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2018 Lighthouse Race Summary

This past Saturday, local hams provided communications support for the 2018 Lighthouse to Lighthouse Race. Hams were in two support boats, on Sheffield Island, in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary tower and on the beach. We used the 146.475 repeater, and also coordinated comms on various marine channels. We assist in tracking progress of the race, helping stranded paddlers, and ensuring that all paddlers are accounted for at the end of the race. We were in communications with the USCG and support boats on marine channels as well as using our repeater.

Thanks to Marilyn KB1YYO (boat), Dimitri K1DCG (tower), Jon AI1V (boat), Paul W1PPL (Sheffield Island) for volunteering and doing a great job on the radios.
Thanks also to Greg KC1CRT and Bill WG1HM who were on coast guard duty and relayed info to Dimitri in the tower.

Michael N1PLH and Joe KC1AUH also showed up on race day to help me at race control. I would have had a much tougher day had they not appeared.

N1PLH also brought his drone, and you can see some of the photos attached.If you look at the race control tent, you can see my buddipole tripod setup with a J Pole configuration on top. This was for the marine channels. A small mag mount on a pie plate was used on top of the tent for 2 meters. 

Also a link to his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YuY4Dd185o

The radio box (Yaesu FT-8800 and SeaRanger marine radio) was powered by one 15ah Bioenno battery.

September 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (18): K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, AI1V, K1DCG, N1DPD, AC1FM, W1FSM, KC1AUH, W1GIG, AB1QK, KC1FB, K1RF, N1ZD, ND1L, AA1XV, KA1WBN, K6VOR

Meeting opened at 7:30 by K1TA. Minutes of July meeting approved as posted (there was no meeting in August).

Department Reports:
Finance: No major expenditures to note. Club picnic expenditures noted in July meeting. Bank account in good shape.

Communications: No communications of note.

Board: The Board had brief meeting before the general meeting. AI1V will publish the minutes on the club web site.

Technical Committee: Nothing of note to report. Repeaters all operating properly.

Education Committee: AI1V and WB2JV need to decide which type of class we are having and get it organized. Note that WECA has a class underway and Fairfield just finished one.

In two VE sessions so far this month, we have had one new Technician class, and one new Technician followed by an upgrade to General.

Special Events: A busy couple of months:

Lighthouses On The Air in August on Sheffield Island. Very successful. Sheffield Island people were happy with it. Event was cut short due to weather.

Kayak event coming up this Saturday Sept 15. We could use one or two additional volunteers.

Ride The Beach Sept 23rd. GFARA is the lead. We need volunteers.

Sherwood Island outdoor HF operations coming up Sept 30.

Bowling Night Sept 13. Bowlmor Lanes 701 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT. 6pm.

Nominating Committee: Per the Bylaws, the Board has appointed a nominating committee to nominate candidates for the 2019 club Board. The nominating committee is K1WYQ, N1ZD, and N1PLH.

Meeting adjourned 7:43

Jonathan Taylor K1RFD – developer of Echolink presented on VOIP Systems for Amateur Radio. Thank you Jonathan for a very interesting and informative presentation.

2018 Sheffield Island Lighthouse Operation

Photos from the recent outing the the lighthouse! Higher res photos are available on our Facebook page.

 

2018 GNARC Summer Picnic

Photos from the 2018 picnic have been added here (See Photos/Recent Events) and to the Facebook Page.

July 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present: K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, AI1V, N1DPD, ND1L, AA1XV, K1WYQ, N1ZD, N1JFF, KB1YYE, K1RF, KB1YOZ, KC1AUH, W1FSM, KC1YL, K1DCG, K1CYW, W1CAH, AC1FM, KA1WBN

Meeting opened at 7:30 by K1TA.

Minutes of last meeting approved as posted.

Department Reports:
Finance: Spent over $1000 on Field Day including $500 for food, $200 for new tires for the trailer, $100+ for a new barbecue grill. Also tables, tents, and miscellaneous supplies.

Technical: N1PLH feels DMR receiver is weaker than it was a few months ago. Testing so far has not anything wrong with it. K1TA agrees with N1PLH, thinks it’s dropping out a little closer Norwalk than used to, but no specifics. No other problems. Please report problems to W1FSM, N1LLL, or N1PLH.

As previously noted, we are planning to put up an end fed multiband antenna from the tower to a tree located on the property for lower frequencies.

Education: Expect to have a General license exam in the fall.

VE Session on July 7. We had 4 people take exams. We had 1 new Tech, 1 Upgrade to General (12 year old Payton Noe KC1IVR), 1 upgrade from General to Extra, and 1 who went from unlicensed to Extra in 2 hours (Carlos Rios of Shelton – who had one question wrong on the Tech, and no wrongs answers on either the General or Extra). Read More →

June 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (23): K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, AI1V, W1GIG, N1DPD, K1WYQ, KB1FBX, ND1L, AA1XV, N1ZD, K1RF, KB1YOZ, W1FSM, W1LYZ, KA1WBN, K1GGG, KC1AUH, KC1FB, K1DCG, KB1IFY, KB1TGW, KA1WBN

Department Reports

Finance: Bank account remains in good shape. Expecting costs for Field Day but nothing major.

Technical: Everything working fine. Had a second soldering class. Will throw out a few old coax cables. Charles LLL working with new owner of repeater tower to continue us on the tower.

Comm Center roof being replaced. We will be allowed to put up a dipole when they are done. Will leave us pads for walking on the roof. May have to take all radios out of radio room to allow for some welding.

Education: General class not rescheduled yet, probably for the fall because too many people do not want to attend a class over the summer. Will also consider a tech class for the late fall.

Had a second soldering class – worked on the club’s older coax cables for Field Day. Most of them are in bad shape and/or are low quality to begin with. Curt wants to throw out most of them.

Special Events:

Provided comms support for the Bloomin Metric charity bike ride (5/10), the MS Ride (June 10), the Fairfield Half Marathon (June 3). Very successful – got rave reviews from all three organizations. MS people feel that they could not put on the event without us.

Membership

115 members – 85 paid, the rest comp or life members. Considering mailing to expired members, will decide if physical mailing or email.

Business Meeting adjourned at about 7:45pm Read More →

PL259 Soldering class!

See our Facebook page for some photos of the PL259 soldering class!

https://www.facebook.com/GNARC/