Foxhunt wrap-up

Thank you to all who participated in yesterday’s transmitter hunt! It was met with positive comments and some constructive feedback as well. The fox location was on the Darling Trail in Berlin (off Berlin Pond; leading to Irish Hill), roughly 1/4 mile in and hidden among trees. It was off to the right of the trail just before the bridge that crosses the stream.

Scoring table:

  • KC1DPM, 10:14am
  • N1OEP, 10:58am
  • WS3RVO, 12:21pm
  • N1FMP, time unknown (#4)
  • N1NTT (+ Henry), 4:00pm
  • N1IRO (+ Kathy), 6:25pm
  • And additional thanks to K1CSF, KB1RRG, KA1HQR and K1MHZ for their efforts in looking for the fox.

What did you like about this? What could have been better? Leave a comment on this post! We are hoping to continue to host foxhunts throughout the fall season before it gets too cold.

73s,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

September meeting 9/2

Hi all,

Our September meeting will be held via Jitsi teleconference, using the link below:

https://meet.jit.si/W1BD-CVARC-Meeting

The password is the output frequency of the Williamstown repeater.

We’ll be discussing club updates and news, repeater status, and volunteers needed for the foxhunt coming up on the 19th. After that, we’ll host “office hours”, where those wishing to hang around with questions or other items of interest are welcome to do so – otherwise, the meeting will be over and you’re not obligated to stay.

See you on Wednesday!

73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

September Foxhunt

Good afternoon all,

I’m happy to announce CVARC is planning a foxhunt for Saturday, September 19th! This event is expected to run from mid-morning until the afternoon. We encourage everyone, club member or not, to participate in this event.

“Foxhunting”, transmitter hunting, “t-hunting” or radio direction finding is a practice to locate a radio transmitter or source of RF. Hams often do it for fun, but it also has practical applications like locating downed aircraft in an emergency, locating stolen equipment, or sniffing out sources of RF interference. Since the main operation that takes place during the hunt is receiving, even those without a license may participate, and so it’s a great exercise for those looking to join the hobby.

Spread the word, but not the virus: COVID-19 information here

Since this event will be outdoors, we can still comply with local restrictions regarding the pandemic. What will likely happen is the fox transmitter will have a laminated score sheet attached to it with a marker. Those that find it should put their name or call sign and the local time they found it. While on the hunt, please wear a mask if you’re unable to keep a safe distance from others in public. CVARC is a part of the local Vermont community, and we want to set a positive example when representing the club.

Preliminary details: The ‘fox’ is expected to hide within the limits of Washington County and transmit on the nationally-accepted RDF frequency of 146.565 MHz. Please keep your eyes open for website posts and further details or rules closer to the date.

Foxhunt information page with tips on radio-direction finding

Please contact us with any questions.

73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Foxhunting information

As stated in our July meeting, the club is in the early stages of planning a fox hunt (or transmitter hunt) for August. As promised, here is another website with a fountain of information on the art of radio direction finding – also called fox hunting, transmitter hunting, or T-hunting.

http://homingin.com/index.html

http://homingin.com/SCalStyle.html

Pictures of a foxhunt transmitter detailed during the November 2019 CVARC meeting

Transmitter schematic

Details on the “body fade” technique

The information mostly pertains to the Southern California foxhunting scene, so not all info may apply to Vermont’s mountainous terrain, but the basics are still valid. If you are interested in being a part of the planning team for the fox hunt or have ideas and past experiences to contribute, please leave a comment on this post or contact us.

We will be adding a “Rules” page to the website soon to illustrate the rules of the event, and special information regarding compliance with VT’s COVID-19 ordinances. As this event will be outdoors, the risk is substantially lower, but we feel it is necessary to ensure the safety of all participants.

Thank you and 73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

Skywarn teleconference 7/31

Hi all,

For anyone interested, there is a virtual SKYWARN talk to review the severe weather event in Vermont that occurred on July 8th. This event is free and open to all, hosted by the National Weather Service in Burlington: https://www.weather.gov/btv/July8thSevreEventReview

NWS website: https://www.weather.gov/

Information on the skywarn program: https://www.weather.gov/SKYWARN

NWS amateur radio station in Burlington: https://www.weather.gov/btv/hamradio

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:
https://meet.jit.si/W1BD-JulyMeeting

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!

73,
-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!
73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

COVID-19 information:

https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19

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.

73,
-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.
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