Author Archives: Paul Lourd

Tower going up at GNARC comm center

The tower is being installed at the new communications center. Tower sections 1 and 2 are installed. The first section is through bolted to a steel I-beam in the building in four places. We will be looking for some volunteers to help with installation of the third (and final for now) section and the beam.

GNARC providing FD with video from Oyster Festival

As part of a demonstration project, to show the technical capabilities of the GNARC members, several hams have worked to setup a video link from the 2014 Norwalk Oyster Festival back to emergency managers at Fire HQ.  This will allow real time viewing of the amusement ride area of the park. In the future GNARC will be able to deploy this technology rapidly to assist emergency managers in getting “eyes on” views during critical events.

The radio link originates at a light pole in Vets park (very near our field day site). It is then received at the top of the hospital and relayed to fire HQ. This is done with an IP camera over the normal 5.x Gig wifi standard using high gain dishes.

Some photos are attached.

Live view of the area shown on a PC at Fire HQ

Live view of the area shown on a PC at Fire HQ

This is one of the dishes relaying the signal from the bullet IP camera

This is one of the dishes relaying the signal from the bullet IP camera

View from the ground of the setup.

View from the ground of the setup.

It is at a good height to be able to "see" the hospital.

It is at a good height to be able to “see” the hospital.

Gnarc attends 2014 Antique Wireless Convention

The GNARC “stuff for sale” team had a good trip to the 2014 Antique Wireless Association World Convention in Rochester, NY.  The group consisted of Sam, Rachel, Steve, Roberta, Tim, Jim, and Don.

The convention program presented a wonderful range of events starting with a personally escorted tour of the AWA Museum Complex on Tuesday and ending with the “paper collectibles”, vacuum tube, and equipment auction on Saturday.

Outstanding progress has been made at the museum, featuring thoughtfully assembled equipment exhibits in beautifully appointed surroundings.  The various presentations in the next few days covered an appropriate variety of amateur and antique radio interests.  The Thursday/Friday flea market gave the seven person “sales crew” a good opportunity to market our goodies.  The equipment contest was supported with many entries; Sam and Don won ribbons with their exhibits.  On Friday, there was a fine dinner and a very interesting talk about Voice of America.

After a well-run auction with a large crowd in attendance,  the team had an uneventful trip home.

Click here for the photos!

Removing Tower from old club site

This past week, N1LLL, N1ZD, W1FSM, WB2JVB and AA1XV were began removing the Rohn 55 tower and beam from the old Red Cross building.  The rest of the tower came down over the weekend with additional help from K1WYQ and W1ZP, and it has been moved to the communications center.

August 2014 Minutes

On Thursday, August 7th, over 50 members & friends of the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club took the time to enjoy themselves at a picnic hosted by one of their members, Paul Lourd WB2JVB, at his house in Wilton. The picnic was held in lieu of the regular monthly meeting.

Two VIP’s graced the party with their presence, namely ARRL CT Section Manager Betsey Doane K1EIC, & CT State Representative Gail Lavielle R-143.

Charles, N1LLL, had his “go kit” HF radio hooked up to Paul’s Buddipole dipole on 17 meters and some DX was heard.

All in attendance enjoyed great conversation, & were treated to fantastic food, magnificently prepared by Chef Mark KB1JGL, assisted by Toy K1WYQ. The entertainment included many being captivated by a remote controlled “Quadcopter”.  And no party (or meeting) would be complete without Toy holding a raffle as only he can!!

GNARC Open House

GNARC members were invited to see the new communications center and have pizza. Volunteers were organized for upcoming cleaning, painting, radio room build out and tower construction! Lots of work to do, but the end result will be a great club space. Some photos are attached.

July 2014 Minutes

  • Meeting called to order by President Sam NV1P at 8:07pm
  • Special raffle held by Toy K1WYQ before start of the meeting
  • New members: none
  • V.P.: no report
  • Trustee: no report
  • Upgrades: none
  • Old Business: none

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