Email list problems?

If you are having troubles getting the GNARC emails from the reflector, please contact John, N1OLO. His email address is “his callsign” at Yahoo.com. Check your SPAM filter first!!

July 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:39.

Paul hosted a CERT net on Tuesday, July 6th. Ten CERT members recently got their licenses, and five or six have radios. Keep an ear out for calls starting with KC1E. If they key up, please talk to them!

Treasury report: We had to open a new account to save money on fees, we have paypal switched over and new checks will have GNARC on them! Everything will be above board by the end of the month. Good on money in the club account.

New Business:

Equipment upgrades – we’ll be adding a few more low pass filters for better station isolation and perhaps upgrading the triplexer and its filters for next FD. W3NQN makes good commercial-grade filters. We’ll put a diagram together with costs for various filters and come to a consensus on what we want to get that’s effective and reasonably priced. Steve (K1RF) along with Curt and Charles will be spearheading this effort.

We need signage! GNARC Comm Center on our door, lawn sign, maybe one down the street. Greg at the mailbox store may do magnetic signs.. $250 budget for signage passed, 10 approved, none opposed.

We need to assemble an antenna work party. $400 budget was passed for new support structure for dipole. Nine passed, none opposed, one abstention.

We’d like to update the field day computers to Windows 7. If you have a windows 7 computer that you’re getting rid of, please consider giving the key to us.

Wanna buff out the floor? It’s looking pretty rough and could use some TLC. Jim has a buffer! We can buy pads for it and use it. Yay!

We should think about getting a CS-800 for DMR for the club station – there’s no reason for us not to have one. If there is an emergency, ARES will handle it, and they operate off DMR, so if we want to be involved in ARES, we have to have one. $295 plus shipping. 10 passed with two abstentions. Motion to get a CS-800 passes.

Field Day Wrap-up: 3200 points total. 11 members showed up, and there were only eight operators, five of which were below 10% of total points. It was a good experiment to have it at the comms center, but we’ll be at Vet’s Park next year.

In the near future, we’d like to operate smaller contests, such as Winter Field Day, from the comm center. We’d love to have you!

WE STILL NEED A LOCATION FOR THE PICNIC! Cranbury Park is $270, so please donate your lawn/yard if at all possible.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00.

Beam is fixed

The beam has been repaired. During field day, it was noticed that the SWR was jumping around. One of the metal pieces that comprises the log periodic part of the antenna was loose, so as the antenna moved, the connection was intermittent.

Thanks to N1LLL, W1FSM, N1PLH, N1ZD, WB2JVB, AB1QK, W1DVE for assisting during various work sessions! And thanks to FD for providing a safe platform for us.

June 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:39. Members in attendance: 14

Minutes from last meeting accepted by W1GIG and KC1FB.

Treasurer report: We’re in good shape! The bank is trying to charge us a fee for the account, but KC1FB is going to fight it with advice from K1FC.

Old Business:

American Legion Tribute to Veterans and Touch-a-Truck, headed by George, went really well! Demonstrations of police dogs, World War Two memorabilia and reenactors were some of the attractions. We had an HF station set up there and operated off battery power from 11 AM to 6:15 PM, so we did a great job. We’ve been invited back for next year. Civil air cadets and high school students were interested in our station, so we may have gotten a few new hams as well. Read More →

Setting up APRS on an iOS device

Mike, N1PLH, has created these instructions for setting up APRS on an apple device. While it is not radio, it uses some of the same APRS technology, and can be useful in tracking  hams during public service events.

APRSforiOS

Free crank up tubular tower w/rotator and quad

There is a tower available for free. It comes with a rotator and a quad. It is a Wilson tt-45b, 45′ and is located in Bethel.

You will have to take a team that knows how to do tower work to safely go get it. Serious only. Contact WB2JVB for details.

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May 2015 Minutes

Meeting called to order at: 7:39 PM

Number of members in attendance: 21

Committee reports: Charles is doing experiments with the repeaters- he’s taken both repeaters, East and West (pointed north), and both are on at the same time on the same frequency. One is running on a different PL, this helps us gets better coverage, PLs are 114.9W, 100E. If you want to run IRLP on 2M, you may be able to use the West (Charles needs to double check it and will let everyone know).

Volunteering Opportunities:

– 5/16: ConnJam and the Tree Festival Read More →