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STARC Officers Nominations and Voting - January Meeting

Monday, January 02, 2017:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Treasurer / Webmaster

STARC will be performing officer nominations and voting during our January meeting.  Please make an effort to attend, if at all possible.  All postions are up for election (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer).


  • January meeting: Thursday, January 26th - 7:30pm


The meeting will be held at the St. Albans VFW.  

Thank you - we hope to see you there!


HAM-CON and other happenings update from Mich Stern (W1SJ)

Monday, January 02, 2017:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Treasurer / Webmaster

The following update has been provided by Mitch Stern (W1SJ), 

Happy New Year's, Everyone!

As we enter the New Year, there are plenty of ham radio events to get us going. The key item is HAM-CON. It will be on Saturday, February 25th, 8AM at the Holiday Inn in South Burlington. Remember that admission is reduced if you buy tickets in advance either on the web site or at various club activities over the next few weeks. At this time, I am working on the program. If you have any ideas on forums or activities you would like to see (or even present), please let me know. HAM-CON details can be found at

The warm-up activity for HAM-CON is the HAM RADIO BREAKFAST, Saturday, January 28th 9AM at JP's Deli, 39 River Road, Essex Junction. What goes on there? About 35 hams eating and talking ham radio. What more do you need? While this is a long trip for those in Southern Vermont, perhaps you can find an excuse to come up to Burlington for the day. Or else, organize a breakfast at the other end of Vermont and we'll do a linkup via Skype.

There are many on-air activities to keep busy with over the next couple of months.

The main event is the Vermont QSO Party, which is February 4-5th UTC. The event starts Friday February 3rd at 7PM and ends Sunday February 5th at 7PM. There are many ways to participate, either from your own station, or from someone else's station. Once again I'll be opening up my station to put club station W1NVT on the air. Contact me if you would like to get on the air for a couple of hours. Details are at 

January has a pair of short contests which are a lot of fun. Called the North American QSO Party, it runs on Saturdays from 1PM until 1AM, with CW on January 14 and Phone on January 21. This is a low power contest, meaning that everyone runs the same power level, making it easier to compete. Details at

If 160 meters is your thing, and it should be as the sunspots are going away, look for the CQWW 160 Meter Contest, with CW on January 28-29 and Phone on February 25-26. Contests on the top band run overnight, leaving your weekend days free for other activities (assuming you don't stay up all night). Don't know what to use for an antenna? Attend the RANV meeting on January 10th where we will talk about effective low band antennas.

I'll have the Vermont Amateur Radio Directory available again this year at HAM-CON. Please send me any updates from last year. Also let me know any suggestions on how to make the Directory more available to hams throughout Vermont. 

I'll be planning a one-day Technician class in March. No date is set just yet. The Vermont classes are usually very small, and I am looking for a core group to plan a date around.  

Plan your ham radio calendar NOW! And I hope to see/hear you at these various ham radio events throughout Vermont early this year.

73, Mitch

Happy New Year from the AROs of STARC

Saturday, December 31, 2016:

Michael Gladu, N1FBZ
STARC Technical Advisor

STARC would like to wish every ARO and their families a
73 de STARC

STARC featured in Everything Ham Radio Podcast

Friday, December 30, 2016:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Treasurer / Webmaster

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!

Happy Holidays from STARC

Wednesday, December 21, 2016:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Treasurer / Webmaster

STARC would like to thank everyone who attended the STARC annual holiday party.  We would also like to congratulate Zachary Benjamin who won the Baofeng HT door-prize.

Happy Holidays,


STARC Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, December 21, 2016:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Treasurer / Webmaster

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:

  • January meeting: Thursday, January 26th - 7:30pm
  • February meeting: Thursday, February 23rd - 7:30pm
  • March meeting: Thursday, March 30th - 7:30pm

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

Modifications to STARC Constitution and Bylaws Approved

Monday, November 21, 2016:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Treasurer / Webmaster

As announced, STARC members voted by email and mail-in ballots and in person at the November START meeting to update STARC's Constitution and Bylaws.  All four proposed modifications were voted on individually, and all four modifications were approved.  The approved changes will help STARC to continue to operate on a regular basis, while acknowledging that it is not always possible for members to attend every single meeting.

The approved changes to the Constitution and Bylaws are as follows:  

  • Modifying Article IV to define a meeting quotrum as 10% of active members.
  • Modifying Article VIII to amend constitution or by-laws by 2/3 of active vote participants, allowing for voting to take place in-person at the specified meeting, or via proxy ballot submitted by either email or postal mail
  • Modifying STARC bylaws definition of Active Membership to remove the requirement to attend 9 meetings per year
  • Modifying STARC bylaws definition of Associate Membership to allow associate members the right to vote

We hope these changes will help STARC to continue to grow and operate more effectively going forward.  We would like to thank everyone for their participation!  We will update the website with these modifications shortly.

Jay Peak Repeater Update

Tuesday, October 11, 2016:

Arn Benjamin, N1ARN
STARC President

Last Saturday, October 8th, STARC Members replaced the inside dual-band antenna at the Jay Peak repeater site.  Future plans are in place to install the antenna on the roof top at a later date when the tram is back in operation and weather permits. 

Many thanks go out to N1FBZ-Mike, KB1JME-David and W1EAM-Alan for all of their hard work!

Franklin County's newest and only IRLP repeater - now on the air!

Friday, April 29, 2016:

Jason Garneau, K1LOL
STARC Treasurer / Webmaster

STARC President Arn Benjamin (N1ARN) is now operating a new IRLP-based Inbeded Node from his QTH in Sheldon Springs, Vermont. The N1ARN Node is connected to the East Coast Reflector (9050), a well-established network of IRLP-connected repeaters that spans across the USA:

  • Repeater Callsign: N1ARN
  • Frequency: 147.570 - Simplex
  • PL Tone: 67Hz
  • IRLP Node: 8023

Repeater Coverage area: Majority of Franklin County, VT as well as parts of Quebec along the border of VT from Alburgh to Richford.

STARC Repeater Directory

The W5YI Franklin County VT Volunteer Examiner Team offers Technician Class Exam Sessions.
If you would like to schedule a Technician exam, contact W5YI CVE - Arnold Benjamin - N1ARN:
Telephone: (802)-309-0666
Or email:


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