STARC would like to announce our new Club Officers for 2016: President: N1ARN – Arn Benjamin Vice President: N1WXB – Homer Wetherby Treasurer: K1LOL – Jason Garneau We are still looking for a member to volunteer for the Secretary role….
The Tram is finally back in service and STARC repeater maintenance team is waiting for some electrical work to be completed before the K1JAY repeaters can be put back in service. Our repeater techs are chomping at the bit to…
There are a lot of ham radio activities coming up in the next few weeks!.
Saturday, January 25, 9-noon: Northern Vermont Ham Radio Breakfast at JP's Deli, 139 River Road (Rt 117), Essex Junction. If you are in or plan to be in the area, be sure to stop by. This is simply 30 hams having breakfast and telling tall ham tales. The food at JP's is great!
Saturday, February 1 - Sunday, February 2 UTC (specifically, 7PM Friday night until 7 PM Sunday night EST) is the Vermont QSO Party. Get on and put Vermont on the map! Yes, conditions are not great with the sunspot number at 0, but many contacts can still be made if you know when and where to look. Peak times are Noon-4 PM on 20 meters and 3-7PM on 40 meters and you should plan to call CQ at those times. FT8/FT4 contacts are valid (read the rules!) and these can provide a lot of action when SSB and CW slow down. If you do not have a station or not much of a station, consider coming over to the W1NVT multiop. I put new operators on in the afternoon specifically to gain experience. It is a great opportunity. You may also inquire about anyone in your area who has a good station they would like to share for the weekend. Details on the Vermont QSO Party: www.ranv.org/vtqso.html
Saturday, February 22 is HAM-CON. We have moved to the Hampton Inn in Colchester (I-89, exit 16) this year. We will have another great list of presenters, activities and door prizes available. Speaking of forums, what do you want to hear about? I know what I'm interested in, but I need to know what YOU are interested in, so please do let me know this. Be sure to clear your calendar so that you can attend, and bring lots of other hams with you to the show! Buy your tickets early on-line and save $$. Details on HAM-CON: www.ranv.org/hamcon.html
Everyone always asks, "How can we grow amateur radio?" The simple answer is to be active in what we do and enjoy. When others see this, it is contagious. If we just sit around and talk about the good ole days, that doesn't inspire folks! Get out, get on and have fun!
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I know it's a bit short notice; I meant to put this out yesterday.
Tomorrow I will be presenting a program on receiving the Weather Satellites at the January RANV meeting at The Wheeler House at 1100 Dorset Street in South Burlington. This marks a change from the regular meeting time and night for RANV; a change they are trying for the winter months in response to survey results regarding folks not wanting to drive in poor weather or after dark.
In the presentation, I'll be covering the nuts and volts of receiving the NOAA, Russian Meteor, and GOES geostationary satellites-- what's required from antenna to computer software and everything in between. I'll also be showing some of the typical results you can expect to see from your own station should you decide to do a similar station of your own.
The RANV meeting is at 1 PM at The Wheeler House at 1100 Dorset Street in South Burlington. Hope to see you there!
73 de W1ICW "
This will be an AWESOME talk to attend if you can make it.
Question from the Extra License Class question pool:
" What is the definition of saturation in a ferrite core inductor?
A. The inductor windings are over coupled B. The inductor’s voltage rating is exceeded causing a flashover C. The ability of the inductor’s core to store magnetic energy has been exceeded D. Adjacent inductors become over-coupled "