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Greeting Fellow Amateur Radio Operators and Friends

This is an open invitation to invite you all to attend and to let you know that the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club is hosting its annual Potluck Picnic on Sunday 21 Jul 19 at Low Island Park in Little Current Ontario. The picnic begins at 12 noon and we ask that you bring a favorite dish or desert that you are willing to share with others. We have done this in many past years and has become quite popular with all and there is always plenty of food to spread around. There is no charge for the picnic and the club will supply the Coffee, Tea, Water and Pop. All we ask is you bring a dish to share or if coming in from afar something like a package of buns, jar of pickles, or any type of desert.

The location is the same as last year Low Island Park in Little Current plenty of parking and  shade, please bring a lawn chair as seating is limited with a few picnic tables. Talk in will be on the VE3RMI repeater 147.270 + for directions. There will be door and raffle prizes that you can buy tickets on. Proceeds will go to the Manitoulin Club. It will take place rain or shine as we have a covered area to eat. Also we would be happy to accept your membership dues if you have not paid for the year it is only $30.00 single and $40.00 for family memberships receipts will be on hand. I hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there.

EVENT:  Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc. Potluck Picnic  

WHERE: Low Island Park – Follow Water Street downtown to the end in Little Current, Ontario

WHEN:  Sunday 21 July 2019

TIME: 12 noon to 5:00 pm

TALK-IN:  VE3RMI Repeater 147.270 +

Any questions or comments please contact Allan VE3AJB or Lou VE3LDY for more information. Bring your appetite and smile and look forward to having a great time.



Allan Boyd



Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc.

27 Red Mill Road, P.O. Box 208,

Little Current, Ontario


(705)-368-2779 (Home)

(705)-869-8284 (Cell) Email

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Here are the minutes of the the Annual General Meeting of the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc. that took place on Sunday April 07 2019 at the Pinewood Inn in Espanola, Ontario. Any coments or concerns please let me know please njoy the read. Thanks

Allan Boyd - VE3AJB President M.A.R.C. Inc.



April 7, 2019


The meeting was held at the Pinewood Restaurant in Espanola. The meeting officially started at 1:27 p.m. and concluded at 3:58 p.m.




Al Boyd - President VE3AJB

Martin Connell VA3MFC


Bob Playter VE3TKH

Louella Noble Acting Secretary Treasurer VE3LDY




Jeff Noble VE3JFN

Ingrid Schwunk VA3WIH

Mike Bauer VE3OLC

Mike Patterson VE3KPP

Rod Pears VA3RP

Bob Manley VA3KYK

Mike Bourcier VE3MKN

Jerry Kitts VA3GWK

Bill Rorison VE3WVJ

Brian Dixon VE3BHD

Richard Burtt VE3GPA

Gary Cotnam VE3WGC

Chris Turbitt VE3DUC

Harry Wolfe VE3EPW

Denis Bedard VE3KWN

Gerard Clarette VA3GJC

Gloria Counsell VE3EOP

Denis Bois VE3OOZ

Eugene Grenier VA3EMG

Bill Wickenden VE3BEK

Jenny Cruise VA3JCX

Tanner Wright VA3GWW

Vic Liimatainen VE3KBU

Aaron Wright VE3GWW

Earl Andrews VE3AB

Sharon Montgomery VE3SMM

Igor Slakva VE3ZF

Rusty Auxier VE3WVA

Pat Dopson VE3HZQ

Rolly Blanchette VA3CRE


Opening remarks and state of the club – Al Boyd

VE3RMI turned 31 on this day.


Additions to current agenda – Pat Dopson re Field Day

                                                Martin Connell re Kite Day

Motion to accept revised agenda moved by Pat Dopson

                        Seconded by Rolly Blanchette

                        Motion Carried

Minutes from 2018 AGM read in by Al Boyd. Explanation as to reasons we do not hold monthly meetings – due to geographic expanse of membership.

Membership informed of the resignation of Jim McLean – Vice President and Emergency Coordinator for Ares, as well as Lorraine McLean – Secretary/Treasurer due to health reasons. As per incorporation rules the positions needed to be filled. Bob Playter stated that all members must vote on any nominations for positions, not just the members in attendance.

Louella Noble VE3LDY was nominated for the position of Secretary/Treasurer the floor was then open for further nominations and no other names came forward. A vote was taken, and all were in favour with no opposition. It was put to the members that for those not in attendance if a member would like to put their name forward or any nomination for this position they will have the opportunity to do so via email or phone call. Members will have one week, until 15th April to respond and if no further response Lou Noble VE3LDY will be elected as the new Secretary Treasurer. If we do receive further names, then a balloted vote will take place.

Motion to accept nomination – Brian Dixon

Seconded – Rusty Auxier

Motion Carried

For the position of Vice-president Rusty Auxier VE3WVA was placed forward for the position. A vote was taken, and all were in favour with no opposition. It was put to the members that for those not in attendance if a member would like to put their name forward or any nomination for this position they will have the opportunity to do so via email or phone call. Members will have one week, until 15th April to respond and if no further response Rusty Auxier VE3WVA will be elected as the new Vice President. If we do receive further names, then a balloted vote will take place.

Motion to accept nomination – Martin Connell

Seconded – Jeff Noble

Motion Carried

Motion made to accept the minutes of the last AGM by Rusty Auxier

Seconded by Jeff Noble

Motion Carried

Financial Report presented by acting Treasurer Louella Noble

                                    Motion to accept Financial Report – Al Boyd

                                    Seconded – Jeff Noble

                                    Motion Carried

Presentation to membership regarding VE3RMI proposed changes and cost.

Options put forth to membership consideration:

1:         Purchase the antenna and heliax and hire Spectrum for the install, as well as getting the Opinion Letter from Grundy to present to CBC.

2:         If CBC requires an engineering study, apply for grants and/or try for additional donations.

3:         Leave the existing antenna and heliax and purchase new duplexers.

Upon discussion with the members in attendance, option 1 was chosen.

Brian Dixon raised the motion to increase dues as the club will be running a deficit as of January 1, 2020 as we will be taking over the internet costs. To date that expense has been paid for by Al.

Also discussed was the importance of all members paying their dues on time due to expenses having to be paid in a timely manner.

RAC membership discussed regarding the savings to the club for our insurance when our members also join RAC.

Motion to raise membership dues effective January 1, 2020

            Single Membership to be $40.00 per year

Family Membership to be $60.00 per year, with family membership being no more than 3 people.

                                                Moved – Rusty Auxier

                                                Seconded – Pat Dopson/Bil Wickenden

                                                Motion carried all in favour


Martin Connell has volunteered to step into the Emergency Coordinator position for Ares.

Field Day – options being looked into for changing locations

Kite Day – June 2, 2019 in Gore Bay – would like to have members in attendance to represent the club – using either a kite or weather ballon to make contacts and raise awareness of amateur radio.

Al put forward to the membership that we should purchase a plaque for Jim and Lorraine McLean for all their years of dedication and hard work for the club. Unanimously agreed upon by members.

Motion to conclude the meeting made by Brian Dixon

Seconded by Richard Burtt

Motion Carried

Meeting adjourned at 3:58 pm                                                          

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D-Star on the island
The Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club is home to several D-Star repeaters...More information can be found by checking out the menu at the top of the page under the heading Repeaters, then VE3RXR...
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Wikipedia says...
D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio) is a digital voice and data protocol specification for amateur radio. The system was developed in the late 1990s by the Japan Amateur Radio League and uses minimum-shift keying in its packet-based standard. There are other digital modes that have been adapted for use by amateurs, but D-STAR was the first that was designed specifically for amateur radio.
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Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) is an international digital radio standard developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and first ratified in 2005. More than a decade ago, vendors and users of radio systems recognized that the existing analog trunking standards required updates with modern techniques to provide: Improved voice quality Improved functionality such as Location information) Improved security (i.e. Authentication and Encryption) Improved channel efficiency (2 slot TDMA)
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DMR on Manitoulin
Right now, the 440 D-Star machine has been disconnected and replaced by a Tait repeater that passes D-STAR, DMR, Analog FM and has no controller (no tail) on 442.050 + split...for more info, see VE3RXR under Repeaters at the top of the page.
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Asterisk on the Island
Asterisk is an Open Source PBX & Telephony Platform. It’s often labeled as the future of telephony. What does that mean for Amateur radio? It uses VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) to connect repeater sites using the internet...
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More Asterisk info
The Island is home to several Asterisk machines... VE3RII in Manitowaning is node # 28505 and VE3RQQ Simplex (146.550 w/ 156.7HZ tone) is node # 2359
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IRLP on Manitoulin
Internet Radio Linking Project - The aim of this project is to reliably and inexpensively link amateur radio systems without the use of RF links, leased lines, or satellites.
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VE3RQQ is IRLP Node # 2860; more information can be found at the top of the page, under Repeaters and VE3RQQ
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