December Press Release


GNARC-holiday-party-2013-with-Jay,-rep-Gail,-&-meIn lieu of their regular monthly December meeting, the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club celebrated the holidays early, by holding their annual holiday party at the Laurel Athletic Club.

While Toy Alladin K1WYQ, Martin Diamond KA1WBN, & Sam Dick NV1P all helped to plan, members from GNARC hosted the party, & invited members from neighboring clubs, including the Fairfield Amateur Radio Association, the Stamford Amateur Radio Association, & the Candlewood Amateur Radio Association. In total, 54 people enjoyed delicious food, & a joint GNARC/SARA celebratory cake for desert.

Though the party was hosted & attended by HAMS, a few celebrities were there, one or more of which were non-HAMS (who are always welcome!!!)

Section manager Betsey Doane K1EIC was present, as well as State of CT Rep Gail Lavielle of the 143rd district (still unlicensed, but we can fix that !!). Ms Lavielle is an avid supporter of amateur radio, having gotten her first “taste” of the hobby, at “Field Day” at Vet’s Park in Norwalk this past June. Both Betsey & Gail gave short inspirational messages to those in attendance.

Awards & honorable mentions were made for those who had gone “above & beyond the call” (no pun intended!), or served the club honorably in the past, including Joe Hallas W1ZR, recognized as the former Technical Editor of QST, Rich Roznoy K1OF recognized as the former repeater trustee for many years, Paul Danzer N1II for being a newly appointed ARRL Technical Advisor, & Steven Simons W1SMS as the newly appointed ARRL Technical Coordinator. 2 Onyx crystals were awarded, 1 each to Tim Walker W1GIG & Toy Alladin K1WYQ for all their years of dedication to GNARC & HAM radio. Various other members won a variety of raffle prizes. Music for the event was provided by Diamond Entertainment Co of Norwalk. In other announcements, the nominations committee presented their proposed slate of officers for 2014: Sam Dick NV1P as President, Charles Lelievre N1LLL as VP, Martin Diamond KA1WBN as Sec’y, & Jim Francoeur KC1FB as Treasurer. Martin Diamond KA1WBN will also retain his position as Public Information Officer for GNARC, & will join the ranks of other PIO’s, under the guidance of Dana Borgman KA1WPM of the ARRL.


New, & returning members, as well as guests, are always welcome!!!  The new year brings a change in venue. Starting with the (2nd) Wednesday, January 8th meeting, GNARC will be meeting at the new Norwalk Fire Headquarters building, on the same site as the old headquarters: 121 Connecticut Ave. The building is between Fairfield Ave & Cedar St. All who are coming should park on the Cedar St side ONLY, & enter through that door. Meeting time will remain the same (8:00pm). Those interested should listen on GNARC’s 2-meter repeater frequency (146.475) for the location of pizza beforehand (about 6:00pm). The (fire) station can be easily seen off I-95 by exit 14 (in either direction).

For additional information or questions, please call Martin Diamond KA1WBN at 203-554-5109, & check out the club’s website at “”.



Respectfully submitted

Martin KA1WBN Diamond


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



2013 Field Day Results

Here is the submission to the ARRL:

Call Used: N1EV     GOTA Station Call: W1NLK     ARRL/RAC Section: CT     Class: 3A

Participants: 30     Club/Group Name: Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club

Power Source(s): Generator, Battery

Power Multiplier: 2X

Bonus Points:
  100% Emergency power                            300
  Media Publicity                                 100
  Set-up in Public Place                          100
  NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC                      100
  W1AW Field Day Message                          100
  Natural power QSOs completed                    100
  Site Visit by invited elected official          100
  Site Visit by invited served agency official    100
  GOTA Bonus                                      160
  Submitted via the Web                            50
Total Bonus Points                              1,210

Score Summary:
                  CW  Digital  Phone  Total
   Total QSOs   1409      0    1206
 Total Points   2818      0    1206   4024   Claimed Score = 8,048

Total Score:

9,258 points

Submitted by:
Hugo W. Catta, AA1XV

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