CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING – 10/12/16 The Tech. Class will be taught on Nov. 18th, 19th, 20th at the Red Cross Building in Concord. Related to the newly formed Scholarship Committee: Don Curtis will handle public information/affairs, Jeff Shaw will assist Don with that; Pete Jones will be the Fund Raising Director and will assist with applicant reviews, Steve Jones will assist with academic affairs such as H.S. Assemblies and administrative contacts. There will also be an ARES representative. A donation jar will be set up at Nearfest and $10.00 has already been donated. Next came the VHF Forum. Presenters were: Jim Fowler, KA1SU on various VHF/UHF topics. Then Dale talked about his new 24 GHz radio system. After that, Patrick presented info on an Arduino Rasberry Pie that he has been working with. Nominations were held for next year’s officers. They (more…)

Nominations for officers

Last night, the club took nominations for officers for the 2017 year. Jen, K1JNE, was nominated and accepted for President, Frank, N1FDR, stepped up for Vice President, Jeff, KB1WTI for Secretary, and W1MKY for Treasurer. In November, we will have ballots for all voting members to cast a ballot for these positions. HRO will also be at the meeting to show us all the new toys we want Santa to bring us for Christmas! KB1WTI will be at the November Meeting to sign up members to the website.  If you do register prior to the meeting, I will send you a password as soon as I verify the account. ~73 KB1WTI


CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO C LUB EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING 9/27/16 Present: P. Hart, James G., K. Wilkens, F. Ross, L. Beagle, S. Jones, M Plunkett, Dale & Mickie Clement. Larry indicates that the next general meeting will feature a VHF and above, type of forum. The Secretaries report and the Treasurer’s report were given. There was a motion to accept both. It was seconded, voted upon and approved. Mike Plunkett spoke again in support of the Scholarship fund. He suggests an exploratory committee with its own Treasurer, so they can start collecting money real soon. He also plans to have some application reviewers. A motion was made to place a jar at the Nearfest table we will be running in Deerfield. The motion was seconded, voted upon and approved. The Scholarship Comm. Now, consists of Don Curtis-Publicity, S Jones-school experience, James G. and Mike Plunkett-concept (more…)

New K1BKE.ORG is Live!

It’s been a long road to this point, and now you all can see the work that has been going on in the back ground.  Over the next few weeks, we will continue migrating all of the content from the old site to the new site.  While some of it may take a little longer (16 years of meeting minutes for example) we hope to have it all done by the end of the year. Several people have offered to help with this transition and you will be receiving information within a week from this post on how to log into this site.  We have minutes and pictures to go through, lots of them… Also this week, we will add accounts for the officers of the club and will go over some posting how-to’s. For now, if you do not have an account, but you have (more…)


CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING – 9-13-16 The meeting began at 7:30 pm. There were about 17 people present. Repeater – Pat’s Peak will trim trees near our repeater antenna. Tonight was “Show-and-Tell” night. Frank Ross began with a demonstration on FL digi with Don Curtis. Next, Barry W., NF1O, did a “show-and-tell” of several of his DX & other awards that he has acquired over the years. Then Mary, his w2ife, showed her award. KC1ENS, Charlie, showed a 3 band receiver run by an Arduino computer chip. Steve, N1JHJ showed a digital meter that he had built. K1MIC showed a Heathkit lunchbox that he was trying to get operational again. He just needs a few things to get it going. Mike also talked about the value of having the CVRC sponsor a scholarship (maybe something in the range of $200), for a (more…)


  CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING – 8/23/16 There were about 13 people present: K. Wilkens, P. Hart, James G. (and family), F. Ross, S. Jones, Mickie and Dale (hosts), J. Shaw, L. Beagle, M. Plunkett, K. Lodge (KA1KAL). Mickie reimbursed Larry B. $153.00 for the new tent that we previously agreed to purchase. The Secretaries and Treasurers reports were given. There was a motion to accept. It was seconded, voted upon and passed. Jeff continued his report and a presentation on improvements he’s making to the, the and the websites. It was already apparent that the improvements look great and we thank him for his efforts. The three sites will be under a linked umbrella site known as Noted that the Boxboro Flea Market will be coming up on Sept. 9-11, 2016. The next three presentations for (more…)


The following is excerpted and reinterpreted from articles I’ve been reading in certain commercially based publications provided to those who are responsible for making plans and purchases for emergency related municipal and other communications services. It seems that the FCC is planning to set aside certain channels specifically for interoperability between such agencies as Police, Fire, Homeland Security and others.  In some discussions these channels may appear in commonly used VHF and UHF bands such as 150-170 MHz and 450-475 MHz bands. In other cases there are plans to use certain 700 MHz frequencies or even other ones not yet specifically identified.  Of course certain communications currently occurring in some of these frequencies will have to be accomodated by reallocation or otherwise scrunched and pushed and shoved around a bit, to make it all fit together.   Remember there are only so many fequencies (more…)

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