Wednesday, September 2, 2015

LARC has upcoming VE Exams and back to "BootCamp"

The Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club (LARC) will start its 2015/2016 VE test sessions starting on September 24th at the North Syracuse Community Center. Testing starts at 5:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome. All exam elements are offered.

If  you plan to attend please bring two ID’s (one photo), a copy of your license or CSCE if you have one, and a black pen. The cost to take the exam is $15. If you pass you can continue on to the next level at no charge. Any re-takes cost another $15. Calculators are permitted. Cellphone/Smartphone calculator apps are not allowed.

For any VE Testing questions please contact Al May by email at wa2kfv@w2cm.com.

And don't miss LARC's next "BootCamp" series on Digital modes, September 24th at 6:15pm.

W2CM BootCamp – Sponsored by the Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club this get-together is similar in concept to the “Now That I’ve Got My License, What Do I Do?” course sponsored by the Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse a number of years ago. It will cover topics of general interest mainly for new hams, but all are welcome. There is no charge for the course which will be held prior to the monthly LARC meetings starting at 6:15pm. More information on the course can be obtained from K2VGN by contacting him at k2vgn@w2cm.com

Learn more about LARC at: http://www.w2cm.com/

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Strong tropo ducting today - Have some fun!



Strong ducting today and forecast-ed for the next two or three days! Give 6, 10, 2 Meters a try!















Get more Tropo predictions at : http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.html

Learn more about VHF/UHF propagation at: http://www.dxfm.com/content/propagation.htm

Friday, August 28, 2015

Check out old Radio Shack and Allied Catalogs online

 Back a few months ago I posted a brief story about the demise of Radio Shack. Generations of home electronics hobbyists, ham radio enthusiasts and computer geeks spent their growth-spurt years hanging around their local Radio Shack stores. I was one of them. The company's heyday ran from the 1970s through the late 1990s, when it rode the CB radio craze as the largest retailer in the market, and then transformed into a creditable maker of computer gear. Ham Radio and Scanners were also a big part of that heyday.

Well now you can go back and view your favorite old Radio Shack catalogs on line. Thanks to the folks at RadioShackCatalogs.com. At this website you will be able to view these old 1939-2011 Radio Shack and Tandy Electronics' catalogs, sale flyers, brochures, and more...year by year...page by page.

What's unique about this website is that the catalogs are presented as a VIRTUAL catalog, in a "page-flipping" format. This gives you the experience of paging-through an actual Radio Shack catalog. They also have old sales flyers and even TV commercials along with lots of company history.

Check it out here: http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/index.html

You can also view old Allied Radio catalogs at this site: http://www.alliedcatalogs.com/

I spent an hour last night looking back at some of the cool stuff I enjoyed in my youth. Take a look for yourself, I think you'll have some fun!

Also check out our previous Radio Shack story: http://www.upstateham.com/2015/04/the-demise-of-radio-shack-and-where-to.html

If you have a Radio Shack story you would like to share with our readers, drop us a line at UpstateHam@gmail.com.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

North American SSB Sprints - 4 hour DX contest! - Sat. 8/29/15

- received this notice in the mail last night!

THE FUNNEST 4 HOURS IN RADIOSPORT!

North American SSB SPRINT - THIS SATURDAY EVENING  
 AUGUST 29, 2015  (UTC 8/30 00z-04z)

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AS WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN THE PREVIOUS EVENT,
WE WANT TO HAVE ALL 50 STATES AND ALL CANADIAN AREAS ON THE AIR AND NEED YOUR HELP! 

RULES AND RESULTS at: http://www.ssbsprint.com
QUESTIONS WELCOME via: http://ssbsprint.com/contact-us


Dear Fellow Contester:

This is one final reminder regarding the exciting four hour NA SSB Sprint contest that will be occurring this Saturday evening August 29, 2015.  We know some of you are quite familiar with the SSB Sprint and have already indicated that you will be on, while others are less familiar.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Some local repeater changes and updates

The Drumlins Amateur Radio club in Newark NY reports that on September 1, 2015, PL tones go live on the 146.745 and 146.685 repeaters. Both repeaters will now be using 71.9 Hz.

We were also was sent a notice that the 147.300 in Syracuse will add a PL tone of 67.0 Hz on October 1st.

Please also note that EchoLink is back up and running on the W2QYT 147.00 repeater.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lighthouse Weekend at Verona-Sylvan Beach

  Just a polite reminder that this Saturday and Sunday is International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend. I will be setting up an amateur station at the Verona Beach Lighthouse on 4th avenue in Verona-Sylvan Beach. I plan on beginning set up at about 8:00am on Saturday and operating continuously through 5 pm Sunday. (Weather permitting …. My R7 and Thunderstorms do NOT play well together). All are welcome and the event is 100% free! The Verona Beach light has been beautifully restored to its original splendor by the Verona Beach Lighthouse Association! Please come out and see their fine work and maybe work my rig awhile and make some other lighthouse / lightship contact. To date there are over 450 lighthouses and lightships signed up to have amateur stations around the world!! By Saturday it will easily top 500!!

Thanks and hope to see you there or at least make a contact on the air! J

from
Fred Legawiec, W2LGA

Monday, August 3, 2015

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 Our goal is to pass on interesting Amateur Radio related information to our viewers in Upstate NY and beyond. We try to cover the area from Albany west to Buffalo and from Binghamton north through the 1000 Islands and Adirondacks.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend - August 15-16

INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE LIGHTSHIP WEEKEND
by Dave Timmons, W2DST

Once again we have received permission to operate station K2R from the grounds of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, Rochester N.Y. for the 2015 event.


International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend

AN ANNUAL AMATEUR RADIO WEEKEND EVENT.
FOUNDED IN 1995 BY TWO MEMBERS OF THE AYR AMATEUR RADIO GROUP, (AARG), SCOTLAND, AND HELD ON THE THIRD FULL WEEKEND IN AUGUST.
15-16 August 2015 - Duration 48 hours from 0001 UTC 15.8.2015

During last year's event the station was operated by Tim Brown WB2PAY, Laura Enders KD2BEA and Dave Timmons W2DST. We had several visitors and made 125 contacts in 23 states and 4 countries. We contacted 21 lighthouses and 1 lightship.

If interested in participating this year please contact Dave Timmons W2DST at W2DST@arrl.net. Operating hours will generally be from 11 AM to 5 PM both days.

Links:
ILLW - http://illw.net/
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse - http://www.geneseelighthouse.org/

*borrowed from the June RARA RAG newsletter

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Adirondack & North Country Amateur Radio

Blue Mtn. Repeater January 2015

With the peak summer season upon us, more of us are getting out into the outdoors. For those of you who head to the north country, we thought we would share some of the great Ham Radio information for that area. With spotty cell phone service, the Amateur repeaters can also be a great asset in an emergency. Many of the repeaters are located on very high profile mountains with excellent coverage. There are over (40) listed repeaters in the North Country, so check them out. Thanks to all the North Country repeater owners/trustees and their support teams for putting together some great coverage repeaters.

See all the ADK/North Country repeater and club information here: http://nnyara.net/