Friday, February 5, 2016

RAGS - February meeting on Microphones


Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 7:00 PM, Doors open at 6:30pm



RAGS meets monthly from September through June on the second Thursday of each month at the North Syracuse Community Center, 700 South Bay Road, N. Syracuse.  See the calendar for details!  Meeting starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.

Guests are always welcome!  You don't need to be a Ham to join RAGS, and we can help you to become one, if you are interested!!

Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse (RAGS) is an ARRL affiliated club promoting all aspects of Ham Radio in the Syracuse, NY area.
more at:

Friday, January 29, 2016

January VHF/UHF contest this weekend!

The ARRL January VHF/UHF contest is this weekend. If you haven't tried this contest you should. Maybe you can hook up with the rovers working in WNY!

...........also don't forget this is also Winter Field Day weekend as well.

Nice Article from the February RaRa Rag about this weekends VHF/UHF contest:

author: Jarred Jackson, KF2MR, Rochester VHF Group 

The January VHF/UHF contest starts on January 30th at 2pm and runs through Sunday January 31st at 11pm. The purpose of the contest is to contact as many amateurs as possible on as many VHF/UHF and microwave bands as you can, using FM simplex (no repeaters), or narrow-band operating modes (SSB/CW). Two stations only need to exchange call signs and grid squares (see the map below).

Thursday, January 28, 2016

CNYARA club meeting change in Oneida

The Central New York Amateur Radio Association (CNYARA) Monthly Meetings will now be held on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Denny's in Oneida NY. Denny's is located in the Glenwood Shopping Plaza, 1078 Glenwood Ave, Oneida, NY 13421 (near the corner of Rt 5 and Rt 46)

Please see the link below for directions!" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Denny's

We hope to see you there!

Thank you very much,
Toby N2TOB, Secreatry CNYARA

Friday, January 22, 2016

Save the date! 2016 - AWA Spring meet

2016 Antique Wireless Association Spring Meet

Each year the AWA traditionally hosts its Spring Meet in Bloomfield, New York on the first Saturday of the month of May.  For 2016, the Spring Meeting is Saturday, May 7th.  This year as last, the event has been expanded.

AWA SPRING MEET and BIG AWA AUCTION (Tentative Schedule)

As part of this year’s AWA Spring Meet, the AWA will hold a very special, a very BIG auction of duplicate items from the Museum’s collection.  The BIG auction will be held in the afternoon at Rhonda’s Auction House just down the street from the Spring Meet and the Museum.  Don’t miss this very special, very BIG auction.  A partial list of items to be auctioned will be posted on the AWA web site as they are set aside for the auction.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

KD2SL repeater UPDATES

Kevin; KD2SL is doing some upgrades to the KD2SL linked repeaters in Syracuse. There are many recent adjustments and other improvements planned for 2016 but an important one is the repair of the link radio capability.

The link radio is being updated to a new radio after some problems over recent months. Read more about the upgrade, linking capabilities and how you can help at: link:

UPDATE 1/24/16:
The new link radio is here, and fully paid for by local hams!  In case I can’t make it to the nets this week, please mention that thanks to the generosity of local hams, the link radio has been replaced, and will be on the air in a few weeks.

73 – Kevin KD2SL

Saturday, January 16, 2016

SKYWARN - Onondaga County is on Facebook

Onondaga County ARES / Skywarn now has a Facebook page  (ONONDAGA COUNTY ARES SKYWARN) that will soon provide contact information, training dates and other information to support our public service here in Onondaga County.

Thank you for for your  support;


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Winter Field Day - January 30-31, 2016

Winter Field Day is coming up 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 2016, the dates are January 30 and 31, 2016. Station set up may begin no earlier than 1300 UTC (8:00 AM EST) on January 30, 2016.
Bands: All bands, except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters.
Modes: Any mode.
a) Number of operators: 1, 2, Multi
b) Site: Indoor, Outdoor, Home

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Marathon Hamfest is only 2 weeks away!

The Skyline Amateur Radio Club "winter 'fest" hamfest will be
 held January 16th from 7AM to noon at the Marathon NY Civic
Center, corner of Peck and Brink St, Marathon NY.

Talk-in on the 147.180 Cortland Repeater + offset 71.9 PL Admission is $5.00 per person.
Sorry, VE testing will not be available this year.

Reserve your tables now, as they are subject to selling out.
To reserve tables or for information contact Pat KC2BQZ at or 315-456-8955.

Overnight accommodations available close by at the Three Bear Inn (607)

For your Garmin or Tomtom: use the address 7 Peck St. Marathon, NY. It will get you close. The Civic Center building has no posted street address.

Directions to the event:

 From Syracuse and North:
I-81 south to Marathon Exit 9
Turn left at the bottom of the ramp.
Turn right at the first traffic light on to route 221 west.
Turn left on to Peck St. It will be just before a girder bridge, and just after the elementary school.
Continue straight in to the parking lot behind the brown sugar shack.
Please leave the parking spaces across from the building for handicap.

 From Binghamton and South:
I-81 north to Marathon Exit 9
Turn left at the bottom of the ramp.
Continue straight at the traffic light on to route 221 west.
Turn left on to Peck St. It will be just before a girder bridge, and just after the elementary school.
Continue straight in to the parking lot behind the brown sugar shack.
Please leave the parking spaces across from the building for handicap.

..............Thanks to Andy; KB2LUV for sending that on to us!

Send us your Hamfest updates to 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Where to go on the Internet to find Answers for your Amateur Radio Issues

LARC BootCamp - January 2016

Check out the LARC Bootcamp session this month for an interesting explanation on how to effectively access Ham Radio resources on the Internet. Ron Panetta; WB2WGH, will give a demonstration showing various Internet resources available to get answers to Amateur Radio questions and technology news. Come join us on Thursday, January 28th at 6:15pm (LARC monthly meeting follows at 7pm).

W2CM LARC BootCamp – Sponsored by the Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club (LARC) 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 (4th Thursdays each month) at:

North Syracuse Community Center
700 South Bay Road
North Syracuse, NY 13212

(from the January 2016 LARC "LongWire" newsletter)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our readers!

We want  to take a moment to thank all our supporters who submit news items and suggestions that help us keep this blog interesting and informative. We want to also thank the many volunteer efforts of individuals, clubs, groups and associations that provide the structure to support our great Amateur Radio community. A special thanks to the repeater owners, trustees, and businesses that support the wide variety of Amateur Radio infrastructure we all use everyday. This is such a great hobby because all of the people who put in the time, effort and expense to support and advance the hobby.

In this new year think about trying something new. Why not learn a new skill or research a new aspect of the Amateur Radio hobby. Try a new piece of software, a new digital mode, or learn CW. Have you looked into SDR or tuned around the Shortwave bands? There are many interesting aspects of this hobby, so take some time this year to learn something new.

........and maybe you can answer a question,  share a tip or trick, mentor a new Ham, help the repeater guys, or just participate in a NET, come on out and get more involved with this great hobby!

Wishing you all health and happiness in 2016!

73 - Tony

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Xmas Eve Santa Claus net on WN8Z 147.39 Repeater


The gang on the Hi-Gate Echolink conference server has again for the 5th year in a row made special arrangements with Santa Claus to talk to the kiddies on Christmas eve. Santa's sleigh has been equipped with a radio similar the one on the international space station and he will be available to talk to the little ones when he leaves the North Pole and flies across the globe.

The WN8Z repeater in Fulton (147.39 PL 103.5) will be connected to the Do-Drop-Inn conference server beginning at 6 pm on Christmas eve and available for third party traffic for all the little ones in Central NY to talk to Santa.

As with any networked conference, please be patient when checking in - press ptt switch - pause then check in per the net controls instructions. Check ins will be heard from around the country, and around the world, so bring the little ones into the shack and chat with Santa!

Sounds like fun

de Wn8z

(Here is a link to the you tube promo by the gang at Newsline that explains: )

- Thanks for connecting that up for us Pat!                                                  

Don't miss the "The Night Before Christmas" on the Fulton 147.15 Pathfinder NET at 9pm.

                                                               ...BE CAREFUL SANTA!


Monday, December 21, 2015

Have some fun with Short Wave Listening (SWL)

On some of our recent area NET's we have been chatting about Short Wave Listening (from 150 khz to 30 mhz). So I thought I would put together a small primer on shortwave. Many of us got our start as SWL's when we were young and have stories about our favorite experiences and equipment. Personally I have always been intrigued by listening to all types of radio from around the world.

I recently have read and heard many comments on the rapidly disappearing SWL Broadcasters that are being replaced by newer technologies. Don't give up yet, as there are still a lot of communications to be heard. You can easily find quite a few broadcasters and all kinds of utility, marine, aircraft and military communications on the low bands.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Radio Wave Net

Message from K2FX:

The Radio Wave Net will be held on Sunday Evenings at 8:30PM on the 146.655 repeater system located in S. Bristol, NY.  It will commence immediately following the conclusion of the ROC City Net that’s held on the 145.11 repeater. We’ll just shuffle everyone over to the other frequency for the net.  The NET will be held weekly!

Please also pass the word that there is a FB Page for the Net.  Just do a search on The Radio Wave Net, and you’ll find it.  I look forward to hearing people from Central New York join us!! The next net will be held this coming Sunday, December 20th.


Paul Jason Kolacki-K2FX

The Radio Wave Net was created for the purpose of discussing topics relating to Conspiracy Theories, UFO's, ET's, and Scientific Studies through Ham Radio.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Rochester Hamfest 2016 - looking for volunteers

Message from the RARA Team!

"The Rochester Hamfest... bring it home, where it belongs!"

Given the excitement of returning to a "self produced" model for our Hamfest, we circulated a Volunteer Sign-up Sheet at the last meeting. If you did not have the opportunity to sign-up (or are now thinking you want to be part of our success), you can still join in!

Follow this link, and fill-in the details:

(unless you are the one person with terrible handwriting that we couldn't decipher) :-)

NOTE: If the form doesn't work well for you, send an e-mail to: and we will sign you up manually.

All volunteers will be informed of an upcoming organizational and kickoff meeting that may be taking place as early as next week!

"... we need YOU to make it happen!"

from the Rochester Amateur Radio Association (RARA)

more info at

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

First P25 repeater in Rochester!

Hello everyone!

Just wanted to share with my fellow amateurs that I just put Rochester's first P25 system up in town. Located at Highland Hospital 444.35 analog 110.9 pl and P25 NAC 293 . Using Motorola Quantar in mixed mode, and coverage is City wide. I need to install a preamp and additional receiver cavity but Friday proved to be a great outcome. Antenna is DB 420.

So for Christmas don't forget to purchase some XTX portables. The 444.25 at Strong hospital will be the next system to be switched over. Currently working on it and it will be mixed with ALLSTAR, ECHOLINK , and current IRLP.

73 - Mike; W2HYP/ WR2AHL/WR2ROC

..........nice job Mike! 

Thanks for all you do for the amateurs in Upstate NY!