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STARC Upcoming Monthly Meetings

Thursday, February 16, 2017:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC looks forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming monthly meetings. Everyone, licensed or non-licensed, members or non-members, are encouraged to attend.

The STARC meeting schedule for the next couple of months is as follows:

  • February meeting: Thursday, February 23rd - 7:30pm
  • March meeting: Thursday, March 30th - 7:30pm
  • April meeting: Thursday, April 27th - 7:30pm

All meetings take place at the St. Albans VFW located at 353 Lake Road, St Albans, VT.

HAM-CON update from Mitch Stern (W1SJ)

Thursday, February 16, 2017:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

This comes to us from Mitch W1SJ about the upcoming RANV 'Ham-Con' hamfest on Feb. 25th:

" We are TEN DAYS away from HAM-CON 2017. Be sure to make plans to attend HAM-CON on Saturday, February 25, 8AM until 1PM at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 1068 Williston Road, just off of I-89 Exit 14 East.

Now in its 35th year, HAM-CON is billed as the "Best Little Hamfest in the World". We will pack more forums, more activities, more hams and more stuff into 5 hours than anywhere else. Details on ticket purchase can be found at

Our theme this year is "Radio-Active". Sadly, Hams have been spending less and less time on the air being, well, Hams! We want to encourage hams to be more active.

Starting off at 8:30, John Grow VE2EQL will talk about the "Magnificent 3" wire antenna system which produces a great signal on all HF bands.

Did you work any National Parks in 2016? We will have the perpetrator of that activity, ARRL Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko KX9X, speak about the success of the NPOTA program last year and how to take what we learned to produce more portable operating events. Directly following this, Mitch Stern W1SJ will teach you "How to Set Up a Ham Station Anywhere". We'll learn, first hand. how he build portable stations with big signals from all types parks and other locales.

Continuing with our antennas theme, our special guest speaker is Tim Duffy K3LR who will speak about "Simple and Effective Antennas".Tim runs DX Engineering, has hosted the Antenna Forum at Dayton since forever and has a super station with massive antennas. He knows his stuff! Tim will join electronically us from his shack in Western PA and perhaps give us a glimpse of the antennas farm.

Fred Hopengarten K1VR will present "Ham Radio and the Law", where he will talk about the sticky business of getting legal permission to raise an antenna - sometimes in a hostile neighborhood. This will be followed by the ARRL Forum where our ARRL Director and Vice Director will give us insight as to what is happening with our League.

We didn't want to leave the VHF/UHF enthusiasts out! Mike Seguin N1JEZ will off up tips and techniques for setting up a competitive station and antennas on those higher bands. And for something completely different, Harrison Kyle VE2HKW will talk about the uses and setup of the Automatic Position Reporting System, or APRS.

Our activities room will be abuzz with all sorts of activities. Our special event station W1V will be operating all morning, handing out those rare Vermont contacts to the world. Mike N1FBZ will be running the Tech Table where you can get your radio checked out. Sean, KX9X will be making contacts through two satellite passes in the morning. Jeff N1YD will be doing demonstrations with RF control. We'll also have digital voice demonstrations using DMR.

And yes, we have a Flea Market too! You just need to find time in between all the other activities to buy some stuff. And be sure to join us at Closing Ceremonies where you could win door prizes, including a 40" High Definition Smart TV.

Need to upgrade or have someone get their first ham license? No problem! The VE Session is at 1:15 and it's free! You still need to study. We also have FCC Commercial exams as well.

All of this for only $8 admission. And if you act right away you can buy your ticket on-line for $6. Early admission and table reservations are more. But hurry, we close early ticket purchase Friday!

Information and ticket sales for HAM-CON can be found at:

See you next week at HAM-CON! "

73 de STARC

The STARC 2017 Survey is here!

Monday, February 06, 2017:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

Want to help shape STARC for 2017? Please fill out our 2017 survey! We appreciate your feedback - all responses are anonymous. Both members and non-members are welcome to respond. The survey should take no more than 4-5 minutes of your time.

Please click the following link to fill out our short survey:

Thank you for your participation!

January, 2017 Meeting Highlights

Friday, January 27, 2017:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC would like to thank everyone who braved the weather last night and made it to the January Meeting.  The January meeting highlights included:


Election of 2017 STARC Officers:

  • President - Arn Benjamin - N1ARN
  • Vice President - Jason Garneau - K1LOL
  • Secretary - Jacob Chandler - KC1FZY
  • Treasurer - Jamie Dennis - KB1MCU


Discussion on Allstar technology and the Vermont Allstar Network

  • Two local VT Allstar Network Simplex nodes are online and open for the Amateur Radio community
    • K1LOL - Swanton, VT - 147.510 (no offset), 100 PL Tone
      • Coverage of I-89 and US Rt 7 from Canadian border to the southern edge of St. Albans, Eastern half of Grand Isle county
    • N1ARN - Sheldon Springs, VT - 147.560 (no offset), 100 PL Tone
      • Coverage of Sheldon, Enosburg, VT Routes 105, 207, and the majority of Franklin and Grand Isle counties

For more information on the Vermont Allstar Network, please visit:


STARC would also like to extend our thanks to outgoing Vice President Homer Wetherby (N1WXB) for his service to the club over the past year.


STARC featured in Everything Ham Radio Podcast

Friday, December 30, 2016:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

STARC was recently featured as the Club of The Week on the Everything Ham Radio podcast (12/22/16)!

Here is the link to take a listen:


Thanks again to K5CLM for featuring the club in the podcast!

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