April 2019 Meeting Minutes

Present (23): K1TA, W1PPL, AI1V, W1IP, N1ZD, KB1UOB, N1DPD, K1RF, AA1XV, K4JCS, KC1AUH, W1SMS, K1DSG, K1WYQ, W1GIG, KC1JGY, WA1VXM, ND1L, K6VOR, KC1KSO, W1CAH, KB1FBX, KC1JGY

Meeting opened 7:30 by K1TA

March minutes approved.

Department Reports:

Finance: Checking and savings both good.

Communications: No communications of note.

Board: No board actions this month.

Technical Committee: Everything working properly. The current plan for Echolink is to install it at the Comm Center. Curt would like for someone else to be in charge of the work because he is tied up with other personal and professional work.

Comm center roof is still not complete. Until it is, we cannot re-install the low band HF antenna (30-80 meters). Also, need to get on roof to re-tie the beam’s coax and rotor cables to the mast.

Public Service: The major public service events for spring/summer have now finalized their dates:

  • Fairfield Half Marathon – Sunday June 2
  • Bloomin Metric – Sunday June 9 (was formerly mid May)
  • MS Ride – Sunday June 23 (was formerly early June). Conflicts with Field Day but we expect to be able to staff this.

Education Committee: General class began April 4 to run for 9 weeks on Thursdays from 7 to 9:15pm. Two people attended the first class. We have received communications from three additional people who expect to attend starting April 11 (total of 5).

VE Session: At the April VE session we had five people, with a total of 2 Extra class licenses earned, 1 General class licenses earned, and 2 Technician class licenses earned. One of the Extras was a double – took and passed both the General (Element 3) and the Extra (Element 4).

Special Events: Nothing scheduled in the next month.

Field Day: It was agreed that there is not good chemistry between Stamford and Norwalk for Field Day and we will not be running a joint Field Day. AA1XV noted that in the past few years we have had excellent turnout for setup and take-down, but that only a limited number of people are willing to operate. AA1XV has made it clear that he expects to run a competitive Field Day and wants club members to be prepared to operate in a competitive environment.

The meeting was closed at 7:51 pm.

Thanks to Steve W1SMS who did an Elmer session on (mostly HF) antennas for those who have been recently licensed and those who have specific issues.

March 2019 Meeting Minutes

Present (17): K1TA, W1PPL, AI1V, N1ZD, K1DSG, K4JCS, KB1UOB, KC1AUH, KC1FB, N1DPD, K1RF, AA1XV, W1GIG, K1CYW, KC1JGY, KA1WBN (and guest)

Meeting opened 7:30 by K1TA Apparently minutes from February 2019 were not posted on the web site. W1IP will be contacted to post them. 3/20/2019 note – Feb minutes have been posted.

Department Reports:
Finance:​ Checking and savings both good.
Communications​: No communications of note.
Board​: No board actions this month.
Technical Committee:​ Everything working properly.
Comm center roof is still not complete. Until it is, we cannot re-install the low band HF antenna (30-80 meters). Also, need to get on roof to re-tie the beam’s coax and rotor cables to the mast.

ND1L and N1PLH want to put Echolink on the Norwalk 2 meter analog repeater. Some objections based on need to be able to easily disconnect in case of abuse. We will test the Echolink and then figure out how to best control it before making it a standard feature.

Public Service:​ The major public service events for spring/summer have now finalized their dates:

● Fairfield Half Marathon – Sunday June 2

● Bloomin Metric – Sunday June 9 (was formerly mid May)

● MS Ride – Sunday June 23 (was formerly early June). Conflicts with Field Day but we expect to be able to staff this.

Education Committee:​ General class will begin April 4 to run for 9 weeks on Thursdays from 7 to 9:15pm.

Special Events:​ Nothing scheduled in the next month.

Field Day:​ We are working toward a joint Field Day with the Stamford Club because they lost their Field Day site. AA1XV has had a preliminary conversation with the Stamford club and expects to have a more detailed meeting with them to figure out equipment, antennas, and staffing. AA1XV has made it clear that he expects to run a competitive Field Day and wants club members to be prepared to operate in a competitive environment.

February 2019 Meeting Minutes

Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club (GNARC) Meeting Minutes 02/13/2019
Present (13): K1TA, K1DSG, N1DPD, KB1UOB, AI1V, K4JCS, ND1L, KC1AUH, N1CT, N1ZD, AA1XV, W1SMS, W1GIG

Meeting opened 7:30 by K1TA Meeting minutes from January 2019 approved.

Department Reports:
Finance:​ Checking and savings both good.
Communications​: No communications of note.
Board​: No board actions this month. The Board did not meet because too many members are in Florida.
Technical Committee:​ Some problem with the N1LLL repeater last week. Was checked out by K4JCS and N1LLL, nothing significant found. May have just been snow/ice on the antenna. Seems to be working properly now. Everything else working properly.

Comm center roof is still not complete. Until it is, we cannot re-install the low band HF antenna (30-80 meters). Also, need to get on roof to re-tie the beam’s coax and rotor cables to the mast.
Public Service:​ Nothing upcoming in the next month.
The major public service events for spring/summer have now finalized their dates: Fairfield Half Marathon – Sunday June 2 Bloomin Metric – Sunday June 9 (was formerly mid May) MS Ride – Sunday June 23 (was formerly early June). Conflicts with Field Day but we expect to be able to staff this.
Education Committee:​ A number of people suggested a General class for the spring since there have been two or three Tech classes in the area recently. Education committee has not finalized but intends to do so this month.
Special Events:​ Nothing scheduled in the next month.
Field Day:​ AA1XV accepted position as Field Day captain. Stamford club has contacted us about doing a joint field day this year because their normal site is not available. K1TA and AA1XV to contact them and see what can be worked out.

The meeting was closed at 8:05 pm.

Jess noted that there is an upswell of D-Star activity in the area.

January 2019 Meeting Minutes

Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club (GNARC) Meeting Minutes 01/09/2019
Present (19): K1TA, K1WYQ, K1DSG, W1PPL, KC1FB, K1RF, N1DPD, KB1FBX, KB1UOB, AI1V, WG1HM, W1TEG, KC1GGG, W1CAH, K4JCS, ND1L, KA1WBN, KC1KSL, K6VOR

Meeting opened 7:30 by K1TA Meeting minutes from November 2018 approved. We had the annual party in lieu of a meeting in December, so no minutes for December.

Department Reports:
Finance:​ Checking and savings both good. Checking higher than usual this time of year due to sale of donated equipment. A suggestion was made to put savings into a CD to get higher interest. Treasurer to investigate.
Communications​: No communications of note.
Board​: No board actions this month.
Technical Committee:​ Everything working properly. Fusion repeater disconnected from internet due to bad internet connection at the site. The owner of site is working on it.

ND1L is asking for a 2m regular analog base/mobile station to use for setting up an Echolink or IRLP connection to the Norwalk 2m repeater from Westchester. If anyone has a rig they could lend to ND1L, please contact him directly.

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GNARC Items for sale

Update: All three HF radios have been sold!  Power supply sold!

Hygain CD45II Rotator system – New in Box – with control cable! – $300!

November 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (25): K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, AB1QK, W1TEG, KC1FB, KC1TX, ND1L, AA1XV, N1ZD, W1SMS, KC1AUH, KB1FBX, K1RF, KB1YOZ, K1DCG, KA1CVV, KC1ACP, N7EMW, KC1JGY, W1FSM, K1WYQ, WG1HM, KA1WBN, W1CAH

Meeting opened at 7:30 by K1TA. Minutes of October meeting approved as posted.

Department Reports:

Finance: No significant changes reported. Checking and savings accounts similar to last month.

Board: No board actions this month.

Technical Committee: Curt reported a power supply issue with his Fusion repeater, which was fixed.  All club repeaters all operating properly.

Education Committee: No classes have been scheduled. Expecting to run a class in the spring.

Special Events: No events

Nominating Committee: The nominating committee (K1WYQ, N1PLH and N1ZD) has nominated the existing officers to serve another term: President K1TA, Vice President WB2JVB, Secretary AI1V, Treasurer W1PPL.  Nominations from the floor are open until the January meeting, when voting will occur.

Reminder that the holiday party is next month, and the sign up details are on the web site. All are welcome!

Meeting adjourned 7:45

Presentation:

Steve, K1RF presented an interesting session on end fed half wave antennas, which seem to have many good features for multiband operation if built correctly. His presentation is available here. Thank you Steve for the great information.

K1RF’s presentation on End Fed Half Wave Antennas

Please see the PDF attachment for the excellent presentation given by Steve, K1RF on end fed half wave antennas.

End Fed Half Wave Antennas