STARC would like to thank everyone who attended the March meeting, which took place on Thursday, March 30th. Some of the items covered included the following:
STARC Online Membership Application And Renewal Form - Now accepting PayPal!
The STARC online membership application form has been updated to make it even easier to join or renew your membership. The application now allows you to choose to pay by check, or pay using PayPal. If you choose PayPal, you can complete your entire application online without needing to mail anything to STARC. If you choose to pay by check, you no longer need to print out the membership form - just mail your check to the address given after completion of the online form.
Run for Jim 2017 - Amateur Radio Volunteers Needed
The Run For Jim will be held on the morning of Sunday, May 7th 2017. This annual event raises money to aid residents of Franklin and Grand Isle counties with expenses related to catastrophic illnesses. The event is held at the Collins Perley Sports Complex in St. Albans, VT. STARC has provided radio communcations services for this event for several years. If you would like to help STARC serve the community during this 2 hour event, please contact Arn Benjamin @ 802-309-0666 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All that is needed is a Technician amateur radio license and an HT. If you do not have an HT, we can provide you with one to use during the event. For more information on the event, please check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Run-for-Jim-5K-1579334425663664/about/?ref=page_internal
March Presentation: JT65 and JT9 Digital Modes
Jason, K1LOL, gave a presentation on both the JT65 and JT9 digital modes. These two modes allow for basic contacts which can be decoded well below the noise floor in many cases. It is a great mode to make DX contacts while we are nearing the low point in the solar cycle, especially if you're running a small station.
New Club and WeatherNet starting in the Northeast Kingdom
The Northeast Kingdom Amateur Radio Club (NEKARC) is a new club that has formed to serve Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties of Vermont. NEKARC has requested to host a WeatherNet on the K1JAY repeaters, in which STARC members unanimously approved their request during the March meeting. Further details will be provided after their next club meeting. To find out more about NEKARC, please visit their current (temporary) website at: http://www.ka1pxz.net/nekarc/
April Meeting Topics:
- Online advertizing opportunities for STARC
- TD Bank affiliation program update
- Continued discussion on future use of STARC Repeaters
April Meeting Presentation:
QSL Card Show-And-Tell: Bring in your personal and received QSL card collection for display
We hope to see you at the April meeting!