jhwentworth

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  1. March 24, 2020 6"-8" of heavy, wet, snow. Plow was taken off the truck a week ago. Only one thing to do.
  2. Today's Union Leader has a story on the 2019-2020 sled season in the north country of NH. There are interviews with BoT's Chris Gamache, NHSA's Dan Gould, F&G's Captain Michael Eastman, and SnoFest coordinator and former NHSA's Gail Hanson. Capt Eastman stated that as of 2/26/2020 40,272 sleds have been registered, which is a drop of about 4,000 sleds from the previous year. Some quotes from the story. Capt Eastman: Rental sled accidents caused "by inexperience rather than speed or alcohol" "a spike in registrations in February" Chris Gamache: "The season wasn't bad" "BoT looking at creating designated areas for back-country riding" Dan Gould: "We did not believe it was going to be as strong a year as it was" "a lot of riders went north" "Coos County had a good year after a slow start" Gail Hanson: It's been a probably fair to good season" "Hotels and restaurants up here have been full" https://www.unionleader.com/news/business/snowmobile-season-rides-through-warm-winter/article_243757f4-eb57-5ff9-987f-bfc72e02f2f6.html
  3. Colman St Park

    For an interesting report on snow cover in NH go here: https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=GYX&product=ESF&format=CI&version=1&glossary=0 The NWS does a flood assessment each spring, and it includes measurement of snow depths in Maine and NH. Baker River has called it a day for the season. Pretty good sign that things are shutting down. Down my way they never really opened up.
  4. Colman St Park

    The Swift Diamond Riders are out of Coleman State Park, and here's their Saturday (March 7) at noon trail report from Facebook. The snofest was held in their area. SDR Update: Evening all. Quite a day at the SDR Warming Hut and Coleman State Park with the final day of SnoFest. Very...Very...Busy and we appreciate all that stopped by and showed the local clubs and businesses your support. As for the SDR Trails, it’s no secret, they got completely smoked with the heavy traffic. We sent 4 groomers out tonight but there is no way that one shift will make miracles. The odds are against us between the traffic that is still out there and the “mealy” type snow we are pushing around. As you are aware we are now through the first week of March, the sun is high and daytime temps quickly become an issue. Please know that from this point on everything with trails and grooming is anybody’s guess and as the old saying goes “We will get what we get”. Rest assured that the SDR will continue to do the very best we can to keep things smooth but there is only so much we can do at times. Next weeks weather pattern would be an example of that. Hope you enjoyed your weekend and SnoFest. SDR
  5. Christmas bulbs

    We must fathom the depth of the hypocrisy that Congress wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but not everyone has to prove they are citizens. In NH , what government requires you to be insured? Congress has no interest in your car insurance..
  6. Repair shop groveton area

    Have to ask the question.. Are you sure the part will fix the problem? Do you have a multimeter and know how to use it? I've sent you a portion of the repair manual that covers testing of this assembly. Swapping electrical parts can work, but can also be expensive.
  7. The Keith Haynes trail

    I've heard that the Colebrook Ski-Bees have a new trail trail named after Keith Haynes. I remember the old Keith Haynes trail that we'd pass on the way to Colebrook. That trail was not our first option. Here's a magazine story about riding sleds in the area around the Balsams back in the 1990's. American Snowmobiler 1994 https://amsnow.com/reviews/snowmobile-trails-travel/1994/11/the-historic-balsams We got in a lot of riding in not a lot of miles. Especially when we hit the R. Keith Haynes Memorial Trail. The sign on the Haynes trail marker simply stated, "North Country's First Groomed Trail." The joke of the day was "…and it hasn't been groomed since." It was a narrow trail. Ice formed from a previous rain and melt had frozen hard and bumpy in the -30 degree temperatures we faced during our travels. No amount of grooming would make a difference until much more snow would come. In the meantime, the grooming club would suffer abuse for this next to impossible to groom section of trail. BTW: I have an extra 1992 Umbagog Sports Association trail map that I can spare, any taker? This is the one with a picture of the new 197 ft bridge over the Androscoggin River built by the club.
  8. Repair shop groveton area

    Take a look at your messages.
  9. Here's the data for a 2007 AC 2-stroke

    2007-AC.pdf

  10. Snocross at NHMS 2/15-16

    https://www.concordmonitor.com/snocross-cmsp-021520-32695622
  11. From the NWS site. The low in Maine was -21 in New Sharon and Fryeburg.. Anybody riding yesterday morning had a cold start to their day. The top of Mt Washington was -11 while several towns had -20 or lower. Groveton was the place to be. ...Coos County... 4.9 N Clarksville -35 F 0420 AM 02/15 COOP 0.6 E Pittsburg -34 F 0345 AM 02/15 HADS Pittsburg -30 F 0700 AM 02/15 COOP 2.6 W Pittsburg -29 F 0400 AM 02/15 HADS Whitefield -28 F 0552 AM 02/15 ASOS Berlin -27 F 0552 AM 02/15 ASOS Lancaster -27 F 0710 AM 02/15 RAWS Errol -19 F 1215 AM 02/15 HADS 1.0 S Berlin -17 F 0700 AM 02/15 COOP Gorham -13 F 0513 AM 02/15 COOP Pinkham Notch -12 F 0534 AM 02/15 COOP Mount Washington -11 F 0953 PM 02/14 AWOS 3.0 NE Groveton 11 F 0730 AM 02/15 HADS
  12. New antique registration rules?

    Note that under current law there are two ways to qualify for antique plates: model year before 1969 or 25 or more years old. After 5/1/2020 there is only one way to qualify: model year before 1995. The twenty-five year old rule isn't there anymore. F&G still has the prior-to-May 1'st rules on their web site.I couldn't figure out how a 1995 qualified today but after 5/1/2020 it required a 1994 or earlier.
  13. New antique registration rules?

    This from the F&G site: The machine must be at least 25 years old. The current model year for sleds is 2020, so the 25-year rule should mean a 1995 qualifies (1995 + 25= 2020)
  14. New antique registration rules?

    I'd check with F&G on that. With auto registration the towns charge tax based on the model year, even though the RSA specifies year of manufacture. From the Nashua web site: New Registration For a new registration, the model year determines which tax rate is used to compute the city permit fee. For example, a current model year is charged $18 per thousand; the prior model year is charged $15 per thousand, etc. Title XXI Chapter 261:153 The mill rate to be charged on a vehicle originally offered for registration by a registrant shall be based on the year of manufacture of the said vehicle and shall continue for the next 12 months, including the month of registration.
  15. New antique registration rules?

    Looks like things change on 5/1/2020. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xviii/215-c/215-c-mrg.htm [Paragraph II effective until May 1, 2020; see also paragraph II set out below.] NH RSA 215-C 215-C:1 Definitions [Paragraph II effective until May 1, 2020; see also paragraph II set out below.] II. "Antique snowmobile" means a snowmobile owned by a resident of this state which is any of the following: (a) A snowmobile manufactured prior to the year 1969; or (b) A snowmobile 25 or more years old; or (c) An antique motor vehicle converted to travel over snow, manufactured prior to 1940. [Paragraph II effective May 1, 2020; see also paragraph II set out above.] II. "Antique snowmobile" means a snowmobile owned by a resident of this state which is any of the following: (a) A snowmobile manufactured prior to the year 1995; or (b) An antique motor vehicle converted to travel over snow, manufactured prior to 1940. Section 215-C:36 VI. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph V, antique snowmobiles may be registered by a one-time purchase of a permanent plate to be affixed permanently to the snowmobile. This registration shall be available at the fish and game headquarters only. Section 215-C:39 [Paragraph II effective until May 1, 2020; see also paragraph II set out below.] II. Resident antique snowmobile permanent registration-$46.50 for each registration upon presentation of a valid New Hampshire driver's license issued to a person 18 years of age or older. From each fee collected pursuant to this paragraph: (a) The first $26.50 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII. (b) From the balance, $10 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $10 shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX. [Paragraph II effective May 1, 2020 until May 1, 2023; see also paragraph II set out above and below.] II. Antique snowmobile permanent registration- $122 for each registration upon presentation of a valid driver's license issued to a person 18 years of age or older. From each fee collected pursuant to this paragraph: (a) The first $82.30 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII. (b) From the balance, $21.70 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $18 shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX. (c) Individuals registering an antique snowmobile, regardless of residency, shall pay a one-time registration fee pursuant to this paragraph. [Paragraph II effective May 1, 2023; see also paragraph II set out above.] II. Antique snowmobile permanent registration-$143 for each registration upon presentation of a valid driver's license issued to a person 18 years of age or older. From each fee collected pursuant to this paragraph: (a) The first $93 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau's grant-in-aid program pursuant to paragraph VII. (b) From the balance, $25 shall be appropriated to the department of natural and cultural resources for administration of the bureau for the purposes listed in paragraph VIII, and $25 shall be appropriated to the department of fish and game for the purposes listed in paragraph IX. (c) Individuals registering an antique snowmobile, regardless of residency, shall pay a one-time registration fee pursuant to this paragraph.
  16. I'm closing the nominations for the 2020 Lazarus Awards now. This thread has been dead for 5 years and has now come back to life.
  17. 5.2 Acres and small "camp" on P152 in Campton

    $125K for a 440 square foot camp with 1 bedroom and no electricity, bathroom, septic system, or well? 440 square feet over 2 floors, assessed at half the selling price. Sure sounds like the snowmobile trail is the prime feature. And if the trail is closed? It will take a very motivated buyer to step up at that price.
  18. Trail re-route in Rumney

    Is this the area you're talking about?
  19. Snow report?

    As smallengineguy said, this snow probably won't last long anywhere south of the Whites unless at high elevation. But... Tomorrow might be soon enough to get out. I went out for a short ride here in Loudon, and the snow was like cement; thoroughly saturated with water. Plowing it was difficult. I'd say we got about 5"-6". Here's the NWS snow report. ...New Hampshire... ...Belknap County... Laconia 7.9 E 10.0 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS 1.5 N Laconia 10.0 in 0700 AM 12/31 COOP Meredith 2.9 SSW 8.2 in 0740 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Belmont 1.7 SW 6.4 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Sanbornton 2.3 WNW 5.8 in 0728 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Tilton Northfield 3.3 NE 5.7 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS ...Carroll County... East Sandwich 12.8 in 0600 AM 12/31 COOP Wolfeboro 11.7 in 0800 AM 12/31 UCOOP 1 N Madison 11.0 in 0648 AM 12/31 Trained Spotter Wolfeboro 0.6 SW 11.0 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS 1 W Wolfeboro 11.0 in 0747 AM 12/31 Trained Spotter Madison 1.7 SE 10.8 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Albany 2.8 SW 10.4 in 0800 AM 12/31 COCORAHS 3 NW Sandwich 10.3 in 0756 AM 12/31 Public North Conway 9.8 in 0835 AM 12/31 COOP Bartlett 9.4 in 0700 AM 12/31 COOP North Conway 1.4 SSW 9.0 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS ...Cheshire County... West Chesterfield 0.3 WNW 3.0 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS 1.6 W Keene 1.2 in 0600 AM 12/31 COOP ...Coos County... Gorham 11.0 in 0510 AM 12/31 COOP Randolph 1.4 NE 9.0 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS 1.0 S Berlin 7.0 in 0758 AM 12/31 COOP Pinkham Notch 6.6 in 0506 AM 12/31 COOP 1 SE Lancaster 5.5 in 0709 AM 12/31 Public Lancaster 0.5 N 3.5 in 0600 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Jefferson 1 W 3.5 in 0700 AM 12/31 COOP ...Grafton County... Orange 7.9 in 0700 AM 12/31 COOP Bristol 0.4 SSE 7.5 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Plymouth 3.7 N 7.3 in 0600 AM 12/31 COCORAHS ...Hillsborough County... 2 S New Ipswich 4.8 in 0748 AM 12/31 Trained Spotter 1.6 NE Hudson 3.7 in 0700 AM 12/31 COOP 1.1 SE Nashua 3.5 in 0700 AM 12/31 COOP Manchester Airport 3.1 in 0700 AM 12/31 ASOS Milford 1 ESE 3.1 in 0730 AM 12/31 COOP ...Merrimack County... Northfield 2.8 E 8.5 in 0513 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Danbury 2.2 ESE 7.5 in 0800 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Newbury 1.6 NW 6.3 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Concord Airport 4.7 in 0700 AM 12/31 ASOS Bow 1.6 NW 4.6 in 0745 AM 12/31 COCORAHS South Sutton 2.5 SSE 4.5 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS ...Rockingham County... Portsmouth Airport 8.4 in 0804 AM 12/31 ASOS Northwood 2.9 WSW 5.3 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS 0.5 W Epping 5.0 in 0700 AM 12/31 COOP Auburn 1.8 E 4.8 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Derry 5.7 N 3.8 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Northwood 1.9 WSW 3.7 in 0700 AM 12/31 COCORAHS 2 NE Stratham 3.6 in 0647 AM 12/31 Public Derry 3.5 in 0851 AM 12/31 Public Londonderry 3.3 in 0853 AM 12/31 Trained Spotter ...Strafford County... Dover 0.8 E 8.0 in 0730 AM 12/31 COCORAHS Barrington 3.2 E 7.5 in 0600 AM 12/31 COCORAHS &&
  20. Send me your mailing address so I can send you the Polaris stuff.

    1. pathfinder

      pathfinder

      Armand Buteau

      177 Round Pond Road

      Pittsburg, NH 93592

      Thanks

    2. pathfinder

      pathfinder

       

      Armand Buteau

      177 Round Pond Road

      Pittsburg, NH 93592

      Thanks

  21. Send me your mailing address.

  22. Early riding

    The BoT news email is out and listed some early riding options. News about early December riding in southern NH isn't all that common, but this last storm did dump some serious snow down there. Early Season Riding Bureau of Trails and Hollis Nor’Easters Snowmobile Club (Nashua/Hollis area) have opened their trail system, including Silver Lake State Park. Some trails have been groomed and the club hopes to have all of them done by Saturday. Note that the abutting trail systems are NOT OPEN at this time. Bureau of Trails has also opened Pisgah State Park (Cheshire County) for riding, within the Park ONLY. Gates in the park will be opened today. Trails leading out of the park to the north are NOT OPEN at this time. Trails will be ungroomed. The following Recreational Rail Trails are also OPEN for riding: Rockingham Recreational Trail, Fremont Branch (Windham to Epping) Rockingham Recreational Trail, Portsmouth Branch (Newfields to Auburn) Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail (Fitzwilliam to Walpole). Connector trail through Keene may not be open at this time. Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail (Keene to Hinsdale) Fort Hill Recreational Rail Trail (Hinsdale) Sugar River Recreational Trail (Newport to Claremont) Hillsborough Recreational Trail (Bennington to Hillsborough) Northern Rail Trail (Boscawen to Lebanon) Recreational Rail Trails in Northern NH are also open for use, but with less snow cover. Note that the abutting lands are CLOSED at this time. This would include the Warren, Ammonoosuc, Presidential, and Upper Coos Recreational Trails. PLEASE NOTE: Gates/crossbars on the recreational trails are still CLOSED. Riders should slow when approaching gates and travel through the gate bypass openings. Again, ALL trails off recreational trails onto abutting lands should be considered CLOSED! Riders need to stay on open trails only.
  23. Snowy winter on tap?

    The weekend+ storm dropped about 7+" of snow in Loudon. I traveled to East Derry today, and they got 16"-17" of snow. Parts of south-western NH got 30+" of snow. Still, got to figure that the brooks, rivers, and swamps aren't frozen down here.
  24. First good snow fall in my yard - Nov 11

    An early December snow storm looks likely, especially for southern NH. Snowfall predictions are all over the place ( min of 3", max of 18"from 4 forecasters). WMUR is going with a foot of snow anywhere south of Concord, but only a couple inches north of the notches.
  25. There are now battery-powered automobiles, chainsaws, and lawnmowers, so why not battery-powered ATV's and snowmobiles? Tesla recently showed off its new electric ATV, and Quebec company Taiga is selling electric snowmobiles. The sleds are in the 500-600 pound range, and "Its electric motor is fed by a 15 kWh battery pack that’s good for 100 kilometres of range. It boasts 107 horsepower, 184 pound-foot torque and has a three-second 0-100 km/h acceleration sprint. " I can see a future where these electric sleds will be mandated for Yellowstone and other environmentally/politically sensitive places. Electric sleds and ATV's will have the same issues as electric cars around charging stations, but that should be fixable for "destination" riders where riding is confined to a fixed geography. . https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-surprises-with-all-electric-atv-at-the-end-of-cybertruck-event/ https://taigamotors.ca/snowmobiles/ https://mountainculturegroup.com/montreal-company-unveils-worlds-first-electric-snowmobile/