January 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:30. 

30 members in attendance. 

We started with Douglas’s (WA1SFH) presentation, “Sharing the Magic: Bringing Local Kids into Amateur Radio”. How do the older hams replace the younger generation? Douglas gave us some great ideas for starting the year off with some youth outreach. Very thought provoking presentation! 

After the presentation, it was time for the annual vote for the 2017 Elected Officers. Toy (K1WYQ) led the vote off, George (AB1QK) seconded for 2017 officers at 8:17. 

The roster is: 

President – Tom Alessi (K1TA) VP – Paul Lourd (WB2JVB) Sec. – Rachel Ambrose (KB1VWJ) Treasurer – Jim Francoeur (KC1FB)

We had a new face attending this meeting – KC1WLR, president of Westport Astronomical Society. It was great to see him! 

New Business: 

Sam brought up the MS bike ride. He just got the first email about the 2017 ride from his point of contact with the event. They’ll be starting from Dinosaur BBQ in Stamford this year, and as a bonus, the path won’t go north – it’ll go up the coast. The 100 mile route is cancelled, and the ride will go from Stamford to Fairfield and back. Happily, we expect none of the issues with repeater coverage that we had to contend with last year. We’ll need volunteers to be in the sag wagons and volunteers to be scouts. If you want to be involved, get in touch with Sam (NV1P). 

Tom is going to be heading up Winter Field Day. An email will go out on the reflector so let him know if you’re interested by replying. It’s January 28th and 29th, and we’ll do it from the comms center. 

Reminder that dues are due by March 31st to Jim (KC1FB). 

Meeting adjourned at 8:33. 

GNARC Holiday Party – Great Fun!

Thanks to all who came to our holiday party on Wednesday. We had a great turnout, good food, good drink, and of course Toy K1WYQ was the master of ceremonies! Lisa KC1YL was awarded a certificate of appreciation for her contributions to the club over the past year.  She spearheaded many club activities this year: fox hunt antenna building, Sheffield Island Expedition, Ambler Farm “Fall out on the air”, summer picnic and more. Thanks Lisa for helping GNARC stay active! VP Paul WB2JVB presented the award.

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November 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:39 pm. Fifteen members in attendance, one guest (John, recently licensed, electrical engineer, worked for a number of area tech companies, KC1GGG.)

New Business:

Treasury report: We sold off a number of rigs, and are planning to buy new early in the new year. There will have special meeting to discuss that. Special thanks to Mark (N1CT) for doing the heavy lifting, shipping of the rigs, etc.

We put down payment on another venue for the holiday party on 12/14 – the Laurel Athletic Club. Liability insurance will be renewed at the end of this month. We’re in good shape balance wise. We will invite the CT section manager and section emergency coordinator.

Elections of Officers: nominations are now open for all positions, but selections from the nominating committee are: Jim (KC1FB) for treasurer, Rachel (KB1VWJ) for secretary, Paul (WB2JVB) for VP, Tom (K1TA) for President. They’ll be announced again at the holiday party. George (AB1QK) will be not seeking a second term at the end of this year for club president. He recognized Sam and Paul in particular for their help in shepherding him through his time in the position.

We got QSL cards from the Lighthouse Event in September and are in the process of sending them out. The club now has beautiful new QSL cards to be used for club contacts! 

Motion made by George (AB1QK) to adjourn at 8:11 pm, motion seconded by Jim (KC1FB).

Rotor Replaced!

Today, a small crew from GNARC replaced the failed rotor on the tower. Mike N1PLH and Paul WB2JVB climbed the tower with ground crew support from Tom K1TA, Curt W1FSM and Dee N1ZD.  Charles N1LLL was the safety officer.  Please see one of the tech committee for training on how to use the new rotor system.

Wednesday night projects!

For those who never come to the comm center, you are missing out on the fun! Last night we worked on RDF antennas, installed FLDIGI and got it working with the IC-7200 for digital modes and had a generally good tech time!

 

October 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:34, 16 members in attendance, 1 guest

Old Business:

Lisa KC1YL and Paul WB2JVB, along with eight other club hams there, brought the IC 718 and Paul’s portable rig to Ambler Farms in Wilton last Saturday. They put two antennas up in the air, one OFC and one G5RV, got Denmark and Lithuania among other contacts, got to interact with kids in the apprentice program at the farm who seemed very interested in ham radio.

New Business:

The reason for the recent comm center closure: City of Norwalk was concerned about us going in and out of the comms center at all hours and making modifications to the building that they weren’t necessarily enthused about. Paul and Charles N1LLL met with the Emergency Management Director and came to the following agreement: we can operate one night a week plus Saturday during the day, and if we want to operate overnight, we have to let the City know in advance. Everything is fine, we just need to have a clear line of communication between all involved. Paul is now the city liaison for the club, so if you want to do something special, get in touch with him. In order for us to keep our space, it is very important that we provide service to the City of Norwalk at volunteer events such as the MS Ride, Bikes 4 Bikes, Tree Festival, etc. Let’s show the City how useful hams can be! Read More →

Portable Ops at Ambler Farm

Today a bunch of GNARC members showed up to operate portable at Ambler Farm in Wilton CT.  The excuse to operate was that today is “Fall Out” day, started by the 100 Watts and a Wire Group.

We had two antennas, a G5RV about 35 feet up and an end-fed wire about 30 feet up at one end. Rigs were Icom IC-706 and IC-718.

KC1YL and WB2JVB got the antennas up during the week.  Thanks to the following hams who showed up today and helped, or just shot the breeze:  K1TA, N1PLH, KC1GFO, AB1QK, N1ALF, KB1YLQ, KC1EAA, KC1YL and WB2JVB.

Contacts were made on 20m SSB and 40m SSB and CW. We even had a rare DX contact into the next county in NY, our previous president NE2Q! A few DX contacts in Europe and many US contacts. Lots of donuts and coffee were consumed.

A group of kids who apprentice at the farm heard our presentation on ham radio, and a couple were definitely interested.  We also had a fox transmitter setup a couple of miles away and played with the tape measure antenna to try and point at it.

An excellent time had by all!