Monday, February 18, 2019

A Fun Night at the Wireless Museum in Bloomfield! - March 20


Treat the XYL or a friend to a FUN night with the Bloomfield Home Companion Players at the AWA Museum. 

I've seen the players three times and it's different each time...you simply cannot stop laughing and enjoying yourself the entire time!  These guys rehearse hard and are professionals.   Ask anyone who attended last year.

The date is Wednesday, March 20 (7:30pm).

This time, they will put on a Live Old Time Radio Show with Music.  Reminiscent of pre-TV days, there will be sound effects, great comedy, and outstanding songs and live music.  There will be tasty refreshments too!  You will leave with a big smile on your face for sure.

Plan a night out and gather up some friends and family.  It's well worth the price of admission (5 bucks for AWA members, 10 bucks for non-member adults).  Purchase tickets in advance at the Museum on Tuesdays or Saturdays or send a note to (education.awam@gmail.com) if you'd like to use PayPal for your purchase or if you have any questions.

Get ready for some laughs! 

Details are here:  http://www.antiquewireless.org/after-hours-at-the-museum.html

Friday, February 15, 2019

FCC planning to mandate all Licensees to have FRN; FCC Registration Number

The FCC has recently notified VEC's of upcoming Commission Registration System (CORES) changes and its impact to new radio operators.  In the near future the FCC will require all FCC Registrants to establish an FCC account containing an FCC Username (a valid email address), which will be linked to their FCC Registration Number (FRN). In the past, use of a licensees Social Security number was allowed instead of the FRN. This will also affect amateurs upgrading or renewing their license.

Learn more details of this change on the Anchorage ARC webpage:
https://kl7aa.org/fcc-to-mandate-frn-establishment-prior-to-license-application-submission/




Sunday, February 10, 2019

Recent repeater updates/changes in CNY

Several CNY repeaters have updated capabilities for Echolink and AllStar:

Auburn, 147.00 now has Echolink restored, (W2QYT-R), node 9188
Syracuse, 53.67 KD2SL, has AllStar node 47460 and Echolink (N2DOW-L), node 99177
Syracuse, 224.12 KD2SL, has AllStar node 47463 and Echolink (N2DOW-R), node 324784
Syracuse, 146.67 KD2SL, Echolink (KD2SL-R), node 9177

See other Recent Repeater Changes at: https://www.upstateham.com/p/recent.html

(send us your repeater changes at: UpstateHam@gmail.com)

Friday, February 8, 2019

Save the Date! CNY Ham Breakfast!

The next breakfast is scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 8:00 am. This is a great chance to meet up with some of the folks you talk to on the air, but possibly have never met in person. Come on all you drive time radio jockeys, "6M QCWA Netters", 220mhz NET, CNY SWAP and Hobby Net check-ins - we hope to see you all there.

Location: The "Finally Ours Diner" is at 3788 West Seneca Turnpike, at the corner with Cedarville Rd. in the Onondaga Hill area of Syracuse (see directions here: http://finallyoursdiner.com/hours-contact ).


Thanks to K2WOP; Curt for his continuing efforts to put together this excellent get together.

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP on the 146.67 repeater.


Finally Ours Diner link: http://finallyoursdiner.com 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Liverpool ARC - Extra Class - coming in March 2019

Hello everyone

Here is the schedule for the Amateur Extra Class in March.  Anyone interested in attending OR presenting any part of this program is asked to send an email to training@w2cm.com.  This allows us to be able to maintain a complete distribution list for any updates or additions.  We will distribute a list of attendees to everyone so you might be able to partner up for travel or study.  Please note that this program is open to ANY current General Class license holder irrespective of membership.  Anyone (brave souls) interested in joining the class without the General Class license will need to pass that exam before they can take the Extra Class exam.

We encourage everyone to obtain the ARRL License Manual prior to the start of class.  Also, we have found that anyone who regularly utilizes any of the websites dedicated to the ARRL Question Pool more than DOUBLES their chance on passing the final exam.  Use that tool to identify the areas of weakness so you are able to utilize your study and class time to improve your understanding.

Thanks for your interest in advancing your skills in Amateur Radio to take full advantage of the added (and less crowded) bandwidth.

Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club

Schedule and Course Outline below:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Raspberry Pi workshop - RARA


RaRa Academy Workshops
What is a Raspberry Pi
— or —
If you already have one, how would you use one?
Saturday January 19th
 
These questions will be answered during the next RaRa Academy session about the Raspberry Pi. We will look into what exactly it is, how to set it up, and then what to do with it, with an emphasis on how it can be used in the ham shack.
Here are a few of the topics we will discuss:
•  What is a Raspberry Pi
•  Differences between the Arduino and a Pi
•  How to set it up
•  Installing software on the Pi - and keeping it up to date
•  Programing the Pi in Python
•  Transmitting and receiving with the Pi
•  The Pi as a tool in the ham shack
•  Resources that can help to get started (and keep going)
Latest Academy information is available at https://www.rochesterham.org/rara_academy.htm
Academy Workshops are held at the BSA Headquarters, 2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd, 10am to noon.
You can sign up for Academy Workshops by emailing education@rochesterham.org.
Please take advantage of the RaRa sponsored training and operating opportunities.
Timothy Brown,
FCC Callsign: WB2PAY
RaRa Education Coordinator
cell: 585 750 2087

Thursday, January 3, 2019

CNY Ham Radio Breakfast on January 26th, 2019

The next breakfast is scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at 8:30 am. This is a great chance to meet up with some of the folks you talk to on the air, but possibly have never met in person. Come on all you drive time radio jockeys, "6M QCWA Netters", CNY SWAP and Hobby Net check-ins - we hope to see you all there.

Location: The "Finally Ours Diner" is at 3788 West Seneca Turnpike, at the corner with Cedarville Rd. in the Onondaga Hill area of Syracuse (see directions here: http://finallyoursdiner.com/hours-contact ).


Thanks to K2WOP; Curt for his continuing efforts for this excellent get together.

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP on the 146.67 repeater.


Finally Ours Diner link: http://finallyoursdiner.com 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

220 mhz Friday night NET is expanding



The 220 mhz Friday night NET is reaching out further! The KD2SL 224.120 Repeater in Syracuse that hosts the Friday night 220Mhz Net at 7pm, has added more links through the AllStar network. Recent weeks have had 220 Repeaters from all over the country!

This is a general net, open to various discussion topics, but the main intent is to promote use of the 220 mhz band. So come join our net control host; Bob; KD2KKG on this growing Friday night net! 

There is still potential to add in other 220 MHz repeaters in the future for this Friday evening net (through ALLSTAR linking). 



A big Thank you! to Kevin; KD2SL, Dave; W2ACC and Mike; KA2NDW our repeater trustees for adding this great linking capability to their repeaters and hosting this net from here in CNY! Also your host Bob; KD2KKG and his assistant Tim; N2VZD

Some recent Friday night linked in repeaters:  (always looking for more!)

Node Mode  Callsign Channel CTCSS  Location
2592  Transceive  KA1MXL         IRLP #9870  BM TG 31444

27273  Transceive  K2ETS 223.960  110.0  Watchung, NJ

27854  Transceive  WB8GRS 224.98  123    Little Elm, TX
41306  Transceive  N6TBQ 927.900  311          Loma Prieta, Ca
42596  Transceive  KA2NDW        224.470  82.5  Clyde, NY
42693  Transceive  W2ACC 224.260  110.9  Stanley, NY
47463   Echolink  N2DOW         224.120  324784  Kirkville, NY

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Cortland Hamfest - Marathon, NY - Saturday 1/12/18


One of the first Upstate NY Hamfests of the new year!

WHAT:    Cortland Winter Hamfest
WHEN:    January 12, 2019, 7am - Noon
WHERE:  Marathon Civic Center, 16 Brink St. Marathon NY

Sponsored by the Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland, NY

Admission: $5.00 each, 12 and under free. Tables: $5.00 each plus admission

Please note: We are unable to offer VE testing this year.

More info: http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/sarc-winter-fest

Directions: (Signs will be posted)
From Syracuse (north): I-81 south to Marathon exit 9. Turn left on to Route 11 south. At the traffic light, turn right on to route 221 west. Turn left on to Peck St. immediately before the green steel deck bridge.
From Binghamton (south): I-81 North to Marathon Exit 9.Turn left on to route 221 west. Go straight through the traffic light. Turn left on to Peck St. immediately before the green steel deck bridge.
From Ithaca: Route 13 east to route 38 south to route 221 east. Turn right on to Peck St. immediately after the green steel deck bridge.

--
Andrew C Slaugh KB2LUV - Secretary

Friday, December 28, 2018

Listen to VE0JS on her RTW sailing attempt

Jeanne Socrates - Maritime Mobile on her Round The World (RTW) Record Setting Sail 


Jeanne Socrates; VE0JS is about 3 months into her around-the-globe voyage that could set a new world record. The 76-year-old sailor set sail from Victoria BC, Canada in early October aboard her 38-foot sail boat.Jeanne is attempting to the be the oldest person to sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the globe. She already holds the record as the oldest woman to circumnavigate the globe.

Socrates has made two attempts to be the oldest person to sail alone, but has experienced several challenges during her initial voyages. Well underway on her current attempt, Socrates officially crossed the equator on November 4th and the tip of Africa on December 20th.


If all goes according to plan, Socrates is aiming to circumnavigate the globe in eight months which would bring her back to Victoria in May of 2019. Check out her progress, radio schedule and other trip details on her QRZ link below:

Jean's QRZ page:
https://www.qrz.com/db/VE0JS/?mlab=

Check out her latest status update on her blog: 
https://svnereida.com/blog


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Holiday Serenade on Sideband Set from Antarctica


Each year, volunteers at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, celebrate the holidays by serenading those at the remote, Antarctic field camps via HF radio. This year, ham radio operators and SWLs around the world are invited to listen in and email listener reports. The broadcast will be on Sunday, December 23, 2300 UTC [6pm EST] (December 24, 1200 New Zealand Time), on 7,995 kHz USB.

Email reports to Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF. Request QSLs via W2NAF on QRZ.com.

(from the ARRL website)


McMurdo Station is a real-life U.S. Antarctic research center on the south tip of Ross Island, which is in the New Zealand-claimed Ross Dependency on the shore of McMurdo Sound in Antarctica.

McMurdo Station webcams and info:
https://www.usap.gov/videoclipsandmaps/mcmwebcam.cfm

More station info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMurdo_Station

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Canadian National Parks On The Air - 2019

Much like the NPOTA 2017 here in the USA, Canada will begin its own version on January 1st 2019.


From the CNPOTA web site:

Well hello hams from all over the world. Welcome to the Canadian version of working Parks and Historic Sites managed by Parks Canada. This is the brainchild of a small dedicated group of Hams in the Halifax, Nova Scotia area. We are all volunteers and we have a $0.00 budget to make all this happen.

We needed and received moral support from Radio Amateurs of Canada ( RAC ) and Parks Canada to welcome hams to come and operate at Historic Sites and Parks as listed elsewhere on this site. It is also very important to have Hams from all over the world chasing these adventurous operators  while operating in these Parks & Histor

More info at: https://cnpota.ca/