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‘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.

November 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:34 pm.

23 members in attendance.

Motion to accept last month’s minutes made by N1ZD and seconded by AB1QK.

VP report: No big updates to date, although Charles N1LLL did have a question for the group to ponder: it might be worth trying to see if we can drum up any interest in doing 40/80M net at some point during the week in the evenings. Other than that, the repeaters are healthy and happy, we’re one of the hottest DMR machines around, and things are good!

Treasurer’s Report:  No new unplanned expenses, but Don KA1TZR sold some tubes to net over $20.00.  We’re still in great shape with our financial situation.

Holiday party is coming up – sign up form is about to be posted on the website by Paul as soon as Sam signs off on it.

Nominating committee’s report: slate for 2016 board (we’ll be accepting nominations from the floor up until election day at January’s meeting). The nominating committee is disbanding themselves at the end of 2015. At that point, the club will decide if they want to continue with a committee or go another route. The proposed slate for 2016 is as follows: George Flay (AB1QK) for president, Charles (N1LLL) for VP, Jim (KC1FB) for treasurer, Rachel Ambrose (KB1VWJ) for secretary. If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring, please let Sam or Charles know. Read More →

2015 Holiday Party – December 10th – 6pm


Attention all hams!!!! It is that time again, the annual GNARC holiday party. An event not to be missed!

December 10th, 6pm until 10:30pm. Laurel Athletic Club 13 North Avenue Norwalk CT.

See calendar for map

Please see the form below, print and fill out and send it in with your check.


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November meeting topic

This month’s meeting we will have special guest Larry Reid, AB1JC, who will be presenting an update on the Discovery Museums balloon project.

2 years ago we had our first taste of this amazing project, and this update will showcase all of the hard work that has been invested since then. Included will be images taken from the latest test run from 80,000+ feet. This is one of the more interesting projects going on in the area, and it’s worth coming down to the comm center on the 11th at 7:30, 100 Fairfield Ave. We hope to see you there.

October 2015 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:34.

15 members in attendance.

VP (Charles, N1LLL) report: everything is status quo and there will be a GNARC sign as part of the main sign for the comms center. It’s a surprise so we’ll wait and see!

No treasurer report since Jim isn’t here.

WA1VXM, John,  is in attendance, yay! He hasn’t been to a club meeting in a long time. He is donating 3 rigs to the club, they more or less work and are ours to do with as we will. Two dual band mobiles and an older dual band HT. Welcome back!

Old business: Bikes4Bikes happened two weeks ago, went over very well, had just enough volunteers to make it work. No injuries, no problems, everything went smoothly. Read More →

September 2015 Minutes

Meeting called to order at: 7:32
Number of attendees: 19

July meeting minutes accepted at 7:33 by NV1P, seconded by K1FC

Vice-President (Charles, N1LLL) report: Nothing much to report, we’ve done some stuff with the repeaters, haven’t figured out how to prevent stepping on each other, but we’re working on it.

Treasurer (Jim, K1FC) report: The club’s finances are in pretty good shape, unfortunately we didn’t make as much money at AWA sellling as we usually do. Tim and Jim went up to Boxboro to see if that was a valid alternative to AWA, and we may go up there instead next year. Read More →