2016 Holiday Party – December 14th – 6pm

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Attention all hams!!!! It is that time again, the annual GNARC holiday party. An event not to be missed!

December 14th, 6pm until 10:00pm. Laurel Athletic Club 13 North Avenue Norwalk CT.

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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 (KB1TA) 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!

September 2016 Meeting Minutes

A. Call to order: 7:35 PM by the President, George Flay, AB1QK.
B. Attending:
• Tom Gunther W1TEG
• Josh Tamarkin KC1GFO
• Mark Floyd N1CT
• Tim Walker W1GIG
• Toy Alladin K1YWQ
• Dee Payne N1ZD
• Chris Mai KB1YCL
• Joe Collin KC1AUH
• Curt Seaton W1FSM
• Jim Francoeur KC1FB
• Steve Dick K1RF
• Roberta Dick KB1YOZ
• Steve Simons W1SMS
• Martin Diamond KA1WBN
• Douglas Sharfanowich WA1SFH
• Paul LaVorgna KC1EAA
• Lisa Neuscheler KC1YL
• C. Lelievre N1LLL
• George Flay AB1QK
(apologies for any mis-spellings)

C. Tim Walker, W1GIG, – presentation — a movie on the history of radio development.and grime ton development.

D. Chris Mai KB1YCL, showed his areal video of the lighthouse day via a drone camera. The event delivered 87 contacts, 10 DX and linked to 3 National Parks. Read More →