Please note that CVARC now has a new website, vs. this “.org” site. At our February 3rd meeting Russ Shauer volunteered to “webmaster” the new site and is in the process of constructing the site. Notes on the Feb. 3rd meeting may be found there.

A few notes here –

Until the April elections Steve Board KA1LHZ has agreed to continue as president and take over as director while Tom Long KB1NGQ steps down as director to take over as treasurer.

Tom has obtained the CVARC checkbook from Shawn Silk, deposited our latest collected dues to the TD Bank and paid $100 to Barre Town to reserve the Barre Town Rec. Area/Pavilion for this year’s Field Day (Saturday June 25 – Sunday June 26).

FUTURE MEETINGS -Per decision at the Feb. 3rd meeting, meetings will be held at the Barre City Police Department the first Wednesday of each month (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm). Check the new website for where folks may gather for dinner prior to meetings (“Soups and Greens”, 321 N. Main St., Barre, has been mentioned). Although the “Steak House” has been very gracious in hosting our meetings for some time now, members decided they would rather not feel compelled to buy dinner when attending meetings. Russ has secured the Police Department facility, at least through next December.

Please check the new website for further information and join us at the Barre City P.D. for the March 2nd meeting and, especially, for the April 6th Annual Meeting and Election of Officers.

Also note that the 146.625 Williamstown repeater was worked on last week by Chris Knox N1GBB and Chris Craig K1MHZ and now provides improved coverage for Central VT. Further work on the repeater is scheduled.

73, Tom Long KB1NGQ

Field Day 2015 (June 27th-28th)!

I will host this year’s Field Day (2015), June 27th-28th at my QTH in Waterbury Center, VT (167 George’s Way [Sign says “Izzo Road”]). Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested. Also, please respond, via email to “The Director” (“Contact Us” link on this page) if you have not already, as to whether you will attend, or not, what times you expect to attend, what you plan on bringing. Also contact me for a list of what to bring AND directions to my QTH.

73, Tom Long KB1NGQ, Director, CVARC

Minutes of June 3, 2015 Meeting

Minutes of CVARC Meeting
Central Vermont Amateur Radio Club
June 3, 2015

Present: Steve Board KA1LHZ, Carolyn Brusetti KC1AZA, Fred Doten N1OEP, Avi Freund K1AKF, Tom Long KB1NGQ, Ture Nelson KB1NBJ, Ed Hutchinson N1FMP, Jessica Noyes KB1NBO, Joe N1PTR

Nine members gathered at the Steak House for this month’s meeting.

Treasury Report: In the absence of the treasurer, President Steve Board reports that “we are a little more than solvent” with $200 in the bank, which is enough to pay the repeater rent, plus six dues that were paid at the meeting. In addition, when the AB577 rocket launcher, which is for sale at $800-ish, is sold, we will have more in the treasury. (Please contact Steve Board if interested in purchasing it.)

Field Days: Tom Long says that they are held on the “Fourth Rainy Weekend in June”, which falls this year on June 27 and 28, and that the deck of his house in Waterbury Center may be available.( The rules say that we need to operate without commercial power or existing antennas.) Besides Tom’s equipment, and the CVARC items being stored at Steve’s place, we also have all of K1ARN’s radios etc, including 2 meter rigs. If Tom’s place is not available, the backup option is Ed Hutchinson’s field in Plainfield .

The question was raised as to who will be able to attend.

If interested in volunteer communicator opportunities around Vermont, please contact Tom Long, who has a list.

Fred Doten will reserve the Barre Town Rec Area for next year’s Field Days

Ed Hutchinson was contacted about a Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Drill

The repeater site needs cleanup, with a date TBD, some time in August or September. Weed-wacker, clippers, chain saws, lawn mowers and people to run them are sorely needed!

There will be no meeting in July. The next meeting is August 5 (first Wednesday) at the Steak House on the Barre Montpelier Road at 5:30.

Silent Keys remembered are: K1HKI Bob DeForge, charter member; and Charles Ballantyne; also KJ1F, Stew Gibson

Watch your e-mail for info on the Field Days!

Respectfully submitted,
Jessica Noyes KB1NBO


Sorry for the late notice. There will be a meeting tomorrow evening, June 3rd, at the Steak House on the Barre Montpelier Road, 5-6:00ish for dinner, meet and greet, etc…, followed by a meeting. Lots to discuss, especially what to do about Field Day as we have no site reserved… Maybe a cookout/picnic on the Field Day weekend (June 27-28). Also, there are a number of items CVARC owns that we have discussed selling (including the AB-577 “Rocket Launcher” and the Tri-Bander, etc…). We need to have some one take charge of getting some CVARC property sold to fatten the bank balance. And, for those wishing to pay dues, Shawn and or I will be at the meeting to receive them. Alternately, Shawn told me there is a way to pay them online. Click on “Membership”. The instructions are there to send to the CVARC P.O. Box, pay at a meeting, or pay via “Paypal”. Hmmm, never knew that.

Hope see you at the meeting. 73, de KB1NGQ “The Director”

Spring is here. Meeting and Volunteer Events

It’s been a long Fall and longer Winter. Now’s the time to regenerate, make a meeting and volunteer for events’ communications.

Tentatively, we’ll meet on Wednesday, April 22nd, at the “Steakhouse” on the Barre/Montpelier Road, 5:00 for “earlybird” dinner, 6:00 for dinner and meeting, our annual meeting election of officers, club business and general rag chew.

Two major events we are in dire need of volunteers for – May 14th “Corporate Cup Challenge…” and the “Vermont City Marathon”. Please consider volunteering as Amateur Radio communicators for either, or both of these events. I know we all need another T-shirt or two! For the Corporate Cup, please contact “The Director”, me, via this website. Just email “The Director”. For the Vermont City Marathon, please contact Mitch Stern W1Sj, check the RANV site, or the Vermont City Marathon website. If you can’t find them, contact me and I’ll send you the contact information.

It is time to get CVARC revitalized!

73, KB1NGQ “The Director”

November Meeting

Our November Meeting will be held on Nov 5th.

6pm at the Steak House Restaurant on Rt.302 in Berlin.

We welcome and invite all area hams and anyone interested in ham radio to come to our meetings to help us keep this club alive.  Its a great time to see old faces and make new friends.  For more information please feel free to contact our Secretary Shawn Silk KB1TQR @ 802-585-0553

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  1. Jeff – N1YWB

    Went to VT History Expo in Tunbridge

  2. Cathy -N5WVR

    Get feedback on survey to me within one week

  3. Ed – N1FMP

  4. Tom – KB1NGQ

    Been in touch with Al Gardner; will pick up generator; will try to find banner; prefer Sat morn;

  5. Jim – KB1ZSQ

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  1. Jeff – N1YWB

    3rd kid on way. Caught 17″ largemouth on Baker Pond in Brookfield on Fathers Day canoe fishing trip with dad.

  2. Ed – N1FMP

    Pressure washed sailboat. Physically challenging. Still making Field Day plans. Congrats to N1YWB on 3rd harmonic. Net control next week is unconfirmed; Carol perhaps?

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VT H.62 A Victory for Two-Way Radios in Vehicles?

The Vermont State Senate Transportation Committee has given a 10-0 vote for H.62 WITH AMENDMENTS! Briefly, as follows;

Sec. 1. 23 V.S.A. §
4(82) is amended to read:
(82) Portable electronic device means a portable electronic or computing device, including a cellular telephone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or laptop computer. Portable electronic device does not include a two way or Citizens Band radio, or equipment used by a licensed Amateur Radio operator in accordance with 47 C.F.R. part…

Let’s hope this goes smoothly through any House/Senate Conference Committee to accept the amendments and pass the legislature!



Neal Rentz N1ZRA SK

We are all saddened by the loss of Neal, N1ZRA. Several weeks ago, Neal finally had the heart transplant he had been waiting for, for 5+ years. Apparently, the transplant went well, but then there were complications, he suffered a stroke and the doctors could not revive him. Although we are saddened, Neal “fought the good fight”, kept a very positive attitude through numerous trips and stays in hospital, worked with the cardiac specialists with experimental external, electro-mechanical heart pumps and radio monitoring equipment. There is no doubt that all of his hard work and positive attitude have advanced the science and will lead to saved lives. Still, he will be missed. N1ZRA, N1ZRA, de KB1NGQ… Nothing heard. KB1NGQ Out.