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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 for many years 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. More to come.

Our February BARC meeting is at 19:00, Friday, February 17th IN-PERSON and on ZOOM. (Info to be sent to email distribution...To join BARC, check this link on our website to provide your contact information.) We are meeting at the First Congregational Church located at 39 Main Street, Essex Junction, VT (Route 15 East from 5 Corners just across the tracks) in the Marvin Lounge at the opposite end of the building from the parking lot. Our regular meeting hall is undergoing floor reconstruction currently. New hams and family members are welcome. Program material is still pending with a couple of ideas floating currently.


In other news,

  • The annual Ham Radio Breakfast at JP's is this coming Saturday morning, January 28 at 0900 off Route 117 in Essex Junction. Participants from all clubs are welcome.

  • Vermont QSO Party is the following weekend, February 4-5. Here is the LINK for info. Hope you can participate!

  • The deadline for volunteering for the Boston Marathon ham radio support is February 10th. Here is the LINK for info.

Jon, KA1HQR did a great presentation for us last week. 30,000 runners and 300 volunteer ham radio operators.

If you are up for working a big event, this is it!

  • This spot is reserved for a volunteer to present at our February 17th BARC meeting on a Ham Radio topic. Contact W1OKH@W1KOO.org

  • HamCon is the Saturday, February 25. Here is the LINK for info. This is a great Winter hamfest at the Hampton Inn in Colchester, VT. RANV is also looking for volunteer help and good participation as it's a lot of work to make this happen.

  • The next QSO Today Virtual Ham Radio Convention is the weekend of March 25-26, 2023. Here is the LINK for info. There is a call for and emphasis on presentations intended for NEW HAMS with TECHNICIAN LICENSES.

Hope you can join us Friday February 17th for our February BARC meeting!


Ed / W1OKH

Don't forget 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. Join us!

Check out the Vermont VEM RACES net update below.

Our mailing address for the club is.

Burlington Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

PO BOX 312

ESSEX JUNCTION, VT 05453

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, 110.9 Hz Linked , Local has been disabled.)

  • W1KOO VHF, Mt Mansfield (146.940 MHz, -600 KHz offset, PL 100 Hz. Handhelds please use an external antenna and high power.)

  • K1VIT 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 - 1930 (7:00 PM - 7:30 PM) UHF linked system (Northeast FM Repeater Association )

1930 - 1945 (7:30 PM - 7:45 PM) VHF FM repeater - Mt Mansfield 146.940.

1945 - 2000 (7:45 PM - 8:00 PM) VHF FM linked repeaters (Lincoln 145.470, Cabot 146.820, Williamstown 146.625, Killington 146.880)

2000 - 2015 (8:00 PM - 8:30 PM) DMR Statewide Vermont talk group

Thursday: Not active currently but will likely revitalize with colder WX coming.

7:00 – 8:00 PM 3570 kHz +/- QRM or 7085 kHz +/- QRM, Thor22

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! FLASH! THIS NET IS BEING RUN ON THE LYON MOUNTAIN REPEATER, 147.285 PL 123 HZ WITH LINKED WHITEFACE UHF REPEATER 447.775 MHz, PL 123 HZ only to avoid bringing up the Whiteface VHF repeater UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. AVOID WHITEFACE VHF due to a high SWR concern.

Protocol for WX reports are:

Sky Conditions

Precipitation

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.