and Arpad Vadasz VA3VAD.

Since the award plaques were not ready in time for our anniversary meeting we are presenting them tonight.

Jim Hildreth Memorial Award – Nick Blacklock, VE3EBC

Amateur of the Year Award – Ian Gibbard, VA3IGD

President’s Awards – Luc Seguin, VA3LMS and Edgar Grajales, VE3WTR

The executive has decided that a new award (name to be determined) should replace the Amateur of the Year Award. Unlike the previous award, the new award can be awarded to the same person more than once.

Communications coordinator position is now vacant as Hugh VE3HAG has resigned. Bill VE3PA nominated Luc Seguin VA3LMS, and Peter VE3FJI seconded. Ralph VE3VXY nominated Bill VE3PA. Bill declined. In accordance with bylaws, Bernadine VE3YDB called three times for other nominations. There were no other nominations. Luc was acclaimed as our new communications coordinator.

Gord Hogarth, VE3CNA talked to Nigel Johnson, VE3ID at the recent Quarter Century Wireless Association meeting. Nigel explained that the VE3RPT repeater is weaker than usual because of intermittent technical problems. Bill VE3PA asked why we don’t change to VA3BAY 147.000 in the interim until these problems are resolved. Several members said we shouldn’t give up using VE3RPT so quickly, because it has superior coverage, backup capacity, and is underused.

Coverage area for VA3BAY is approximately from Victoria Park to Salem Rd, and Steeles to Lake Ontario.

Arpad has been in contact with a member of the Scarborough Amateur Radio Society in England who suggested we become sister clubs.

Ralph VE3VXY brought in a variety of military radios from the 1950s and 1960s. Nick VE3EBC brought in an automatic antenna tuner which was previously used by Transport Canada. Lambert brought in his vintage Swan 500 radio, which belonged to his father.

Field Day: Ralph has updated the ARRL Field Day locator site with our location. Ralph has also made some flyers for publicity. We will operate a GOTA station with a separate call sign. This will not count in our station total but is good for extra points.

Luc made some DVDs of the 1960s Field Day videos.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

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