April 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (23): AI1V, W1PPL, N1PLH, W1SMS, KB1IFY, KB1TGW, KC1AUH, N1ZD, KB1YOZ, K1RF, W1FSM, KC1ISC, W1TEG, N1PJG, KB1OIE, KC1FB, K1WYQ, AA1XV, K6VOR, KB1FBX, W1CAH,  KC1PWH, KA1WBN

Because of guests present, we had the presentation first and then called the meeting to order at 8:20.

Finance : Bank account is in very good shape.

Technical : Failure of the primary 2 meter and 70cm DMR repeaters today sometime around 5pm. Curt W1FSM and Mike N1PLH investigated, found it was the power supply running the controllers. They swapped in a different power supply and both repeaters are back on the air. Other than that, nothing significant to report from the Technical Department

Membership : Currently 110 members. About 85 paid members – the rest are lifetime members, graduates of our recent Technician class who were given one year free membership, and newly licensed hams from our VE sessions (also given one year free membership).

Education : The City of Norwalk has asked us to hold off on the general class until it can repair the plumbing problems in the building. An expected repair date has NOT been provided. We did not have any candidates at the April VE session.

Special Events : Prepare for a major snow event on April 25 because Joe KC1AUH is once again going to attempt to run the soldering class (both attempts last month were cancelled by major snow events). Either that or we will have a tornado on April 25. Or both. Read More →

March 2018 Minutes

Present (12): K1TA, WB2JVB, AI1V, KC1AUH, KC1FB, N1ZD, KC1ISA, KA1WBN, KC1ISC,
W1FSM, KC1GGG, WA1SFH

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm by K1TA. February meeting minutes approved.

Department Reports
Finance : We have money, we want more. Seriously, we are in solid financial shape.

Technical : Status quo. All repeaters operational. Had some interesting problems with the
D-Star and DMR repeater computers because of repeated power outages during the recent
storms. The facility at the hospital is on their generators, but not UPS. Some members may be
donating UPSs for those computers. The team is currently repairing backup power supplies.

Education : General class on hold due to Comm Center building repairs. Read More →

February 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (26): K1TA, W1PPL, KC1FB, AI1V, K1NGK, KB1YOZ, K1RF, N1ZD, W1FSM, N1CT,
ND1L, WA1VXM, KC1ISC, KC1AUH, AA1XV, KD2LMS, W1TEG, W1LYZ, N1PLH, N1DPD,
KB1YYE, N1II, KC1HFL, WG1HM and XYL, W1CAH

Meeting called to order by K1TA at 7:30pm. January meeting minutes accepted.

Department Reports
Finance : Bank account is good. Slightly under last year due to purchases of transceivers and
repairs to beam.
Technical : All repeaters operational. No changes. Some work being done 775 analog.
Education : More than adequate interest in General Class license class. Working on scheduling
for early April. Will be 9 weeks.
Special Events : Soldering class fully booked.

Note that we generally meet for breakfast on Saturday mornings at the Silver Star Diner on Rt. 1
at 8am before opening the Comm Center at 9am.

Looking for someone to be the Field Day captain.

Membership : Currently 87 members. About 70 paid members – the rest are lifetime members
and graduates of our recent Technician class who were given one year free membership.

Dues
Dues are now due for 2018. Payable by check or thru Paypal on our website.
The club provides three months grace on dues.
Programs
Call for a Program Coordinator to determine the interests of the membership and arrange for
programs on those subjects.
*****
Congratulations to Paul N1II on being awarded the ARRL’s 2017 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical
Writing Award for his article, “The ABCs of a Digital Multimeter,” which appeared in the October
2017 edition of QST (p 37).
*****
Meeting Adjourned 8:10pm
Submitted by Jon AI1V

February Meeting – Thursday 2/15!!!

Due to Valentine’s day being on a Wednesday, the GNARC monthly meeting will be on THURSDAY 2/15.  Take the XYL or OM out on Wednesday!

January 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (25): K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, KC1FB, AI1V, K1NGK, Derek Hurse, K1WYQ,
KB1YOZ, K1RF, N1ZD, KB1O, W1FSM, N1CT, ND1L, WA1VXM, KC1ISC, KC1AUH,
KC1GGG, AA1XV, KD2LMS, AB1QK, W1TEG, W1GIG, KA1WBN

Meeting called to order by K1TA at 7:30pm
Department Reports
Finance : Bank account normal for this time of year after paying for summer picnic, field day, holiday party but before membership renewals.
Technical : All repeaters operational. No changes.
Education : General Class license class planned for early spring. Have 3 students already, will be sending out mailings to recruit more students.
Last Tech class graduated 15, including a 9 yr old and a 15 yr old. Fairfield holding Tech class in Feb/Mar, we will probably hold one in Sept/Oct.
Special Events : Thanks to Toy for putting together the holiday party. Bloomin Metric (public service radio support) scheduled for May 20. We expect to provide support to Norwalk Seaport Association/Sherwood Island over summer.
Nominating Committee
Nominated following for officer positions
● Tom K1TA for President
● Paul WB2JVB for Vice President
● Paul W1PPL for Treasurer
● Jon AI1V for Secretary
No floor nominations. No opposition. Slate was elected.

Thanks to Jim KC1FB for his years of service as Treasurer. Jim appointed as Assistant Treasurer to help transition Paul W1PPL into the role.
Dues
Dues are now due for 2018. Payable by check or thru Paypal on our website.
The club provides three months grace on dues.

Programs
Call for suggestions for meeting programs.
Suggestions:
● Mike (Westport astronomy club) on his Puerto Rico deployment experience.
● Larry Reid on solar eclipse and ballooning efforts
● Jon P/Paul L on public service (events, CERT, ARES, MARS)
Requests for additional ideas will be sent through the reflector and by other means.
Meeting Adjourned 8pm
Submitted by Jon AI1V

Comm Center Clean Up!

Today, GNARC members did an end of year clean up at the comm center. As guests of the Norwalk Fire Department, it is important that we show our respect for the space! It looks great now.   Members AI1V, AC1DQ, KC1IRU, KC1ISC, WB2JVB and W1FSM participated.  Thank you.

 

Repeater Changes

Effective immediately, several changes have been implemented in the Norwalk area analog repeaters.

W1NLK  146.475 is now a SINGLE SITE, with a PL of 100. If were using “West”, you must now return to “East”.

W1FSM 146.775 PL 100 is back on the air. It had been moved from its home in New Canaan to a temporary site at Norwalk Hospital. The Waveny mansion in NC is undergoing a multi-year renovation and the repeater was removed several months ago.

The hospital site did not prove useful, with excessive noise/coverage problems. Therefore it was agreed to move W1FSM to the “West” site previously used by W1NLK.

Many thanks to Curt W1FSM for spearheading the effort, with much assistance from Dee N1ZD, Michael N1PLH and Charles N1LLL.

Please give 146.775 some use, the coverage seems excellent.