April 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm.

22 members in attendance, 1 guest.

PRESENTATION:We started with the presentation by Joel Hallas (known as the Doctor in QST!).The presentation was on near-vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) HF propagation. This will be posted on the GNARC website soon and it’s very interesting and informative, so be sure to check it out!

BUSINESS PORTION:There are new t-shirts and sweatshirts for the club! The shirts have a slightly redesigned logo and you can get any color you want. $4 of each purchase goes to the club. You can buy them online and they ship directly to your house in two days. Go to gnarc.org select GNARC Store from the top menu and pick yours up!

George (AB1QK) showed us the proof of the decals that will be going on the trailer. They’ll be about two feet wide and three feet tall. Sam (NV1P) motioned to allocate funds to purchase the decals. Hugo (AA1XV) seconded. We should have them in about two weeks.

Treasury report: Him (KC1FB) says that we are doing pretty well, considering our recent purchases, but a good number of dues and special donations have come into the coffers recently so we’re doing okay.

The new rotor and antenna components for our rooftop antenna are all here, we’re just waiting for good weather and fire department help (since we’re not allowed to put our feet on the roof). We may need a few ground people when we put it up.


Three public service events coming up!

·         Norwalk Tree Festival on May 21st. This is their tenth year holding the festival. We assist with parking, which doesn’t sound like much, but since it’s so popular, our presence really does a lot of good. The vendors are very interesting, too – arborists, beekeepers, natural conservations, etc. Last year we were even awarded a nice shiny plaque for our efforts, so it’s great publicity for the club to participate. Send an email to Sam if you’re interested.

·         Bloomin’ Metric is coming up on May 22nd at Sherwood Island. With about 2500 participants, we assist with scout cars, sag wagons, and manning the rest stops. Free lunch too! Send an email to Jon Perelstein if you’re interested.

·         MS Ride on June 12th, which is longer than the BM, starting in Cranbury Park and ending there as well, but it’s much more complex to man than the BM since it’s more spread out and extends up to New Milford. We definitely need all hands on deck here. Please come out if you can. Send an email to Sam if you’re interested.
Meeting adjourned at 9:08, motion moved by Curt (W1FSM), seconded by Steve (K1RF).

GNARC Receives Appreciation Plaque from City


Tonight at their meeting,  the Norwalk Tree Advisory Committee presented the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club with a very nice certificate of appreciation. As you all may know, the club has been providing logistical assistance to the Norwalk Tree Alliance in running their Tree Festival since 2013. The annual Tree Festival is a free event where more than 40 exhibitors give out botanical advice, seeds, face painting for the kids, rides in bucket trucks for kids (and kids at heart), and free food. Manythanks go out to those club members who helped pull the event off in previous years.

Our participation has also had a positive effect for the club. We are very visible to local government organizations, and our presence has not gone unnoticed over the past 3 years. Our continued participation in this event ensures that we remain to be noticed in such a positive light.

This year will be the 10th time the event will be held, and since event continues to become more popular each year more people show up. Last years attendance broke 2000, and they predict there will be even more this year. Please consider volunteering May 21st from about 10-2. Lunch will be provided, although for those who are picky you are welcome to bring your own.

Sam Dick – NV1P

March 2016 Meeting Minutes

Called to order at 7:34, 23 members in attendance

Paul Danzer gave a presentation – “Your PC – What Is Inside”, which will be
posted on the GNARC website for your perusing pleasure.

Business Portion

The Club had a storage container that we used for Field Day. We had to
vacate the space and we’re lucky we had it as long as we did. Now, where do
we store our Field Day equipment? We’re purchasing a trailer that we can
store at one of the fire houses in Norwalk, and the tower trailer is mobile
already – loaded up with the beam antenna. It was moved today to one of our
antenna sites. $2800 dedicated to purchasing a trailer (kudos to Jess for
making a donation to the club to help with this purchase) – motion to
appropriate 2800 for purchase was moved by Dee ND1L, seconded by Don, none
opposed. Read More →

GNARC Field Day/Equipment trailer!


GNARC Equipment Trailer

Our new trailer has arrived! More details to follow!

February 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:37

23 members and one guest in attendance

We start with going around the room and saying a bit about ourselves. This
was a fun catchup!

New business:

Coming up June 12th is the MS bike ride, which starts in Calf Pasture Beach
in Norwalk. We did it last year and it went really well. We’re waiting to
hear back (hopefully will hear back by the 20th) if they need us again. We
need volunteers to run sag wagons and helping out with comms in general.
Updates on the website to follow. Let us know if you want to help out! We’d
love to have you.

The Bloomin’ Metric is on May 22nd, volunteers needed for that as well!

Greenwich Kennel Club’s all-breed dog show at Taylor Farms in Norwalk wants
us to run comms for them this summer as well, details to follow. Read More →

Winter Field Day a Huge Success!

On the last weekend in January, a few of your fellow club members participated in what turned out to be the most well attended Winter Field Day in the history of the club. On the radio side, despite the bands not cooperating 100%, we made 222 contacts over the 24 hour period. I would like to first thank the technical committee, because without all of their hard work installing and maintaining the station, none of the operation would have gone as smoothly as it did. Special thanks go to Mark, K8ZW, for making more than half of those contacts. Special thanks also go out to George, AB1QK, who operated the overnight shift. In total, we had 9 operators, which for a Winter Field Day is a great turnout.

What was really awesome was the total turnout for the non-radio portion. I’d like to believe that it was the transmission of RF radiation that drew hams from as far south as Stamford and as far north as Waterbury to our Comm Center. We had a total of 16 people visit us during WFD, and we were treated to Rachel’s delicious chili dinner and quiche breakfast. The topics of conversation were varied, and we also got to enjoy many delicious desserts, as well as endless pots of coffee. I would like to thank those of you who assisted in the clean up on Sunday morning. Your ability to make the center spick and span again was greatly appreciated by those of us rendered too sleepy from operating through the night to do it as efficiently ourselves. Sad you missed out? Come out to the Comm Center during the week on Monday and Thursday nights, plus Saturday mornings, for miniature re-enactments of this great event. Sure, they’re not contests, but DX, friends, and good coffee are always fun too.


Sam – NV1P – WFD coordinator, Rachel – KB1VWJ – Club Secretary

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January 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:34. There were 23 members in attendance.
Old Business:
Lifetime Achievement Plaques issued to Don Hudson, Jim Franceour, and Toy Alladin.

KM2KM, a longtime GNARC member, emailed us. He runs an AM group every morning at 8 AM on 7178. Join in if you want! Don Ripley started this net, and sadly passed away on Monday, January 8th. He was an instrumental GNARC member who worked at CBS. He had moved to Florida after a boating accident in Connecticut. He will be missed.

New Business:
Winter Field Day is coming up! It’ll be taking place on January 30-31st.
Sam will be spearheading opening the comms center, please contact him if
you wish to participate. It’s more laid back than summer field day, but
still very fun – and Rachel promises chili!

Sam thanked everyone who came out tonight to vote.

VP Report:

Charles asks that GNARC members stay off the roof. In other
Comms Center-related news, the Red Cross will be moving in shortly, so if
you see them, be friendly and good neighbors. If they need any comms
assistance, we will be very happy to help them.

Treasury Report:

We incurred some expenses to renew gnarc.org‘s internet domain name for five years, other than that we haven’t spent anything and the treasury is in good shape.

The minutes for each meeting will be henceforth distributed via the GNARC reflector.

Election-Related News:

The nominating board will be dissolving – as of next year, we’ll decide whether we’ll want a nominating committee going forward. Our bylaws state that we have to have one, but we can rewrite them if we so choose. If you have any opinions on having a nominating committee versus not having one, talk to George or Charles.

2016 GNARC Officer Nominations:

There is only one change – Sam Dick is now the outgoing president and George Flay, AB1QK, is the nominated incoming president.

Officers nominated:

VP: Charles Lelievre, N1LLL
Secretary: Rachel Ambrose KB1VWJ
Treasurer: Jim Franceour KC1FB

No more nominations from the floor. 2016 Officer Slate is set in stone.

Dee motioned for an adjournment, George seconded, meeting adjourned at 8:06.