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News & Upcoming Events

1) Your executive members have been working 'behind the scenes' on the
OTC Annual Report for 2014. This is the tenth consecutive annual report we
have produced. This report is located further down this home page or available
HERE as a pdf for reading or printing - two pages. Print back to back and save
a sheet of paper! :-)

On Saturday, November 8th, 2014, a work party including five OTC
, worked to replace the VE1XK Repeater (146.790 MHz.) and the
TX and RX cavities.
HERE is the story and photos of the day's activities. (Note:
VE1LV, Hal just joined the OTC so six of the seven were OT club members!)

3) The RAC Amateur Radio 60 Metre Operations Information pdf file is
HERE. Thanks to VE1BXK, Lorne (# 356) for sending this to me.

4) Are you thinking of replacing some of you incandescent lamps with the
newer LED bulbs? Well, you need to read this article first before rushing out to
buy them:
LEDRFI. Thanks to VE1RV, Roger, for this article.

5) VE1RV, Roger just completed work on his 'ugly balun' and 17 m home brew
antenna and just got it up in the air on October 5th, 2013. You can see the
results of his efforts
HERE. Thanks for the great photos, Roger, and Congrats
on the new antenna! Additional photos added on 2nd June 2014.

6) Here are the results from Roger's Poll of "Member Radio Years"  
conducted by Roger (VE1RV) on the Sunday, May 5th, 2013 net:
There were 48 callers-in with a total of 1852 years for an average of just over
38.5 years as a radio amateur.
VE9KC John, gave an interesting report on the
Patron Saint of Amateur Radio when he checked
in to the net on Sunday, November 11th, 2012 -
Remembrance Day. This was
Maximilian Kolbe,
. I thought members might want further
information so go to the following Wikipedia page.
Thanks for an interesting report, John!


DX Atlas 2.3 - The software mentioned by VE9KC, John on a recent net. Publisher's Info: Electronic World atlas
for Radio Amateurs. Scrollable World map with smooth zoom, DXCC territories, province/state prefixes, Grid
Squares, CQ and ITU Zones in the rectangular, azimuthal and Globe projections, 3D relief, Gray Line, city and
island index, unique hierarchical prefix database, local time with DST for all cities, islands and call areas, unique
ionospheric maps.
Here is the URL:
VE1WG, Bill Gillis (#258) wrote an article entitled "Spanning the Atlantic from
which is the story of the first international commercial wireless station in
New Brunswick erected at Newcastle in 1913. Bill has kindly offered his permission
to post it here on the OTC Website and you can read Bill's article
HERE. Thanks Bill.
In Memorium
Harold Burgess (B) Sabean, VE1ALU - SK - #176
In Memorium
Harold William Gammon,VE1PM - SK - #246

The death of Harold William Gammon of Bathurst occurred Wednesday, January 7, 2015, his 95th birthday,
at ChaleurRegionalHospital, after a brief illness.

He was predeceased by his wife Ethel (Morrison), and brothers Gordon and Donald.

He is survived by his son Ross and daughter-in-law The Reverend Joanne Barr, of Fredericton, and their
children Christopher Boyse and Evan Boyse of Calgary, and Renée Boyse of Newcastle, Ontario, as well
as cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Born in Bathurst to parents William and Alfretta (Ronalds), Harold attended school locally and graduated
from BathurstHigh School in 1937. He enrolled in the University of New Brunswick and graduated with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1941.

Harold returned to Bathurst and began work as a chemist for Bathurst Power and Paper, until he retired in
1972. A side duty at the mill required he record daily weather conditions. This sparked a lifelong interest in
weather observation and recording of local data, which he dutifully provided for over 50 years to the
Federal Atmospheric Environment Service.

Harold also worked for Stothart Mazda, City Hall, and the law firm of Byrne, Riordon, McGinley, Lenihan,
Theriault, where he served as a paralegal.

His interest in chemistry spilled over to photography. He processed his own black and white film and prints,
and colour slides. He photographed weddings, churches, people, the surroundings, and local events. With
the advent of digital media, Harold, embracing this fully, made regular trips to Daly Point to record the
seasonal changes. His photographs and snapshots provide a history of Bathurst through the decades and
have found their way into the local Historical Society records.

Amateur radio was another interest and Harold, as VE1PM, talked to other ham radio operators by Morse
code and voice, both locally and around the world.  He provided emergency communications when contact
could not be established with stricken areas.

Always active in the community, Harold was a member of the Bathurst Citizens’ Band, the Masonic Lodge,
FirstUnitedChurch, and the City Planning and Advisory Committee.

Visitation will be held at Elhatton’s Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at FirstUnitedChurch at a date
and time to be announced. Please refer to Elhatton’s web site for dates and times (

If desired, donations may be made to the Bathurst branch of Meals on Wheels or a charity of choice.

Old Timers Club Executive Report for 2014

Secretary/Treasurer's Report

       Hello all! It's time again to look back on our Club's activities for this past year of 2014.

       First and foremost, we had 13 new members join our great Club in 2014. Again, welcome to members from #454 to #466. Be proud
as 20 years is a long time to be faithful to the hobby! I must also state that some of these new members have a lot more than 20 years
under their belts in Ham Radio. Congratulations.

       Our Club Nets on Sunday mornings are very active with lots of call-ins and topics of interest, and lets not forget the net controllers
that are appointed by Bill, our President. Great job folks. A tip-of-the-hat also to the future members that are eager to call in and also ever
so patiently waiting for their "time" to come up so they too can be proud to belong to our great Club.

       Of course Bill, our President and Jim, our webmaster are very much recognized as being the main cogs in the well-running executive
of the Club, as they make sure that all runs as smooth as silk all the time. Great work guys.

       Looking back we also had to suffer the loss of 45 amateurs, mostly from the Maritimes. Of these,10 were members of our Club. They
were, " by order of membership number": #162 - VE1PN - Harry Hillyard; #174 - VY2UA - Jim MacEachern;
#176 – VE1ALU - 'B' Sabean; #194 - VE3ON - Norm Lawton; #255 - VE1GS - Rene Deschenes; #301-VE2QA - Lee Cunningham; #307 -
VE3PIB - Ron Riley; #312 - VE9HC - Hugh Clark; #375 - VE1KE - Floyd Everett and  #412 - VE1LYN - Linda MacDonald. Some of these
Silent Keys were pillars in the Amateur Hobby. All are deeply missed.

       As always, in the Financial Department of our Club, we stand solid and on our own two feet (so-to-speak).  A full report of the Club's
finances are presented to the executive: Bill and Jim. If any  member of the Club would like a copy of  the Treasurer's report, please
contact me by Canada Post or by email and I will send  a copy to that member.

       That's all she wrote folks, so keep smiling and make lots of friends on Amateur Radio .  

Best 73 from your Secretary / Treasurer
#320 -  Roger Belliveau / VE1RV


 Webmaster's Report                                                                      

       Our website located at http://www.oldtimersclub.byethost31.com/ will have been online for nine years as of Thursday, January 22nd,
2015.  We have received free webhosting during this entire time and continuing into 2015, from www.byethost.com. A big 'thank you' to
Byethost for this free service!

       During the calendar year of 2014, the website received 3,297 page loads which was down slightly from 2013. This is a page load
average of 10 per day with 1183 of these from first time visits, averaging 4 per day. Since the webcounter installation on the 28th of
February 2009, total visits to our website by year end 2014 were 8,645.

       On the website, I cover OTC activities such as participation in the various Maritime Fleamarkets with photos and a short note and
any newspaper articles about members and their amateur activities. As new members join, I added a welcome message on the “New
Members 2014” page as well as on the home page. In 2014, I welcomed 13 new members, five fewer than in 2013. SK Memorials were
added with 10 members becoming SKs in 2014, five more than in 2013.

       Throughout the year, I rely upon members to send me information and photos from events and on new members to submit photos of
themselves and/or their shacks for their 'New Member Welcome Message'. I try to keep the website current, interesting and useful. Items
may be sent to <ve1chi@rac.ca>. After items run on the home page for a time, I usually move them to the 'Miscellanea' page.

       The “Active Membership List” (AML) is a PDF file of all OTC members currently alive and is in alphanumeric by callsign. You can
access it from the OTC Directory on the home page. Whenever we have a new member or an SK, this list is edited and replaced with a
new version. The list was primarily meant for Net Control stations but it is there for anyone to use as a reference. Emails regarding errors
are always appreciated.
       I would like to acknowledge the huge contribution to our club by President Bill Anderson VE9UH and our Secretary/Treasurer Roger
Belliveau VE1RV, both of whom work very hard on your behalf. Bill arranges the NC roster, sends sympathy cards to families of SKs, puts
together the 'package' sent out to new members, looks after getting new certificates printed and Bill phones a new member to personally
welcome him or her to the club or to families of SKs to extend sympathy on behalf of the club. Bill also arranges to have OTC
representatives at fleamarkets and makes certain that enough handouts are printed and available there. Roger checks qualifications of
new applicants which many times must be verified by Industry Canada when a potential member has lost or misplaced their 'Certificate of
Proficiency'. He also looks after the accounting and disbursement of club expenses and gives the 'birthday report' on the weekly net.
Roger is a very valuable club asset, a great promoter of the OTC and does a super job as NC many times throughout the year! My job as
webguy is relatively easy compared to the real OTC workers!

       Please thank Bill and Roger on the air for their tireless efforts in keeping our club running. My personal thanks goes out to them and
for having the pleasure of working with both once again this past year. Thanks Guys!

73 to all from VE1CHI, Jim Cleveland #327

President's Report

       Time flies when you’re having fun! The Old Timer’s Club is certainly a source of pleasure for me-  It’s very much a privilege to be
part of the Executive.

       We are very lucky to have Roger as Secretary-Treasurer and Jim as Webmaster; to a large extent they are responsible for the Club’
s success. All members  contribute a great deal in many ways, such as by  acting as Net Control and by working at our table at Flea
Markets. Non-Members also help our Club in similar ways. We are always happy to have them apply for membership.

       It was a pleasure to welcome thirteen new members during the year. At year-end 228 Active Members were listed..  
       Sadly ten OT members became Silent Keys. All are sincerely missed.

       As usual, several Flea Markets had an Old Timer’s Club table; applications and information were handed out, often resulting in OT
membership applications.
       We all look forward to another good year for our Club. With help from all concerned, this will happen.

A.W. (Bill) Anderson,VE9UH #251