Monday, August 3, 2015

Do you have interesting Amateur Radio related news or stories to share?

 At UpstateHam.com we are always looking to publicize your event, NET , or maybe tell a story, or share your review of a radio or antenna. If your club or organization would like some help getting the word out on your event, just drop us a line at UpstateHam@gmail.com. If you would like to share an Amateur Radio related experience or story, just send us a note and we can get things started. We can also help you with final edits or adding your pictures to help tell the story.

 Our goal is to pass on interesting Amateur Radio related information to our viewers in Upstate NY and beyond. We try to cover the area from Albany west to Buffalo and from Binghamton north through the 1000 Islands and Adirondacks.

......and we are always looking to be accurate and improve our content. Please send your comments, corrections and suggestions to us at: UpstateHam@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend - August 15-16

INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE LIGHTSHIP WEEKEND
by Dave Timmons, W2DST

Once again we have received permission to operate station K2R from the grounds of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, Rochester N.Y. for the 2015 event.


International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend

AN ANNUAL AMATEUR RADIO WEEKEND EVENT.
FOUNDED IN 1995 BY TWO MEMBERS OF THE AYR AMATEUR RADIO GROUP, (AARG), SCOTLAND, AND HELD ON THE THIRD FULL WEEKEND IN AUGUST.
15-16 August 2015 - Duration 48 hours from 0001 UTC 15.8.2015

During last year's event the station was operated by Tim Brown WB2PAY, Laura Enders KD2BEA and Dave Timmons W2DST. We had several visitors and made 125 contacts in 23 states and 4 countries. We contacted 21 lighthouses and 1 lightship.

If interested in participating this year please contact Dave Timmons W2DST at W2DST@arrl.net. Operating hours will generally be from 11 AM to 5 PM both days.

Links:
ILLW - http://illw.net/
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse - http://www.geneseelighthouse.org/

*borrowed from the June RARA RAG newsletter

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Adirondack & North Country Amateur Radio

Blue Mtn. Repeater January 2015

With the peak summer season upon us, more of us are getting out into the outdoors. For those of you who head to the north country, we thought we would share some of the great Ham Radio information for that area. With spotty cell phone service, the Amateur repeaters can also be a great asset in an emergency. Many of the repeaters are located on very high profile mountains with excellent coverage. There are over (40) listed repeaters in the North Country, so check them out. Thanks to all the North Country repeater owners/trustees and their support teams for putting together some great coverage repeaters.

See all the ADK/North Country repeater and club information here: http://nnyara.net/ 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Field Day 2015 Reports.......June 27th & 28th

SCDXA at the Lake

Salt City DX Association had a nice set up on the east shore of Onondaga Lake next to the Yacht Club. From all reports they were pretty successful with over 1200 QSO's!

Equipment:
Station 1-Kenwood TS590
Station 2- Elecraft K3
GOTA station W2AXR-Alinco DX70TH

Logging software:
Networked N3FJP on 3 laptops

Antennas:
Hex beam at 50 ft on crank up AB577 Mast for 20-10 mtrs
Inverted Vees at 45 ft for 80/40 mtrs
Multiband vertical 40-10 near the shore

Generator:
Honda 2000i 1600 watts continuous


Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse (RAGS) had their Field Day operation at the Camillus Ski Lodge in Camillus, NY.  They were running four stations during the event and were running a digital station (PSK31 and RTTY), one CW station, and two SSB stations. I didn't get a report on their contact activity but heard folks had some good food and a very nice time!












Thanks to the folks who forwarded reports and pictures to us!

Keep them coming! Email us at: UpstateHam@gmail.com

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Statewide UHF linked system - change at Bristol

There has been a recent change in the Statewide UHF system near Rochester NY. The 443.600 is no longer on the air and has been replaced by the 444.550 repeater, PL 110.9 , also in Bristol. Thanks to Mike; W2HYP and his team for filling in this important link in the Statewide system.

See the full details of the UHF Statewide system here: http://www.upstateham.com/p/the-empire-state-network-linked.html

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fusion Repeater update - Upstate NY

Auburn now has a Yaesu System Fusion repeater. The 147.270; K2RSY repeater is now a System Fusion repeater. It is running in Auto/Auto mode and compatible with both FM analog and C4FM Fusion Digital radios. If you are using an analog FM radio, don't forget to set the decode for 71.9 so you don't have to hear that "buzz" when two digital radios are talking.

Syracuse and Cortland both have additional Fusion repeaters coming into service this summer. Stay tuned here for more updates.

Upstate NY System Fusion Repeater List:
K2RSY  147.27, Auburn NY, +0.600 PL 71.9, Cayuga County
KC2VER 145.31, Syracuse NY, -0.600, Onondaga County
W2XRX  145.2900 Canadice NY,  -0.600 PL110.9, Ontario County
WN8Z 147.39 Fulton, NY  +0.600 PL103.5, Oswego County
W2IT 444.900, Rochester NY, PL=110.9, - on the air now? Monroe County
W2ES0 Lancaster, NY, 147.255,PL= 107.2 Hz., Erie County
WB2ELW/R2 Hamburg, NY, 147.090,PL= 151.4 Hz., Erie County
WA2EMO 444.750, Arcadia NY, 440.750, PL 110.9, Wayne County

Let us know if other Fusion repeaters at Upstateham@gmail.com.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Syracuse VE Team Amateur License Exams on 7/18/15

3rd quarter VE exams   available by the Syracuse VE Team

Saturday, July 18th 2015 -
Liverpool Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool
Register noon to 1 p.m. in Sargent Room

All tests available: Tech, New General Class, Amateur-Extra.
Bring copy of current  license if you hold one.
Two forms of ID (one with picture)
W5YI/VEC fee $14   cash or M.O.
Questions:  VEexams@hotmail.com


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RadioCom 2015 - Utica Hamfest

RADIOCOM 2015 - HAMFEST AND COMPUTER FAIR

Sponsored by the Utica Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

NEW DATE and LOCATION!

Sat, July 25, 2015
Deerfield Fire Department
5476 Trenton Road, Deerfield, New York 13502


      Vendor Setup:                                        6:00 AM
      Hamfest Hours  (auction at 10!):           8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      General Admission  :                             $5
      Flea Market Tailgate Space :                 $2/space with admission
      Indoor Flea Market Space w/ table:      $4/space with admission

AMPLE INDOOR SPACE AND TABLES ARE AVAILABLE!
DOOR PRIZES TO BE AWARDED!

Talk-In: 146.76 (-600) K2IQ
VE Testing on Site Check in @ 9:00 AM


Hamfest Contact:
Bob Decker (AA2CU)                                                                             Marty Benedict (W2MVB)  
315-797-6614                                                                                          315-866-5924
Email: tbd2626@yahoo.com                                                                   w2mvb1@gmail.com

Talk-In  Call K2IQ  146.76 (-600) 

Utica Amateur Radio Club, Inc.   P.O. Box 71  Utica, NY 13503

Sunday, June 21, 2015

N.F.W.A. Antique Radio Swap Meet - August 1st, 2015


Niagara Frontier Wireless Association  
N.F.W.A. Antique Radio Swap Meet
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Museum
3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst N.Y.

8:00am – Noon

This is our annual summer meet. Gates will open at 8:00am. Set-up in the parking lot.

Come and enjoy an antique radio and ham equipment flea market and auction.

There will be a donation auction at 11:00am to help cover costs. Please bring some saleable items.

We will also be running a 50/50 raffle to help keep this a free event.

ENTRANCE IS FREE!

No fee to set up and sell. Tables will be available (a limited number) for a $5 rental fee.

Free coffee and dounuts will be available, as will the free lunch to follow the meet.

The Museum will be open at noon for anyone wishing to see some of the wonderful exhibits (including our own radio and TV displays).

The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Museum is located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst, N.Y., (north of Buffalo) at the junction with New Road on the south side of Tonawanda Creek in a quiet park like setting.

 Learn more at: http://www.nfwa.net/