Saturday, December 4, 2021

Winter Field Day

 Its not too soon to start thinking about Winter Field Day 2022 coming up on January 29th and 30th!

Metrologic Winter started this week and before you know it we will be through the holidays and into January. 

 Winter Field Day, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), will take place over the January 29-30 weekend, and it can be a terrific time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June. The event, which got its start in 2007, is not restricted to North America. All Amateur Radio operators around the world are invited to participate “Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house,” the WFDA says. “Get out and play some radio!” The WFDA said it believes that maintaining operating skills should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios.

Learn more at :

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day -2021


Skywarn Recognition Day will be December 4th, 2021

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN™ volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN™ volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative.

Skywarn RD website link:

Skywarn RD Facebook link:

Message from Micthell Gaines at the Binghamton NWS office on 12/3/21:

From all of us here at the National Weather Service in Binghamton we thank you for being weather spotters! Your service is invaluable for the community and for us at the NWS. Normally, we would have an event with HAM licensed radio operators. However, with ongoing circumstances we still wanted to reach out virtually this year. 

To represent your community you can register here

 If you have any questions you can reach myself or anytime. 

Saturday, November 20, 2021

How to coil up coax cables

I was struggling to coil up a 100' of coax last weekend and remembered reading about the "over & under" method to keep twist out of cables for storage. I quickly looked up and found the article I had book marked about this sure fire coiling technique. (I also found a nice video to demonstrate it; see the link below)

The "over/under" name refers to the practice of twisting the cable in one direction to make the first coil, and un-twisting it to make the next, and repeating this until all the cable is neatly coiled. 

Steps to "over/under" coil your cables:

1: Grab your cable and start with an overhand loop.

2: Flip the cable, and roll it underhand to create the second loop.

3: Repeat overhand and underhand until the cable coils entirely in a circle.

4: Use a velcro tie or cable tie to secure the cable in place

Care should be taken to keep each end on its proper side of the roll when uncoiling otherwise a knot will appear with every other loop. This method works both clockwise and counterclockwise, for both right-handed or left-handed individuals.

Link to a very good video of coiling 100" of coax :

(Video link from

Saturday, November 6, 2021

RARA Amateur license courses

 Rochester Amateur Radio Association has upcoming licensing courses in Jan. 2022:

(from the Nov 2021 RARA Rag)

Upcoming Rochester VE testing sessions:

Friday, October 29, 2021

Halloween Listening for Pirate Radio


Chasing Pirate Radio can be a  lot of fun and Halloween weekend is one of the best times of the year to catch some Pirate radio on the low bands. Halloween is usually the peak broadcast day for unlicensed shortwave pirates, though major holidays always have quite a few stations coming out of the woodwork.

One of our favorite web sites; SWLing has a great primer for how and where to catch some Pirate Radio this Halloween! Check out their post and have some fun this weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Seeking Amateur Radio help to better understand Radio Propagation


From the RAC website:

The HamSCI Antarctic Eclipse Festival in December is seeking Amateur Radio participation.

As the shadow of the moon passes across Antarctica on December 4, it will generate traveling ionospheric disturbances that will, in turn, affect radio propagation.

The unusual geometry of this year’s eclipses will give researchers an opportunity to investigate complicated ionospheric dynamics over the poles as the long daytime of polar summer is briefly interrupted by the eclipse.

During this and other HamSCI eclipse festivals, Radio Amateurs and citizen-scientists are asked to collect Doppler-shift data from time-standard stations, such as WWV.

All that’s needed is an HF radio connected to a computer. A GPS-disciplined oscillator is helpful for collecting data, but it is not required. Data collection will run from December 1 through December 10, and the results will be made available for scientific analysis.

All Radio Amateurs and shortwave listeners are invited to join in, even those located far from the path of totality. In 2020, more than 100 individuals from 45 countries took part in eclipse festivals. The instructions are available in multiple languages.

Read the full article here:

Visit the HamSCI - Ham Science site at:

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Onondaga County RACES/ARES Training - 11/9/21

 RACES / ARES Training Session

Tuesday November 9, 2021 – 1900 Hours

Moyers Corners Fire Station #2

7697 Morgan Road (at Buckley Road), Liverpool, NY. ( Rear of Building ). 

TOPIC:  RACES/ARES Orientation, equipment review/evaluation, reviewing programmed frequencies, plan future training sessions. 


John Perkins at :

RACES Radio Officer – Onondaga County

Monday, October 4, 2021

SKYWARN - Winter Training 2021

Winter SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes are coming!

Most upstate NY counties are conducting SkyWarn Training this Fall.

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 (some advanced classes available). These classes train volunteers how to accurately observe and report hazardous weather to the National Weather Service. The classes are 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.

See the full training schedules at:

Binghamton (Syracuse-CNY):
Buffalo (Rochester-WNY):
Albany(ENY) :

Learn more about SKYWARN and Amateur Radio at:

Friday, October 1, 2021

Check it out...Amateur Radio License Map

 Quite a few folks talking about this web site. A neat little project of data mining by a fellow Ham. Type in a zip code and zoom in on the map to see licensed Hams in your area. Check it out and see what you think for yourself.

Learn more about how they get this data:

Friday, September 10, 2021

Pumpkin Patrol 2021 - Syracuse


The Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club (LARC), the Amateur Radio community and the New York State Police (Troop T) are again pleased to sponsor the 2021 Pumpkin Patrol.

This is a two night public service event to be held on October 30th and 31st 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 use although mobile units are

If you are interested in participating for the Onondaga County portion of this event, please
contact Al May, WA2KFV at or by phone at
315-633-9280. Please specify your availability for one night or two and provide a contact e-mail and
phone number. If you have a location preference, please let me know when you register,
assignments are made on a first-come, first served basis with consideration as to where you live and
what bridge you covered in the past.

Most upstate NY counties along the NYS Thruway are also participating in this event. Check with your local club to see if they are participating!

From the September LARC LongWire newsletter

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Roc City Hamfest - another huge success this year!

 Another successful 2021 Hamfest in Upstate NY! 

Joe; K2ZX and the Roc City Net gang did it again! Nice weather and a great turnout with 350+ attendees, with the furthest person coming from Detroit, Michigan! Rich from RW Antenna store reported more than twice the business over their 2019 visit there. 

There are still a few more Hamfests to enjoy this season! Don't forget the Elmira Hamfest on 9/25 - its also another one of our favorites!!!

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