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 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 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


Fall Foxhunt 2019

Hi all,

As was discussed during this month’s meeting last week, I proposed the possibility of a foxhunt event for the end of the month, or possibly into early November. This would be a great club activity to practice radio direction finding, and to learn about different techniques and electronics to use during a hunt. I’ve started a forum post to open discussion about this event, with a tentative plan. All suggestions are welcome! You can respond to the post, or reach out directly on the “contact us” page.

73,
-Patrick, KC1DPM
CVARC President

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