Category Archives: Meeting Minutes

May 2019 Meeting Minutes

Present (18): K1TA, AI1V, K1WYQ, N1DPD, KC1FB, K1RF, K1DCG, N1ZD, KA1NGF, KC1KSO, KC1GBZ, WG1HM, AA1XV, KC1AUH, K4JCS, KC1GGG, W1GIG, W1CAH

Meeting opened 7:30 by K1TA

April minutes approved.

Department Reports:

Finance: Checking and savings both good.

Communications: No communications of note.

Board: No board actions this month.

Technical Committee: 475 repeater failed and was repaired. Problem was a failure of the exciter circuit. The exciter was replaced. All other equipment 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: 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. See below.

Education Committee: General class began April 4 is underway. We have four students.

VE Session: At the May VE session we had two people taking their tests (1 Tech, 1 General), both passed.

Field Day: See below.

Other: Thank to W1LYZ for her superb gardening and fixing up of the planters in front of the Comm Center. Please note that the flowers will need regular watering.

The meeting was closed at 7:51 pm.

MS Ride Discussion
Michelle Zimnoch of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, attended the meeting to ask for ham volunteers to support the MS Ride on June 23. Michelle thanks us for our support in previous years and explained

  • The basics of donation finance from rides/walks
  • How even a relatively small ride like the MS Ride in Westport can net $60,000-$100,000 after expenses
  • How that money is used (research and financial support for patients)
  • How much additional in additional donations they are able to raise when they have support such as what we provide

Our coverage of the MS Ride is primarily providing communications from SAG vehicles or own “scout” vehicles to keep track of the riders and get them assistance if/when they need assistance. For this year, we would mainly be busy with the MS Ride from about 8am to about noon on Sunday morning, with a few people staying later until the last riders are in (say 2pm). That means that most people who support the ride could return to Veteran’s Park to help take down from Field Day. Please volunteer if you possibly can.

Field Day Discussion
We discussed Field Day plans.

  1. WE NEED OPERATORS. Our station will be up for 24 hours starting 2pm local on Saturday. We will be in Veteran’s Park across the river from the Maritime Center.
  2. We are planning on the same stations, same antennas, same everything as last year. Hugo (AA1XV) will take an inventory of all the equipment to make sure that we have everything we need.
  3. We went through the checklist of Field Day extra points for our FD class to make sure that someone is assigned for each item to make sure we get the points.
  4. All members are encouraged to come and get on the air. If you have HF experience but are rusty, please come by the Comm Center any Saturday morning or Weds evening and you can practice on our equipment (the same equipment we will be using for Field Day). If you are newly licensed or a technician class or haven’t been on the air in a year or more, we will provide an experienced operator to help you on Field Day.
  5. Please try to bring as many of your non-Ham friends, family, colleagues as you can to get them on the air – we get special points for that.
  6. We will provide lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
  7. WE NEED OPERATORS!!!

April 2019 Meeting Minutes

Present (23): K1TA, W1PPL, AI1V, W1IP, N1ZD, KB1UOB, N1DPD, K1RF, AA1XV, K4JCS, KC1AUH, W1SMS, K1DSG, K1WYQ, W1GIG, KC1JGY, WA1VXM, ND1L, K6VOR, KC1KSO, W1CAH, KB1FBX, KC1JGY

Meeting opened 7:30 by K1TA

March minutes approved.

Department Reports:

Finance: Checking and savings both good.

Communications: No communications of note.

Board: No board actions this month.

Technical Committee: Everything working properly. The current plan for Echolink is to install it at the Comm Center. Curt would like for someone else to be in charge of the work because he is tied up with other personal and professional work.

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: 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 began April 4 to run for 9 weeks on Thursdays from 7 to 9:15pm. Two people attended the first class. We have received communications from three additional people who expect to attend starting April 11 (total of 5).

VE Session: At the April VE session we had five people, with a total of 2 Extra class licenses earned, 1 General class licenses earned, and 2 Technician class licenses earned. One of the Extras was a double – took and passed both the General (Element 3) and the Extra (Element 4).

Special Events: Nothing scheduled in the next month.

Field Day: It was agreed that there is not good chemistry between Stamford and Norwalk for Field Day and we will not be running a joint Field Day. AA1XV noted that in the past few years we have had excellent turnout for setup and take-down, but that only a limited number of people are willing to operate. 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.

The meeting was closed at 7:51 pm.

Thanks to Steve W1SMS who did an Elmer session on (mostly HF) antennas for those who have been recently licensed and those who have specific issues.

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.