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February 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:37

23 members and one guest in attendance

We start with going around the room and saying a bit about ourselves. This
was a fun catchup!

New business:

Coming up June 12th is the MS bike ride, which starts in Calf Pasture Beach
in Norwalk. We did it last year and it went really well. We’re waiting to
hear back (hopefully will hear back by the 20th) if they need us again. We
need volunteers to run sag wagons and helping out with comms in general.
Updates on the website to follow. Let us know if you want to help out! We’d
love to have you.

The Bloomin’ Metric is on May 22nd, volunteers needed for that as well!

Greenwich Kennel Club’s all-breed dog show at Taylor Farms in Norwalk wants
us to run comms for them this summer as well, details to follow. Read More →

January 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:34. There were 23 members in attendance.
Old Business:
Lifetime Achievement Plaques issued to Don Hudson, Jim Franceour, and Toy Alladin.

KM2KM, a longtime GNARC member, emailed us. He runs an AM group every morning at 8 AM on 7178. Join in if you want! Don Ripley started this net, and sadly passed away on Monday, January 8th. He was an instrumental GNARC member who worked at CBS. He had moved to Florida after a boating accident in Connecticut. He will be missed.

New Business:
Winter Field Day is coming up! It’ll be taking place on January 30-31st.
Sam will be spearheading opening the comms center, please contact him if
you wish to participate. It’s more laid back than summer field day, but
still very fun – and Rachel promises chili!

Sam thanked everyone who came out tonight to vote.

VP Report:

Charles asks that GNARC members stay off the roof. In other
Comms Center-related news, the Red Cross will be moving in shortly, so if
you see them, be friendly and good neighbors. If they need any comms
assistance, we will be very happy to help them.

Treasury Report:

We incurred some expenses to renew gnarc.org‘s internet domain name for five years, other than that we haven’t spent anything and the treasury is in good shape.

The minutes for each meeting will be henceforth distributed via the GNARC reflector.

Election-Related News:

The nominating board will be dissolving – as of next year, we’ll decide whether we’ll want a nominating committee going forward. Our bylaws state that we have to have one, but we can rewrite them if we so choose. If you have any opinions on having a nominating committee versus not having one, talk to George or Charles.

2016 GNARC Officer Nominations:

There is only one change – Sam Dick is now the outgoing president and George Flay, AB1QK, is the nominated incoming president.

Officers nominated:

VP: Charles Lelievre, N1LLL
Secretary: Rachel Ambrose KB1VWJ
Treasurer: Jim Franceour KC1FB

No more nominations from the floor. 2016 Officer Slate is set in stone.

Dee motioned for an adjournment, George seconded, meeting adjourned at 8:06.

November 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:34 pm.

23 members in attendance.

Motion to accept last month’s minutes made by N1ZD and seconded by AB1QK.

VP report: No big updates to date, although Charles N1LLL did have a question for the group to ponder: it might be worth trying to see if we can drum up any interest in doing 40/80M net at some point during the week in the evenings. Other than that, the repeaters are healthy and happy, we’re one of the hottest DMR machines around, and things are good!

Treasurer’s Report:  No new unplanned expenses, but Don KA1TZR sold some tubes to net over $20.00.  We’re still in great shape with our financial situation.

Holiday party is coming up – sign up form is about to be posted on the website by Paul as soon as Sam signs off on it.

Nominating committee’s report: slate for 2016 board (we’ll be accepting nominations from the floor up until election day at January’s meeting). The nominating committee is disbanding themselves at the end of 2015. At that point, the club will decide if they want to continue with a committee or go another route. The proposed slate for 2016 is as follows: George Flay (AB1QK) for president, Charles (N1LLL) for VP, Jim (KC1FB) for treasurer, Rachel Ambrose (KB1VWJ) for secretary. If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring, please let Sam or Charles know. Read More →

October 2015 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:34.

15 members in attendance.

VP (Charles, N1LLL) report: everything is status quo and there will be a GNARC sign as part of the main sign for the comms center. It’s a surprise so we’ll wait and see!

No treasurer report since Jim isn’t here.

WA1VXM, John,  is in attendance, yay! He hasn’t been to a club meeting in a long time. He is donating 3 rigs to the club, they more or less work and are ours to do with as we will. Two dual band mobiles and an older dual band HT. Welcome back!

Old business: Bikes4Bikes happened two weeks ago, went over very well, had just enough volunteers to make it work. No injuries, no problems, everything went smoothly. Read More →

September 2015 Minutes

Meeting called to order at: 7:32
Number of attendees: 19

July meeting minutes accepted at 7:33 by NV1P, seconded by K1FC

Vice-President (Charles, N1LLL) report: Nothing much to report, we’ve done some stuff with the repeaters, haven’t figured out how to prevent stepping on each other, but we’re working on it.

Treasurer (Jim, K1FC) report: The club’s finances are in pretty good shape, unfortunately we didn’t make as much money at AWA sellling as we usually do. Tim and Jim went up to Boxboro to see if that was a valid alternative to AWA, and we may go up there instead next year. Read More →

July 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:39.

Paul hosted a CERT net on Tuesday, July 6th. Ten CERT members recently got their licenses, and five or six have radios. Keep an ear out for calls starting with KC1E. If they key up, please talk to them!

Treasury report: We had to open a new account to save money on fees, we have paypal switched over and new checks will have GNARC on them! Everything will be above board by the end of the month. Good on money in the club account.

New Business:

Equipment upgrades – we’ll be adding a few more low pass filters for better station isolation and perhaps upgrading the triplexer and its filters for next FD. W3NQN makes good commercial-grade filters. We’ll put a diagram together with costs for various filters and come to a consensus on what we want to get that’s effective and reasonably priced. Steve (K1RF) along with Curt and Charles will be spearheading this effort.

We need signage! GNARC Comm Center on our door, lawn sign, maybe one down the street. Greg at the mailbox store may do magnetic signs.. $250 budget for signage passed, 10 approved, none opposed.

We need to assemble an antenna work party. $400 budget was passed for new support structure for dipole. Nine passed, none opposed, one abstention.

We’d like to update the field day computers to Windows 7. If you have a windows 7 computer that you’re getting rid of, please consider giving the key to us.

Wanna buff out the floor? It’s looking pretty rough and could use some TLC. Jim has a buffer! We can buy pads for it and use it. Yay!

We should think about getting a CS-800 for DMR for the club station – there’s no reason for us not to have one. If there is an emergency, ARES will handle it, and they operate off DMR, so if we want to be involved in ARES, we have to have one. $295 plus shipping. 10 passed with two abstentions. Motion to get a CS-800 passes.

Field Day Wrap-up: 3200 points total. 11 members showed up, and there were only eight operators, five of which were below 10% of total points. It was a good experiment to have it at the comms center, but we’ll be at Vet’s Park next year.

In the near future, we’d like to operate smaller contests, such as Winter Field Day, from the comm center. We’d love to have you!

WE STILL NEED A LOCATION FOR THE PICNIC! Cranbury Park is $270, so please donate your lawn/yard if at all possible.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00.

June 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:39. Members in attendance: 14

Minutes from last meeting accepted by W1GIG and KC1FB.

Treasurer report: We’re in good shape! The bank is trying to charge us a fee for the account, but KC1FB is going to fight it with advice from K1FC.

Old Business:

American Legion Tribute to Veterans and Touch-a-Truck, headed by George, went really well! Demonstrations of police dogs, World War Two memorabilia and reenactors were some of the attractions. We had an HF station set up there and operated off battery power from 11 AM to 6:15 PM, so we did a great job. We’ve been invited back for next year. Civil air cadets and high school students were interested in our station, so we may have gotten a few new hams as well. Read More →