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

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

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