Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Santa Nets 2016

Tune in on 3.916 mhz, and give the kids or grand-kids a chance to talk to Santa Claus at the North Pole!   It is indeed a magical experience to experience kids talking with Santa through the magic of Amateur Radio!

The 3916 Santa Net is on the air every night, November 25th through December 24th at 7:30 PM Central. To participate in The Santa Net, just have your kids prepared to tell Santa their top 2-3 gift wishes.

The Santa Nets are presented annually by The 3916 Nets. The Weather Bunch, The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters, The Freewheelers and The 3916 Late Late Show are all amateur radio nets that meet on 3.916 MHz.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SkyWarn Recognition Day

(From the December 2016 RARA Rag by Dunae Fregoe; K2SI)

SKYWARN Recognition Day will be December 3, 2016 (0000 – 2400 UTC). In local terms it
is Friday December 2nd, 7:00 PM till Saturday December 3rd, 7:00 PM. National Weather
Service offices across the country will be on the air for 24 hours. This special event was started in 1999. The goal is to contact as many weather service offices as possible using repeaters, IRLP, Echolink, and HF. This is a fun event for new hams that may only have a technician license. Many of the weather service offices will be on Echolink and IRLP.

The National Weather Service office in Buffalo will be participating again this year. Look for WX2BUF on Echolink and you can also check in on the 145.110 repeater. Submit your total number of weather service office contacts for a certificate from the National Weather Service. More information is available from:

List of participating NWS offices:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

We like weather!

New York State Weather Mesonets go on the air!

 As Ham's, many of us like to keep tabs on the weather in our area. A new statewide weather-station network will help us do that. Announced back in early 2015, the New York State Mesonet network will constitute 125 weather stations when completed, averaging about two stations per county. As of October 2016 there are already over 100 stations on line. The stations collect 3-D, high-resolution data from both surface and atmospheric levels and send that data to emergency-management officials and weather forecasters so they will have an edge on the unexpected. Each site also contains a high-resolution video camera for a live look at the weather.

The sites report changes in weather every five minutes, with the potential to observe and record changes in air, soil moisture, wind and ice. The new stations also monitor radiation patterns.
These observations are then sent to SUNY Albany, the National Weather Service and the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Then, the observations are disseminated to the public on the Mesonet’s website, The FEMA-funded Mesonet project was awarded in the wake of recent national disasters, including Superstorm Sandy.

Check out some of the sites near you (just click a site close to you on the map)

Thew complete story of the NYS Mesonet project:

Other weather sites: adding to this list - stay tuned!

SkyWarn info:

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) 
 - be a weather reporter from your own home or just see the data from thousands of others around North America. (contact KC2VER; Tony if you want first hand details - he has been reporting for over 7 years)

We will try to add some other interesting weather sites soon: stay tuned!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Western NY Indoor Hamfest - December 3rd, 2016

Ham O Rama sponsored by the R.W. Antenna Store

  R.W. Antenna store has decided to bring back a INDOOR Winter HamFest to the Western NY area.  As some of you know, we at R.W. Antenna store have been trying to revive an old Ham Radio Tradition of a larger scale HamFest here in Western NY. Hopefully some of you OM's and YL's remember Ham O Rama!!
  This HamFest was put together in a very short time. We saw the need for an end of year event and are working hard to deliver.  We will have a huge announcement of a much larger HamFest being created for the 2017 season.
   The ultimate goal is to bring the ham community together, I would love to see clubs from up to 300 miles away attend as we have BIG NEWS for a future HamFest the Western New York area has been starving for.

Hope to see you there!!!

More details here as they become available!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Military Exercise - Amateur Operators Needed

Military Exercise COMEX 16-4 Amateur Operators Needed 10/30-10/31

The United States Department of Defense with the Departments of United States Army and Air Force and United States MARS are holding their fourth quarter exercise.

     This exercise is an continuous 48hr exercise comprising of Military, Government, and MARS stations testing the continuity of communications during an unknown event that will simulate a wide spread communications failure.

     For military stations the exercise runs Sunday 30 October through Tuesday 1 November 2016 but Amateurs have been asked to participate in a few key specific times throughout the days of Sunday the 30th and Monday the 31st.

     The DOD and Military command have asked for Amateurs in Western New York to help in this exercise by providing simple county status information for their stations at specified times on the 60 Meter INTEROP channel 1 throughout the exercise.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Winter SkyWarn Training

Winter SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes are coming!

Most upstate NY counties are conducting Winter SkyWarn Training in October and November.

The training will be held at various area locations and on-line. This class is for beginners or anybody that has a general interest in weather. These classes train volunteers how to accurately measure and report snowfall totals to the National Weather Service. The class is free and open to everyone; no age requirements, previous training, or equipment is required.

The SKYWARN program is a nationwide program that provides real-time severe weather reports to the National Weather Service. "Trained weather spotters provide valuable lifesaving information to the National Weather Service and we encourage those who have an interest in weather to participate in this critical program," said David Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Binghamton NY. "Despite all the technological advances, SKYWARN Spotter reports are still crucial to the National Weather Service in providing more accurate severe weather warnings," Nicosia continues.

See the full training schedules at:

Binghamton (Syracuse):
Buffalo (Rochester):

Learn more about SKYWARN and Amateur Radio at:

Saturday, October 8, 2016

LARC Bootcamp - Portable antennas for HF use

This October Bootcamp will cover the options for setting up a portable antenna for HF use. In case of
emergency, we are all ready to use VHF/UHF for disaster communications, but few of us are prepared to get an HF station on the air because few of us have an antenna option. There are several inexpensive options along with some commercial choices that will enable you to be an effective resource during an emergency. Come learn and enjoy yourself.

Thursday, October 27th @ 6:15PM
prior to LARC monthly meeting

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Can you help this Sunday with the Empire State Marathon?

LARC/RAGS public service team is looking for additional manpower. They need 3 or 4 more volunteers for This Sunday's (10/9/16) Empire State Marathon in Syracuse. If you are available and want more information please contact K9CHP; Amir at

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pico balloon launched from the Elmira Hamfest is now halfway around the world

Those of you who were at the Elmira Hamfest may have watched the preparation of a balloon and launch last Saturday morning. Well as I write this, that balloon is now over Central China.

Today, I received an email update from KD2EAT; Mike Hojnowski. Mike is a local amateur who has quite a bit of experience with balloon launches. Here is a brief update and some links (also see the tracking live) so you can get some more background on this very interesting flight:

from Mike:  I launched a pico "floater" balloon at the Elmira Hamfest this past Saturday.  It's Solar powered, using the WSPR protocol to beacon its position at about 10mw.  It has performed very well, and now, 6 flight days later, it's in Central China and going strong.

My flight blog is at:

I gateway the WSPR traffic onto APRS for viewing at:

Great job Mike! We look forward to tracking it in the coming days...........

Saturday, September 24, 2016

SAVE THE DATE - CNY Ham Radio Breakfast on Saturday Nov. 5th

Thanks to K2WOP; Curt, we have finally picked a fall date to get another breakfast scheduled and its open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, November 5th, 8:30-11 am, come early or stay late. 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. So all you drive time radio jockeys, "6M QCWA Netters", CNY SWAP and Hobby Net check-ins (along with anyone else) come join us for a nice social gathering. The last breakfast was a fun time and we had great food and service from the folks at Finally Ours diner - we hope to see you all there on the 5th of November.

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: ).

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP or Tony; KC2VER on the 146.67 repeater.

Finally Ours Diner link:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Pumpkin Patrol 2016

The Liverpool Amateur Radio Club (LARC), the Amateur Radio community and The New York State Police (Troop T) are again pleased to sponsor the 2016 Pumpkin Patrol. (Most counties across NY have Ham radio groups participating)

This is a two night public service event to be held on October 30th (Sun.) and 31st (Mon.) from 19:00 to 21:00 hours. The chairman is seeking Amateur Radio Operators who can dedicate one or both evenings. Operators are encouraged to work in pairs and non-ham friends, family or pets are encouraged to accompany them. Teams will operate from their vehicles (no walking or standing required) and repeater coverage (146.31/91) is generally okay for handheld.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301 - Need your help

Dear ARRL member,

I am writing to you today because we are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act.

Our legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, passed in the House of Representatives yesterday, September 12th. The legislation now moves to the Senate, where we need every Senator to approve the bill.

You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States.  Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.


If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner’s Association, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!

If you already have outdoor antennas, but want to support your fellow hams, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!

If you want to preserve your ability to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!

We need you to reach out to your Senators TODAY!  Right away.

Please help us in the effort.

Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts:

Thank you.

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Rick Roderick, K5UR
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NY QSO Party October 15th

NY QSO Party – Get Ready for October 15!

by Dean NW2K

It's all about NY on October 15 as radio amateurs from around the world get on the air to work all 62 NY counties, Chautauqua to Clinton, Niagara to Suffolk.  A dozen or more mobile operators will take to the mean streets of NYC or the bucolic surrounds of the Southern Tier and North Country.  Brave souls will sneak out to the woodlands to activate a rare county, Field Day style, as temps may dip into the 30's.  And good, solid Elmers will open up their shacks to new hams and build excitement as the spotlight is on US!

The NYQP game is easy to play as all operating modes and bands are eligible.  The QSO exchange is simple for NY operators:  signal report and county.  For those eager out-of-state ops wanting to work all 62 counties, they'll send a signal report and their state, province or DX. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Technicians Class Seminar - Avon NY

Genesee Valley Amateur Radio Association

Presents:    A Technicians Class Seminar

To Assist In Getting Your Amateur Radio License

$20 – Includes Testing Fee

Saturday October 22, 2016
9am to 6pm

Avon EMS Base
5582 Lake Road
Avon, NY 14414

This seminar is based on Gordon West, W5YI, Technicians Class Book. This is required to take the class. It can be purchased on line at:

RSVP as space is limited by October 1st to:

Billy Boyd – or 585-315-6607
Russ Morreale – 585-721-5136