Friday, July 22, 2016

Does using your amateur radio in the car qualify as "distracted driving"?

An interesting topic came up on the commute this morning. One of our groups daily Ham radio commuters finishes his QSO with "well I will be taking a standby guys, as I am being pulled over by a NYS Trooper". Then there was silence from our friend for about 10 minutes until he came back with the story. Well, you can almost imagine the story, but he did get a ticket and it brings up a lot of questions. (With that persons permission, we will try to update this article after he goes to court).


After this incident, another local Ham suggested that we might share some of the legal opinions and references on using our amateur radios in vehicles here in New York State.

So here goes....................

NYS DMV DRIVING OPINION from the Hudson Division ARRL, August 2013:

"Given the concern that many hams have regarding the new “Distracted Driving Law” that went into effect in New York this past July, particularly since the law increased the penalty to 5 points on a license, I recently asked the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Counsel’s office for an explanation of both the cell phone and distracted driving laws and how they apply to hams.

The opinion, is attached.  I suggest that you read it thoroughly.  It’s very detailed but simply put, it says the following:

Monday, July 11, 2016

NY Military Communication Exercise 7/12-13 - Can you help?


UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND US NORTHERN COMMAND ARE HOLDING EXERCISE VITAL CONNECT IN LEWISTON NEW YORK THIS WEEK AND HAVE ASKED FOR AMATEURS TO MONITOR THE 60 METER INTEROPERABILTY FREQUNCIES SPECIFICALLY 5.330.5Mhz (Channel 1) AND PROVIDE RECEPTION AND PROPAGATION REPORTS.
INFORMATION NEEDED:

  1.  DATE & TIME YOU WERE MONITORING.
  2.  SUMMARY OF CONTENT HEARD WHILE MONITORING.
  3.  READABILITY OF TRANSMITTING STATIONS.


AMATEURS ARE ASKED TO MONITOR FROM 10:00AM UNTIL 3:00PM 12 JULY 2016
AND FROM   09:00AM UNTIL 3:00PM ON 13 JULY 2016 AND PROVIDE THEIR
PROPAGATION AND RECEPTION REPORTS TO THE DESIGNATED POINT OF CONTACT BY EMAIL.

POINT OF CONTACT FOR WNY IS JOSEPH TEDESCO KC2DKP/AAR2JI AND HIS EMAIL IS KC2DKP@VERIZON.NET

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT IN MONITORING THIS EXERCISE AND PROVIDING THE INFORMATION REQUESTED


JOSEPH M. TEDESCO KC2DKP/AAR2JI
W.N.Y. Section Emergency Coordinator
RACES Coordinator New York State DHS/OEM Region 5 Asst. RACES Officer Erie County ARES/RACES United States ARMY MARS AAA2R73
716-574-9693 Cell (Best 24hr contact)
716-649-3611 Home

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Batavia Hamfest Saturday July 16, 2016


Batavia Hamfest
Saturday  –  July 16,  2016
Alexander  Firemen Grounds

10708 Alexander Rd.Route 98,
One mile south of Rt 20 , Alexander NY   14005   MAP

Outdoor  Flea Market –  FREE Tailgating    6:00am – till
Buy/Sell   Ham radio gear

RW Antenna Store will be at the hamfest
Overnight Camping Allowed- Arrive after 6PM on Friday ( the night before hamfest) .
Only $7.00   admission includes free tailgating and free indoor spaces

VE  Exam 8:00 AM   To  Pre register for test –
contact John Maxwell      maxwell@acsu.buffalo.edu  or Call  716–404-9256

Talk In: 147.285  PL 141.3    Batavia repeater

Breakfast  and  lunch   available

Sponsored by: The Lancaster Amateur Radio Club  –      w2so.org

Questions :   contact  – Luke n2GDU
luke48@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

AES going out of business..........sad day!

From CQ magazine blog today:

Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) Going Out of Business

Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) has announced that it is ceasing operations as of the end of July, 2016.


The Milwaukee-based retailer has four locations around the country, including Milwaukee; Cleveland (Wickliffe), Ohio; Las Vegas, Nevada and Orlando, Florida. It has long been the nation's second-largest ham radio dealer, after Ham Radio Outlet. No reason was given for the decision to close the business.

 I will miss the AES guys in Cleveland! ...they have always been very helpful and stocked almost everything. Place an order before 2 pm and it was standard UPS shipping to my house in just 2 days. ........Always stopped at the Orlando store when I was in Central Florida!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

RAGS President's Award to N2VZD!



 Congratulations to Tim Colson; N2VZD!

Tim was recently presented the 2016 President's Award by the Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse (RAGS).

Tim is one of those guys who gives a lot back to our great hobby! He is always willing to lend his knowledge and experience to Hams new or old. He has been a promoter and constant advocate for getting weekly NET's going almost every night of the week here in CNY. If he isn't running one, he is usually one of the most consistent check-ins! You can find Tim morning, noon or night on the 146.67 repeater in Syracuse.

Thanks Tim for all you do for Amateur Radio in Upstate NY!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend - August 20-21, 2016









Oswego Lighthouse activation:
The Fulton Amateur Radio Club is participating in the International Lighthouse weekend this year at the Oswego Lighthouse. It should be a great event as the lighthouse has been closed to the public and we will be operating from the radio room there. There may be a chance that some groups of the public will be brought out to the lighthouse while we are operating. 

The event takes place August 20-21, 2016. The special event call sign is W2L. It is located at the Oswego Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse on Lake Ontario in Oswego.

There is more information at the following sites:

The QSL page is: http://qrz.com/db/w2l

The official website for the Oswego Lighthouse is:http://www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com/lighthouse.php

Thanks!
Derek; K2KU

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Verona Beach Lighthouse:
On August 20th and 21st of 2016, I will once again be setting up a special event station at the Verona Beach lighthouse on 4th Avenue in Sylvan Beach. The event is annual for the 3rd weekend in August. I have set up the special event station at the Verona Beach light for the past 3 years. With the permit already secured and the Verona Beach Lighthouse Association on board, this may be the best one yet! This year we will be operating from inside the lighthouse! Past years we set up right next to the light and the VBLA opened the light so people could look in. We have contacted 104 different lighthouses and lightships around the world during this event! Over 500 lighthouses and lightships have “Ham” stations set up for this weekend! Last year NYS Senator Griffo stopped by and “worked the rig” for a bit. He even made contact with the Cape May lighthouse in New Jersey. More information can be found at ILLW.net.
                Thank you for the interest and hope to work many of you over the weekend.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cayuga Lake Ham get-together

Doug, W2GT is organizing an informal get-together Saturday, July 9th at Frontenac Park in Union Springs.  The plan is to start in the early morning (~9am) set up a portable HF station and have some fun with other hams until probably mid-afternoon, depending on weather and band conditions, feel free to stop in.  Doug and his group are regulars on the Bristol repeater (145.110, pl 110.9) and will be listening there.

Frontenac Park is on the NE corner of Cayuga Lake - take State Route 90 into Union Springs and turn onto Chapel Street to the park, the pavilion is in an isolated area at the south end of the park . Its only 15 minutes from Auburn and less than hour from many areas in Oswego, Ithaca, Syracuse and Rochester. Come on out, meet some nice folks and enjoy some Ham radio outdoors!

W2GT; Doug Bower can be reached at dbower58@gmail.com.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Field Day 2016

Field Day is coming soon........June 25th and 26th, 2016 
If you want to meet some friendly hams or experience some different operating modes, why don't you stop by one of the many Field Day events taking place in our area. You will see various antenna and radio setups along with operators trying to share their knowledge and score some points making contacts through out the weekend.

 Its a lot of fun - so we hope to see you out there on field day!

What is Field Day?
Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!
link: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2013/2013%20FD%20Flier.pdf

ARRL Field Day locator: http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

Check out one of the following groups:

Fulton Amateur Radio Club
Operating as W2CXV.
With Oswego County RACES, operating from Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY.
Website https://www.fultonamateurradioclub.org/events-calendar

Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club (LARC)
Operating as W2CM.
William Park, 7033 Lakeshore Road, Cicero, southern shore of Oneida Lake.
Class 4A with SSB, CW, and Digital modes plus a dedicated 6M station.
Setup begins ~8am on Saturday, food service begins at noon on Saturday.
Website http://www.w2cm.com/field-days-2016/

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Tuesday night 6 meter net!

Keeping 6 meters alive!

Join Brian; KB2VSN at 7pm on the Tuesday night 6 meter net each week on the 53.67 mhz KD2SL, Syracuse and 53.05 mhz K2INH Auburn repeaters.The Net is sponsored by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA). The NET is open to all licensed Hams. More people have been showing up each week, so come join the fun.

 Join some of the gang on 50.400 mhz AM and 50.137 mhz SSB after the NET for more 6 meter fun on the "Magic Band"! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Operators needed in the Adirondacks - Black Fly Challenge

The Black Fly Challenge is a 40-mile destination (one-way) gravel grinder bicycle race. Over half the BFC race course includes gravel roads through the wild & scenic Moose River Recreation Area between Inlet and Indian Lake.

They are still looking for additional Amateur radio operators willing to participate on Saturday, June 11th. The race starts from Inlet NY this year. We have lots of locations with as much or as little challenge as you desire. We will primarily be operating high power mobiles to repeaters on Blue, Gore and McCauley Mountains, though some HF NVIS and simplex 2M communications may be utilized.

Get the details here:http://www.upstateham.com/2016/03/black-fly-challenge-in-adirondacks.html

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Don't miss the Cortland Hamfest - Saturday - June 11th!

Skyline Radio Club - 34th Annual Cortland Hamfest
June 11, 2016 (Saturday)  7AM – 12PM

Cortland County Fairgrounds
4849 Fairgrounds Dr.
Cortland, NY 13045

Admission: $5.00 per person, children under 12 free
Outdoor flea market free with paid admission.
Indoor flea market $5.00 per 10’ space plus admission. (Note: Indoor flea market is first come first served)

For info: www.skylineradioclub.org; e-mail k2iwr@arrl.net or visit our facebook page

VE Tests at 9AM, no late entry allowed. Walk-ins welcome, although pre-registration is encouraged.
E-mail k2iwr@arrl.net; indicate which test you would like to take

Coffee and donuts will be available on site. Breakfast and lunch will be available at Hydes Diner or other nearby restaurants.

Travel directions {signs will be posted}: From the North or South: I-81 to exit 12; turn left on to Route 281 South. Turn left again on to Fisher Ave, (8/10 mile) then right on to Fairgrounds Drive.
From Ithaca: Route 13 North to Route 281 North. Turn right onto Fisher Ave, then right on to Fairgrounds Drive.

Buffalo area - Ride For Roswell - Volunteers Needed!!


Subj: Ride For Roswell - Volunteers Needed!!


CALL FOR AMATEUR RADIO VOLUNTEERS:

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the premier Cancer research and treatment
facility in Buffalo, NY is in need of volunteers to ensure the success
of the 21st annual Ride for Roswell.  The fundraiser, with over 9,000 bicycle
riders, is being held Saturday, June 25, 2016 covering multiple counties as
well as Canada. (Yes, Field Day weekend). Most positions along the route
will be completed by 3pm.

Amateur Radio Operators are Urgently needed to support the Ride by acting
as support vehicles on the course and to provide vital communications for
the event as well as working in the operations center. If you can assist in this
public service event, contact Joe - n2zdu@yahoo.com for more information.

NON HAM VOLUNTEERS:

Non Amateur volunteer opportunities include Route Guides and Start/Finish
line drivers. If you can help for a few hours or the entire day please visit -
rideforroswell.org and register or call 716-843-7433 for more information.

THANK YOU!!!
Erie County ARES/RACES - WB2ECR

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rochester Hamfest update!









Its just over a week away from the Rochester Hamfest on  Saturday May 28th!

RARA has some updated information and a nice summary of the upcoming event and its history.

Check it out .....Click HERE to read a Special Hamfest 2016 edition of the RaRa RAG!
http://rags.rochesterham.org/e-RAGS/RAG_HF_2016.pdf


Come one, come ALL!

The Rochester Hamfest - Saturday MAY 28, 2016

Gates open at 6 AM - Rain or Shine
Point your GPS to: 178 Primrose St. Rochester NY 14615


Only $5.00 per person admission and $5.00 per space to tailgate
Youths under 18 admitted FREE with a paying adult
RARA members admitted FREE
FREE VE Testing
Fantastic new food vendors
Hourly raffle prizes
... and much, much more...