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STARC March Meeting Highlights

Tuesday, April 04, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

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 n1arn@yahoo.com.  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!

73,

STARC

 

 



NEQP - New England QSO Party - May 6-7, 2017

Tuesday, April 04, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The below message comes to us from Tom Frenaye, K1KI:

To New England radio clubs:

I'd appreciate your help in publicizing the upcoming New England QSO Party on May 6th and 7th.    Please mention it at your next club meeting and in your newsletter.


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.

Last year we had logs from 179 New England stations and 300 more from around the country and world.  

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

The 2016 results were posted over the weekend and the results since 2002 are also available ->  http://www.neqp.org/results.html

It's just about a month until the 2017 NEQP.   Please make some QSOs even if you don't want to send in a log.

Thanks!

73 Tom/K1KI



STARC Upcoming Monthly Meetings

Tuesday, March 28, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC looks forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming monthly meetings. Everyone, licensed or non-licensed, members or non-members, are encouraged to attend.

The STARC meeting schedule for the next couple of months is as follows:

  • March meeting: Thursday, March 30th - 7:30pm
  • April meeting: Thursday, April 27th - 7:30pm
  • May meeting: Thursday, May 25th - 7:30pm

All meetings take place at the St. Albans VFW located at 353 Lake Road, St Albans, VT. 



The STARC 2017 Survey is here!

Monday, February 06, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

Want to help shape STARC for 2017? Please fill out our 2017 survey! We appreciate your feedback - all responses are anonymous. Both members and non-members are welcome to respond. The survey should take no more than 4-5 minutes of your time.

Please click the following link to fill out our short survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H3YG238

Thank you for your participation!  



January, 2017 Meeting Highlights

Friday, January 27, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC would like to thank everyone who braved the weather last night and made it to the January Meeting.  The January meeting highlights included:

 

Election of 2017 STARC Officers:

  • President - Arn Benjamin - N1ARN
  • Vice President - Jason Garneau - K1LOL
  • Secretary - Jacob Chandler - KC1FZY
  • Treasurer - Jamie Dennis - KB1MCU

 

Discussion on Allstar technology and the Vermont Allstar Network

  • Two local VT Allstar Network Simplex nodes are online and open for the Amateur Radio community
    • K1LOL - Swanton, VT - 147.510 (no offset), 100 PL Tone
      • Coverage of I-89 and US Rt 7 from Canadian border to the southern edge of St. Albans, Eastern half of Grand Isle county
    • N1ARN - Sheldon Springs, VT - 147.560 (no offset), 100 PL Tone
      • Coverage of Sheldon, Enosburg, VT Routes 105, 207, and the majority of Franklin and Grand Isle counties

For more information on the Vermont Allstar Network, please visit: http://www.vermontallstarnetwork.com/

 

STARC would also like to extend our thanks to outgoing Vice President Homer Wetherby (N1WXB) for his service to the club over the past year.

 



STARC featured in Everything Ham Radio Podcast

Friday, December 30, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC was recently featured as the Club of The Week on the Everything Ham Radio podcast (12/22/16)!

Here is the link to take a listen: http://www.everythinghamradio.com/2016/12/eth049-merry-christmas/#

 

Thanks again to K5CLM for featuring the club in the podcast!



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