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STARC (St. Albans Amateur Radio Club) Quarterly Update - Summer 2018

Monday, July 02, 2018:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor


STARC Quarterly Update - Summer 2018
 

2018 Spring and Summer Recap
 
2018 has been a busy year for STARC.  Our club members have been busy helping out with our two annual community service events - Run for Jim and the Switchback Ride for the Lake.  We appreciate our members dedication to furthering the hobby of Amateur Radio and public service assistance around Franklin County. 

Since March, STARC has been holding out monthly meetings at our new location, the St. Albans Elks Lodge.  The Elks Lodge is in a great location, with easy access from I-89 as well as St. Albans City.  This new location also gives us the ability to do more outdoors activities and demonstrations, as well as hold our meetings at an earlier time.  Our new meeting start time is 7:00pm.  Meetings are still held on the last Thursday of the month.

We're now in the final planning stages of our annual hamfest and are looking forward to seeing everyone there.  Now that summer is in full swing, we hope that each of you are able to get your stations in tip-top shape before our next long winter settles in.

Thank you for your continued membership and support of STARC!

Jason Garneau / K1LOL
STARC President
 
 

Spring and Summer 2018 - Meeting Highlights
 

STARC would like to thank everyone who attended our monthly meetings over the past several months. We have covered several topics in amateur radio, including:

  • Working satellites - Jamie Dennis (KB1MCU)
  • AO-91 launch
  • Building antennas for working amateur radio satellites
  • Working the 60m band

Upcoming topics and meetings will include discussions on DMR and other digital voice modes, field trip to the N1STA tower site, and trivia night.  Details will be posted to the STARC website, Facebook, and will also be sent out in our monthly reminders.

If you have any suggestions on future meeting topics, or would like to present something, please let us know!

 



STARC Hamfest 2018
 
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location:  St Albans Elks Lodge - 44 Gricebrook Road - St. Albans, VT

STARC is proud to announce our annual Hamfest is just over a month away. This year's Hamfest will be held at our new larger location, the St. Albans Elks Lodge, allowing for more indoor and outdoor vendors, parking, and outside activities.  

Our admission price remains unchanged, at $5.00, which gives you access to the entire event, as well as covers the ability to tailgate and sell any items.

We will be holding an Amateur Radio Exam session beginning at 9:00am, with testing available for technician, general, and extra exams.  The fee for the exam is $15.00, set by the ARRL.

STARC plans to have more door prizes than ever this year.  The drawing will take place at 10:30am.  You must be present to win items.

Other activities are currently being finalized - please check our website for the most up-to-date information, at: http://www.starc.org

If you have any questions, please contact:
    Arn Benjamin - n1arn@yahoo.com 802-309-0666
    Michael Gladu - n1fbz@arrl.net
 


 

Serving the Community with Amateur Radio
 

STARC would like to thank the following AROs for helping with the radio communications for the 2018 Bike for the Lake event:
- Bob WI2B
- Phil WG2W (Monty Bay Marina)
- John N1LXI (Rover) 
- Nick KB1RWB (Alburgh Welcome Center/St. Anne's Shrine) 
- Michael N1FBZ (Net Control).

Andrew from Earl's Cyclery was the 'Rover' driver with N1LXI, being dispatched to help out fixing cycles with mechanical issues as they occurred on the road course.
 
We had perfect weather for the whole event which began at Knight's Point State Park. The cyclists peddle either 30 mile, 60 mile, 80 mile, or 100 mile courses. The governor of VT was even one of the cyclist too!


Additionally, STARC would like to thank all operators who helped assist with this year's Run for Jim event:
- Arn N1ARN (Net Control)
- Nick KB1RWB
- Allen W1EAM
- Jamie KB1MCU
- Adrienne KA1RXD
- Homer N1WXB
- Michael N1FBZ (Rover)

Everyone participating in the event finished the run/walk safely.  The weather was perfect for this event, as well!   
 



Digital Mode Update - FT8 DXpedition Mode
 

The following message comes to us from Paul Gayet - AA1SU - ARRL Vermont Section Manager: 

Hello STARC,
I wanted to make you aware of an FT8 mode that I discovered last night.  It is called DXpedition mode.  It is to allow DXepeditions to make 100's of contacts an hour and take some stress off of the operator.  There is a DXpedition using it from now June 27 to July 6.  There are also doing CW, SSB, & RTTY of course.  It is KH1/KH7Z Baker Island.

This is their web site: http://baker2018.net/ 

The FT8 instructions for this mode are very detailed.  Here is the link to that: https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT8_DXpedition_Mode.pdf 
Follow them very carefully.  You should already be familiar with FT8 operating before attempting this.

From their home page, I recommend clicking on "Operating Plan."  Here you will find the frequencies that they will be using for all the modes from 160 thru 6 Meters.  You will actually have to enter their frequencies into the FT8 Set Up (Settings/Frequencies Tab).  You will also have to click that you are a Hound.  See the instructions for this.

I also recommend clicking on DX Spots from their home page.  Here you will find 4 cluster choices that you should open in a new tab.

I was on their 20 meter frequency last night for a while, and I was not decoding them.  So I looked at who was calling them, and there was nobody from the Grid Square FN calling them at all.  From this, I knew that there was no propagation to New England, so I headed off to bed.

Here is some advice I got today from the team:

There are still a few folks who are not using the newest version of FT8 or have not checked the “Hound” box on the Advanced tab of WSJT-X File/Settings.  However, I think a reason some folks are either sending the wrong message or are on the wrong sequence (Even, should be Odd) is that they are not following this basic instruction from the Baker website to begin their calling as a Hound: 

•7 Call KH1/KH7Z only after you decode one of our CQ messages. Simply double-click on our callsign in the “Band Activity” window and the software will create the correct message with which to call us and start transmitting. You will need to periodically press “Enable TX” from time to time to keep transmitting in the pileup. The DXpedition station will send a CQ message from time to time so that you should not have to wait long to select the callsign.

I think some folks just hit their “Enable Tx” button to start transmitting and do not wait to “double-click on our callsign” as instructed.  
 
Finally, be sure you set your initial transmit frequency ABOVE 1000 Hz.  The Fox will move you below 1000 Hz as soon as he pulls you into one of the QSO streams.
  
 



STARC Weekly Net 
 

STARC's 2m Weekly Net takes place on Thursday evenings, at 7:00pm EST.  All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to attend!

Please note - If issues are experienced with the 2m repeater during Weekly Net, the Net may move to the 70cm repeater.  Make sure to listen there if the 2m repeater appears "quiet" during the normal net time.
 


Reminder: 2018 Membership Dues
 

Please remember to renew your STARC membership - which is based on the calendar year.  All membership funds go toward repeater maintenance, club insurance, and other miscellaneous items required to keep STARC functioning every year.

We have simplified the STARC online membership form.  Once filled out, simply print out the form and mail it to STARC, along with payment by check.


Direct Link: http://www.starc.org/application.html

 

If you prefer to join or renew your membership in person, please stop by an upcoming club meeting.  Checks or exact cash is preferred.  The price for 2018 club dues is the same as last year:

Active / Single membership: $15.00
Family Membership:             $20.00
Supporting Membership:       $15.00

Thank you for helping to support STARC!
 



The STARC upcoming meeting schedule is as follows:

 

July meeting: Thursday, July 26th at 7:00pm 

August meeting: Thursday, August 30th at 7:00pm 

 

All meetings take place at our new location: 
St. Albans Elks Lodge
44 Gricebrook Road, St. Albans, VT 05478

 



Upcoming Amateur Radio Activities in the Region
 
 
Additional Contest listings can be found at: http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/index.html
 

 
 
 
Copyright © 2018 Saint Albans Amateur Radio Club (STARC), All rights reserved.



QST QST QST - STARC June 2018 Meeting this coming Thursday June 28th at our new location

Wednesday, June 27, 2018:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor


STARC June Meeting Reminder:
 

This month's STARC meeting will take place on:
        Date / Time:    Thursday, June 28th - 7:00pm 
        New Location:  Elks Lodge - 43 Gricebrook Road, St. Albans, VT

Please note the new time and location!

Meeting topics:
            - Hamfest 2018 planning
            - Repeater updates
            - Open forum

Presentation:
            - TBD

 
 

STARC NET - Thursdays at 7:00pm:


STARC would like to remind everyone that we have our weekly STARC NET tonight at 7:00pm on the N1STA VHF repeater (145.230- 100Hz).  Everyone is welcome to participate.  If you're near your radio, please check in and say "Hi!"

 


 

2018 Membership Dues
 

It's that time of year again.  Please remember to renew your STARC membership - which is based on the calendar year.  All membership funds go toward repeater maintenance, club insurance, and other miscellaneous items required to keep STARC functioning every year.

The STARC website now contains a membership form you may fill out online.  You may choose to pay online via credit card (via PayPal - no account needed), or print out the form and mail in with a check to STARC:


Direct Link: http://www.starc.org/application.html

 

If you prefer to join or renew your membership in person, please stop by an upcoming club meeting.  Checks or exact cash is preferred.  The price for 2017 club dues is the same as last year:

Active / Single membership: $15.00
Family Membership:             $20.00
Supporting Membership:      $15.00

Thank you for helping to support STARC!

73 de STARC

 
Our mailing address is:
Saint Albans Amateur Radio Club (STARC)
PO Box 211
St Albans, Vt 05478



STARC THANK YOU to the ARO's that helped with the 2018 Bike for the Lake event

Saturday, June 16, 2018:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to thank the following AROs for helping with the radio coms for the 2018 Bike for the Lake:
Bob WI2B, Phil WG2W (Monty Bay Marina), John N1LXI (Rover), Nick KB1RWB (Alburgh Welcome Center/St. Anne's Shrine), Michael N1FBZ (Net Control). Andrew from Earl's Cyclery was 'Rover' with LXI, fixing cycles with mechanical issues.
 
We had perfect weather for the whole event which began at Knight's Point State Park. The cyclists peddle either 30 mile, 60 mile, 80 mile, or 100 mile courses. The governor of VT was even one of the cyclist too!
 
Everyone had a nice ride with no injuries occurring.
 
+1 for Amateur Radio!
 
73 de STARC



2018 Bike for the Lake needs more radio operators!

Thursday, June 14, 2018:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

The 2018 Bike for the Lake is this coming Saturday June 16 and STARC could use some more radio operators to help with the radio comms.

If you want to/can help out with this public service event, please contact Micheal N1FBZ via his email:  N1FBZ@arrl.net.

Thanks!

73 de STARC



QST QST QST - There will NOT be an ARRL VE Test Session for June 2018

Tuesday, June 05, 2018:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

QST QST QST - There will NOT be an ARRL VE Test Session for June 2018

This is a QST.

The Northwestern Vermont ARRL VE Team will be taking the month of June off, so, there will NOT be any Amateur Radio License Exams given by the team this month.

73 de STARC



Silent Key - Burt Cross / K1RMF

Monday, May 07, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC President

It is with much sadness that STARC has learned of the passing of fellow ham and STARC member, Burt Cross - K1RMF.  Burt was very active in STARC and one of our cw specialists and will be greatly missed by all.  

Burt’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Angels Church, 245 Lake Street, St. Albans. Interment with Military Funeral Honors will follow at the Georgia Plain Cemetery.

Further details are available at: http://www.samessenger.com/burton-l-burt-cross/

 

73 K1RMF from all of us.

-STARC



New England QSO Party Sat/Sun May 5-6, 2018

Wednesday, May 02, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC President

The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries.   You'll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.

We're working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help.  Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun.  Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties.   Will you be QRV?   Let us know which county you'll be on from with a message to info@neqp.org

Oh yes, the NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile.  Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again.   It's amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do.   

The QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep Saturday night.  It goes from 4pm Saturday until 1am Sunday, then 9am Sunday until 8pm Sunday.  Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters.   For each QSO you'll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state.   Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate.


The full rules are here ->  http://www.neqp.org/rules.html

 Please make some QSOs even if you don't want to send in a log.

Thanks!

73 Tom/K1KI



Northwestern VT ARRL VE Team - April session recap

Thursday, April 26, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC President

STARC would like to thank the following VEs for helping to administer the exam which took place on Saturday, April 2st: Eric N1RCX, Nick KB1RWB, John WA1JL, Michael N1FBZ, Jamie KB1MCU, and Jason K1LOL.

We would like to congratulate Scott Ruel from Northfield, VT on his upgrade to General class.  Enjoy your new HF privileges!

 

The next Amateur Radio testing session will take place at the following date and location:

Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Time: 9:00am

Location: Northwestern Medical Center (NMC)

Conference Room 2 (follow signs to the Conference Center / East Entrance): 133 Fairfield St St. Albans, VT 05478

 

Please feel free to contact Jason Garneau with any questions at either jgarneau@gmail.com or 802-233-3342



STARC April Meeting Reminder:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC President

This month's STARC meeting will take place on:
        Date / Time:    Thursday, April  26th - 7:30pm 
        New Location:  Elks Lodge - 43 Gricebrook Road, St. Albans, VT

Meeting topics:
            - Hamfest 2018 planning
            - Field Day 2018
            - Run For Jim
            - Repeater updates

Presentation:
            - Video TBD



Run for Jim - Sunday, May 6th, 2018:

Wednesday, April 04, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC President

This year's Run for Jim event will be held on Sunday, May 6th at the Collins Perkey Sport & Fitness Center: Route 104, St. Albans, VT.  STARC has helped provide radio communcations for this event for the last several years, and is looking for volunteers to help out with this year's event.  The entire "run" typically lasts 2 hours or less, making this an easy event for any ARO's to help out with.  If you are interested in assisting with this event, please contact Arn Benjamin at n1arn@yahoo.com or 802-309-0666

 

Below is a write-up on the significance of this event:

The Run for Jim Memorial Fund was established in memory of Jimmy Bashaw who died at the age of 45 from brain cancer.  Jimmy was a teacher and longtime girl’s basketball coach at Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans. Jimmy’s family and friends wish to remember him by continuing his kind and charitable ways by helping others in their time of need.  The proceeds of this event are used to aid residents of Franklin and Grand Isle counties with expenses related to catastrophic illnesses.  These awards are distributed through the Jim Bashaw Memorial Fund at the Northwestern Medical Center.  The Jim Bashaw fund has distributed over $475,000 since 2001.

 



St. Johnsbury Academy to have Amateur Radio Technician Classes

Tuesday, April 03, 2018:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

This comes to us from Marina Cole, M.Ed., the Adult Education Coordinator of the St. Johnsbury Academy:
 
" Good morning, Amateur Radio Enthusiasts,
 
Do you know someone interested in joining the world of amateur radio?
 
St. Johnsbury Academy will host a technician's licensing class starting April 17, and registration is now open. Please help us spread the word to others who might be interested - and let them know tuition assistance is available!
Amateur “Ham” Radio: Technicians: Apr 17 – June 5, T 6-7:30 p.m. (12 hrs); $150 includes text
Learn how to operate amateur radio equipment and earn your FCC technician-level license to operate on the air.
Register online at https://www.stjacademy.org/academics/adult-education/adult-education-registration-form or contact Marina Cole at mcole@stjacademy.org or 802-748-7738.
 
Thank you,
Marina "
 
Pass this info on if your know of any potential future 'ARO-Wann-Be's' in the St. Johnsbury, VT area.
 
73 de STARC



Another successful test session by the Northwestern Vermont ARRL VE Team!

Saturday, March 17, 2018:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to thank the following VEs for helping to administer the exams this AM: Jason K1LOL, Eric N1RCX, Nick KB1RWB, John WA1JL, Michael N1FBZ.

We had two candidates testing, both earned their Technician Class Licenses and one of them upgraded to General Class License.

Another successful test session by the Northwestern Vermont ARRL VE Team.

See you next month. 73 de STARC



STARC Meeting Location Update

Thursday, March 01, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC President

STARC is moving it's monthly meetings and annual HamFest to a new location.  Starting in March, all future meetings will be held at:

 

St. Albans Elks Lodge

44 Gricebrook Road

St. Albans, VT 

 

This location is convenient to our members, as well as conveniently located right off of Exit 19 of I-89.  Monthly meetings will continue to take place the last Thursday of the month, beginning at 7:30pm.

 

STARC would like to thank the St. Albans VFW for hosting STARC meetings and events for many years.



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