Thursday, March 27, 2014

Upcoming VE exam in Syracuse (Liverpool)

Amateur Radio VE Exams are being held on April 19,2014 at noon, at the Liverpool Library, 210
Tulip Street, Liverpool N.Y. for licensed Ham Radio operators preparing to upgrade or  those working to obtain their new Ham ticket.

Registration: Sargent Room 12-1 p.m.  

You will need two forms of ID, one w/your picture, and $14 fee (W5YI-VEC)  cash or M.O.
Walk-ins are allowed. 

Questions,contact the Syracuse VE Team :

Thank you. 

Viv, WA2PUU - Syracuse VE Team Contact 

The Syracuse VE Team conducts exams every quarter. Contact them at the e-mail address above if you have any questions.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Missing Ham equipment - HELP!

Please be on the lookout for some radio equipment that was stolen in Cayuga County in the last 30 days.

This equipment may be in the Auburn/Syracuse/Rochester area.......please watch for it!

Comet CAA-500 Antenna Analyzer
Kenwood TS-50 HF Mobile/base radio
Kenwood AT-50 Auto tuner
Ranger RCI 2950 10 meter mobile radio

If you have heard of or seen this equipment, or have questions about it,  please contact Tim, N2VZD at or give him a shout on the 146.67 KD2SL repeater.

Thanks for your help!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ham Radio magazine archives

Have you ever wanted to find some of those old Ham radio magazine articles? Well, thanks to the Internet you can now have access to copies of hundreds of old Ham radio publications. These archives are searchable and contain a lot of excellent information that is still very relevant to our hobby. Check it out!

Archives with free downloadable copies of several old Radio magazines:

Ham Radio was a monthly amateur radio enthusiast magazine published in the United States from February 1968 to June 1990

73 Magazine (also known as 73 Amateur Radio Today) (OCLC 22239204) was a United States-based amateur radio magazine that was published from 1960 to 2003. It was known for its strong emphasis on technical articles and for the lengthy editorials in each issue by its founder and publisher, Wayne Green.

ARRL members also have free access to the QST magazine archives dating from 1911 to 2012

Old Radio & TV Broadcast publications - very interesting history......

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tropospheric Propogation on VHF/UHF

Tropospheric propagation describes electromagnetic propagation in relation to the troposphere.

The service area from a television (TV) or frequency modulated (FM) radio transmitter extends to just beyond the optical horizon, at which point signals start to rapidly reduce in strength. Listeners or Viewers living in such a "deep fringe" reception area will notice that during certain conditions, weak signals normally masked by noise increase in signal strength to allow quality reception. Such conditions are related to the current state of the troposphere.

Tropospheric propagated signals travel in the part of the atmosphere adjacent to the surface and extending to some 25,000 feet (7,620 m). Such signals are thus directly affected by weather conditions extending over some hundreds of miles. During very settled, warm anticyclonic weather (i.e., high pressure), usually weak signals from distant transmitters improve in strength.

Learn more on Wikipedia:

Cool Tropo websites:

Tropospheric Ducting Forecasts:

Tropospheric Ducting explanation and how to use:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Auburn's 2nd Annual Ham Swap Meet is coming!

2nd Annual Auburn Ham Swap Meet

When?   Saturday May 3rd, 2014 (first Sat. in May)
Time?    7am to noon
Where?  Located at the old GE plant parking lot,  the location is next to the McDonalds Restaurant
             GPS location is :  357 Genesee Street Auburn 13021
Admission is $3.00 at the gate or a bag of (unexpired) canned goods.  All proceeds will be donated to a local Food Pantry.

Come join us at a great little Saturday morning Swap Meet (mini-hamfest).
There are no shelters, food or bathrooms.
However, McDonalds is 100 ft east of the Swap.

Hot coffee and rest rooms are available next door.  If it rains, plan accordingly

Questions? Email Jim WT2W,

Sell from your trunk, tailgate, or bring a table. This was a fun event last year, so tell all your friends.

Monday, March 10, 2014

AC2GE - Dexter N.Y. Repeater is changing frequencies

A Note from Julie and Will....................

Date: 3/10/14

Subj: Repeater frequency change

Hi to you all,

As of the end of this week the 146.76- repeater will be no more. Due to much interference from other repeaters with the same frequency, and interference from other electronics with that frequency (ever go by a gas station with that frequency on?), it is being changed.  The new frequency will be 147.030+ pl 151.4.  The repeater will be deactivated as of Wednesday evening and will hopefully be back up with the new frequency on Thursday evening.

Thank you for your patience at this time!

Julie (KC2ZTG) & Will (AC2GE) Covey