As discussed at the general meeting tonight....
That the bylaws of the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association be revised as follows.
Article 1 Section 3
The Association's fiscal year shall date from the 1st of November through to the 31st of October.
Article 6 Section 3
The annual general meeting shall be held on the regular meeting night in November. All members of record shall be notified either by mail, email, or telephone. The Officers of the Association and 3 Directors are to be elected at the annual general meeting, and will be installed at the annual general meeting.
ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT PRESIDENT Ron Gibson VE7GOA@gmail.com
THIS MOTION WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE NARA GENERAL MEETING. PLEASE COME ALONG AND CAST YOUR VOTE.
REMINDER – NARA GENERAL MEETING
THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER AT 7.00 PM
There is a slim possibility due to the weather forecast that the meeting will have to be rescheduled.
Watch for any announcement via this kind of communication or/and check the VE7NA webpage.
The meeting will go as scheduled unless communicated otherwise.
Don’t forget the Notice of Motion is planned for our meeting. Any questions please bring them to the meeting.
Please could you send me your email address if you would like to receive NARA updates, minutes, etc.
I will be continuing to send out email reminders and keep the webpage up to date to assist the new executive.
Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
NARA EXECUTIVE MEETING THURSDAY 6TH OCTOBER 7:00PM
Club members welcome but will not be able to vote.
NARAs new executive is now updated on the webpage. Thank you to all that have volunteered.
NARA AGM ABD GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TOMORROW AT 7PM
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE.
Echolink and IRLP node 1003 is now available on 146.640 and 443.900. The 2 repeaters are linked at the moment. look for Ve7isc-r on echolink.
Make use of them!
NOW ON THE AIR IN NANAIMO
VA7ANI 146.980 TSQ 141.3
VE7DNR 442.525 DCS 143
YAESU SYSTEM FUSION REPEATERS
PLEASE PUT THEM TO GOOD USE! ALL WELCOME!
-Date : Sat. Sept. 3 , 2016
-Location : Cedar Hall - 2388 Cedar Rd.
With ample parking and
Air conditioned premises .
-Vendors : 9:00 am
-Buyers : 10:00 am
-No Sales Of Any Kind Until 10:00 am -
( in consideration of others coming from a greater distance. )
-Tables -$ 10.00
-Admission - $ 5:00
-For further information or to reserve a table contact Ron Gibson VE7GOA :
tel. : 250-714-6819
Talk In 146.64 Mhz with a tone of 141.3 hz
We often see hams who set up their base stations by first erecting a 48' or 60' tower then plopping a rotatable tri-band beam on top for the DX. For the nets on the low bands they often install a single band or trapped dipole for 40 or 75 meters, usually hanging just below the beam in an inverted-vee format with the ends tied to a stake or tree maybe up 15' or so.
Well your doing it wrong...
A large majority of hams spend a fair amount of their time, particularly in the low sunspot years, on the low bands, often listening to and checking into the 75 or 40 meter nets, but are often disappointed in the performance of their oh so nice looking 'inverted vee hanging just below the beam.. yes they seem to work... yet often not to expectations particularly on the shorter distances out to around 350 miles... but hey, we can sometimes hear Winnipeg on a good night.
Have a look at the enclosed PDF attachment, I might add worth saving for a low band HF antenna seminar. It shows a portable ti-Band NVIS antenna designed to work best in a 300 mile radius for 80... a little larger radius on the 60 and 40 meter bands.
This portable emergency antenna is only 15' high with the ends tied to posts down to 2.5' off the ground. It's a good portable antenna that's easy to set up when camping too.
The message here is if you want superior performance in that all important 300 mile radius make the apex of your antenna only 15' in the air...... so that permanent inverted-vee off the tower should only be up 15', not 50' or 55'.
Edit... the attachment is in PPS format, however many folks don't have Microsoft Word or Office on their computers. If not I strongly recommend Apache OpenOffice download... only 139mb... and opens this and many other attachments, including MS Word Doc files with no problem.This clean and easy to use software is a good alternate to the pricey MS Office software suite.. and it's absolutely free.
Please check out our Facebook pages. Nanaimo amateur radio association and Monday night island trunk net.
September 3rd at the cedar community hall
I submitted the E paperwork for Field Day this afternoon for VE7NA at Nanoose Bay. Results 16 CW QSO's 48 Phone SSB QSO's 160 QSO Points 450 Bonus Points claimed. Thank-you all who helped at Field Day
Coastal Ham Radio's 2nd annual Repeater day is Saturday May 7. The idea of repeater day is to bring to life the far too many seldom used repeaters we have. The aim of repeater day is quite simple. Between 11:00-15:00 on May 7 were asking all hams to get onto their favorite repeater and make a contact or two. The link below will give you the details plus has links to repeater data pages for freq., offsets, tones etc. Any questions please email email@example.com
Hope to QSO with you on May 7 as we bring the repeaters back to life.
There are a bunch of used Radio magazines down at the club that are up for grabs. If no one wants them they will be brought to the Alberni swap meet to be giving away then recycled.
Also the Tech room needs to be purged of item to be sold at Ham Happenings. We would like to get things sorted. What to keep and what to sell. This will be brought up at the meeting.
VA7AA Richard and VY1DG David (Marsh Lake Yukon) want to wish the members and friends of the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association Feliz Año Nuevo (Happy New Year). We are located in the coastal community of Punta Perula, Jalisco Mexico, about 120km south of Puerto Vallarta. David and his partner Lucy have a lovely little home not 1km from me so we can easily chit-chat back and forth on our little 4watt Baofeng portables. No repeaters here gang, although there are apparently a couple in Manzanillo area about 150km south of me.
Ron VE7WBR and Fred VE7FM are also snowbirding in the Melaque area, about 75km south of me
It was great to reconnect with the members of NARA and attend the annual Xmas get-together on December the 10th. I had arrived in Nanaimo from Calgary only the previous evening so the date chosen was by chance quite fortunate for me.
New Years Eve... whata show it was... Mexico is a noisy place because for much of the evening there were ear splitting rocket bombs exploding in the air, flares, Chinese lanterns hanging in the sky, loud fire crackers going off and whistling fireworks galore, even heard the stacatto rat-tat tat of some automatic weapon fire off in the distance...and by midnight there was a sort of bluish pall of haze and smoke and hanging in the streetlight illuminated still air of the town. Mexicans like to party hearty so much of the night was filled with the oompah-pah of Mexican Banda music. Many vendors in the jardin (village square) selling trinkets, and plastic this and that... or selling michaladas and cocos-frios into which you pour copious amounts of Bacardi Rum.
We too were suffering no pain... a pollo dinner (chicken) in cream washed down with copious amounts of wine along with a few drinks, topped of with 21 tequila egg-nogg.
I am not really on the air... the RG58U coax was ripped off my 10m half square by the hurricane... so will again hire my wiry little Mexican friend who will for 50 pesos shinney up the palm tree and drop it down for me... I will quickly re-attach the coax and he'll put it back up in the tree.. as a treat he can hack down gets a few cocos while I am busy reconnecting the feedline... the cocos here are the African variety and are very sweet, eons ago transplanted by the Spaniards.
Hopefully everyone had a great holiday and wishing the best for the new year
Richard VA7AA and David VY1DG