Sunday, April 30, 2017

Adirondack Blackfly Challenge 2017 - looking for radio volunteers

The Black Fly Challenge is a 40-mile destination (one-way) gravel grinder bicycle race that attracts both serious racers and recreational riders on cyclocross and mountain bikes. It also attracts some serious adventurists, riding unicyles and 3-seat bikes. Over half the BFC race course includes gravel roads through the wild & scenic Moose River Recreation Area between Inlet and Indian Lake with some pavement and/or singletrack at either end. It is a difficult area for communications, as much of the route has no Cellphone coverage, no public safety and no services.

So we are looking for experienced Amateur radio operators willing to participate on Saturday, June 10th. The race starts from Inlet NY this year. We have many locations with as much or as little challenge as you desire. We use a mixture of VHF Simplex and Repeaters (on Blue, Gore and McCauley Mountains) mostly requiring high power and careful selection of antenna and installation.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Balloon Launch today across Upstate NY

Rochester area HAMS/Fwd: Those to the east in NYState

High Altitude Balloon Instrumentation Platform – HABIP Launch

Rochester Institute of Technology

When: Saturday 04/29/17 J/F lots; launch 9-10am; flight 10am-1pm.
Follow live video stream at:

Receive the live HAM ATV video stream at 434.000 MHz, equivalent to cable channel 59. Follow flight path at: Search call sign: W2RIT-11
Predicted flight path: about 90 miles East of Rochester, NY.
Telemetry up/down links: 144.910 MHz; please do not transmit on this frequency during the mission – thx.
Live text based updates at:
More information about these two senior design projects at:

Specific for HAM radio operators:
We will monitor the payload from our station on the RIT campus. However, if the payload will leave our range, we appreciate any video stream or telemetry recordings. Our HAM radio communicator, HAMCOM, will ask for these if necessary.

W2RIT with be monitoring RIT Repeaters 442.075/147.075 PL 110.9
NYState-wide 444.55 PL 110.9

from Jim - W2COP

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SAVE THE DATE - CNY Ham Radio Breakfast on Saturday June 17th

Thanks to K2WOP; Curt, has set a summer date to get a breakfast scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, June 17th, 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: ).

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP on the 146.67 repeater.

Finally Ours Diner link: