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November Newsletter


Tue December 8 RANV Holiday Party at W1SJ
Sat-Sun December 12-1310 Meter Contest


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RANV- The Fun Club!
Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont.

Our motto is "The Fun Club."
We are some of the most knowledgeable people in Amateur Radio.
"No Boring Bylaws or Bossy Board of Directors in this group!"


President: Bob KB1FRW
VP/Treasurer:Carl AB1DD
Secretary: Jeff N1YD
Editor: Mitch W1SJ
Webmaster: Mitch W1SJ

RANV Reflector
RANV has a home group page on Yahoo Groups
You can participate in two ways:

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3. All new members need to be approved. Please allow a day for this to occur.

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Join the RANV Yahoo Group
1. All of the E-mail facilities as specified above.
2. You can get daily digests of E-mails.
3. You can access archives of old posts.
4. You can access files, pictures and other information.

Go To RANV Yahoo group page:
Click on "Join This Group" and follow the instructions
You will need to set up a Yahoo profile if you don't have one

Mail (slow!)
PO Box 9392
South Burlington VT

Radio: 145.15 repeater in Northern VT. Offset: -600 kHz.

RANV dues are $15 per year. This will get you 12 issues of News & Views, your very own RANV callsign badge and the infamous secret decoder ring! Propsective members can join at meetings or via mail to the address above.

RANV is an affiliated Special Service Club with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).


RANV membership meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at the O'Brien Civic Center, 113 Patchen Road, South Burlington. Each meeting consists of a mix of technical and light-hearted topics, with a refreshment break for meeting friends and new friends. Anyone with an interest in ham radio is invited to join us.

We are centrally located in South Burlington. From I-89, take Exit 14E onto Williston Road. Proceed past Dorset Street for 0.4 mile. Make a LEFT onto Patchen Road. (A sign indicates Route 116 to the right, but DON'T go this way). If you are coming from the East on Williston Road, go 0.9 mile past Kennedy Drive to Patchen Road and turn Right.

Go past the lights at Patchen Road and White Street and continue another 675 feet. Looking to the left, you will see a Chinese Restaurant, a Hair Salon, and Playground and then a light gray house. The house is the O'Brien Civic Center, continue just past the house to the driveway and park in back.

Map to meeting location

Here is a tentative schedule of meeting topics.
This information changes often, so keep coming back to check!

January 13All About Antenna Tuners
February 10Construction Night: Radio-Computer Interface
March 10Movie Night:Scarborough Reef DXPedition
April 14PSK-31 In Action!
May 12Digital Television Transmission
June 9RANV (tower) Erection Night
July 14Lightning!
August 2RANV Summer Picnic
September 8Evolution of the Elecraft K1-K2-K3
October 13Field Trip to Wulfden - Solar Power House
November 10Propagation and Sunspots
December 8RANV Holiday Party
January 12Military Satellites
February 9Software Defined Radios
March 9Movie Night:KP5 Desecheo 2009 DXPedition
April 13Lightning - Part II

Past meetings topics have included:

AMSAT Echo Satellite ARRL and ARES Amateur Television
Antenna Basics and Construction Antenna Terrain Modeling Battery Analyzer
Broadband Internet and Cable Computers and Linux in the Shack Computer Security
Active Attenuator Construction FS5KA DXPedition Presentation Field Operating
Fox Hunting on 80 Meters Geocaching High Altitude Ballooning
High Definition Television Internet Repeater Linking Project Integrated Circuits
Microwave Operating Model Code Keys National Quiet Zones and RFI
Packet Radio Portable Operations Radio Astronomy
SB Electronics Capacitor Plant Show and Tell Night Site and Tower Safety
Skywarn Software Defined Radios Super Operator Techniques
VHF - Beyond Line of Sight VHF- KT1J Expedition VHF/UHF Roving / PSK-31
W1TP - Vintage Equipment Wireless LANs on 2 GHZ Vintage and Spy Radios
Border Communications Broadcasting Emergency Communications
Radio Tune-up Clinic Railroad Radio Six Meter Operations
Telephone Switching Tuners Vermont E-911 System


Our award winning newsletter, News & Views, contains operating information, technical articles and articles of personal interest to whet your appetite for more amateur radio activity. News & Views received the "Excellent" rating from the Amateur Radio News Service.

We always look for input for the newsletter. Submit information to the editor Mitch W1SJ by the end of the month.


RANV members get together and help organize club activities at the "Steering Wheel" meeting. These meetings serve as a way for club enthusiasts to get together informally and brainstorm ideas for new club activities. The Steering Wheel is held on Tuesday night, 1 week after the membership meeting. Our NEW meeting place is Rocky's New York Pizza, Route 2, just east of Tafts Corners in Williston. We meet at 6:30-8:30.
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RANV sponsors the WB1GQR repeater on 145.15 MHz. From its 3400 foot elevation in Bolton, we get activity from most of Northern Vermont, Northeastern New York and parts of New Hampshire. If you are traveling throughout the North Country, check into the repeater. Not only do we cover Northern Vermont, but we cover the world through the IRLP Internet Connection.

Details and Operational Status of the repeater.

Take a tour of the repeater site.

Looking for other repeaters in Vermont? Check our handy Vermont Repeater Listing.


RANV sponsors HAM-CON, the North Country's largest Hamfest and Radio Convention,
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the Hampton Inn Convention Center in Colchester.
HAM-CON is also the ARRL Vermont State Convention.

HAM-CON is hundreds of hams gathering for thousands of flea market goodies,
vendor sales, forums, demonstrations and all things Ham Radio!

Formerly known as the Milton Hamfest,
HAM-CON has a new name, a great new location and a mission to be the best radio convention anywhere.
Join us on the 4th Saturday of February!


RANV is very active in the annual Field Day exercises held each June. Hams and non-hams can see the inner workings of a competitive amateur radio operation and learn tips from the "pros". From our hilltop location in Williston, we regularly place in the top ten amongst 2-transmitter Field Day groups across the U.S. and Canada.

Results and pictures from the last Field Day.
Details on the next Field Day.


We get together for a picnic every August. Join us for hot dogs, hamburgers, dipoles, DX, swimming, marshmallows and tall stories. Work the pileups as we put our club station W1NVT on the air. And we have pictures to prove it! If you are interested in ham radio and will be in Northern Vermont, stop on by!


RANV members volunteer their time to provide communications and support for a number of community events. Some of the events we have been involved in:

Vermont City Marathon
Multiple Sclerosis Walk
Multiple Sclerosis MS-150 Bike Ride
Charlotte Half Marathon
Greater Burlington Triathlon
Essex Memorial Day Parade
Essex Cabbage Night and Halloween Patrols
South Burlington National Night Out
American Diabetes Association Tour-de-Cure

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The Burlington Area Volunteer Exam Team offers testing for Amateur Radio Licenses. Sessions are held at the Milton Hamfest and following Spring and Fall Ham Radio classes.

Exams are held at other times by appointment. To schedule an exam please call 802-879-6589 or E-mail

Exams for FCC Commercial Licenses also are given. These consist of the General Radio Operator's License (GROL), Radar Endorsement, Global Marine Distress and Safety Service (GMDSS) and Radiotelegraph licenses.

Candidates for all examinations should bring two forms of identification, copies of existing license and CSCE (if applicable), pens and pencils and the exam fee of $14 (amateur) or $35 (commercial), cash only please.

Exam Sessions Across New England

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A hearty THANK YOU to the folks at SoVerNet for
their generousity in hosting the RANV Web Site.

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