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…)


CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING 4/10/18 1. Noted: Several new members joined the Club, today. One of which was KC1IGS. 2. There were 25 people present. 3. Noted that the next presentation will be by Neil Goodell, AE1P, on grounding. 4. Steve Jones, N1JHJ, presented a plan for soliciting new information from members on their interests. 5. It was noted by Al Bardwell, NS1O, that there is a need to purchase 6 used computers, at a cost not to exceed $70.00 each, for the proper and reliable linking of all stations at Field Day. Al would like to attempt this purchase. 6. It, therefore, was moved and seconded to pursue this purchase. Motion voted upon, passed and was approved. 7. The Business portion of our meeting was adjourned at 8:04 pm. 8. Next, Dale Clement, AF1T gave his presentation on classic antennas. 9. (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 (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…)

Yaesu System Fusion

From the desk of Frank Ross N1FDR. I have a Yaesu WiresX node which is coordinated with the K1BKE repeater. The node number is 30907. It can be accessed VIA the club repeater by any Yaesu radio capable of WiresX in the DN mode. Up to the rptr then down to my node and back to rptr, into your radio. Instructions on how to do this are available for your radio on the Yaesu website under the WiresX manual downloadable. Usable radios are the FT-991, FT-991a, FT70, FT1, FT2, FTM-100, FTM-400, the FTM-3200 will not do WiresX digital. 3/27/18 The FTM3200 with the latest firmware update will be WiresX  capable. As long as (or when) the node is connected to a “room” you will be able to join in on the conversation, which could be with stations all over the world. Frank Ross N1FDR@ARRL.NET (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…)

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