Monday, November 19, 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 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 For more information on The Santa Net, email KE5GGY at Gmail dot com.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

2018 SKYWARN Recognition Day - December 1, 2018

2018 SKYWARN™ Recognition Day - December 1, 2018 from 0000z to 2400z

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN™ radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN™ operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions:

1. Object For all amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted. SKYWARN™ Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators during threatening weather.

2. Date NWS stations will operate December 1, 2018, from 0000 - 2400 UTC.

3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two-word description of the weather occurring at your site ("sunny", "partly cloudy", "windy", etc.).

4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, FT8 and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append "NWS" to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS).

5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.

7. Log Submission: To submit your log summary for SRD use the online submission form.

Deadline for log submission is January 31, 2019.

For More Information:

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: ).

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: 

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:  for a map.

To register go to here:

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!


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

 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:

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;

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: ).

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: 

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 ( 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 (

(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):
Buffalo (Rochester):

Learn more about SKYWARN and Amateur Radio at:

Sunday, September 9, 2018

LARC upcoming DMR College and General Class

It is time to get started with LARC's Fall Educational Schedule.  LARC will conduct our first DMR College on Saturday October 13th 27th (more on that to follow), along with a General License License Course to start on Tuesday, October 16th.

All sessions will be held at the North Syracuse Education Association, 210 South Main St, in North Syracuse.  I have attached the course schedule.  I anyone is interested in presenting a topic, please let me know.  We have all the slides needed to follow along with the Current Edition of the ARRL General Class License Manual.  As always, on the final day of class, the ARRL Exam will be given.  There is no cost for the class.  Cost for the exam is $15, cost of the textbook is $25. 

Thanks again for your support.  Stay tuned for more about our first “DMR College”.


General Course outline:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Don't forget - Sartoga Hamfest tomorrow!

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 33rd annual HAMFEST 2018

Sunday, September 9th; Gates open at 7:00 am

Saratoga County Fair Grounds, 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

full details here:

Thursday, September 6, 2018

DMR and D-Star workshop on 9/8/18

Seats Still Available!

Saturday September 8th, 2018 — DMR AND D-STAR WORKSHOP
The Digital Communications Association of Perinton, DCAP, will present a workshop to describe D-Star, DMR and FUSION modes.

 Mike Moore, KC2NM will be the lead for this program. The topics for the session include:
•  Why These Modes are Different
•  Demonstration of Each Mode On the Air
•  Connection Methods for Internet Linking
•  Repeater Types That Support These Modes
•  Multimode Repeaters and Hotspots
•  Radio Programming
•  Rochester Usage — Summary of Local Use of the 3 Digital Modes
More info on this and other sessions available at
Time and Location: 10AM at the BSA 2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd
Timothy Brown,
FCC Callsign: WB2PAY
RaRa Education Coordinator
cell: 585 750 2087

Monday, September 3, 2018

MOARC - 30 year celebration!

In December of 1988 a group of ham radio operators came together to create their own radio club. Thirty years later we would like to take an afternoon to remember all of the good times we've shared. The picnics, pancake breakfasts, public service events, auctions, banquets, bunny hunts and field days we've shared have created lasting friendships and memories.

We'll be having a catered meal in the TriPlexus at Madison-Oneida BOCES with a couple of stations setup for making contacts on 20 and 40 Meters, photos and newspaper clippings from our archive and a 50/50 raffle.

So join us Sunday, September 16 from 12-4pm and let's reminisce about the last 30 years. Please RSVP to Dave Roy, N2SMJ, by September 5th at (315) 724-1596 (leave a message if no answer) or
~Rick KC2ABQ / MOARC Secretary

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Proposed shutdown of funding for WWV

WWV and WWVH are on a list of proposed cuts in the White House's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. The proposed cuts, which only recently came to light, would also include the Atomic Clock signal from WWVB.
"It is important to note that no changes to NIST services have occurred, and if the proposal were to be implemented, public notice would be provided," NIST said this week.

According to the NIST Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request the specific cut would come from the NIST Fundamental Measurement, Quantum Science, and Measurement Dissemination budget and would amount to $6.3 million.

"NIST has a long-standing history of providing time and frequency services through our radio stations and we appreciate that many people use these services," NIST said in a statement. "WWV is the longest continuously operating radio service in the US. At the same time, the proposed NIST budget for FY 2019 required difficult choices about budget priorities."

NIST said that it plans to eliminate "efforts that have been replaced by newer technologies, measurement science research that lies outside NIST's core mission space, and programs that can no longer be supported due to facility deterioration."

WWV and WWVH broadcast 24/7. Announcements include time announcements, standard time intervals, standard frequencies, UT1 time corrections, a BCD time code, geophysical alerts, and marine storm warnings. Transmissions are broadcast from separate transmitters on 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz. An experimental 25 MHz signal is also currently on the air. WWVB transmits standard Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) signals on 60 kHz to appropriately equipped devices
(from the ARRL Letter 8/23/18)

Two petitions have been started on the White House's "We the People" petition site calling for restoration of funding for these two essential radio stations. Each needs at least 100,000 electronic signatures by mid-September to generate a response from the White House. The petitions can be found at:

Sign both of the petitions here:

Very good articles from CQ News Room and others:

Monday, August 27, 2018

LARC Evaluation DMR Repeater is on the air!

LARC Evaluation DMR Repeater Available for Testing! (Facebook update from LARC on 8/27/18) 

LARC is pleased to announce the evaluation DMR repeater is available for testing. We would like to thank Len Signoretti, N2LEN, and Dennis Hudson, N2LBT, for their assistance to LARC in configuration of the repeater and integration into the larger NY DMR MARC C-Bridge network. For those knowledgeable in DMR code plug programming (radio programming) reference the following information for code plug modification
Network: DMR-MARC
Rx: 443.3MHz
Tx: 448.3MHz
Color Code: 1
Repeater Location: Cazenovia, NY

Note: PARROT is currently unavailable due to issues on the DMR MARC network and the DMRX group is working to resolve.
If you have any issues with configurating your code plugs, please contact Ron Panetta (r o n at p a n m a n . u s). If you have questions and are not familiar with code plugs, feel free to send them to Ron and he will either answer them real time or batch them up for Q&A at the September meeting. Please be sure to include your phone number in any email as some issues will be easier and faster to work via telephone than via email. For those of you who have yet to obtain a DMR identification number, please go here and register. It usually takes a couple of hours to get your ID. We cannot program your radio without that ID number.
We recognize many of you are unfamiliar with code plug programming. Fear not, LARC will be assisting in HT radio programming along with meeting programs on the topic should the membership move forward with procurement of the system.
Note that the repeater is temporarily staged at our Cazenovia location, co-located with the 147.21 repeater and will remain there until we 1) ensure any programming issues are addressed and 2) the membership votes on purchase authorization at the September meeting. Pending closure on both items, we will relocate the DMR repeater to the Pompey, NY location which is where the 146.91 repeater is located and the location of the recently disabled 443.3MHz Fusion

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Roc City Hamfest hits a home run!

 Great Hamfest today! Hats off to K2ZX; Joe and the Roc City crew! Beautiful weather, great location and lots of tailgaters, along with Rich from the RW Antenna Store. We were impressed with the nice set up and with plenty of room for the large crowd. It was nice to chat with folks and run across quite a few friends that we hadn't seen in awhile. Can't wait until next year Joe!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

LARC proposes a new DMR repeater for Syracuse

Pretty cool news! The Liverpool Amateur Radio Club is investigating a a DMR repeater and providing DMR tech training sessions In Syracuse.

Press release from LARC on their DMR plans:

Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club (LARC) Plans for Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)
August 6, 2018

DMR has been a hot topic of late and the LARC Board of Directors (the “Board”) has engaged in many discussions on the topic over the last year.  At the August 6 board meeting, the Board passed a motion to bring to the membership at the September meeting a funding authorization, pending successful evaluation (see below), for the purchase, configuration and deployment of a LARC DMR repeater for the greater Syracuse area.  If one looks at some of the DMR footprints in Upstate NY, there is a very noticeable DMR void in the Syracuse area.  Repeaters exist both to the East and West of us.  The Board believes now is an opportune time to embrace the technology as it is clearly here to stay.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Bear Bait ClubTail gate fest - 9/22/18

Bear Bait radio club is having a Tailgate fest coming up on Saturday September 22, 2018 from 7am to 1pm.

Location: Clay Historical Park
4939 State Route 31, Clay NY 13041.

Admission $5.00 Tailgate/Venders:$5.00.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Roc City Hamfest on Sat. August 25th, 2018

Should be a great event! The Roc City Crew is a class act! Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Radio Shack revival? ...maybe in Syracuse too?

Note from Jim/WA1KPG:

I just read on the ARRL website that Radio Shack is opening "Express Stores" in some HobbyTown stores across the country.

I just called Walt's HobbyTown on Dwight Park Dr. (near the John Glenn Blvd. exit off I-690) asking if Walt's would be one of the stores in the chain that would have a Radio Shack department. The person I spoke to said they haven't made a decision but are considering it.

I told him that I'm a ham radio operator and that having a Radio Shack back in Syracuse would be of interest to the many hams in the area. He said that was good information and appreciated the call, that he already received 2 or 3 other calls,  and repeated that they are definitely considering bringing in Radio Shack and are trying to determine if it would be a good business decision.

If other hams from LARC & RACES call, that may help them decide. 

Give Walt's a call!

Walt's HobbyTown
2 Dwight Park Dr.
Syracuse, NY


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend - August 18-19th, 2018

August 18-19th, 2018

A few years ago the International Association of Lighthouse Keepers decided to have an annual open day for lighthouses all around the world to encourage visitors to visit at their lighthouses. They decided that no better day could be decided upon other than the Sunday of the ILLW. This move has been highly successful as the media have become involved in quite a few of the countries involved in the event. The ILLW takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August each year and attracts over 500 lighthouse entries located in over 40 countries. It is one of the most popular international amateur radio events in existence probably because there are very few rules and it is not the usual contest type event. It is also free and there are no prizes for contacting large numbers of other stations. There is little doubt that the month of August has become "Lighthouse Month" due largely to the popularity and growth of the ILLW.

This year’s event takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August so if you haven’t done so already, find a lighthouse nearby and get a group together or do it solo and fire up a lighthouse station. In most cases if you don’t intend operating from within the lighthouse itself or one of its cottages, you really don’t need to get any approval. Most first time entrants are so enthused with the event that they return year after year. More info at:

Several Upstate NY Lighthouses will be participating.

Charlotte Lighthouse - Rochester, N.Y. - more info at:

Fort Niagara - Lewiston N.Y. 

Oswego Harbor Pier lighthouse, Oswego, N.Y. - I have received permission to operate an amateur radio station from the pier of the H. Lee White museum near the Oswego Harbor Pier lighthouse. While I can not operate from the lighthouse yet (construction and restoration in process) I will be as close to the lighthouse as possible. Set up and operation times are August 18th from 8am to 8pm. I will be evaluating set up location and details over the next few weeks. I may set up inside one of the boats from the museum!! This set up will be in conjunction with International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend and we will endeavor to contact over 500 other lighthouses and lightships with similar set ups all over the world!! See for further details. From Fred Legawiec, W2LGA (7/10/18)

Check it out and see if you can't contact some of these lighthouses around the world!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Radio operators needed - Tour De Cure bicycle event on 7/29/18

Can you help the RAGS Public Service Team?

Sunday, July 29th 2018 – Tour De Cure – Oneida Shores County Park

Please contact K9CHP; Amir Findling at: if you can help!

More information and sign-up at:

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Field Day 2018 - 6/23-24

Field Day is just a few weeks away........June 23rd and 24th, 2018

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 Upstate NY. 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!  link:

ARRL Field Day locator:

Check out one of the following LOCAL Upstate groups below:
(*please also send us your groups listings to

Friday, May 18, 2018

Cortland Hamfest - June 9th, 2018

The Cortland Hamfest will be held on Saturday June 9th from 7 AM until noon at the Cortland County Fairgrounds, 4301 Fairgrounds Dr., Cortland NY. Admission is $5.00 per person.

Outdoor flea market is free with admission; 25 indoor flea market spaces are available for $5.00 per
ten foot space. Indoor flea market is first come, first served.

VE testing will be available, and begins at 9 AM with no late entry allowed. Please bring photo ID, current amateur radio license or CSCE, the $15.00 exam fee in exact change, two number 2 pencils and a pen. Please pre-register by e-mailing; walk-ins will be accepted.

Food will be available on site, provided by the Cortland County 4-H Teen Council.

Travel directions: From the North or South - Interstate 81 to exit 12. Follow signs to Route 281 and Ithaca, NOT route 11. Turn left on to Route 281 South. In 8/10 mile, turn left again on to Fisher Ave, then turn right on to Fairgrounds Drive.
From Ithaca: Route 13 North to Route 281 North. Follow route 281 for three miles. Turn right onto Fisher Ave, then right on to Fairgrounds Drive.

We will try to monitor the 147.180 {PL 71.9} K2IWR repeater during the event.
Andrew C. Slaugh KB2LUV, Secretary
Skyline Amateur Radio Club

Monday, May 14, 2018

Adirondack Blackfly Challenge 2018 - looking for radio volunteers

The Black Fly Challenge is a 40-mile destination (one-way) gravel grinder bicycle race that attracts both serious racers and recreational riders on cyclocross and mountain bikes. It also attracts some serious adventurists, riding unicyles and 3-seat bikes. Over half the BFC race course includes gravel roads through the wild & scenic Moose River Recreation Area between Inlet and Indian Lake with some pavement and/or singletrack at either end. It is a difficult area for communications, as much of the route has no Cellphone coverage, no public safety and no services.

So we are looking for experienced Amateur radio operators willing to participate on Saturday, June 9th. The race starts from Inlet NY this year. We have many locations with as much or as little challenge as you desire. We use a mixture of VHF Simplex and Repeaters (on Blue, Gore and McCauley Mountains) mostly requiring high power and careful selection of antenna and installation.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Roc City Hamfest 8/25/18 - save the date!

Great group of guys from the Roc City Net putting this one on!

Don't miss it! It should be a good one! (Updated 5/11/18)

See the site layout below --->

Friday, May 11, 2018

Nice 220 Net link up tonight from CNY to downstate NY

Hats off to KD2KKG; Bob and all the supporting repeater owners to make some super connections tonight on the Friday night 220 Mhz Net!

Repeaters from Upstate NY, Downstate NY, Central PA, and New Jersey were all connected in tonight. 34 check-ins and many discussions took place during about a 90 minute Net. and The AllStar capability allows many link connections to happen for nets like this.

Learn more about the Friday 220 Net at:

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Onondaga County ARES/RACES Meeting 5/29/18

ARES / RACES Live Meetings

Calling all Onondaga County and joining county Amateur Radio Operators!

Our next ARES / RACES Live Meeting will be at 06:30PM (18:30) EST
on Tuesday May 29th 2018 at the Liverpool Fire Department Station 1.

Liverpool Station 1 Fire Department.
1110 Oswego St (Rt.57), Liverpool, NY 13088

Light refreshments will be served.

Please park around the back of the fire station.

more info at:

Saturday, May 5, 2018

RAGS meeting - May 10th, 2018

Central NY Hams are lucky to have such active clubs like LARC and RAGS that present excellent monthly programs at their meetings. Both groups work very hard to present informative, relevant presentations at each meeting. Check out what RAGS has coming this week:

The Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse (RAGS) next meeting is Thursday, May 10, 2018

Doors Open at 6:00PM,
On the Bench at 6:15PM
Meeting at 7:00PM
The Coffee is always on!

700 South Bay Road
Village of North Syracuse, NY

ON THE BENCH – 6:15P During this months “On The Bench” session, all of the projects completed since September will be available to those that missed them.
Topics include:
•Soldering Basics – irons, guns, wires, terminals, printed circuit boards, components……
•Building flexible test leads with alligator clips and banana plugs.
•Soldering Pl-259 connectors – each attendee will leave with a 3-4 ft. coaxial jumper.
•Building J-Pole style portable 144 mhz antennas using twin lead, coax, and BNC or PL-259 connectors.
•Building a simple powerpole polarity checker, made from a red/green LED with one resistor, powerpole connectors, hot glue, and heat shrink tubing. These sessions for new as well as experienced hams. The goals are for participants to learn basic construction skills and leave the session with a useful finished item.

Several Members Will Present Their Approaches To Portable Operations – HF, VHF, Antennas, Batteries, etc.

More info:

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Balloon launch from RIT Sunday morning - Heading eastward

Balloon launch - heading toward CNY today

W2COP shared a link to the group: Roc City Net.
1 hr
TODAY, scheduled between 0930 and 1000 hrs. RIT SPEX has a Scientific high altitude balloon launch which should be visible on APRS. You can also go to on the web and search for W2RIT or KD2LAL They are asking for HAMS particularly out to the east for possible assistance with payload location and recovery. I will be monitoring 145.11 and 444.55. Jim-W2COP

using W2RIT-B on APRS (446.1250mhz)

Monday, April 9, 2018

Balloons over Russia.........

.....balloon headed round the world!


I launched a balloon from Rochester NY on February 13, 2018 and it is still flying around the earth after 55 total days in the air.

This flight is using 2 very small balloons that cost $1.50 each using helium which makes it even more fascinating.

WSPR transmits 2 times in a row with the first being call sign and grid locator and the second using special Telemetry created by Hans Summer of QRP Labs. Hans was kind enough to allow me to use this special firmware for this U3S based transmitter.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

2018 AWA Spring Meet and Auction - May 5th, 2018


The annual Antique Wireless Association Spring Meet, Flea Market & Huge Auction will be held at Veteran’s Park in Bloomfield, NY. This is just across the road from the AWA Museum, 6945 State Route 5 at the intersection of Routes 5 & 20 and Route 444.

The AWA will be operating a Museum Bargain Table and a big Book Sale in the former AWA Annex building located in the park. As part of the meet, AWA held a Auction of duplicate and surplus items from the Museum’s artifacts. Don't miss it.  This major auction is held in the afternoon in the former AWA Annex.

Payment must be made by cash or check.  We will not be able to accept credit cards.  Auction items will be listed on the AWA web site below. Watch for updates to the list.

The BIG Auction begins at 1 p.m. at the former AWA Annex.  The Auction Preview opens at 8:00 AM.

link for more info:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

2018 Rochester Hamfest - June 2nd

News from Tim Guyot - KB1POP - 2018 Rochester Hamfest Chair

It's official, the 91st Rochester Hamfest will be happening on June 2nd, 2018 at the Hilton Exempt Club, 137  South  Ave.  Hilton,  NY 14468 from 7am to 2pm.

Vendors may enter at 6am. Access from the East and West via Rt. 90 and from the south via Rt. 390. 

(Detailed directions will be in the Hamfest edition of the RARA Rag) We've got plenty of space this year and we are excited to host you and your friends for another great hamfest!

Friday, March 23, 2018

ARRL Field Day 2018

Field Day is just a few months away........June 23rd and 24th, 2018

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 Upstate NY. 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!  link:

ARRL Field Day locator:

Check out one of the following LOCAL Upstate groups below:
(*please also send us your groups listings to

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CNY Ham Breakfast

The next breakfast is scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, March 10th, 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: ).

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: