Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Upcoming licensing courses in CNY

Both LARC and the Bearbait RadioClub will be offering Spring FCC Amateur Licensing Training Classes and exams in CNY.

Bear Bait Club - Technician Class - April 21-22, 2018

LARC - Tech and Extra Level Training Classes in March 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018

2018 AM Rally - give it a try?

2018 AM Rally Operating Event on the HF+6M Amateur Bands

0000Z Saturday February 3 - 0700Z Monday February 5
( 7:00pm EST Friday February 2 - 2:00am EST Monday February 5 )
( 4:00pm PST Friday February 2 - 11:00pm PST Sunday February 4 )

About the AM Rally:
The purpose of this event is to encourage the use of Amplitude Modulation on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 , and 6 meter Amateur Radio Bands, and to highlight various types of AM equipment in use today. This event is open to any and all radio amateurs who are running full carrier amplitude modulation (standard AM), using any type of radio equipment. Modern, Vintage, Tube, Transistor, Software Defined, Military, Boat Anchor, Broadcast, Home Brew or Commercially available radio are all welcomed to join in on the AM fun.

Full details here:

Friday, January 26, 2018

Southeastern NY updates

We had a nice note this week from John; N2YP, with some updates from the Eastern Southern Tier region of Upstate NY.

Chenango County the freq is 146.685- 110.9. W2RME
Otsego and Delaware is 146.850- 167.9 Oneonta W2SEU
Broome County uses the 146.820 146.2 and the 146.865 146.2 which are linked.

CVARA also has a Facebook page which is . We offer 2 test sessions normally one in April and the other in the Fall. We also normally have a licensing class the proceeds both of these for either tech or general.

The Oneonta (Otsego and Delaware) Amateur Radio Club has a Facebook group
They offer test sessions when requested at least a week in advance at 6pm on the 3rd Monday of the month before the club meetings.

The Otsego County ARES is

Walton (Delaware County) radio association

Otsego County ARES training net is The 3rd Sunday at 8:30 pm on 146.850, pl 167.9
Oneonta holds a 10 meter net weekly on Wed at 7pm on 28.375mhz.
Walton holds one Wed at 7pm on the 147.315, pl 167.9
On the 146.685 Norwich and the 146.850 Oneonta we have a nightly OCTEN satellite traffic net around 9:30-9:45

73- John; N2YP

Saturday, January 20, 2018

RaRa WINTERFEST, Saturday February 10th, 2018

The eighth annual Rochester Amateur Radio Association (RaRa) Winterfest is coming up soon and is promising to be a great event. As always, we will have our very popular crockpot cook-off and everyone is invited to bring their favorite creation to share. You are encouraged to bring anything you can make in a crockpot. As before, we will be awarding prizes of RaRa Membership Points to the top entrants. The first place winner will receive 20 points, and second place will get 10 points. We are also inviting everyone to bring a dessert to share and we will be awarding 20 RaRa Membership Points for the best one. Desserts do not need to be made in a crockpot but if you can do that, go for it. We encourage you to put on your chefs’ hats and wow us with your sweet culinary creativity. Of course, there is no entry fee for these cook-offs so simply sharing the wonderful delicacies will make everyone a winner.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Upcoming ARRL board meeting

In the spirit of the best interests of our great hobby, we want to encourage all Amateurs to become informed on the present direction of the ARRL. We believe most folks would agree that the ARRL needs to grow and change with the times. There are growing concerns with the leaderships transparency and their dialogue with members and our elected board representatives. Our intent with this post is to ask that you to become informed. Their are obviously going to be many opinions out there on many of the latest "hot" topics that the ARRL is deciding on.

First and foremost if you are an ARRL member you should try to follow what is going on with the your board and leadership. Their are a lot of decisions and changes being made. Take a look at the ARRL website and understand some of the issues being considered (see info below). Don't be shy to voice your opinion to your ARRL representatives (see the links below).

ARRL information links:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Marathon Hamfest is just a few weeks away!

The Skyline Amateur Radio Club will host their annual all indoors Marathon winter hamfest on Saturday January 20th from 7 AM to Noon at the Marathon NY Civic Center, 16 Brink St. Marathon NY. Admission $5.00, under 12 free.

VE testing will be available. Testing starts at 10 AM with no late entry allowed. Please bring the $14.00 exam fee in exact change, photo ID and your current amateur radio license if you are upgrading. VE testing will be given off-site; some walking outdoors will be required.

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. Lodging available at the nearby 3 Bear Inn.

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