Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pico balloon launched from the Elmira Hamfest is now halfway around the world

Those of you who were at the Elmira Hamfest may have watched the preparation of a balloon and launch last Saturday morning. Well as I write this, that balloon is now over Central China.

Today, I received an email update from KD2EAT; Mike Hojnowski. Mike is a local amateur who has quite a bit of experience with balloon launches. Here is a brief update and some links (also see the tracking live) so you can get some more background on this very interesting flight:

from Mike:  I launched a pico "floater" balloon at the Elmira Hamfest this past Saturday.  It's Solar powered, using the WSPR protocol to beacon its position at about 10mw.  It has performed very well, and now, 6 flight days later, it's in Central China and going strong.

My flight blog is at:

I gateway the WSPR traffic onto APRS for viewing at:



Great job Mike! We look forward to tracking it in the coming days...........

Saturday, September 24, 2016

SAVE THE DATE - CNY Ham Radio Breakfast on Saturday Nov. 5th

Thanks to K2WOP; Curt, we have finally picked a fall date to get another breakfast scheduled and its open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, November 5th, 8-11 am, come early or stay late. 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. So all you drive time radio jockeys, "6M QCWA Netters", CNY SWAP and Hobby Net check-ins (along with anyone else) come join us for a nice social gathering. The last breakfast was a fun time and we had great food and service from the folks at Finally Ours diner - we hope to see you all there on the 5th of November.

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 ).

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP or Tony; KC2VER on the 146.67 repeater.


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

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Pumpkin Patrol 2016



The Liverpool Amateur Radio Club (LARC), the Amateur Radio community and The New York State Police (Troop T) are again pleased to sponsor the 2016 Pumpkin Patrol. (Most counties across NY have Ham radio groups participating)




This is a two night public service event to be held on October 30th (Sun.) and 31st (Mon.) from 19:00 to 21:00 hours. The chairman is seeking Amateur Radio Operators who can dedicate one or both evenings. Operators are encouraged to work in pairs and non-ham friends, family or pets are encouraged to accompany them. Teams will operate from their vehicles (no walking or standing required) and repeater coverage (146.31/91) is generally okay for handheld.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301 - Need your help

Dear ARRL member,

I am writing to you today because we are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act.

Our legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, passed in the House of Representatives yesterday, September 12th. The legislation now moves to the Senate, where we need every Senator to approve the bill.

You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States.  Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL HAMS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS!

If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner’s Association, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!

If you already have outdoor antennas, but want to support your fellow hams, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!

If you want to preserve your ability to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!

We need you to reach out to your Senators TODAY!  Right away.

Please help us in the effort.

Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts:

https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act

Thank you.

73,
Rick
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Rick Roderick, K5UR
President
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NY QSO Party October 15th




NY QSO Party – Get Ready for October 15!

by Dean NW2K

It's all about NY on October 15 as radio amateurs from around the world get on the air to work all 62 NY counties, Chautauqua to Clinton, Niagara to Suffolk.  A dozen or more mobile operators will take to the mean streets of NYC or the bucolic surrounds of the Southern Tier and North Country.  Brave souls will sneak out to the woodlands to activate a rare county, Field Day style, as temps may dip into the 30's.  And good, solid Elmers will open up their shacks to new hams and build excitement as the spotlight is on US!

The NYQP game is easy to play as all operating modes and bands are eligible.  The QSO exchange is simple for NY operators:  signal report and county.  For those eager out-of-state ops wanting to work all 62 counties, they'll send a signal report and their state, province or DX. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Technicians Class Seminar - Avon NY

Genesee Valley Amateur Radio Association

Presents:    A Technicians Class Seminar

To Assist In Getting Your Amateur Radio License

$20 – Includes Testing Fee

Saturday October 22, 2016
9am to 6pm

Avon EMS Base
5582 Lake Road
Avon, NY 14414

This seminar is based on Gordon West, W5YI, Technicians Class Book. This is required to take the class. It can be purchased on line at: http://www.w5yi.org/catalog.php

RSVP as space is limited by October 1st to:

Billy Boyd – N3DSP@lafireline.net or 585-315-6607
Or
Russ Morreale – rusmor@rochester.rr.com 585-721-5136

Thursday, September 1, 2016

LARC Bootcamp for September - Propagation

Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club - September meeting Bootcamp!

LARC meetings are the fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm with the exception of July and August where general membership meetings are suspended. November’s meeting is the Third Thursday of the month to allow observance of Thanksgiving.

Boot camp meets at 6:15 pm, and VE testing starts at 5:30 pm. We meet at 700 South Bay Road in North Syracuse, New York in the North Syracuse Community Center.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

41ST ANNUAL ELMIRA HAMFEST - Sat . Sept. 24th, 2016

Don't miss this one folks! One of the Best Upstate NY Hamfests!

DIRECTIONS

General Admission - Main Entrance: Take exit 53 off of I-86 (Horseheads Exit), and turn south at Grand Central Avenue. Continue on to the Fairgrounds which will be approx 1/2 mile on your left.

Flea Market / Vendors: Bypass the main entrance on Grand Central Avenue and enter via the Flea Market gate on Fairview Avenue.

More info at:
http://www.arast.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=6

Thursday, August 4, 2016

U.S. AIR FORCE AND ARMY MARS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - COMMUNICATIONS EXERCISE

TO ALL WNY/CNY AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS:

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND ARMY MARS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS HOLDING ITS 3RD QUARTER COMMUNICATIONS EXERCISE ON MONDAY AUGUST 15TH FROM 08:00 EST TO 20:00 EST AND THEY ARE AGAIN ASKING FOR AMATEUR RADIO SUPPORT IN GATHERING INFORMATION.

THE PREMISE OF THE EXERCISE IS A TOTAL LOSS OF INTERNET AND LANDLINE COMMUNICATIONS THROUGHOUT THE NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY AREAS.

THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS ASKING FOR AMATEUR OPERATORS TO PROVIDE A  COUNTY STATUS  MESSAGE TO MILITARY STATIONS USING THE 60 METER INTEROP FREQUNCIES.
THE INFORMATION IN THIS TYPE OF MESSAGE IS THE STATUS OF UTILITES SUCH AS WATER, POWER, LANDLINE, LOCAL COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Upcoming International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend August 20-21

An update on the ILLW.........

Link to original post:  http://www.upstateham.com/2016/06/international-lighthouse-lightship.html

ROCHESTER:


Rochester Amateur Radio Association (RARA) will also have their station K2R from the grounds of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse for the 2016 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend. This annual Amateur Radio weekend event was founded in 1995 by 2 members of the AYR Amateur Radio Group, AARG, Scotland and held on the 3rd full weekend in August. This year’s event takes place August 20 & 21 - Duration 48 hours from 0001 UTC 20.8.2016
This is not a contest, it is simply a fun event to highlight lighthouses and lightships around the world.

The 2015 weekend was disappointing do to poor conditions on the airwaves. Here is a weekend summary:
 63 contacts in US and Canada
 22 States
 11 Lighthouses
 2 Lightships
If you would like to join us stop down. Contact Forest, WA2MZG,if you would like to help. WA2MZG@ARRL.NET
(from the August 2016 RARA Rag newsletter)

SYRACUSE:

Monday, August 1, 2016

New location for Hamvention 2017 announced

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association has decided on the new location for Hamvention 2017. After the announcement last week of the closing of the HARA Center, the hamfests long time home, it has been announced that the group intends to move the event to nearby Greene County outside of Dayton. The new location is the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia, Ohio.

Read more at:
http://wdtn.com/2016/08/01/hamvention-to-be-held-at-green-co-fair/

Tour the new facility:
https://ke9v.net/2016/08/03/hamvention-the-fairgrounds/

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Volunteers needed for the Tromptown Run in DeRuyter NY - August 11th

Hams are needed to provide communications for the annual Tromptown Run ½ marathon in DeRuyter NY on Thursday evening August 11th. We meet at 5 PM and the marathon run begins at 5:45PM. We are usually finished not too long after dark. If you can not be there for the start of the race that is fine, as it takes time for runners to get around the course. We will assign you to a post no matter when you arrive. This race runs rain or shine. 12 hams will keep us from having to “leapfrog” from post to post.

We are there primarily for safety communications, however the race organizer (Win Skeele) likes to know where the first runners {male and female} are and of course the last runners.
NCS will be set up at the finish line at the corner of Mechanic and Railroad St., and we can meet there; however it is difficult to get in and out of the village because of the crowds and traffic, so we tend to make assignments over the air as hams near the region. We will use 147.420 simplex. This is not an HT event; mobile radios with some power and good antennas are needed. Cellular telephone and repeater coverage are spotty.

PLEASE RSVP to kb2luv@arrl.net

SARC members, please RSVP if you are or are not planning to be there. Email or call with questions.

Thanks in advance, and I hope to see you there.

from:
Andrew C. Slaugh KB2LUV
Secretary, Skyline Amateur Radio Club

145.490 Repeater PL 71.9 Cortland, NY