by Bob Wexelbaum, W2ILP
Most people think of Thomas Edison as a great inventor or
wizard. The truth is that the Edison
Company employed technicians who were tasked with perfecting
I found out recently that
Riley Hollingsworth, who had been virtually the entire FCC enforcement division
for some years now, and who had an excellent rapport with the amateur
community, has retired. Riley was a
great help when we were having trouble with the
I have been working on the
Northrop Grumman has announced to the member clubs (that includes us) that budgets have been approved and with proper documentation, some expenses will be reimbursed. In the past, and with proper documentation when Pat, KE2LJ was President, occasionally they would ask for receipts for reimbursement, but nothing happened. I will give it a try and hope that we get better results than Pat was getting.
The big news is the September
meeting and picnic with Frank Fallon N2FF.
Frank is always a pleasure to meet and listen to. Not only are we having a picnic with the
usual hot dogs and hamburgers, etc. but we get to hear what is going on in the
big picture. We will be by a large
pavilion so we can hold it even in less than perfect weather. It is at the same place as we had for the
June 2007 meeting:
Looking forward to seeing you there.
GRUMMAN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING 8/20/2008
By Karen, KC2OPX, secretary.
The meeting was called to order by Ed at 5:35 PM.
TREASURERS REPORT – Ed, WB2EAV REPEATERS Gordon, KB2UB
Finances continue to be in good shape. Nothing new to report...
VE REPORT – Bob, W2ILP NET REPORT- Zack, WB2PUE
There were 8 applicants. Four passed the Thursday night net on 745 was short.
Tech exam. Two upgraded to Extra. One The 330 was good.
failed the Tech exam. One failed the General
exam. 5 VEs were AB2NT, KA2GVD,
KA2RGI, KC2OPX and W2ILP.
Ed reported that there was a meeting of the Northrop Grumman Recreation Club asking for a budget.
We have applied for some money.
meeting will be a picnic at
Frank Fallon is scheduled to be our guest speaker. Dave, AB2EF will bring the charcoal.
For our October meeting we plan to have “Lenny the Weather Man’ for our guest speaker. Bob W2ILP has volunteered to will try to obtain a list of ham radio speakers in our area from the ARRL.
The meeting was adjoined at 6:30PM
40 Meters: 7.289 MHz at 7:30 AM EST Sundays.
2 Meters (via repeaters): 146.745 MHz (-.600)at Thursdays.
145.330 MHz (- .600) at Thursdays.
[Tone for both repeaters is 136.5 Hz] (ARES/RACES) Mondays
General Meetings of the GARC are held on the third Wednesday of each month, starting at 5:30 PM. The meetings are usually held at the Ellsworth Allen Park in Farmingdale. Driving directions and maps can be obtained from http://www.mapquest.com It is suggested that the GARC Web Site be checked to be certain of meeting location, which may change after this newsletter is distributed. Board meetings are held eight days before the General Meeting.
GARC WEB SITE
The web site of the GARC can be found at http://www.qsl.net/wa2lqo/ Webmaster is Pat Masterson, KE2LJ. Pictures of GARC activities, archives of newsletters, roster of members, and other information about the GARC may be found there.
I learned about this month’s internet link from Bill Munsil, K1ATV of Mesa, Arizona. Bill has specialized in amateur television (ATV). I am a member of a ham radio Internet chat group for Mensans, and it is there that I became familiar with Bill’s ATV work. He recently introduced the group to the following link:-
Don’t miss this link. Its address is short enough to easily enter and thus easy to get to. If you are not familiar with streaming video presentations, just remember to do the following. Slide the cursor up the narrow triangle on the right side of the bottom of the display to get the audio. Click on the “play” triangle on the left size. Click on the box that will enlarge the video for full screen viewing….and enjoy.
This video was produced by GW
hams who have become expert TV communicators.
It shows their antennas, their work in field conditions, their club
meeting and their hamfest… all in
Here is another cryptogram:
SFV ZPF LERZWEL RVDX LR KZPLBQX LEFBN ANRVWCRBVWP JCV PUFFGE RVDX LR
GRVGFJD LEFBN LERZWELP. –ORDLJBFN--
Solution to August’s Cryptogram:
NEVER EXPLAIN – YOUR FRIENDS DO NOT NEED IT, AND YOUR ENIMIES WILL NOT BELIEVE YOU ANYWAY. --ELBERT HUBBARD—
I sometimes find it difficult
to decide what I will write about in a cover article for this newsletter. Of course my task would be eliminated if any
club member would submit a usable original article. I also know that I can’t talk about
controversial politics here, although I may be quite opinionated about recent
events. Thus I stick to historical
events that relate to radio and especially ham radio. My facts can now be verified by Google
research. This month’s cover article was
inspired by an article in “QST” which told about the
I am now trying to find guest speakers for future meeting programs. It seems to be more difficult than it was in the past. There isn’t anyone who now retains a local speakers list. To top this all; I recently learned that Tom Carrubba, KA2D, our NYLI Section Manager has resigned.
Again I want to remind all about this month’s picnic meeting. I hope to see you all there..
w2ilp (Igniting Light-bulb Plates)
CQ de WA2LQO
VOL. 81, NO. 9
Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP
All the members of GARC (we hope!)
CQ de WA2LQO is published monthly by the Grumman Amateur Radio Club for its members and friends. Send articles and amateur equipment advertisements to: W2ILP. Articles may be sent by e-mail or postal mail. They can be in MS Word format or simply in plain text. Articles will only be edited when permission is granted by the author.
For insertion to the WA2LQO website, information may be sent to Pat Masterson.
Pat Masterson’s e-mail address: Pat-Masterson@tampabay.rr.com
Ed Gellender’s e-mail address: Edward.Gellender@ngc.com or email@example.com
GRUMMAN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2008
President Ed Gellender WA2EAV X02-14 516-575-0013
Vice President Gordon Sammis KB2UB Retiree 631-666-7463
Secretary Karen Cefalo KC2OPX 631-754-0974
Treasurer Ed Gellender WB2EAV X02-14 516-575-0013
1Yr Board Member Zack Zilavy WB2PUE
1YrBoard Member Dave Ledo AB2EF
1Yr Board Member Bob Christen W2FPF
2 Yr Board Member Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP Retiree 631-499-2214
2 Yr Board Member Jack Cottrell WA2PYK Retiree 516-249-0979
Trustee WA2LQO Ray Schubnel W2DKM Retiree
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN
Contact VE: Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP Retiree 631-499-2214
Webmaster Pat Masterson KE2LJ Retiree 813-938-4614
GARC VE EXAMS
We are continuing to proctor exams for all classes of ham licenses on the second Tuesday of each month, starting at 5:00 PM.
The present exams are:-
The Element 1 CW exam is no longer required.
Element 2: Technician
Element 3: General
Element 4: Amateur Extra Class
Please Note:- THE EXTRA CLASS Q & A WAS CHANGED AS OF JULY 1, 2008.
The fee for 2008 is $14.00 for all exams taken in one sitting.
Applicants for upgrades should bring their present license and a photocopy of it and know their FRN number.
New, first time applicants should be aware that their Social Security number will be required on their application form, unless they register with the FCC for an FRN. All applicants should bring picture ID such as driver’s licenses.
Until further notice exams will be given at:
All applicants should contact W2ILP to register, so as to confirm location. If no applicants apply, the exam session will be cancelled.
For any information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone- (631) 499-2214
Study material is available at the web sites of the ARRL
All VECs use the same Q &A pools.
Since the beginning of the VE program the GARC has provided opportunities to take the ham exams monthly, during all 12 months of every year.
Bob Wexelbaum, W2ILP and the GARC VE team.
MEETING PICNIC AT
Wednesday September 17th at we will be having a picnic at
Frank Fallon has recently undergone a sinus operation and we
were not assured that he would be able to attend our picnic meeting - but as of
this writing Frank has confirmed that he will be there. We are glad to hear that Frank is recovering. Last month Ed related how he was a student at
a school where Frank later became a teacher.
It’s a small world! Frank and I
attended the same radio school…. at different times. It was the Southeastern Signal School of
See you all at the picnic…