2018

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE MID ISLAND RADIO ASSOCIATION (MIRA) IN EARLY 2018?

POSTED BY DON, VE7AX  FEBRUARY 5, 2018

WEBSITE UPDATE

If you are a frequent visitor to this website, you will note that it has been minimally maintained over the past few months (meaning “not very well kept up date”).  We are trying to do better.  We continue to be grateful to John, VA7PX for his work in setting up the MIRA website.  We think it is an important tool for our club and will only grow in popularity and value to our members.  The problem has been that we lack John’s skill and comfort with the Word Press program which drives the site and in John’s absence we have had to face – as the saying goes – “a steep learning curve”.

OVERALL UPDATE

Aside from the website, our club (MIRA) is doing well. Membership is growing – currently about 50 active members who share a wide variety of interests related to amateur radio.  We meet regularly over coffee on Saturday mornings and at our monthly General Meetings on the third Saturday of each month.  Also, all amateurs are invited to check in to our Sunday morning UHF/VHF net at 0900 local time.  We currently use the VE7SYD repeater high on Mt. Arrowsmith on 442.275 MHz with a 136.5 tone.

GENERAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Our February 3, 2018 General Meeting featured “show and tell” presentations on:  Qualicum Beach antenna tower issues and a possible mechanical solution which allows for easy tower lie down, a Ballenas Secondary School cube satellite project,  a demonstration of an “electronic spoon and fork” designed to compensate for the shaky hand challenges some of us face (amazing device!).  At recent meetings we have also enjoyed Syd, VE7PI’s slide presentations on his travels to China and last year to central Europe on river cruises. Terry, VE7EDX has shared an amazing PowerPoint on his experimentation with Software Defined Radio.

SURVEY OF INTERESTS

The MIRA Executive Committee is undertaking to survey our membership regarding their level of interest in the many diverse facets of amateur radio in order to try to better meet the needs of our members.  It is really a long and interesting list:  Experimentation, Home Brewing, Rag Chewing – on and off air social activities, Outdoor Activities needing communications – boating, hunting, fishing, RVing, Emergency Communications and Preparedness, Public Service, Traffic Handling Nets, Local Adventure such as Summits on the Air, Big Time DXpeditions, DXing, Award Hunting, Contesting, Collecting Vintage Equipment,  Field Trips of interest to radio amateurs, ARRL Field Day.  What a great hobby – something for everyone!

FALL/WINTER BASIC QUALIFICATION HAM CLASS (OCTOBER TO FEBRUARY)

Once again MIRA has offered a training course leading to the Canadian (Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development – ISED) Basic Amateur Qualification.  Under the leadership of Tony, VE7AJN, the course has run from October, 2017 and is just now (early February, 2018) coming to an end with about ten successful candidates who have worked very hard on alternate Saturday mornings and some Tuesday evening make up sessions.  Congratulations to all.

SOCIAL EVENTS – HEALTH AND WELFARE SUPPORT

As well as our regular coffee and meeting schedule MIRA holds two major social events each year – our Christmas luncheon and our mid-summer Barbecue.  Lots of fun and great food.

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