The tower is being installed at the new communications center. Tower sections 1 and 2 are installed. The first section is through bolted to a steel I-beam in the building in four places. We will be looking for some volunteers to help with installation of the third (and final for now) section and the beam.
As part of a demonstration project, to show the technical capabilities of the GNARC members, several hams have worked to setup a video link from the 2014 Norwalk Oyster Festival back to emergency managers at Fire HQ. This will allow real time viewing of the amusement ride area of the park. In the future GNARC will be able to deploy this technology rapidly to assist emergency managers in getting “eyes on” views during critical events.
The radio link originates at a light pole in Vets park (very near our field day site). It is then received at the top of the hospital and relayed to fire HQ. This is done with an IP camera over the normal 5.x Gig wifi standard using high gain dishes.
Some photos are attached.
The GNARC “stuff for sale” team had a good trip to the 2014 Antique Wireless Association World Convention in Rochester, NY. The group consisted of Sam, Rachel, Steve, Roberta, Tim, Jim, and Don.
The convention program presented a wonderful range of events starting with a personally escorted tour of the AWA Museum Complex on Tuesday and ending with the “paper collectibles”, vacuum tube, and equipment auction on Saturday.
Outstanding progress has been made at the museum, featuring thoughtfully assembled equipment exhibits in beautifully appointed surroundings. The various presentations in the next few days covered an appropriate variety of amateur and antique radio interests. The Thursday/Friday flea market gave the seven person “sales crew” a good opportunity to market our goodies. The equipment contest was supported with many entries; Sam and Don won ribbons with their exhibits. On Friday, there was a fine dinner and a very interesting talk about Voice of America.
After a well-run auction with a large crowd in attendance, the team had an uneventful trip home.
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On Thursday, August 7th, over 50 members & friends of the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club took the time to enjoy themselves at a picnic hosted by one of their members, Paul Lourd WB2JVB, at his house in Wilton. The picnic was held in lieu of the regular monthly meeting.
Two VIP’s graced the party with their presence, namely ARRL CT Section Manager Betsey Doane K1EIC, & CT State Representative Gail Lavielle R-143.
Charles, N1LLL, had his “go kit” HF radio hooked up to Paul’s Buddipole dipole on 17 meters and some DX was heard.
All in attendance enjoyed great conversation, & were treated to fantastic food, magnificently prepared by Chef Mark KB1JGL, assisted by Toy K1WYQ. The entertainment included many being captivated by a remote controlled “Quadcopter”. And no party (or meeting) would be complete without Toy holding a raffle as only he can!!
The sale of the items below is being handled by Andrew, the deceased ham’s son-in-law.
He will be available to show the equipment from 8/20 through Labor Day weekend.
He can be reached at (262) 365-4305.
Equipment and asking prices are as follows.
Kenwood 950S Digital Transceiver $850 Read More →
- Meeting called to order by President Sam NV1P at 8:07pm
- Special raffle held by Toy K1WYQ before start of the meeting
- New members: none
- V.P.: no report
- Trustee: no report
- Upgrades: none
- Old Business: none
As I’m sure everyone has heard we’ve managed to get an official GNARC communications center, and I’m sure everyone is excited to see it. We’re going to have an open house on Wednesday, August 6th.
It’s going to be paid members only, so if you want to check the place out and haven’t paid dues now would be a good time to renew or join. Doors will open at 7, and pizza will be waiting for you. PLEASE RSVP to this email if you plan on coming.
Address is 100 Fairfield Ave, Norwalk. Almost directly across I-95 from Fire HQ. Caution some bridges are under construction. Use Cedar or Stuart to cross over. Map here
The map is accurate in the post below. Just MapQuest or Google 173 Old Boston Rd in Wilton, CT. If you need further info please email me (WB2JVB “at” arrl.net).