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April 2014 Minutes


  • -Meeting called to order by President Sam NV1P at 8:00pm
  • -There was a presentation of “The History of Hallicrafters” by Don Hudson KA1TZR
  • -Motion by Dave Heiden N1TJG to approve secretary’s March minutes on the website, seconded by Jim KC1FB
  • -Secretary’s report: For the June meeting only, GNARC will be back at Stop & Shop (385 CT Ave, Norwalk).
  • -Half dozen Bamboo trees are on top of the Belden Ave library, for rebuilding the “inverted V” antenna, as well as 4 concrete blocks. Marty also said one of his YL friends’ ex-husbands was a HAM (last name is Gordon, unknown call). In December he died, & she’ll be in touch to help arrange for GNARC to get his gear.
  • -Treasurer’s report: We’re “doing well”, including $600 rec’d from sale of equipment by Jay NE2Q.  Renewal notices have gone out. Motion to accept (report): Paul WB2JVB, seconded by Steve K1RF.
  • -Visitors/Guests: Brian Vetter N2KMX, Gary (no license………yet!!)
  • -Old Business: none
  • -New Business: Curt states he has new Maple firewood to be given away.
  • -David Day N1DAY (from FARA) made a report about FARA’s activities.
  • -Public Service: Sam states more bodies are needed for the annual tree festival, held at Cranbury Park (Gallagher Estate) on May 17th.  There will also be a tree festival art exhibition from April 22nd , through May 6th, at the Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Center, 49 New St, Wilton, between 9:00am & 4:00pm, free to all.
  • -On April 29th, there will be free Skywarn training at WestConn, in room 125 of the science building, midtown campus, 181 White St, Danbury, between 7:00pm – 9:30pm.
  • -Sam announced Westport’s “Mini Maker Faire”, being held at the Westport Library, Jesup Rd, on April 26th. Volunteers are needed to help staff the booth, starting at 10:00am – 4:00pm.
  • -Repeater: Curt W1FSM answered the question about “East” & “West” being heard on the 2 meter repeater. “East” indicates the main repeater, while “West” indicates the back-up repeater.
  • -Motion to adjourn the meeting: Steve K1RF, seconded by Dee N1ZD at 9:15pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Martin KA1WBN Diamond GNARC Sec’y & PIO


Don Hudson – Hallicrafters Presentation

On Wednesday, April 9th,  Don Hudson, W1TZR, will be giving an illustrated presentation on the history of Hallicrafters, covering 1934 to 1978. He’s even bringing some of his own equipment to the presentation to give everyone an up close look. All are welcome to come to the meeting!

The meeting is held at our normal location, Norwalk Fire Headquarters 121 Connecticut Avenue. Park in the lot on the WEST side of the building, not on the side where the fire trucks exit!

Links to other local radio clubs

Stamford Amateur Radio Association

Greater Fairfield Amateur Radio Association

Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club

Candlewood Amateur Radio Associaion

March 2014 Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting was called to order by President Sam NV1P at 8:10pm.
  • Secretary’s report: President Sam asked for a motion to accept February’s minutes. Motion made by Jess ND1L, seconded by Dan N1ZZ.
  • Treasurer’s report: none
  • Old business: none
  • New business: none
  • Public service: Paul N1II repeated last month’s announcement about the May 17th Tree Festival, to be held at Gallagher’s Estate in Norwalk. Paul said one person has responded. After several in attendance suggested they would participate, Paul said he’ll resend the email, and asked members to actually respond so he can report back to officials.
  • Marty KA1WBN made another announcement about the “special event” at the American Legion, the Saturday before FD. He said he put it on the Reflector, but no one showed interest. Marty will notify the Legion that, unfortunately, GNARC will not be able to participate.
  • Guests: Andrew Kobetitsch KC1BIA

    Robert Talley KB1WFW

  • Steven Dick K1RF gave a presentation on “Loudspeaker Design Considerations for Amateur Radio”, after which Steve entertained Q & A.
  • President Sam asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Dee N1ZD made the motion, seconded by Gus W1BV.

Slides from Steve’s (K1RF) presentation on loudspeaker design considerations for amateur radio

Please see the PDF below for the slides from the presentation.

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Former QST technical editor Joel Hallas to speak at FARA

On April 2, 2014 the Greater Fairfield Amateur Radio Association will meet at the Fairfield Fire Training Center located at One Rod Highway, Fairfield Ct.

Our speaker will be Joel Hallas, W1ZR. Many of us know Joel as the recently retired Technical Editor of QST and author of the monthly QST column “The Doctor is In”. Joel has written more than 150 articles for QST and authored a half dozen books on technical topics of interest to amateurs. His most recent book is “Understanding Your Antenna Analyzer”. His presentation will describe antenna analyzers, what they do and how to use them. There will be time for Q&A and a follow up Q&A will take place prior to our May meeting to discuss suggested hands on tests. The meeting will be April 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM. in the Annex Building at the Fire Training Center. Please join us for an interesting evening and opportunity to meet other Fairfield Hams.


See for additional information about club activities

Checking out the repeater antenna

N1LLL and W1FSM using a spectrum analyzer to check out the DSTAR antenna at the repeater site. There is lots of behind the scenes work that keeps your repeaters up and running! Thanks guys!