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.

Read More →

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!

 

73,

April 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (23): AI1V, W1PPL, N1PLH, W1SMS, KB1IFY, KB1TGW, KC1AUH, N1ZD, KB1YOZ, K1RF, W1FSM, KC1ISC, W1TEG, N1PJG, KB1OIE, KC1FB, K1WYQ, AA1XV, K6VOR, KB1FBX, W1CAH,  KC1PWH, KA1WBN

Because of guests present, we had the presentation first and then called the meeting to order at 8:20.

Finance : Bank account is in very good shape.

Technical : Failure of the primary 2 meter and 70cm DMR repeaters today sometime around 5pm. Curt W1FSM and Mike N1PLH investigated, found it was the power supply running the controllers. They swapped in a different power supply and both repeaters are back on the air. Other than that, nothing significant to report from the Technical Department

Membership : Currently 110 members. About 85 paid members – the rest are lifetime members, graduates of our recent Technician class who were given one year free membership, and newly licensed hams from our VE sessions (also given one year free membership).

Education : The City of Norwalk has asked us to hold off on the general class until it can repair the plumbing problems in the building. An expected repair date has NOT been provided. We did not have any candidates at the April VE session.

Special Events : Prepare for a major snow event on April 25 because Joe KC1AUH is once again going to attempt to run the soldering class (both attempts last month were cancelled by major snow events). Either that or we will have a tornado on April 25. Or both. Read More →

March 2018 Minutes

Present (12): K1TA, WB2JVB, AI1V, KC1AUH, KC1FB, N1ZD, KC1ISA, KA1WBN, KC1ISC,
W1FSM, KC1GGG, WA1SFH

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm by K1TA. February meeting minutes approved.

Department Reports
Finance : We have money, we want more. Seriously, we are in solid financial shape.

Technical : Status quo. All repeaters operational. Had some interesting problems with the
D-Star and DMR repeater computers because of repeated power outages during the recent
storms. The facility at the hospital is on their generators, but not UPS. Some members may be
donating UPSs for those computers. The team is currently repairing backup power supplies.

Education : General class on hold due to Comm Center building repairs. Read More →

February 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (26): K1TA, W1PPL, KC1FB, AI1V, K1NGK, KB1YOZ, K1RF, N1ZD, W1FSM, N1CT,
ND1L, WA1VXM, KC1ISC, KC1AUH, AA1XV, KD2LMS, W1TEG, W1LYZ, N1PLH, N1DPD,
KB1YYE, N1II, KC1HFL, WG1HM and XYL, W1CAH

Meeting called to order by K1TA at 7:30pm. January meeting minutes accepted.

Department Reports
Finance : Bank account is good. Slightly under last year due to purchases of transceivers and
repairs to beam.
Technical : All repeaters operational. No changes. Some work being done 775 analog.
Education : More than adequate interest in General Class license class. Working on scheduling
for early April. Will be 9 weeks.
Special Events : Soldering class fully booked.

Note that we generally meet for breakfast on Saturday mornings at the Silver Star Diner on Rt. 1
at 8am before opening the Comm Center at 9am.

Looking for someone to be the Field Day captain.

Membership : Currently 87 members. About 70 paid members – the rest are lifetime members
and graduates of our recent Technician class who were given one year free membership.

Dues
Dues are now due for 2018. Payable by check or thru Paypal on our website.
The club provides three months grace on dues.
Programs
Call for a Program Coordinator to determine the interests of the membership and arrange for
programs on those subjects.
*****
Congratulations to Paul N1II on being awarded the ARRL’s 2017 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical
Writing Award for his article, “The ABCs of a Digital Multimeter,” which appeared in the October
2017 edition of QST (p 37).
*****
Meeting Adjourned 8:10pm
Submitted by Jon AI1V

February Meeting – Thursday 2/15!!!

Due to Valentine’s day being on a Wednesday, the GNARC monthly meeting will be on THURSDAY 2/15.  Take the XYL or OM out on Wednesday!

January 2018 Meeting Minutes

Present (25): K1TA, WB2JVB, W1PPL, KC1FB, AI1V, K1NGK, Derek Hurse, K1WYQ,
KB1YOZ, K1RF, N1ZD, KB1O, W1FSM, N1CT, ND1L, WA1VXM, KC1ISC, KC1AUH,
KC1GGG, AA1XV, KD2LMS, AB1QK, W1TEG, W1GIG, KA1WBN

Meeting called to order by K1TA at 7:30pm
Department Reports
Finance : Bank account normal for this time of year after paying for summer picnic, field day, holiday party but before membership renewals.
Technical : All repeaters operational. No changes.
Education : General Class license class planned for early spring. Have 3 students already, will be sending out mailings to recruit more students.
Last Tech class graduated 15, including a 9 yr old and a 15 yr old. Fairfield holding Tech class in Feb/Mar, we will probably hold one in Sept/Oct.
Special Events : Thanks to Toy for putting together the holiday party. Bloomin Metric (public service radio support) scheduled for May 20. We expect to provide support to Norwalk Seaport Association/Sherwood Island over summer.
Nominating Committee
Nominated following for officer positions
● Tom K1TA for President
● Paul WB2JVB for Vice President
● Paul W1PPL for Treasurer
● Jon AI1V for Secretary
No floor nominations. No opposition. Slate was elected.

Thanks to Jim KC1FB for his years of service as Treasurer. Jim appointed as Assistant Treasurer to help transition Paul W1PPL into the role.
Dues
Dues are now due for 2018. Payable by check or thru Paypal on our website.
The club provides three months grace on dues.

Programs
Call for suggestions for meeting programs.
Suggestions:
● Mike (Westport astronomy club) on his Puerto Rico deployment experience.
● Larry Reid on solar eclipse and ballooning efforts
● Jon P/Paul L on public service (events, CERT, ARES, MARS)
Requests for additional ideas will be sent through the reflector and by other means.
Meeting Adjourned 8pm
Submitted by Jon AI1V