Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fusion C4FM digital voice repeater on the air in Syracuse N.Y.

Image result for yaesu system fusion picturesThe first Digital Voice Amateur Radio repeater is on the air in Syracuse.  This joint venture between KD2SL and KC2VER is unique on two counts: 1) It is the first digital amateur repeater on the air in Syracuse and Onondaga County; 2) It is the only repeater system we know of in the country to link an analog repeater with a System Fusion digital repeater, for full-time cross-mode operation in the same band, at the same site, on the same antennas. Both of these coordinated repeaters are open to all Hams.

The KC2VER repeater is on 145.31 (-) no PL tone, and is set up for full time C4FM digital operation. The KD2SL analog repeater is on 146.67 (-) 103.5 PL, and is linked full-time with KC2VER’s digital repeater.  Some final tuning and adjustments will be taking place over the next several weeks.

If you have a System Fusion equipped radio, jump over to the 145.31 repeater and give it a try. If you don’t, take a listen on the 146.67 to get an idea of what C4FM digital voice sounds like.

Let us know what you think, both Kevin and I would be interested in your thoughts and comments on this new set up.

Also note that there are several more C4FM Sytem Fusion repeaters coming to CNY and the upstate area in the next few months. Stay tuned to www.UpstateHam.com for more System Fusion updates.

73 - KC2VER; Tony 


Sunday, May 24, 2015

FCC to drop the regulatory fee for a vanity call sign

The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), released May 21, it’s a matter of simple economics.
“The Commission spends more resources on processing the regulatory fees and issuing refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment,” the FCC said. “As our costs now exceed the regulatory fee, we are eliminating this regulatory fee category.” The current vanity call sign regulatory fee is $21.40, the highest in several years. (The GMRS licensing free will also be dropped)
read more: http://www.arrl.org/news/view/fcc-eliminates-amateur-radio-vanity-call-sign-regulatory-fee

Monday, May 18, 2015

Cortland Hamfest - just a few weeks away!

Skyline Amateur Radio Club
Cortland Hamfest
& Technology Fair

Saturday June 13, 2015
From 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
at the Cortland County Fairgrounds
Our 33rd year!

Talk-in on the 147.780/180 K2IWR repeater {PL71.9}

Admission: $5.00 per person (12 and under free)
- Outdoor flea market included with admission -
- Indoor flea market is first come, first served - Indoor Flea Market - $5.00 per 10’ plus admission
- Dealer tables - $10.00 ea, plus admission—8’ space, includes electricity

VE tests start at 9:00AM—no late entry allowed.
Pre-registration is requested, although walk-ins
are welcome. Please e-mail kb2luv@arrl.com;
indicate which test you wish to take.

Travel directions {signs will be posted}: 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.
For your GPS: 4849 Fairgrounds Dr. Cortland, NY 13045

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

“Inland Islands On The Air" report from KD2ETP

KD2ETP; Steve held his “Inland Islands On The Air" expedition; IIOTA, on Klein Island at the outlet of Onondaga Lake, west of Syracuse, this past Saturday 5/9/15. Steve and his XYL started around 10:00 am and ran until about 2:30pm. Steve reproted that he worked 6 bands, making 35 qso's, 4 dxcc, 7 states. His equipment was made up of an Elecraft KX3 with a 7ah battery, running a Windom 104' Off-center-fed dipole. Steve would like to thank everyone that participated. Great Job Steve! We can't wait for your next special event activation.

Steve reports that his Island was also recognized for a special Island Event: "The following New York island was Added and Qualified by KD2ETP during the 2015 IDG: Klein (NY056R) - Seneca River - Onondaga County"

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Skywarn Training in Auburn N.Y. - May 28th


National Weather Service Binghamton

SKYWARNTM Training
                                                   
  When: May 28, 2015
  
Where: Cayuga County Office Building, Genesee St. Auburn N.Y.  In the Sixth Floor Legislative Chambers. Enter through rear of County Office Building (basement door - then elevator to the 6th floor)
  
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Training sessions last about two hours.
  
Who Should Attend: SKYWARNTM is a nationwide program of spotters that report severe weather to the National Weather Service. Anyone can become a SKYWARNTM spotter for the National Weather Service, all you have to do is attend one of our Spotter Training Sessions. There is no charge for the training.

Registration: Please contact the Cayuga County Emergency Management Office @ 315-255-1161 or register online @: http://www.cayugacounty.us/Community/EmergencyServices/ClassRegistration.aspx


Training provided in conjunction with the Cayuga County Emergency Management Office. Every community's level of preparedness begins with its individual families and businesses.  Take time to learn how you can be better prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones.  Develop emergency plans and make certain that proper emergency supplies are readily available at home, at work or anywhere else that you and your family spend time.

Brian
Brian P. Dahl
Director of Emergency Services
Cayuga County Emergency Management
160 Genesee Street
Auburn NY 13021
315-255-1161 Office
315-253-1551 Fax

More upcoming SkyWarn training classes: http://www.weather.gov/bgm/outreachSKYWARNtraining

Thursday, May 7, 2015

IIOTA - KD2ETP will be doing another outing this Saturday

KD2ETP; Steve is doing his “Inland Islands On The Air" expedition; IIOTA, on Klein Island at the outlet of Onondaga Lake this Saturday 5/9/15, starting around 9:00 am. 

Catch him on his HT on the KD2SL 146.67 repeater for details. 
HF frequencies listed below: 
- (so far) 7.210 mhz
- more to come?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rochester Hamfest - Saturday June 6th

Mark your calendars, its only a month away! The Great Rochester HamFest returns to the Barnard Fireman's Field - 360 Maiden Lane Rochester NY 14616. This has been one of the better Hamfests in Upstate NY. You don't want to miss this one. Always some excellent tailgating here.

Learn more at the RARA website:
http://www.rochesterham.org/Hamfest.htm

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FLOTA Special Event video from KD2ETP


Steve, KD2ETP has put together a nice 30 minute video from his "Frozen Lakes on the Air" (FLOTA) special event back in February. It is well done and documents his set up and then several HF QSO's. Nice job Steve!

Check out KD2ETP's FLOTA video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cHdMgjPFBMY

Original FLOTA article on UpstateHam.com:  http://www.upstateham.com/2015/02/frozen-lakes-on-air-expedition.html

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The demise of Radio Shack and where to buy stuff locally


Generations of home electronics hobbyists, ham radio enthusiasts and computer geeks spent their growth-spurt years hanging around their local Radio Shack stores. I was one of them. None of us are happy to have witnessed the company's long slide toward irrelevance and its looming exit from the retail landscape. The company's heyday ran from the 1970s through the late 1990s, when it rode the CB radio craze as the largest retailer in the market, and then transformed into a creditable maker of computer gear.
I am reminded of heading to my local Radio Shack store after school to get batteries, crystals, parts and books. My first crystal radio kit, a 101 Electronics project kit and first VHF scanner all came from the “Shack”. Remember the Battery of the Month Club card? Was I the only one that waited for the new catalog each fall? The manager in my local store was a great guy! I scored lots of “damaged” goods for little to nothing from the return shelf in the back of that store. His support was another influence that shaped my career choice and several lifelong hobbies. So the “Shack” as we once knew it is another Silent Key. What do we do now? (read more below)