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QST QST QST - STARC July 27th Meeting Reminder:

Thursday, July 27, 2017:

Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

This month's Saint Albans Amateur Radio Club meeting will take place on:
Date / Time: Thursday, July 27th - 7:30pm
Location: St. Albans VFW - 353 Lake Road, St. Albans, VT
Meeting Topics:
STARC Hamfest
Misc. topics
Depending on weather, we may take a field trip to the N1STA tower site as part of Thursday's meeting. Please meet at the VFW, regardless, and we'll determine feasibility from there.
We hope to see you there!

Saratoga County Hamfest - Sunday, September 10th

Wednesday, July 26, 2017:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The following message comes to us from Peter, W2BEW:

That’s right – it’s back again, for the 32nd time! The 32nd Annual Saratoga County Hamfest will be held SUNDAY SEPT.10 at the County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa , NY . Last year’s hamfest was Bigger and Better than the previous year – despite the Boxboro convention that same weekend.

Please spread the word to your club members and hams in your community.  Once again, admission is only $6, and that includes tailgate space – much of it under cover. If you wish to rent one of our tables under cover, that’s $10 addl.

And if you want to do two hamfests in one weekend, bring us a ticket stub from Boxboro on Saturday, and you’ll get in to our fest for HALF PRICE on Sunday!

There’s more hourly prizes than ever and our very popular HIGH-END BUCKET PRIZES ARE BACK! You could take home a great piece of new ham gear for a $5 raffle ticket! Of course, more tickets will increase your chances.

More features:

  •    VE Test Session at 9 am off-site
  •    Demos and Discussions of What’s Hot in Ham Radio Today   
  •    Fox Hunt on the Fairground    
  •    Delicious Food served all day
  •    Lots of Gear and Accessories to haggle over

Please share this email and the attached flier with your club members and car-pool together. Attend this time and you’ll come again! Guaranteed.    

See you on Sept. 10 – Sunday – in  Ballston Spa , NY


 Peter –

Lake Placid Ironman - Volunteers needed!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

The following message comes to us from our friends at the Champlain Valley Amateur Radio Club in Morrisonville, NY:

Sunday, Sept 10th is the Lake Placid Ironman 70.3. A 70.3 is half a full Ironman. 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 run. We have to cover 3 bike aid station, from 12-14 ambulances, 3 at net control and two at med tent/met gate. And SAG up to six. Bike cut off is 2:00 PM, I believe run cut off is 5:00 PM.

We need volunteers, some of our regulars are working the 90 mile canoe race.

Sign up page link is


If you would like to volunteer or know of someone who would be interested, please email Bob at or Gary at

STARC Upcoming Monthly Meetings

Wednesday, July 26, 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:


  • July Meeting:  Thursday, July 27th - 7:30pm
    • Site visit to N1STA tower site (weather permitting) - Meet at VFW.


  • August Meeting: Thursday, August 31st - 7:30pm
    • Meeting topic to be determined


  • September Meeting: Thursday, September 28th - 7:30pm
    • Meeting topic to be determined


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

Happy Independence Day from STARC!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017:

Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to wish all of the AROs (Amateur Radio Operators) and their families a 'Happy 4th of July'!

73 de STARC

VE Exam Session Success!

Saturday, July 01, 2017:

Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to thank the following VEs for helping with the ARO test session at the Northwest Medical Center last evening: Eric N1RCX, David KC1APK, Jason K1LOL, and Michael N1FBZ. We had one candidate take a test and they successfully upgraded from Technician Class to General Class. He must have studied a whole bunch as he only missed one out of 35!

73 de STARC

STARC thanks the AROs that helped out today at the 2017 Bike for the Lake

Saturday, June 17, 2017:

Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to thank the following AROs for helping out with the radio comms for the 2017 'Bike for the Lake' event today:
Arn N1ARN - Alburgh Welcome Center, Jason K1LOL - St. Anne's Shrine, Larry KB1ZEB - St. Anne's Shrine, Bob WI2B - Monty Bay, Phil WG2W - Monty Bay, Allen W1EAM - Snow Farm Winery, John N1LXI - Rover (Earl's Cyclery service van, Michael N1FBZ - Net Control (Knight's Point).

Amateur Radio shined bright as we used Amateur Radio to assist a cyclist that was involved in an accident with another cyclist. Amateur Radio helps keep every one safe and gets help where/where it is needed quickly!

73 de STARC

Upcoming Amateur Radio Exam sessions in St. Albans!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Vice President

Scheduled  Amateur Radio testing is coming soon to St. Albans, making it more convenient for residents of the Franklin County area to either get or upgrade their amateur radio licenses. 


When:  Friday, June 30th - 6:00pm

Where: Northwestern Medical Center


Additional sessions are also scheduled for future dates:

  • Friday, September 29th - 6:00pm
  • Saturday, November 18th - 9:00am


For more information, please contact Eric Lessard - or (802) 497-9000


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If you would like to schedule a Technician exam, contact W5YI CVE - Arnold Benjamin - N1ARN:
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