The Minds and Hearts

Last night’s annual general meeting of the Oakville Amateur Radio Club was a big success (we elected new bunch of directors one of whom, I’m delighted to say, is yours truly) with a small but enthusiastic turnout.

Over the last few years the Oakville club has gone through some hard times even entering a period of no activity and for awhile it appeared it might fold.

Well thanks to a few patient and long-suffering members the Oakville ARC is alive and well and we’ve got some great plans in the works. For more info please visit the Oakville ARC blog (which I’m building up as we speak).

I did have a disagreement with one member who took umbrage at last post which appeared here and an email to all club members about my thoughts on the suitability of folks who run for the position of club director.

Not to throw too much gasoline on the fire, I’ve been an amateur student of Buddhism. At a week-long retreat I took some months back we were given copies of the Japanese Zen poem called the Sandokai. Here the writer says that among human beings there are wise ones and fools.

I’ve always identified with the latter so it was with some interest I got my morning email from1005630_187x169 James Altucher Insider’s List where he talked about this challenge to understand that the critique from others isn’t about him or what he said but what goes on inside the minds and hearts of the critic.

He is so very correct and this is something I too often forget.

In the face of anger or even bullying I need to remember to be compassionate in my thoughts about what might possibly be creating this reaction in my brother.

All in all I’m very excited about some of the new projects we talked about last night and even a demo that Rod, VE3RHF and I did at the end of the night went off pretty well. We even worked a station in Illinois! Now that’s DX on a handheld.


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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

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