Minutes from February 12, 2020 Monthly Meeting
Attendance: see list at the bottom (16 MEMBERS)
Call to Order: 19:35 EST by President Jon Pearlstein
Prior meeting minutes: Will be posted shortly by Jon, for member review and approval at next meeting.
Membership Renewal: Members were reminded to pay their dues to update their membership.
Financial Report: The Treasurer was away at Hamcation. No official report at this meeting, but a reminder to pay dues was delivered.
Saturday Mornings at Comm Center: Members were reminded to stop in at the Comm Center (Fire House on Fairfield Ave, Norwalk) on Saturday mornings (9-12) for some radio related time. Recently members were on RTTY making 30 contacts globally and the prior week on FT8 also making lots of global contacts. Some may say the bands are quiet but the data modes can still be quite active for DX. Come by and give it a try.
Hamcation: Several members recently attended the Feb 7-9 Orlando Hamcation event. Notes from the field indicated a nice review of new equipment including radios and antenna.
Field Day: Time to start thinking about the upcoming June Field Day. Discussion on possible locations included, Vets Park, West Rocks School, Cranberry Park, Norwalk Niki site and Sherwood Island Park. No decision was made on next location.
Other planned activities: No immediate public service events are scheduled. The following are on the horizon: Bloomin Metric (End of May); MS Ride (will probably not occur in 2020 in Norwalk); Fairfield ½ Marathon (1st Sun in June).
Committees: Technical – Dee N1ZD – Everything working. EchoLink – issue remains and the link is down for now until an appropriate solution is determined and installed. A discussion with Jonathan Taylor to assist on this topic was suggested.
Training – some discussion about offering a Tech and or a General Class was had. Members interested should contact a member of the Board. Also discussed garnering interest from local CERT groups. Suggested posting a notice on the reflector for the public to reach out to GNARC if interested in a class. Testing – 2 individuals tested successfully last week. 1 to Tech and 1 upgrade to General.
Meeting Closed: 20:05
Presentation delivered by Jess ND1L on “Amateur Radio Hot Spots”. It was very well received by members. It will be posted to the GNARC web site.
Attendance: W1TEG, K1WYQ, KC1AUH, N1DPD, K1RF, N1ZD, WB1K, AI1V, KB1FBX, W1ZAC, KC1GBZ, KC1KSO, KC1GJY, KC1MDK, KC1PWH, ND1L.