Saturday, April 19, 2014

Reminder - 2 weeks until the Auburn Ham Swap Meet

2nd Annual Auburn Ham Swap Meet

When?   Saturday May 3rd, 2014 (first Sat. in May)
Time?    7am to noon
Where?  Located at the old GE plant parking lot,  the location is next to the McDonalds Restaurant
             GPS location is :  357 Genesee Street Auburn 13021
      
Admission is $3.00 at the gate or a bag of (unexpired) canned goods.  All proceeds will be donated to a local Food Pantry.

Come join us at a great little Saturday morning Swap Meet (mini-hamfest).
There are no shelters, food or bathrooms.
However, McDonalds is 100 ft east of the Swap.

Hot coffee and rest rooms are available next door.  If it rains, plan accordingly

Questions? Email Jim WT2W, meyerbookbinding@gmail.com



Sell from your trunk, tailgate, or bring a table. This was a fun event last year, so tell all your friends.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Help with SDR# software

I have heard many people asking questions recently about using SDR # software with RTL-SDR dongles and other Software Defined Radios. I personally have struggled with finding guidance on how to optimize the many parameters in the SDR# software.

Well I found a link to a great blog posting that does a nice job explaining many settings in SDR#. Find that blog post here: http://tylerwatt12.com/tips-for-using-sdr/

Using SDR# is pretty cool once you understand the settings and get them adjusted properly. So don't give up on SDR# or your dongle without trying some of the tips in this article.

Good Luck and 73!

A link to our previous SDR post with helpful links: http://www.upstateham.com/2013/10/software-defined-radio-sdr-info.html

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Echolink Update on the 147.00 repeater

Form Jack - W2QYT:

There has been a recent update on the DTMF (TouchTones) disconnect command for using Echolink on the the 147.00 repeater.

The DTMF disconnect command has changed from # to 73.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Upcoming VE exam in Syracuse (Liverpool)

Amateur Radio VE Exams are being held on April 19,2014 at noon, at the Liverpool Library, 210
Tulip Street, Liverpool N.Y. for licensed Ham Radio operators preparing to upgrade or  those working to obtain their new Ham ticket.

Registration: Sargent Room 12-1 p.m.  

You will need two forms of ID, one w/your picture, and $14 fee (W5YI-VEC)  cash or M.O.
Walk-ins are allowed. 


Questions,contact the Syracuse VE Team : VEexams@hotmail.com


Thank you. 


Viv, WA2PUU - Syracuse VE Team Contact 


The Syracuse VE Team conducts exams every quarter. Contact them at the e-mail address above if you have any questions.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Missing Ham equipment - HELP!

Please be on the lookout for some radio equipment that was stolen in Cayuga County in the last 30 days.

This equipment may be in the Auburn/Syracuse/Rochester area.......please watch for it!

Comet CAA-500 Antenna Analyzer
Kenwood TS-50 HF Mobile/base radio
Kenwood AT-50 Auto tuner
Ranger RCI 2950 10 meter mobile radio

If you have heard of or seen this equipment, or have questions about it,  please contact Tim, N2VZD at N2VZD@aol.com or give him a shout on the 146.67 KD2SL repeater.

Thanks for your help!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ham Radio magazine archives

Have you ever wanted to find some of those old Ham radio magazine articles? Well, thanks to the Internet you can now have access to copies of hundreds of old Ham radio publications. These archives are searchable and contain a lot of excellent information that is still very relevant to our hobby. Check it out!

Archives with free downloadable copies of several old Radio magazines:

Ham Radio was a monthly amateur radio enthusiast magazine published in the United States from February 1968 to June 1990
Linkhttps://archive.org/details/ham-radio-magazine

73 Magazine (also known as 73 Amateur Radio Today) (OCLC 22239204) was a United States-based amateur radio magazine that was published from 1960 to 2003. It was known for its strong emphasis on technical articles and for the lengthy editorials in each issue by its founder and publisher, Wayne Green.
Link: https://archive.org/details/73-magazine

ARRL members also have free access to the QST magazine archives dating from 1911 to 2012
Link: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-periodicals-archive-search 

Old Radio & TV Broadcast publications - very interesting history......
Linkhttp://www.americanradiohistory.com/

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Auburn's 2nd Annual Ham Swap Meet is coming!

2nd Annual Auburn Ham Swap Meet

When?   Saturday May 3rd, 2014 (first Sat. in May)
Time?    7am to noon
Where?  Located at the old GE plant parking lot,  the location is next to the McDonalds Restaurant
             GPS location is :  357 Genesee Street Auburn 13021
      
Admission is $3.00 at the gate or a bag of (unexpired) canned goods.  All proceeds will be donated to a local Food Pantry.

Come join us at a great little Saturday morning Swap Meet (mini-hamfest).
There are no shelters, food or bathrooms.
However, McDonalds is 100 ft east of the Swap.

Hot coffee and rest rooms are available next door.  If it rains, plan accordingly

Questions? Email Jim WT2W, meyerbookbinding@gmail.com

Sell from your trunk, tailgate, or bring a table. This was a fun event last year, so tell all your friends.

Monday, March 10, 2014

AC2GE - Dexter N.Y. Repeater is changing frequencies

A Note from Julie and Will....................


Date: 3/10/14

Subj: Repeater frequency change

Hi to you all,

As of the end of this week the 146.76- repeater will be no more. Due to much interference from other repeaters with the same frequency, and interference from other electronics with that frequency (ever go by a gas station with that frequency on?), it is being changed.  The new frequency will be 147.030+ pl 151.4.  The repeater will be deactivated as of Wednesday evening and will hopefully be back up with the new frequency on Thursday evening.

Thank you for your patience at this time!

Julie (KC2ZTG) & Will (AC2GE) Covey

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rochester Hamfest takes a Hiatus

A note from the (Rochester) RARA RAG Newsletter March 2014:

2014 RARA HAMFEST TAKES A HIATUS

The RARA Board of Directors has deliberated for the last couple of months the feasibility of putting together a workable
plan to have our annual hamfest in 2014. This task is not a simple one, by any means. It takes many volunteers to roll up
their sleeves and take on the responsibilities of organizing, planning, and executing a host of tasks that need to happen in
a timely fashion. This by far is our biggest challenge. We have struggled in getting enough capable volunteers in the past.
Without volunteers, it just can’t happen. Venues are becoming hard to find and more and more expensive. Dates are not
always easy to find in May and June due to graduations, weddings, shows, etc., as well as these months being vacation
months. It is becoming very difficult to attract vendors to come to hamfests due to the intense competition posed by the 1-
800 telephone numbers, and then there is the internet. It is a fact that most gear is now bought on line, where there is
usually no sales tax and many companies offer free shipping as well. This makes it very difficult to compete locally.
Food service is not always readily available. Parking and traffic control present significant challenges, especially when
spaces are needed for flea marketing. Indoor facilities are sought after by potential vendors. Costs must be controlled.
Marketing and ticket sales are critical functions that need to be handled effectively, etc.

You can see that this is a huge undertaking, with so many factors to be considered. Reviewing where we are currently,
along with the challenges that we still face for a 2014 hamfest, the Board of Directors has voted to postpone our next
hamfest until 2015. The Board has committed to begin planning the 2015 hamfest NOW, allowing sufficient time to create
an outstanding event.

This decision did not come easy. The hamfest is a major financial source of income to RARA, and revenues lost by not
having a hamfest are significant. We also know how our membership looks forward to this event, and we know that there
will be some disappointment about this decision. Hopefully though, this may encourage others to get involved so that the
2015 hamfest will be highly successful and one of the best that RARA has put on. A handful of volunteers cannot do it all,
it is simply too daunting a task to accomplish with insufficient manpower. If we are to have future hamfests, then we need
more folks to get involved in putting it together. If you are interested in being on the committee for the 2015 hamfest,
please email me at WB2GHC@ARRL.NET or contact any Board of Directors member.

Along with the entire Board of Directors, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Charlie Escriva, KB2SOZ, for all of
the effort that he has put into working on this year’s hamfest. He spent a considerable amount of his time visiting,
reviewing, and evaluating potential venues for this event. His efforts have not been in vain however, for we now have
venues that are possibilities for our 2015 event. Thank you Charlie, your efforts are much appreciated by all of us.

What happens in 2015 depends on you, please, get involved!
Best 73

Bill Marinucci, WB2GHC – RARA President