Sunday, April 22, 2018

Balloon launch from RIT Sunday morning - Heading eastward

Balloon launch - heading toward CNY today

W2COP shared a link to the group: Roc City Net.
1 hr
TODAY, scheduled between 0930 and 1000 hrs. RIT SPEX has a Scientific high altitude balloon launch which should be visible on APRS. You can also go to on the web and search for W2RIT or KD2LAL They are asking for HAMS particularly out to the east for possible assistance with payload location and recovery. I will be monitoring 145.11 and 444.55. Jim-W2COP

using W2RIT-B on APRS (446.1250mhz)

Monday, April 9, 2018

Balloons over Russia.........

.....balloon headed round the world!


I launched a balloon from Rochester NY on February 13, 2018 and it is still flying around the earth after 55 total days in the air.

This flight is using 2 very small balloons that cost $1.50 each using helium which makes it even more fascinating.

WSPR transmits 2 times in a row with the first being call sign and grid locator and the second using special Telemetry created by Hans Summer of QRP Labs. Hans was kind enough to allow me to use this special firmware for this U3S based transmitter.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

2018 AWA Spring Meet and Auction - May 5th, 2018


The annual Antique Wireless Association Spring Meet, Flea Market & Huge Auction will be held at Veteran’s Park in Bloomfield, NY. This is just across the road from the AWA Museum, 6945 State Route 5 at the intersection of Routes 5 & 20 and Route 444.

The AWA will be operating a Museum Bargain Table and a big Book Sale in the former AWA Annex building located in the park. As part of the meet, AWA held a Auction of duplicate and surplus items from the Museum’s artifacts. Don't miss it.  This major auction is held in the afternoon in the former AWA Annex.

Payment must be made by cash or check.  We will not be able to accept credit cards.  Auction items will be listed on the AWA web site below. Watch for updates to the list.

The BIG Auction begins at 1 p.m. at the former AWA Annex.  The Auction Preview opens at 8:00 AM.

link for more info:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

2018 Rochester Hamfest - June 2nd

News from Tim Guyot - KB1POP - 2018 Rochester Hamfest Chair

It's official, the 91st Rochester Hamfest will be happening on June 2nd, 2018 at the Hilton Exempt Club, 137  South  Ave.  Hilton,  NY 14468 from 7am to 2pm.

Vendors may enter at 6am. Access from the East and West via Rt. 90 and from the south via Rt. 390. 

(Detailed directions will be in the Hamfest edition of the RARA Rag) We've got plenty of space this year and we are excited to host you and your friends for another great hamfest!