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

July 2021 Meeting

Hi all,

Just wanted to give a quick update on the intent for next week. I had mentioned at Field Day that I was going to cancel the July meeting and regroup in person in August. However, there is much to talk about, so I’ve decided to hold an in-person meeting at 15 4th street, the Barre police station, at 6pm on Wednesday, July 7th. We have a lot to go over, including the Williamstown repeater site cleanup, and several events coming up in September that require volunteers.

We kindly request that anyone looking to attend meetings who is not vaccinated please wear a mask. We will not be asking about vaccination status, so please go with the honor system and use good judgement to protect the members of your community.

Lastly, a thank you to all who participated in Field Day this year. A fun time was had by all, and we greatly appreciate the hard work and help to make it all happen!

See you next week!

73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Field Day 2021

I’m happy to announce that CVARC will be hosting an in-person field day event this year! We’ll be at the Barre Rec field, 46 Websterville Road. The plan is to run W1BD as a 3A station on emergency power, plus a GOTA station kindly supported by N1LED (LEDdynamics Amateur Radio Club).

Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask. If you are unvaccinated, we kindly ask that you wear a mask while attending the event if you cannot keep a 2 meter distance from others.

As always, field day officially starts at 2pm Saturday, fourth full weekend in June (6/26). Setup, for those interested, will begin Friday 6/25 at 2pm at the rec field.

We hope to see you there!

-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

January 2021 meeting – plans going forward, topics for presentation

Happy new year! I hope everyone is doing well and managed to enjoy the holidays. Here is the meeting link for tonight:
https://meet.jit.si/W1BD-CVARC-Meeting

We’ll be discussing plans for the club going forward this year, ideas for events, as well as presentation topics.

See you tonight!
73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Repeater System Update

Hello all,

Last month, a vote was cast to link the Williamstown repeater back into the larger system of VHF repeaters, comprised of W1BD Cabot, K1VIT Lincoln Peak, and W1AAK Killington (146.88).

Williamstown (W1BD)
Yesterday, after correcting a receiver de-sense issue on the link radio, the link was once again enabled and tested, performing quite well in both directions. We are once again using the club’s analog MSF5000 repeater. However, a recent unknown issue has caused radio traffic to pass only in one direction; from Lincoln/Killington/Cabot to Williamstown, but not back. We are going to unlink from the rest of the system until this problem is solved.

Cabot (W1BD)
The Cabot machine continues to perform very well on the receive side. The power amplifier is running 25 watts out, which doesn’t cover quite as far as intended. The audio level was noted to be higher than that of Williamstown, and slightly more “harsh” sounding. There are plans to work on this machine to correct the audio issues, and possibly increase the output power so transmit and receive patterns match each other more closely.

Lincoln Peak (K1VIT)
More information here: http://www.k1vit.com/repeaters/

Killington (W1AAK)
This repeater is owned and operated by the Northeast FM Repeater Association.

Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns about these repeaters, please don’t hesitate to reach out:
CVARC – contact (at) w1bd dot net
NFMRA
Vermont Interconnect Team