VT H.62 A Victory for Two-Way Radios in Vehicles?

The Vermont State Senate Transportation Committee has given a 10-0 vote for H.62 WITH AMENDMENTS! Briefly, as follows;

Sec. 1. 23 V.S.A. §
4(82) is amended to read:
(82) Portable electronic device means a portable electronic or computing device, including a cellular telephone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or laptop computer. Portable electronic device does not include a two way or Citizens Band radio, or equipment used by a licensed Amateur Radio operator in accordance with 47 C.F.R. part…

Let’s hope this goes smoothly through any House/Senate Conference Committee to accept the amendments and pass the legislature!




Contrary to various rumors, CVARC is still here and attempting to re-build and revitalize. Monthly meetings are still held at the Steakhouse on the Barre-Montpelier Rd., the 1st Wednesday of each month (early birds before 5:30, dinner and meeting starting around 18:00 LT). We are working to get a new webmaster to take over all the work Eric (K1US) has done for so many years, update the officers list, find some one to take over the newsletter, etc… Stay posted and, if you have interest in Amateur Radio in the Central Vermont area, please join us. CVARC is, and only will be, what we are willing to put into it.

73, KB1NGQ (The Director)

MEETING Wednesday Sept. 4th, 2013

There will be a regular meeting (1st Wednesday of most months) at the Steak House, Barre Montpelier Road. As usual, members who want to take advantage of the “Early Bird” special, for dinner, will arrive before 5:30. Dinner served throughout the meeting. The meeting begins at 6:00, or so. All, operators, or those interested in Amateur Radio, welcomed. We have a number of Club related items to discuss, as well as to have the time to “Rag Chew” about our common hobby, help and encourage those not licensed, or looking to upgrade their license to do so, and make eyeball contacts.

Summer is rapidly waning, band conditions will be changing, leaves and thunderstorms will be less of a propagation issue. It is time to get the communications and enthusiasm powered up and tuned in!

Hope to see, as many as can make it, around the table sharing and looking forward to the re-invigoration of OUR CLUB. New members always welcomed.

73, de KB1NGQ (thedirector@w1bd.org)

2013 ARRL Field Day

All Members,

we have made a huge error. Field days is on June 22nd 2013 not the 28th. The Fourth Full Weekend witch field days always falls on is june 22nd. I Didn’t realize that june started on a saturday.

I will contact Barre Town Rec. Dept First thing Monday to get date Changed. I need to Know asap if anyone is Available on the 22nd for field days. JOHN (KB1SRV), Miles (KA1LDL), & my self have a work meeting on that day till 2pm. We are willing to set up on friday and will still get the stuff from freds. If there is not enough intrest i will beforced to Cancel Field Days witch i really do not want to do.

Please Check into the FM NET Sunday @ 8pm as we need to get a head count.

I also Monitor 146.625 Emost night’s from 18:30-21:00 if you want to reach me or call me @ 802-585-0553 after 18:30Hrs.


Shawn Silk
Treasure / Secratry.

CVARC – Time to get involved or give it up

To any, and all, in the Central Vermont Area interested in Amateur Radio, it is obvious to all who have tried to continue CVARC’s long impressive traditions of community service and contributions to Amateur Radio, that CVARC needs you now. If you have any ideas, energy and time to commit to re-vitalizing CVARC, please contact me, an/or “the officers” at CVARC (via this webpage). CVARC needs you NOW.

73, Tom KB1NGQ
Director, Central Vermont Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

Volunteers Needed THIS SATURDAY 9/8/2012 and 9/23/2012

Ed Hutchinson (N1FMP@ARRL.NET) needs, at least, three volunteer HAM’s to assist with communications for a 5k race in Plainfield this Saturday. Please contact Ed if you can be there for, approximately, 8:45 – 10:30 a.m. L.T.

Also, volunteers are needed for communications for the “Waterbury Crop Walk” 9/23/2012. Low impact, just a few hours at most. Contact Avi (thetreasurer@w1bd… or me (thedirector@w1bd… see “contacts on this page). We’ll relay the volunteer info and get you specifics.

Also, note that the 146.625 repeater is scheduled to have a technician diagnose, and hopefully repair, its poor receive capability, within a week or two, as voted on by the “club”..

Neal Rentz N1ZRA SK

We are all saddened by the loss of Neal, N1ZRA. Several weeks ago, Neal finally had the heart transplant he had been waiting for, for 5+ years. Apparently, the transplant went well, but then there were complications, he suffered a stroke and the doctors could not revive him. Although we are saddened, Neal “fought the good fight”, kept a very positive attitude through numerous trips and stays in hospital, worked with the cardiac specialists with experimental external, electro-mechanical heart pumps and radio monitoring equipment. There is no doubt that all of his hard work and positive attitude have advanced the science and will lead to saved lives. Still, he will be missed. N1ZRA, N1ZRA, de KB1NGQ… Nothing heard. KB1NGQ Out.

146.625 Offline August 28th

The 146.625 repeater (W1BD on Mt. Pleasant) will be down on August 28th for power upgrades, by VPT. I discussed this with Allen Wilde N1IOE, as to the repeater’s ability to re-start by itself. Allen stated there should be no problem, unless the surge trips a breaker. Should that occur, the electrician performing the work should check if any breakers are tripped (the VPT power panel, not the repeater power supply), and as such, the repeater should come back on line with no problems. de KB1NGQ

August 2012 CVARC minutes

Here are the minutes of our August, 2012, meeting.

John Saxby KB1AMA SK

CVARC Lifetime Member now SK. He will be missed – From Paul Gayet AA1SU, thanks Paul for the notice.

John Saxby KB1AMA of Lake Elmore became a Silent Key on the morning of Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, VT. John was 68.

In July 2009, John had a successful double lung transplant. He had a new lease on life, and his health was improving. However in November 2011, John was diagnosed with leukemia. Even though the doctors told him that there was no chance of remission, he did go into remission in January 2012. It did not last, even with continued chemotherapy..

John’s family took him to the hospital Friday morning, as he was having severe pain. After cat scans and x-rays, they couldn’t find anything wrong. It was just the leukemia causing the severe pain. … The decision was made to keep him comfortable and let nature take it’s course. He died at 7:50 AM.

I was not a very close friend of Johns, but I did work with him for a few years at Hulbert Supply in Burlington, where he was the vice president of the company. We were also at NEAR-Fest at the same time a couple of times. That was fun because we got to chat outside of the company. I bought 3 Zenith radios from him at that Hamfest. I still have them today.
Paul N. Gayet AA1SU
ARRL Vermont Section Manager

[Submitted, and edited by Tom Long KB1NGQ]