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:

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:; e-mail or visit our facebook page

VE Tests at 9AM, no late entry allowed. Walk-ins welcome, although pre-registration is encouraged.
E-mail; 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!!


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 - for more information.


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 - and register or call 716-843-7433 for more information.


ARRL Western New York Section
Section Manager: Laura Mueller, N2LJM

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!

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...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 Boilermaker Communications - can you help?

Are you interested in volunteering for the 2016 Boilermaker 15K running race in Utica?

Learn more about this event at:

This famous Upstate NY event takes place on Sunday morning July 10th in Utica NY........We have several operator openings.......A great opportunity to see the race up close......There is a Big Volunteer party Friday Evening (about 3000 volunteers will be there) and also a Huge post race party on the  West End Brewery grounds (a mad house :-) after the race...

OH YEAH.....I forgot to mention.......Everybody has to be at their station by 7:00 AM. Your duties will be a maximum of 4 hrs, depending on your position.

Please give Bud (W2GLN) a call at 735-8798 or call Bob Decker (AA2CU) at 797-6614 or e-mail me at

If you are interetsed please contact us ASAP....We have to submit our vounteer roster by the May 23rd.....Please contact me if you have questions or would like to sign up.

Thanks for your consideration -73 - Bud; W2GLN

Monday, May 9, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

Upcoming local events for May 2016

May 15, 2016 - "Breakfast with the Hams" 10am (sponsored by "just a bunch of Hams") at the "Finally Ours Diner" is at 3788 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY Details here, Link:

May 21, 2016 - Thousand Islands Repeater Club Swapfest/Hamfest at the Depauville Fire Department Banquet Hall, 15191 School Street, Depauville, NY. Link:

May 28, 2016 - Rochester Hamfest (RARA), new location - indoors and out! website link:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Some free antennas available........

KD2SL; Kevin has some surplus antennas available that could be modified for the amateur bands. Check out his website at for pictures and information.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Onondaga County Emergency Communications meeting 4/26

(from the April LARC Long Wire Newsletter)

The next meeting of Onondaga County Radio Emergency Corp, RACES and ARES will be on Tuesday April 26, 2016 at the Liverpool Fire Department Station #1 (RT 57, Oswego Rd). Doors will open by 5:30...meeting to begin at 6 PM. Please park out back by the meeting room.

This is open to any amateur operator with an interest in auxiliary communications. You do not need to be a member.

Monday, April 18, 2016

New 220mhz Net on Friday nights!

The KD2SL 224.120 Repeater in Syracuse will be hosting a new Friday night Net starting at 7pm. This will be a general net, open to various discussion topics. N2VZD; Tim will be the "starting" host, but he hopes to have alternating NET control operators as time goes on. This is a great opportunity to get some experience running a NET. Contact N2VZD; Tim at if you are interested in helping out.

On the April 22nd Net, KD2SL; Kevin will start out the NET with an overview of his 220 repeater project and the work that went into bringing it on the air. Check out pictures at

So tune in to 224.120 Mhz (-) PL = 103.5, starting this Friday and join the fun!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

WNY SkyWarn training

There are several upcoming SkyWarn training events in the Western NY counties.

Ontario County on May 3rd
Wayne County on April 27th
Monroe County on May 6th

....and several others, learn more details at the National Weather Service Buffalo SkyWarn site:

Learn more about Amateur Radio and SkyWarn at:

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

SAVE THE DATE - CNY Ham Radio Breakfast on Sunday May 15th

Thanks to K2WOP; Curt, we have finally picked a spring date to get a breakfast scheduled and open to ALL local Hams. It will be Sunday, May 15th at 10 am, come early or stay late. This is a great chance to meet up with some of the folks you talk to on the air, but possibly have never met in person. Come on all you drive time radio jockeys, "6M QCWA Netters", CNY SWAP and Hobby Net check-ins - we hope to see you all there.

Location: The "Finally Ours Diner" is at 3788 West Seneca Turnpike, at the corner with Cedarville Rd. in the Onondaga Hill area of Syracuse (see directions here: ).

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP or Tony; KC2VER on the 146.67 repeater.

Finally Ours Diner link:

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Onondaga County SkyWarn training - April 20th

Spring Basic Skywarn training will be happening on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Clay fire station No. 1 at 4383 State Route 31, Clay, NY 13041. Class will run from 6:30pm  - 8:30pm for anyone in Onondaga County looking for SkyWarn training.

Registration can be done online at  

From: Shawn; KC2QXG - Onondaga County ARES Skywarn Coordinator

More on SkyWarn and Amateur Radio:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Fulton Amateur Radio Club is offering a $500 college scholarship

The Fulton Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring the Thomas Cantine Jr. W2TQF Memorial Scholarship. This is a great opportunity for any amateur radio licensed student in CNY. Those living in Oswego, Onondaga, Cayuga or Jefferson counties are eligible to participate.

The application deadline is May 6th, 2016. The application, along with more information about Thomas Cantine and the scholarship is available at: