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.  Some of our club members are also Red Cross Volunteers.

Our March, 2020 will be at 7 PM, Friday, March 20 ON THE W1KOO   Burlington VHF Repeater, 146.610, - 600 KHz, offset. PL 100 Hz.  We will be meeting on air or internet going forward until further notice depend on how our National Emergency plays out. Stay tuned on the internet part for the video part and those who cannot hit the repeater...working on that.  Our primary subject will be how can we local radio amateurs stay socially connected ourselves and contribute to the success of our efforts to slow the virus and its impacts to our families and communities.  Thoughts about maybe even a nightly net to keep a steady conversation and involvement going, especially for those who are sheltering in place at home?  We'll discuss that further this week.

At a LATER DATE, Jonathan Sturges, KA1HQR will be presenting to BARC RACES members and our general attendees on what's happening with Vermont RACES and Vermont Emergency Management along with needs and challenges. 
Jon is planning on joining us informally for our on-the-air BARC meeting Friday night from Morrisville. 

Also again.... Bob, W1FP and Jack, WA1TEO have fired back up the 8:00 PM Wednesday night net back up 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.  

We really need activity and base/mobile stations MONITORING on 2 meters/440 MHz, both analog and DMR digital to keep ourselves engaged locally.  Don't leave your only handheld battery powered radio with a rubber duck antenna turned off in a drawer. (My pet pieve...Sorry we lose a lot of new hams this way....ED)   Try a Yaesu FT2980, Kenwood TM281A, or ICOM 2300H or similar for a starter 2 meter base/mobile rig or set up your existing handheld with a power supply and external antenna.   The radios above are relatively inexpensive and give you 25 watts plus in power to hit multiple repeaters within a 50 mile range.  Either a 13.8 Volt Astron or 12 Volt Car battery will provide power and run with at least a 5/8 wave whip/vertical antenna for some "gain" to give you a decent signal.

We also need to figure out how to encourage upgrading above the Technician Class license and gain decent access to HF (160 through 10 meters) which has a ton of activity in comparison to VHF/UHF.  I am listening to a 75 meter SSB roundtable while updating this website very early in the morning here.

I will have more feedback on W1KOO Club Station re-establishment by our April meeting. I know the Red Cross is very challenged right now with both reorganization (Maine coming on board) and the drop in blood donations.        Stay tuned. 

Hope you can join us on the 20th!

Also, thanks to those of you who have renewed memberships and contributed to BARC for 2020.  I am still trying to slow down enough to catch up with you on acknowledgements....email time has been very limited here.  I hope to have everything caught up very soon with acknowledgements.

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.

The 10 Meter Beacon Listing Website is http://www.qsl.net/wj5o/bcn.htm 
Paul/AA1SU has one on 28.242 MHz in Essex Junction.  Check it out.

Vermont VEM RACES:  A weekly roundtable net is now running on Sunday nights, 20:30 hours, on W1KOO UHF, Mt Mansfield and Northeast FM Repeater Association Network. (447.175, -5 MHz offset, 110.9 Hz)  It is a training net for the "Northern Zone" above US Route 2. (South of Route 2 also welcome.)   Net Control is currently Jonathan, KA1HQR with some backup from other members.
ARES, Non- affiliated hams will be given a chance to check in as well after the initial callup/training exercise. 

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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