Friday, May 18, 2018

Cortland Hamfest - June 9th, 2018

The Cortland Hamfest will be held on Saturday June 9th from 7 AM until noon at the Cortland County Fairgrounds, 4301 Fairgrounds Dr., Cortland NY. Admission is $5.00 per person.

Outdoor flea market is free with admission; 25 indoor flea market spaces are available for $5.00 per
ten foot space. Indoor flea market is first come, first served.

VE testing will be available, and begins at 9 AM with no late entry allowed. Please bring photo ID, current amateur radio license or CSCE, the $15.00 exam fee in exact change, two number 2 pencils and a pen. Please pre-register by e-mailing; walk-ins will be accepted.

Food will be available on site, provided by the Cortland County 4-H Teen Council.

Travel directions: From the North or South - Interstate 81 to exit 12. Follow signs to Route 281 and Ithaca, NOT route 11. Turn left on to Route 281 South. In 8/10 mile, turn left again on to Fisher Ave, then turn right on to Fairgrounds Drive.
From Ithaca: Route 13 North to Route 281 North. Follow route 281 for three miles. Turn right onto Fisher Ave, then right on to Fairgrounds Drive.

We will try to monitor the 147.180 {PL 71.9} K2IWR repeater during the event.
Andrew C. Slaugh KB2LUV, Secretary
Skyline Amateur Radio Club

Monday, May 14, 2018

Adirondack Blackfly Challenge 2018 - 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 9th. 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, May 12, 2018

Roc City Hamfest 8/25/18 - save the date!

Great group of guys from the Roc City Net putting this one on!

Don't miss it! It should be a good one! (Updated 5/11/18)

See the site layout below --->

Friday, May 11, 2018

Nice 220 Net link up tonight from CNY to downstate NY

Hats off to KD2KKG; Bob and all the supporting repeater owners to make some super connections tonight on the Friday night 220 Mhz Net!

Repeaters from Upstate NY, Downstate NY, Central PA, and New Jersey were all connected in tonight. 34 check-ins and many discussions took place during about a 90 minute Net. and The AllStar capability allows many link connections to happen for nets like this.

Learn more about the Friday 220 Net at:

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Onondaga County ARES/RACES Meeting 5/29/18

ARES / RACES Live Meetings

Calling all Onondaga County and joining county Amateur Radio Operators!

Our next ARES / RACES Live Meeting will be at 06:30PM (18:30) EST
on Tuesday May 29th 2018 at the Liverpool Fire Department Station 1.

Liverpool Station 1 Fire Department.
1110 Oswego St (Rt.57), Liverpool, NY 13088

Light refreshments will be served.

Please park around the back of the fire station.

more info at:

Saturday, May 5, 2018

RAGS meeting - May 10th, 2018

Central NY Hams are lucky to have such active clubs like LARC and RAGS that present excellent monthly programs at their meetings. Both groups work very hard to present informative, relevant presentations at each meeting. Check out what RAGS has coming this week:

The Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse (RAGS) next meeting is Thursday, May 10, 2018

Doors Open at 6:00PM,
On the Bench at 6:15PM
Meeting at 7:00PM
The Coffee is always on!

700 South Bay Road
Village of North Syracuse, NY

ON THE BENCH – 6:15P During this months “On The Bench” session, all of the projects completed since September will be available to those that missed them.
Topics include:
•Soldering Basics – irons, guns, wires, terminals, printed circuit boards, components……
•Building flexible test leads with alligator clips and banana plugs.
•Soldering Pl-259 connectors – each attendee will leave with a 3-4 ft. coaxial jumper.
•Building J-Pole style portable 144 mhz antennas using twin lead, coax, and BNC or PL-259 connectors.
•Building a simple powerpole polarity checker, made from a red/green LED with one resistor, powerpole connectors, hot glue, and heat shrink tubing. These sessions for new as well as experienced hams. The goals are for participants to learn basic construction skills and leave the session with a useful finished item.

Several Members Will Present Their Approaches To Portable Operations – HF, VHF, Antennas, Batteries, etc.

More info: