Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tech Class coming in November!

The Bear Bait Radio Club is having a Amateur Radio Technician Class and VE test session on 11/15 and 11/16 at the Clay Welcome Center on RT. 31, Clay NY. It's from 8-5 each day. Lunch will be provided.

Thanks to the club for all its efforts here in CNY and in the Adirondacks!

More information on the club website:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Boonville Amateur Radio Club

Jeff; KD2AIT from the Boonville club dropped me a line this week updating us on the clubs wide coverage north country 146.655 repeater (no PL) and nightly net.  They have also done some recent upgrades to the repeater, so try it out. You can also access this repeater through Echolink on node #796920. Learn more at their web site listed below.

They also have a club Christmas Party coming up on December 12th open to all Hams. See the club web site for more information.

Check out the Boonville ARC web site at:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A couple of radio events this weekend!

The weekend of October 18 holds two radio events that you can participate in. One is the Jamboree On The Air, connecting scouts from all over the world via radio. See for more details.You may find scouts on local repeaters, simplex or out on the HF bands. This is a great opportunity to expose young people to our great hobby!

The other is the NY State QSO Party. This is sponsored by the Rochester DX Association.

RDXA sponsors the New York State QSO Party Sat.10/18-Sun.10/19, 2014

October 18, 2014 – 1400 UTC thru 
October 19, 2014 – 0200 UTC
-learn more about the NY QSO Party at:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Listen to Auburn and Cayuga County Police and Fire (...and many others) on-line

Many of the local Police and Fire frequencies are only accessible these days with a pricey Digital P25 Scanner. But there is another way....Listen on-line on Broadcastify.......go try the links below:

Listen to Auburn and Cayuga County Police and Fire on-line with your PC or smart phone.

Link to Cayuga County Police, Fire and EMS:

Link to online Auburn Police and Fire:

 -lots of other agencies and frequencies are available too! Search around on Broadcastify!

Link to NY State listings:

Thanks to Jim WT2W for the tip!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ham Radio VE Exams in Liverpool NY - 10/18/14


Ham Radio VE Exams will be held October 18, 2014  at the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip
Street, Liverpool, with registration noon to 1p.m. in  the Sargent Room.
Open to all working for their new Ham ticket or a license upgrade.
Bring two forms of ID, one with your picture and $14 fee (cash or M.O.)
>  >  >  NEW from the FCC:
Hams  holding  a  license  in the past  which has expired,  can now  submit a copy of   your past license, take the current Technician Exam    -- upon passing,   the FCC will return you to your Amateur Radio License.

Questions? e-mail us at     / from the SYRACUSE VE EXAM TEAM

Friday, October 3, 2014

Echolink added to the WN8Z 149.39 repeater in Fulton

149.39 update from Pat; WN8Z:

I've installed Echolink on the WN8Z (147.39 pl 103.5) repeater located in Fulton, NY. This gives excellent handheld coverage especially to the cities of Oswego and Fulton and covers Oswego County. Node # 7390.

Also on 10/2 we got the signal back to its previous performance with a fix to a recent feed line problem with the top mounted 2M antenna. The next project before winter is to side mount a DB-224 antenna at the top - hopefully before the first snow flies...

A big thanks to Volney Multiplex, Inc. of Fulton, NY for the donated tower space and for providing emergency generator and internet service directly to the repeater shack. - Pat

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Elmira Hamfest -next Saturday September 27th

Don't forget the 39th Annual Elmira Hamfest next Saturday September 27th ...............

This is one of my favorites. If you have never gone, give it a try. Always lots of flea marketers and usually two or three dealers set up inside. Its always a nice ride down to the southern tier with the fall colors beginning to appear. My wife even likes this one!

Get the details here:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

This Sunday's Rochester Marathon needs Amateur Radio operators

WE NEED ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SUNDAY'S ROCHESTER MARATHON!  Please consider signing up, first come first served (and include your t-shirt size)

Jim, W2COP
Rochester Amateur Radio Assn.
Public Service Coordinator

7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
A minimum of twenty (20) ham operators are needed for this full day event consisting of a half and full marathon run. This event starts and ends at Frontier Field in downtown Rochester. Radio operator volunteers will be stationed at water stops along the course.  Provide safety communications for participants by summoning EMT’s, as necessary, via Net Control.  Specific tasks include; safety communications on footpaths, staff communications, relay team safety, and transport communications.  Since some portions of the course are often below grade, an antenna with some gain is highly recommended.

Portables on 2-meters using local repeater
Additional gain antenna for low elevation canal path
146.61/ 444.45  PL 110.9
145.29  PL 110.9


ABC television series "Last Man Standing" - K6H Special Event

K6H Special Radio Event:

from John Amodeo on September 10, 2014

Hi Everyone,

The Southern California based PAPA Repeater System in association with BEARS (Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society) and DEARS (Disney Emergency Amateur Radio Service ), will be holding a special event radio station K6H "Hamnado" - Hollywood Celebrates Ham Radio. The operators will be hosted by the licensed amateur radio operators on the crew of the hit ABC television series "Last Man Standing".

K6H will take place on Sunday, September 28 from 7 AM to 3 PM Pacific time and will operate on 10, 20 & 40 Meters on HF and D-STAR on reflector 12A. The event will also use DARI (Disney Amateur Radio Interconnect) to link the WB6AJE repeater in Los Angeles to Disney/ABC sponsored repeaters in Manhattan - Bristol Connecticut, Washington DC and Orlando Florida. Various IRLP and ECHLOLINK nodes will be available. The event will be coming from the legendary Stage 9 (aka The Seinfeld Stage) on the CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City California. Contacts will receive the limited edition QSL card, attached.

Tom Medlin -W5KUB will be on Stage 9 to interview the participants and bring you the action live.

The PAPA website will also stream video directly from the operating stations, so that you can see yourself contacting the K6H operators.
Check the website for updates.

On Last Man Standing, Tim Allen plays Mike Baxter, a licensed ham- KA0XTT. "Last Man Standing" is responsible for inspiring 26 of their crew members to get their licenses, which range from technician to extra class.
Season 4 of "Last Man Standing" premiers on Friday, October 3rd, 8 PM / 7 PM Central.

For mor information contact
Rob Antonacci - AA6RA -