Author Archives: Paul Lourd

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/

 

May 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (19): K1TA, WB2JVB, AI1V, W1GIG, N1DPD, K1WYQ, KB1FFBX, KC1ISC, ND1L,
AA1XV, N1ZD, K1RF, KB1YOZ, W1FSM, W1LYZ, KA1WBN, K1GGG, KB1MZL, KC1AUH

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

Technical : As of yesterday have removed all of our wire antennas from roof so Fire Dept can repair the roof. Tower is still up. Dual band mag mount up for VHF/UHF. Will probably put up end-fed long wires to replace the wire antennas so that we don’t have to go up on the roof to deal with our antennas.

Education : General class not rescheduled yet, probably for the fall because too many people do not want to attend a class over the summer. We will have PL-259 soldering demo Weds 5/16
Soldering class two weeks ago was very successful. We still have a few kits left if anyonewants to buy one.

Read More →

Field Day Equipment update

Wednesday,  a number of GNARC members met to review the contents of the trailer and sort out some field day equipment. Here are the results:

  • All the coax was tested and passed. There are a couple of cables that need new PL-259’s. Curt has volunteered to do one at the comm center as a class, and let others practice as well. Please let me know directly if you’d like to do this. It will likely be a Wednesday night.
  • There are also some coax rolls at the comm center that need connectors and testing.
  • The tents were in bad shape due to wind damage last year. We have three fully operational tents, with side panels, and they are now all marked so we know what goes with what.  The club board is researching getting a few more tents. PLEASE if you have an  8×8 or 10×10 pop up tent you will loan the club for field day, let me now ASAP.  I will loan my 8×8, which is good for the VHF station. 10×10 is better for the contest stations.
  • We have 4 six foot plastic tables and 2 eight foot heavy wooden tables.  We are looking into more plastic tables. Again if you have one to loan, please advise. We usually need two 8’ tables for the kitchen area.
  • All the power cables and ropes are there.
  • The 40m beam is there, as well as the 80m antenna stub.
  • We have not found the “tee” connectors for use with the stub. They may be at the comm center.
  • The club now has a gas grill.
  • Trailer is in good shape, tires were aired up, and it is ready to go.

Thanks to W1PPL, N1ZD, KC1AUH, AI1V, W1FSM and W1GIG for helping out today.

Things are looking up! Lets hope for nice weather and good prop!

 

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April 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (23): AI1V, W1PPL, N1PLH, W1SMS, KB1IFY, KB1TGW, KC1AUH, N1ZD, KB1YOZ, K1RF, W1FSM, KC1ISC, W1TEG, N1PJG, KB1OIE, KC1FB, K1WYQ, AA1XV, K6VOR, KB1FBX, W1CAH,  KC1PWH, KA1WBN

Because of guests present, we had the presentation first and then called the meeting to order at 8:20.

Finance : Bank account is in very good shape.

Technical : Failure of the primary 2 meter and 70cm DMR repeaters today sometime around 5pm. Curt W1FSM and Mike N1PLH investigated, found it was the power supply running the controllers. They swapped in a different power supply and both repeaters are back on the air. Other than that, nothing significant to report from the Technical Department

Membership : Currently 110 members. About 85 paid members – the rest are lifetime members, graduates of our recent Technician class who were given one year free membership, and newly licensed hams from our VE sessions (also given one year free membership).

Education : The City of Norwalk has asked us to hold off on the general class until it can repair the plumbing problems in the building. An expected repair date has NOT been provided. We did not have any candidates at the April VE session.

Special Events : Prepare for a major snow event on April 25 because Joe KC1AUH is once again going to attempt to run the soldering class (both attempts last month were cancelled by major snow events). Either that or we will have a tornado on April 25. Or both. Read More →

March 2018 Minutes

Present (12): K1TA, WB2JVB, AI1V, KC1AUH, KC1FB, N1ZD, KC1ISA, KA1WBN, KC1ISC,
W1FSM, KC1GGG, WA1SFH

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm by K1TA. February meeting minutes approved.

Department Reports
Finance : We have money, we want more. Seriously, we are in solid financial shape.

Technical : Status quo. All repeaters operational. Had some interesting problems with the
D-Star and DMR repeater computers because of repeated power outages during the recent
storms. The facility at the hospital is on their generators, but not UPS. Some members may be
donating UPSs for those computers. The team is currently repairing backup power supplies.

Education : General class on hold due to Comm Center building repairs. Read More →

February 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (26): K1TA, W1PPL, KC1FB, AI1V, K1NGK, KB1YOZ, K1RF, N1ZD, W1FSM, N1CT,
ND1L, WA1VXM, KC1ISC, KC1AUH, AA1XV, KD2LMS, W1TEG, W1LYZ, N1PLH, N1DPD,
KB1YYE, N1II, KC1HFL, WG1HM and XYL, W1CAH

Meeting called to order by K1TA at 7:30pm. January meeting minutes accepted.

Department Reports
Finance : Bank account is good. Slightly under last year due to purchases of transceivers and
repairs to beam.
Technical : All repeaters operational. No changes. Some work being done 775 analog.
Education : More than adequate interest in General Class license class. Working on scheduling
for early April. Will be 9 weeks.
Special Events : Soldering class fully booked.

Note that we generally meet for breakfast on Saturday mornings at the Silver Star Diner on Rt. 1
at 8am before opening the Comm Center at 9am.

Looking for someone to be the Field Day captain.

Membership : Currently 87 members. About 70 paid members – the rest are lifetime members
and graduates of our recent Technician class who were given one year free membership.

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 a Program Coordinator to determine the interests of the membership and arrange for
programs on those subjects.
*****
Congratulations to Paul N1II on being awarded the ARRL’s 2017 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical
Writing Award for his article, “The ABCs of a Digital Multimeter,” which appeared in the October
2017 edition of QST (p 37).
*****
Meeting Adjourned 8:10pm
Submitted by Jon AI1V