Friday, January 29, 2016

January VHF/UHF contest this weekend!

The ARRL January VHF/UHF contest is this weekend. If you haven't tried this contest you should. Maybe you can hook up with the rovers working in WNY!

...........also don't forget this is also Winter Field Day weekend as well.

Nice Article from the February RaRa Rag about this weekends VHF/UHF contest:

author: Jarred Jackson, KF2MR, Rochester VHF Group 

The January VHF/UHF contest starts on January 30th at 2pm and runs through Sunday January 31st at 11pm. The purpose of the contest is to contact as many amateurs as possible on as many VHF/UHF and microwave bands as you can, using FM simplex (no repeaters), or narrow-band operating modes (SSB/CW). Two stations only need to exchange call signs and grid squares (see the map below).

Thursday, January 28, 2016

CNYARA club meeting change in Oneida

The Central New York Amateur Radio Association (CNYARA) Monthly Meetings will now be held on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Denny's in Oneida NY. Denny's is located in the Glenwood Shopping Plaza, 1078 Glenwood Ave, Oneida, NY 13421 (near the corner of Rt 5 and Rt 46)

Please see the link below for directions!" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Denny's

We hope to see you there!

Thank you very much,
Toby N2TOB, Secreatry CNYARA

Friday, January 22, 2016

Save the date! 2016 - AWA Spring meet

2016 Antique Wireless Association Spring Meet

Each year the AWA traditionally hosts its Spring Meet in Bloomfield, New York on the first Saturday of the month of May.  For 2016, the Spring Meeting is Saturday, May 7th.  This year as last, the event has been expanded.

AWA SPRING MEET and BIG AWA AUCTION (Tentative Schedule)

As part of this year’s AWA Spring Meet, the AWA will hold a very special, a very BIG auction of duplicate items from the Museum’s collection.  The BIG auction will be held in the afternoon at Rhonda’s Auction House just down the street from the Spring Meet and the Museum.  Don’t miss this very special, very BIG auction.  A partial list of items to be auctioned will be posted on the AWA web site as they are set aside for the auction.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

KD2SL repeater UPDATES

Kevin; KD2SL is doing some upgrades to the KD2SL linked repeaters in Syracuse. There are many recent adjustments and other improvements planned for 2016 but an important one is the repair of the link radio capability.

The link radio is being updated to a new radio after some problems over recent months. Read more about the upgrade, linking capabilities and how you can help at: link:

UPDATE 1/24/16:
The new link radio is here, and fully paid for by local hams!  In case I can’t make it to the nets this week, please mention that thanks to the generosity of local hams, the link radio has been replaced, and will be on the air in a few weeks.

73 – Kevin KD2SL

Saturday, January 16, 2016

SKYWARN - Onondaga County is on Facebook

Onondaga County ARES / Skywarn now has a Facebook page  (ONONDAGA COUNTY ARES SKYWARN) that will soon provide contact information, training dates and other information to support our public service here in Onondaga County.

Thank you for for your  support;


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Winter Field Day - January 30-31, 2016

Winter Field Day is coming up and is an opportunity to hone your winter outdoor operating skills.

Purpose: To encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter.
When: The contest runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Saturday to 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Sunday.
For 2016, the dates are January 30 and 31, 2016. Station set up may begin no earlier than 1300 UTC (8:00 AM EST) on January 30, 2016.
Bands: All bands, except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters.
Modes: Any mode.
a) Number of operators: 1, 2, Multi
b) Site: Indoor, Outdoor, Home

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Marathon Hamfest is only 2 weeks away!

The Skyline Amateur Radio Club "winter 'fest" hamfest will be
 held January 16th from 7AM to noon at the Marathon NY Civic
Center, corner of Peck and Brink St, Marathon NY.

Talk-in on the 147.180 Cortland Repeater + offset 71.9 PL Admission is $5.00 per person.
Sorry, VE testing will not be available this year.

Reserve your tables now, as they are subject to selling out.
To reserve tables or for information contact Pat KC2BQZ at or 315-456-8955.

Overnight accommodations available close by at the Three Bear Inn (607)

For your Garmin or Tomtom: use the address 7 Peck St. Marathon, NY. It will get you close. The Civic Center building has no posted street address.

Directions to the event:

 From Syracuse and North:
I-81 south to Marathon Exit 9
Turn left at the bottom of the ramp.
Turn right at the first traffic light on to route 221 west.
Turn left on to Peck St. It will be just before a girder bridge, and just after the elementary school.
Continue straight in to the parking lot behind the brown sugar shack.
Please leave the parking spaces across from the building for handicap.

 From Binghamton and South:
I-81 north to Marathon Exit 9
Turn left at the bottom of the ramp.
Continue straight at the traffic light on to route 221 west.
Turn left on to Peck St. It will be just before a girder bridge, and just after the elementary school.
Continue straight in to the parking lot behind the brown sugar shack.
Please leave the parking spaces across from the building for handicap.

..............Thanks to Andy; KB2LUV for sending that on to us!

Send us your Hamfest updates to 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Where to go on the Internet to find Answers for your Amateur Radio Issues

LARC BootCamp - January 2016

Check out the LARC Bootcamp session this month for an interesting explanation on how to effectively access Ham Radio resources on the Internet. Ron Panetta; WB2WGH, will give a demonstration showing various Internet resources available to get answers to Amateur Radio questions and technology news. Come join us on Thursday, January 28th at 6:15pm (LARC monthly meeting follows at 7pm).

W2CM LARC BootCamp – Sponsored by the Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club (LARC) this get-together is similar in concept to the “Now That I’ve Got My License, What Do I Do?” course sponsored by the Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse a number of years ago. It will cover topics of general interest mainly for new hams, but all are welcome. There is no charge for the course which will be held prior to the monthly LARC meetings (4th Thursdays each month) at:

North Syracuse Community Center
700 South Bay Road
North Syracuse, NY 13212

(from the January 2016 LARC "LongWire" newsletter)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our readers!

We want  to take a moment to thank all our supporters who submit news items and suggestions that help us keep this blog interesting and informative. We want to also thank the many volunteer efforts of individuals, clubs, groups and associations that provide the structure to support our great Amateur Radio community. A special thanks to the repeater owners, trustees, and businesses that support the wide variety of Amateur Radio infrastructure we all use everyday. This is such a great hobby because all of the people who put in the time, effort and expense to support and advance the hobby.

In this new year think about trying something new. Why not learn a new skill or research a new aspect of the Amateur Radio hobby. Try a new piece of software, a new digital mode, or learn CW. Have you looked into SDR or tuned around the Shortwave bands? There are many interesting aspects of this hobby, so take some time this year to learn something new.

........and maybe you can answer a question,  share a tip or trick, mentor a new Ham, help the repeater guys, or just participate in a NET, come on out and get more involved with this great hobby!

Wishing you all health and happiness in 2016!

73 - Tony