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Minutes of the  meeting of IARC held in the Iroquois branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Nov 7 2018

Members in Attendance:

 Gilbert VE3CFS, Stan VA3JSF, Manfred VA3RMF, Bill VE3BXP,  Mike VE3BAE, Les  VA3LGL, Mike VA3TUF,Preston VE3GXA, Perry VA3APS,    George VE3TYZ,  Keith VA3KPP,  Don VA3NC and special guest Chip Chapman VA3KBG .

Opening Remarks

Keith opened the meeting by welcoming all members to the meeting.

Treasurer's Report


      GIC    $5000 .           

      Bank   $ 525.24      

 On Hand  $ 176.30

     Total    $5701.54

Secretary's Report

Nothing new to report at this time.

Old Business

Review of Last Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting were accepted as published on a motion by Dave and seconded by Bill BXP .

Repeater Report

VE3IRO The  noise is still on the repeater . When the weather gets warmer and appointments can be

Members in Attendance:

Don VA3NC, Geo VE3TYZ, Bill VE3BXP, Mike VA3TUF, Dave VE3JLV, Manfred VA3RMF, Gilbert VE3CFS, Tom VA3KD, Les VA3LGL, John VE3TV, Bill VE3UTG, Stan VA3JSF.              

Opening Remarks:

Mike VA3TUF chaired the meeting as Keith was on the other side of the world at this time.  All were welcomed at this time.

Treasurer's Report:

The Treasurer’s report shows the club’s finances are in good order.

Secretary's Report:

Nothing to report at this time.

Old Business:

Review of Last Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting were accepted on a motion by Manfred and seconded by Les.

Repeater Report

It was reported that VE3IRO was better but was still acting up from time to time.

The other repeaters seem to operating normally but have little use at this time.

Club Website

The club website address is:


Bill reported the website was working fine.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Club Website

The  club website address is:

Club Project

The club project is on hold for now as Keith is on Vacation. There may be some sessions in December after Keith returns.

New Business:

Winter Rally

We had a request from the Winter Rally in Matilda Township to be held on February 2 2019 to assist them with communications again as we did last year.

There was agreement that we would, with specific volunteers to be identified later as we get closer to the date.

Emergency Management Training

There was no invitation to attend a fall training session this year. Bill VE3UTG got himself invited to speak to the new South Dundas Township Council.

He gave us a copy of the slides he used in his presentation.

There was a reminder of what was accomplished in the past during the Ice Storm of  '98 and what we could do in future in the event of an emergency.

We hope to hear about action taken by the Council in the future.

Flea Market

Don to place an early notice in TCA magazine to discourage the Montreal Club from picking the same date.

Christmas Dinner

Les VE3LGL reported that he had 21 yes's for the Supper and had more calls to make.

P.S. The club will buy your first drink.

Don't forget to bring a non perishable item for the food bank. Thank You.

50 50  Draw

Tickets were sold by George and the winner was Bill VE3BXP.

Saturday Breakfast Date

The breakfast this month will be at the Yefsi Restaurant in Iroquois on Nov 10 at 09:00 Hrs.


There was  a motion to adjourn by Stan VA3JSF.

The next meeting to be held at the Legion in Iroquois December 5 at 19:30 hrs.

We expect to have a guest speaker via Skype for this meeting. Dave VE3KCL has agreed to give a talk on High Altitude Balloons.

D M Brownlee VA3NC


“The assistance we received from the ham radio operator[s] was crucial in helping us communicate with the vessel’s crew,” US Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Travis Unser said afterward. Unser was the search-and-rescue coordinator for the incident.

MMSN member Donald Plunkett, VA6FH, heard a call for medical assistance at 1650 UTC on the net’s 14.300 MHz frequency from Nick Cancro, KC2WRH, the captain of the Marie Elena.

Cancro reported that a crew member was experiencing severe chest pains and needed medical assistance. Fellow MMSN operator Fred Moore, W3ZU, of Inverness, Florida, had good propagation with the Marie Elena and contacted the vessel, linking it via a phone patch to the US Coast Guard Station in Norfolk, Virginia. The Coast Guard was able to connect the patient directly to medical personnel via the phone patch to ascertain symptoms and prescribe first aid measures prior to medical assistance arrival. Moore arranged with the Marie Elena to contact him at the bottom of the hour throughout the night and to call immediately if the patient’s condition worsened. The US Air Force also came on frequency at the Coast Guard’s request to evaluate the situation and see if it could assist.

Due to the sailboat’s distance offshore, the Coast Guard directed the captain to head toward Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The Coast Guard then redirected the cutter Spencer, under way near the Virginia-North Carolina border, toward the Marie Elena. The Spencer rendezvoused with the sailboat at about 1230 UTC on 11/10/18, launching a small boat crew and transporting the man aboard the cutter. A short time later, a

Maritime Mobile Service Network Operators Assist Vessel with Ill Crew Member


Amateur Radio operators associated with the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) played a significant part in summoning medical assistance on November 9 for a crew member suffering chest pains on board the 48-foot sailing vessel Marie Elena, some 300 miles east of Bermuda.

helicopter crew was able to hoist the man aboard from the Spencer and transport him to a hospital in Norfolk. Moore was assisted by a relay station Mark Strothmann Sr., KC9YRX, in Wisconsin, who provided much-needed information throughout the incident. Additional MMSN members pitched in as well.

“This was a true team effort, and I am proud of the members of this organization who train for

just this type of event. They performed in an exemplary fashion,” said MMSN Manager Jeff Savasta, KB4JKL.

The Coast Guard noted that the Marie Elena has activated a Personal Locater Beacon and an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), permitting rescue personnel to hone in on the vessel’s precise location.