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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.

 

September 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:32 pm.

Number of members in attendance: 19.

Motion to adopt July minutes: made by Jim KC1FB, seconded by Dee N1ZD.

Old Business: We got some QSL cards in the past couple of months, but no DX!

Bylaws committee voted on new bylaws and bylaw edits. New bylaws were accepted into the club literature at 7:42 pm.

Events: Nothing planned.

Committee Reports:
Treasurer, Jim, KC1FB: Last month, we broke even. We made $400 selling goods at Boxboro, but spent about $400 on replacing tents, other small club expenses.

There hasn’t been a Board of Directors meeting in the past few months, nothing to really discuss.

Technical Committee, Curt, W1FSM: There is more work to do on the radio room, but repeaters are doing as well as can be expected. At the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend event, Curt got tired of running generator power, so he decided to set the Sheffield Island lighthouse up to run solar. We’re looking for some corporate sponsorship to donate solar batteries to Sheffield Island; batteries are typically $500 to $600 a piece, and there’s eight of them. Know someone who knows someone? Get in touch with Curt.

During Curt’s committee presentation, possible expanded coverage for the GNARC repeater was discussed. This would obviously take some time and doing, but the immediate reaction from the present members was very positive. Contact Curt for more information about this if you’re on board. Also, we acquired AM transmitters that were originally used for “talking homes” – these might be good for a show and tell at events to explain general coverage, and we can work on them as a club project over the winter.

Education committee, Paul, WB2JVB: We’re going to plan a few new ham classes, anyone want to help teach? Get in touch with Paul if you want to teach a few lessons!

Special Events: We participated in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend event, five club members went down to Sheffield Lighthouse, made a few contacts, and had lots of fun.

Meeting adjourned at 7:54.

Technician Class – Starting October 18th!

A technician amateur radio license class will again be offered at the comm center. The class is being taught by Jon, AI1V and Paul WB2JVB.

The details are in the attached PDF.

2017_oct_ham_class

Local hams support Lighthouse to Lighthouse race!

Today, local hams from around the region supported the annual Lighthouse to Lighthouse race in Long Island sound off Norwalk’s Shady Beach.  This event raises fund for the Achilles foundation which helps those with disabilities participate in mainstream running races.

Many thanks, in no particular order, to:  Toy K1WYQ, Bill WG1HM, Greg KC1CRT, Lisa KC1YL, Marilyn KB1YYO, Marty Ka1WBN, Tom KD1UL, and Paul W1PPL.  Operators were stationed at the beach, on Sheffield Island, on three race support boats and the Coast Guard Auxiliary tower.

We used a go-kit with a Yaesu FT-8800 and a Sea Ranger marine radio. Antennas were an Ed Fong, and a wide band mag mount on a pie plate.

Thanks for helping, Paul WB2JVB

 

GNARC Summer Picnic!

Members! Come one, come all. Bring the YL, XYL, OM, kids, etc. SARA and GFARA have been invited as well! Don’t miss it, its one of best events of the year!

The annual summer picnic will be July 30th from 2:30 to 7:00pm. The location is the same as last year:  58 Woodhill Rd in Wilton Ct. Thanks to Lisa, KC1YL for providing the excellent venue! Here is the map. The rain date will be determined later,  if necessary. Read More →