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March 2019 Meeting Minutes

Present (17): K1TA, W1PPL, AI1V, N1ZD, K1DSG, K4JCS, KB1UOB, KC1AUH, KC1FB, N1DPD, K1RF, AA1XV, W1GIG, K1CYW, KC1JGY, KA1WBN (and guest)

Meeting opened 7:30 by K1TA Apparently minutes from February 2019 were not posted on the web site. W1IP will be contacted to post them. 3/20/2019 note – Feb minutes have been posted.

Department Reports:
Finance:​ Checking and savings both good.
Communications​: No communications of note.
Board​: No board actions this month.
Technical Committee:​ Everything working properly.
Comm center roof is still not complete. Until it is, we cannot re-install the low band HF antenna (30-80 meters). Also, need to get on roof to re-tie the beam’s coax and rotor cables to the mast.

ND1L and N1PLH want to put Echolink on the Norwalk 2 meter analog repeater. Some objections based on need to be able to easily disconnect in case of abuse. We will test the Echolink and then figure out how to best control it before making it a standard feature.

Public Service:​ The major public service events for spring/summer have now finalized their dates:

● Fairfield Half Marathon – Sunday June 2

● Bloomin Metric – Sunday June 9 (was formerly mid May)

● MS Ride – Sunday June 23 (was formerly early June). Conflicts with Field Day but we expect to be able to staff this.

Education Committee:​ General class will begin April 4 to run for 9 weeks on Thursdays from 7 to 9:15pm.

Special Events:​ Nothing scheduled in the next month.

Field Day:​ We are working toward a joint Field Day with the Stamford Club because they lost their Field Day site. AA1XV has had a preliminary conversation with the Stamford club and expects to have a more detailed meeting with them to figure out equipment, antennas, and staffing. AA1XV has made it clear that he expects to run a competitive Field Day and wants club members to be prepared to operate in a competitive environment.

February 2019 Meeting Minutes

Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club (GNARC) Meeting Minutes 02/13/2019
Present (13): K1TA, K1DSG, N1DPD, KB1UOB, AI1V, K4JCS, ND1L, KC1AUH, N1CT, N1ZD, AA1XV, W1SMS, W1GIG

Meeting opened 7:30 by K1TA Meeting minutes from January 2019 approved.

Department Reports:
Finance:​ Checking and savings both good.
Communications​: No communications of note.
Board​: No board actions this month. The Board did not meet because too many members are in Florida.
Technical Committee:​ Some problem with the N1LLL repeater last week. Was checked out by K4JCS and N1LLL, nothing significant found. May have just been snow/ice on the antenna. Seems to be working properly now. Everything else working properly.

Comm center roof is still not complete. Until it is, we cannot re-install the low band HF antenna (30-80 meters). Also, need to get on roof to re-tie the beam’s coax and rotor cables to the mast.
Public Service:​ Nothing upcoming in the next month.
The major public service events for spring/summer have now finalized their dates: Fairfield Half Marathon – Sunday June 2 Bloomin Metric – Sunday June 9 (was formerly mid May) MS Ride – Sunday June 23 (was formerly early June). Conflicts with Field Day but we expect to be able to staff this.
Education Committee:​ A number of people suggested a General class for the spring since there have been two or three Tech classes in the area recently. Education committee has not finalized but intends to do so this month.
Special Events:​ Nothing scheduled in the next month.
Field Day:​ AA1XV accepted position as Field Day captain. Stamford club has contacted us about doing a joint field day this year because their normal site is not available. K1TA and AA1XV to contact them and see what can be worked out.

The meeting was closed at 8:05 pm.

Jess noted that there is an upswell of D-Star activity in the area.

January 2019 Meeting Minutes

Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club (GNARC) Meeting Minutes 01/09/2019
Present (19): K1TA, K1WYQ, K1DSG, W1PPL, KC1FB, K1RF, N1DPD, KB1FBX, KB1UOB, AI1V, WG1HM, W1TEG, KC1GGG, W1CAH, K4JCS, ND1L, KA1WBN, KC1KSL, K6VOR

Meeting opened 7:30 by K1TA Meeting minutes from November 2018 approved. We had the annual party in lieu of a meeting in December, so no minutes for December.

Department Reports:
Finance:​ Checking and savings both good. Checking higher than usual this time of year due to sale of donated equipment. A suggestion was made to put savings into a CD to get higher interest. Treasurer to investigate.
Communications​: No communications of note.
Board​: No board actions this month.
Technical Committee:​ Everything working properly. Fusion repeater disconnected from internet due to bad internet connection at the site. The owner of site is working on it.

ND1L is asking for a 2m regular analog base/mobile station to use for setting up an Echolink or IRLP connection to the Norwalk 2m repeater from Westchester. If anyone has a rig they could lend to ND1L, please contact him directly.

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November 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (25): K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, AB1QK, W1TEG, KC1FB, KC1TX, ND1L, AA1XV, N1ZD, W1SMS, KC1AUH, KB1FBX, K1RF, KB1YOZ, K1DCG, KA1CVV, KC1ACP, N7EMW, KC1JGY, W1FSM, K1WYQ, WG1HM, KA1WBN, W1CAH

Meeting opened at 7:30 by K1TA. Minutes of October meeting approved as posted.

Department Reports:

Finance: No significant changes reported. Checking and savings accounts similar to last month.

Board: No board actions this month.

Technical Committee: Curt reported a power supply issue with his Fusion repeater, which was fixed.  All club repeaters all operating properly.

Education Committee: No classes have been scheduled. Expecting to run a class in the spring.

Special Events: No events

Nominating Committee: The nominating committee (K1WYQ, N1PLH and N1ZD) has nominated the existing officers to serve another term: President K1TA, Vice President WB2JVB, Secretary AI1V, Treasurer W1PPL.  Nominations from the floor are open until the January meeting, when voting will occur.

Reminder that the holiday party is next month, and the sign up details are on the web site. All are welcome!

Meeting adjourned 7:45

Presentation:

Steve, K1RF presented an interesting session on end fed half wave antennas, which seem to have many good features for multiband operation if built correctly. His presentation is available here. Thank you Steve for the great information.

October 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (13): AI1V, AC1FM, W1FSM, KC1AUH, K1RF, N1ZD, AA1XV, KA1WBN, WG1HM, W1CAH, KC1KFO, W1GIG, K1CYW

Meeting opened at 7:30 by AI1V. Minutes of Sept meeting approved as posted.

Department Reports:

Finance: No significant changes reported.

Board: No board actions this month.

Technical Committee: Repeaters all operating properly.

K1TA and WB2JVB tested a quick-up/quick-down 40m vertical antenna in the parking lot. Worked well. Will enable us to operate 40m since the Fire Dept won’t let us put up another wire antenna.

W1FSM opened a discussion with the attendees about whether they support the idea of putting effort and money into connecting to the CT ARES analog linked repeater network. Given the location of the nearest repeaters currently in that network, we would undoubtedly need to fund and operate a linking repeater between us and them (including power, backup power, and a significant antenna structure). The sense of those present is that it’s not clear that there is a value proposition to the effort given the number and types of statewide communications systems the State operates as well as the existence of the CT ARES DMR network and the suitability of NVIS HF for backup communications within a state the size of CT. There was also a sense that we should pursue an Echolink connection into the CT ARES analog linked repeater network to further investigate the relevance of the network to normal and emergency operations.

Education Committee: No classes have been scheduled. We did give a number of VE exams since the last meeting.

Special Events: On Sept 15, GNARC members helped provide radio communications for the Lighthouse-to-Lighthouse Kayak race (a charity fundraising event from Norwalk Harbor out and back to the Green’s Ledge Light). One of our operators was involved in assisting two different kayakers who got themselves into trouble (including one who had to be taken back to Norwalk on a safety boat).

On Sept 30, GNARC members conducted an HF in the park operation at Sherwood Island State Park. We put up two antennas (a 40m and 20m) in a tree using a slingshot and then operated HF sideband on battery (100w) for over 2 hours. We had QSOs as far away as Germany, Florida, and Minnesota. We discovered that there is a Parks On The Air (POTA) program similar to Islands On The Air (IOTA) and will spot ourselves on their website the next time we decide to go out.

On Oct 6, in a last minute request for assistance, GNARC members provided course monitors for the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) 2018 Connecticut Chapter Optimism Walk in Sherwood Island State Park. Our members fanned out over the route of the walk to provide radio communications in case participants needed medical assistance (EMS was present at the park). There were over 200 participants, and the APDA people were extremely grateful, especially given the last minute nature of their request to us. The request came to us through AB1GL and AB1LZ in Region 3 and we thank them.

Nominating Committee: Nothing to report at this time.

Meeting adjourned 8:10

Marty KA1WBN gave an interesting and thought-provoking talk on customer service concepts and how those apply to ham radio – especially when are operating at public service events and when providing emergency communications. Thank you Marty.

September 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (18): K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, AI1V, K1DCG, N1DPD, AC1FM, W1FSM, KC1AUH, W1GIG, AB1QK, KC1FB, K1RF, N1ZD, ND1L, AA1XV, KA1WBN, K6VOR

Meeting opened at 7:30 by K1TA. Minutes of July meeting approved as posted (there was no meeting in August).

Department Reports:
Finance: No major expenditures to note. Club picnic expenditures noted in July meeting. Bank account in good shape.

Communications: No communications of note.

Board: The Board had brief meeting before the general meeting. AI1V will publish the minutes on the club web site.

Technical Committee: Nothing of note to report. Repeaters all operating properly.

Education Committee: AI1V and WB2JV need to decide which type of class we are having and get it organized. Note that WECA has a class underway and Fairfield just finished one.

In two VE sessions so far this month, we have had one new Technician class, and one new Technician followed by an upgrade to General.

Special Events: A busy couple of months:

Lighthouses On The Air in August on Sheffield Island. Very successful. Sheffield Island people were happy with it. Event was cut short due to weather.

Kayak event coming up this Saturday Sept 15. We could use one or two additional volunteers.

Ride The Beach Sept 23rd. GFARA is the lead. We need volunteers.

Sherwood Island outdoor HF operations coming up Sept 30.

Bowling Night Sept 13. Bowlmor Lanes 701 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT. 6pm.

Nominating Committee: Per the Bylaws, the Board has appointed a nominating committee to nominate candidates for the 2019 club Board. The nominating committee is K1WYQ, N1ZD, and N1PLH.

Meeting adjourned 7:43

Jonathan Taylor K1RFD – developer of Echolink presented on VOIP Systems for Amateur Radio. Thank you Jonathan for a very interesting and informative presentation.

July 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present: K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, AI1V, N1DPD, ND1L, AA1XV, K1WYQ, N1ZD, N1JFF, KB1YYE, K1RF, KB1YOZ, KC1AUH, W1FSM, KC1YL, K1DCG, K1CYW, W1CAH, AC1FM, KA1WBN

Meeting opened at 7:30 by K1TA.

Minutes of last meeting approved as posted.

Department Reports:
Finance: Spent over $1000 on Field Day including $500 for food, $200 for new tires for the trailer, $100+ for a new barbecue grill. Also tables, tents, and miscellaneous supplies.

Technical: N1PLH feels DMR receiver is weaker than it was a few months ago. Testing so far has not anything wrong with it. K1TA agrees with N1PLH, thinks it’s dropping out a little closer Norwalk than used to, but no specifics. No other problems. Please report problems to W1FSM, N1LLL, or N1PLH.

As previously noted, we are planning to put up an end fed multiband antenna from the tower to a tree located on the property for lower frequencies.

Education: Expect to have a General license exam in the fall.

VE Session on July 7. We had 4 people take exams. We had 1 new Tech, 1 Upgrade to General (12 year old Payton Noe KC1IVR), 1 upgrade from General to Extra, and 1 who went from unlicensed to Extra in 2 hours (Carlos Rios of Shelton – who had one question wrong on the Tech, and no wrongs answers on either the General or Extra). Read More →