July meeting 2020

Good afternoon all,

I hope everyone enjoyed their Independence day weekend. We will be having our monthly meeting this Wednesday, July 8th at 6pm, hosting online via Jitsi. You do not need to provide any personal information, nor do you need an account to join. You may use a microphone and webcam if you like, or you may dial-in: +1.512.647.1431 PIN: 1339 1611 95#

You may join the meeting using the link below:

The password to join the meeting is the output frequency (in megahertz) of the Williamstown repeater.

Please contact us with any questions.

We’ll be discussing some club updates, field day results, and activity ideas for the summer/fall. See you then!

-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!
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

COVID-19 information:


Remote Field Day 2020

Hello all,

As some may know form the discussion last meeting, CVARC is planning to be on the air for ARRL field day this year. In the current global climate and in the face of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we have chosen to operate remotely, so everyone may remain isolated while still participating in this annual radio tradition. We’ll be using several remote HF transceivers connected to the internet through RCForb, a piece of software from www.remotehams.com

Participation this year will require the use of a computer with a Windows OS. If you are interested in operating, please reach out to one of the CVARC officers and we will help get you set up.

-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Club announcements – repeater update, meeting 4/1

Hello everyone,

As you may know, we are holding our April meeting on the air using the Williamstown repeater, starting at 6pm. The new Williamstown Repeater operates mixed-mode using both analog FM and APCO Project 25, commonly known as P25. The repeater page has more details on operation – see the QST article link for more information, or feel free to reach out if you’d like to learn more.

Please note that we are suspending club gatherings and functions (ie meetings and license testing sessions) until further notice in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Hope to hear you on the air!

73/be well,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

April meeting, VEC sessions canceled until further notice

Hi everyone,

As you can imagine, many local, state, and national events and gatherings are being postponed or canceled due to outbreak concerns regarding novel Coronavirus. After discussion with CVARC officers, the club has decided no physical meetings or club functions will take place until further notice. This includes license exam sessions and club meetings. However, we will still be meeting on the air using the Williamstown repeater (see the ‘repeaters’ tab for more info) at 6pm Wednesday, April 1st.

Personally I do not see this as a time for panic or fear – instead, I encourage everyone to practice preparedness and inform themselves on the risks and recommendations in these confusing times. More information from Health Vermont can be had via the link below.

73 to all and be well,
– Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President


Meeting tonight at Norwich (3/4)

Hi all,

We will be meeting tonight at 6pm, Norwich University, Mack Hall room 005. Directions here

We will start off with officer elections for President, Vic-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Club Trustee.

Club topics for tonight will be the Point to Point race coming up this August, beginning discussion for Field Day 2020, and other events this spring.

Since this is the beginning of March, don’t forget club member dues are up this month! You may renew your membership in person with cash, or mail us a check at PO 286 in Montpelier. The club Treasurer will know if you are due in March or September, so please check with Fred if you have questions. Dues are $20/person and $25/family. More info here

See you there!
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President, incumbent

CVARC VT QSO Party at Vermont Tech

Hi everyone,

I am happy to announce that CVARC will be operating the Vermont QSO Party this year at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center. We’ll be operating out of Morey Hall with two HF stations. More details to follow regarding directions and parking.

We will be needing volunteers to help set up the stations and string antennas. The plan is to meet at VTC at 8am Saturday morning, February 1st. Please RSVP no later than Friday, January 31st if you would like to volunteer on Saturday morning – VTC campus safety would like a list. You may email me or reach out via the “Contact Us” page (account required). Please use 147.570 MHz FM simplex for talk-in – this should be far enough away from any calling frequencies used during the contest.

We hope to see you there!
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

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