Category Archives: Meeting Minutes

October 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:34, 16 members in attendance, 1 guest

Old Business:

Lisa KC1YL and Paul WB2JVB, along with eight other club hams there, brought the IC 718 and Paul’s portable rig to Ambler Farms in Wilton last Saturday. They put two antennas up in the air, one OFC and one G5RV, got Denmark and Lithuania among other contacts, got to interact with kids in the apprentice program at the farm who seemed very interested in ham radio.

New Business:

The reason for the recent comm center closure: City of Norwalk was concerned about us going in and out of the comms center at all hours and making modifications to the building that they weren’t necessarily enthused about. Paul and Charles N1LLL met with the Emergency Management Director and came to the following agreement: we can operate one night a week plus Saturday during the day, and if we want to operate overnight, we have to let the City know in advance. Everything is fine, we just need to have a clear line of communication between all involved. Paul is now the city liaison for the club, so if you want to do something special, get in touch with him. In order for us to keep our space, it is very important that we provide service to the City of Norwalk at volunteer events such as the MS Ride, Bikes 4 Bikes, Tree Festival, etc. Let’s show the City how useful hams can be! Read More →

September 2016 Meeting Minutes

A. Call to order: 7:35 PM by the President, George Flay, AB1QK.
B. Attending:
• Tom Gunther W1TEG
• Josh Tamarkin KC1GFO
• Mark Floyd N1CT
• Tim Walker W1GIG
• Toy Alladin K1YWQ
• Dee Payne N1ZD
• Chris Mai KB1YCL
• Joe Collin KC1AUH
• Curt Seaton W1FSM
• Jim Francoeur KC1FB
• Steve Dick K1RF
• Roberta Dick KB1YOZ
• Steve Simons W1SMS
• Martin Diamond KA1WBN
• Douglas Sharfanowich WA1SFH
• Paul LaVorgna KC1EAA
• Lisa Neuscheler KC1YL
• C. Lelievre N1LLL
• George Flay AB1QK
(apologies for any mis-spellings)

C. Tim Walker, W1GIG, – presentation — a movie on the history of radio development.and grime ton development.

D. Chris Mai KB1YCL, showed his areal video of the lighthouse day via a drone camera. The event delivered 87 contacts, 10 DX and linked to 3 National Parks. Read More →

July 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:40 pm

Attendance: 17

Old Business: Treasurer report: In good shape in checking and savings.

Field Day Wrap-up: Paul, Sam, and George really stepped up to make Field Day happen, so much thanks to them. Considering the small amount of people who participated, we did really well. We should definitely document our mistakes and things that need tweaking in order to do better next year. This year’s Field Day was rather hurriedly put together so we had to put out some fires as they happened, which isn’t ideal. A dry run might be helpful two to four weeks before it happens next year to make sure everything works and everyone knows where crucial pieces of equipment are. Some of our Field Day equipment is in need of repair so we need to take things out, make sure they work, and fix them if they don’t. We can practice putting up antennas, setting up rigs, and figuring out where everything should be positioned at Vets’ Park. This would also be a good chance for newer/younger members to learn how to put up the beam and then we can use it next year for Field Day. The beam itself is also in need of some repair, so it really needs to be a club project. Would anyone like to spearhead this? Read More →

June Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:40.

Members in attendance: 20.

Dan (N1ZZ) gave a presentation on his Field Day experiences and his ham radio history in general. Worthy of note in particular was his contribution to the US Army by assisting with running telephone patches. He started the New Canaan High School’s ham radio club when he was newly licensed. By 21, he had acquired Worked All Zones. He’s also placed 2nd in the world in the OKOM contest. Even for those of us who’ve known Dan for a long time, this was an engaging and entertaining talk. Given his recent announcement that he’s leaving our lovely state in favor of warmer climes, it was especially timely. Unfortunately there isn’t a powerpoint, but if you email Dan, he’ll be happy to set up a “sched” with you once he gets settled in his new home. Read More →

May 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 19:37. 17 people in attendance.

Tonight’s presentation was given to us by Paul, WB2JVB, on how computers are essentially free today. Different applications call for different tools, but armed with the Arduino and Raspberry Pi a person can do a lot. One of the most important lessons was if you plan on building with an Arduino, buy the real deal. It may be tempting to spend only $3 for a board, but the amount of frustration it could cause is worse than spending the extra money up front. For those who unable to attend the slides are posted on the website, and they are worth a look, even if it’s only to learn about the Kangaroo, a very affordable complete Win 10 PC.

Business meeting:
The primary topic of conversation was the upcoming Field Day, as June 25-26 is fast approaching. Field day is without a doubt the most visible annual radio event, and is not only an important tool to recruit new hams, but it’s also an important tool to get hams that already hold licenses on the air. For many people this is a chance to operate HF for the first time. For some this will be the first opportunity to see what we as hams can do when they come together in an emergency situation. Still others come just to meet up with old friends. To others this is a chance to meet up with some of the brightest people in the area, and learn from their experiences. Whatever your personal reason for attending might be, this is a day not to be missed. Read More →

April 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm.

22 members in attendance, 1 guest.

PRESENTATION:We started with the presentation by Joel Hallas (known as the Doctor in QST!).The presentation was on near-vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) HF propagation. This will be posted on the GNARC website soon and it’s very interesting and informative, so be sure to check it out!

BUSINESS PORTION:There are new t-shirts and sweatshirts for the club! The shirts have a slightly redesigned logo and you can get any color you want. $4 of each purchase goes to the club. You can buy them online and they ship directly to your house in two days. Go to gnarc.org select GNARC Store from the top menu and pick yours up!

George (AB1QK) showed us the proof of the decals that will be going on the trailer. They’ll be about two feet wide and three feet tall. Sam (NV1P) motioned to allocate funds to purchase the decals. Hugo (AA1XV) seconded. We should have them in about two weeks.

Treasury report: Him (KC1FB) says that we are doing pretty well, considering our recent purchases, but a good number of dues and special donations have come into the coffers recently so we’re doing okay.

The new rotor and antenna components for our rooftop antenna are all here, we’re just waiting for good weather and fire department help (since we’re not allowed to put our feet on the roof). We may need a few ground people when we put it up.

CALL FOR SUPPORT:

Three public service events coming up!

·         Norwalk Tree Festival on May 21st. This is their tenth year holding the festival. We assist with parking, which doesn’t sound like much, but since it’s so popular, our presence really does a lot of good. The vendors are very interesting, too – arborists, beekeepers, natural conservations, etc. Last year we were even awarded a nice shiny plaque for our efforts, so it’s great publicity for the club to participate. Send an email to Sam if you’re interested.

·         Bloomin’ Metric is coming up on May 22nd at Sherwood Island. With about 2500 participants, we assist with scout cars, sag wagons, and manning the rest stops. Free lunch too! Send an email to Jon Perelstein if you’re interested.

·         MS Ride on June 12th, which is longer than the BM, starting in Cranbury Park and ending there as well, but it’s much more complex to man than the BM since it’s more spread out and extends up to New Milford. We definitely need all hands on deck here. Please come out if you can. Send an email to Sam if you’re interested.
Meeting adjourned at 9:08, motion moved by Curt (W1FSM), seconded by Steve (K1RF).

March 2016 Meeting Minutes

Called to order at 7:34, 23 members in attendance

Paul Danzer gave a presentation – “Your PC – What Is Inside”, which will be
posted on the GNARC website for your perusing pleasure.

Business Portion

The Club had a storage container that we used for Field Day. We had to
vacate the space and we’re lucky we had it as long as we did. Now, where do
we store our Field Day equipment? We’re purchasing a trailer that we can
store at one of the fire houses in Norwalk, and the tower trailer is mobile
already – loaded up with the beam antenna. It was moved today to one of our
antenna sites. $2800 dedicated to purchasing a trailer (kudos to Jess for
making a donation to the club to help with this purchase) – motion to
appropriate 2800 for purchase was moved by Dee ND1L, seconded by Don, none
opposed. Read More →