2018 has been a busy year for STARC. Our club members have been busy helping out with our two annual community service events – Run for Jim and the Switchback Ride for the Lake. We appreciate our members dedication to furthering the hobby of Amateur Radio and public service assistance around Franklin County.
Since March, STARC has been holding out monthly meetings at our new location, the St. Albans Elks Lodge. The Elks Lodge is in a great location, with easy access from I-89 as well as St. Albans City. This new location also gives us the ability to do more outdoors activities and demonstrations, as well as hold our meetings at an earlier time. Our new meeting start time is 7:00pm. Meetings are still held on the last Thursday of the month.
We're now in the final planning stages of our annual hamfest and are looking forward to seeing everyone there. Now that summer is in full swing, we hope that each of you are able to get your stations in tip-top shape before our next long winter settles in.
Thank you for your continued membership and support of STARC!
Jason Garneau / K1LOL STARC President
Spring and Summer 2018 – Meeting Highlights
STARC would like to thank everyone who attended our monthly meetings over the past several months. We have covered several topics in amateur radio, including:
Working satellites – Jamie Dennis (KB1MCU)
Building antennas for working amateur radio satellites
Working the 60m band
Upcoming topics and meetings will include discussions on DMR and other digital voice modes, field trip to the N1STA tower site, and trivia night. Details will be posted to the STARC website, Facebook, and will also be sent out in our monthly reminders.
If you have any suggestions on future meeting topics, or would like to present something, please let us know!
STARC is proud to announce our annual Hamfest is just over a month away. This year's Hamfest will be held at our new larger location, the St. Albans Elks Lodge, allowing for more indoor and outdoor vendors, parking, and outside activities.
Our admission price remains unchanged, at $5.00, which gives you access to the entire event, as well as covers the ability to tailgate and sell any items.
We will be holding an Amateur Radio Exam session beginning at 9:00am, with testing available for technician, general, and extra exams. The fee for the exam is $15.00, set by the ARRL.
STARC plans to have more door prizes than ever this year. The drawing will take place at 10:30am. You must be present to win items.
Other activities are currently being finalized – please check our website for the most up-to-date information, at: http://www.starc.org
STARC would like to thank the following AROs for helping with the radio communications for the 2018 Bike for the Lake event:
– Bob WI2B
– Phil WG2W (Monty Bay Marina)
– John N1LXI (Rover)
– Nick KB1RWB (Alburgh Welcome Center/St. Anne's Shrine)
– Michael N1FBZ (Net Control).
Andrew from Earl's Cyclery was the 'Rover' driver with N1LXI, being dispatched to help out fixing cycles with mechanical issues as they occurred on the road course.
We had perfect weather for the whole event which began at Knight's Point State Park. The cyclists peddle either 30 mile, 60 mile, 80 mile, or 100 mile courses. The governor of VT was even one of the cyclist too!
Additionally, STARC would like to thank all operators who helped assist with this year's Run for Jim event:
– Arn N1ARN (Net Control)
– Nick KB1RWB
– Allen W1EAM
– Jamie KB1MCU
– Adrienne KA1RXD
– Homer N1WXB
– Michael N1FBZ (Rover)
Everyone participating in the event finished the run/walk safely. The weather was perfect for this event, as well!
Digital Mode Update – FT8 DXpedition Mode
The following message comes to us from Paul Gayet – AA1SU – ARRL Vermont Section Manager:
I wanted to make you aware of an FT8 mode that I discovered last night. It is called DXpedition mode. It is to allow DXepeditions to make 100's of contacts an hour and take some stress off of the operator. There is a DXpedition using it from now June 27 to July 6. There are also doing CW, SSB, & RTTY of course. It is KH1/KH7Z Baker Island.
From their home page, I recommend clicking on “Operating Plan.” Here you will find the frequencies that they will be using for all the modes from 160 thru 6 Meters. You will actually have to enter their frequencies into the FT8 Set Up (Settings/Frequencies Tab). You will also have to click that you are a Hound. See the instructions for this.
I also recommend clicking on DX Spots from their home page. Here you will find 4 cluster choices that you should open in a new tab.
I was on their 20 meter frequency last night for a while, and I was not decoding them. So I looked at who was calling them, and there was nobody from the Grid Square FN calling them at all. From this, I knew that there was no propagation to New England, so I headed off to bed.
Here is some advice I got today from the team:
There are still a few folks who are not using the newest version of FT8 or have not checked the â€œHoundâ€ box on the Advanced tab of WSJT-X File/Settings. However, I think a reason some folks are either sending the wrong message or are on the wrong sequence (Even, should be Odd) is that they are not following this basic instruction from the Baker website to begin their calling as a Hound:
â€¢7 Call KH1/KH7Z only after you decode one of our CQ messages. Simply double-click on our callsign in the â€œBand Activityâ€ window and the software will create the correct message with which to call us and start transmitting. You will need to periodically press â€œEnable TXâ€ from time to time to keep transmitting in the pileup. The DXpedition station will send a CQ message from time to time so that you should not have to wait long to select the callsign.
I think some folks just hit their â€œEnable Txâ€ button to start transmitting and do not wait to â€œdouble-click on our callsignâ€ as instructed.
Finally, be sure you set your initial transmit frequency ABOVE 1000 Hz. The Fox will move you below 1000 Hz as soon as he pulls you into one of the QSO streams.
STARC Weekly Net
STARC's 2m Weekly Net takes place on Thursday evenings, at 7:00pm EST. All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to attend!
Please note – If issues are experienced with the 2m repeater during Weekly Net, the Net may move to the 70cm repeater. Make sure to listen there if the 2m repeater appears “quiet” during the normal net time.
Reminder: 2018 Membership Dues
Please remember to renew your STARC membership – which is based on the calendar year. All membership funds go toward repeater maintenance, club insurance, and other miscellaneous items required to keep STARC functioning every year.
We have simplified the STARC online membership form. Once filled out, simply print out the form and mail it to STARC, along with payment by check.
QST QST QST - STARC Monthly Meeting January 26, 2023This is a QST.The Saint Albans Amateur Radio Club meeting will take place on: Date / Time: Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 7:00 pm Location: Virtual Meeting on ZoomIt's that time of the month, time for our monthly meeting. During tonight's meeting we will be conducting our annual election of officers. If you'd like to hold an office within STARC, here is your chance. We will be electing a new President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Also, it's time for dues. If you have not yet paid your dues for 2023, right now is a great time. You can renew your membership in STARC and pay your dues online at the following link. www.starc.org/membershipapp/applicationv3.htmlJust fill out the application and click "Pay Online with Paypal". You do not need Paypal to pay your dues. We just use them to process the credit card payments.We can't wait to see you for this month's meeting, even if its on the computer screen. To join, just click the link below and you can join the meeting on your mobile, tablet, or computer. Join Zoom Meetingus04web.zoom.us/j/2968830147?pwd=Q2p4dUY0UU5RTVhleW9uUVpaZVRQdz09Meeting ID: 296 883 0147Passcode: 4swB0QWe hope to see you tonight!73 de STARC ... See MoreSee Less
This is from Mitch W1SJ, in case you did not already receive an email from him." VT HAM RADIO ACTIVITIES!There are a whole bunch of ham radio activities coming up in Vermont in the next month:VERMONT QSO PARTY February 4-5 (UTC)HAM-CON - ARRL VERMONT CONVENTION February 25 (8AM-2PM)W1AW/1 VERMONT OPERATION March 28 - April 3.Before providing a few details, a reminder for the folks in NorthernVermont that our annual Winter Breakfast is BACK. We will convene this Saturday, January 25 at 9AM-noon at JP"s Deli, 39 River Road (Rt 117), Essex. Join 30+ hams as we do what we do best. Eat and Talk! No reservations required - just show up and order off the menu.The Vermont QSO Party is February 4-5 - details atwww.ranv.org/vtqso.htmlWe need a lot of Vermont stations to get on the air and work people. If you know when you plan to be on, drop me a line and I'll post your schedule on the site. If you have questions about the rules or logging issues, ask BEFORE the event.HAM-CON is Saturday February 25 at the Hampton Inn Convention Center, off Route 2/7 at I-89 Exit 16. We will have all sorts of forums, discussions and demonstrations. Our theme this year is "GETTING ON THE AIR!" The program is coming together right now, so go to ham-con.org/ for all of the up to the minute details. A pre-buy ticket is only $6 - SUCH A DEAL, but don't wait too long as that price will go up. If you are unable to travel, you can get an admission ticket and watch the forums on line. But do try to attend live - its more fun that way.The week of March 28 through April 3 we will put W1AW/1 on the air from all over Vermont as part of the VOTA (Volunteers on the Air) activity. This is similar to the activity we last did in 2014.Good operators with good stations are needed to sign up for a dizzying assortment of bands, modes and times so that everyone can find W1AW/1. If interested, be sure to contact me.So - don't stare at the four walls while warming in front of the wood stove - get out and get active!To contact me directly, click "reply" or send to email@example.com. One ofthose methods should work. Maybe.73,Mitch "73 de STARC ... See MoreSee Less
This comes to us from NFMRA President Erik N1CFO." Hi all, on Monday at 1900 we'll have our second statewide UHF net on the NFMRA network.The topic is ham radio: tell us what you've been doing in the hobby, or your next project, or bring your question to the group.All are welcome. Repeater frequencies are here:nfmra.org/vermont-repeaters/When checking in, please give: Callsign Name Town Which repeater you are using to access the networkHope to have you join us! "73 de STARC ... See MoreSee Less
QST QST QST - Annual Winter Breakfast EventThis is a QST.The annual Amateur Radio Winter Breakfast is this coming Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 9AM til Noon, at JP's Deli Essex, VT.Have eyeball QSOs with fellow Amateur Radio Operators and enjoy some good food too!There will be Ham-Con tickets available for purchase and other announcements/information about Amateur Radio activities.We hope to see you there.Talk-in is on WB1GQR 145.150MHz and W1KOO 146.610MHz 2m repeaters.73 de STARCwww.jpsrestaurantanddeli.com/directions... See MoreSee Less