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GNARC March 2013 Joint Meeting Minutes

(Meeting held at SARA’s “Clubhouse” in Stamford’s Gov’t Center)


Note: Prior to the meeting, some members met for pizza at John the Baker Restaurant, on Long Ridge Rd. A number of those attending felt (the pizza & service) was exceptional.


Meeting called to order by SARA President Jon WB2RYV at 8:05pm.

GNARC President Jay NE2Q announced GNARC will no longer be meeting monthly at Shoprite in Norwalk, due to other organizations (who also enjoyed the privilege of using the community room) abusing this privilege.

Members went around the room introducing themselves by name, call, & club affiliation. There were 28 people attending, with 3 or 4 of those being NON-hams. Unfortunately, no others from other clubs attended, only those from GNARC & SARA (most likely due to an impending snow storm). This storm also caused guest speaker Betsey Doane K1EIC to reschedule her appearance until (possibly) next month’s meeting.

Floor opened up to members regaling each other with stories of unusual contacts, etc. There was much laughter & all had a great time.

GNARC wants to say “thanks” to SARA for hosting the meeting, & looks forward to another joint meeting in the future. There was plenty of parking for everyone in the Government Center’s parking garage.

Meeting adjourned by Jon WB2RYV for refreshments at 9:20pm.


Respectfully Submitted,

Martin KA1WBN Diamond, Sec’y/PIO

GNARC Feb 2013 Meeting minutes

Meeting called to order by GNARC VP Sam NV1P at 8:03pm.

Don KA1TZR gave a presentation about the history of the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club.

Old Business: Marty KA1WBN gave an update about the Norwalk Library, in preparation for a special event station planned for springtime, to boost popularity of amateur radio & hopefully generate more club members for GNARC. There is a 5-Band tunable receiver inside (the library) for public use by anyone interested in getting into the hobby. It uses an “inverted V” type antenna on the library’s roof. It is the hope, that for the (special event) station, extra coax can be connected to this “inverted V” & used to make contacts. Additional news is expected in the coming months as this event takes further shape.

Sam NV1P reminded members that dues are due March 31st, & those members whose dues are not paid by that time risk deletion from GNARC’s roster.

Public Service: Paul N1II announced that there will be an exhibit at Cranbury Park in Norwalk on Sat, May 11th, & any club members available are needed to assist with traffic control & parking, from approx 9:30am – 3:00pm.

A few New Members were in attendance & introduced themselves.

New Business: Charles N1LLL (GNARC’s new webmaster) talked about the club’s redesigned website.

Sam NV1P & Marty KA1WBN reminded members there would be a joint

meeting next month at CTSARA’s clubhouse. It is hoped that in

addition to CTSARA & GNARC, that CARA & FARA clubs would also attend.

The guest speaker for this joint meeting will be Betsey Doane K1EIC. Due to

this joint March meeting, GNARC will not hold its own meeting, but will

resume in April.

Treasurer’s report: some members have paid, but specific dollar amounts are not available by meeting time. Treasurer (Jim KC1FB) not in attendance.

An announcement was made that Jay NE2Q asked Ned KA1CVV to coordinate “Echolink” back on the 2 meter repeater.

There was brief discussion of the pros & cons of having both Echolink AND IRLP on both repeaters, & cross-linking them together.

Sam NV1P passed around a condolence card for (silent key) Lewis Tenzer N2LU, which was signed by all members present & mailed to the family within the next 2 days.

Meeting adjourned at 9:45pm.

January 2013 Minutes

  • President Vlad Spitzer W1ZP called meeting to order at 8:00pm
  • Floor turned over (almost immediately) to Tim Walker W1GIG for new

    Board-of-Directors nominating committee report.

  • Tim gave the following slate:

    Jay Kolinsky NE2Q as President
    Sam Dick NV1P as VP
    Marty Diamond KA1WBN as Sec’y
    Jim Francoeur KC1FB (remaining on) as Treas

  • The floor now being opened for nominations, Vlad Spitzer also nominated Marty for President & Paul Lourd WB2JVB for Sec’y.
  • While Don Hudson KA1TZR collected ballots, Sam NV1P announced a TR switch he had put on the reflector & offered sign-up’s for all parties interested.
  • After ballots were counted, Tim announced a narrow victory by Jay over Marty. After Tim’s announcement, Jay got up & said a few words.
  • Jay asked for a motion to accept the minutes for Dec 2012. Motion seconded by Jim KC1FB.
  • Jim then reported that the club is in good financial shape.
  • 3 new guests had a chance to introduce themselves, one of which was a

    yet-to-be-licensed realtor named Mike Valiante, who was interested in checking GNARC out.

  • Meeting adjorned by Jay NE2Q at 8:20pm. Rest of evening devoted to socializing.

    Marty Diamond, KA1WBN GNARC Secretary