Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Onondaga County ARES/RACES meeting - 2/21/17

The next ARES/RACES live meeting will be Tuesday 2/21/17 at the Liverpool Fire Dept. at 1110 Oswego Road. We will begin at 18:00 hours (6PM).

Please park out back behind the firehouse. The meeting will cover several topics including a review of some recent outages and meetings with local served agencies. The meeting will end with break-out sessions focused on FlDigi and NBEMS training. This meeting is open to all interested amateur operators.

If you have one, please bring a laptop, phone or iPad loaded with FlDigi. The break-out sessions will accommodate varying levels of knowledge so don't be afraid to jump in.  
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Richard Kilmartin
RACES RO, Onondaga County

Thursday, January 26, 2017

LARC supporting CNY area repeaters

Jack Smith (W2QYT), Tony Hart (KC2VER) and Kevin Tubbs (KD2SL) are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club (a.k.a. LARC, W2CM), for LARC to become our sponsor for the following repeaters located on Sentinel Heights, between Syracuse and LaFayette:

  • 442.40 MHz (W2QYT), part of the statewide UHF system
  • 145.15 MHz (KD2SL), part of the Central New York linked 2m system
  • 53.67/29.64 MHz (KD2SL)
  • 146.67/444.00 MHz analog (KD2SL) and 145.31 MHz Fusion digital (KC2VER) linked system
  • 224.12 MHz (KD2SL)

These repeaters are located on transmitting towers owned by one of the nation’s largest broadcasting companies.  Many broadcasters do not allow amateur repeaters on their towers; thankfully this company takes a very friendly position toward amateur operation, and allows our repeaters on their towers at essentially no cost for tower space, inside equipment space and electricity.

However, the company has recently implemented new guidelines for amateur repeaters that requires them to be sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization, rather than private individuals.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SAVE THE DATE - CNY Ham Radio Breakfast on Saturday February18th

Thanks to K2WOP; Curt, has set a winter date to get a breakfast scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, February 18th, 2017 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 ).

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP on the 146.67 repeater.

Finally Ours Diner link: http://finallyoursdiner.com 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Changes to CNY Radio Reference Scanner Feed of Local Repeaters


Exciting Changes to my Radio Reference Scanner Feed of Local Repeaters!
Verona, NY - January 18, 2017

First, some background. I provide a streaming audio feed to the Radio Reference website. The
source of the audio is a scanner at my home, which has many local amateur radio repeaters
programmed in to it. Among them are the following: 146.91, 145.33, 146.775, 147.39, 146.67, 146.955 and the 449.925 on the statewide UHF system. There are no public service frequencies programmed, as radio reference has many alternative feeds for that.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Marathon Winter Hamfest - Saturday January 28th

The Skyline Amateur Radio Club will host their annual all indoors Marathon winter hamfest on Saturday January 28 from 7 AM to Noon at the Marathon NY Civic Center, 16 Brink St. Marathon
NY. Admission $5.00, under 12 free.

Tables are $5.00 per 8'. Reserve today, as they will sell out in advance. (All reserved tables not claimed by 8AM will be subject to resale.)

Free coffee; donuts and soda available. Full meals available nearby at local diners. Overnight accommodations available close by at the Three Bear Inn (607) 849-3258

There will be no VE testing this year.

Directions: For your GPS:  16 Brink St. Marathon NY

From Syracuse and North: I-81 south to Exit 9, Marathon. Turn left on to US route 11. At the first traffic light, turn right on to route 221.
Just before the steel deck bridge,  turn left on to Peck St. The Civic Center will be 1 block  ahead. Parking in the rear.

 From Binghamton and South: I-81 north to Exit 9 Marathon. Turn left on to route 221. At the traffic light go straight. Just before the steel deck bridge,  turn left on to Peck St. The Civic Center will be 1 block ahead. Parking in the rear.

From Ithaca: Route 79 (SlatervilleRd.) east to Slaterville Springs.
Continue east on Route221. Enter the village of Marathon. Cross the steel deck bridge, and immediately turn right on to Peck St. The Civic Center will be 1 block  ahead. Parking in the rear.

Please save the parking lot in front of the civic center for handicapped. There is no parking in the street in front of the civic center.

We hope to see you there!

Andrew C Slaugh; KB2LUV
Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland, NY

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Buffalo Area repeater damaged in high winds this week


BARRA needs your help!

(Buffalo Amateur Radio Repeater Association)

"Overnight in the extremely high wind event that hit WNY with 65+ MPH gusts Tuesday/Wednesday this week (Jan 10-11) the top 40-ft section of our west tower, immediately next to the A-frame shack, failed and doubled over on itself. At this time there appears to be no major damage to anything beyond the top tower section and the antennas and feedlines thereon. It has, of course, forced the shutdown of the 146.91 and 224.82 repeaters whose antennas are/were at the top of that tower.

There have been on-site visits by the site trustee and members of the technical committee. A picture of the tower is attached.

Of immediate and pressing concern to the club is the safe removal of the damaged tower section.The club is in contact with a local professional tower service who will assess our situation in the coming days and will present us with a plan of action and quote for services. The contractor is.....

Monday, January 2, 2017

Upcoming LARC Extra class - March 2017

The Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club is holding a Amateur Extra training class beginning in March 2017. The schedule can be found below: