Meeting on 12/4 at Norwich University

Good afternoon everyone,

Next week’s meeting will be held Wednesday, December 4th at 6pm at Norwich University in Mack Hall, Room 307. We will still be discussing plans for the VT QSO party, but unfortunately, Chris Knox will not be giving giving his remote ham station presentation due to unforseen circumstances.

To get to Mack Hall, turn onto ID White Avenue from South Main St/Rt 12 in Northfield, next to the Armory. Then, take the first left onto Harmon Drive, and continue a short distance until you reach the building. There is parking available right outside. GPS address: Harmon Dr, Northfield, VT 05663

73 and Happy Thanksgiving to all! We hope to see you at the meeting!

-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Curating CVARC history

Hi all,

I think it’s worth mentioning – for those that don’t know – that our website has a history page, found here: https://w1bd.net/history/
You may notice that it’s a bit content-light at the moment. We’d love to add to this page with details about how the club was formed, who was involved, and other info like repeater airdates. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any historical information on CVARC, or might know somebody how does.

Thank you!
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Fox box pictures

Hi all,

Thank you to everyone who showed up to the meeting. It was well received, and I think all involved had a good time – and hopefully learned at least a little about foxhunting! Here are some photos from the meeting, as well as detailed pictures of the “fox box” for those interested.

73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Patrick (KC1DPM) details the foxhunt transmitter system schematic.
Showing off the fox box.
A closer look inside. The heart of the system is a Kenwood TH-21AT handheld transceiver, driven with a custom audio circuit using a microcontroller.
A close-up of the custom circuit board.
The box in the wild, shortly after being found near the 7 Fireplaces at Hubbard Park in Montpelier. At 150 mW output, this was heard nearly two miles away!

Meeting 11/6 – Initial foxhunt results, VT QSO, WFD

Happy November everyone!

Our monthly meeting will be held this Wednesday, November 6th at 6pm at the Brown Public Library in Northfield. (address below)

We’ll be having a short presentation on an introduction to foxhunting (aka transmitter finding), and discussion on planning a bigger event with the club. There will also be talks on the 2020 Vermont QSO party, as well as Winter Field Day. We hope to see you there!

73,

-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Brown Public Library: 93 South Main Street, Northfield, VT 05663


Fall Foxhunt 2019

Hi all,

As was discussed during this month’s meeting last week, I proposed the possibility of a foxhunt event for the end of the month, or possibly into early November. This would be a great club activity to practice radio direction finding, and to learn about different techniques and electronics to use during a hunt. I’ve started a forum post to open discussion about this event, with a tentative plan. All suggestions are welcome! You can respond to the post, or reach out directly on the “contact us” page.

73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Meeting tonight 10/2, WAV award, and NEARfest XXVI

Hi all,

We will be meeting as we normally do at the Steak House in Berlin, starting at 6pm. We’ll be discussing the club budget, repeater status, and potential fall activities.

The criteria for receiving the Worked All Vermont award are now on our website! Please visit this page to learn more if you are interested.

For those who don’t know, the New England Amateur Radio festival (or NEARfest) will be happening next weekend, October 11 and 12, 2019. The event runs from Friday morning at 9 to Saturday afternoon at 3. Come join in on the fun and see different forums, events, and of course lots of radio equipment!

Hope to see you at the meeting.

73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Groton Trail Run – repeater info and aid station access

Here is information for volunteers this Saturday.

Repeater: 447.42 MHz, negative 5 MHz offset, 67.0 Hz PL tone required for access.

Directions to Boulder Beach
Take Route 2 through Plainfield, and continue on into Marshfield. Turn right onto Rt 232, and continue through Peacham. Keep driving on 232 until you see the entrance for Boulder Beach State Park on the left – this is Boulder Beach Road. Continue straight and you will reach the entrance to Boulder Beach.

Coldwater Brook Bridge aid station
Approximately 2 miles from Boulder Beach Road at the end of Coldwater Brook Road.¬†Coldwater Brook Road¬†(unsigned) is on the left 1.8 miles from Route 232 on Boulder Beach Road. (Coldwater Brook Road is directly across from Log Pile Lane on Boulder Beach Road.) Google maps may show this as “Gravel Pit Road” – they mean it! A 4WD/AWD vehicle with good ground clearance (such as a Subaru Outback) is preferred to reach the aid station. The path is rocky and bumpy and makes for slow goings. Leave yourself plenty of time to reach the aid station. Park in the clearing just before the bridge and make sure not to block the path.

Lanesboro Rd aid station
Lanesboro road is right across the Owl’s Head Mountain entrance on Rt 232. The aid station is 500ft down the hill.

New Discovery aid station
New Discovery Campground 4239 VT RT 232, Marshfield, VT 05658. After entering the campground, follow the road 0.5 miles toward Osmore Pond. Aid station is on the right.

Telephone Line Trail aid station
100 yards north along the Telephone Line Trail from the back of campsite #11 at Big Deer Campground.
Big Deer Campground, 1467 Boulder Beach Rd, Groton, VT 05046
Park at the campground entrance or at campsite 11 (if allowed) and walk to the aid station.

Kettle Pond
This aid station is at the Kettle Pond day use parking lot, off Rt 232.






NSB results, meeting 9/4, and Groton Trail Run

Good day everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day. I just wanted to make a thank-you post for all those who were involved with communications help at the Northfield Savings Bank 5k race this weekend (8/31). Everything went very smoothly, and we heard several thank-yous from NSB staff and race coordinators for CVARCs help. Job well done!

There will be a meeting this Wednesday, 9/4, at the Steak House Restaurant at 6pm as usual. We’ll be discussing the plan for the Groton Forest Trail Run next weekend (September 7th at 7am), so anyone wishing to volunteer should make an appearance. At the time of this post, we are still in need of two (2) additional people, so don’t hesitate to reach out to the club if you’re interested!

There will be a general Groton info post closer to the date. We will give directions to aid stations, equipment required, and repeater access details.

73,
-Patrick Schlott, KC1DPM
CVARC President


Upcoming races – volunteers needed!

CVARC will be assisting with communications on two upcoming races at the end of August and beginning of September.

The first is the Northfield Savings Bank 41st annual footrace, happening Saturday, August 31st at 9:30am. We would like to have volunteers show up around 8:30 so we have some time to coordinate operator positions around the race. The plan is to use 2-meter simplex for race communications.

The second is the Groton Forest Trail Run, happening Saturday, September 7th at 7am. This is a pretty early one, so operators should plan to meet at Boulder Beach in Groton at 6am to coordinate. There are two race trails – 27 mile and 15 mile, which start at 7am and 9am respectively. The plan for this race is to use the Cabot repeater for communications, with a mobile UHF repeater as a fallback if coverage is less than ideal. There are a few HTs that can be loaned out if you do not have a UHF radio.

Please contact myself (Patrick) or Fred Doten if you’d like to participate.
Fred [N1OEP] – fredsdoten@gmail.com
Patrick [KC1DPM] – pschlottvt@protonmail.com

73,

-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President