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

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

Meeting 1/8

Happy New Year!

Tonight’s meeting will be held at Norwich University in Mack Hall, Room 005 on the first floor. We will be discussing details for the VT QSO party and planning events for the first few months of 2020. Hope to see you there!

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,

-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 tonight 10/2, WAV award, and NEARfest XXVI

Hi all,

We will be meeting as we normally do at the Steak House in Berlin, starting at 6pm. We’ll be discussing the club budget, repeater status, and potential fall activities.

The criteria for receiving the Worked All Vermont award are now on our website! Please visit this page to learn more if you are interested.

For those who don’t know, the New England Amateur Radio festival (or NEARfest) will be happening next weekend, October 11 and 12, 2019. The event runs from Friday morning at 9 to Saturday afternoon at 3. Come join in on the fun and see different forums, events, and of course lots of radio equipment!

Hope to see you at the meeting.

73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President