Saturday, December 27, 2014

Marathon Hamfest - 2 weeks away!

Its coming up fast, the Marathon Hamfest the first local Hamfest of 2015!

Saturday January 10th 2015 at the Marathon NY Civic Center, corner of Brink & Peck St. in Marathon NY
7AM – noon, Admission $5.00
VE tests will be given at 9 AM with no late entry.

Reserve tables at Reserve now, tables usually sell out.
Free coffee!!

Directions: I-81 to exit 9
Follow signs to Route 221 West
Turn left just before steel deck bridge on to Peck St.
Cross Brink St, Drive straight in to the parking lot.

Sponsored by the Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I wanted to take a moment to wish all our UpstateHam viewers a Merry Christmas and joyous Holiday Season!

Thanks to all the contributors for your suggestions and radio information updates that we publish here. (...and always feel free to e-mail us with ideas and information at

A reminder, the Wednesday night CNY SWAP and Information net will NOT be on the air December 24th and 31st because of  the holiday. Tim; N2VZD will take a well deserved break over the holidays returning again on Wednesday January 7th for the New Years edition of the CNY Swap and Information net.

Thanks also to all the "hammies" out there that make this great hobby possible. We appreciate the guys that the run the NET's, lead the clubs and build our repeaters.

......and Please don't forget to support our repeater owners and trustees that build and maintain our great repeaters in Upstate NY. Their is a lot of time, aggravation and expense involved in keeping our repeaters operating. Make a donation to your favorite repeater today!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Special Event Stations on the Air from the Land of Santa Claus

The Santa Claus stations, OH9SCL (“Santa Claus Land”) and OF9X (“Old Father Nine Xmas”) are on the air! As Santa is busy loading up his sleigh preparing for his journey around the world, his elves will be at the controls of Santa Radio and can tell you Santa's whereabouts. Stop by and say hello. Santa’s journey starts from Finnish Lapland, continuing through the dangerously narrow Baltic airspace to end up on Christmas Day in the US.
Principal radio activity will be over the weekends before and after Christmas. The Santa activity should be around 25 kHz from the band edges, and the SSB pole position is at 14,225 kHz. My DX Summit will feature OH9SCL and OF9X on its Santa menu selection. Occasionally Santa will be available on video, mostly when on 20 meters SSB. Tap the Video and Audio button on the OF9X page, and you may not only see Santa but hear how your own signal sounds in the Land of Christmas.

Friday, December 19, 2014

146.61 Repeater back on the air in Ithaca!

The Cornell Amateur Radio Club has returned the 146.610(-) 103.5 PL, W2CXM repeater to full operation. This repeater is located on top of the 9 story Bradfield Hall, on Tower Road, on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca NY. The repeater easily covers the greater Ithaca area, with very low power required for operation. If you are in the area - give it a try!