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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, October 15th 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.) This will be our 2021 Annual Meeting. Election of officers was last year, in 2020, so we're off the hook. Expect primarily reports on treasury, repeater upgrades, Red Cross, and ideas for the coming year, hopefully back to in person meetings in 2022. (Hopefully our XMAS event in December 2021 as well.) This will also start the 2022 Membership renewal drive for those not on Paypal auto-renewal.

AGAIN: 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 and now on Mt Mansfield VHF at 19:30 hours. (See schedule below)


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 social/technical 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 delaying us from safely gathering again in a conference room for club meetings.


FROM ARRL....

Attention All Units! NEAR-Fest XXX is this Weekend. We Are Back Live and

Online!


We are pleased to announce that NEAR-Fest XXX will begin at 0900 on

Friday October 15th, 2021 and run again Saturday, October 16th. It will be a hybrid event – both live at

the Deerfield (NH) Fairgrounds and online worldwide via Zoom.


Website: https://near-fest.com/


Hope you can join us on the 15th for the BARC Annual Meeting!


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. We now have a net on Mt Mansfield, 146.940 MHz at 19:30 Hours on Tuesdays.

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)

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

  • 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 - 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 – 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.