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 next meeting will be at 19:00, Friday, August 19th IN-PERSON and on ZOOM (BARC distribution will be emailed Zoom info which will be active at 18:45.) 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 downstairs meeting hall entering from the main parking lot. Currently masks are recommended but not mandated. We will have the windows open for cross ventilation plus plenty of space to spread out. Bob/K1BIF will share some video/photos from the August 14th Parks on the Air event. (Below) I am planning to share some photos and experiences from the New York RACES/ARES ham radio communications for the recent IRONMAN in Lake Placid in July.
The STARC Hamfest is currently planned for Saturday, August 13 at the VFW Post 758 at 353 Lake Street, St Albans from 8 AM until noon. Talk in is on the STARC repeater, N1STA, on 145.230 MHz/PL 100 Hz. Check the STARC.Org Website for further info.
Bob, K1BIF is planning a Parks on the Air activation for W1KOO at the Tree Farm off West Street (See Google Maps Photo above) in Essex Junction on Sunday, August 14th. Setup will begin at 09:30 with operation from 10:00 or so until 14:00-15:00 in the afternoon. There is plenty of parking available but no facilities. Food and Restrooms are available at local businesses on Pearl Street. (Starbucks, Subway, Dunkin, Wendys, McDs and others nearby and further away.) Hope you can make it.
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.
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
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!
Protocol for WX reports are:
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.