February 2017 Meeting Minutes

Called to order at 7:32.

Minutes accepted at 7:35.

Financials as of 2/6 – the Club is in good shape financially. (Actual numbers are not reported on the web site. See Jim if you have any detailed questions)

Dues are due! Get them in!

Steve gave a presentation on lightning and ham radio. Really great discussion of what makes a good ground, designing a lightning protection system, and how to protect your antennas and rigs. Big takeaway: install multiple ground rods. Quarter wave DC short types (stubs) are wonderful if you stick them in one end of a T-joint and put your rig in the other end. If your ground rods are at the same potential, and remains at the same potential while the strike occurs (dissipating up to 56,000 amps), no damage will occur. But some grounding is better than no grounding, so whatever you can afford, you should put in. Very informative talk especially with summer coming up! Check it out.

We have some new committees in the club this year!

Tech Committee (headed by Curt) – Monthly report: we installed a TS 590 in the club’s radio room, it’s functional and working. It still needs some decorating though. The next project for the tech committee is that they’re looking into either repairing or replacing the beam.

Education Committee (headed by Paul) – Paul is helping to teach a tech class hosted at the comms center. So far, we have 21 people enrolled in tech class, and even people on a waiting list. We have some CERT people in the class, as well as some fire and police personnel. Depending on how this goes, we’ll have another one in the spring.

Bylaws Committee (headed by Paul) – We’re working on updating the bylaws and making them current. The corrected and updated bylaws will be submitted to the membership for consideration and further input before they’re declared official.

Special Events/Public Service/VE Committee (headed by Lisa) – The first VE session was on Saturday February 11th. Coming up, there’s the Mini Maker Faire in Westport in April 22, and the Bloomin’ Metric in May. Volunteers will be needed for these events, so if you’re interested, get in touch with Lisa.

Field Day Committee (headed by Sam) – he’ll need help with the technical committee and logistics starting in a couple of weeks. Expect a good number of the club members to be contacted.

There was no old business or new business to be discussed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40. Motion to adjourn made by Jess, seconded by Hugo.  Minutes submitted by Rachel KB1VWJ

Come join the Wednesday night fun!

Paul W1PPL, Paul WB2JVB, Lisa KC1YL watching Tom K1TA do something interesting! I don’t remember what it was, but I think we were looking on a sked page to get a MT contact, which is all that N1EV needs for 50 states!

Please don’t be shy, come on down any Wednesday. We usually have pizza or Chinese food and enjoy some ham radio operating and discussion. Check the reflector for details.

73!

Wed Night Operating

January 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:30. 

30 members in attendance. 

We started with Douglas’s (WA1SFH) presentation, “Sharing the Magic: Bringing Local Kids into Amateur Radio”. How do the older hams replace the younger generation? Douglas gave us some great ideas for starting the year off with some youth outreach. Very thought provoking presentation! 

After the presentation, it was time for the annual vote for the 2017 Elected Officers. Toy (K1WYQ) led the vote off, George (AB1QK) seconded for 2017 officers at 8:17. 

The roster is: 

President – Tom Alessi (K1TA) VP – Paul Lourd (WB2JVB) Sec. – Rachel Ambrose (KB1VWJ) Treasurer – Jim Francoeur (KC1FB)

We had a new face attending this meeting – KC1WLR, president of Westport Astronomical Society. It was great to see him! 

New Business: 

Sam brought up the MS bike ride. He just got the first email about the 2017 ride from his point of contact with the event. They’ll be starting from Dinosaur BBQ in Stamford this year, and as a bonus, the path won’t go north – it’ll go up the coast. The 100 mile route is cancelled, and the ride will go from Stamford to Fairfield and back. Happily, we expect none of the issues with repeater coverage that we had to contend with last year. We’ll need volunteers to be in the sag wagons and volunteers to be scouts. If you want to be involved, get in touch with Sam (NV1P). 

Tom is going to be heading up Winter Field Day. An email will go out on the reflector so let him know if you’re interested by replying. It’s January 28th and 29th, and we’ll do it from the comms center. 

Reminder that dues are due by March 31st to Jim (KC1FB). 

Meeting adjourned at 8:33. 

GNARC Holiday Party – Great Fun!

Thanks to all who came to our holiday party on Wednesday. We had a great turnout, good food, good drink, and of course Toy K1WYQ was the master of ceremonies! Lisa KC1YL was awarded a certificate of appreciation for her contributions to the club over the past year.  She spearheaded many club activities this year: fox hunt antenna building, Sheffield Island Expedition, Ambler Farm “Fall out on the air”, summer picnic and more. Thanks Lisa for helping GNARC stay active! VP Paul WB2JVB presented the award.

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November 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:39 pm. Fifteen members in attendance, one guest (John, recently licensed, electrical engineer, worked for a number of area tech companies, KC1GGG.)

New Business:

Treasury report: We sold off a number of rigs, and are planning to buy new early in the new year. There will have special meeting to discuss that. Special thanks to Mark (N1CT) for doing the heavy lifting, shipping of the rigs, etc.

We put down payment on another venue for the holiday party on 12/14 – the Laurel Athletic Club. Liability insurance will be renewed at the end of this month. We’re in good shape balance wise. We will invite the CT section manager and section emergency coordinator.

Elections of Officers: nominations are now open for all positions, but selections from the nominating committee are: Jim (KC1FB) for treasurer, Rachel (KB1VWJ) for secretary, Paul (WB2JVB) for VP, Tom (K1TA) for President. They’ll be announced again at the holiday party. George (AB1QK) will be not seeking a second term at the end of this year for club president. He recognized Sam and Paul in particular for their help in shepherding him through his time in the position.

We got QSL cards from the Lighthouse Event in September and are in the process of sending them out. The club now has beautiful new QSL cards to be used for club contacts! 

Motion made by George (AB1QK) to adjourn at 8:11 pm, motion seconded by Jim (KC1FB).

Rotor Replaced!

Today, a small crew from GNARC replaced the failed rotor on the tower. Mike N1PLH and Paul WB2JVB climbed the tower with ground crew support from Tom K1TA, Curt W1FSM and Dee N1ZD.  Charles N1LLL was the safety officer.  Please see one of the tech committee for training on how to use the new rotor system.

Wednesday night projects!

For those who never come to the comm center, you are missing out on the fun! Last night we worked on RDF antennas, installed FLDIGI and got it working with the IC-7200 for digital modes and had a generally good tech time!