Jerry Blanchard, K1BBQ (SK)

Gerald “Jerry” S. Blanchard, 76, died Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Manchester, of a sudden illness surrounded by his loving family. Born on Dec. 24, 1941, in Washington, the son of Sherley Blanchard and Theda Mae Houghton. He was the adoring husband of Sonia M. (Parra) Blanchard. They were married Dec. 18, 1997, in Marco Island, Fla. Jerry attended Hillsborough-Deering High School. He served in the Army National Guard and Washington Fire Department; received his Associates Degree at the New Hampshire Technical Institute and is Bachelors with The University of New Hampshire in electrical engineering, serving his lifetime in telecommunications. He was an avid amateur radio operator serving as the Assistant Emergency Coordinator for the Capital Area Amateur Radio Emergency Services (CAARES), where he provided group-wide home electronic automatic notification systems utilizing his expertise and equipment from Exacom. This was before the days of smart phones. He was a (more…)


CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING 5/22/18 1. People present: Mike, Larry, Frank, Jeff, Jen, Pete, Mickie, Dale, Steve 2. There was discussion on how to replace destroyed club tent. ( was 8X8 or 10X10) 3. The tent will be replaced by Pete Jones before Field Day. 4. It was authorized to replace tent to up to $120.00 and up to 10’X10’. 5. Pete will ck. out tents at Rocky’s, Sears, Dick’s, Ocean State Job Lots. 6. For Sept. 5th, Sarah Dustin needs help sorting and selling John Moore’s tools, and etc. Sept. 8th and 9th is actual sale date. 7. Noted that K1BBQ just passed away less than a week ago. 8. Jen gave Steve 20 invitations to Field Day to mail out. That will be done shortly. 9. Henry Weeden was reimbursed $200.00 for a radio he gave to the club. 10. (more…)


CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING 5/8/18 1. The meeting started at about 7:35 pm. 2. There were 16 people present. 3. Reminder: Field Day will be on June 23rd and 24th. 4. Two new members were introduced to the club. 5. It was noted that the hilltop location on Plazawa Hill, formally owned by Ted Everett, was sold. 6. Noted that May 22nd is the next Steering Comm. Mtg. at Jen’s house, 7:00 pm. 7. ALL BAND CAPTAINS ARE REQUESTED TO BE THERE, AT Jen’s House. 8. June 5th is the next General Meeting. 9. Next: The Formal Presentation by Neil Goodell will begin. The topic is GROUNDING and LIGHTNING PROTECTION. 10. Some of Neil’s most useful comments are as follows: a) One can use the NEC Code, item 250 to comply with their safety recommendations for use in amatuier radio stations. b) (more…)

Regular Meeting May 8 and future events list

The presentation for our May 8th meeting is Neil AE1P Goodell’s part 2 on RF Grounding. We are all looking forward to that great information!   For our June 12th meeting we will be sharing Field Day Past & Present, and holding a roundtable discussion of what programs you, our club members want to see, and what direction you would like to see the club go. We are heading into our 60th year and it is all our hope that we have another wonderful 60 years!   Field Day is coming up fast on June 23rd & 24th. We are looking for  a Field Day Chairperson to organize the event and get the paperwork in on time, for an 80m, and a 2m,  Band Captain, and a Food King or Queen to help plan the menu, shop, do food prep, and organize the service. (more…)