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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 →

Online Sign up for Field Day is here!

Field day is coming up. June 23th and 24th 2018

This year we continue using an online sign up for field day. It is really simple and the instructions are below:

You need to go to the sign up for setup, operating and take down using this link: Sign up Form The form will open in a new window/tab so you can refer back to these instructions.

There are slots for actual radio operation.  When you sign up please note any requests in the comments field, like phone or CW. Please don’t be shy, we will help you if this is your first time operating.  We will do our best to accommodate your request, but please remember its all in good fun, and band/equipment/antennas change.  But your time slot will be saved!

Once you click the check boxes, at the BOTTOM of the page click the big “Submit and Sign Up” button. This will take you to a page to enter your name and email address. You may opt to create an account, but this is not necessary! Just sign up!

If you have problems, or want to change your signup, please contact gnarc.webmaster@gmail.com.

PL259 Soldering class!

See our Facebook page for some photos of the PL259 soldering class!

https://www.facebook.com/GNARC/

 

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 →

February Meeting – Thursday 2/15!!!

Due to Valentine’s day being on a Wednesday, the GNARC monthly meeting will be on THURSDAY 2/15.  Take the XYL or OM out on Wednesday!

Comm Center Clean Up!

Today, GNARC members did an end of year clean up at the comm center. As guests of the Norwalk Fire Department, it is important that we show our respect for the space! It looks great now.   Members AI1V, AC1DQ, KC1IRU, KC1ISC, WB2JVB and W1FSM participated.  Thank you.