Meeting May 12,
Location: Smiths Falls Curling Club ( immediately following the RLARC Flea Market)
Members of the Executive plus 16 members
report: The financial report was
provide by the Treasurer Pierre Lemoyne VE3FLO.
current balance as of April 30th, 2012 was $3088.19.
for the passed year consisted of $41.7 to IGS for the SLVRC.ORG domain
name, and $126 for Office supplies. Income was $195.84 from the
ARRL for inputs to the ARRL Repeater Directory and $1.53 in interest.
Since the income exceeded expenditures Pierre suggested that the SLVRC continue the practice of waiving membership dues. This was agreed to.
Donations to Radio Amateurs of Canada and the American Radio Relay League
discussion of some further items, Graham VE3BYT came back to the issue of
SLVRC funds and suggested that since the cash flow of the SLVRC tends to
be some what neutral year after year, that some of the excess be returned
to the Amateur Community at large. To
that end he made a motion that the SLVRC donate $1000 to RAC and $250 to
the ARRL. After some
discussion this motion was seconded by Lance VA3LP and the motion carried.
Ligeza VE3UIL provided the secretary's report.
Mike indicated that very little activity had occurred in the passed
year with only one or two repeater coordination requesting occurring.
However at the last minute, within two weeks prior to the meeting
50 to 60 Technical Information reports had been submitted. Many of these were outstanding by several years.
However, that still left a majority (in excess of 100 still
general discussion was held about the difficulty that the repeater council
was having in keeping the database up-to-date.
discussion was held about the means of submitting reports from system
operators. Graham Ide VE3BYT
expressed his thanks for those that did submit technical information
reports, he said that support by a majority of
system operators was disappointing at best. Mike VE3UIL said that some system operators we faithful in
submitting reports, others forget or ignored the requests for reports, and
some were even down right hostile.
some criticism has been leveled at the SLVRC responsiveness, Mike VE3UIL
noted that he has to manually up-date the database from the reports
submitted. This is extremely
time consuming, and prone to error. In
addition he has has to manually check and edit these changes into the ARRL
Repeater Directory Database.
alternatives to SLVRC operating the coordination council were discussed,
· Operate coordination in a similar manner as RAQI, with prospective system operators looking at the database and picking a frequency which they think will work.
Alternatively turn over coordination to
another body such as RAC.
these options were considered as not feasible, and that all effort should
be made into improving the SLVRC coordination process.
was generally agreed that the database and web site were in need of a
noted that Jeff Dale VA3ISP had volunteered to help in that regard.
Jeff has a background in Web site hosting and software design and
operates a business in that area.
further suggestions were offered that might make the system run more
· Automation of the inputs by system operators so that inputs went directly into the database.
· Volunteer monitoring stations through out the region
· Provide a plot of each systems coverage to operators that submit timely reports, (this has been investigated and deemed as quite feasible)
· advertise and promote the SLVRC activity in media such as RAC's TCA.
· Automatically send reminders out to system operators concerning the need for annual reports.
It was suggested that Jeff's offer be accepted and that the Web site and database system be re-designed with some of these changes in mind.
Graham VE3BYT noted that he had accepted the chairmanship of SLVRC on an
interim basis only when Tim VE3UO tendered his resignation some 3 years
ago. It is with regret that Graham stated he is finding it more
and more difficult to continue in this capacity and must step down as soon
as a replacement can be found.
Graham has been carrying frequency coordination duties as well for several
VE3UIL also expressed concerns about continuing as secretary and database
manager. Although hopefully
with the implementation of a redisigned database and web site this would
relieve some of the workload.
no one holding the Frequency Coordination position for the past two years
this leaves the SLVRC in a quandary, and unless volunteers step forward
then the future of the SLVRC is uncertain.
After some discussion, Nand Romijn VA3TN stepped forward and volunteered to fill the Frequency Coordinator position. Graham VE3BYT thanked Nand for his offer and tabled a motion that Nand VA3TN be elected as Frequency Coordinator, motion seconded by Mike VE3UIL, motion was carried.
While the SLVRC gratefully accepts Nand's stepping in to the position of coordinator, Graham noted that other volunteers will be required for the remaining positions of the executive.
no further volunteers stepped forward, it was agreed that this matter be
shelved until further people can be approached to join the SLVRC
suggestions were made that the need for volunteers be posted on the Web
site and noted in the RAC.
Norm Rashleigh spoke briefly on the issues of encryption in use on some repeater system and regulatory implications surrounding this.
Pekkonen VE3UO raised an issue, which although specifically referring to a
band planning issue thought he would raise it at the SLVRC meeting.
question was can the simplex channels between 446.050 and 446.175 be used
for cross band operations? This would generally be from mobile
radios at low power on the UHF side. The
RAC 70 cm band plan at http://www.rac.ca/en/rac/services/bandplans/70cm/
also lists 446.200 to 446.375 as "FM Remote Base(uncoordinated)".
Can channels in this range also be used for cross-band? The
Planned use is not of a permanent or long term nature, but usually at
public service events for a few hours; or to extend the range of handie-talkies
into a local repeater.
brief discussion was held on the matter but no answers were forthcoming at
Mike Ligeza – VE3UIL
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