- Section Name:
- Paul N. Gayet
- Evening Phone:
- New England
We are approaching 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 http://www.ranv.org/hamcom.html
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!
VERMONT: SM, Paul N. Gayet, AA1SU. For a list of Cabinet Appointees, see the side bar. Open positions include Public Information Officer, and various other ARRL Field Organization appointments. Please visit ARRL Field Organization when you get a chance to see how you can help out in the Ham Radio community. It is up to us to keep Ham Radio strong in Vermont.
I have announced a 2 Meter Vermont Simplex Frequency that I want everyone to be aware of. It is 146.490 MHz. The Central Vermont Amateur Radio Club has been using this frequency to meet on after their Sunday evening net on the local repeater. They have had great luck with it. The importance of having a standard simplex frequency is to have a place to go to in the event that your local repeater is off the air during an emergency. I would like you to program it into all your 2 Meter radios and maybe even QSY to it once in a while if you are in a QSO with someone that is within range of you. If you have a priority watch feature in your rig, this would be a good frequency to program in there too.
If you have Ham Radio friends without web access and who are ARRL members, please tell them how they can receive the Section News Summary by US Mail. Currently, there are no Vermonters using this option, even though there are many ARRL Hams without e-mail at home. The address is on page 13 of the January 2003 QST in a little green box. But here it is again:
225 Main Street
Attention: Steve Ewald WV1X
Have them just tell Steve that they wish to receive the Section Summary by US Mail.
Traffic continues to be a fun part of the hobby and Vermont has several Hams active in this area. If you would like to learn more about passing Traffic, contact Bruce the STM mentioned in the side bar. Effective handling of Radio Grams keeps us more prepared for when an emergency arises. Plus, the people on the other end are always pleased as punch when they get one. So, check to see who has a birthday coming up, and compose a piece of Traffic. There is plenty of information on the ARRL web site too. You can download a form at: Radio Gram.
If you are interested in local government and how you can help represent Ham Radio in a positive light, I am looking for a Local Government Liaison in your town. This position monitors town proposals that might affect Ham Radio, as well as other duties. Visit the web page link in the yellow box below for a more detailed explanation of this important appointment.
Keep sending me your ideas, questions, and tell me of your activities in Vermont. I plan to put us in a bright light all year long.
Here is a list of the Vermont Districts and the DEC's:
DISTRICT COUNTIES DEC PHONE E-MAIL
1 Chittenden Grand Isle Franklin: OPEN
2 Orleans Essex Caledonia: Mike Gruteke K3BRJ 873-3525 K3BRJ@arrl.net
3 Washington Orange Lamoille: OPEN
4 Windsor: OPEN
5 Bennington: William P. Clark KB1ODM 753-7270 KB1ODM@arrl.net
6 Rutland: Ben Tredwell N1UKK 287-2011 Baxbenford@aol.com
7 Addison: OPEN
8 Windham: Tim Bell KA1ZQX 365-7046 KA1ZQX@arrl.net
Our Ham Radio clubs have been busy all year long, by faithfully holding meetings, covering various interesting topics. These clubs are the backbone of our Amateur Radio culture, and you should be trying to get to a local meeting in your area, whenever possible. Your experience in the hobby can prove invaluable to a new Ham. A question from one of you new Hams, not only helps you, but gets the Old Timers thinking again too. So come on by: we all need to have our grey matter stirred up once in a while. Here is a list of Ham Radio Clubs in Vermont. Please check to see if one is near you.
CLUB NAME CLUB CALL TOWN PREZ CALL WEB SITE
Addison Co ARC N1FS Middlebury WA1NRS http://www.acara-vt.org/
Burlington ARC W1KOO Burlington W1HRG www.w1koo.org/
Burr & Burton Seminary ARC K1BBS Manchester WD1W
Central VT ARC W1BD Barre N1RNJ www.W1BD.org
CT Valley FM Assoc W1UWS Windsor K1ZS www.cvfma.org
Green Mountain Wireless Society W1GMS WG1Q Rutland WA1VT www.gmws.net
Northern VT QRP Society N1QS Underhill N1BQ http://www.wulfden.org/NVQS/index.shtml
Radio Amateurs of Northern VT W1NVT WB1GQR South Burlington KB1FRW www.ranv.org
Rutland Amateur Radio Experimenters WW1VT West Rutland AA1PR http://home.comcast.net/~aa1pr/site/?/home
Southern VT ARC K1SV Bennington N1RZ www.sovarc.org
St Albans ARC N1STA St Albans N1ARN www.starc.org
Twin State ARC W1FN Hanover, NH N1EMF www.w1fn.org
Vermont DX Club W1RCV Westford KD1R
Wage Peace! Radio Group W1PAZ Wells WB2MIC
West River RC W1RRC N Brattleboro KA1ZQX www.westriverradio.org
For a list of Vermont and surrounding area repeaters, visit the VIRCC Site
WORKED ALL STATES CARD CHECKERS for Vermont
Linda P. Robinson
385 Lake Road
Milton VT 05468
Home Phone: (802) 893-7150
Email Address: W1MP@arrl.net
DXCC CARD CHECKER for Vermont
PO Box 8099
Essex, VT 05451
Home Phone: (802) 879-6589
Email Address: W1SJ@arrl.net
VUCC CARD CHECKERS for Vermont
PO Box 8099
Essex, VT 05451
Home Phone: (802) 879-6589
Email Address: W1SJ@arrl.net
Net Days Time Frequency
GMN Daily x-Sun 5:00 P.M. 3933 KHz (not NTS)
VTNH Daily 7:00 P.M. 3539 KHz
VTN (VPTN)Daily 7:30 P.M. 3857 KHz (not NTS)
GMWS/ARES Monday 7:30 P.M. 147.045 MHz (Rutland Repeater)
ARRL Section Appointments All positions require ARRL membership and monthly reporting. Some positions have additional requirements. Contact Paul Gayet, AA1SU@arrl.org at 802-878-2215 (evenings). Hope you can join the Vermont team!
Official Relay Station (ORS) If you handle traffic (ARRL radiograms) regularly on HF and/or repeater nets, the ORS appointment is for you. Traffic handling is a great way to hone your operating skills, and meet new friends. The League was founded in 1914 on the principle of relaying messages via Amateur Radio.
Official Emergency Station (OES) OES appointees are involved in emergency preparedness and operating. Requirements include regular participation in the local Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) drills and tests, emergency nets and, of course, real emergency situations. OES appointees must be able to operate on emergency power (battery, for example) and have at least one-band mobile capability (such as 2 meters).
Official Observer (OO) OO appointees help amateurs maintain their transmitting equipment and operating procedures in compliance with FCC regulations through an on-the-air monitoring and notification program. The OO may also assist the FCC in serious cases as a member of the Amateur Auxiliary to the FCC's Field Operations Bureau. Requires successful completion of a certification examination, monthly reporting, and at least a Technician Class license for a minimum of four years.
Technical Specialist (TS) The TS serves as a technical oracle to local hams and clubs, helping them with technical questions, problems and radio frequency interference cases. You need not be an electrical engineer, just someone who's willing to help others enjoy their hobby. TS's also speak at local ham clubs and conventions.
Public Information Officer (PIO) PIO's provide local "grassroots" public relations. They give regular and frequent information about amateur services to the public via the local media, school programs, presentations to civic groups, exhibits and demonstrations. They also promote the distribution and airing of ARRL public service announcements and other audiovisual material, and public awareness of club recruiting and training activities.
Local Government Liaison (LGL) LGL's are responsible for monitoring proposals and actions by local government bodies which may affect Amateur Radio. They work with the local PIO to alert area amateurs to problems and opportunities involving local government agencies, and coordinate local responses.
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Section ManagerPaul N. Gayet AA1SU
Official Observer CoordinatorLinda Robinson W1MP
Affiliated Club CoordinatorCharles Piso N1CAI
Technical CoordinatorMitchell R. Stern W1SJ
Assistant Section ManagerRalph T. Stetson KD1R
State Government LiaisonRaymond E. Makul K1XV
Assistant Section ManagerMatthew T. Atwood WE1H
Section Emergency CoordinatorRobin A. Conway N1WWW
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