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Thu September 8 7:00 RANV Meeting: Solar Power at K1BIF
Sat-Sun September 11-12 2:00 VHF QSO Party
Thu September 15 12 Noon Steering Wheel at Guilty Plate in Colchester

RANV monthly meetings are on the second Thursday of each month.
The RANV Steering Wheel meetings are 1 week after the regular meeting.

Our RANV meetings will be live and also be presented via Zoom.
To learn how to join RANV Zoom meetings, please contact

Our Meeting Location

Our meeting location is the Holy Family Parish Hall, 30 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction.
Go to Route 2A just north of the 5 corners. Turn WEST on Lincoln Terrace. There is no sign.
It is the only street you can turn West on just north of the 5 corners.
Go to the end of this street and then turn right and you will be in the parking lot in short order.

The main hall is quite spacious with a high ceiling, lots of fans and windows which will be opened.
We trust this will be a safe place for us to meet, as long as we are careful about staying distanced when speaking.

RANV- The Fun Club!
Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont.

Our motto is "The Fun Club."
We are some of the most knowledgeable people in Amateur Radio.
"No Boring Bylaws or Bossy Board of Directors in this group!"

RANV dues are $20 per year.
Propsective members can join at meetings or via mail to the address above.

RANV is an affiliated Special Service Club with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).


President: Stew KC1IFK
VP/Treasurer:George KC1JGM
Secretary: Bob K1BIF
Editor: George KC1JGM
Webmaster: Mitch W1SJ
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RANV Reflector:To subscribe     How to join
Radio: 145.15 repeater. Offset: -600 kHz. Tone: 100.0 Hz
Mail: PO Box 9392, South Burlington, VT 05407-9392 (Only as a last resort!).


Something about Ham Radio (Technical or Otherwise) has you stumped and frustrated?


Your question will be routed to our panel who will provide assistance.


RANV membership meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Each meeting consists of a mix of technical and light-hearted topics, with a refreshment break for meeting friends and new friends. Anyone with an interest in ham radio is invited to join us.

Here is a tentative schedule of meeting topics.
This information changes often, so keep coming back to check!

January 13The Prez Sez and FOTA
February 10Summits On The Air
March 10Linux & Raspberry Pie Systems - LIVE
April 14Digital Mobile Radio
May 12Future Meetings
June 9Repeater Linking and Field Day
July 14Radio Balloon Launches
August 13(Sat) RANV Picnic
September 8Solar Power at K1BIF


RANV members get together and help organize club activities at the "Steering Wheel" meeting. These meetings serve as a way for club enthusiasts to get together informally and brainstorm ideas for new club activities. The Steering Wheel is now a luncheon held Thursday at noon, 1 week after the membership meeting. We currently meet at 99 in Williston.


Our newsletter, News & Views, contains operating information, technical articles and articles of personal interest to whet your appetite for more amateur radio activity.

We always look for input for the newsletter. Submit information to editor George KC1JGM by the end of the month.

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RANV sponsors the WB1GQR repeater on 145.15 MHz. From its 3400 foot elevation in Bolton, we get activity from most of Northern Vermont, Northeastern New York and parts of New Hampshire. If you are traveling throughout the North Country, check into the repeater. Not only do we cover Northern Vermont, but we cover the world through the IRLP Internet Connection.

Details and Operational Status of the repeater.

Take a tour of the repeater site.

Looking for other repeaters in Vermont? Check our handy Vermont Repeater Listing.


RANV sponsors HAM-CON, the North Country's largest Hamfest and Radio Convention,
Saturday, February 25, 2023.
HAM-CON is also the ARRL Vermont State Convention.

HAM-CON is hundreds of hams gathering for thousands of flea market goodies,
vendor sales, forums, demonstrations and all things Ham Radio!
Join us on the 4th Saturday of February!


RANV is very active in the annual Field Day exercises held each June. Hams and non-hams can see the inner workings of a competitive amateur radio operation and learn tips from the "pros". From our hilltop location in Williston, we regularly place in the top ten amongst 2-transmitter Field Day groups across the U.S. and Canada.

Results and pictures from the last Field Day.
Details on the next Field Day.


We get together for a picnic every August. Join us for hot dogs, hamburgers, dipoles, DX, swimming, marshmallows and tall stories. Work the pileups as we put our club station W1NVT on the air. And we have pictures to prove it! If you are interested in ham radio and will be in Northern Vermont, stop on by!

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