Wednesday, July 11, 2018

International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend - August 18-19th, 2018

August 18-19th, 2018

A few years ago the International Association of Lighthouse Keepers decided to have an annual open day for lighthouses all around the world to encourage visitors to visit at their lighthouses. They decided that no better day could be decided upon other than the Sunday of the ILLW. This move has been highly successful as the media have become involved in quite a few of the countries involved in the event. The ILLW takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August each year and attracts over 500 lighthouse entries located in over 40 countries. It is one of the most popular international amateur radio events in existence probably because there are very few rules and it is not the usual contest type event. It is also free and there are no prizes for contacting large numbers of other stations. There is little doubt that the month of August has become "Lighthouse Month" due largely to the popularity and growth of the ILLW.

This year’s event takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August so if you haven’t done so already, find a lighthouse nearby and get a group together or do it solo and fire up a lighthouse station. In most cases if you don’t intend operating from within the lighthouse itself or one of its cottages, you really don’t need to get any approval. Most first time entrants are so enthused with the event that they return year after year. More info at:

Several Upstate NY Lighthouses will be participating.

Charlotte Lighthouse - Rochester, N.Y. - more info at:

Fort Niagara - Lewiston N.Y. 

Oswego Harbor Pier lighthouse, Oswego, N.Y. - I have received permission to operate an amateur radio station from the pier of the H. Lee White museum near the Oswego Harbor Pier lighthouse. While I can not operate from the lighthouse yet (construction and restoration in process) I will be as close to the lighthouse as possible. Set up and operation times are August 18th from 8am to 8pm. I will be evaluating set up location and details over the next few weeks. I may set up inside one of the boats from the museum!! This set up will be in conjunction with International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend and we will endeavor to contact over 500 other lighthouses and lightships with similar set ups all over the world!! See for further details. From Fred Legawiec, W2LGA (7/10/18)

Check it out and see if you can't contact some of these lighthouses around the world!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Radio operators needed - Tour De Cure bicycle event on 7/29/18

Can you help the RAGS Public Service Team?

Sunday, July 29th 2018 – Tour De Cure – Oneida Shores County Park

Please contact K9CHP; Amir Findling at: if you can help!

More information and sign-up at:

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Field Day 2018 - 6/23-24

Field Day is just a few weeks away........June 23rd and 24th, 2018

If you want to meet some friendly hams or experience some different operating modes, why don't you stop by one of the many Field Day events taking place in Upstate NY. You will see various antenna and radio setups along with operators trying to share their knowledge and score some points making contacts through out the weekend.

 Its a lot of fun - so we hope to see you out there on field day!

What is Field Day?

Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!  link:

ARRL Field Day locator:

Check out one of the following LOCAL Upstate groups below:
(*please also send us your groups listings to

Friday, May 18, 2018

Cortland Hamfest - June 9th, 2018

The Cortland Hamfest will be held on Saturday June 9th from 7 AM until noon at the Cortland County Fairgrounds, 4301 Fairgrounds Dr., Cortland NY. Admission is $5.00 per person.

Outdoor flea market is free with admission; 25 indoor flea market spaces are available for $5.00 per
ten foot space. Indoor flea market is first come, first served.

VE testing will be available, and begins at 9 AM with no late entry allowed. Please bring photo ID, current amateur radio license or CSCE, the $15.00 exam fee in exact change, two number 2 pencils and a pen. Please pre-register by e-mailing; walk-ins will be accepted.

Food will be available on site, provided by the Cortland County 4-H Teen Council.

Travel directions: From the North or South - Interstate 81 to exit 12. Follow signs to Route 281 and Ithaca, NOT route 11. Turn left on to Route 281 South. In 8/10 mile, turn left again on to Fisher Ave, then turn right on to Fairgrounds Drive.
From Ithaca: Route 13 North to Route 281 North. Follow route 281 for three miles. Turn right onto Fisher Ave, then right on to Fairgrounds Drive.

We will try to monitor the 147.180 {PL 71.9} K2IWR repeater during the event.
Andrew C. Slaugh KB2LUV, Secretary
Skyline Amateur Radio Club

Monday, May 14, 2018

Adirondack Blackfly Challenge 2018 - looking for radio volunteers

The Black Fly Challenge is a 40-mile destination (one-way) gravel grinder bicycle race that attracts both serious racers and recreational riders on cyclocross and mountain bikes. It also attracts some serious adventurists, riding unicyles and 3-seat bikes. Over half the BFC race course includes gravel roads through the wild & scenic Moose River Recreation Area between Inlet and Indian Lake with some pavement and/or singletrack at either end. It is a difficult area for communications, as much of the route has no Cellphone coverage, no public safety and no services.

So we are looking for experienced Amateur radio operators willing to participate on Saturday, June 9th. The race starts from Inlet NY this year. We have many locations with as much or as little challenge as you desire. We use a mixture of VHF Simplex and Repeaters (on Blue, Gore and McCauley Mountains) mostly requiring high power and careful selection of antenna and installation.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Roc City Hamfest 8/25/18 - save the date!

Great group of guys from the Roc City Net putting this one on!

Don't miss it! It should be a good one! (Updated 5/11/18)

See the site layout below --->

Friday, May 11, 2018

Nice 220 Net link up tonight from CNY to downstate NY

Hats off to KD2KKG; Bob and all the supporting repeater owners to make some super connections tonight on the Friday night 220 Mhz Net!

Repeaters from Upstate NY, Downstate NY, Central PA, and New Jersey were all connected in tonight. 34 check-ins and many discussions took place during about a 90 minute Net. and The AllStar capability allows many link connections to happen for nets like this to happen.

Learn more about the Friday 220 Net at:

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Onondaga County ARES/RACES Meeting 5/29/18

ARES / RACES Live Meetings

Calling all Onondaga County and joining county Amateur Radio Operators!

Our next ARES / RACES Live Meeting will be at 06:30PM (18:30) EST
on Tuesday May 29th 2018 at the Liverpool Fire Department Station 1.

Liverpool Station 1 Fire Department.
1110 Oswego St (Rt.57), Liverpool, NY 13088

Light refreshments will be served.

Please park around the back of the fire station.

more info at:

Saturday, May 5, 2018

RAGS meeting - May 10th, 2018

Central NY Hams are lucky to have such active clubs like LARC and RAGS that present excellent monthly programs at their meetings. Both groups work very hard to present informative, relevant presentations at each meeting. Check out what RAGS has coming this week:

The Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse (RAGS) next meeting is Thursday, May 10, 2018

Doors Open at 6:00PM,
On the Bench at 6:15PM
Meeting at 7:00PM
The Coffee is always on!

700 South Bay Road
Village of North Syracuse, NY

ON THE BENCH – 6:15P During this months “On The Bench” session, all of the projects completed since September will be available to those that missed them.
Topics include:
•Soldering Basics – irons, guns, wires, terminals, printed circuit boards, components……
•Building flexible test leads with alligator clips and banana plugs.
•Soldering Pl-259 connectors – each attendee will leave with a 3-4 ft. coaxial jumper.
•Building J-Pole style portable 144 mhz antennas using twin lead, coax, and BNC or PL-259 connectors.
•Building a simple powerpole polarity checker, made from a red/green LED with one resistor, powerpole connectors, hot glue, and heat shrink tubing. These sessions for new as well as experienced hams. The goals are for participants to learn basic construction skills and leave the session with a useful finished item.

Several Members Will Present Their Approaches To Portable Operations – HF, VHF, Antennas, Batteries, etc.

More info:

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Balloon launch from RIT Sunday morning - Heading eastward

Balloon launch - heading toward CNY today

W2COP shared a link to the group: Roc City Net.
1 hr
TODAY, scheduled between 0930 and 1000 hrs. RIT SPEX has a Scientific high altitude balloon launch which should be visible on APRS. You can also go to on the web and search for W2RIT or KD2LAL They are asking for HAMS particularly out to the east for possible assistance with payload location and recovery. I will be monitoring 145.11 and 444.55. Jim-W2COP

using W2RIT-B on APRS (446.1250mhz)

Monday, April 9, 2018

Balloons over Russia.........

.....balloon headed round the world!


I launched a balloon from Rochester NY on February 13, 2018 and it is still flying around the earth after 55 total days in the air.

This flight is using 2 very small balloons that cost $1.50 each using helium which makes it even more fascinating.

WSPR transmits 2 times in a row with the first being call sign and grid locator and the second using special Telemetry created by Hans Summer of QRP Labs. Hans was kind enough to allow me to use this special firmware for this U3S based transmitter.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

2018 AWA Spring Meet and Auction - May 5th, 2018


The annual Antique Wireless Association Spring Meet, Flea Market & Huge Auction will be held at Veteran’s Park in Bloomfield, NY. This is just across the road from the AWA Museum, 6945 State Route 5 at the intersection of Routes 5 & 20 and Route 444.

The AWA will be operating a Museum Bargain Table and a big Book Sale in the former AWA Annex building located in the park. As part of the meet, AWA held a Auction of duplicate and surplus items from the Museum’s artifacts. Don't miss it.  This major auction is held in the afternoon in the former AWA Annex.

Payment must be made by cash or check.  We will not be able to accept credit cards.  Auction items will be listed on the AWA web site below. Watch for updates to the list.

The BIG Auction begins at 1 p.m. at the former AWA Annex.  The Auction Preview opens at 8:00 AM.

link for more info: