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See some of the photos taken by the extended RANV family! eclipse.html


THU-FRI Apr 25-26 9AM NEAR-Fest, Deerfield, NH
Tue May 14 7PM May RANV Meeting


RANV monthly meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month.
The RANV Steering Wheel meetings are 1 week after the regular meeting at noon at JP Deli, River Rd, Essex Junction..

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.

RANV Video Library

Dr DX - 38 Videos
Here you will find most of the HAM-CON Forums, POTA activations from the Groton State Forest, a few National Park Activations from NY from 2017, the RANV presentation on Shortwave Listening, the last hour of the KA6LMS/1 special event and even a rail fan favorite - a VT Railway passenger special train going into the Burlington yard.
DrDX Channel

Sandy149 - 89 Videos
Videos posted by K1BIF, and here you will find most RANV POTA activations, RANV Field Day, RANV picnics and several K1BIF activations.
Sandy149 (K1BIF) Channel

VT Radio - 68 Videos
Videos posted by AA1SU include National Park activations from 2017, radio videos, and Vermont scenes.
VT Radio (AA1SU) Channel

NEAR-Fest - 32 Videos
These are the video presentations of forums done at NEAR-Fest over the last 2 years.
NEARFest Channel

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 normally held the second THURSDAY 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 27Winter Breakfast (9AM Sat)
February 24HAM-CON (8AM Sat)
March 12Fun With Contesting
April 9Stories and Pictures From the Eclipse
May 14May RANV Meeting


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. Note new day and location!
The Steering Wheel is a luncheon held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at noon. We meet at JP Deli on River Road in Essex.


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 24, 2024.
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!


There are several exam teams in our area who offer exam sessions.
Sessions are both live and on-line.
There are two excellent exam lookup tools:

The ARRL Exam lookup is good for finding local in-person sessions. ARRL Exam Search
Hamstudy is the best lookup for remote sessions. The "location" does not matter! Hamstudy Exam Search

Be sure to research ALL of the things you need do prior to attending a session.

Occasionally, special exam sessions are held at other times by appointment.

Exams for FCC Commercial Licenses also are given.
These consist of the General Radio Operator's License (GROL), Radar Endorsement, Global Marine Distress and Safety Service (GMDSS) and Radiotelegraph licenses.
To discuss scheduling an special VE exam or FCC Commercial Exam, please call 802-879-6589 or E-mail

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