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.
https://www.qsl.net/k/kb9mwr//projects/dv/apco25/Project%2025%20for%20Amateur%20Radio.pdf

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

https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus

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!
73,
-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!
73,
-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

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