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2017 Holiday Party – December 13th – 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 13th, 6pm until 10:00pm. Laurel Athletic Club 13 North Avenue Norwalk CT.

See calendar for map

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Holiday Invite

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.

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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 →

June 2017 Meeting Minutes

June meeting of GNARC was called to order at 7:33 pm

There were 19 members in attendance.

Motion made by Toy at 7:34 to accept the meeting minutes from the May GNARC meeting. The minutes were accepted.

Communications/Emails: We got a Facebook message from a local man with a 40M tower and TV antennas that he wants to give away. He offered to pay someone to take it down. If anyone is interested in more information or in helping, email Tom. We got a donation of a station from WA1Q? He wanted to know if we had anyone who wanted a station, so Tom offered to take it off his hands. The radio is a Kenwood 570-D. Dee needs to fix it up a bit, as it needs a couple of new knobs, but it’s in great condition otherwise.

Treasurer’s report: We’re doing fine in terms of money, although we did take a little loss this month due to lack of new members. We also bought shelving supplies for the trailer, and we bought some new tables and chairs for Field Day.

Tech committee: The beam seems to be working, as we ordered the parts, got up on the roof and fixed it with the city’s ladder truck. We put in spacers to fix antenna, replaced the balun, and found two additional bolts that were not secured properly through the driven elements, so we fixed those two. We also changed the coax cable. So it’s operational once again!

OCF was giving us a number of iffy readings on SWR, so we replaced the connector which had oxidized, but it’s still giving the same readings, which makes us think that the box is full of water since there aren’t any drain holes for water to come out of the box. We’re waiting on permission to go back up there and check on that, so for the time being it’s out of commission.

A few members showed up to check out the tower on the trailer. We replaced the pulley, since the rotator motors were stuck from being horizontal for three years which isn’t good for it, so we took it apart and took it inside. It’s bounced back, which is good. The purchase of 150 ft of brand new 7 conductor cable for the rotor was approved as well.

The club trailer now has shelves and things are more organized, so that’s really good. Thanks to Lisa, Paul-PPL, Paul-JVB, and Dee for helping out with that.

Education committee: nothing to report.

VE class: Next test is being held on July 1st if anyone wants to upgrade their license.

Special Events: There may be an upcoming event at Bear Mountain. Details will become available on the reflector. Paul, Paul, and Lisa went up to the tri-point on Saturday where CT, MA, and RI all meet. They hiked up the mountain, got about 50 contacts in 90 minutes, from far away as Alaska and California on 20M. They used a very lightweight battery (bio-eno battery) and ran 100W. The battery held up really well. MS Ride was last Sunday, and it went too pretty well (despite only having one sag wagon).

Bylaws: We got some feedback from the Board and some club members about the proposed bylaws (which are on the website); they are now in Draft 2. We will vote on them at July’s meeting so please be present at the meeting if you would like to vote on the new bylaws! We encourage everyone to read it, and if you have feedback, then send it to Paul and he’ll make sure that the board sees it.

No old business.

Motion to adjourn made by Jim (KC1FB) at 8:03. Seconded by Paul (WB2JVB).