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Welcome to the Greater Bridgeport Amateur Club wiki.  This is the place where you will find the latest information about the club.  This space is constantly updated so please visit often or visit the GBARC Website.

We hold our primary net every week on Thursday at 8pm on the GBARC repeaters listed in the sidebar.  Additionally, we hold monthly HF, DMR and Digital nets on Tuesdays for those who need to test and/or upgrade their equipment.  Our CARES program is Continuing Amateur Radio Education Sessions for new and old hams alike and are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays after the weekly net.


Sunday 1 January 2023 (New Years Day) @ 1200 Noon EST

On 1 January 2023 (New Years Day) @ 1200 Noon GBARC will have a special New Years Foxhunt. All members, non-members, and unlicensed are invited to attend. If you are new to foxhunting and would like to team with someone, please let any member know and we'll find someone for you to pair up with.

The purpose of the foxhunt is to track down a hidden transmitter and find some information, then relay that information according to the instructions on a sign where the fox is located, or possibly the fox will be waiting for you to arrive. For more tips, see below the map.  The hunt will be mainly in a square area from Trumbull, Easton, Weston, Redding, Newtown, Monroe, and Shelton. The search area is roughly 15mi x 15mi.  Please start at the recommended starting location as the added altitude will help you hear the signal over the terrain.  There is no guarantee you will hear it at the start, but it is possible.

Please see the Foxhunts page for a map and additional information.


Sunday Foxhunt - October 16, 2022 @ 9:30am

On Sunday October 16, 2022 @ 10am GBARC will have our monthly Foxhunt. All members, non-members, and unlicensed are invited to attend and this should be a family-friendly event. If you are new to foxhunting and would like to team with someone, please let me know and we'll find someone for you to pair up with. The purpose of the foxhunt is to track down a hidden transmitter and find some information, then relay that information according to the instructions on a sign where the fox is located, or possibly the fox will be waiting for you to arrive. For more tips, see below the map.  The hunt will be mainly in a square area from Trumbull, Easton, Weston, Redding, Newtown, Monroe, and Shelton. The search area is roughly 12mi x 12mi.

Please see the Foxhunts page for a map and additional information.


Sunday - Club Annual Picnic and POTA Activation - September 25, 2022 @ 11am

On Sunday, August 25, at 11am we will begin setup for our annual club picnic. The picnic is open to members, non-members, friends, and family. Along with our picnic, we'll conduct our regular business meeting at 2 pm. Lunch will be provided.

 

 

Sunday Foxhunt - August 21, 2022 @ 10am

On Sunday, August 21, at 10am we will have our monthly Foxhunt. All members, non-members, and unlicensed are invited to attend and this should be a family-friendly event. If you are new to foxhunting and would like to team with someone, please let me know and we'll find someone for you to pair up with. The purpose of the foxhunt is to track down a hidden transmitter and find some information, then relay that information according to the instructions on a sign where the fox is located, or possibly the fox will be waiting for you to arrive. For more tips, see below the map.  The hunt will be mainly in a square area from Northern Trumbull/Fairfield, Southern Newtown, Eastern Redding and Weston, and Western Monroe. The search area is roughly 10mi x 10mi. Please see the Foxhunts Page for more information.


Field Day Poster

We have a new Field Day poster and YOU can download it and distribute it to people you think will be interested in attending.  Please feel free to duplicate, mail and hand out any time.  You can find the poster here in our Files Section.


CARES Update

Because of personal committments there will be no CARES on May 5th and so CARES is going to resume on May 12th after the net.  Please see this space for more information.


April 24 - GBARC POTA at Osbornedale State Park

This Sunday is our group Parks on the Air activity in Osbornedale State Park.  The weather (and propagation) look to be ideal for this event and should be able to enjoy a full day of fun.  

If you haven't signed up yet, please visit the SurveyMonkey survey so we know what to expect you to bring and do.  

We will operate in the upper pavilion.  There are picnic tables already there so there will be no real need for shelters or extra things such as chairs unless you want.  Lunch will be provided

 


After the net - GBARC CARES, Handi-Talkie Antennas

On Thursday April 21, after the net we will have another session of GBARC CARES, our continuing amateur radio education sessions.  It will start at approximately 8:30 on Zoom. This week's presentation is by Emily N1DID who will tell you all about Handi-Talkie antennas and why you may not be hitting the repeater as hard as you expect.  Even though this presentation is aimed at new hams, even the old hands might learn a thing or two.

 

To join the meeting click here to launch Zoom.

 


New England QSO Party - May 7th and 8th<</\h3>

The New England QSO Party on May 7th and 8th is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries. You'll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.

Our goal is to get every one of the 67 counties in New England on the air so we hope you will encourage your friends to join in the fun! Even if you can join the fun for a couple of hours, we'd appreciate it! Will you be QRV? Let us know with a message to info@neqp.org

The New England QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep on Saturday night.  It runs from 4 pm Saturday until 1 am Sunday, then 9 am Sunday until 8 pm Sunday.  Operate on CW, SSB and/or digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters.  For each QSO you'll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state.  Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who sends in a log with 25 or more QSOs will get a certificate.  The goal is to work stations anywhere in the world - and their goal is to work New England stations, so you'll be very popular!

Last year we had logs from 947 stations from around the country and world.  

The full rules are here -> https://neqp.org/rules/

The full 2021 results were posted last month - https://neqp.org/2021-new-england-qso-party/

 


After the net - GBARC CARES, Power Supplies

Tonight after the net we will have another session of GBARC CARES, our continuing amateur radio education sessions.  This weeks presentation is by Larry Gross W1LAG who will educate us on power supplies.  Having previewed the presentation, I can strongly advise everyone to attend.  

To join the meeting click here to launch Zoom.


Reminder - CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest This Weekend

This weekend is the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest sponsored by CQ Magazine. This is one of the biggest DX contests and the kind of contest where you can do DXCC in a weekend.  It's a sideband (voice) contest so everyone regardless of skill level can participate.  As of Thursday conditions weren't great but there seems to be another region rotating into position that may improve propagation soon.  .

For complete rules and information see the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest information and rules.


Foxhunt Sunday March 13, 2022 @ 10am

It looks like the weather will be cool, but sunny and clear so we will hold our monthly foxhunt starting at 10am.  The foxhunt will cover Redding, Newtown, Easton, Weston, Monroe, Shelton and Trumbull.  Start time is 10am and we have a hard end time of 1pm.  See our Monthly Fox Hunts page for more information.


GBARC CARES - Get to Know the ARRL

On Thursday, February 10, 2022 we will have another session of GBARC Cares, this time with a much needed presentation about the ARRL and it's benefits to all ham radio operators.  This session, we will be joined by presentation and chat by Fred Kemmerer AB1OC and  Phil Temples K9HI.  Fred is our New England Director, and Phil, who is Vice-Director, has attended our meetings in the past.  Together they will introduce us to the ARRL, the New England Division, and  how the ARRL helps all members with amazing benefits.  
 
So plan on joining us for a great presentation and chat and learn how the ARRL helps all members with amazing benefits.  

GBARC Elects new Officers for 2022

GBARC held it's annual elections on January 18th 2022 and the slate as nominated by the nominating committee was unanimous;  The new officers are:

  • President - Shawn Takatsu NR1T
  • Vice President - Peter Cimino K1PCN
  • Treasurer - Jon Maggio K1DAD
  • Secretary - Kevin Pfeiffer N1MRI
  • Sergeant at Arms - Luis A. Lopez KC1HJW
  • Public Information Officer - Emily Clarke N1DID

Emily N1DID is also the immediate past president and will focus on continuing education.


GBARC Selects 2021 Ham of the Year

GBARC has voted!  The 2021 Ham of the Year was widely voted as Emily Clarke N1DID.  Emily was GBARC President 2020-2021 and presided over the club during the CoVid pandemic.  During this time she was able to build the core of the club and motivate the club to do interesting and fun activates that helped the club grow.

Congratulations Emily!


GBARC Foxhunt - January 2nd at Noon

GBARC will hold it's next Foxhunt January 2nd 2022 at Noon.  The foxhunt will be held in the area between highways 15 and 84 to the north and south, and Route 57 and the Housitanic River to the East.  All hams regardless of club affiliation are invited to attend.

For additional information see our Foxhunts page for the latest information.  


Vote Now for the 2021 GBARC Ham of the Year

Vote now: Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club - GBARC 2021 Ham of the Year

You are invited to vote in the Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club - GBARC 2021 Ham of the Year.   The voting deadline is Jan 18 2022 5:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).

We are using an online election system to tabulate our votes. You should have received an email with an assigned a unique access key which can only be used to vote once.  Using this process your voting choices will remain anonymous. Do not forward or reply to this email to vote, as your vote will not be registered.

If you have election questions, feedback or did not receive the email with your voting information, please contact Shawn NR1T at qrz.nr1t@gmail.com.


Join our Discord Channel

GBARC has a chat channel on Discord.  Discord is one of the finer chat platforms and allows us to share photos and chat in real time.  Shawn NR1T and I started this originally so we could share DX spots but it has grown into far more than just that.

To sign up, simply install the Discord App for Windows (PC, Phone and Tablet) , Android (Phone and Tablet) or IOS (Mac, Iphones and Ipads). There is also a linux client!.  You can sign up and learn about discord at:

https://discord.com/download

You can also find Discord in the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Microsoft Store. Once you have set up your account, you can join the GBARC Server by clicking here:

https://discord.gg/EArVb3jNtH


GBARC December Monthly Meeting - 12/21/2021 @ 7:45PM

Due to the cancellation of the Christmas party we will hold the Monthly Meeting tonight at 8pm.  Doors open at 7:45 and we will have social time until the official start at 8:15. This meeting is especially important so we can roll out the slate of officers for the coming year.

To join the meeting on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4781120435?pwd=aUI4RlRobkxERkRXMCtnTzU3QmRlUT09
 
Meeting ID: 478 112 0435
Passcode: gbarc