Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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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

 

Thank You

 

Bob Simpson VE3ODR

President LSRA

Friends of LSR.
 
I hope this finds you and your family in good health. 
The best way to deal with a problem is to cut right to the chase. Folks, LSRA needs some money. This year we have paid $357.74 for insurance and $677.86 for the internet. We have a 3 year site management agreement with Sitecom Services and it is up for renewal. The annual building rent has gone from $300 a year to $400 a year and our utility cost has gone from $1080 a year to $1200 an year.  Add the taxes and we are about to receive a bill for $1808 and we are $154 short. It does not sound like much but given the human and economic impact of Covid-19 will have on us I realize this it is not the best time to ask for membership renewals or donations….but unfortunately I am asking. I am asking for your help to take care of our shortfall in funds at this time and a little more to take care of any future maintance costs that I know will come.  
If you use and enjoy the features that LSR offers, consider becoming a member or make a small donation. We have made becoming a member or donating to LSR easier than ever using PayPal:
Go to ve3lsr.ca
Click Membership.
If you would like to donate, go to the bottom of the page under 'Support LSR'.
Under Amount, which defaults to $30, click this box and enter your donation amount, then click ‘Donate’. 
Consider joining LSR or renewing you membership.
Under ‘Membership' click either 'New Member" OR 'Renewal Membership’.
Fill in the appropriate form, go to the bottom of the page. ‘Amount’ this defaults to $30. If you want to add a donation change the $30 membership amount and then click ‘Donate'.   
If you don’t want to use PayPal send a cheque to:
 
LSRA
636 Lake Shore Rd East
Oro-Medonte Ontario
L0L 2E0

Thank-you
Bob Simpson 
VE3ODR
President LSRA

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 Wet/Dry Vacuum we used to collect the water from the floor decided to quit during this latest exercise, so we are on the lookout for anyone with a surplus wet/dry vacuum, preferably in the 5gallon size the we can use at the repeater site.  We need to leave it there so that any of the responsible people can respond when we get an alarm.  Let us know if you have one that we can use.  Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thanks.

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.