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STARC February Meeting Reminder

Tuesday, February 20, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC President

This month's STARC  meeting will take place on:
        Date / Time:    Thursday, Feburary  22nd - 7:30pm 
        Location:        St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans, VT

Additional meeting topics:
            - STARC Meeting location update (VFW)
            - N1STA UHF repeater linking (Allstar) discussion
            - STARC website improvements
            - Field Day 2018 discussion
Presentation:
            - TBD



HAM-CON 2018 - Saturday, February 24th 8am - 1pm

Thursday, February 08, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC President

The following message comes to us from our friends at RANV:

 

HAM-CON -The Vermont Radio And Technology Show, will be held Saturday, February 24th 8AM-1PM at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 1068 Williston Road, South Burlington.

HAM-CON is a gathering of hundreds of technology enthusiasts from all over Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Quebec. Their interests range from Ham Radio, Technology, Building Electronics, Computer Usage and more.

Forums and technical talks will be going on throughout the morning and will include discussions and demonstrations on Antennas, Radio Propagation and Digital Communications.  The sales area will feature radio equipment, computers and other electronic goodies, both new and used for sale. The Activities room will feature demonstrations and our live on-air station W1V where visitors can talk to people all over the world.

Confused or befuddled by your computer or phone. Stop by and ask questions. There will be all sorts of technology experts who may be able to help you. There will also be information available on how to set up your own radio transmitting equipment.

Join us at HAM-CON, Saturday, February 24th 8AM-1PM at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 1068 Williston Road, South Burlington. Admission is $9 at the door.



VT QSO Party - Begins Friday, February 2nd

Tuesday, January 30, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC President

This comes to us from VT ARRL Section Manager Paul AA1SU:

VT QSO Party is this weekend!

The Vermont QSO Part starts at 7 PM on Friday, February 2 and ends at 7 PM on Sunday, February 4. This is your chance to put the rare state of Vermont on the air! Stations around the world will be looking for us, so Search & Pounce is not the way to go. Make sure that you call "CQ Vermont QSO Party" as much as possible. You send signal report and 3 letter abbreviation for your county. They send signal report and state or province. DX just sends signal report.

New this year, special rules to allow FT8 contacts.

Use of the WSJT low-signal digital modes such as FT8, JT65, JT9, JT4 and others will have special rules. These modes employ short, 13-character exchanges and normally only the grid square is exchanged. Vermont stations can utilize these modes only if they modify their exchange to send their 3-character county in place of their grid square. However,
Vermont stations cannot claim any multiplier credit for any contacts using these special modes. Non-Vermont stations can claim Vermont county multiplier credit using these modes.

The logging program N1MM+ supports this contest. Software that automatically looks up call sign address is not acceptable. Examples of this are Ham Radio Deluxe and N3FJP. So, if you use either of these, make sure that you turn that feature off. Self spotting on the DX Cluster IS allowed, but should be limited to once per band change, or
once per hour. You may also use the cluster to find stations to work.

Valid club multipliers for 2018: W1NVT N1GVT W1JXN.

More detailed information and discussion can be found at:
http://www.ranv.org/vtqso.html

From here you will find another link to the specific rules, county abbreviations, and other fun information.

For example, there are notes about 5 other contests that will be going on at the same time. The contest exchange and other details are included so that you know what to send them so that they can get credit or working you, too. If you make some contacts in these other tests, I encourage you to send them a log, as well. Just make sure that you also log it for Vermont, or merge the logs later.

So get on the air Friday night. It's going to be a fun weekend!

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ARRL Vermont Section
Section Manager: Paul N Gayet, AA1SU
aa1su@arrl.org
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Contoocook Valley Radio Club Hamfest - March 18, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC President

CVRC Hamfest

HAMFEST/CONVENTION

03/18/2018

Start Date: 03/18/2018
End Date: 03/18/2018
Location: Henniker Community School
51 Western Avenue
Henniker, NH 03242
Website: http://k1bke.org
Sponsor: Contoocook Valley Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.895 (PL 100.0)
Public Contact: Jeff Shaw , KB1WTI
831 Hemlock Corner Loop Henniker, NH 03242
Phone: 603-428-7109
Email: kb1wti@gmail.com



Springfield Amateur Radio Swap Fest - Saturday, February 10th

Saturday, January 27, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

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 10th, 2018 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: https://www.facebook.com/cvfma/

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

 

 

 

 

CVFMA



Vermont Mid-Winter Ham Radio Breakfast

Friday, January 26, 2018:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

Who from STARC is going to this tomorrow?
 
" Vermont Mid-Winter Ham Radio Breakfast - Saturday, January 27, 9AM-Noon, JP's Deli, 39 River Road Essex Junction.
 
We've been holding this for something like 10-15 years (I've lost track) and it is always a popular and fun event. Just think - 30-40 hams getting together to eat and yack. What can be wrong with that? JP's has an excellent assortment of breakfast and lunch items - simply order off the menu. After eats (around 10), we'll have a quasi informal group discussion of one of the ham radio topics du jour. If you live in the area, come on down, (after your trip to the dump). If you are out of the area, find an excuse to come up to B-town and join the fun. " de W1SJ
 
73 de STARC



STARC January Meeting and Annual Elections

Monday, January 22, 2018:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

It's that time of year again. We ask that all members try to attend our January meeting to participate in our annual elections. All licensed STARC members are able to run for any position, and are encouraged to do so. This is our club to make it what we want, but that cannot happen without participation from our members. We have some exciting meeting topics and events to finalize for this year, as well!

The STARC Meeting and Election will take place on:

Date / Time: Thursday, January 25th - 7:30pm
Location: St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans, VT

Additional meeting topics:
- K1JAY changes
- STARC Weekly Net feedback
- STARC website improvements
- Discussion of future meeting topics

Presentation:
- Video on how to build a dual-band 2m/70cm directional antenna for
working satellites and direction finding

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



Upcoming Amateur Radio Test Sessions in St. Albans, VT

Monday, January 08, 2018:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The Northwestern Vermont ARRL VE Team has scheduled the following Amateur Radio Exam sessions, right here in Franklin county:

Dates:

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time: 9:00am

Location: North Western 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 Holiday Party 2018 - Thank you!

Sunday, December 31, 2017:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to thank all those AROs and their families that took the time to attend our potluck holiday party last Thursday. :)

 

73 de STARC



STARC Christmas / Holiday Party - Thursday, December 28th - 6pm

Monday, December 11, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

 This year's Saint Albans Amateur Radio Club Christmas / Holiday Party is just around the corner!

        Date / Time:    Thursday, December 28th - 6:00pm 
        Location:        St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans, VT

 

Please note the start time is 6pm, an hour and a half earlier than our usual meeting time.


We hope to see you there!

 73,
 STARC



Amateur Radio Exam session - December 16 @ NMC

Monday, December 11, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The next Amateur Radio exam session will be taking place this weekend:

When:  Saturday, December 15th - 9:00am

Where: Northwestern Medical Center

Follow signs to the "Conference Center"

 

Additional sessions will be posted soon!

For more information, please contact Eric Lessard - lessarderic29@yahoo.com or (802) 497-9000



Sad news about our fellow ham and dear friend, KB1JME

Saturday, December 02, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

It is with great sadness, STARC has learned of the passing of fellow member and friend David DiPerna - KB1JME. Dave was a great man, well-known ham, and a key player behind the scenes at STARC.  Dave was the trustee and one of the primary care-takers of the K1JAY repeaters.  He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church, 152 Main Street, Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in the All Saints Cemetery in Richford.

Visiting hours will be Wednesday, December 6th from 4-7 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls

Dave's online obituary can be found at the following link: http://m.spearsfuneralhome.com/obituaries/events?obituaryId=2751719



May you rest in peace, KB1JME / SK.

 73,
 STARC



November STARC Meeting: Thursday, November 30th - 7:30pm

Saturday, November 25, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

Meeting Reminder:

  This month's Saint Albans Amateur Radio Club meeting will take place on:

        Date / Time:    Thursday, November 30th - 7:30pm 
        Location:        St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans, VT


        Meeting Topics:  

               Discussion of STARC Holiday Party (December meeting)

               Video Night!


We hope to see you there!

 73,
 STARC



Happy Thanksgiving message from STARC

Wednesday, November 22, 2017:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

Starc would like to wish all the AROs (Amateur Radio Operators) and their families a very 'Happy Turkey Day'!!

Remember to be thankful for all that you have and remember those that can not be with their families this Thanksgiving.

73 de STARC



St. Albans area ARRL VE Test Session results

Saturday, November 18, 2017:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

Today's St. Albans area ARRL VE Test Session ended with two new General Class Licenses earned, and two new Technician Class Licenses earned.

We even had one candidate with an EXPIRED General Class License, from the late '60's, who showed up with photocopies from a callbook that had his original General Class License callsign, take, and pass his Technician Class License, so his General Class License privileges would be re-instated!

STARC would like to thank the following VEs for helping to administer the exams: Eric N1RCX, David KC1APK, Jason K1LOL, and Michael N1FBZ.

73 de STARC



Cub Scout Jamboree on the Air - Saturday, October 21st

Tuesday, October 17, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The Cub Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 38 Grand Ave. Swanton, VT 05488 on Saturday October 21st. 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We would love the assistance of any ham operators that would like to volunteer to setup a station or work with the scouts about different things related to radio. Even showing test equipment and how it works can get the boys interested in the technical field.

I am working with Dennis Ziegler, KB1NST to have a station in Newport VT to contact if there is poor propagation on the 21st. He is a Scout leader in the Newport area and is inviting Scouts in that area to his Station for the event.

I will have a handheld on me and listen to the N1STA repeater, if someone is looking for me.

Scouts will start arriving at 1:00 p.m. Radio operators are welcome to arrive at 11:30 a.m. for setup and checking out what bands are open.

The event will run to 4:30 p.m. the scouts will be split in to small groups of 4 to 6 boys and go to different activities.  They will spend about 20 minutes at each activity.

If anyone has any questions I can be reached via mbanyea@gmail.com or my cell 802-782-5236

 

Thanks!


Michael Banyea

Cubmaster Pack 832



Thank You to everyone that attended our hamfest today.

Saturday, August 12, 2017:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to thank everybody that showed up today to attend our hamfest. The weather at first did not look good but after the down pour was done the rest of the day was FANTASTIC!  We hope that you had a nice time. We enjoyed all of the eyeball QSOs.   Below are some pictures of the fun.

          

Thank you KB1WXM, N1ARN and K1LOL for taking photos.  See you again in 2018!

73 de STARC

 

 



QST QST QST - St. Albans Amateur Radio Club Hamfest 2017 - Aug. 12th

Sunday, August 06, 2017:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

This is a QST.

The St. Albans Amateur Radio Club (STARC) is having their annual hamfest this coming Saturday August 12th at the VFW Hall, 353 Lake Rd, St. Albans, VT. All are welcome to attend. This is a RAIN or SHINE event. There is plenty of inside space available for selling as well as outside tailgating spaces. All the fun begins at 8:00am. Door prizes, 50/50 raffle, free radio testing, VE test session. See this link for the hamfest flyer: http://www.starc.org/graphics/starc-hamfest-flyer.pdf

We hope to see you there!

73 de STARC



K1JAY Repeater Antenna Replacement - July 30th, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

On Sunday, July 30th, STARC members David (KB1JME), Mike (N1FBZ), Allen (W1EAM), David (KB1RWB) and Jason (K1LOL) took the tram to the summit of Jay Peak to replace the K1JAY repeater antenna, located on the roof of the Tram House at the summit of the mountain.  The weather couldn't have been better for this trip, with the temperature in the upper 70s and light wind.  During the antenna replacement, the mast was repaired and the damaged jumper cable was replaced.  STARC would like to thank our volunteers, we wouldn't be able to do it without their assistance and expertise.

K1JAY VHF seems to be restored to its original coverage area and strength - please give it a try and let us know what you think!

        



Boy Scouts Pack 832 honors N1ARN

Monday, July 31, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

Fellow ARO and past member of STARC, Michael Banyea (W1MSB) and son attended the July STARC meeting to present an award to STARC President Arn Benjamin (N1ARN) for his assistance with the 2016 Boy Scouts Jamboree On the Air event. The award, shown below, was presented on behalf of Boy Scout Pack 832.  Congrats, Arn!

 



QST QST QST - STARC July 27th Meeting Reminder:

Thursday, July 27, 2017:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

This month's Saint Albans Amateur Radio Club meeting will take place on:
 
Date / Time: Thursday, July 27th - 7:30pm
Location: St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans, VT
 
Meeting Topics:
STARC Hamfest
Misc. topics
 
Depending on weather, we may take a field trip to the N1STA tower site as part of Thursday's meeting. Please meet at the VFW, regardless, and we'll determine feasibility from there.
 
We hope to see you there!
 
73,
STARC



Saratoga County Hamfest - Sunday, September 10th

Wednesday, July 26, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The following message comes to us from Peter, W2BEW:

That’s right – it’s back again, for the 32nd time! The 32nd Annual Saratoga County Hamfest will be held SUNDAY SEPT.10 at the County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa , NY . Last year’s hamfest was Bigger and Better than the previous year – despite the Boxboro convention that same weekend.

Please spread the word to your club members and hams in your community.  Once again, admission is only $6, and that includes tailgate space – much of it under cover. If you wish to rent one of our tables under cover, that’s $10 addl.

And if you want to do two hamfests in one weekend, bring us a ticket stub from Boxboro on Saturday, and you’ll get in to our fest for HALF PRICE on Sunday!

There’s more hourly prizes than ever and our very popular HIGH-END BUCKET PRIZES ARE BACK! You could take home a great piece of new ham gear for a $5 raffle ticket! Of course, more tickets will increase your chances.

More features:

  •    VE Test Session at 9 am off-site
  •    Demos and Discussions of What’s Hot in Ham Radio Today   
  •    Fox Hunt on the Fairground    
  •    Delicious Food served all day
  •    Lots of Gear and Accessories to haggle over


Please share this email and the attached flier with your club members and car-pool together. Attend this time and you’ll come again! Guaranteed.    

See you on Sept. 10 – Sunday – in  Ballston Spa , NY

 73,

 Peter –
 W2BEW



Lake Placid Ironman - Volunteers needed!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The following message comes to us from our friends at the Champlain Valley Amateur Radio Club in Morrisonville, NY:

Sunday, Sept 10th is the Lake Placid Ironman 70.3. A 70.3 is half a full Ironman. 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 run. We have to cover 3 bike aid station, from 12-14 ambulances, 3 at net control and two at med tent/met gate. And SAG up to six. Bike cut off is 2:00 PM, I believe run cut off is 5:00 PM.


We need volunteers, some of our regulars are working the 90 mile canoe race.

Sign up page link is http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/lake-placid/volunteer.aspx#axzz4nn2W9tEd

 

If you would like to volunteer or know of someone who would be interested, please email Bob at wi2b@arrl.net or Gary at ad2z@charter.net.



STARC Upcoming Monthly Meetings

Wednesday, July 26, 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:

 

  • July Meeting:  Thursday, July 27th - 7:30pm
    • Site visit to N1STA tower site (weather permitting) - Meet at VFW.

 

  • August Meeting: Thursday, August 31st - 7:30pm
    • Meeting topic to be determined

 

  • September Meeting: Thursday, September 28th - 7:30pm
    • Meeting topic to be determined

 

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



Happy Independence Day from STARC!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to wish all of the AROs (Amateur Radio Operators) and their families a 'Happy 4th of July'!

73 de STARC



VE Exam Session Success!

Saturday, July 01, 2017:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to thank the following VEs for helping with the ARO test session at the Northwest Medical Center last evening: Eric N1RCX, David KC1APK, Jason K1LOL, and Michael N1FBZ. We had one candidate take a test and they successfully upgraded from Technician Class to General Class. He must have studied a whole bunch as he only missed one out of 35!

73 de STARC



STARC thanks the AROs that helped out today at the 2017 Bike for the Lake

Saturday, June 17, 2017:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to thank the following AROs for helping out with the radio comms for the 2017 'Bike for the Lake' event today:
Arn N1ARN - Alburgh Welcome Center, Jason K1LOL - St. Anne's Shrine, Larry KB1ZEB - St. Anne's Shrine, Bob WI2B - Monty Bay, Phil WG2W - Monty Bay, Allen W1EAM - Snow Farm Winery, John N1LXI - Rover (Earl's Cyclery service van, Michael N1FBZ - Net Control (Knight's Point).

Amateur Radio shined bright as we used Amateur Radio to assist a cyclist that was involved in an accident with another cyclist. Amateur Radio helps keep every one safe and gets help where/where it is needed quickly!

73 de STARC



Upcoming Amateur Radio Exam sessions in St. Albans!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

Scheduled  Amateur Radio testing is coming soon to St. Albans, making it more convenient for residents of the Franklin County area to either get or upgrade their amateur radio licenses. 

 

When:  Friday, June 30th - 6:00pm

Where: Northwestern Medical Center

 

Additional sessions are also scheduled for future dates:

  • Friday, September 29th - 6:00pm
  • Saturday, November 18th - 9:00am

 

For more information, please contact Eric Lessard - lessarderic29@yahoo.com or (802) 497-9000

 



Switchback - Bike for the Lake: Volunteers needed!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC will once again be providing communications capabilities for the Switchback Bike for the Lake - 2017 taking place in Grand Isle county and the upper-Eastern shore of Lake Champlain in New York.  Communications activities will start at 6:30am, and end at 4:30pm Saturday, June 17th.  If you are able to assist, please contact Arn Benjamin - n1arn@yahoo.com or Jason Garneau - jgarneau@gmail.com.  Further details regarding the event can be found at: http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=38174

 

 



STARC AROs provided radio comms for the 'Run for Jim' event today

Sunday, May 07, 2017:

Author:
Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to thank the following AROs for helping out with the radio comms for the 'Run for Jim' event today:
Arn N1ARN, Richard WA1UVM, Jaime KB1MCU, Adrienne KA1RXD, Nick KB1RWB, Michael N1FBZ.

Thank you for your service! We are going to need help for the Switchback 'Ride for the Lake' event this Summer. Hint, hint.

73 de STARC



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



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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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



STARC featured in Everything Ham Radio Podcast

Friday, December 30, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Treasurer

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!



Happy Holidays from STARC

Wednesday, December 21, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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'

N1ARN-Arn-STARC-Pres



STARC Posters are now up!

Thursday, March 24, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Treasurer

 

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 Treasurer

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STARC - February Meeting Recap

Tuesday, March 08, 2016:

Author:
Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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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