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

Meeting 7/10 and additional Field Day updates

Good evening everyone,

We will be meeting on Wednesday, July 10th at the Steak House restaurant at 6pm – postponed from last Weds. due to the holiday. We hope to see you there!

As for field day, efforts are still being put forth to tabulate contacts and bonus points for a final “claimed score”. Continue to check the Field Day 2019 page on the website for updates.

73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Field Day updates

Hello everyone,

Field Day 2019 is fast approaching! As we finalize details for the event, please continue to check the field day page, available here: www.w1bd.net/fieldday/

There are directions to the tower from downtown Montpelier, as well as parking information. We are still working on getting volunteers for a shuttle service to and from the Tower for those who have difficulty navigating the terrain, so if you’re interested in helping out, please contact one of our officers.

Talk-in services will be available before and during Field Day on the Williamstown repeater.  Please call W1BD.

Any volunteers are welcome to join us this Friday morning (6/21) after 10am to help setup the site. The National Guard has kindly offered their services and tents for the duration of the event, so we’ll be setting those up at 10 and stringing antennas soon after.

We hope to see you there!

73,
-Patrick Schlott, KC1DPM
President, CVARC

June 5th meeting & field day update

This month’s meeting will be held on the Williamstown repeater (625) at 6pm. This will be conducted like a directed net, similar to the Sunday night net. The President will act as net control, and direct all traffic alongside the other club officers. Club members and non-members alike are welcome and invited to check in. We will stay on the air to answer questions at the end.

The CVARC Field Day planning committee will be working on building antennas for field day. If you are interested in assisting with this effort, please contact one of the officers.

73,

-Patrick Schlott, KC1DPM

President, CVARC