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.

-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] –
Patrick [KC1DPM] –


-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.

-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:

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!

-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.


-Patrick Schlott, KC1DPM

President, CVARC

Election results, news, and meeting location

Hi all,

I want to say thank you to all who voted in last month’s election. Your CVARC elected officials for 2019 are as follows:

President – Incumbent; Patrick Schlott, KC1DPM

Vice-President – Ted Dawson, KG6AJH

Treasurer – Incumbent; Fred Doten, N1OEP

Trustee & Repeater Tech – Incumbent; Christopher Craig, K1MHZ

Please note we do not have a Secretary at this time. The responsibilities for this role are being shared by the officers that do not hold conflicting positions, but we encourage anyone interested in the position to step forward and make yourself known.

For new members (or new potential members), please visit our membership page. We plan to include a method in the future to enable members to use PayPal to pay their annual club dues.

As was mentioned at the last meeting, CVARC plans to sell off some of its equipment to help fund different areas of the club. A list of gear and pricing will be announced at tomorrow’s meeting, but please keep an eye on the forums – anything not sold will be posted there, and will go to internet auction soon after if not sold.

The monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, April 3rd, at 6pm, hosted at the Steakhouse Restaurant in Barre on rt. 302.

Thank you and 73,

~Patrick Schlott
KC1DPM, CVARC President

Election Ballots and Meeting Agenda

Hi all,

Just another friendly reminder about the officer elections at the meeting coming up this Wednesday, March 6th at 6pm, hosted at the Steakhouse Restaurant in Barre on rt. 302. If you wish to run for office, please submit an email to the President stating the position you’d like to run for, so the ballot will have your name on it. Elections will be done by paper ballot at the meeting, so please submit your emails no later than 3pm on Wednesday. The officer positions are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and W1BD Trustee.

Additionally, you may view the meeting agenda by visiting this link:

Thank you,
-Patrick Schlott
KC1DPM – President, CVARC