Minutes of the March 2 , 2016 Meeting

Minutes of the 2 March 2016 Meeting

President Steve KA1LHZ Board called the meeting to order at 6 pm in the Community Meeting room and also the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the Barre, VT Municipal Building.

Eleven member of CVARC attended the meeting:  Steve KA1LHZ Board, Jim KB1ZSQ Bonner, Allen W1AAT Tinker, Ed N1FMP Hutchinson, Fred N1OEP Doten, Carolyn KC1AZA Brusetti, Cathy N5WVR James, Russ W1LRS Schauer, Alan K1MZM Zaur, and Joseph AA1YC and Linda Schaedler.

Russ Schauer welcomed the group to the Municipal Building and pointed out directions to restrooms and facilities housed in the building.  The WIFI password is bcpd-2011.

Minutes of the 3 February 2016 meeting were approved as presented.

Financial concern was to get ARRL insurance paid as quickly as possible and this will be checked with Tom Long who has acquired the club checkbook.

Allen Tinker will write a note of appreciation to The Steak House for their hospitality in hosting the CVARC meetings through the recent years.

A list of CVARC equipment for sale to members and others is being prepared and we may have a presence at the NearFest convention in April by members attending that gathering.

Repeaters:  We need to get a sense of the use of the Cabot repeater.  Some irregularities were reported on the Williamstown repeater and it was noted that CVARC owns a 220 repeater given to the club by Doug Wilson’s father.

The first meeting of the Steering Committee will be held on Tuesday 15 March in the upper room of The Falls General Store located on the corner of Route 12 and Cox Brook Road in Northfield Falls.  Everyone is welcome to attend and to assist in planning for the future activities of CVARC.  Our thanks and appreciation to Vince KC2ISE Rooney who owns the store and has graciously made meeting space available to us.

Those attending tonight’s meeting constituted themselves as a nominating committee to present a slate of officers to the club at the Annual Meeting of CVARC on 6 April.  Here is the slate as recommended by the nominating process (4 officers and 1 director):

President:                  Cathy James

Vice President:         Fred Doten

Secretary:                  Allen Tinker

Treasurer:                  Russ Schauer

Director:                     Steve Board

At the Annual Meeting nominations may also be made from the floor and we hope that all members and future members and friends will attend the meeting as CVARC launches itself into a new era!


Steve Board presented a most impressive introduction to lighting protection for radio amateur equipment and premises.  He discussed lighting in general and station and tower protection specifically, right down to the installation of a dwelling perimeter ground ring.  Lighting is a major concern for any amateur radio operator and Steve noted that the ARRL and other organizations are good resources.  You may google “ARRL Lighting protection” for a biography and list of companies specializing in equipment for the amateur.


President Steve Board thanked all who came tonight and adjourned the meeting with hope of seeing everyone next month on 6 April at the Annual Meeting.

Submitted by Allen Tinker, W1AAT, Secretary pro tem


ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM   We are delighted that Bob W1ICW De Varney of Milton, VT can join us and share his interest in using the Earth / Moon system in amateur radio communications.  Bob has a fascinating story to tell and we extend a very warm CVARC welcome to him.   6 April at 6 pm in the Community Meeting Room of the Barre City Municipal Building which houses both Police and Fire Departments.

NEXT STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING will be held on Tuesday evening 19 April at 6 pm in the upper room of The Falls General Store on the corner of Route 12 and Cox Brook Road in Northfield Falls.  Everyone is invited to join our newly elected officers as we think about the future direction and activities of CVARC!

THE MAY MEETING of CVARC (Barre Municipal Bldg) on Wednesday evening 4 May at 6 pm is to be a Field Day planning session for field day activities to be held at the Barre Town Recreational facility on the Saturday and Sunday weekend of 25 and 26 June.

THE JUNE MEETING of CVARC will feature Brian WB2JIX Duerr of the True Ladder Line Company.  Brian will discuss the design of W7FG which is currently being fabricated in Oklahoma by a group of indigenous persons who are pleased to by serving the amateur radio community.

We hope that you will get these events lodged in your calendar and plan to join the group for these informative and fun activities.