Thursday, 2 June 2016

Minutes: YRARC General Meeting 2016-05-03

Meeting held in the Sharon Temperance Hall. Called to Order at 19:30 by Chris VE3NRT. Total members and guests attending: 37 Guests attending: 2
  1. Welcome & Introductions – Chris VE3NRT
  2. Adoption of Minutes from 2016/04/05 general meeting postponed until June.
  3. General Announcements – Chris VE3NRT
    • The 6m net continues to operate on Mondays at 20:00 on 50.135 MHz
    • The recent VE3KCL balloon flight reached altitudes of 10,000m. Data was returned by (a) WSPR, low speed, low power transmission on 30m, (b) JT9 and (c) CW.
    • Upcoming hamfests include the Barrie, Smiths Falls and Dayton hamfests.
  4. Field Day – Steve VE3UT
    • Steve visited the Field day site at Al's Tack Shop, same location as last year, to plan a new station layout which will hopefully reduce or eliminate interference between stations.
    • Additional generators will be required. The date is the last weekend in June.
    • Peter VE3PBT reported on the cost of a new 20' x 30' shelter frame with fittings from Cameron Canopies and separately purchase conduit, would cost $492.68 plus shipping.
    • Motion by Steve VE3UT, seconded by Bill VA3QB that we allocate $500.00 plus shipping to purchase the new shelter frame. Carried. (Membership approval of Board motion 2016-04-19-5a).
    • Peter reported the results of the food survey were inconclusive, and the menu will be similar to last year's menu.
  5. Treasurer’s Report – John VA3JI
    • Opening Balance 2016/03/01 [Available to members from club secretary on request]
    • Income:
    • Membership dues:
    • received at last board meeting $75.00
    • PayPal dues received $25.00 Total: $100.00
    • Expenditures:
    • PowerGates for repeaters: $200.00
    • Food for the AGM: $330.00
    • Bank charges for PayPal: $0.05 Total -$530.05
    • Closing Balance 2016/04/01 [Available to members from club secretary on request]
    • Motion that the treasurer's report be adopted, moved John VA3JI, seconded Doug VE3VS Carried.
  6. Public Service Report – Eric VE3EB
    • Upcoming public service events include:
      • Saturday, May 14, 2016 (New Event) Cancer Recovery Foundation 5K Run/Walk, Sutton
      • Thursday May 19, 2016 Sharon Temple
      • Saturday, May 28, 2016 (Rain date Sunday May 29)
      • MADD York-Simcoe Riders Poker Run, Newmarket Town Hall
      • Friday June 3, 2016 Mt. Albert Sports Parade
      • Saturday June 4, 2016 Mt. Albert 5K Run/Walk
      • Sunday, June 5, 2016 Aurora Street Festival, Yonge Street (Murray to Wellington)
      • July 29 to August 1, 2016 Newmarket Jazz Fest (New Location) Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, Eagle Street West
  7. Trailer – Barry VA3LLT. Barry has checked the trailer - the radios, computer and tires are all OK, ready for the trip to the EOC in Newmarket on May 04.
  8. AGM – Chris VE3NRT. Chris advised the AGM will be in 5 weeks (June 07). The By-laws are being updated and will be reviewed by the Board in 2 weeks. Comments on the By-laws should be sent to Chris by email, in advance of the AGM. Proxies are to be delivered to the secretary before the start of the meeting and BBQ, no later than 18:00.
Guest Speaker – Dan VE3DOF spoke about remote controlled models. Dan brought his realistic “kid” on a tricycle. The “kid” with a mannequin head, moulded hands and sneaker covered feet, rides his tricycle, steers with his hands via a drive shaft and differential axle in his shoulders, however his feet just follow the peddles as the rear wheels on the tricycle are driven by motors. The model is driven by a 12v battery made up of 1.2v cells. A 75 MHz antenna is run within the frame of the body. Next Dan demonstrated his helicopters and drones. He commented that the cheap helicopters are only good for entry level use and testing. For the serious user, buying quality is best. For location of his quality devices, he uses a Moteino transmitter, which is an Arduino compatible device, transmitting at 431.94 MHz.

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