Sunday, June 12, 2016

RAGS President's Award to N2VZD!

 Congratulations to Tim Colson; N2VZD!

Tim was recently presented the 2016 President's Award by the Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse (RAGS).

Tim is one of those guys who gives a lot back to our great hobby! He is always willing to lend his knowledge and experience to Hams new or old. He has been a promoter and constant advocate for getting weekly NET's going almost every night of the week here in CNY. If he isn't running one, he is usually one of the most consistent check-ins! You can find Tim morning, noon or night on the 146.67 repeater in Syracuse.

Thanks Tim for all you do for Amateur Radio in Upstate NY!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend - August 20-21, 2016

Oswego Lighthouse activation:
The Fulton Amateur Radio Club is participating in the International Lighthouse weekend this year at the Oswego Lighthouse. It should be a great event as the lighthouse has been closed to the public and we will be operating from the radio room there. There may be a chance that some groups of the public will be brought out to the lighthouse while we are operating. 

The event takes place August 20-21, 2016. The special event call sign is W2L. It is located at the Oswego Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse on Lake Ontario in Oswego.

There is more information at the following sites:

The QSL page is:

The official website for the Oswego Lighthouse is:

Derek; K2KU

Verona Beach Lighthouse:
On August 20th and 21st of 2016, I will once again be setting up a special event station at the Verona Beach lighthouse on 4th Avenue in Sylvan Beach. The event is annual for the 3rd weekend in August. I have set up the special event station at the Verona Beach light for the past 3 years. With the permit already secured and the Verona Beach Lighthouse Association on board, this may be the best one yet! This year we will be operating from inside the lighthouse! Past years we set up right next to the light and the VBLA opened the light so people could look in. We have contacted 104 different lighthouses and lightships around the world during this event! Over 500 lighthouses and lightships have “Ham” stations set up for this weekend! Last year NYS Senator Griffo stopped by and “worked the rig” for a bit. He even made contact with the Cape May lighthouse in New Jersey. More information can be found at
                Thank you for the interest and hope to work many of you over the weekend.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cayuga Lake Ham get-together

Doug, W2GT is organizing an informal get-together Saturday, July 9th at Frontenac Park in Union Springs.  The plan is to start in the early morning (~9am) set up a portable HF station and have some fun with other hams until probably mid-afternoon, depending on weather and band conditions, feel free to stop in.  Doug and his group are regulars on the Bristol repeater (145.110, pl 110.9) and will be listening there.

Frontenac Park is on the NE corner of Cayuga Lake - take State Route 90 into Union Springs and turn onto Chapel Street to the park, the pavilion is in an isolated area at the south end of the park . Its only 15 minutes from Auburn and less than hour from many areas in Oswego, Ithaca, Syracuse and Rochester. Come on out, meet some nice folks and enjoy some Ham radio outdoors!

W2GT; Doug Bower can be reached at

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Field Day 2016

Field Day is coming soon........June 25th and 26th, 2016 
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 our area. 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!

ARRL Field Day locator:

Check out one of the following groups:

Fulton Amateur Radio Club
Operating as W2CXV.
With Oswego County RACES, operating from Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY.

Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club (LARC)
Operating as W2CM.
William Park, 7033 Lakeshore Road, Cicero, southern shore of Oneida Lake.
Class 4A with SSB, CW, and Digital modes plus a dedicated 6M station.
Setup begins ~8am on Saturday, food service begins at noon on Saturday.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Tuesday night 6 meter net!

Keeping 6 meters alive!

Join Brian; KB2VSN at 7pm on the Tuesday night 6 meter net each week on the 53.67 mhz KD2SL, Syracuse and 53.05 mhz K2INH Auburn repeaters.The Net is sponsored by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA). The NET is open to all licensed Hams. More people have been showing up each week, so come join the fun.

 Join some of the gang on 50.400 mhz AM and 50.137 mhz SSB after the NET for more 6 meter fun on the "Magic Band"! 

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.