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


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GNARC March 2013 Joint Meeting Minutes

(Meeting held at SARA’s “Clubhouse” in Stamford’s Gov’t Center)


Note: Prior to the meeting, some members met for pizza at John the Baker Restaurant, on Long Ridge Rd. A number of those attending felt (the pizza & service) was exceptional.


Meeting called to order by SARA President Jon WB2RYV at 8:05pm.

GNARC President Jay NE2Q announced GNARC will no longer be meeting monthly at Shoprite in Norwalk, due to other organizations (who also enjoyed the privilege of using the community room) abusing this privilege.

Members went around the room introducing themselves by name, call, & club affiliation. There were 28 people attending, with 3 or 4 of those being NON-hams. Unfortunately, no others from other clubs attended, only those from GNARC & SARA (most likely due to an impending snow storm). This storm also caused guest speaker Betsey Doane K1EIC to reschedule her appearance until (possibly) next month’s meeting.

Floor opened up to members regaling each other with stories of unusual contacts, etc. There was much laughter & all had a great time.

GNARC wants to say “thanks” to SARA for hosting the meeting, & looks forward to another joint meeting in the future. There was plenty of parking for everyone in the Government Center’s parking garage.

Meeting adjourned by Jon WB2RYV for refreshments at 9:20pm.


Respectfully Submitted,

Martin KA1WBN Diamond, Sec’y/PIO

GNARC Feb 2013 Meeting minutes

Meeting called to order by GNARC VP Sam NV1P at 8:03pm.

Don KA1TZR gave a presentation about the history of the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club.

Old Business: Marty KA1WBN gave an update about the Norwalk Library, in preparation for a special event station planned for springtime, to boost popularity of amateur radio & hopefully generate more club members for GNARC. There is a 5-Band tunable receiver inside (the library) for public use by anyone interested in getting into the hobby. It uses an “inverted V” type antenna on the library’s roof. It is the hope, that for the (special event) station, extra coax can be connected to this “inverted V” & used to make contacts. Additional news is expected in the coming months as this event takes further shape.

Sam NV1P reminded members that dues are due March 31st, & those members whose dues are not paid by that time risk deletion from GNARC’s roster.

Public Service: Paul N1II announced that there will be an exhibit at Cranbury Park in Norwalk on Sat, May 11th, & any club members available are needed to assist with traffic control & parking, from approx 9:30am – 3:00pm.

A few New Members were in attendance & introduced themselves.

New Business: Charles N1LLL (GNARC’s new webmaster) talked about the club’s redesigned website.

Sam NV1P & Marty KA1WBN reminded members there would be a joint

meeting next month at CTSARA’s clubhouse. It is hoped that in

addition to CTSARA & GNARC, that CARA & FARA clubs would also attend.

The guest speaker for this joint meeting will be Betsey Doane K1EIC. Due to

this joint March meeting, GNARC will not hold its own meeting, but will

resume in April.

Treasurer’s report: some members have paid, but specific dollar amounts are not available by meeting time. Treasurer (Jim KC1FB) not in attendance.

An announcement was made that Jay NE2Q asked Ned KA1CVV to coordinate “Echolink” back on the 2 meter repeater.

There was brief discussion of the pros & cons of having both Echolink AND IRLP on both repeaters, & cross-linking them together.

Sam NV1P passed around a condolence card for (silent key) Lewis Tenzer N2LU, which was signed by all members present & mailed to the family within the next 2 days.

Meeting adjourned at 9:45pm.

February 2013 Meeting- Don Hudson’s First 50 Years of GNARC


Don Hudson

From the February 2013 meeting- Don Hudson gave the following presentation:

The First 50 Years


The Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club

Download a copy here. (PDF)

Watch the YouTube Video shot by WB1GRB- Here. 






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