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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…)

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…)

Regular Meeting April 10

I am looking forward to seeing you at the next club meeting, where Dale AF1T will be presenting his Classic Antennas talk. Rag chew at 7pm, and the business portion starts at 7:30pm, with the presentation, coffee, and treats to follow. If you haven’t paid your dues yet, this would be a great time to take care of that, thank you!   See you then!   73, Jen Shaw K1JNE (more…)

3/13/18 Meeting canceled due to storm!

Due to the storm that is expected starting Tuesday morning and lasting until Wednesday, we are canceling the Tuesday night meeting. If you are interested in seeing Dales talk, please feel free to be at the Cheshire County DX Club on Wednesday night. We are still having the flea market on Sunday.  Still have tables available and help is needed for set up and ticket sales.  Email me for more info kb1wti@gmail.com. (more…)

Steering Committee Minutes for February 27, 2018

CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING – 2/27/18 The meeting started at 7:16 pm. Present were: Jeff, VP, Jen, President, Mickie, Treasurer, Steve , Secretary and Dale. Distribution of the updated Flea Market flyer was discussed. Fees: $3.00 for admission, $3.00 for grand prize raffle ticket, and the 50/50 raffle proceeds will go to the Scholarship Fund. The grand prize, a Yaesu FT-60 dual band HT has been picked up along with other handouts from HRO, ready to go. We discussed Field Day, and various alternatives to the standard operation we have always used. The sense was that we may want to reduce our effort in some way. Perhaps 3A rather than 4A or one less tower or something else. No final desions will be made hastily. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm. Respectfully Submitted, Steve Jones, CVRC Secretary, N1JHJ (more…)

Minutes for General Meeting February 13, 2018

CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING – 2/13/18 There were 20 people present tonite. Steve Jones gave the General Meeting Report from 1/9/18. The report stood as presented. Mickie gave the Treasurer’s Report. The report stood as presented. There were no reports from the Repeater Committee as Frank and Larry were presenting at another meeting and could not be present. Steve Jones gave the Executive Committee Report of 1/30/18. The report stood as presented. Noted that the next Executive Committee meeting will be at Jen’s house on 2/27/18. All are welcome. The Business Meeting adjourned at 7:49 pm. Pasha Roberts, W1LMT, our presenter, began his presentation on Lightning Detection. He spoke of many integrated Lightning Detection nodes which are all over the world. See Lightning Maps. Com This is a do-it-your-self, open source, Lightning Detection System. The average Lightning Bolt is heard best between (more…)

General Meeting Minutes January 9, 2018

CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING 1/9/18 The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm. There were 23 people present. Mickie gave her Treasurer’s Report. She reviewed all transactions, both in and out for the last month or so. All is in good shape. The report stood as reported. Steve Jones gave the Secretary’s report for the 11/28/17 Executive Committee Meeting. The report stood as reported. The Repeater Committee report was given by Larry Beagle. All is well up on the hill. Jeff gave the Program Planning (Events) Committee report. He reviewed those things that he is working on at this time. Pete Stohrer gave us an update of the latest from the ARRL. Of interest was the additional Band Privileges being contemplated for those holding the Technician Class License. He also spoke to other matters of interest within the leadership of the (more…)