Saturday, May 1, 2021

RAGS Hamfest 2021 - new location, 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 www.ragsclub.org/hamfest 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

Friday, April 23, 2021

Updated Radio Frequency Exposure rules

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:

http://www.arrl.org/news/updated-radio-frequency-exposure-rules-become-effective-on-may-3


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Zoom today: "Summits on the Air" strategy with the June VHF Contest?

 All are invited to attend today's Rochester VHF Group session at 11AM, on Zoom.  It is  geared to VHF FMers and narrowband SSB/CW operators alike!


What do you get when you mix a "Summits on the Air" strategy with the June VHF Contest?  F-U-N, while building orienteering, emergency communication, rovering, competition/sporting, and general operating skill.

Published author and nationally recognized amateur radio enthusiast Bob Witte (K0NR) will join us on Saturday, April 17 at 11:00 AM ET to share his experience and strategies with us.  As always, this will include audience Q&A, too!

All are invited!  You don't have to be a member of the VHF Group to attend.  Register now to get a link.


Regards,
Ev, W2EV
Rochester VHF Group

Sunday, April 4, 2021

RAGS Hamfest - July 10th

 Correction:

The date published in the recent RAGS Review was incorrect.  The location and correct date is:


RAGS HAMFEST : 

SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2021

6117 NEWPORT ROAD

CAMILLUS, NY 13031


SAVE THE DATE!!!


Saturday, April 3, 2021

World Amateur Radio Day - Sunday April 18th

World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is coming up on Sunday April 18th. 2021 marks the 96th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded at the 1925 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Paris. 

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!

April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide and the fun we have.


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

Scientists Warn RF May Disappear Completely by 2040

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.

Read more: http://ve7nfr.com/thedipole/scientists-warn-rf-may-disappear-completely-by-2040?fbclid=IwAR0ukhZxgMh43PQLzuMB6RluQSgQ_TKUk3O5rBeOUkyUuhFttQdKcfEyWuk#




APRIL FOOLS!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Skywarn Training - Spring 2021

Spring SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes are coming!

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
Albany(ENY) :https://www.weather.gov/aly/skywarn

Learn more about SKYWARN and Amateur Radio at: http://www.upstateham.com/p/skywarn.html 

https://www.weather.gov/bgm/outreachSKYWARNtraining

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Bear Bait Radio Club Tech VE class and test - 4/24-25

 Upcoming Bear Bait Radio Club Tech VE class and test

 April 24th & 25th 2021 From 8AM to 5 PM each day. Test on Sunday.

Clay Highway Building
4483 State Rt 31, Clay NY 13041
Contact; WA2DTN@arrl.net

Monday, February 15, 2021

CNY C4FM Yaesu Fusion Digital Net

 message from Andy; W2AND

C4FM Fusion NET on Thursday nights at 8pm

On Pat's WN8Z 147.39 Repeater in Fulton NY

Hosted by W2AND; Andy

Grab your Yaesu and have some digital fun!

Thanks

Andy; W2AND


Monday, February 8, 2021

One of our favorite sites for interesting & timely SWL information

 

If you have even the slightest interest in short wave listening, SDR or amateur radio, you really should check out this blog. The editor and primary contributor on the SWLing Post is Thomas Witherspoon (K4SWL / M0CYI). He has been a passionate supporter of shortwave radio and international broadcasting most of his life. He also has stories from various contributors from around the world.

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

MARS announces dates for 60-meter interoperability

 from SouthGate:

The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) has announced dates in 2021 during which MARS members will operate on 60 meters for interoperability with the amateur radio community. Some dates coincide with quarterly Department of Defense Communications Exercises (COMEX).

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

Have you tried Simplex on 2M lately?

 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.