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November 2013 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order by President Jay NE2Q at 8:07pm

Jay introduced the board members

Guests: Phil Segneri WN1CRX.

Jay asked all in attendance to go around the room, & introduce themselves, & say how many hours per year they spend operating.

Public Service: Tim reported on the S.E.T. conducted last Saturday on 2 meters, 440, & HF. Hugo & Toy talked about GNARC’s participation on J.O.T.A. with the scouts.

Fred K1FC reminded everyone about a VE session coming up this Saturday morning in Stamford at the Government Center.

New members: none

Upgrades: none

Jay asked for someone to make a motion to have the secretary’s report accepted as posted on the GNARC website. Jim KC1FB made the motion, seconded by Steve Verbil NA1SV.

Sam NV1P spoke about participating in the NYC Marathon. He & Rachel KB1VWJ were at mile 23. I mentioned that I was at mile 22, with 2 other guys.

Old Business: Jay asked again about anyone who’d know about any 718’s that might be available for the club (to buy??) or otherwise acquire for use at FD.

Jay mentioned about the holiday party, stating he’s made mention of it to WECA, CARA, FARA, & SARA. He also said a very accurate head count is needed, & no verbal commitments will be accepted this year. This “policy” is being utilized so GNARC doesn’t wind up paying unnecessarily for “no show” meals.

Treasurer’s report: Jim KC1FB said with the addition of money rec’d from the AWA items, & other equipment sold, GNARC is “doing quite well”. We are also keeping current on our storage container.

After an approx 20 minute break, Tim W1GIG gave a video presentation about a 200 KW transmitting station. The station went on-the-air in 1925, & remained (on-the-air) into the mid-50’s. The station is in Sweden, & its call is SAQ.

Jay asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Jim KC1FB made the motion, seconded by Paul Lourd WB2JVB at 9:35pm.

October 2013 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order by President Jay NE2Q at 8:00pm

Guests included: Greg Cutler KB1YYE, Bruce Moore N1ZU, Tony?? (missed his call), Harlan Ford W1QH, Daniel Fegley W1QK, Jeffrey Cronin KB1MZL, & David Day KC1AKY.

All in attendance went around & said how long they’ve been HAMS.

Toy reported on 2 Public Service “jobs” that were handled in September.

New member(s): one – David Day KC1AKY

Treasurer’s report: no report – treasurer still away on vacation.

Upgrades: one upgrade (to General), 2 days prior to our meeting (KC1AKY).

Jay proposed accepting Sept’s minutes as read from GNARC’S website, seconded by Toy.

Announcement made that Paul Danzer N1II has been appointed to the ARRL as a Technical Specialist (congrat’s Paul!!)

Announcement made that Steven Simons W1SMS has been appointed to the ARRL as the Technical Coordinator (congrat’s Steven!!)    Round of applause for both Paul & Steven!!!!!

Hugo AA1XV made an announcement for the Cub/Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air, or JOTA, as mentioned in Sept’s minutes.

New and/or Old Business – none

Jay mentioned there are 2 – 3 ICOM 718 transceiver’s available to buy (from GNARC??)

Jay also mentioned to all, that if someone knows about a speaker for any of the GNARC meetings, to let an officer or someone know.

Jay announced about GNARC’s holiday party, & suggested that SARA may join us, & CARA would be welcome if they so desired as well.

The new Norwalk Fire HQ was recently dedicated, & Jay announced that GNARC may be moving soon to this new HQ………..more to follow.


After the break, Jay gave a presentation about common & uncommon antenna’s

Jay motioned to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Sam NV1P at 9:55pm


Respectfully Submitted,


Martin KA1WBN Diamond


September Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 8:00pm by Jay

Jay asked for several moments of silence in honor of the victims of the 9/11/2001 attacks

Visitors: John Hanks (non-HAM scouting leader), & David KC1AKY Day

Members introduced themselves

No upgrades

Proposal by Jay to accept the minutes for August meeting as read/seen on GNARC website, seconded by Jay also.

Treasurer’s report: Jim is away, Sam gave report in his absence. Tim W1GIG, Jim KC1FB, Rachel KB1VWJ, & Sam NV1P had gone to Rochester. They sold approximately $1,900 in parts, etc (which has been added to GNARC’s account.

Old Business: Jay got the triplexer parts back from the mfg. He will test them in time for FD 2014.

New Business: Hugo AA1XV has old GNARC parts for disposal, requests club’s permission to junk them. List of specific items to be sent to Jay.

John Hanks of the Boy Scouts: Oct 19th & 20th is the Scout’s Jamboree (JOTA), in West Redding at the (200 acres??) Hoyt Scout reservation. The Jamboree will start at 9:00am & run for 24 hrs, though the scouts will be bedded down around 22:00hrs (10:00pm). The Jamboree is a world-wide event, & this year will mark the troop’s 1st attempt at the Jamboree.

I (Marty KA1WBN) have been asked by Jay to contact webmaster Charles N1LLL, & ascertain if GNARC’s website can somehow be slightly reconfigured, to make it easier for members to find minutes & some other hard-to-find club info.

Jay stated there is no special presentation planned for tonight, so he opened the floor to anyone who had a question about anything within the hobby.

Motion made by Sam to adjourn meeting, seconded by Jess ND1L at 9:40pm.

August Meeting Minutes

GNARC’s August “meeting” was in the form of their annual BBQ Picnic & Tailgate Tag Sale, hosted by Paul Lourd WB2JVB, at his house in Wilton.

About 50 members, & non-members alike, brought their friends, spouses, & “significant others” to party. Also, making a special appearance was State Rep     R-143 Gail Lavielle (also a Wilton resident).

All had a great time grabbing a bite, telling a story, sharing laughs, & even trying out some equipment they’d brought with them.



Martin KA1WBN Diamond



JULY Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order by President Jay NE2Q at 8:24pm

Members introduced themselves: guest Will Mills KB1PXQ

Marty KA1WBN mentioned making phone contact with Art Santella K1VKO. Art mentioned he’d like to return to the hobby more, & possibly putting up 2-Meters. He now has the frequencies & PL’s so he can listen for now.

Toy announced Public Service events coming up:

       Sept 8th – Cystic fibrosis Ride

       Sept 28th – North East Community Cycles Bikes4Bike

                          “Fall Foliage” Ride

(These will be joint GNARC/CTSARA events)

Toy K1WYQ made a motion that the June minutes may be accepted as read on GNARC’s website……seconded by Tim W1GIG

Jay said he has the Treasurer’s figures from Jim KC1FB for Field Day:

$234.35 hardware for beams & repairs

$176.06 food

$410.41 Total

Field Day was critiqued.

Jay proposed that the club purchase some used ICOM IC-718 transceivers to be used for future Field Day’s, due to their ease of operation. Toy said he thinks the club may have one, & will report back at a future meeting.  Jay contacted the family of Lewis Tenzer N2LU (Silent Key) and is waiting to see if they will donate his IC-718 to GNARC.

Jay NE2Q made special mention to thank George Flay AB1QK & Paul Lourd WB2JVB for their efforts.

In addition to AB1QK & WA2JVB, also special thanks to those who helped with set-up & take-down, incl: Gus W1BV, Tim W1GIG, Jim KC1FB, Jay NE2Q Will KB1PXQ , Hugo AA1XV, Dee N1ZD, Rachel KB1VWJ, Sam NV1P, Chris W1CF, Marcel YO7ARY, Marty KA1WBN (anyone else omitted by accident only)

Extra special thanks to Tim W1GIG & a round of applause for so many years of dedication to Field Day.

Toy K1WYQ commented that extra measures need to be taken to be sure that any/all visitors are (almost) guaranteed to make a contact!!!!

Sam NV1P mentioned several points that need improvement for next year’s Field Day.

Hugo AA1XV gave a presentation of a breakdown of Field Day points, peak times of activity, etc.

Toy did a raffle: Kathleen KB1RJQ won a Leatherman!

Jay made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Sam at 10pm

GNARC June Meeting Minutes

GNARC June 2013 meeting minutes

Held at Super Stop & Shop, 385 CT Ave, Norwalk


Meeting called to order at 8:03pm by Pres Jay NE2Q.

Visitors/returning members introduced themselves: Greg Bitondo Sr N1KIT, Marcel Vasile YO7ARY from Romania, & non-HAM Robert Turner (with an antique receiver he “rescued” from being dumped). Tim W1GIG took it to turn it over to a HAM-related museum.

Condolence card for “Silent Key” John Wistrand passed around for members in attendance to sign, sec’y to mail after the meeting.

Treasurer’s report: The only bills received since last meeting were for the storage container, & we’ve received some dues payments. (no motion made for acceptance and/or seconding of the treasurer’s report).

Motion made for accepting May’s minutes on club website by Toy KA1WYQ, seconded by Steve N1SV.

Point brought up about a discrepancy on GNARC’s website, as to when/where club meetings are being held. Sec’y to address this with webmaster.

Upgrades: none

Discussion about “Field Day”

Meeting break at 8:50pm

After break, Jay NE2Q gave presentation on refurbishing club’s Tri-band antenna.

Meeting adjourned at 9:48pm (no motion made/seconded).

May 2013 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order by President Jay NE2Q at 8:03pm

Members went around the room introducing themselves


New Members:

Craig KB1YYE, David KB1ZAC  (welcome gentlemen !)


President Jay asked for a congratulatory round of applause for (me), for my efforts toward finding Stop & Shop as our new “clubhouse”. (thanks guys)

Discussion of Field Day. Jay said he scouted nearby restaurants as an alternative for FD food.

Discussion about using a “Triplexer”. Jay described what a “Triplexer” is.


Treasurer’s Report:

Treasurer Jim KC1FB said GNARC spent $1,250 on FD last year ($1,095 for food alone). Jim also said GNARC is in very good shape, & that our federal & state IRS filing is done.


Secretary’s Report:

Jay made a motion for the April minutes to be accepted (by ????), seconded by Hugo AA1XV?,


Public Service:

VP Sam NV1P made a repeat announcement for Saturday’s Tree Festival, to be held at Gallagher’s Estate, Cranbury Park, looking for operators to assist with traffic & parking.

Jim KC1FB described how Westport library’s “Mini Maker Fair” went (attended by Jim KC1FB, Tim W1GIG, & Bill KC1TX)

Toy KA1WYQ commented about the Bloomin’ Metric Bike Tour, stating he’s waiting for officials to contact him. At this point, seeing as it will be tough getting operators, he will be forced to tell them that GNARC will not be able to help with this year’s race.


Old/New Business:

Sec’y/PIO Marty KA1WBN reminded members (again) that the “Inverted V” antenna on the Norwalk Library’s roof needs to be rebuilt, in order to use it for the Special Event station that is planned for later this (spring) season. The antenna suffered catastrophic damage as a result of either the last blizzard, or hurricane this area experienced. Gus W1BV, Jay NE2Q, George AB1QK & Marty KA1WBN will coordinate a time for the rebuild. Jay also mentioned “Library Day” is coming, & suggested (the library) be contacted & asked whether a transmitter can be brought inside the library, during that event, for the purpose of demonstrating the hobby (& seeing as there will be music playing, any HAM radio-affiliated “noise” theoretically should not be a problem. Marty said he’d contact the director & see what she says. (Note: “Library Day” was in April…….previous comment is now moot, & plans will move forward for an event station).

Marty also added, for FD, that he spent half an hour on the phone with a representative of the “Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, in an effort to introduce GNARC, tell them about HAM radio, & invite them to FD. Similar invites went out to the Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, & numerous press agencies. More organizations are also being contacted.

Toy commented about GNARC’s repeater being on the giant AT&T tower, stating the City of Norwalk no longer pays the rent. Jay NE2Q, Tim W1GIG, & Toy KA1WYQ will be keeping tabs on this issue.


At 8:40pm, Jay turned the floor over to Sam NV1P for his presentation about printed circuit boards designed on a PC. Presentation concluded at 9:35pm (good job Sam)

After Sam’s presentation, Jay opened the floor to add’l FD discussion.

Tim W1GIG made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Jim KC1FB at 9:45pm


Respectfully Submitted,


Martin KA1WBN Diamond