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:

Check out her latest status update on her 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:

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/

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Shortwave News and Information - SWLing Post blog

I know a lot of people say that shortwave listening is dead, but I would tend to disagree. Though its not what it once was, there is still a lot of interesting content out on the low bands. If you want to know the real state of SWL and get the latest news and reviews, we would suggest you check out the SWLing Post blog (https://swling.com/blog/ ).

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.

They aim to provide quality content in the form of:
- Everything radio, with a focus on the HF/Shortwave portions of the spectrum
- International broadcasting news
 - Amateur radio news
- Interviews
- The internet and, specifically how it influences radio broadcasters
- The history and future of shortwave radio
- Shortwave radio reviews

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Great Radio publication!

I recently received my December issue of The Spectrum Monitor (TSM). I really look forward to getting this publication each month! I am a charter subscriber since its beginning in 2014. It is very similar to the former Monitoring Times magazine which discontinued publication in 2013.
Check out TSM on their web site at: http://www.thespectrummonitor.com/index.aspx

TSM is usually around 100 pages and is packed with the latest on Amateur Radio, Shortwave, Scanning, Satellites, Radio/TV, Vintage radio, etc. The news and articles are always up to date and relevant. TSM is available only in PDF format and can be read on any device capable of opening a PDF file. I read TSM both on my tablet and PC. I also occasionally print out interesting articles that I might need for future reference in the shack.

The TSM publisher, Ken Reitz KS4ZR, is the former managing editor, features editor, columnist and feature writer for Monitoring Times. As well as a former feature writer and columnist for several other publications. TSM has some very experienced and talented writers that do a great job of covering many interesting topics each month! (learn more about the TSM staff here: http://www.thespectrummonitor.com/about-us.aspx )

Check out an older SWLing blog post review of TSM: https://swling.com/blog/2014/12/the-spectrum-monitor-only-24-for-a-years-subscription/

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Winter Field Day - January 26-27, 2019

Its not too early to start planning for Winter Field Day 2019. Winter Field Day is coming up on January 26-27, 2019 and is an opportunity to hone your winter outdoor operating skills.

Purpose: To encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter.

When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2019, the dates are January 26th and 27th. On all the bands and modes, except the WARC bands.

Winter Field Day rules: https://www.winterfieldday.com/rules

We are back! The Winter Field Day Association brings you Winter Field Day.

Join Us on Saturday, January 26 at 1900z (2:00 PM EST) until Sunday, January 27 at 1900z (2:00 PM EST). 

We have changed the rules so now it will be similar to ARRL Field Day. For example the exchange will be WX4ET 1O TN, for the Multi Ops. It will be by the number of stations, for example WX4TN 10O TN.

Operate solo, in pairs, or as a team (multi) from home, a remote location, indoors, or outdoors... it's up to you! Earn bonus points for outdoor operation, non-commercial power, and remote locations. Winter Field Day is a perfect opportunity for your club or team to put together an outing.

Check us out on the web at www.winterfieldday.com and we are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/winterfieldday/

If you post on Twitter and/or Facebook, use the hashtag #WFDA19

Hope to hear you calling CQ WFD on the bands on Winter Field Day 2019 !!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

UpstateHam site update

Our web site HTTPS settings have recently changed. All visitors are now able to view our site/blog over an encrypted (secure) connection by visiting https://www.upstateham.com. Existing links and bookmarks to this site will continue to work.

A few months ago a Google Chrome browser update started checking and identifying non-secure web site addresses. If you were using the Chrome browser you might have noticed the "Not secure" message in your address bar. We decided that we should upgrade our settings to insure a more secure connection for our visitors. You will now notice a closed padlock icon and "https" in the address.

Please email us with questions or comments at UpstateHam@gmail.com

Friday, November 23, 2018

A History of Curtis Keyers

(VA7GUR picture)

A friend; Brad Mitchell; N8YG, sent me a link to a presentation he did back in the 90's. Later he also wrote a follow up article on the history of Curtis Keyers for QST (August 2016 issue of QST). He recently annotated the presentation and shared it on YouTube. It's a pretty interesting story. Check it out! (Thanks for sending that along Brad!)

Link to the You tube video of the annotated PPT presentation from Pacificon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjsUctIE3-I&feature=youtu.be

Link to a ARRL brief article on John G. “Jack” Curtis, K6KU, SK:

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The future of tracking radio signals from above

I recently stumbled upon a few news references to a new company that is working to advance the tracking of Radio signals from above. The company; HawkEye 360 just launched their first satellite based system, named Pathfinder, on the most recent SpaceEx rocket launch.

The company expects the US military to be increasingly interested in the technology, especially considering that HawkEye 360 can deploy its sensors on airplanes and high-altitude balloons (in addition to satellites). That feature could allow for real-time tracking of drones and weak signals on a battlefield.

Another planned use of Pathfinder is more down-to-earth: The technology could detect improper use of the radio-frequency spectrum, including interference between cell-phone towers. Such interference can cause data loss between mobile devices and towers, leading to slow and unreliable internet, among other problems.

From the companies web site: "HawkEye 360 is developing a new, geospatial information solution that will use radio frequency (RF) technology to help monitor global activity across air, land and sea and assist with emergencies. Our constellation of small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) will collect information on specific radio signals worldwide to provide high-precision radio frequency mapping and analytics that we can customize to our clients’ needs."

Read the full referenced article below for more details on their future plans.

article link: https://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-to-launch-70-satellites-radio-tracking-2018-11

HawkEye360 company web site: http://www.he360.com/