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Silent Key - Burt Cross / K1RMF

Monday, May 07, 2018:

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:


73 K1RMF from all of us.


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

Wednesday, May 02, 2018:

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

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 ->

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


73 Tom/K1KI

Northwestern VT ARRL VE Team - April session recap

Thursday, April 26, 2018:

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 or 802-233-3342

STARC April Meeting Reminder:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018:

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

            - Video TBD

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

Wednesday, April 04, 2018:

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 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:

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 or contact Marina Cole at 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:

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:

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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