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GNARC merchandise store updated

The store that sells our logo merchandise has been upgraded, with a new look and the ability to order more items. Some items can now be customized with name and call sign. Check it out. GNARC STORE

Steve, K1RF’s Field Day Presentation 2023

Steve gave this presentation on simple wire antennas to the field day group at our 2023 field day in Westport.

June 2023 Meeting Minutes

GNARC Zoom Meeting Minutes – 06/14/23.


KC1YL    Lisa

Paul       W1IP

Steve    K1RF

Jon         W1DYN

Dee        N1ZD

Dave      N1DPD

Discussed Field Day participation and how to generate more interest in this event. Jon AI1V will be sending out another sign-up for operating at Field Day.

W1IP suggested starting a regular get together to do some educational things like POTA, Antenna Setups, and maybe fox hunts.

Respectfully submitted,

David D’Arinzo


K1RF OCF Antenna Presentation

Please see this link for a copy of the presentation given By Steve, K1RF at the April 2023 meeting.

October 2022 – Meeting Minutes

Attending: Officer members –Jon Perelstein AI1V, President; Dave D’Arinzo N1DPD Treasurer; Tom Gunther W1TEG, Secretary. Other members in attendance included: Chuck K1CWT; Hugo AA1XV; Joe KC1AUH; TomR KB1FBX; Steve K1RF; Peter KC1PWH; SteveS W1SMS; and Martin K1MGD.

Minutes: Meeting called to order at 7:20 PM by President Jon AI1V; at the Comstock Community Center (room 13) in Wilton.

Order of Business
Pizza and soda were served to the members.
Open Discussions: Members discussed various radio topics and relayed their experiences. Some items covered included: Different types of antenna in use by government entities and others as well as home installed antenna and various difficulties experienced and some remedies; RF problems and solutions; Use of USB cable connections to a rig and overcoming some difficulties; FT8 and JSA Call super-fast speed; Ground rod use and the benefits of tying all home ground rods together. Most members contributed and found the discussions informative.
VE Session was held for the concluded Technician license class held by Jon and Paul W1IP for Wilton CERT members. Six students took the test and passed. Two also advanced to General. No new VE test is currently scheduled.
Classes: no new class is currently planned.
Holiday Party – Members discussed the potential for a party at the restaurant “PONZA Italian Kitchen” [690 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk] Also discussed was a sit-down event or just cocktails and pass around foods. Sit down was he recommendation in the room.
Future meetings – will probably continue at Comstock Community Center.
Meeting Presentations – No presentation was scheduled.
Treasurer’s Report – Accounts remain strong with minimal spending during the prior period. The Tres. Filed annual CT Lic. and is following up on a client contribution match processed.
Club Dues Annual Dues of $35 will be due and payable January 1, 2023. Feel free to pay early in support of your club.
Activities – Upcoming event include the CQDX sideband contest. The Westport club will participate and GNARC members are welcome to join them 10/29-30. Pizza Night at the Fairfield Coast Guard Station. Members invited to attend 11/5. The ARRL BBQ and open house is scheduled 10/29 in Newington 10 AM to 2 PM. Pre-Register here:

Holiday Party – Wednesday 12/14!

Members discussed the planned party at the restaurant “PONZA Italian Kitchen” [690 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk]. A Sit-down menu with 3 options has been selected. While the meal will cost approximately $50, Members will be charged $35 each and the club will cover the difference. There will be a pay-Bar and Prizes / drawings. Please pay before attending via PayPal. Pay here

March 2022 Meeting Minutes

AttendingOfficer members –Jon Perelstein AI1V, President; Paul LaVorgna W1PPL, Asst Treasurer, Tom Gunther W1TEG, Secretary, Marty K1MGD VP and David N1DPD, Treasurer.  Other members in attendance included:  Steve K1RF, Pete H KC1PWH, Steve W1SMS,

Minutes:  Meeting called to order at 7:40 PM by President Jon AI1V; with members noted in attendance, in-person.

LOCATION: American Legion Post 12, at 60 County St, Norwalk, CT 06851

Order of Business

  • Dues – The president noted our “Dues Holiday” for 2022.  Where Members will not be asked to pay dues for the coming year as a way of saying thank you for your patience during the pandemic.  This will probably change in the next fiscal year.
  • Future Meeting Presentations – For next month Steve K1RF agreed to reach out to Larry Reed who provided a very interesting presentation on his high-altitude balloon launches in the past, for an update on his latest balloon activities.  Other topic possibilities include Solar Energy advances, cable business updates and EVs. 
  • Events –:  Field Day = June 25-26, 2022.  Field Day planning has begun at GNARC.  Considerable discussion occurred on various antenna options such as directional unit, a spider beam with 2 or 3 elements, a hex beam for 20/15/10; etc.  Discussion on height up occurred i.e. 30’ +/- and various mast sizes available; as well as the simplicity of a wire antenna.  Also discussed how many members will come and participate in FD.  Location for FD was discussed such as Vets Park; West Rocks School, Westport Observatory or other potential sites.  Members Jon and PPL will visit the Westport Observatory K1WAS | Westport Astronomical Society (  It looks like the Astronomical Society location may have a lot of benefits and excellent location for joint FD activities. Stay tuned for updates on this.
  • Treasurer’s Report –– The club finances remain strong.  The Treasurer has filed the appropriate tax forms, paid our insurance, and handled the CT state non-profit fee and trailer registration costs.
  • Education/Testing – We have a VE session on Sat March 26 at 1 pm at The Readiness Collective.  VE’s needed. 
  • Presentation:  No formal presentation was planned for this event.  This meeting was a trial to evaluate the new location at the American Legion Hall.  The club pays $50 to utilize a large hall and have access to the facility Bar in the lower level after the meeting.  Members did indeed go down for some refreshment at 9 PM after the meeting.  All present agreed it was a great success to use this wonderful location complete with ample parking.
  • New Business:  Discussed the need to find a location for Club activities and a radio shack.  Members are encouraged to seek out potential locations such as a town community center, social clubs, senior citizen centers or Senior Residences, a local Fire house, a local high school or other facilities.  Each of these could provide a mutual benefit with GNARC having a presence in their facility.  Members are encouraged to seek out such locations and forward to club officers.

Next meeting will be April 13th at the American Legion Post 12,   60 County St, Norwalk, CT 06851

    Members are encouraged to attend in person!  Social distancing is easy in such a large facility and the bar downstairs is open after the meeting.

Meeting adjourned 9:00 PM

W1TEG, Secretary.