Monday, May 20, 2024

ARRL Field Day - June 22-23, 2024


ARRL Field Day is just a month away! 

Do you have plans with a club or friends yet? Why not visit one of the many groups having events here in Upstate NY. ARRL Field Day locator: https://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

The object of Field Day is to work as many stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 Meter HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above, and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio.

More info at: https://www.arrl.org/field-day




Saturday, May 18, 2024

Museum Ship Weekend - June 1-2, 2024

 Good evening fellow HAMS,


Once again, this year I plan on setting up a portable operation amateur radio station at the US Army tugboat LT-5 at the H Lee White Museum in Oswego, NY. I’ll be set up for the Museum Ship Weekend Event on June 1st and 2nd. Operating times are planned for 9am to 5pm depending on mother nature of course. The event details can be found at https://www.nj2bb.org/museum/ .  It is a fun event as we try to contact many other ships from all over the world with similar set-ups. Many Aircraft Carriers and Battleships have already signed up. The full list is on the website!!

Stop by or check in,

73’s

Fred Legawiec, W2LGA


more info on the H Lee White Museum in Oswego: https://hlwmm.org/

Monday, May 13, 2024

Cortland Hamfest - Sat. 6/8/24 (Updated)


The 42nd annual Cortland Hamfest and Technology Fair will take place on Saturday June 8th at the Cortland County Fairgrounds, 4301 Fairgrounds Dr. in Cortland.

 Admission: $6.00 per person, under 12 free. Outdoor Flea market is free with admission. There are 25 indoor flea market spaces available for $10.00 per 10' length, first come first served.
 
VE tests will be available beginning at 9 AM.

Coffee and Donuts will be available.

 Travel Directions: 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: 4301 Fairgrounds Dr. Cortland, NY 13045

 We hope to see you there!
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Andrew Slaugh KB2LUV Secretary, Skyline Amateur Radio Club

more info at: https://skylinehamradioclub.org/?page_id=76

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Solar Event continues to unfold this weekend!

 HF radio communications remain unstable this afternoon here in Upstate NY. The effects of this weeks solar storms are expected to continue to affect HF communications through the weekend.


More info at: https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

Significant HF radio effects from this weeks Solar events!

 HF radio communications were barely possible this morning here in Upstate NY. The effects of this weeks solar storms are expected to continue for the next few days. If cloud cover diminishes we may be able to see some Aurora activity this evening here in CNY!


More info at: https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

Space weather info: https://solarham.com/

Friday, May 10, 2024

Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the evening of Friday, May 10

 

NOAA FORECASTS SEVERE SOLAR STORM; MEDIA AVAILABILITY SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, MAY 10


    published: Thursday, May 09, 2024 23:02 UTC

For Immediate Release [May 9, 2024]   

MEDIA ADVISORY

NOAA forecasts severe solar storm; media availability scheduled for May 10

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) — a division of the National Weather Service — is monitoring the sun following a series of solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that began on May 8. Space weather forecasters have issued a Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the evening of Friday, May 10. Additional solar eruptions could cause geomagnetic storm conditions to persist through the weekend.

A large sunspot cluster has produced several moderate to strong solar flares since Wednesday at 5:00 am ET. At least five flares were associated with CMEs that appear to be Earth-directed. SWPC forecasters will monitor NOAA and NASA’s space assets for the onset of a geomagnetic storm.

CMEs are explosions of plasma and magnetic fields from the sun’s corona. They cause geomagnetic storms when they are directed at Earth. Geomagnetic storms can impact infrastructure in near-Earth orbit and on Earth’s surface, potentially disrupting communications, the electric power grid, navigation, radio and satellite operations. SWPC has notified the operators of these systems so they can take protective action. Geomagnetic storms can also trigger spectacular displays of aurora on Earth. A severe geomagnetic storm includes the potential for aurora to be seen as far south as Alabama and Northern California. 

WHAT:    Media availability via teleconference on the unfolding space weather event and Geomagnetic Storm Watch. 

WHO:    Experts from NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center

WHEN:                Friday, May 10, 2024; 10 a.m. EDT 

        CALL-IN #:    630-395-0205

        INTERNATIONAL (TOLL FREE): 800-988-9736

        PASSCODE: 8186632

VIDEO:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dr2BIlDGDk&feature=youtu.be(link is external)

Video Caption: NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite captured the eruption from the sun that occurred around 2 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2024. Credit: NOAA

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center is the official source for space weather forecasts, watches, warnings and alerts. Visit www.spaceweather.gov for updates. The public can subscribe to receive NOAA space weather alerts, warnings, and watch information at pss.swpc.noaa.gov.  

Contact:  Erica Grow Cei, erica.grow.cei@noaa.gov(link sends e-mail), 202-853-6088




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MORE INFO AT: https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

Thursday, May 2, 2024

East Coast Reflector is holding a "Meet and Greet" - Orchard Park NY - 6/8/24

 The East Coast Reflector is holding a "Meet and Greet" on June 8, 2024. 

This will be held at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY.  This will be held at Martin's Lodge from 1 PM to 8 PM. Dinner will be from 3 PM to 6 PM.  Cost is a donation of $15 per person.  There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.  Talk in will be on 146.520.  Food available will be hot dogs, hamburgers, cheese burgers and BBQ beans.  There will besome drinks available.  Last year, hams came from throughout Eastern USA. Tailgating will be allowed and clubs are invited to bring along several pamphlets on their clubs and membership applications. Hope to see you all there!

more info here: https://www.eastcoastreflector.com/ecr-2024-meet-greet/



Wednesday, May 1, 2024

RARA operating event - Rochester - Sat. 5/4/24

 Operating Event for New(ish) Hams



Saturday May 4, 2024 (10am setup, 11am open)

We have had great success in the last three years in getting new or new-again hams kick-started in their ham radio career.

This year's event will be on May 4th (Star Wars Day, so feel free to bring your lightsaber), and will again be at the Pathfinder Shelter in Black Creek Park. We can access the shelter starting at 10am, this is when setup will start and then our new(ish) hams will join us at 11am. The event goes until we run out of audience, or out of steam, which usually is between 3 and 4pm.

If you would like to interest somebody who is new to the hobby in your niche of ham radio, here is your opportunity :)

I would like to again have a wide range of topics that we can present. In years past, we've had antenna building, portable operating, digital modes, CW, soldering, programming HTs, foxhunting, throwing antennas into trees and more.

If you can spare a few hours to help our newest hams to get started in the hobby, they will appreciate your effort and your time.

If you would like to participate, please send me an email with what topic you would like to present. If you would like to participate, but don't have a good idea yet about what to do, let me know, I can help you with some ideas.

THANK YOU!


Karl Heinz, K5KHK    education@rochesterham.org

Location:

Pathfinder Shelter, Black Creek Park in Chili https://www.google.com/maps/search/Pathfinder+Shelter,+Black+Creek+Park+in+Chili/@43.0853966,-77.8047603,13z?entry=ttu

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

RAGS portable ops demo party - this Saturday!

 Reminder - RAGS is having an "open to the public" Amateur Radio Demonstration at Cedar Bay Park in Town of Dewitt, 8A-2P.  There will be portable amateur stations set-up.  This is a POTA park and is also within the Erie Canal Corridor POTA park.  

Please come to visit, or to operate if you like, or for just good old fellowship.  There will be coffee and donuts!!! 



Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Chasing weather balloons

Want to track a weather balloon? This is a pretty cool website that tracks weather balloon across the country.  You can also listen for their data packet telemetry on your radio when they in your area (Buffalo generally uses 403.800mhz). The NWS in Buffalo and Albany launch balloons around 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM everyday. They also may launch at other times like during storms. Check it out here: https://sondehub.org/#!mt=Mapnik&mz=7&qm=3h&mc=43.45329,-75.39917


Learn more about how the tracker works here: https://github.com/projecthorus/sondehub-tracker/wiki/SondeHub-Tracker-User-Guide#sondehub-tracker-overview


Cool tracking info: https://www.overlookhorizon.com/how-to-launch-weather-balloons/how-to-track-nws-weather-balloons/

More info from NOAA: https://www.weather.gov/upperair/

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Nice Drumlins Hamfest yesterday

Great turnout and weather yesterday for one of our favorite early season Hamfests! The best crowd we have seen there in a couple of years and lots of used equipment for sale. The Drumlins Club always does a very nice job and has great site there in Newark NY. Thanks guys!









Monday, April 15, 2024

Help needed - RAGS Public service comms for WorkForce Run on June 6th

We are still in need of committed operators for the WorkForce Run on June 6.  This event is a late afternoon event with a pre-event meet-up at 5PM.  

Please sign-up by either going to www.ragsclub.org, click on the Public Service and fill out the Public Service Event Form OR email Andriy at KD2KUB@gmail.com or Walt at n2ikwkb@gmail.com.

This is a nice short event and our help is always greatly appreciated.

Jerry, NK2C