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:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

2018 Rochester Hamfest - June 2nd

News from Tim Guyot - KB1POP - 2018 Rochester Hamfest Chair

It's official, the 91st Rochester Hamfest will be happening on June 2nd, 2018 at the Hilton Exempt Club, 137  South  Ave.  Hilton,  NY 14468 from 7am to 2pm.

Vendors may enter at 6am. Access from the East and West via Rt. 90 and from the south via Rt. 390. 

(Detailed directions will be in the Hamfest edition of the RARA Rag) We've got plenty of space this year and we are excited to host you and your friends for another great hamfest!

Friday, March 23, 2018

ARRL Field Day 2018

Field Day is just a few months 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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CNY Ham Breakfast

The next breakfast is scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 8:00 am. 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", 220mhz NET, 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: ).

Thanks to K2WOP; Curt for his continuing efforts for this excellent get together.

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP on the 146.67 repeater.

Finally Ours Diner link: