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

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

Club updates – Foxhunt on for 2/28, officer elections, 2021 membership dues

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to make a short announcement that the next CVARC foxhunt will be next Sunday, February 28th from 10am to 6pm local time. Same rules as last time; fox will be hidden in Orange county. Good luck to all!

Reminder that we have our monthly meeting next Wednesday, March 3rd at 6pm via teleconference. A meeting link will be posted no later than Monday the 1st. Officer elections will happen during this meeting, so if you are interested in running for office, please let us know by sending an email to contact <at> w1bd <dot> net with your intent to run for office and the position you’re interested in.

Please note that all those running for office must be voting members of the club at the time of election. See membership details here. The four positions are President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The current officers are detailed here.

73,
-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

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