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HAM-CON update from Mitch Stern (W1SJ)

Thursday, February 16, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

This comes to us from Mitch W1SJ about the upcoming RANV 'Ham-Con' hamfest on Feb. 25th:

" We are TEN DAYS away from HAM-CON 2017. Be sure to make plans to attend HAM-CON on Saturday, February 25, 8AM until 1PM at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 1068 Williston Road, just off of I-89 Exit 14 East.

Now in its 35th year, HAM-CON is billed as the "Best Little Hamfest in the World". We will pack more forums, more activities, more hams and more stuff into 5 hours than anywhere else. Details on ticket purchase can be found at http://www.ranv.org/hamcom.html

Our theme this year is "Radio-Active". Sadly, Hams have been spending less and less time on the air being, well, Hams! We want to encourage hams to be more active.

Starting off at 8:30, John Grow VE2EQL will talk about the "Magnificent 3" wire antenna system which produces a great signal on all HF bands.

Did you work any National Parks in 2016? We will have the perpetrator of that activity, ARRL Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko KX9X, speak about the success of the NPOTA program last year and how to take what we learned to produce more portable operating events. Directly following this, Mitch Stern W1SJ will teach you "How to Set Up a Ham Station Anywhere". We'll learn, first hand. how he build portable stations with big signals from all types parks and other locales.

Continuing with our antennas theme, our special guest speaker is Tim Duffy K3LR who will speak about "Simple and Effective Antennas".Tim runs DX Engineering, has hosted the Antenna Forum at Dayton since forever and has a super station with massive antennas. He knows his stuff! Tim will join electronically us from his shack in Western PA and perhaps give us a glimpse of the antennas farm.

Fred Hopengarten K1VR will present "Ham Radio and the Law", where he will talk about the sticky business of getting legal permission to raise an antenna - sometimes in a hostile neighborhood. This will be followed by the ARRL Forum where our ARRL Director and Vice Director will give us insight as to what is happening with our League.

We didn't want to leave the VHF/UHF enthusiasts out! Mike Seguin N1JEZ will off up tips and techniques for setting up a competitive station and antennas on those higher bands. And for something completely different, Harrison Kyle VE2HKW will talk about the uses and setup of the Automatic Position Reporting System, or APRS.

Our activities room will be abuzz with all sorts of activities. Our special event station W1V will be operating all morning, handing out those rare Vermont contacts to the world. Mike N1FBZ will be running the Tech Table where you can get your radio checked out. Sean, KX9X will be making contacts through two satellite passes in the morning. Jeff N1YD will be doing demonstrations with RF control. We'll also have digital voice demonstrations using DMR.

And yes, we have a Flea Market too! You just need to find time in between all the other activities to buy some stuff. And be sure to join us at Closing Ceremonies where you could win door prizes, including a 40" High Definition Smart TV.

Need to upgrade or have someone get their first ham license? No problem! The VE Session is at 1:15 and it's free! You still need to study. We also have FCC Commercial exams as well.

All of this for only $8 admission. And if you act right away you can buy your ticket on-line for $6. Early admission and table reservations are more. But hurry, we close early ticket purchase Friday!

Information and ticket sales for HAM-CON can be found at:

http://www.ranv.org/hamcon.html

See you next week at HAM-CON! "

73 de STARC



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.

 



CT Valley FM Association – Amateur Radio Swap Fest - February 4th, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

This update comes to us from the Connecticut Valley FM Association:

You are invited to a Springfield Amateur Radio Swap Fest. It is sponsored by the Connecticut Valley FM Association an ARRL affiliated Amateur Radio Club.

Door Prizes, 50/50 Raffle. Coffee and donuts will be available to stave off those early morning hunger attacks.

Saturday February 4 th 2017 at the VFW Post 771, Springfield, VT is the date and place. Setup starts at 7:00AM with the main event kicking off at 8:00AM.

NOTE: The entrance to the VFW is to the right of the Mobile gas station at the junction of River Street and Route 11, across from the Springfield Shopping Plaza. Free admission for all attendees! Winning the 50/50 raffle could pay for that new handheld you always wanted or cover the cost of gas, snack, and possibly a table or two.

There will be a $5.00 per table charge for hams and vendors with a two-table maximum. Set up a table to make some room in your shack for that new radio you have been looking at and recycle some of your older equipment to another Ham. Maybe set up a table to show off your favorite aspect of the hobby. (Free tables will be available for anyone wishing to present only No selling!) Can you demonstrate your logging program, do a satellite demo, showoff your home brew antennas? This day is for "us"(you), to socialize with each other, make new friends and catch up with old friend. Bring your favorite presentation and share it with others. There will be plenty of fun, good times and good friends to be had by all.

Reserve your table by contacting CVFMA at: swapmeet@cvfma.org Additional information can be found at: http://www.cvfma.org/

Saturday Morning Talk In from the top of Mt. Ascutney on the 146.760 CVFMA repeater (‐) Pl 110.9 and on DMR Vermont talk group.

Springfield VT VFW Post 771

191 River Road

Springfield, VT 05156



STARC Officers Nominations and Voting - January Meeting

Monday, January 02, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC will be performing officer nominations and voting during our January meeting.  Please make an effort to attend, if at all possible.  All postions are up for election (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer).

 

  • January meeting: Thursday, January 26th - 7:30pm

 

The meeting will be held at the St. Albans VFW.  

Thank you - we hope to see you there!

 



HAM-CON and other happenings update from Mich Stern (W1SJ)

Monday, January 02, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The following update has been provided by Mitch Stern (W1SJ), 

Happy New Year's, Everyone!

As we enter the New Year, there are plenty of ham radio events to get us going. The key item is HAM-CON. It will be on Saturday, February 25th, 8AM at the Holiday Inn in South Burlington. Remember that admission is reduced if you buy tickets in advance either on the web site or at various club activities over the next few weeks. At this time, I am working on the program. If you have any ideas on forums or activities you would like to see (or even present), please let me know. HAM-CON details can be found at www.ranv.org/hamcon.html

The warm-up activity for HAM-CON is the HAM RADIO BREAKFAST, Saturday, January 28th 9AM at JP's Deli, 39 River Road, Essex Junction. What goes on there? About 35 hams eating and talking ham radio. What more do you need? While this is a long trip for those in Southern Vermont, perhaps you can find an excuse to come up to Burlington for the day. Or else, organize a breakfast at the other end of Vermont and we'll do a linkup via Skype.

There are many on-air activities to keep busy with over the next couple of months.

The main event is the Vermont QSO Party, which is February 4-5th UTC. The event starts Friday February 3rd at 7PM and ends Sunday February 5th at 7PM. There are many ways to participate, either from your own station, or from someone else's station. Once again I'll be opening up my station to put club station W1NVT on the air. Contact me if you would like to get on the air for a couple of hours. Details are at www.ranv.org/vtqso.html 

January has a pair of short contests which are a lot of fun. Called the North American QSO Party, it runs on Saturdays from 1PM until 1AM, with CW on January 14 and Phone on January 21. This is a low power contest, meaning that everyone runs the same power level, making it easier to compete. Details at www.ncjweb.com/NAQP-Rules.pdf.

If 160 meters is your thing, and it should be as the sunspots are going away, look for the CQWW 160 Meter Contest, with CW on January 28-29 and Phone on February 25-26. Contests on the top band run overnight, leaving your weekend days free for other activities (assuming you don't stay up all night). Don't know what to use for an antenna? Attend the RANV meeting on January 10th where we will talk about effective low band antennas.

I'll have the Vermont Amateur Radio Directory available again this year at HAM-CON. Please send me any updates from last year. Also let me know any suggestions on how to make the Directory more available to hams throughout Vermont. 

I'll be planning a one-day Technician class in March. No date is set just yet. The Vermont classes are usually very small, and I am looking for a core group to plan a date around.  

Plan your ham radio calendar NOW! And I hope to see/hear you at these various ham radio events throughout Vermont early this year.

73, Mitch



Happy New Year from the AROs of STARC

Saturday, December 31, 2016:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to wish every ARO and their families a
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
 
73 de STARC



Happy Holidays from STARC

Wednesday, December 21, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC would like to thank everyone who attended the STARC annual holiday party.  We would also like to congratulate Zachary Benjamin who won the Baofeng HT door-prize.

Happy Holidays,

-STARC



STARC Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, December 21, 2016:

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:

  • January meeting: Thursday, January 26th - 7:30pm
  • February meeting: Thursday, February 23rd - 7:30pm
  • March meeting: Thursday, March 30th - 7:30pm

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



Modifications to STARC Constitution and Bylaws Approved

Monday, November 21, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

As announced, STARC members voted by email and mail-in ballots and in person at the November START meeting to update STARC's Constitution and Bylaws.  All four proposed modifications were voted on individually, and all four modifications were approved.  The approved changes will help STARC to continue to operate on a regular basis, while acknowledging that it is not always possible for members to attend every single meeting.

The approved changes to the Constitution and Bylaws are as follows:  

  • Modifying Article IV to define a meeting quotrum as 10% of active members.
  • Modifying Article VIII to amend constitution or by-laws by 2/3 of active vote participants, allowing for voting to take place in-person at the specified meeting, or via proxy ballot submitted by either email or postal mail
  • Modifying STARC bylaws definition of Active Membership to remove the requirement to attend 9 meetings per year
  • Modifying STARC bylaws definition of Associate Membership to allow associate members the right to vote

We hope these changes will help STARC to continue to grow and operate more effectively going forward.  We would like to thank everyone for their participation!  We will update the website with these modifications shortly.



November Meeting Reminder - Thursday, November 17th - 7:30pm

Friday, November 11, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The November STARC meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17th at 7:30pm, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will be voting on changes to the constitution and bylaws, so please try to attend.

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

Thanks!

-STARC



Upcoming Vote - November 17th Meeting: REQUEST TO MODIFY STARC CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

Sunday, October 30, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC members have met at the past two monthly club meetings (September 29th 2016 and October 28th 2016) and have held a healthy discussion on how to make STARC more effective and efficient for the coming years.  STARC’s current constitution needs to be updated to ensure the success of the club going forward. 

 

Current Issue:  STARC has approximately 47 current members.  Over the past several years, monthly meeting attendance has dropped to an approximate average of 10-20% of our current membership roster.  Our current constitution and bylaws define a quorum as 50% of members needing to be in attendance at our monthly meetings to conduct business.   While we would love to see 50% or greater membership attendance at our monthly meetings, that just isn’t a reasonable reality or requirement in our current, busy world.  This means that as our constitution and bylaws stand, we cannot even vote to pay for critical items such as our club and equipment insurance plans.

 

Proposed Solution:  STARC members who have attended the last two monthly meetings have come up with the following proposed modifications to the STARC constitution and bylaws:

 

  • Modify Article IV:
    • Current definition:
      • The By-laws shall provide for regular and special meetings. At meeting, a quorum is required in order to conduct business. The quorum must be a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of Active Members, one (1) of whom must be a voting officer.
    • Proposed definition:
      • The By-laws shall provide for regular and special meetings. At meeting, a quorum is required in order to conduct business. The quorum must be a minimum of ten percent (10%) of Active Members, one (1) of whom must be a voting officer.
    • Reason for change:
      • With our current membership of approximately 47 members, this would allow STARC to conduct official business at meetings where at least 5 members are present.
      •  
  • Modify Article VIII:
    • Current Definition:
      • This Constitution or the By-laws may be amended by two-thirds vote of the Active membership. Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting and shall be voted on at the next following regular meeting, provided all members have been notified by mail of the intent to amend the constitution and/or by-laws at said meeting.
    • Proposed Definition:
      • This Constitution or the By-laws may be amended by two-thirds of active vote participants. Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting, posted to the STARC website and sent out to members of the STARC email distribution list. and shall be voted on at the next following regular meeting, either in person, or by proxy ballot.  Proxy ballots may be submitted by postal mail to the STARC post office mailbox, or submitted via sending an email to the STARC Info email box (info@starc.org).
    • Reason for change: 
      • STARC would like to give all of our members the ability to vote on crucial items, such as changes to our Constitution and Bylaws.  Under the current definition, we would need 32 of our 47 members to vote to make such changes.  Again, STARC would love to see such an amazing voter turnout, but the reality is STARC has not seen that high of membership participation in a vote in many years.  Therefore, we are proposing to modify Article VIII to make it as easy as possible for STARC members to vote on changes to the constitution and by-laws by providing the option to vote by either mail or email, if a member is unable to attend the meeting for any reason.

 

  • Modify STARC Bylaws definition of Active Membership to remove requirement to attend 9 meetings per year
    • Current definition:
      • It is the Responsibility of an Active member to maintain an attendance record of 75% in the most recent past 12 months of General Membership meetings. (Attend 9 meetings out of 12)
    • Proposed change:
      • Remove the entire statement and therefore, the requirement, from “Active Membership” definition
    • Reason for change:
      • While STARC encourages all members to attend as many meetings as possible, we do not want to exclude members who cannot meet such a requirement due to work requirements or family engagements.

 

  • Modify STARC Bylaws definition of Associate Membership to allow associate members the right to vote
    • Current definition:
      • An Associate Member is an individual who does not hold an Amateur Radio license, but who takes part in STARC activities for the betterment of STARC and for personal satisfaction. He/she has paid the Associate Member annual dues, with the same timing as that required of an Active Member. An Associate Member may hold the office of Secretary, Treasurer or Alternate Treasurer, and may take part in all STARC activities. An Associate Member may speak to the issue at hand at any STARC General Membership or Special Meeting, but he/she does not have the right to vote.
    • Proposed definition:
      • An Associate Member is an individual who is not required to hold an Amateur Radio license, but who takes part in STARC activities for the betterment of STARC and for personal satisfaction. He/she has paid the Associate Member annual dues, with the same timing as that required of an Active Member. An Associate Member may hold the office of Secretary, Treasurer or Alternate Treasurer, and may take part in all STARC activities. An Associate Member may speak to the issue at hand at any STARC General Membership or Special Meeting and has the right to vote.
    • Reason for change:
      • Our most recent meeting attendees believe that all paying members of STARC should have a voice, and therefore the right to vote within our organization.

 

Voting:  STARC has made a motion to vote on these four items individually.  The vote will take place in person at the following:

     Date:                     November 17, 2016

     Time:                     7:30pm EST

     Location:             St. Albans VFW, 353 Lake Road, St. Albans, VT 05488

 

Proxy ballots will be accepted for these four items by the following methods:

 

Postal Mail:                           

  1. Please print out the attached ballot - CLICK HERE FOR BALLOT
  2. Mail your fully completed ballot to:

          STARC, Inc.

          PO Box 211

          St. Albans, VT 05478

POSTAL MAIL PROXY BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11/17/2016

 

E-mail:

  1. Please fill out and attach your completed ballot - CLICK HERE FOR BALLOT - to your email, or cut-and-paste the ballot into the body of the email.
  2. Email completed ballot to: info@starc.org

 

EMAIL PROXY BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 3PM EST ON 11/17/2016

 



STARC Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, October 26, 2016:

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:

  • October meeting: Thursday, October 27th - 7:30pm
  • November meeting: Date and time will be posted shortly

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



Jay Peak Repeater Update

Tuesday, October 11, 2016:

Author:
Arn Benjamin, N1ARN
STARC President

Last Saturday, October 8th, STARC Members replaced the inside dual-band antenna at the Jay Peak repeater site.  Future plans are in place to install the antenna on the roof top at a later date when the tram is back in operation and weather permits. 

Many thanks go out to N1FBZ-Mike, KB1JME-David and W1EAM-Alan for all of their hard work!



September 2016 Meeting Notes

Monday, October 03, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC would like to thank everyone who attended the September monthly meeting.  Some of the items discussed included the following:

  • The STARC Repeater team is looking into making a trip to the summit of Jay Peak on the weekend of October 8th to attempt repeater repairs.  This may include mounting of the new replacement antenna, depending on weather.
  • The current STARC bylaws were discussed.  Specifically, we are looking to redefine the definition of a quorum to better meet the needs for our standard club activities.
  • Discussion on repeater basics and assisting a member with programming of a new mobile setup

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, October 27th at 7:30pm at the St. Albans VFW.  We look forward to seeing you there.



New website features!

Monday, September 19, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC has added three new items to our website's Amateur Radio Dashboard - available on the right-hand side of the STARC website homepage.   These new features include:

  • ARRL News highlights - Get the latest Amateur Radio news, right from the ARRL
  • Upcoming Contest List - Stay up-to-date on upcoming contests taking place around the world
  • DX News.com's DXpedition Calendar - All of the latest DXpedition news can be found right here

We are always looking for additional ways to make the STARC website more useful for our members and the amateur radio community.  If you have any suggestions for additional content or features, please contact us at info@starc.org.  



STARC Summer Hamfest 8/13/16

Saturday, August 20, 2016:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to thank everyone that braved the rainy weather today and came to our hamfest. We had a pretty decent turn out with much ARO conversation and items given out for door prizes. Some of the lucky winners were Horace N1HC, Dan N1FYL, Jake KC1FZY, and Tony WA2LRE. If you did not happen to make it to the hamfest, you missed an enjoyable time. We look forward to seeing you again next year, seeing you at one of our club meetings, or talking with you on one of the STARC sponsored repeaters or perhaps on HF.

               

73 de STARC

PS: Big THANKS goes to Chuck KB1RQX for the pictures.



Sunday, July 03, 2016:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to wish all of the AROs and their families a very HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY !!

73 de STARC



STARC Field Day Update

Monday, June 20, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

Due to insufficient participation this year, STARC will not take part as a club in Field Day 2016.



Switchback Bike for the Lake - June 18 STARC Public Service

Saturday, June 18, 2016:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to THANK the following AROs (Amateur Radio Operators) for helping to make this event a success:
Arn N1ARN (Alburg), Larry KB1ZEB (Marina), John N1LXI (Rover), and Michael N1FBZ (Net Control). Your radio communication skills kept the cyclists safe. Hopefully you had a nice time helping out. We hope that the 'lurkers' listening to St. Albans VHF were entertained too !!

73 de STARC

http://www.northernlakechamplain.org/event/switchback-bike-for-the-lake/



Field Day 2016 Update

Tuesday, June 14, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC is trying to put together a team to participate in the 2016 ARRL Field Day event.  This year, Field Day starts at 14:00 EDT June 25th, and ends June 26th at 17:00 EDT.  

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in operating over the weekend, along with your operating time preferences.  Additionally, we are looking for people willing to assist with setting up on Friday, June 24th.  

We are also looking for equipment loans (rigs, tuners, antennas, watt/SWR meters, headphones with splitters, etc). 

Please let us know if you are interested in participating in this event in any way by contacting Allen Monahan (W1EAM) at nds@together.net (preferred) or 802-238-3223.

Please try to respond by Thursday, June 16th at 6:00 PM, if possible.


Thank you!

-STARC Field Day Team



STARC - Supporting our community - 2016 Run for Jim - St. Albans, VT

Monday, May 23, 2016:

Author:
Arn Benjamin, N1ARN
STARC President

Another safe and successful "Run for Jim" event! I want to thank the STARC club members that helped with safety communications this year! N1FBZ-Mike, N1WXB- Homer, K1LOL-Jason & Daughter, N1RUH-John, N1ARN-Arn.This years event raised $370,000 to help aide local families with the cost of fighting CANCER!

 

 



CQ-CQ-CQ: BAOFENG HT GIVE-AWAY

Friday, April 29, 2016:

Author:
Arn Benjamin, N1ARN
STARC President

HERE'S HOW TO WIN IT:

  1. Attend STARC Monthly Meetings.
  2. Check into Thursday Night Net's On STARC 2m 145.230 pl.100 or 70cm 443.400 pl.162.2 repeaters @ 7 PM.
  3. Join or Renew Your STARC Membership.
  4. If you're a Non-Amateur Operator and Visit a Monthly Meeting you will receive a chance to win - and if you do - "The Franklin County W5YI Team" will give you a "FREE TEST SESSION" for your "Technician Class License".

The drawing will be held at the "STARC Holiday Party" on December 15th. 
There are many opportunities and chances to win. The more you participate, the more chances you have to win. We are looking forward to seeing or hearing you on the air, or meeting you at one of our monthly meetings! Spread the word to your Amateur Operator friends!

73, and Good Luck 
N1ARN-Arn STARC President



Franklin County's newest and only IRLP repeater - now on the air!

Friday, April 29, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC President Arn Benjamin (N1ARN) is now operating a new IRLP-based Inbeded Node from his QTH in Sheldon Springs, Vermont. The N1ARN Node is connected to the East Coast Reflector (9050), a well-established network of IRLP-connected repeaters that spans across the USA:

  • Repeater Callsign: N1ARN
  • Frequency: 147.570 - Simplex
  • PL Tone: 67Hz
  • IRLP Node: 8023

Repeater Coverage area: Majority of Franklin County, VT as well as parts of Quebec along the border of VT from Alburgh to Richford.



New England QSO Party - May 7th and May 8th

Tuesday, April 12, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The below update comes from Tom Frenay / K1KI:

I'd appreciate your help in publicizing the upcoming New England QSO Party on May 7th and 8th.  


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.  

Last year we had logs from 139 New England stations and 275 more from around the country and world.  

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

The 2015 results have been on-line for a week or so and the results since 2002 are also available ->  http://www.neqp.org/results.html

It's just a month until the 2016 NEQP.   Please make some QSOs even if you don't want to send in a log.

Thanks!

73 Tom/K1KI



K1JAY Repeaters are back on the air

Saturday, April 02, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

As of today, the K1JAY 2m and 70cm Repeaters are back in service! They are currently on the temporary indoors antenna until better weather allows us to get up on the roof top to repair or replace the antenna. I want to personally put out a huge "Thank You" to N1FBZ-Mike and KB1JME-David.....it takes a "Very Dedicated Amatuer Radio Person" to work on 4,000ft. Mountain Top Repeater Sites! 


      

73'

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STARC Posters are now up!

Thursday, March 24, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

 

The STARC Club and Hamfest posters are now up and posted at the St. Albans / Georgia rest areas on I-89.  Thank you to Morris Belisle, KC1FBT for the idea!

 



QST QST QST - STARC Thursday Buy/Sell/Swap/Ragchew Net

Thursday, March 24, 2016:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

Please join us this Thursday evening, March 24th, for the STARC Thursday Buy/Sell/Swap/Ragchew Net, at 7PM, on the N1STA VHF Repeater, 145.230 MHz, shift -600 kHz, PL 100 Hz.

73 de STARC



N1STA UHF Repeater - Now streaming online

Tuesday, March 15, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The N1STA UHF repeater is now streaming online!  Please click the N1STA UHF icon at the top-right corner of this page to listen in!



STARC - February Meeting Recap

Tuesday, March 08, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC would like to thank everyone that braved the poor weather to attend the club meeting on Thursday, February 25th. Several topics were covered, including:

  • IRLP Demonstration and discussion by N1ARN
  • Discussion of the possibility of configuring IRLP on the Jay Peak VHF repeater, when back online
  • Demonstration of the new STARC website by N1ARN
  • Approval of STARC poster project, to advertise the club and upcoming HamFest at the four local rest areas on I-89 (St. Albans and Williston)

If you have any suggestions on future meeting topics, please let us know!



Message from Mitch W1SJ about HAM-CON 2016

Monday, March 07, 2016:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

" Everyone,

We had a wonderful time at HAM-CON 2016 last weekend. I've made available links to some of the presentations at the show. I also have videos of two of the presentations. They are not great productions, as we don't have staff to man the camera, but you should get a good idea what was going on. There are also links to Convention pictures and some of the pre-show interviews on broadcast radio. I know that there are folks who could not make it out to the show, and even those who attended who were tied up with other show activities. Depending on how things work out, I hope to do more of this in the future.

If you view any of these links, please drop me a line at the above address and let me know if the material was useful to you. The links can be found at the RANV Web (in the large light blue box): http://www.ranv.org

I have a few copies of the Vermont Amateur Radio Directory left. If you would like one mailed to you, please send $6 via Paypal to my address above and I'll get you a copy.

I have two classes coming up in April. For those of you in southern Vermont, I have a class on April 16 (Tech) and April 17 (General) in Manchester, NH. The following week is April 23 (Tech) and April 24 (General) in Essex Junction. Details and enrollment forms are at http://www.ranv.org/weekend.html or call me at 802-879-6589. Go out get folks to get their license!

I'm currently processing the logs for the Vermont QSO Party and the results will be posted in 3 days time at http://www.ranv.org/vtqso.html

As we leave the winter months beyond, amateur radio activities will slow up for a while. In May, I will be looking for hams to help out communications for the Vermont City Marathon, the largest Ham Radio public service event in Vermont. And then June brings Field Day and we will all be busy getting ready for that. I will fade into the background with these E-mails, only to emerge next year when things get busy again. Have a nice Spring! "

73 de STARC



STARC Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Saturday, February 27, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC is looking forward to seeing you at one of our monthly meetings. Everyone (licensed or non-licensed) is encouraged to attend. The STARC meeting schedule for the next couple of months is as follows:

  • March meeting: Thursday, March 31st - 7:30pm
  • April meeting: Thursday, April 28th - 7:30pm



QST QST QST - HAM-CON is next Saturday Feb. 27th

Sunday, February 21, 2016:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

This comes to us from Mitch W1SJ:

" In just under a week from now, it's HAM-CON 2016, next Saturday, February 27th at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Williston Road at I-89 Exit 14 (1068 Williston Rd).

As Ed Sullivan used to say, "We have a really great shooooooooow!"

And as Bernie sez, "This will be huuuuuuuuuge!"

Doors open to the public at 8AM, and you want to get there early so as not to miss anything.

Our guest speaker is Joe Rudi NK7U. Right now, he is at home in Nevada, remotely operating his super station in Oregon in the ARRL DX Contest. Some 40 years ago, he was playing 1st base for the Oakland A's! Joe is one of the few people who can say that he traded in his bat and glove for a mike and key! We'll have him on line via Skype where he can tell us his amazing story.

Joel Hallas W1ZR is back to inform us all things technical in "The Doctor is In!" He will open up the show with a talk on Multiband Antennas at 8:30, so get there early.

We have all sorts of talks on topics you want to learn about, including, Remote Control of a BIG ham station, Building Your Own Station, Digital Voice Repeaters and the ARRL National Parks on the Air Program. For times and details, refer to the program at http://www.ranv.org/hamcon.html or else, pick up a program at the door.

It wouldn't be HAM-CON without the Flea Market! Table reservations are running ahead of last year, and we expect a full room. Don't have time to sell your stuff? No problem, we will sell it for you. For this service, you have to be a RANV member (hint, hint) and you have to deliver the good to the sales table with list of items and prices. Nothing over 30 pounds, please!

As you pull up to HAM-CON, look for the big yagi out in front! W1V will be on the air working the world. Please do make a point to sign up and operate -it's Fun! We'll have a Tech table where you can check out your radio, demonstrations on digital radio and remote control, and hundreds hams, just like you, wandering around for no apparent reason.

The Closing Ceremonies will be at 12:55 and we have a whole bunch of nice prizes, culminating in the grand prize, a 40" Hi-Definition TV with Roku courtesy of WCAX-TV. You must be present to win, so no sneaking out the back door! The VE session will be at 1:15 and it is FREE this year- but you still must study. And if you haven't studied, come learn about the upcoming Technician and General Classes on April 23-24 in our area.

So get your schedule set up, put together your car pools and head on over to HAM-CON next Saturday. You don't get to have any fun if you don't attend. Admission is $8 at the door, or $6 on-line, but hurry as advance sales close this weekend.

Hope to see you at HAM-CON 2016!

Mitch

HAM-CON Information: Web: http://www.ranv.org/hamcon.html E-mail: w1sj@arrl.net Phone: 879-6589 "

73 de STARC



STARC Weekly Net - Now on Thursday evenings at 7pm

Monday, February 15, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC's weekly 2m Net has moved to Thursday evenings, starting at 7pm. We hope that Thursday evenings will be easier for most members to participate. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know.



2016 Officer Election Results

Monday, February 15, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC would like to announce our new Club Officers for 2016:

President: N1ARN - Arn Benjamin
Vice President: N1WXB - Homer Wetherby
Treasurer: K1LOL - Jason Garneau

We are still looking for a member to volunteer for the Secretary role. If you are interested, please contact any of the current officers.



K1JAY Repeaters Update

Monday, February 15, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The Tram is finally back in service and STARC repeater maintenance team is waiting for some electrical work to be completed before the K1JAY repeaters can be put back in service. Our repeater techs are chomping at the bit to get K1JAY back 'On-The-Air!' Stay tuned here or check our FaceBook page for updates. We thank you for your patience.



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