2018 Sheffield Island Lighthouse Operation

Photos from the recent outing the the lighthouse! Higher res photos are available on our Facebook page.

 

2018 GNARC Summer Picnic

Photos from the 2018 picnic have been added here (See Photos/Recent Events) and to the Facebook Page.

July 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present: K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, AI1V, N1DPD, ND1L, AA1XV, K1WYQ, N1ZD, N1JFF, KB1YYE, K1RF, KB1YOZ, KC1AUH, W1FSM, KC1YL, K1DCG, K1CYW, W1CAH, AC1FM, KA1WBN

Meeting opened at 7:30 by K1TA.

Minutes of last meeting approved as posted.

Department Reports:
Finance: Spent over $1000 on Field Day including $500 for food, $200 for new tires for the trailer, $100+ for a new barbecue grill. Also tables, tents, and miscellaneous supplies.

Technical: N1PLH feels DMR receiver is weaker than it was a few months ago. Testing so far has not anything wrong with it. K1TA agrees with N1PLH, thinks it’s dropping out a little closer Norwalk than used to, but no specifics. No other problems. Please report problems to W1FSM, N1LLL, or N1PLH.

As previously noted, we are planning to put up an end fed multiband antenna from the tower to a tree located on the property for lower frequencies.

Education: Expect to have a General license exam in the fall.

VE Session on July 7. We had 4 people take exams. We had 1 new Tech, 1 Upgrade to General (12 year old Payton Noe KC1IVR), 1 upgrade from General to Extra, and 1 who went from unlicensed to Extra in 2 hours (Carlos Rios of Shelton – who had one question wrong on the Tech, and no wrongs answers on either the General or Extra). Read More →

June 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (23): K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, AI1V, W1GIG, N1DPD, K1WYQ, KB1FBX, ND1L, AA1XV, N1ZD, K1RF, KB1YOZ, W1FSM, W1LYZ, KA1WBN, K1GGG, KC1AUH, KC1FB, K1DCG, KB1IFY, KB1TGW, KA1WBN

Department Reports

Finance: Bank account remains in good shape. Expecting costs for Field Day but nothing major.

Technical: Everything working fine. Had a second soldering class. Will throw out a few old coax cables. Charles LLL working with new owner of repeater tower to continue us on the tower.

Comm Center roof being replaced. We will be allowed to put up a dipole when they are done. Will leave us pads for walking on the roof. May have to take all radios out of radio room to allow for some welding.

Education: General class not rescheduled yet, probably for the fall because too many people do not want to attend a class over the summer. Will also consider a tech class for the late fall.

Had a second soldering class – worked on the club’s older coax cables for Field Day. Most of them are in bad shape and/or are low quality to begin with. Curt wants to throw out most of them.

Special Events:

Provided comms support for the Bloomin Metric charity bike ride (5/10), the MS Ride (June 10), the Fairfield Half Marathon (June 3). Very successful – got rave reviews from all three organizations. MS people feel that they could not put on the event without us.

Membership

115 members – 85 paid, the rest comp or life members. Considering mailing to expired members, will decide if physical mailing or email.

Business Meeting adjourned at about 7:45pm Read More →

PL259 Soldering class!

See our Facebook page for some photos of the PL259 soldering class!

https://www.facebook.com/GNARC/

 

May 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (19): K1TA, WB2JVB, AI1V, W1GIG, N1DPD, K1WYQ, KB1FFBX, KC1ISC, ND1L,
AA1XV, N1ZD, K1RF, KB1YOZ, W1FSM, W1LYZ, KA1WBN, K1GGG, KB1MZL, KC1AUH

Department Reports
Finance: Bank account remains in good shape. Expecting costs for Field Day but nothing major.

Technical : As of yesterday have removed all of our wire antennas from roof so Fire Dept can repair the roof. Tower is still up. Dual band mag mount up for VHF/UHF. Will probably put up end-fed long wires to replace the wire antennas so that we don’t have to go up on the roof to deal with our antennas.

Education : General class not rescheduled yet, probably for the fall because too many people do not want to attend a class over the summer. We will have PL-259 soldering demo Weds 5/16
Soldering class two weeks ago was very successful. We still have a few kits left if anyonewants to buy one.

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Field Day Equipment update

Wednesday,  a number of GNARC members met to review the contents of the trailer and sort out some field day equipment. Here are the results:

  • All the coax was tested and passed. There are a couple of cables that need new PL-259’s. Curt has volunteered to do one at the comm center as a class, and let others practice as well. Please let me know directly if you’d like to do this. It will likely be a Wednesday night.
  • There are also some coax rolls at the comm center that need connectors and testing.
  • The tents were in bad shape due to wind damage last year. We have three fully operational tents, with side panels, and they are now all marked so we know what goes with what.  The club board is researching getting a few more tents. PLEASE if you have an  8×8 or 10×10 pop up tent you will loan the club for field day, let me now ASAP.  I will loan my 8×8, which is good for the VHF station. 10×10 is better for the contest stations.
  • We have 4 six foot plastic tables and 2 eight foot heavy wooden tables.  We are looking into more plastic tables. Again if you have one to loan, please advise. We usually need two 8’ tables for the kitchen area.
  • All the power cables and ropes are there.
  • The 40m beam is there, as well as the 80m antenna stub.
  • We have not found the “tee” connectors for use with the stub. They may be at the comm center.
  • The club now has a gas grill.
  • Trailer is in good shape, tires were aired up, and it is ready to go.

Thanks to W1PPL, N1ZD, KC1AUH, AI1V, W1FSM and W1GIG for helping out today.

Things are looking up! Lets hope for nice weather and good prop!

 

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