September 2011


Amateur Radio Society of Dryden

 September 14th, 2011 Meeting Minutes

Dryden Fire Service Training Centre



  Ron, VA3RHP
  Bob, VA3GUN
  Alf, VE3EFT
  Neil, VE3VNM
  Scott, VA3EXT
  Ted, VE3TBO
  Bryan, VA3BRY
  Bob, VE3YDN
  Dave, VE3LMU
  Arnie VA3NOL





Bob, VE3YDN                      Bob, VA3GUN        





Bryan, VA3BRY, called the meeting to order.


M.S. Neil, VE3VNM; Ted, VE3TBO—the minutes of the January 12, 2011 meeting be adopted as read.  Carried.


Old Business

Scott, VA3EXT, reported that the Ignace Repeater, VE3IGN, had reprogrammed the controller, and it is back on the air. Because of logistics in the Fire Hall, the IRLP Node, VA3DIS, has a dedicated internet line.


Bryan, VA3BRY, reported that we have filed a 3rd application to the Trillium Foundation for funding for the EmComm trailer.  Darryl Herbert, Dryden Fire Chief, said he had received a call from the Foundation asking for information about our role with the City of Dryden.


The Rugby Creek Winter Festival Dog Sled Races were a success.

            Sharon, VE3SJM                    Neil, VE3VNM                        Scott, VA3EXT

            Ed, VA3ETP                           Bob, VA3GUN                        Jim, VE3JLN

            Dave, VE3LMU

Provided communications.


M.S. Scott, VA3EXT; Fred, VE3WFN—the Financial Statement as of March 8, 2011 be accepted as read.  Carried.


Scott, VA3EXT, reported that DMTS is terminating their agreement with the club effective July 2011.  The City Fire Department will be assisting the club after that time, because we are part of the City’s Emergency Response Plan.


Our lease with the city on the land expires in 2014.



New Business


Dryden will be hosting Camp 807 this August long weekend.  Scott and Bryan will start the planning process.


NWO Emergency Response Forum will be held April 5 to 7.  Darryl Herbert is reserving two seats for the club.  Bob, VE3YDN, Bryan, VA3BRY, are the primary attendees; Scott, VA3EXT, Bob, VA3GUN, and Fred, VE3WFN expressed interest as back-up attendees in the event one of the others is unable to attend.


There has still been no response from Mr Rickford regarding the Weather Radio.

CanWarn training will take place sometime late spring/early summer…no firm dates yet from Geoff Coulson, Environment Canada.


To date, there have been 8 Family Memberships ( 16 amateurs) and 8 individual 2011 memberships have been renewed.


Fred, VE3WFN, moved the meeting adjourn.


Bob, VA3GUN, won the 50/50 draw.



Bryan, VA3BRY, called meeting to order.


M.S. Neil, VE3VNM; Scott, VA3EXT—the minutes of the May 11 meeting be adopted as read.  Carried.


VA3GUN and VA3EXT co-ordinated Camp 807 held on the August long weekend.  There were 26 registered.


CanWarn Training was held on 16Jun.  Seventeen attendees included club members, and OPP.


We have not received any communications from Mr Rickford regarding the Weather Radio.


The club’s application for an Emmcom trailer was rejected by the Trillium Foundation.


The club purchased a 2600-watt generator from Ted, VE3TBO.  Scott, VA3EXT, tested it at the repeater site, and it worked okay (repeater and links on).

It was agreed  that it would be easier to manouver the generator if we either made or purchased a dolly, built a portable ramp to move it in/out of the repeater building.  We need to purchase a 50-foot 12-gauge power extension cord.


Seven members participated in the Mock Lockdown at Pinewood School on May 13th.  We demonstrated HF, as well as Skype and IRLP.  Due to a high level of QRM, APRS didn’t work.


M.S. Neil, VE3VNM; Ted, VE3TBO—the financial statement as of 11September, be adopted as read.  Carried.


Because the Trillium Foundation has again turned down our application for the Emmcom trailer, the club will develop a “Radio Box” that we can take to emergencies.  VA3EXT, VE3YDN, and VE3TBO will develop a list of equipment.


The local Scout Troop leader had discussed with Bob, VE3YDN, about participating in the Scout Jamboree on the Air, Oct 15th.  He would like to change the QTH—that way it is an ‘outing’ for the scouts and cubs instead of using the Emergency Communication Centre in the Fire Hall.


Pumpkin Patrol is scheduled for Sunday, Oct 30, and Monday, October 31st.  Members who are available will meet at the Fire Hall 1730.


Bob, VE3YDN, introduced the club to PTSC—Partnerships Towards Safer Communities—sponsored by the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs,  founded to encourage improvements to emergency management, business continuity and critical infrastructure protection programs. It does that by providing tools for sharing information and collaboration about these programs among stakeholders.  Members were encouraged to check their web site.


Bob also mentioned the Alberta ARES involvement with the Slave Lake Forest Fires. (Sep/Oct TCA), as well as some discussion with local MNR Fire Centre officers.


As per our constitution, this meeting is open for nominations for executive positions within the club.  There were no nominations.


Move by Jim VE3JLN, the meeting adjourn.


Jim, VE3JLN won the 50/50 draw.




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