Friday, December 30, 2016

LARC Bootcamp - The Magic of 6 Meters! - 1/26/17

LARC Meetings are the fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm with the exception of July and August where general membership meetings are suspended. Boot camp meets at 6:15 pm, and VE testing starts at 5:30 pm. We meet at 700 South Bay Road in North Syracuse, New York in the North Syracuse Community Center. Please fill out an application and mail it to us at the address below, or bring it with you to a meeting and we’ll be happy to welcome you into the club!
More info at:

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

QCWA Chapter 29 Meeting - Friday 12/30/16

The chapter’s last meeting for 2016 is rapidly approaching on this Friday, December 30th. As usual it will be held at the Denny’s Restaurant on South Bay Road (North Syracuse) and will feature a program on a number of the restoration projects that the local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society has carried out. Hope to see you there.

73, Steve-N2TKX

Monday, December 26, 2016

Ithaca- TCARA Technician Licensing Class

Technician License Class

Beginning January 21st, the Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association will conduct a training course for the Technician class amateur radio license, an entry-level license for the hobby of amateur radio.
Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays at the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response, 92 Brown Road, by the Ithaca Airport.
The course will meet for 9 weeks ending March 25th. The last class will be a test review session.
Course attendees can take a Federal Communications Commission Technician class license exam at the same location on March 27th at 7 p.m.
There are no prerequisites to take the amateur radio license course. A technical background is not needed for the license, but it is helpful.

There are several ways to participate in this course:
  • Some students will want to participate in the full 9 week course. This course will generally follow the ARRL Technician License Manual mixing lectures with numerous hands-on activities.
  • Some students will want to attend only the sessions they need to prepare for the license exam. We will try to assist these students when they attend a session.
  • Some students plan to take the course online and may need some advice on the different commercial and free online services. We encourage these interested students to attend the first meeting to find the information they need.
There is no fee for the course. Registration will be limited to 30 students. The course guide is the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 3rd edition, and costs $29.95 (ISBN 978-1625950130). The Manual can be purchased from Amazon or the ARRL. The March license examination session has a separate fee of $14.

For more information, go to the Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association website (, the American Radio Relay League website ( or contact Gregory Lawrence at

Friday, December 16, 2016

Net updates....

Roc City Net - 145.110 Rochester - Sundays at 7:30pm

The Roc City Net on the 145.110 repeater in Rochester has gone "STATEWIDE". That's right, the Sunday night 2 meter Roc City Net hosted by K2QZR; Joe, is now being linked into the UHF linked "Empire State Network". From Albany to Buffalo and Binghamton to Watertown, there is a very good chance you may be able to get into one of these repeaters: The list can be found here: This is great bunch of folks and always some interesting topics, info, and sometimes stuff for sale.

147.00 CNY Swap Net - Wednesdays at 7:00pm

The 147.00 CNY system Swap Net hosted by N2VZD; Tim can be a lot of fun. You should really try to check this one out. The Swap net is also now being linked into the UHF linked "Empire State Network". From Albany to Buffalo and Binghamton to Watertown, there is a very good chance you may be able to get into one of these fine repeaters: The list can be found here:

The 147.00 CNY Linked VHF system repeaters link:

Remember during the Christmas and New Years weeks some NETs may be off the air or on a short schedule. Check your local NET's for details.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Field Day January 28th & 29th, 2017

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 2017, the dates are January 28 and 29, 2016. Station set up may begin no earlier than 1300 UTC (8:00 AM EST) on January 28, 2016.

Latest From Without further adieu and by popular demand!

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

Join Us on Saturday, January 28 at 1900z (2:00 PM EST) until Sunday, January 29 at 1900z (2:00 PM EST). On all the bands and modes, except the WARC bands.

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 and we are also on Facebook at

If you post on Twitter and/or Facebook, use the hashtag #WFDA17

Hope to hear you calling CQ WFD on the bands on Winter Field Day 2017 !!!!

From The WFDA Committee,

Tom (WD8MBE), Bill (VE3FI), Erik (WX4ET), Dave (W3DET) and Ken (N8KC)