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 and they have also provided us space for our Club Station. Many of our club members are also Red Cross Volunteers.
Next Meeting: Our next meeting is Friday May 17th.
Club Net: Join us every Wednesday evening, at 8PM, for our Club net on the 146.61 repeater. The net is just a social gathering and not a directed net so please feel free to join in, all hams are welcome and encouraged to participate!
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!
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!
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)
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.
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.
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 email@example.com today!
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.
Field Day 2012 was a huge hit this year! According to club member Ed, N1PEA, this is the first time he can ever recall where the club worked all 50 states during Field Day!. The club worked nearly 850 contacts! That was a mix of Phone, digital and thanks to Ed, W1OKH, CW! Photos to follow!
A.J., N1ZWL, hosted the clubs GOTA station where several hams came out and made a few contacts! Less, W1UT, brought out his solar panel, charged up a battery for use and using that we were able to score extra points making contacts on solar power!
Thanks to all who attended! Especially for the XYLs coming out to make us dinner!
For the first time ever the Ticonderoga Steam ship located at the Shelburne Museum was activated for Museum Ship weekend. Bob, W4YFJ, lead the efforts to make this happen. Several BARC Club members were out to operate W1T for the event. After the event Bob shared some statistics about how the Ticonderoga did.
Total Contacts 625
States Worked 40
Band conditions on Sunday were not the greatest but that didn't stop the team one bit. A great time was had by all participants and everyone is looking forward to activating the "Ti" next year. Pictures to follow!
The May meeting was great! Mike, N1JEZ, gave a fantastic presentation on his work with the higher bands. In short, things are much smaller and wave guide is your friend. Here is a look at a 10 GHz ground plane:
Currently Mike is working with another ham on building a set of 240 GHz transceivers and receivers to make the first contact on 240 GHz. As of the meeting they had one set done and were doing some simple tests to see how viable 240 GHz could be. Mike said results look positive.