July 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:40 pm

Attendance: 17

Old Business: Treasurer report: In good shape in checking and savings.

Field Day Wrap-up: Paul, Sam, and George really stepped up to make Field Day happen, so much thanks to them. Considering the small amount of people who participated, we did really well. We should definitely document our mistakes and things that need tweaking in order to do better next year. This year’s Field Day was rather hurriedly put together so we had to put out some fires as they happened, which isn’t ideal. A dry run might be helpful two to four weeks before it happens next year to make sure everything works and everyone knows where crucial pieces of equipment are. Some of our Field Day equipment is in need of repair so we need to take things out, make sure they work, and fix them if they don’t. We can practice putting up antennas, setting up rigs, and figuring out where everything should be positioned at Vets’ Park. This would also be a good chance for newer/younger members to learn how to put up the beam and then we can use it next year for Field Day. The beam itself is also in need of some repair, so it really needs to be a club project. Would anyone like to spearhead this? Read More →

GNARC trailer locked and loaded for field day

We may not score high, but darned if we don’t look sharp doing it!!

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June Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:40.

Members in attendance: 20.

Dan (N1ZZ) gave a presentation on his Field Day experiences and his ham radio history in general. Worthy of note in particular was his contribution to the US Army by assisting with running telephone patches. He started the New Canaan High School’s ham radio club when he was newly licensed. By 21, he had acquired Worked All Zones. He’s also placed 2nd in the world in the OKOM contest. Even for those of us who’ve known Dan for a long time, this was an engaging and entertaining talk. Given his recent announcement that he’s leaving our lovely state in favor of warmer climes, it was especially timely. Unfortunately there isn’t a powerpoint, but if you email Dan, he’ll be happy to set up a “sched” with you once he gets settled in his new home.

EVENTS REPORT

The MS Ride is coming up on June 12th at Cranbury Park – please volunteer! We need at least one more person! Please email Sam if you can make it.

Dinner June 16th at the Comms Center – please RSVP to Rachel or Sam by June 14th! The menu will be chicken tortilla soup, chips with guacamole and salsa, and brownies for dessert. If you would like to bring anything else, please feel free, but do let Rachel or Sam know in advance, and please bring enough to share with the whole class. Small donations to offset the cost will be gratefully accepted.

FIELD DAY 2016

Menu:
Saturday lunch will be Subway platters, chips and soda as we set up
Saturday dinner will be turkey chili with chips, dips (salsa, guacamole, French onion dip, etc), grilled bread, and brownies for dessert.
For breakfast Sunday, there will be bacon/sausage, eggs, and fruit.
Sunday lunch will be hot dogs and hamburgers to help us tear down.
A Kuerig machine and plenty of pods for coffee will be on demand!
If you would like to contribute anything or have any feedback on the menu, please contact Rachel no later than June 20th!

Allocated up to $1000 for food, motion made by George AB1QK, seconded by Jim (K1FC).

We had a head count and there are nine prospective operators for FD so far of those in attendance. Paul will put up a Genius signup sheet on gnarc.org for operating times and slots. Please sign up for the hours and bands of your choice there, and do it sooner rather than later.

The club will hopefully be able to use the Norwalk fire department’s light tower for mast and antenna mounting purposes.

The assembled members agreed that it was important to acquire band pass filters for 80M and 40M. The 20M, 15M, and 10M filters are built into the triplexer. We decided to allocate $400 toward this effort. Motion made by Steve K1RF, seconded by Hugo AA1XV.
Unless we have an unexpected abundance of operators, GNARC will be running 2A for FD.

Motion to adjourn made by George AB1QK, seconded by Sam NV1P, at 21:22.

May 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 19:37. 17 people in attendance.

Tonight’s presentation was given to us by Paul, WB2JVB, on how computers are essentially free today. Different applications call for different tools, but armed with the Arduino and Raspberry Pi a person can do a lot. One of the most important lessons was if you plan on building with an Arduino, buy the real deal. It may be tempting to spend only $3 for a board, but the amount of frustration it could cause is worse than spending the extra money up front. For those who unable to attend the slides are posted on the website, and they are worth a look, even if it’s only to learn about the Kangaroo, a very affordable complete Win 10 PC.

Business meeting:
The primary topic of conversation was the upcoming Field Day, as June 25-26 is fast approaching. Field day is without a doubt the most visible annual radio event, and is not only an important tool to recruit new hams, but it’s also an important tool to get hams that already hold licenses on the air. For many people this is a chance to operate HF for the first time. For some this will be the first opportunity to see what we as hams can do when they come together in an emergency situation. Still others come just to meet up with old friends. To others this is a chance to meet up with some of the brightest people in the area, and learn from their experiences. Whatever your personal reason for attending might be, this is a day not to be missed. Read More →

American Legion Thanks to Veterans

This event is a “Thank you to All Our Veterans”

Volunteers needed to demonstrate a HAM Radio QSO. This was very successful last year. Many other exhibits will be on hand. 

Date: Saturday 4 June 16, from 10 AM to 7 PM Sign up for an hour or two or three!
At The Frank C. Godfrey American Legion Post 12
60 County Street, Norwalk, CT

*  A Transceiver will be set up under a Tent Shelter.
*  Battery & Commercial power will be available
*  A Portable antenna will be set up

(Last year the event tapered off at 3:30 pm)

Contact: George Flay – AB1QK

Volunteers are Needed

There are four events coming up that need radio operators: Cranbury Park Tree Festival, Bloomin’ Metric Bike Ride, MS Bike Ride, and the American Legion Thank you to our Veterans Day.

Remember, we have to earn our right to get the airwaves the FCC gives us. Give back to the community and volunteer. Its fun and rewarding. Don’t be shy, we will put you in a role you are comfortable with.

The City of Norwalk gives us our space at 100 Fairfield ave. It is important to give back to the city!

Contact: Sam NV1P for the Tree Festival on 5/21 and the MS Bike Ride on 6/12.

Contact: Jon, WB2RYV for the Bloomin’ Metric on 5/22.

Contact George, AB1QK for the American Legion event on 6/4. Click here for more details about that event.

Email addresses are in the member directory.

PLEASE sign up, it is important.

Paul WB2JVB ARES DEC for Region 1

Slides from 5/11 Arduino/Pi Presentation

Slides are attached in PPTX format.

Computers are Free