Saturday, January 31, 2015

Digital Voice coming to CNY and the 147.39 repeater

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Yaesu's System Fusion Digital Voice capability will be coming to the WN8Z 147.39 repeater in Oswego County in early 2015. WN8Z; Pat has reported that the new Fusion DR-1X repeater is on order and he hopes to have it up and running within a month or two. Pat now has the Fusion capable FTM-400DR mobile as well as the FT1DR handheld that he is starting to explore all the System Fusion capabilities.

Several local Ham's in the area have also purchased new System Fusion capable radios in recent months and have expressed much enthusiasm for this new mode's capabilities. There are also discussions of the possibility of one or more other Fusion repeaters coming to CNY in 2015. There are also at least two System Fusion repeaters coming on line in the Rochester area this year.

Stay tuned here for updates on Pat's progress on this exciting project, as well as news of other System Fusion repeaters in Upstate NY.

link to a System Fusion overview:

Recent articles on digital voice for Amateur Radio:

The Spectrum Monitor; January 2015, (

Reviews of 2 Fusion Radios - QST Magazine; September 2014 (

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Night Hobby Net - have you got a topic?

Check out the CNY Hobby Information Net; Mondays at 7:00 pm on the 146.67 (-) PL=103.5. (also linked to the KD2SL-53.67 mhz repeater for this NET)

What's your hobby? Model cars, Radio Control aircraft, Portable Operation, Model RR or Railfans, Auto restoration, Cameras, Kites; among others ......we want to hear your story and experiences.

On Monday January 26th we wanted to see if we could get people to discuss portable operations, QRP, and SOTA. What portable antennas have you used? What radios and power sources do you use?  Have you tried SOTA - Summits-on-the-Air? Where do you go, the beach, your deck, maybe the Adirondacks? Please come joins us next Monday Night and share your experiences. Note: other topics can always also be covered, after all this is your net...have at it!.

Varying topics are covered each week (no guns or weapons please...), so tune in or contact N2VZD, Tim for more information at (...and a big THANK YOU to N2VZD -Tim for bringing this NET to the airwaves)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

145.15 added to the CNY VHF linked system today!

The KD2SL 145.15 repeater, (-) offset and 123.0 PL, has been linked into the CNY linked repeater system. This repeater has excellent coverage in the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County. Give it a try sometime!

147.000 + PL 71.9 Auburn - Cayuga County -W2QYT  (echolink node# 9188)
145.330 - PL 71.9 Remsen - Oneida County - KB2AUJ (temporarily un-linked)
147.225 + PL 71.9 Cortland - Cortland County -KB2FAF
146.970 - PL 103.5 Ithaca - Tompkins County - AF2A (TCARA)
145.150 - PL 123.0 Lafayette - Onondaga County - KD2SL (added 1/18/15)***
443.150 + PL 71.9 Syracuse - Onondaga County (MOST)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Blue Mountain Repeater update

Blue Mountain Fire Tower and antennas (1/13/15)
Nick Deyulio from the Bear Bait Radio Club sent us an update this week on the 146.865 repeater on top of Blue Mountain in Hamilton County (central ADK's). The repeater had some issues recently and has now been replaced with a temporary replacement while the original repeater is being repaired. Thanks to Chris; KD2BAD for braving the elements to go up top on January 13th to replace the repeater (check out the picture to the left). This repeater provides good coverage to the central Adirondacks where cell coverage is very limited. Thanks to the Bear Bait Club (and helpers) for this important north country repeater!

Nick also mentioned that there is now APRS capability from on top of Blue Mountain. See the clubs web page for more information at:

Read more about this repeater in an older UpstateHam story here:

The Bear Bait Radio Club is also having a Amateur Radio Technician Class and VE test session on February 21st and 22nd, 2015 at the Clay Welcome Center on RT. 31, Clay NY. It's from 8-5 each day. Lunch will be provided. Contact Scott; WA2DTN for more info at:

The club also provides Amateur Radio licensing classes several times a year. See their calendar for more dates and times at:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cool Drone camera footage of changing a tower lamp

KD2SL - Kevin passed this on to us earlier today, nice video and story;

 "Very cool drone camera footage of a TV tower lamp bulb change. The antenna shown (batwings) is essentially the same as what we have on our tower, used for the 6m repeater for a time." 

Thanks Kevin!

link to story and video:

Monday, January 5, 2015



Location: Syracuse Academy Of Science. 1001 Park Ave., Syracuse N.Y.

Indoor Electric Micro flying in an 80x80 gym.

Separate room for static displays,swap shop, information sessions, vendors and food.

A great Mid Winter activity. Sponsor: AERO RADIO CLUB OF SYRACUSE

link to web site:

More info: Herbert Ziegler CD PH: 315.857.6266 Email:

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Marathon Hamfest - 2 weeks away!

Its coming up fast, the Marathon Hamfest the first local Hamfest of 2015!

Saturday January 10th 2015 at the Marathon NY Civic Center, corner of Brink & Peck St. in Marathon NY
7AM – noon, Admission $5.00
VE tests will be given at 9 AM with no late entry.

Reserve tables at Reserve now, tables usually sell out.
Free coffee!!

Directions: I-81 to exit 9
Follow signs to Route 221 West
Turn left just before steel deck bridge on to Peck St.
Cross Brink St, Drive straight in to the parking lot.

Sponsored by the Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I wanted to take a moment to wish all our UpstateHam viewers a Merry Christmas and joyous Holiday Season!

Thanks to all the contributors for your suggestions and radio information updates that we publish here. (...and always feel free to e-mail us with ideas and information at

A reminder, the Wednesday night CNY SWAP and Information net will NOT be on the air December 24th and 31st because of  the holiday. Tim; N2VZD will take a well deserved break over the holidays returning again on Wednesday January 7th for the New Years edition of the CNY Swap and Information net.

Thanks also to all the "hammies" out there that make this great hobby possible. We appreciate the guys that the run the NET's, lead the clubs and build our repeaters.

......and Please don't forget to support our repeater owners and trustees that build and maintain our great repeaters in Upstate NY. Their is a lot of time, aggravation and expense involved in keeping our repeaters operating. Make a donation to your favorite repeater today!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Special Event Stations on the Air from the Land of Santa Claus

The Santa Claus stations, OH9SCL (“Santa Claus Land”) and OF9X (“Old Father Nine Xmas”) are on the air! As Santa is busy loading up his sleigh preparing for his journey around the world, his elves will be at the controls of Santa Radio and can tell you Santa's whereabouts. Stop by and say hello. Santa’s journey starts from Finnish Lapland, continuing through the dangerously narrow Baltic airspace to end up on Christmas Day in the US.
Principal radio activity will be over the weekends before and after Christmas. The Santa activity should be around 25 kHz from the band edges, and the SSB pole position is at 14,225 kHz. My DX Summit will feature OH9SCL and OF9X on its Santa menu selection. Occasionally Santa will be available on video, mostly when on 20 meters SSB. Tap the Video and Audio button on the OF9X page, and you may not only see Santa but hear how your own signal sounds in the Land of Christmas.