November Meeting

Good Evening!

The monthly Central Vermont Amateur Radio Club meeting will be held
Wednesday, November 3, 2022 on Norwich University campus in Wise Campus
Center Room 228 at 18:00. All are welcome. Please check the website for
additional information. A remote option will not be available.

Topics this month will include:
-Upcoming contests – VT QSO Party (others?)
-2023 Field Day planning

73,
George

Wednesday Meeting Info – Directions & parking

Hi everyone,

Just another friendly reminder that our monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, May 4st @ 6pm in Wise Campus Center, Room 228, on the Norwich University campus in Northfield.

ONLINE MEETING OPTION:

Topic: May CVARC Meeting
Time: May 4, 2022 18:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://norwich-edu.zoom.us/j/83458026404?pwd=cWVNUm4wRzZqSWRDSS91MEVkL2xjdz09

Meeting ID: 834 5802 6404
Passcode: S84V1c

Directions:
– From Rt. 12 in Northfield, turn onto Park Ave.
– Keep right onto Harmon drive.
– Stay on Harmon drive until you reach the campus center:

Parking is available just outside Wise.

See you there!

73,
-George, KC3AAD
CVARC President

Foxhunting information

As stated in our July meeting, the club is in the early stages of planning a fox hunt (or transmitter hunt) for August. As promised, here is another website with a fountain of information on the art of radio direction finding – also called fox hunting, transmitter hunting, or T-hunting.

http://homingin.com/index.html

http://homingin.com/SCalStyle.html

Pictures of a foxhunt transmitter detailed during the November 2019 CVARC meeting

Transmitter schematic

Details on the “body fade” technique

The information mostly pertains to the Southern California foxhunting scene, so not all info may apply to Vermont’s mountainous terrain, but the basics are still valid. If you are interested in being a part of the planning team for the fox hunt or have ideas and past experiences to contribute, please leave a comment on this post or contact us.

We will be adding a “Rules” page to the website soon to illustrate the rules of the event, and special information regarding compliance with VT’s COVID-19 ordinances. As this event will be outdoors, the risk is substantially lower, but we feel it is necessary to ensure the safety of all participants.

Thank you and 73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Field day summary, July meeting update, general club news

Another Field Day in the books! With a minimal, socially-distanced crew setup at the Barre Rec field, W1BD operated as a 3A station running on 100% emergency power. With the original plan to run a remote station via the Internet for 6 and 10 meters, unfortunately we did not have this setup in time, so we apologize to anyone who wished to participate in that portion of the club station.

We encourage everyone who operated at home that wishes to submit a log to add CVARC as an affiliate club. However, in order for the ARRL to accurately aggregate the scores, please use the following format when submitting a log:
Central Vermont Amateur Radio Club
Exactly as shown, each word capitalized. As long as all operators sending in logs agree, all CVARC members will be listed under the combined score. No abbreviations or shorthand (CVARC or Central VT ARC, et al.) should be used. Thank you!

As is standard for July, we normally skip the first of the month due to the Independence Day holiday. Although today is only the 1st, we are going to be holding our July meeting next Wednesday, July 8th at 6pm, using Jitsi video conferencing. This platform does not require an account, so anyone may join by computer or phone. We will add the link in a different post closer to the meeting date. Please contact us with any questions.

As you may know, the club was set to participate in a few public service events for foot races around VT, namely the VSECU Point to Point, Northfield Savings Bank annual 5K, Groton Forest Trail Run, and the Corporate Cup. As of now, they have all been cancelled. These races comprise a good deal of the club activity for the fall. As difficult as it can be to plan events around the stay home, stay safe orders from the State of Vermont, I believe we as hams can be creative and adaptive to the situation, and continue to find ways to participate in amateur radio with CVARC as a whole. For this, I pose the following question: What activities can we plan that allow everyone to participate while still staying safe? I think ham radio is the best hobby for this! Some have proposed a “worked all CVARC” contest on the air, HF, through repeaters, etc. Another idea is to host a “digital net” on the Williamstown repeater, making use of the P25 digital mode capabilities. I’d encourage everyone coming to next week’s online meeting to think of one or two ideas of what we could do.

See you next week!
73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

COVID-19 information:

https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19

September events – volunteers needed!

Hi all,

We have a few events coming up this month, namely the Groton Forest Trail Run and the Tunbridge Fair.

Groton Forest Run: September 10th, 2022 happening from 7am to ~5pm. Aid station on/off times varying from 7-9am and 11am-5pm. You can view race details and sign up here:
We are looking for a setup crew of around 3 people to assist with the temporary repeater, as well as 6 course operators including net control.

Tunbridge Fair: September 15th through the 18th, 9am-9pm every day. We are looking for volunteers to man the booth for a few hours at a time – the more the merrier! That way we can take shifts and nobody gets burned out. We’d like to have people who are comfortable speaking to the public about ham radio, in a way that engages, educates, encourages, and paints the hobby in a positive light.

There will be an HF station on the air operating as W1F, so you are welcome to come and operate to show the public how HF radio works.
Feel free to sign up here:

Please reach out at contact (at) w1bd (dot) net if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Volunteers for Point to Point race – August 6th 2022

Hi everyone,

We’re looking for few more folks to have a full crew for operating the P2P race on August 6th. Volunteer information:

  • Individuals must hold a Technician level license or higher. Experience operating public service events preferred but not required.
  • We’d like operators to bring their own equipment – 2 meter mobile radio with a good antenna (ie not a rubber duck), but we have extra equipment to lend out if needed.
  • Ability to commit to at least 4-5 hours outdoors on Saturday

Free food and drinks will be provided to all volunteers by VSECU after the event!
Please reach out to contact (at) w1bd (dot) net if you’d like to assist!

73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM

Meeting 7/6 in Montpelier

Hi all,
Tonight’s CVARC meeting will take place at the Kellogg Hubbard library in the East Montpelier Room at 6pm. Leah Jones from VSECU will be joining us to speak about race communication needs for the Point to Point on August 6th. We’ll also be discussing our booth presence at the Tunbridge Fair in September.

 There will not be a Zoom link this evening; sorry for the inconvenience.


See you there!
73,

-Patrick

CVARC Treasurer