Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CNY Ham Breakfast

The next breakfast is scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 8:00 am. This is a great chance to meet up with some of the folks you talk to on the air, but possibly have never met in person. Come on all you drive time radio jockeys, "6M QCWA Netters", 220mhz NET, CNY SWAP and Hobby Net check-ins - we hope to see you all there.

Location: The "Finally Ours Diner" is at 3788 West Seneca Turnpike, at the corner with Cedarville Rd. in the Onondaga Hill area of Syracuse (see directions here: http://finallyoursdiner.com/hours-contact ).

Thanks to K2WOP; Curt for his continuing efforts for this excellent get together.

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP on the 146.67 repeater.

Finally Ours Diner link: http://finallyoursdiner.com 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Fun evening at the AWA Museum in Bloomfield NY

Here's a fun event for your readers.  
Thanks!  73, Dean

Treat the XYL or a friend to a FUN night with the Bloomfield Home Companion Players at the Antique Wireless Museum.  Julie and I have seen the players twice...you simply cannot stop laughing and enjoying yourself the entire time!  These guys rehearse hard and are professionals.  The date is Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (7:00pm). 

This time, they will put on a Live Radio Show with Music.  Reminiscent of pre-TV days, there will be sound effects, great comedy, and outstanding songs and live music.  There will be tasty refreshments too!  You will leave with a big smile on your face for sure.

Plan a night out and gather up some friends and family.  It's well worth the price of admission (5 bucks for AWA members, 10 bucks for non-member adults).  Advance tickets are available at the Museum or send me a note if you'd like to use PayPal.  Seating is limited and there may or may not be tickets available "at the door."

Get ready for some laughs!  After Hours at the Museum in Bloomfield will be a big hit!

73, Dean, NW2K

Friday, February 16, 2018

International Space Station contact with the MOST

The ham station at the MOST is scheduled to make a contact with the ISS on Friday, Feb 23rd at 9:08am.  The Public and MOST Volunteers are invited and doors will open at 8:30am.   All are invited, but if you are a registered volunteer, you can  get in free.  The contact will be with Mark Van de Hei, NASA astronaut.

If you are interested and are a volunteer,  RSVP to get on the free admission list.
RSVP to estewart@most.org

73 - NK2C

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

220 mhz Friday night NET expanding across the state

The KD2SL 224.120 Repeater in Syracuse that hosts the Friday night 220Mhz Net at 7pm, will be adding in two more Upstate NY repeaters this week. The W2ACC; 224.260 in Stanley NY (just west of Geneva) and the KA2NDW; 224.470 in Clyde NY will be linked in starting this Friday. This should allow folks in the Rochester area and Finger Lakes to join in with the folks in Syracuse and Utica. 

This is a general net, open to various discussion topics, but the main intent is to promote use of the 220 mhz band. So come join our net control host; Bob; KD2KKG on this growing Friday night net! 

These three repeaters will also be linked at various other times and possibly on a semi-permanent basis in the future (stay tuned!).There is also the potential to add in other 220 MHz repeaters across the state in the future for this Friday evening net(through ALLSTAR linking). A big Thank you! to Kevin; KD2SL, Dave; W2ACC and Mike; KA2NDW our repeater trustees for adding this great linking capability to their repeaters and hosting this net!

Repeater details:
224.120 (-) PL = 103.5, Syracuse (Sentinel Heights) KD2SL
224.260 (-) PL = 110.9, Stanley (Finger Lakes), W2ACC
224.470 (-) PL = 82.5, Clyde, KA2NDW

Other Upstate NY 220 Mhz repeater info: http://www.upstateham.com/p/224.html

Saturday, February 3, 2018

MARS exercise - COMEX 18-1

Coming this month MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio System) will be holding its First Quarter 2018 exercise from the February 20th to the 23rd called COMEX 18-1.  Again, I will be collecting county status reports from members within the county and with those around Oswego County.   I will be running a net on the Fulton 147.150 repeater and will be on 60 meters band contacting other amateur operators.  As of right now I am not sure which time I will be on the Air to collect information, I will send out emails and make comments on the Pathfinder Nets leading up the exercise. At the same time collecting weather reports from the local air ports.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Upcoming licensing courses in CNY

Both LARC and the Bearbait RadioClub will be offering Spring FCC Amateur Licensing Training Classes and exams in CNY.

Bear Bait Club - Technician Class - April 21-22, 2018

LARC - Tech and Extra Level Training Classes in March 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018

2018 AM Rally - give it a try?

2018 AM Rally Operating Event on the HF+6M Amateur Bands

0000Z Saturday February 3 - 0700Z Monday February 5
( 7:00pm EST Friday February 2 - 2:00am EST Monday February 5 )
( 4:00pm PST Friday February 2 - 11:00pm PST Sunday February 4 )

About the AM Rally:
The purpose of this event is to encourage the use of Amplitude Modulation on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 , and 6 meter Amateur Radio Bands, and to highlight various types of AM equipment in use today. This event is open to any and all radio amateurs who are running full carrier amplitude modulation (standard AM), using any type of radio equipment. Modern, Vintage, Tube, Transistor, Software Defined, Military, Boat Anchor, Broadcast, Home Brew or Commercially available radio are all welcomed to join in on the AM fun.

Full details here:

Friday, January 26, 2018

Southeastern NY updates

We had a nice note this week from John; N2YP, with some updates from the Eastern Southern Tier region of Upstate NY.

Chenango County the freq is 146.685- 110.9. W2RME
Otsego and Delaware is 146.850- 167.9 Oneonta W2SEU
Broome County uses the 146.820 146.2 and the 146.865 146.2 which are linked.

CVARA also has a Facebook page which is https://facebook.com/cvara.w2rme . We offer 2 test sessions normally one in April and the other in the Fall. We also normally have a licensing class the proceeds both of these for either tech or general.

The Oneonta (Otsego and Delaware) Amateur Radio Club has a Facebook group https://m.facebook.com/groups/351252938265288?refid=17&__tn__=HH-R
They offer test sessions when requested at least a week in advance at 6pm on the 3rd Monday of the month before the club meetings.

The Otsego County ARES is https://m.facebook.com/groups/1309131859113362

Walton (Delaware County) radio association https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583636611826159

Otsego County ARES training net is The 3rd Sunday at 8:30 pm on 146.850, pl 167.9
Oneonta holds a 10 meter net weekly on Wed at 7pm on 28.375mhz.
Walton holds one Wed at 7pm on the 147.315, pl 167.9
On the 146.685 Norwich and the 146.850 Oneonta we have a nightly OCTEN satellite traffic net around 9:30-9:45

73- John; N2YP

Saturday, January 20, 2018

RaRa WINTERFEST, Saturday February 10th, 2018

The eighth annual Rochester Amateur Radio Association (RaRa) Winterfest is coming up soon and is promising to be a great event. As always, we will have our very popular crockpot cook-off and everyone is invited to bring their favorite creation to share. You are encouraged to bring anything you can make in a crockpot. As before, we will be awarding prizes of RaRa Membership Points to the top entrants. The first place winner will receive 20 points, and second place will get 10 points. We are also inviting everyone to bring a dessert to share and we will be awarding 20 RaRa Membership Points for the best one. Desserts do not need to be made in a crockpot but if you can do that, go for it. We encourage you to put on your chefs’ hats and wow us with your sweet culinary creativity. Of course, there is no entry fee for these cook-offs so simply sharing the wonderful delicacies will make everyone a winner.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Upcoming ARRL board meeting

In the spirit of the best interests of our great hobby, we want to encourage all Amateurs to become informed on the present direction of the ARRL. We believe most folks would agree that the ARRL needs to grow and change with the times. There are growing concerns with the leaderships transparency and their dialogue with members and our elected board representatives. Our intent with this post is to ask that you to become informed. Their are obviously going to be many opinions out there on many of the latest "hot" topics that the ARRL is deciding on.

First and foremost if you are an ARRL member you should try to follow what is going on with the your board and leadership. Their are a lot of decisions and changes being made. Take a look at the ARRL website and understand some of the issues being considered (see info below). Don't be shy to voice your opinion to your ARRL representatives (see the links below).

ARRL information links:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Marathon Hamfest is just a few weeks away!

The Skyline Amateur Radio Club will host their annual all indoors Marathon winter hamfest on Saturday January 20th from 7 AM to Noon at the Marathon NY Civic Center, 16 Brink St. Marathon NY. Admission $5.00, under 12 free.

VE testing will be available. Testing starts at 10 AM with no late entry allowed. Please bring the $14.00 exam fee in exact change, photo ID and your current amateur radio license if you are upgrading. VE testing will be given off-site; some walking outdoors will be required.

Tables are $5.00 per 8'. Reserve today, as they will sell out in advance. (All reserved tables not claimed by 8AM will be subject to resale.)

Free coffee; donuts and soda available. Full meals available nearby at local diners. Lodging available at the nearby 3 Bear Inn.

Directions: For your GPS:  16 Brink St. Marathon NY

 From Syracuse and North: I-81 south to Exit 9, Marathon. Turn left on to US route 11. At the first traffic light, turn right on to route 221. Just before the steel deck bridge,  turn left on to Peck St. The Civic Center will be 1 block  ahead. Parking in the rear.

 From Binghamton and South: I-81 north to Exit 9 Marathon. Turn left on to route 221. At the traffic light go straight. Just before the steel deck bridge,  turn left on to Peck St. The Civic Center will be 1 block  ahead. Parking in the rear.

 From Ithaca: Route 79 (SlatervilleRd.) east to Slaterville Springs. Continue east on Route221. Enter the village of Marathon. Cross the steel deck bridge, and immediately turn right on to Peck St. The Civic Center will be 1 block  ahead. Parking in the rear.

Please save the parking lot in front of the civic center for handicapped. There is no parking in the street in front of the civic center.

We hope to see you there!

Andrew C Slaugh KB2LUV

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Upcoming education and training by LARC in Syracuse

Additional information at: http://www.w2cm.com/

 (note - January meeting is Thursday 1/25/18, Bootcamp at 6:15pm)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Winter Field Day - January 27-28

Its not too early to start planning for Winter Field Day 2018. Winter Field Day is coming up on January 27-28, 2018 and is an opportunity to hone your winter outdoor operating skills.

Purpose: To encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter.
When: The contest runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Saturday to 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Sunday.
For 2018, the dates are January 27 and 28, 2018. Station set up may begin no earlier than 1300 UTC (8:00 AM EST) on January 28, 2018.

Latest From QRZ.com: Without further adieu and by popular demand!

We are back! The Winter Field Day Association brings you Winter Field Day.

Join Us on Saturday, January 27 at 1900z (2:00 PM EST) until Sunday, January 28 at 1900z (2:00 PM EST). On all the bands and modes, except the WARC bands.

We have changed the rules so now it will be similar to ARRL Field Day. For example the exchange will be WX4ET 1O TN, for the Multi Ops. It will be by the number of stations, for example WX4TN 10O TN.

Operate solo, in pairs, or as a team (multi) from home, a remote location, indoors, or outdoors... it's up to you! Earn bonus points for outdoor operation, non-commercial power, and remote locations. Winter Field Day is a perfect opportunity for your club or team to put together an outing.

Check us out on the web at www.winterfieldday.com and we are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/winterfieldday/

If you post on Twitter and/or Facebook, use the hashtag #WFDA18

Hope to hear you calling CQ WFD on the bands on Winter Field Day 2018 !!!!

From The WFDA Committee,

Saturday, December 23, 2017