Online Sign up for Field Day is here!

Field day is coming up. June 24th and 25th 2017

This year we continue using an online sign up for field day. It is really simple and the instructions are below:

You need to go to the sign up for setup, operating and take down using this link: Sign up Form The form will open in a new window/tab so you can refer back to these instructions.

There are slots for actual radio operation.  When you sign up please note any requests in the comments field, like phone or CW. Please don’t be shy, we will help you if this is your first time operating.  We will do our best to accommodate your request, but please remember its all in good fun, and band/equipment/antennas change.  But your time slot will be saved!

Once you click the check boxes, at the BOTTOM of the page click the big “Submit and Sign Up” button. This will take you to a page to enter your name and email address. You may opt to create an account, but this is not necessary! Just sign up!

If you have problems, or want to change your signup, please contact gnarc.webmaster@gmail.com.

June 2017 Meeting Minutes

June meeting of GNARC was called to order at 7:33 pm

There were 19 members in attendance.

Motion made by Toy at 7:34 to accept the meeting minutes from the May GNARC meeting. The minutes were accepted.

Communications/Emails: We got a Facebook message from a local man with a 40M tower and TV antennas that he wants to give away. He offered to pay someone to take it down. If anyone is interested in more information or in helping, email Tom. We got a donation of a station from WA1Q? He wanted to know if we had anyone who wanted a station, so Tom offered to take it off his hands. The radio is a Kenwood 570-D. Dee needs to fix it up a bit, as it needs a couple of new knobs, but it’s in great condition otherwise.

Treasurer’s report: We’re doing fine in terms of money, although we did take a little loss this month due to lack of new members. We also bought shelving supplies for the trailer, and we bought some new tables and chairs for Field Day.

Tech committee: The beam seems to be working, as we ordered the parts, got up on the roof and fixed it with the city’s ladder truck. We put in spacers to fix antenna, replaced the balun, and found two additional bolts that were not secured properly through the driven elements, so we fixed those two. We also changed the coax cable. So it’s operational once again!

OCF was giving us a number of iffy readings on SWR, so we replaced the connector which had oxidized, but it’s still giving the same readings, which makes us think that the box is full of water since there aren’t any drain holes for water to come out of the box. We’re waiting on permission to go back up there and check on that, so for the time being it’s out of commission.

A few members showed up to check out the tower on the trailer. We replaced the pulley, since the rotator motors were stuck from being horizontal for three years which isn’t good for it, so we took it apart and took it inside. It’s bounced back, which is good. The purchase of 150 ft of brand new 7 conductor cable for the rotor was approved as well.

The club trailer now has shelves and things are more organized, so that’s really good. Thanks to Lisa, Paul-PPL, Paul-JVB, and Dee for helping out with that.

Education committee: nothing to report.

VE class: Next test is being held on July 1st if anyone wants to upgrade their license.

Special Events: There may be an upcoming event at Bear Mountain. Details will become available on the reflector. Paul, Paul, and Lisa went up to the tri-point on Saturday where CT, MA, and RI all meet. They hiked up the mountain, got about 50 contacts in 90 minutes, from far away as Alaska and California on 20M. They used a very lightweight battery (bio-eno battery) and ran 100W. The battery held up really well. MS Ride was last Sunday, and it went too pretty well (despite only having one sag wagon).

Bylaws: We got some feedback from the Board and some club members about the proposed bylaws (which are on the website); they are now in Draft 2. We will vote on them at July’s meeting so please be present at the meeting if you would like to vote on the new bylaws! We encourage everyone to read it, and if you have feedback, then send it to Paul and he’ll make sure that the board sees it.

No old business.

Motion to adjourn made by Jim (KC1FB) at 8:03. Seconded by Paul (WB2JVB).

GNARC portable operation from CT MA RI border!

On June 10th, 2017, KC1YL, W1PPL and WB2JVB traveled to the CT/MA/RI tri-point, where all states meet. This is near Thompson, CT and is at 700′ elevation. It was about a 1.5 mile hike into the woods up the mountain.  Radio was an Icom IC-706 MkIIG into a Buddipole at 20′.  Power supply was a Bioenno Lithium Iron Phosphate 15Ah battery. Picnic lunch was also enjoyed.

Over 50 contacts were made on 20m, including Alaska and several in California. Lots of midwest contacts as well.

Tons of fun, other than the millions of caterpillars that were everywhere! If you have ideas for a portable op, let Lisa know!

GNARC Members – Please review proposed changes to bylaws

The board has recommended some minor changes to our constitution and bylaws. Many changes are cosmetic, or meant to reflect the current Internet age (eg, change “Bulletin Editor” to “Webmaster”).  Some simplification of standing committees, a limit on the president’s annual discretionary spending, appointment of an assistant treasurer position to ensure continuity of operations, and elimination of some of the redundancy between the constitution and bylaws.

Please review, as these will be voted on at the first regular meeting AFTER the June meeting.

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Beam Repair May 18, 2017

Curt W1FSM, Charles N1LLL, Mike N1PLH, Dee N1ZD and Paul W1PPL worked on the beam.
I am told that they replaced the Balun and the Balun Straps. Installed the proper spacers in the crossover network, tightened up several loose bolts and installed a new cable from the tower to the beam. Also the tri-band vertical was removed from the top of the tower and will be relocated at a later date.
On Saturday 5/20, Curt and I put the beam through its paces and it appears to be fixed. the SWR is between 1.5:1 and 2.5:1 depending which direction it is pointed, probably due to the steel roof.

So, I am VERY HAPPY to tell the club that the beam is back in service. 

ALSO, while we were testing antennas we found that there is an intermittent problem with the All-Band OCF antenna causing the SWR to swing. Curt said that he will address this ASAP.

From: Tom K1TA

May 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:31 pm

Number of attendees: 24 (22 members)

Motion made to accept minutes – motion made by Toy, seconded by Sam.

Treasurer’s report: Jim (KC1FB) says that the club’s finances are in good shape. We only spent on a few things for the trailer so our bank account is stable, but we haven’t had any new dues since March.

Presentation: “Low-Cost Test Equipment That You Can Buy on eBay” by Steve Dick (K1RF). Really great, thorough presentation with lots of illustration of budget friendly test equipment. It’ll be up on the website, so you should definitely check it out! Read More →

Sheffield Island Cleanup

Two GNARC members participated in the Sheffield Island Lighthouse cleanup and get ready for opening day. The Norwalk Seaport Association lets us operate from the island, so its good to help them out. Plus we got a free ferry ride, free lunch and a nice day on the island. Don’t miss it next year! And we got in the local paper.

2017 Sheffield Island Clean up

Steve K1RF’s presentation on inexpensive test equipment

Here is the PDF of Steve’s presentation on test equipment you can find on Ebay.

Low Cost Test Equipment that you can buy on EBAY