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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 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, September 17th on the ZOOM and the Burlington W1KOO/146.610 repeater, -600 KHz offset, PL 100 Hz (BARC distribution will be emailed Zoom info which will be active at 18:45.) The primary topic will be a major antenna upgrade on Mt Mansfield for our 146.94 VHF and 447.175 UHF repeaters thanks to Paul / W1IMD, Mike, N1FBZ and two tower climbers Marty and Brady. The UHF is on top. The VHF is below.

It is time to revitalize activity through Mt Mansfield VHF as coverage has been greatly improved after several years of being down on the VPT building and shielded to the Northwest by the "Nose." I can hit both repeaters with 5 watts and a rubber duck from South Hero and work through with a decent signal using 5 watts on a Diamond X50 base antenna well below the hilltop here. Coverage was previously cut off north of Burlington for the most part in the old location. Vermont RACES has been active on the UHF Repeater (VT Statewide Analog FM Network) on Tuesday nights at 19:00 hours over the past several months.


Our secondary topic will be initial discussion for moving forward through the remainder of the pandemic and beyond. Club officers have decided to hold off until October 15 for our annual meeting to allow time for decent preparation and decision making at that time.


AGAIN, If you haven't been active with ham radio over the past few months, we'd love to hear from you on the radio or even via email. Several of us are keeping the Wednesday night roundtable alive on the W1KOO/.61 repeater. How about we get a net going on Mt Mansfield VHF? There is much to do going into this fall with the start of a new year for the club despite this long pandemic which is still ongoing and preventing us from safely gathering again in a conference room for club meetings.


Hope you can join us on the 17th!


Ed / W1OKH

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.

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, 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) ON HOLD - 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:

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

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.