Corporate Cup

CVARC will be providing radio support again this year for the Corporate Cup race this Thursday, May 19, 2022.

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2019 at STATE HOUSE LAWN Race Time: 6:00 p.m.
Event info is at: https://www.vcccsar.org/

We meet on State House steps at 5:00 to organize and plan locations.  The race usually lasts for an hour and a half.
We would like to invite you to operate on the course with us.

Please let Fred Doten know if you are interested in assisting this year if you haven’t done so already via email fredsdoten@gmail.com

We will use 146.490MHz simplex for communications. If anyone needs a VHF radio, Patrick Schlott will have some available.

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

Foxhunt and club news

Hi all,

Just a reminder that our monthly foxhunt will be held tomorrow, September 18th in Washington County. The fox will be on the air by 10am – see our foxhunt info page for more. Good luck!

Due to COVID concerns, we will not be holding a VE session at the end of this month. We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep the club up to date on when/if future sessions will be held.

73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President