Thursday, November 15, 2018

Santa Net returns on 3.916 Mhz beginning November 23rd




For the 13th consecutive year, The 3916 Nets will be presenting The Santa Net on 3.916 MHz. Good girls and boys can talk to Santa Claus, via amateur radio, nightly at 7:30 PM (Central) starting Friday, November 23, 2018. The Santa Net will run nightly at 7:30 PM Central through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018.



Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), of The 3916 Nets, commented on The 3916 Santa Net. He said, "Christmastime is our favorite time of the year on 3.916 MHz. Our group thoroughly enjoys helping young people and their families have a shared Christmas experience that they'll always remember. In addition, Santa Net has introduced a lot of young people to the magic of amateur radio."

Youngsters can talk to "Santa at The North Pole" via strategically placed operators who relay the voice of Santa. Thomson said that The Santa Net is a team effort that involves the efforts of a number of 3916 Net members. He said, "In our first year, we connected 10 kids to Santa on Ham Radio and it's grown steadily since. For 2018, we're expecting between 600-700 children to participate."

Prenet check-ins are welcome each night starting at 7:15 PM central or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/3916santanet/ Third party rules and regulations apply.

The Santa Nets are presented annually by The 3916 Nets. The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters and The Freewheelers are all amateur radio nets that meet on 3.916 MHz nightly. For more information on The 3916 Nets, go to http://www.3916nets.com For more information on The Santa Net, email KE5GGY at Gmail dot com.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Save the date! Next CNY Ham Breakfast 1/26/19

The next breakfast is scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, January 26th 10th, 2019 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: http://finallyoursdiner.com/hours-contact ).


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

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP on the 146.67 repeater.


Finally Ours Diner link: http://finallyoursdiner.com 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Cayuga County SkyWarn Class Wednesday 10/24


We are having a  Winter SKYWARN class  Wednesday October 24th, 2018 from 630 pm to 830 pm
at the Cayuga County Office of Emergency Services 160 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY  13021.

See:  https://goo.gl/maps/wGtr5WHoEJG2  for a map.

To register go to here:  https://goo.gl/forms/40qjY4KVfeZh0EP82

The Winter Skywarn class will train you to become an official National Weather Service SKYWARN spotter, learn all about winter weather including coastal snowstorms, lake effect snow, blizzards and ice storms. If you are interested in weather this is the class for you. If you are already a spotter, we recommend taking a skywarn class every 3 years.

Attached is a flyer with more information on the winter skywarn class. Please join us!

Thanks, 
Dave 

David J. Nicosia
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
NOAA-National Weather Service Binghamton NY

Brochure details:

Become a VE Examiner

RRRA (Rochester Radio Repeater Association) will be giving a "How to Become a Volunteer Examiner (VE) at their October 19th meeting at Pittsford Town Hall, 10 S.Main St. Pittsford, NY at 7:30 PM. All are welcome.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

NYQSO Party 2018 - Saturday 10/20/18


We're getting close........the NYQSO Party is this Saturday.   

Check out the activation page at NYQP.org:
  

 Please upload your NYQP plans...please activate your county or one close to you.  Please ask your friends to get on the air on Saturday.  The spotlight will be on NY this Saturday from 10am-10pm eastern time. 
  
Oh yeah....rules are here. 
  
  
Exchange is:  Signal Report and County Abbreviation for in-state and Signal Report and state, province, DX for out-of-state.

Also check out the current plaque page:
  
  
NYQP has the best Sponsorship Team in the game.  When you see one of the sponsors, please tell them thank you.  Without them, a healthy NYQP could not exist.
  

See you on Saturday!  73, Dean, NW2K

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Pumpkin Patrol 2018



The Pumpkin Patrol will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday October 30-31st for Bridges on the New York State Thruway.

This event contributes to the safety of travelers on the New York State Thruway. It is a statewide event and is held in cooperation with the New York State Troopers and Amateur radio groups.

The Pumpkin Patrol was initiated as a volunteer effort in 1976 by Katherine St. Jacques in Fort Johnson, Montgomery County.  Ms. St. Jacques was talking to a truck driver on her citizens band radio when the windshield of his vehicle was struck by an object thrown from an overpass.  The driver sustained injuries from the broken glass of his windshield.  St. Jacques and two companions decided to stand watch on the three over passes that crossed the Thruway in the Fort Johnson area. The State Police assumed control of the Pumpkin Patrol in 1990 as part of the State Police crime prevention effort.  More than 300 volunteers will participate in this year’s safety efforts.

Upstate Counties participating:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

DMR Training by LARC


Please email: training@w2cm.com

VE Exams by TCARA in Ithaca

From TCARA Secretary, Janis Carson AB2RA:


The W5YI affiliated Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association has upcoming VE exam testing in Ithaca NY.


Dates for VE tests by TCARA  group:

November 26, 2018   Monday 7:00pm at  Department of Emergency Response  92 Brown rd. Lansing NY.

January 21, 2019 Monday 7:00pm at DOER,  92 Brown rd.

March 18, 2019  Monday 7:00pm at  DOER,  92 Brown rd.

August 3, 2019 Saturday 9:00am at Hamfest at Trumansburg Fairgrounds

November 18,2019 Monday 7:00pm at the DOER, 92 Brown rd. Lansing NY.

Bring signed copy of license if you have one,  social security number or FRN if you don't.

Also two forms of ID, (one with a photo),  $14 cash preferred, pen and pencil.

For further information call 607-257-6066  or  email NE2T@ARRL.NET

-  Doug Reid ,  NE2T
more TCARA info at; http://tcara-ny.org/

Monday, October 1, 2018

CNY Ham Breakfast - Saturday 10/6/18

The next breakfast is scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, October 6th, 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: http://finallyoursdiner.com/hours-contact ).


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: http://finallyoursdiner.com 

Friday, September 28, 2018

XRX Fall Foxhunt - October 13, 2018 (Rochester)

XRX Radio Club Fall Foxhunt Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018


The XRX Radio Club's annual Fall Foxhunt (radio direction finding) is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th.

The hunt will start from the Webster Recreation Center parking lot, 1350 Chiyoda Drive in Webster. Please check the club website (xarc.us/) for any last minute updates.
Registration is 9:00AM with the hunt to begin at approximately 9:20AM.

The planned contest run time is between 9:30 and 11:30 with lunch and awards at a local restaurant to follow. The hunt is free (except for lunch) and open to all amateurs regardless of club affiliation or previous experience. Most of us hunt in teams of two or three. Many teams (including the winners of the last hunt) aren't formed until the day of the hunt. Novice hunters will be linked up with experienced hunters if they wish. If you ’re new to foxhunting, all you need to get started is a radio capable of receiving 2 meters. Fox hunting is challenging and fun.

 We hope you can join us. For more information, please contact Bob Karz, K2OID (rkarz@rochester.rr.com)

(From the October 2018 RARA Rag newsletter)

Monday, September 24, 2018

Winter SkyWarn Training


Winter SkyWarn Training in Upstate NY

Folks its that time again!

Winter SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes are coming!

Most upstate NY counties are conducting Winter SkyWarn Training in October and November.


The training will be held at various area locations and on-line. This class is for beginners or anybody that has a general interest in weather. These classes train volunteers how to accurately measure and report snowfall totals to the National Weather Service. The class is free and open to everyone; no age requirements, previous training, or equipment is required.

The SKYWARN program is a nationwide program that provides real-time severe weather reports to the National Weather Service. "Trained weather spotters provide valuable lifesaving information to the National Weather Service and we encourage those who have an interest in weather to participate in this critical program," said David Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Binghamton NY. "Despite all the technological advances, SKYWARN Spotter reports are still crucial to the National Weather Service in providing more accurate severe weather warnings," Nicosia continues.

Note: Cayuga, Madison, Cortland and Oneida counities all have classes this fall!

See the full training schedules at:

Binghamton (Syracuse):  http://www.weather.gov/bgm/outreachSKYWARNtraining
Buffalo (Rochester): http://www.weather.gov/buf/Skywarn
Albany: http://cstar.cestm.albany.edu/skywarn/Talks.htm

Learn more about SKYWARN and Amateur Radio at: http://www.upstateham.com/p/skywarn.html