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February 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (26): K1TA, W1PPL, KC1FB, AI1V, K1NGK, KB1YOZ, K1RF, N1ZD, W1FSM, N1CT,
ND1L, WA1VXM, KC1ISC, KC1AUH, AA1XV, KD2LMS, W1TEG, W1LYZ, N1PLH, N1DPD,
KB1YYE, N1II, KC1HFL, WG1HM and XYL, W1CAH

Meeting called to order by K1TA at 7:30pm. January meeting minutes accepted.

Department Reports
Finance : Bank account is good. Slightly under last year due to purchases of transceivers and
repairs to beam.
Technical : All repeaters operational. No changes. Some work being done 775 analog.
Education : More than adequate interest in General Class license class. Working on scheduling
for early April. Will be 9 weeks.
Special Events : Soldering class fully booked.

Note that we generally meet for breakfast on Saturday mornings at the Silver Star Diner on Rt. 1
at 8am before opening the Comm Center at 9am.

Looking for someone to be the Field Day captain.

Membership : Currently 87 members. About 70 paid members – the rest are lifetime members
and graduates of our recent Technician class who were given one year free membership.

Dues
Dues are now due for 2018. Payable by check or thru Paypal on our website.
The club provides three months grace on dues.
Programs
Call for a Program Coordinator to determine the interests of the membership and arrange for
programs on those subjects.
*****
Congratulations to Paul N1II on being awarded the ARRL’s 2017 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical
Writing Award for his article, “The ABCs of a Digital Multimeter,” which appeared in the October
2017 edition of QST (p 37).
*****
Meeting Adjourned 8:10pm
Submitted by Jon AI1V

January 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (25): K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, KC1FB, AI1V, K1NGK, Derek Hurse, K1WYQ,
KB1YOZ, K1RF, N1ZD, KB1O, W1FSM, N1CT, ND1L, WA1VXM, KC1ISC, KC1AUH,
KC1GGG, AA1XV, KD2LMS, AB1QK, W1TEG, W1GIG, KA1WBN

Meeting called to order by K1TA at 7:30pm
Department Reports
Finance : Bank account normal for this time of year after paying for summer picnic, field day, holiday party but before membership renewals.
Technical : All repeaters operational. No changes.
Education : General Class license class planned for early spring. Have 3 students already, will be sending out mailings to recruit more students.
Last Tech class graduated 15, including a 9 yr old and a 15 yr old. Fairfield holding Tech class in Feb/Mar, we will probably hold one in Sept/Oct.
Special Events : Thanks to Toy for putting together the holiday party. Bloomin Metric (public service radio support) scheduled for May 20. We expect to provide support to Norwalk Seaport Association/Sherwood Island over summer.
Nominating Committee
Nominated following for officer positions
● Tom K1TA for President
● Paul WB2JVB for Vice President
● Paul W1PPL for Treasurer
● Jon AI1V for Secretary
No floor nominations. No opposition. Slate was elected.

Thanks to Jim KC1FB for his years of service as Treasurer. Jim appointed as Assistant Treasurer to help transition Paul W1PPL into the role.
Dues
Dues are now due for 2018. Payable by check or thru Paypal on our website.
The club provides three months grace on dues.

Programs
Call for suggestions for meeting programs.
Suggestions:
● Mike (Westport astronomy club) on his Puerto Rico deployment experience.
● Larry Reid on solar eclipse and ballooning efforts
● Jon P/Paul L on public service (events, CERT, ARES, MARS)
Requests for additional ideas will be sent through the reflector and by other means.
Meeting Adjourned 8pm
Submitted by Jon AI1V

September 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:32 pm.

Number of members in attendance: 19.

Motion to adopt July minutes: made by Jim KC1FB, seconded by Dee N1ZD.

Old Business: We got some QSL cards in the past couple of months, but no DX!

Bylaws committee voted on new bylaws and bylaw edits. New bylaws were accepted into the club literature at 7:42 pm.

Events: Nothing planned.

Committee Reports:
Treasurer, Jim, KC1FB: Last month, we broke even. We made $400 selling goods at Boxboro, but spent about $400 on replacing tents, other small club expenses.

There hasn’t been a Board of Directors meeting in the past few months, nothing to really discuss.

Technical Committee, Curt, W1FSM: There is more work to do on the radio room, but repeaters are doing as well as can be expected. At the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend event, Curt got tired of running generator power, so he decided to set the Sheffield Island lighthouse up to run solar. We’re looking for some corporate sponsorship to donate solar batteries to Sheffield Island; batteries are typically $500 to $600 a piece, and there’s eight of them. Know someone who knows someone? Get in touch with Curt.

During Curt’s committee presentation, possible expanded coverage for the GNARC repeater was discussed. This would obviously take some time and doing, but the immediate reaction from the present members was very positive. Contact Curt for more information about this if you’re on board. Also, we acquired AM transmitters that were originally used for “talking homes” – these might be good for a show and tell at events to explain general coverage, and we can work on them as a club project over the winter.

Education committee, Paul, WB2JVB: We’re going to plan a few new ham classes, anyone want to help teach? Get in touch with Paul if you want to teach a few lessons!

Special Events: We participated in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend event, five club members went down to Sheffield Lighthouse, made a few contacts, and had lots of fun.

Meeting adjourned at 7:54.

June 2017 Meeting Minutes

June meeting of GNARC was called to order at 7:33 pm

There were 19 members in attendance.

Motion made by Toy at 7:34 to accept the meeting minutes from the May GNARC meeting. The minutes were accepted.

Communications/Emails: We got a Facebook message from a local man with a 40M tower and TV antennas that he wants to give away. He offered to pay someone to take it down. If anyone is interested in more information or in helping, email Tom. We got a donation of a station from WA1Q? He wanted to know if we had anyone who wanted a station, so Tom offered to take it off his hands. The radio is a Kenwood 570-D. Dee needs to fix it up a bit, as it needs a couple of new knobs, but it’s in great condition otherwise.

Treasurer’s report: We’re doing fine in terms of money, although we did take a little loss this month due to lack of new members. We also bought shelving supplies for the trailer, and we bought some new tables and chairs for Field Day.

Tech committee: The beam seems to be working, as we ordered the parts, got up on the roof and fixed it with the city’s ladder truck. We put in spacers to fix antenna, replaced the balun, and found two additional bolts that were not secured properly through the driven elements, so we fixed those two. We also changed the coax cable. So it’s operational once again!

OCF was giving us a number of iffy readings on SWR, so we replaced the connector which had oxidized, but it’s still giving the same readings, which makes us think that the box is full of water since there aren’t any drain holes for water to come out of the box. We’re waiting on permission to go back up there and check on that, so for the time being it’s out of commission.

A few members showed up to check out the tower on the trailer. We replaced the pulley, since the rotator motors were stuck from being horizontal for three years which isn’t good for it, so we took it apart and took it inside. It’s bounced back, which is good. The purchase of 150 ft of brand new 7 conductor cable for the rotor was approved as well.

The club trailer now has shelves and things are more organized, so that’s really good. Thanks to Lisa, Paul-PPL, Paul-JVB, and Dee for helping out with that.

Education committee: nothing to report.

VE class: Next test is being held on July 1st if anyone wants to upgrade their license.

Special Events: There may be an upcoming event at Bear Mountain. Details will become available on the reflector. Paul, Paul, and Lisa went up to the tri-point on Saturday where CT, MA, and RI all meet. They hiked up the mountain, got about 50 contacts in 90 minutes, from far away as Alaska and California on 20M. They used a very lightweight battery (bio-eno battery) and ran 100W. The battery held up really well. MS Ride was last Sunday, and it went too pretty well (despite only having one sag wagon).

Bylaws: We got some feedback from the Board and some club members about the proposed bylaws (which are on the website); they are now in Draft 2. We will vote on them at July’s meeting so please be present at the meeting if you would like to vote on the new bylaws! We encourage everyone to read it, and if you have feedback, then send it to Paul and he’ll make sure that the board sees it.

No old business.

Motion to adjourn made by Jim (KC1FB) at 8:03. Seconded by Paul (WB2JVB).

May 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:31 pm

Number of attendees: 24 (22 members)

Motion made to accept minutes – motion made by Toy, seconded by Sam.

Treasurer’s report: Jim (KC1FB) says that the club’s finances are in good shape. We only spent on a few things for the trailer so our bank account is stable, but we haven’t had any new dues since March.

Presentation: “Low-Cost Test Equipment That You Can Buy on eBay” by Steve Dick (K1RF). Really great, thorough presentation with lots of illustration of budget friendly test equipment. It’ll be up on the website, so you should definitely check it out! Read More →

April 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order 7:34 pm, with 26 in attendance.

First and most important, we had a few new members from the recent class in attendance. A warm welcome was given to:

KC1HIN, Robert; KC1HIO, Christopher; KC1HIX, Michael; and KC1HJC, Juanita; Welcome to the club, and welcome to ham radio.

Last month’s minutes were accepted with no revisions.

Our guest Speaker was Thomas Frenaye (K1KI), New England Division Director of the ARRL Administration and Finance Committee and Historical Committee, and chairman of the Ethics and Elections Committee and Entry Level Licence Committee at the ARRL, so we were guaranteed a good bit of information. He began by mentioning that the FCC is looking to increase enforcement, and that the ARRL acts as a liaison between hams and the government, especially when it comes to the growing scourge of “grow lights”. He also talked about how hams now have allocations on 630 meters and 2200 meters, and that there may soon be kits available to get on these bands. It looks like it’s time to lengthen your dipole! We may also be gaining use of a full 15KHz of 60 meters rather than the channel scheme used now.

The major topic was about how to get hams licenced, and how to retain them as active hams. As the chairman of the Entry Level Licence Committee he is tasked with helping to determine items such as what sort of questions are on the exams, how they are worded, and how large the pools are. From there he is also tasked with retention, and does things like fight to change spectrum allocations for technician class licenses, or maybe even bring about a foundation class licence similar to what is available in other countries. A decade ago there was a lot more activity on local repeaters, so something needs to be done to keep licensed hams active hams. Read More →

March 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:34 pm. Fifteen members in attendance.

Motion to accept meeting minutes from last meeting was made by Curt (W1FSM), seconded by Jim KC1FB.

Treasurer’s report: we didn’t spend anything, lots of club members renewed, and we made $600 in equipment sales.

Paul N1II’s presentation on kit building in ham radio includes lots of really good tips, reviews, and notes on small kits to be used in ham radio. Check it out if you can! Maybe he’ll even post some pictures of his kits or reviews he’s written for QST.

Tech committee report: No real changes since last month’s meeting. Equipment is inside and all is well.

Education committee: We have been teaching a tech class to approximately 20 students, and the class is halfway through. We are hoping to have some pass the test and hopefully will get some new members out of it.

Bylaws committee: The Bylaws Committee has been reviewing bylaws to clean them up, but no progress to report so far.

Special events committee: VE test coming up soon, we also ordered general and extra tests as well in case some members want to level up their licensing. Westport Makers Faire is coming up on April 22nd if anyone wants to come and table! MS Ride on June 11th has been changed. All volunteers now have to get a background check. We realize this might scare some people off, so we totally understand if you don’t want to volunteer. But we may have to back out if we don’t have enough people to volunteer. Hopefully we’ll still get enough volunteers to do it, though!

Field Day committee: Sam is drafting up an email to send out, and would like to have enough people committed to be able to run 3A. We can bring out the tower and have a really good chance at scoring well in the contest. Plus it’s way more fun. Sam will check in with Hugo to reserve Vets Park, and we need the insurance waiver. We’ll discuss food and beverage budget at the next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:33 pm.

Submitted by Rachel KB1VWJ