Friday, January 20, 2017

Changes to CNY Radio Reference Scanner Feed of Local Repeaters

Exciting Changes to my Radio Reference Scanner Feed of Local Repeaters!
Verona, NY - January 18, 2017

First, some background. I provide a streaming audio feed to the Radio Reference website. The
source of the audio is a scanner at my home, which has many local amateur radio repeaters
programmed in to it. Among them are the following: 146.91, 145.33, 146.775, 146.67 and the
statewide UHF system. There are no public service frequencies programmed, as radio reference has
many alternative feeds for that.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Marathon Winter Hamfest - Saturday January 28th

The Skyline Amateur Radio Club will host their annual all indoors Marathon winter hamfest on Saturday January 28 from 7 AM to Noon at the Marathon NY Civic Center, 16 Brink St. Marathon
NY. Admission $5.00, under 12 free.

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. Overnight accommodations available close by at the Three Bear Inn (607) 849-3258

There will be no VE testing this year.

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
Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland, NY

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Buffalo Area repeater damaged in high winds this week


BARRA needs your help!

(Buffalo Amateur Radio Repeater Association)

"Overnight in the extremely high wind event that hit WNY with 65+ MPH gusts Tuesday/Wednesday this week (Jan 10-11) the top 40-ft section of our west tower, immediately next to the A-frame shack, failed and doubled over on itself. At this time there appears to be no major damage to anything beyond the top tower section and the antennas and feedlines thereon. It has, of course, forced the shutdown of the 146.91 and 224.82 repeaters whose antennas are/were at the top of that tower.

There have been on-site visits by the site trustee and members of the technical committee. A picture of the tower is attached.

Of immediate and pressing concern to the club is the safe removal of the damaged tower section.The club is in contact with a local professional tower service who will assess our situation in the coming days and will present us with a plan of action and quote for services. The contractor is.....

Monday, January 2, 2017

Upcoming LARC Extra class - March 2017

The Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club is holding a Amateur Extra training class beginning in March 2017. The schedule can be found below:

Friday, December 30, 2016

LARC Bootcamp - The Magic of 6 Meters! - 1/26/17

LARC Meetings are the fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm with the exception of July and August where general membership meetings are suspended. Boot camp meets at 6:15 pm, and VE testing starts at 5:30 pm. We meet at 700 South Bay Road in North Syracuse, New York in the North Syracuse Community Center. Please fill out an application and mail it to us at the address below, or bring it with you to a meeting and we’ll be happy to welcome you into the club!
More info at:

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

QCWA Chapter 29 Meeting - Friday 12/30/16

The chapter’s last meeting for 2016 is rapidly approaching on this Friday, December 30th. As usual it will be held at the Denny’s Restaurant on South Bay Road (North Syracuse) and will feature a program on a number of the restoration projects that the local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society has carried out. Hope to see you there.

73, Steve-N2TKX

Monday, December 26, 2016

Ithaca- TCARA Technician Licensing Class

Technician License Class

Beginning January 21st, the Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association will conduct a training course for the Technician class amateur radio license, an entry-level license for the hobby of amateur radio.
Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays at the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response, 92 Brown Road, by the Ithaca Airport.
The course will meet for 9 weeks ending March 25th. The last class will be a test review session.
Course attendees can take a Federal Communications Commission Technician class license exam at the same location on March 27th at 7 p.m.
There are no prerequisites to take the amateur radio license course. A technical background is not needed for the license, but it is helpful.

There are several ways to participate in this course:
  • Some students will want to participate in the full 9 week course. This course will generally follow the ARRL Technician License Manual mixing lectures with numerous hands-on activities.
  • Some students will want to attend only the sessions they need to prepare for the license exam. We will try to assist these students when they attend a session.
  • Some students plan to take the course online and may need some advice on the different commercial and free online services. We encourage these interested students to attend the first meeting to find the information they need.
There is no fee for the course. Registration will be limited to 30 students. The course guide is the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 3rd edition, and costs $29.95 (ISBN 978-1625950130). The Manual can be purchased from Amazon or the ARRL. The March license examination session has a separate fee of $14.

For more information, go to the Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association website (, the American Radio Relay League website ( or contact Gregory Lawrence at

Friday, December 16, 2016

Net updates....

Roc City Net - 145.110 Rochester - Sundays at 7:30pm

The Roc City Net on the 145.110 repeater in Rochester has gone "STATEWIDE". That's right, the Sunday night 2 meter Roc City Net hosted by K2QZR; Joe, is now being linked into the UHF linked "Empire State Network". From Albany to Buffalo and Binghamton to Watertown, there is a very good chance you may be able to get into one of these repeaters: The list can be found here: This is great bunch of folks and always some interesting topics, info, and sometimes stuff for sale.

147.00 CNY Swap Net - Wednesdays at 7:00pm

The 147.00 CNY system Swap Net hosted by N2VZD; Tim can be a lot of fun. You should really try to check this one out. The Swap net is also now being linked into the UHF linked "Empire State Network". From Albany to Buffalo and Binghamton to Watertown, there is a very good chance you may be able to get into one of these fine repeaters: The list can be found here:

The 147.00 CNY Linked VHF system repeaters link:

Remember during the Christmas and New Years weeks some NETs may be off the air or on a short schedule. Check your local NET's for details.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Field Day January 28th & 29th, 2017

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 2017, the dates are January 28 and 29, 2016. Station set up may begin no earlier than 1300 UTC (8:00 AM EST) on January 28, 2016.

Latest From 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 28 at 1900z (2:00 PM EST) until Sunday, January 29 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 and we are also on Facebook at

If you post on Twitter and/or Facebook, use the hashtag #WFDA17

Hope to hear you calling CQ WFD on the bands on Winter Field Day 2017 !!!!

From The WFDA Committee,

Tom (WD8MBE), Bill (VE3FI), Erik (WX4ET), Dave (W3DET) and Ken (N8KC)

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.