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.

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!!!

More Pictures:

Friday, August 6, 2021

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 8/21-22


International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 2021


Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, 

70 Lighthouse St. Rochester, NY 14612

The Rochester Amateur Radio Association, (RARA) will set up HAM RADIO STATIONS for this weekend. They will be contacting other stations around the World and U.S. Come learn more about Ham Radio.

An annual event since 1998, ILLW began as the Scottish Northern Lights Award run by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group. The history of the event can be found at This event has grown to attract over 500 lighthouse entries located in over 40 countries. This is a great event for all experience levels. It is not a contest and there are no prizes.

Learn more about ILLW weekend sites at:

Here is a little more about the history of our Rochester lighthouse:
Founded in 1983, the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society’s mission is to preserve and maintain the Genesee Lighthouse Tower (1822), the Lighthouse Keeper's House (1863), and its historic acreage as an educational center. Open to the public, local residents and visitors from around the world can learn the story of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, lock-ups of Charlotte, and saving Lives on Lake Ontario by the Government Agencies of Charlotte. There is also a display of Ontario Beach Park, marine history and the International Peace Garden. As commercial marine trade increased, so did the need to establish a lighthouse for safely guiding boat traffic into and out of the “Port of the Genesee” whose entrance was partially blocked by sandbars. In 1822 the United States Government acquired the choice bluff site and solicited proposals to build a lighthouse, lantern, dwelling house and well, at the mouth of the Genesee. Another larger dwelling house was constructed in 1863.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Another Great Upstate NY Hamfest!

Hats off to Mike; W2JWW and his faithful assistant Lindsley; KM4ISJ for putting together the awesome Hamfest in Moravia, NY yesterday!

The Hamfest was well attended and blessed with a beautiful sunny day! There was lots of equipment for sale and quite a few faces we had not seen in a long time. Also thanks to the folks from Eastern NY who traveled 3+ hours up to CNY, along with a strong contingent from Rochester. Great to see everybody and enjoy some face-to-face communications.

More pictures below.....

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Batavia Hamfest – July 17th, 2021

 Batavia Hamfest  – 

Saturday July 17th, 2021

Alexander  Firemen Grounds   – 10708 Alexander Rd. (Route 98), One mile south of Rt 20, Alexander NY   14005   

Outdoor  Flea Market –  FREE Tailgating    6:00am – till
Buy/Sell   Ham radio gear

Everyone will be  required to follow
the New York State Mandate for outdoor guidelines
of social distancing and face masks, etc. 
Admission only $8.00 –
Talk In: 147.285  PL 141.3    Batavia repeater

Questions can be addressed to Luke N2GDU at:

Thursday, July 1, 2021

RAGS Hamfest - July 10th, 2021, new flyer!


5/1 note from the RAGS Team:

Note we have the usual nice prizes, with the top prize being a $500 Gift Certificate to DX Engineering.  Universal Radio closed their storefront last fall, but they were gracious enough to donate a number of smaller prizes, again this year.

You can buy tickets online at and pay with any major credit card or PayPal.   We are still offering the 5 tickets/$20 group discount!!!

Also, Roger,WA2AEW, has tickets.

Jerry, NK2C

Thursday, June 24, 2021

"The Termination Event" .......more predictions on Solar Cycle 25

For the last year or so we have heard several predictions for Solar Cycle 25. Originally predicted to be a weak cycle by both NOAA and NASA, a new concept predicts something quite different. 

In this new concept in solar physics solar cycle 25 hasn’t even started yet. Scientists at the the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) predict that when oppositely-charged bands magnetism collide at the Sun’s equator, they obliterate each other and they “terminate.” Based on their research into previous solar cycles, it’s this event that determines the magnitude of the solar cycle, as well as when the cycle begins and ends.

If that “termination event” happens soon it could help validate this new theory and also see the new solar cycle 25 become one of the most active ever observed.

Learn more in this article from

NASA's official Cycle 25 prediction: