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GNARC Items for sale

Update: All three HF radios have been sold!  Power supply sold!

Hygain CD45II Rotator system – New in Box – with control cable! – $300!

K1RF’s presentation on End Fed Half Wave Antennas

Please see the PDF attachment for the excellent presentation given by Steve, K1RF on end fed half wave antennas.

End Fed Half Wave Antennas


2018 Sherwood Island Portable Ops

Today a group of GNARC members operated portable form Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Attending were Paul WB2JVB, Joe KC1AUH, Jon AI1V, Paul W1PPL, Steve KB1YLQ and Curt W1FSM.

We had two antennas, an end fed multiband and a Buddipole set for 20m. The end fed was used on 40m.

Conditions were surprisingly good! We had no problems making contacts up and down the East coast, the mid West and into Canada on 40. When we switched to 20, we talked to several European stations (Germany was one) and out to Minnesota.  Jon and Paul JVB did the operating.

This was a very fun day, perfect weather and good HF propagation.  We plan to do this again, as Sherwood is now free to get in, and it is an official park, Z1715, so if you get spotted, you get lots of calls.

Here are a few pictures from the day.

2018 Lighthouse Race Summary

This past Saturday, local hams provided communications support for the 2018 Lighthouse to Lighthouse Race. Hams were in two support boats, on Sheffield Island, in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary tower and on the beach. We used the 146.475 repeater, and also coordinated comms on various marine channels. We assist in tracking progress of the race, helping stranded paddlers, and ensuring that all paddlers are accounted for at the end of the race. We were in communications with the USCG and support boats on marine channels as well as using our repeater.

Thanks to Marilyn KB1YYO (boat), Dimitri K1DCG (tower), Jon AI1V (boat), Paul W1PPL (Sheffield Island) for volunteering and doing a great job on the radios.
Thanks also to Greg KC1CRT and Bill WG1HM who were on coast guard duty and relayed info to Dimitri in the tower.

Michael N1PLH and Joe KC1AUH also showed up on race day to help me at race control. I would have had a much tougher day had they not appeared.

N1PLH also brought his drone, and you can see some of the photos attached.If you look at the race control tent, you can see my buddipole tripod setup with a J Pole configuration on top. This was for the marine channels. A small mag mount on a pie plate was used on top of the tent for 2 meters. 

Also a link to his video:

The radio box (Yaesu FT-8800 and SeaRanger marine radio) was powered by one 15ah Bioenno battery.

2018 Sheffield Island Lighthouse Operation

Photos from the recent outing the the lighthouse! Higher res photos are available on our Facebook page.


2018 GNARC Summer Picnic

Photos from the 2018 picnic have been added here (See Photos/Recent Events) and to the Facebook Page.

June 2018 Meeting Minutes


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.


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 →