Our next club meeting is on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM Pacific Time.

Location: People Place @ 3402 27 Ave, Vernon

Many club members will also be meeting up beforehand at Boston Pizza, some hungry and ordering food as early as 4:30 PM.

If you are reading this but are not currently a club member, I would like to personally invite you to attend as my guest. Join me at dinner at BP before the meeting or, meet me at the People Place front door just before 7:30 PM.

This month, we have a little bit of regular business, including an update on where we're at with the club's WiresX node. However, we'll be moving the regular agenda on quickly as we also have a special guest speaker.

Ralph Olds will be speaking on "The Electron" and how its characteristics lead to understanding radio waves, propagation, reflections and antennas.

Ralph is an expert in many technical fields and the mind behind OCI - Olds Communications Inc. - a firm that engineers and builds RF filters for HAMs as well as custom commercial projects. I can't outline Ralph's full CV here, because it is very extensive (including working on IBM mainframe machine code at the Pentagon back in the 70s) so please approach him after the presentation to learn more about the night's topic and/or Ralph himself.

Really looking forward to the meeting,
NORAC Vice President



Ps: here's the meeting agenda that we'll try to get through in the first 15-20 minutes before Ralph's presentation:


NORAC General Meeting (Order of Business)
February 15, 2018 7:30 p.m.
The People Place, 3402 27 Ave 101, Vernon, BC

Introductions & guest introductions.

Additions to the agenda.

Adoption of minutes of previous general meeting. (January 18, 2018 minutes will be distributed for review.)

Correspondence (Secretary - VE7WBM)

Reports of officers and directors.

  • President - Aaren VA7AEJ
  • Treasurer/financial statement - Grace VE7IGB
  • Vice President - Mike VE7KPZ

Standing Committee reports:

  • Education - Nic VA7AZZ - Dates for the next Ham Course. See NORAC website for details.
  • Technical - Terry VE7TRZ
  • Service - Bob VE7EZI - New bylaws, etc.

Old Business:

  • WiresX Phase 2 (Node Radio and accessories were purchased, Node is fully digital on the EGO UHF Repeater 442.500+) Submit receipts supplies.
  • Winter Carnival Parade - Bob VE7EZI

New Business. [This is not complete, awaiting further agenda items]

  • VE7EGO, WiresX Phase 3: Switch the node to the VHF Repeater when we regain access to the EGO site Remove tones from Repeater and set to AMS in and out. Relocate IRLP back to VE7EGO site.
  • We are looking for a 2 or 4-element commercial UHF dipole antenna array and some UHF capable feed line to go with it. We need to skookum-up the VE7EGO UHF repeater antenna setup. It's a windy site and the non-commercial options are just a liability. Donations or commercial disposal pricing humbly requested. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks!

Other Business.



Presentation: Ralph Olds VA7NU - “The Electron”