Welcome to the home of the Burlington Amateur Radio Club, of Burlington, Vermont! We are an ARRL affiliated club Special Services club. We also support the American Red Cross of Northern VT. The Red Cross has graciously allowed us to call their building home, in Burlington, as our Club meeting space. We are still working on a new Emergency Communications Center/W1KOO Club station which has been on hold.  Some of our club members are also Red Cross Volunteers.

Our next meeting will be at 19:00, Friday, May 21st on the ZOOM and the Burlington W1KOO/146.610 repeater, -600 KHz offset, PL 100 Hz  (BARC distribution has been emailed Zoom info which will be active at 18:45.)  
I am hoping to have more feedback on coordinating presentations, hopefully at least quarterly, with other clubs...April got busy here.            More to come on content.       Ed / W1OKH

KEEPING MARCH FEEDBACK below for one more month.  We had four attendees on ZOOM for APRIL.  At least two people told me they "forgot."  Discussion of becoming a "hermit" was part of the ZOOM meeting.  HF Band conditions are noticeably improving.    TIME TO GET CREATIVE.....AND BACK ON THE AIR and RE-ENGAGED.
Zoom tends to capture mostly the same participants (Not just Amateur Radio, seeing this elsewhere as well.)  Not everyone is into ZOOM nor has decent internet in rural areas.   2 Meters/70 cm and 75 meters is a good way to stay connected within our hobby locally.  Things on the air are TOO QUIET given the isolation that has been going on with the pandemic.  Ham radio is a great way of feeling more connected socially given the challenges we've been dealing with over the past year.

If you haven't been on the air, please give it more than a single try.  Often I hear stations call and miss connection by just a few minutes.  New hams are coming on the air for the first time and need to feel welcomed.  They're full of questions.  My base station 2m/70cm radios run from early morning until bedtime.  That's been going on since my first 2 meter Heathkit HW-202  radio back in 1974. (Just got a very nice one off eBay to "resto-mod.")   

Vermont RACES has become much more active recently with information below which I will try to keep up to date as things change.  The NNYESN on Whiteface has been running mid-teens for check-ins on many days recently. Recently aside from FT8, 80/40m CW has been very active, especially with the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) and contests. (Winter Field Day, QSO parties in particular.)  Recently when 40 CW wasn't good stateside, there was a pipeline into the Caribbean on SSB. (Sunday night, April 18 was very active on 40 CW)  And don't forget our Wednesday night 8 PM roundtable on W1KOO, 146.61. 

Check further below for recently updated local nets.

We have good participation going for the 8:00 PM Wednesday night net on W1KOO, 146.610, -600 KHz,  PL 100 Hz.   We've had some good roundtables including new hams discovering activity on our repeater which generates new interest and participation.  Bob, W1FP and Jack, WA1TEO are primary NCS.    Join us!

Check out the Vermont VEM RACES net update below.

Hope you can join us on the 15th!

Ed / W1OKH

 Our mailing address for the club is.

Burlington Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
PO BOX 312

Let me know if you are not receiving email.   (Reply back to W1OKH@W1KOO.org)  Some services, such as AOL, do not seem to reliably receive "group" email.

We could use more fresh material here!  Send via email to W1OKH@w1koo.org.

Vermont VEM RACES Nets:  
UHF Linked system and VHF FM linked repeaters from Northwestern Vermont are accessed through 
  • W1IMD UHF, Mt Mansfield as part of the Northeast FM Repeater Association Network. (447.175, -5 MHz offset, 82.5 Hz Local, 110.9 Hz Linked)  
  • KI1P VHF Lincoln Mountain, 145.47 MHz repeater, - 600 KHz offset, PL 100 Hz 

Here is the latest update from Cathy/NQ1B.

Monday schedule:
    1400 - 1500 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)        3815 kHz +/- QRM, followed by digital tests and drills on an 80 meter frequency TBD during the phone net

Tuesday schedule:
    1900 - 1915 (7:00 PM - 7:15 PM)        UHF linked system (Northeast FM Repeater Association)
    1915 - 1930 (7:15 PM - 7:30 PM)        1996 kHz + /- QRM
    1930 - 2000 (7:30 PM - 8:00 PM)        VHF FM linked repeaters (Lincoln 145.470, Cabot 146.820,                                                                 Killington 146.880)
    2000 - 2015 (8:00 PM - 8:30 PM)        DMR Statewide Vermont talk group

    7:00 – 7:30 PM 146.550 simplex test with FM and MT63-1KL; contact anyone you can
    7:30 – 8:00 PM 7085 kHz +/- QRM, Thor22
    8:00 – 8:30 PM 3570 kHz +/- QRM, Thor22
    8:30 – 9:00 PM UHF linked repeater; check in with FM voice, then do drills with MT63-1KL

NNYESN:  Northern New York Emergency Service Net runs every day at 0730 and 1900 hours on the Whiteface Repeater, 145.110, PL of 100 Hz.  Purpose is training for Sky Warn and traffic handling. (NTS)   This net is monitored by the National Weather Service at the Burlington International Airport.  Vermont based participants and Net Control volunteers are still needed!
    Protocol for WX reports are:
        Sky Conditions
        Temperature in degrees F
        Wind speed and direction if known.
        Barometer if available
        Other comments such a wind damage or road conditions. 
The Whiteface Repeater is strictly emergency and public service use only and is monitored 24 hours per day...No rag chewing.    



STARC Hamfest

posted Aug 9, 2014, 12:45 PM by A.J. Murray

STARC Hamfest was today. It was a great turnout by the local AR Community! Great to see everyone there!

Christmas Potluck canceled

posted Jan 2, 2014, 4:34 PM by Ed Guild

What a bummer having to cancel our annual Christmas Pot Luck dinner due to WX.  That whole weekend was messed up for a lot of events going on before the holiday.  So, we'll have to come up with some good ideas for 2014 club events.   Need some help here.   Ed  /  W1OKH  

Field Day 2013

posted Jun 22, 2013, 7:11 PM by A.J. Murray   [ updated Jun 22, 2013, 7:12 PM ]

Field day is in full swing at the club shack. Feel free to stop by we'll be here through the end of Field day!

May 2013 Meeting

posted May 15, 2013, 5:37 AM by A.J. Murray   [ updated May 15, 2013, 5:38 AM ]

Our May 2013 meeting will be Friday the 17th, 7PM at the American Red Cross in Burlington. We will be discussing our Field Day 2013 plans and preparations. 

Doors open at 6:30PM, we hope to see you there!

January 2013 Meeting

posted Jan 16, 2013, 4:52 AM by A.J. Murray

Happy New Year! Our first meeting of the year will be Friday Jan 18th, at 7PM at the Red Cross in Burlington. During this meeting we plan to discuss the upcoming HAMCON and how BARC should participate. We will also discuss what 2013 looks like for BARC. See you all then!

December 2012 Meeting

posted Dec 17, 2012, 5:43 PM by A.J. Murray   [ updated Dec 17, 2012, 5:43 PM ]

Our next meeting is our annual Christmas Pot Luck Supper, Friday, December 21st, at 6:00 PM, at the First Congregational Church at 39 Main Street, Essex Junction.  (Just across the Railroad tracks on Route 15 from the 5 Corners headed East towards Essex Center.  No formal program is planned.  This is primarily a relaxing social visit before the holiday.  We always seem to come up with the right mix of food between entrees, salads, and desserts.  The church has a kitchen where food can be warmed up if needed.  It would be helpful to have a few volunteers arrive a bit early to help set up tables, etc.  (5:30)

November 2012 Meeting

posted Nov 7, 2012, 6:49 PM by A.J. Murray

Dr. Frederick (Fritz) Raab, W1FR, from Green Mountain Radio Research Co. is going to be guest speaker at the next BARC meeting (Nov. 16th).  He is going to need a projector and screen available.  He will be talking about the 'ABCs of RF Power Amplifiers including Class D and Class E'.  This will be a fantastic 
informative talk that will explain the various RF Power Amplifier classes 
of operation.  If you have ever wanted to know the differences, this
is the meeting to attend.

September 2012 Correction

posted Oct 5, 2012, 6:34 AM by A.J. Murray

In late September here we posted an article regarding the election of our Vice-Prez to Prez. This was just joke on our Vice-Prez. John was on vacation and unable to attend our annual business meeting so we unanimously decided to play a trick on him. However, the jig is up. John has found our about joke and has been, in-fact, getting email regarding the promotion. Sorry John! Thanks for being a good sport! We love you! 73.

Are you interested in getting your Ham Radio License?

posted Sep 22, 2012, 6:38 AM by A.J. Murray   [ updated Sep 22, 2012, 6:38 AM ]

Have you ever thought about getting your Ham Radio License, but just don't know where to start? Well, look no further. The Burlington Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a Technician Class Amateur Radio Licensing Course. This course will cover everything you need to know to pass your Element 2 and get your Technician Class Amateur Radio License! 

There has never been a better time to get your Amateur Radio License. There are currently more licensed hams in the US then there have ever been, over 700,000!! With your ham radio license you can talk to people all over the world, make new friends and discover magic of ham radio! 

If you're interested please contact BARC at info@w1koo.org today! 

September 2012 Business Meeting

posted Sep 22, 2012, 6:29 AM by A.J. Murray

We had a great turn out last night for the annual business meeting. It should come as no surprise that John Mauger, former club VP, was unanimously voted in as our new Club President. Congratulations John, we look forward to what you have in store for the club!
"Its been fun, but its time to pass the torch along. I know Johnny is going do a bang up job!" said former Club Prez Dave, W1HRG.

The VP slot is open and all other officers were re-elected for another term in their current positions. 

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