Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Saturday, May 1, 2021
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.
Friday, April 23, 2021
From ARRL News - 04/12/2021
The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023. After May 3 of this year, any new station, or any existing station modified in a way that’s likely to change its RFE profile — such as different antenna or placement or greater power — will need to conduct an evaluation by the date of activation or change.
Read the full ARRL News story at:
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short-wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.
From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include over 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia.
Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio. Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000 licensed operators!
IARU has chosen “Amateur Radio: Home but Never Alone” as the theme for WARD 2021. The theme acknowledges that during our physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, amateur radio stands out as a welcome respite for its variety of activities and opportunities.
Learn more about WARD info: https://www.iaru.org/on-the-air/world-amateur-radio-day/ARRL WARD info: http://www.arrl.org/news/celebrate-world-amateur-radio-day-2021-on-april-18
Thursday, April 1, 2021
A new study published in the science journal "Standing Waves"(April 1st edition) shows that RF signals are disappearing at an alarming rate. Some scientists are going so far as to say that if action is not taken immediately, the airwaves could be completely silent by 2040.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Most upstate NY counties are conducting SkyWarn Training in March, April and May.
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): http://www.weather.gov/bgm/outreachSKYWARNtraining
Buffalo (Rochester-WNY): http://www.weather.gov/buf/Skywarn
Learn more about SKYWARN and Amateur Radio at: http://www.upstateham.com/p/skywarn.html
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Upcoming Bear Bait Radio Club Tech VE class and test
Monday, February 15, 2021
Monday, February 8, 2021
As they describe themselves: "The SWLing Post is a community of shortwave radio and amateur radio enthusiasts sharing shortwave radio reviews, news, broadcasting, pirate radio, numbers stations, interviews, and much more".
We have been long time followers and highly recommend the site for interesting, quality information. Check it out today at: https://swling.com/blog/
Saturday, February 6, 2021
The first exercise will be on Feb 23-27, 2021.
Read the article with the full 2021 schedule at: http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2021/january/dates-for-60-meter-interoperability.htm#.YB6rduhKhPY
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Simplex on 2M can be a lot of fun. If you haven't tried it in a while, you should. You might be surprised by some of the distances you can communicate directly without a repeater.
146.52 Mhz the National 2M calling frequency is the place to start. I monitor it on a scanner and have been surprised how often you will hear someone these days. Since the Pandemic started last year, there seems to be many more folks on the air, so give it a try. If you are using any of the digital voice modes (D-Star, Fusion, P25, NXDN), consider starting on 146.52 and then moving to an alternate frequency (like 146.535, 146.550 , 146.565 and 146.580 Mhz) out of courtesy to others who might only have analog capabilities.
Also, in Central NY there is a Simplex net held twice a month. Check it out:
CNY (Syracuse) 2m Simplex Night – Net Control: Larry Rausch KD2MTG
7pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month (with exception to holidays)
146.580 Mhz Primary.
Conceptual Local Cross Band Repeat system set up on 446.600 Mhz (NO PL) for stations to try if location / propagation presents difficulties.