Club Meeting September 11, 2018

Contoocook Valley Radio Club, Club Meeting September 11, 2018 Meeting called to order at 7:33pm. President started meeting with a moment of silence for the countrys losses, and the clubs loss of Larry Damour N1PHV. Introductions were made of the ten members present, with an eleventh showing up later. Secretary’s Report was read, no corrections made, so standing as approved. Treasurer’s Report was made, no questions asked, so standing as recorded. Repeater Committee Report was shared; The DR2 is going up on Pat’s Peak soon. Steering Committee Report was read; Short discussion on using Dale Clements QTH for Field Day next year. Pros; Elevation, not having to put up towers, or half the tents, food prep will be easier. Cons; Dale needs help pouring two footings, parking will be limited so have to operate in shifts, less access to public. We will be voting (more…)

Steering Committee Notes

CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING – 8/28/18 Present: L. Beagle, K. Wilkens, J. Shaw, M. Conroy, S. Jones, D. Clement, M. Clement. Jen noted that Sept. 8th is a Therapy Horse Show in Temple, N.H. All are welcome. Sarah Moore will be assisted by J. Shaw to sell the final quantity of John Moore’s belongings. Assistance is needed. We will allow Sarah to borrow a small tent or two, some tables, etc. A note will be required to hold them responsible for any damage to club property that may occur. A VHF forum will be the topic for the next meeting. Anyone can contribute. Chris, W1RGA, will present a talk on building VHF antennas in October. Dale and Steve will present a “Build Your Own Dipole” for 6 0r 10 meters in November. Info on dipoles for other bands will be made (more…)

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendar

Sept 7th,8th,9th in Boxboro Ma. Is the ARRL Convention/flea market. Sept 8th is the John Moore Estate Sale, selling off many items he has collected over the years, including many tools of all ages. At 320 Dustin Rd, Contoocook NH. Sept 8th & 9th is a VHF Contest. So reach out to your contesters!! Sept 11th is our next club meeting, being held at the Henniker Community Center in Henniker. We will be exploring VHF in all it’s glory! So if you have a project, a story, a question, an award, or a curious nature, please come and take part!! Directions: Take Rush Rd off Main Street, and your first right onto Crescent Street and park in the municipal parking, the community center is at the end of the parking lot facing the park. We will be meeting here for the next three months! Sept 15th ARES is looking for (more…)

Larry Damour, N1PHV-SK

Larry was a long time, and very loyal and giving, member of our club. For several years he dragged out his large tent, his military kitchen, the water buffalo and radio truck for our use at Field Day. He was our Spaghetti King for our Saturday night dinners for many, many years. He was always a shining face at National Night Out Against Crime in Concord, showing off his military vehicles, and letting kids climb in and honk the horns.  I knew him far fewer years than many of our members, but I know he will be sorely missed. WEARE – Lawrence Albert “Larry” Damour, Sr., age 70, of Weare, passed away on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Larry was born in Manchester on June 26, 1948 but grew up in Henniker. Larry was born to the late Donat A. and Margueritte (Gagnon) Damour, he was also predeceased (more…)

August Club Meeting Minutes

CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING – 8/14/18 There were 11 people present. The minutes of the July 10th General Meeting were presented and accepted. The minutes of the July 24th Executive Board Meeting were presented and accepted. Lindsay reported on work he has done on our website , and his website, for the benefit of the club. The President stated that according to the Constitution, we HAD to elect a Vice President tonight. Therefore, Steve Jones moved, and Barry W. seconded, to substitute a voice vote for the normally used paper ballot for this “special circumstances” election. It was moved, and seconded, to approve Larry Beagle as interim Vice President of the CVRC. It was voted in the affirmative, and approved. Noted by Jen, that Sarah Moore would like some assistance in selling off John Moore’s stuff on Sept. 5th, 2018. It was (more…)

Upcoming Events

Our wonderful club members have come through again! We have programs tentatively planned out for the coming months, August will be a HF Forum where knowledgeable members will share with us their experience’s, “Working DX when the Band Sounds Dead” by Barry Whittemore NF1O, and Dave Perrin K1OPQ! September will be a VHF Forum where you, the members will be encouraged to bring in your contest awards, portable antenna’s, rigs, and tales to share so that we may all learn from your successes, and the things you had to try again! October we are hoping to have our own Chris Wiles who has made a portable antenna for roving, and is going to share with us his roving expertise! We are going to try to get him to come back in November to teach us all how to make his roving antenna for “Make (more…)

Steering Committee Meeting Minutes for 7/24/18

CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB STEERING COMM. MTG. – 7/24/18 1. The meeting started at 7:00 pm. 2. There were the following present: Mickie, Dale, Steve, Jen, Larry B., Mike, Ken. 3. Noted that we need to contact Steve Chunn, Trustee, about the renewal of the K1BKE call. 4. Barry, NF1O, and Dave P., K1OPQ have agreed to present, on making HF contacts when the band seems dead. 5. Steve Jones will take over the Treasurer’s job for the Aug. 14th meeting. Mickie will be away. 6. The revised Field Day total contact score has been revised up to 8,510 points. This is a great score and compares well with previous years. 7. Whereas the owner of the Field Day field, Fred B., is getting close to where he may no longer be able to mow the field as beautifully as he has in the (more…)

Don’t Forget – Family Picnic Sunday the 15

Our Annual Family Picnic is Sunday from Noon till the park closes. We will be at Elm Brook State Park in Shelter 4.  Please bring a side to share.  There are charcoal grills available.  Club is providing some meats. Take exit 6 from I 89. Turn on to Route 127 South (left turn if traveling North, right turn if traveling South). Follow Route 127 South for approximately 1 mile. Turn left to Elm Brook Park at the sign, Contoocook. (more…)

June Regular Meeting Tonight June 5th at 730

Yes, the meeting is pushed up one week in June to enable the very kind library the space to hold their annual book sale.   Yes, we will have a presentation on and about Field Day, past and present. Should be good for a few laughs! Afterward we will be holding a short round table to get input from our club members regarding the future of our club.   Field Day is coming up! Please write to me at to let me know if you are attending, if you will be taking meals (which ones), and if you will be assisting with set-up, band operation ( which ones), and/or tear down. As usual the meals are only $5 each, and we will be serving 4 meals; Sat lunch, Sat dinner, Sun breakfast, Sunday lunch….please come to the June 5th meeting to purchase your (more…)

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