A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF LSRA.
Over 7 years ago, LSRA received a Trillium Grant of just over $30K. That grant enabled us to bring LSR up to the standard you see today. Take a few moments to have a look at the services that LSRA provides: https://www.ve3lsr.ca/services. From a commercial site with a 400ft tower, we provide these services over a wide area to the amateur community. We have been very fortunate obtaining additional funding over and above the membership income to support LSRA. This additional money paid for some of the operating cost and allowed us to put some money aside for maintenance. Late last Fall, one of the Crescend UHF 100W amplifiers sustained a lightning strike. This resulted in a $1361 repair! The system we built 7 years ago, that runs 24/7, is starting to show its age. We should be setting aside more money for maintenance. Right now, there are no services that we can shut down to save money.
Our yearly operating cost is $3069.05. With 51 members paying $30.00, we are barely raising half of the cost of keeping LSR going. What are our operating expenses? Our RAC liability insurance cost for 2021 is $583.19. There is a fixed portion assigned to this cost and an added cost depending on if one is a member of RAC or not. If you are a member of RAC, we pay $1, if you are a non-member of RAC, we pay $13. We have 19 non-members of RAC. 19 X $13 = $247. We have to correct this. Our yearly hydro and rent cost is $1808. Our internet, cost per year, is $677.86. The current internet connection is giving us bandwidth issues that is impacting some of the services. Our yearly operating cost is just over $3,000. I don’t think you need a calculator to see the shortfall. So far, that shortfall, has been made up by some very generous supporters and grants.
The immediate problem is that there is an internet bill ($677.86) due in February and there is not enough money to cover it. We have hydro and rent due in May. Unless we make changes to our membership dues, don’t be too surprised if you wake up one morning to find one of the services not working and remaining that way because we cannot afford to repair or replace the service. I don’t want to see this happen and I don’t think you do either. As long as I can remember, membership in LSR has been $30. As of now I am proposing to increase the membership dues from $30 to $40 and for those who are not members of RAC, to add an additional $13. This has not been an easy letter to write. Seeking money from the amateur community has never been easy. We need 80 members at $40 to cover operating cost and maintain our operation. We need your membership help and perhaps a donation as well. I don’t want to see shutting down or losing services as an option.
Please go to: https://www.ve3lsr.ca/membership/membership-renewal and help support LSRA
Bob Simpson VE3ODR
Had a minor flood at the VE3LSR site this past week. The rains and melting, coupled with the frozen ground saw us mopping up another 80 litres of water from the floor today.
Fortunately the water alarm we installed a few years ago notified us by email and VA3VD organised a cleanup. There was no damage due to the flood to any radio or computer equipment but exercise was had by both Dave (VA3VD) and Chuck (VA3SD).
We have a new plan for this summer that will involve some digging. We will let you know when to show up at the site!
The 6m repeater has been experiencing a hum on the receiver for quite a while. The cause, so far, has eluded us but we were reluctant to take it off the air completely.
A pair of Motorola CDM750 mobile radios in the correct band were made available to us so these were tuned up on the repeater pair and an interfacing cable and mounting tray were fabricated after Christmas. The first try at installing the "NEW" repeater did not work as the signals coming out of the radios did not match the older unit. A solution was found and implemented and the "NEW" repeater went on the air today, March 16, 2020. VE3ODR was the first to check it out from Washago. If you have equipment for 6m FM try it out and give us some feedback.
As many of you will know, the Procomm Net has been suffering with packet loss causing some of the transmissions to be garbled and unintelligible. Some of the more technical people involved will be trying a new hub to connect the Procomm Net repeaters this coming Thursday March 28, 2019. Instead of connecting to node 2248 they will be using node 2200. Our system automatically connects the UHF repeater to node 2248 just before 8:00 pm so we will try to manually effect the change just after it connects. An assessment will be done after the net to see what improvements, if any, are noticed and to determine next steps. Please be patient as we try to properly diagnose the issues.