Thursday, August 11, 2022

Storm damage to the north country 147.135 OVARC repeater - can you help them rebuild?

 Back in June, a thunder storm knocked out the 147.135 Oswegatchie Valley Amateur Radio Club (OVARC) repeater. This is a fairly wide area coverage repeater covering the St. Lawrence Valley and northern Adirondacks. It has very nice coverage in areas with little or no cellphone service. I personally use this repeater often when in the Adirondacks or Thousand Islands area. The club is in the process of raising money to bring it back to life as soon as possible. Can you help them?

Some back ground; The OVARC Club Repeater has been around for over 40 years and is located on Vrooman Ridge in the town of Fine, N.Y. It's elevation is 1480'ASL and offers coverage generally in about a 60 to 70 mile radius of it's location. It is owned, operated, and maintained by the OVARC membership. The frequency is 147.135 MHz. + and a 151.4 pl tone and also has an Echolink node #823942 or WA2NAN-R. There is a morning net 7 days a week called the Rooster Roster at 7:30 am that is well attended by folks both south and north of the Canadian border.

A note from OVARC President; Kerry Bickford, WA2NAN:

We are looking for some donations for rebuilding our repeater site here in Fine, N.Y. in the Adirondacks.​ We had a severe thunderstorm and a lightning strike on a nearby power line here on June 16th that took out our VHF repeater, a DMR repeater, a APRS digipeater, two power supplies, and a solar controller, and cooling fans. Also our power grid entrance and 75' of underground power cable and conduit.​​ The repeater has been there since 1979 when we first set it up and never had lightning or surge damage in all those years.  This time it hit power lines real close to the site and blew the national grid meter right out of the entrance about 20 feet and cooked everything from there to the building and everything that was plugged in. Devastating to our little club and emergency communications here in the Adirondack Mountains.  Nearly $5000.00 damage, and not insured, don't know if we can recover from this but we are trying. This repeater site is very important to the area and covers into 4 counties for emergencies and world-wide with our DMR station.​ We're trying hard to get everything replaced and back running before the fall.  

If you could help us out with a donation, please send it to our OVARC secretary​ KB2HPR, David Jackson. PayPal donations can also be made to my PayPal account, as the club doesn't have a PayPal account.  I am the club president and can pass donations on to the secretary.  All who donate will receive conformation of their donation.  Send PayPal to  at the PayPal web site. 

Club website:

Club Secretary: David Jackson Sr., KB2HPR, PO. Box 227, 8 Second St., Edwards, N.Y. 13635



Saturday, August 6, 2022

Lightship Weekend - Charlotte 2022

 from the August 2022 RARA Rag:

Help is needed with setup, operating and take down. Please contact Dave Timmons at

Monday, July 18, 2022

Moravia Hamfest - 7/23/22


2nd Annual Moravia Hamfest & Birthday Party

Saturday July 23 - 6am until ?????

2220 State Route 38a

Moravia, NY 13118

VE testing 10:00 am

Flea market - truck/car cruise-in

No admission fees/No parking fees

No tailgate fees

50/50 raffle

Bring the kids, dogs, etc.

Jam session – bring your instruments

Great food available by vendor 10-10 Barbeque

Contact Mike W2JWW 315-730-9217

originally posted on 6/5/22 4:09pm

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Hudson Valley 80 Meter Net - Wednesdays – 5:00 PM EDT – 3.835 MHz

 Hudson Valley 80 Meter Net - Tomorrow, Wed. June 22 – 5:00 PM EDT – 3.835 MHz

All are welcome to check-in to the weekly Wednesday sessions of the Hudson Valley 80 Meter Net beginning at 5:00 PM EDT on 3.835MHz (+/- 5-10 kHz).

There were 16 participants for last Wednesday’s Hudson Valley 80 Meter Net including on new check-in from Washington Township in New Jersey.  Welcome to Jim K2ZO a member of the Bergen Amateur Radio Club where he is the net control for their Monday night 10-meter net at 9:00 pm on 28.375 MHz.  Jim is well known for his tireless work over the years as one of the moving forces and contact for the popular BARA Hamfest each spring.

Check-ins came from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

113 different amateur radio operators from the Canadian Border to the Southern Shore of Long Island and seven states have checked-in at least once since the HV 80 Meter Net began in December of 2021.

The HV 80 Net and our associated HV 80 Website is not just for Hudson Valley Stations!    

We welcome all check-ins and Forum posts from licensed amateur radio operators.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

RAGS Hamfest - 7/9/22 -updated -

 We now have many new prize sponsors and the total door prizes have a $2400 retail value.  See attached flyer for hamfest details and our generous prize sponsors.   Pre-hamfest tickets are still available and can be purchased at under the hamfest drop down menu using PayPal or a C.C..  Tickets are $5 each or bring friends and get a free ticket....just  $20 for 5 tickets!!!

You need not be present to win the top three prizes.

July 9, 2022 ..... make it a special day!

Jerry Wright

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

International Museum Ships Weekend - June 4-5

 International Museum Ships Weekend is Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5 this year.

 We will be activating the US Army Tug LT-5 located at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum in Oswego, NY on both dates from 11AM until 5PM.

Ham radio stations will be setup in an attempt to contact as many of the other museum ships around the country as possible.

 He LT-5 is one of the last remaining tug boats used in the Normandy Invasion during World War 2 in June 1944.

 Stop by and make some contacts.


John Perkins & Larry Rusch

K2VTT                   KD2MTG

Cortland Hamfest - Sat June 11th, 2022

 The Cortland Hamfest, sponsored by the Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland, will be held Saturday June 11 from 7 AM 'till noon!

Free outdoor flea market, 25 indoor flea market spaces available at $10.00 per 10' space, first come first served.

VE testing will begin at 9 AM sharp.

Breakfast provided by the 4-H Teen Council.

Talk-in on 147.180 + PL 71.9.

For details e-mail

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

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Andrew C. Slaugh KB2LUV Secretary, 

Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland, NY 

145.490 Repeater PL 71.9 Cortland, NY

Monday, May 23, 2022

17 meter Activity Group -

 If you want to have some fun or try out a new antenna - these are the guys to check out! They start on 17M at 17:30z every afternoon. Lots of check-ins from across North America and usually around the world. Great group of folks here. Check it out!

From Gary; K5IGO

Join us daily on the Activity Groups. Open to all. It is not a net, just a bunch of guys getting together daily to check propagation on these great bands. No roll call, just a list gathered up daily. Stop by and check us out.  73

17m - 18.157.50 at 17:30 - 18:30 UTC

15m - 21.383 at 18:30 - 19:00 UTC

12m - 24.970 at 19:00 - 19:30 UTC

10m - 19:30 UTC - Freq is usually picked that day

Sunday, May 22, 2022

New Southern Tier Ham web site/app

 Thanks to our friend Kris; K2RIS for informing us about a new Southern Tier Ham Radio forum/site.

Check out Seven3 for yourself at: