Author Archives: Paul Lourd

17 New Hams!

Last night at the GNARC comm center, we minted 17 new hams. 16 technicians and one general. This follows a 6 week class taught by Jon AI1V and Paul WB2JVB.  Tom K1TA, Lisa KC1YL, Paul W1PPL and Curt W1FSM all helped with the class.

Special thanks to the many other VE’s who came by to help us get through the testing! Ernest, Steve, Jeff, Phil, Bill, Donna. I am probably forgetting someone!

If you hear some new KC1 calls on the air in a couple of weeks, please say hello.

VE Session – Wed Mar 29th 2017

This coming Wednesday, the 29th, a VE session will be held at the GNARC comm center from 6:30pm until completed.  The comm center will not be open for regular visitors, only VE’s and the test takers. If you know someone who would like to take the test, please let Lisa KC1YL know. We have a large crowd, but can probably fit one or two more.  Thank you.

Test post for FB integration

This is a test to see if the post shows up on GNARC Facebook page.

GNARC moves to new Email List

Effective as of 3/18/2017, GNARC has completed the move from the QTH.NET reflector to Google Groups for our email discussion lists.

All current members of the old list have been migrated. 

You DO NOT have to have a GMAIL account, or even be a member of Google groups to receive and send to the group, you just need to be enrolled. You must have a Google group account (which can be your normal email) to read and post using the web interface.  It is recommended you create a Google group account, so that you can change your name to have your call sign in it.

Contact Tom K1TA or Paul WB2JVB for help. Emails are on the directory page.

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March 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:34 pm. Fifteen members in attendance.

Motion to accept meeting minutes from last meeting was made by Curt (W1FSM), seconded by Jim KC1FB.

Treasurer’s report: we didn’t spend anything, lots of club members renewed, and we made $600 in equipment sales.

Paul N1II’s presentation on kit building in ham radio includes lots of really good tips, reviews, and notes on small kits to be used in ham radio. Check it out if you can! Maybe he’ll even post some pictures of his kits or reviews he’s written for QST.

Tech committee report: No real changes since last month’s meeting. Equipment is inside and all is well.

Education committee: We have been teaching a tech class to approximately 20 students, and the class is halfway through. We are hoping to have some pass the test and hopefully will get some new members out of it.

Bylaws committee: The Bylaws Committee has been reviewing bylaws to clean them up, but no progress to report so far.

Special events committee: VE test coming up soon, we also ordered general and extra tests as well in case some members want to level up their licensing. Westport Makers Faire is coming up on April 22nd if anyone wants to come and table! MS Ride on June 11th has been changed. All volunteers now have to get a background check. We realize this might scare some people off, so we totally understand if you don’t want to volunteer. But we may have to back out if we don’t have enough people to volunteer. Hopefully we’ll still get enough volunteers to do it, though!

Field Day committee: Sam is drafting up an email to send out, and would like to have enough people committed to be able to run 3A. We can bring out the tower and have a really good chance at scoring well in the contest. Plus it’s way more fun. Sam will check in with Hugo to reserve Vets Park, and we need the insurance waiver. We’ll discuss food and beverage budget at the next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:33 pm.

Submitted by Rachel KB1VWJ

Technician Class Begins

Wednesday, 2/15 was the first night of the technician class.  Jon AI1V and Paul WB2JVB are lead instructors. Supported by Tom K1TA and perhaps some guest teachers.  We have a good crowd and a few are ALREADY talking about upgrading and getting to HF!  Here are a couple of photos.

February 2017 Meeting Minutes

Called to order at 7:32.

Minutes accepted at 7:35.

Financials as of 2/6 – the Club is in good shape financially. (Actual numbers are not reported on the web site. See Jim if you have any detailed questions)

Dues are due! Get them in!

Steve gave a presentation on lightning and ham radio. Really great discussion of what makes a good ground, designing a lightning protection system, and how to protect your antennas and rigs. Big takeaway: install multiple ground rods. Quarter wave DC short types (stubs) are wonderful if you stick them in one end of a T-joint and put your rig in the other end. If your ground rods are at the same potential, and remains at the same potential while the strike occurs (dissipating up to 56,000 amps), no damage will occur. But some grounding is better than no grounding, so whatever you can afford, you should put in. Very informative talk especially with summer coming up! Check it out.

We have some new committees in the club this year!

Tech Committee (headed by Curt) – Monthly report: we installed a TS 590 in the club’s radio room, it’s functional and working. It still needs some decorating though. The next project for the tech committee is that they’re looking into either repairing or replacing the beam.

Education Committee (headed by Paul) – Paul is helping to teach a tech class hosted at the comms center. So far, we have 21 people enrolled in tech class, and even people on a waiting list. We have some CERT people in the class, as well as some fire and police personnel. Depending on how this goes, we’ll have another one in the spring.

Bylaws Committee (headed by Paul) – We’re working on updating the bylaws and making them current. The corrected and updated bylaws will be submitted to the membership for consideration and further input before they’re declared official.

Special Events/Public Service/VE Committee (headed by Lisa) – The first VE session was on Saturday February 11th. Coming up, there’s the Mini Maker Faire in Westport in April 22, and the Bloomin’ Metric in May. Volunteers will be needed for these events, so if you’re interested, get in touch with Lisa.

Field Day Committee (headed by Sam) – he’ll need help with the technical committee and logistics starting in a couple of weeks. Expect a good number of the club members to be contacted.

There was no old business or new business to be discussed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40. Motion to adjourn made by Jess, seconded by Hugo.  Minutes submitted by Rachel KB1VWJ