Friday, September 28, 2018

XRX Fall Foxhunt - October 13, 2018 (Rochester)

XRX Radio Club Fall Foxhunt Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018

The XRX Radio Club's annual Fall Foxhunt (radio direction finding) is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th.

The hunt will start from the Webster Recreation Center parking lot, 1350 Chiyoda Drive in Webster. Please check the club website ( for any last minute updates.
Registration is 9:00AM with the hunt to begin at approximately 9:20AM.

The planned contest run time is between 9:30 and 11:30 with lunch and awards at a local restaurant to follow. The hunt is free (except for lunch) and open to all amateurs regardless of club affiliation or previous experience. Most of us hunt in teams of two or three. Many teams (including the winners of the last hunt) aren't formed until the day of the hunt. Novice hunters will be linked up with experienced hunters if they wish. If you ’re new to foxhunting, all you need to get started is a radio capable of receiving 2 meters. Fox hunting is challenging and fun.

 We hope you can join us. For more information, please contact Bob Karz, K2OID (

(From the October 2018 RARA Rag newsletter)

Monday, September 24, 2018

Winter SkyWarn Training

Winter SkyWarn Training in Upstate NY

Folks its that time again!

Winter SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes are coming!

Most upstate NY counties are conducting Winter SkyWarn Training in October and November.

The training will be held at various area locations and on-line. This class is for beginners or anybody that has a general interest in weather. These classes train volunteers how to accurately measure and report snowfall totals to the National Weather Service. The class is free and open to everyone; no age requirements, previous training, or equipment is required.

The SKYWARN program is a nationwide program that provides real-time severe weather reports to the National Weather Service. "Trained weather spotters provide valuable lifesaving information to the National Weather Service and we encourage those who have an interest in weather to participate in this critical program," said David Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Binghamton NY. "Despite all the technological advances, SKYWARN Spotter reports are still crucial to the National Weather Service in providing more accurate severe weather warnings," Nicosia continues.

Note: Cayuga, Madison, Cortland and Oneida counities all have classes this fall!

See the full training schedules at:

Binghamton (Syracuse):
Buffalo (Rochester):

Learn more about SKYWARN and Amateur Radio at:

Sunday, September 9, 2018

LARC upcoming DMR College and General Class

It is time to get started with LARC's Fall Educational Schedule.  LARC will conduct our first DMR College on Saturday October 13th 27th (more on that to follow), along with a General License License Course to start on Tuesday, October 16th.

All sessions will be held at the North Syracuse Education Association, 210 South Main St, in North Syracuse.  I have attached the course schedule.  I anyone is interested in presenting a topic, please let me know.  We have all the slides needed to follow along with the Current Edition of the ARRL General Class License Manual.  As always, on the final day of class, the ARRL Exam will be given.  There is no cost for the class.  Cost for the exam is $15, cost of the textbook is $25. 

Thanks again for your support.  Stay tuned for more about our first “DMR College”.


General Course outline:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Don't forget - Sartoga Hamfest tomorrow!

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 33rd annual HAMFEST 2018

Sunday, September 9th; Gates open at 7:00 am

Saratoga County Fair Grounds, 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

full details here:

Thursday, September 6, 2018

DMR and D-Star workshop on 9/8/18

Seats Still Available!

Saturday September 8th, 2018 — DMR AND D-STAR WORKSHOP
The Digital Communications Association of Perinton, DCAP, will present a workshop to describe D-Star, DMR and FUSION modes.

 Mike Moore, KC2NM will be the lead for this program. The topics for the session include:
•  Why These Modes are Different
•  Demonstration of Each Mode On the Air
•  Connection Methods for Internet Linking
•  Repeater Types That Support These Modes
•  Multimode Repeaters and Hotspots
•  Radio Programming
•  Rochester Usage — Summary of Local Use of the 3 Digital Modes
More info on this and other sessions available at
Time and Location: 10AM at the BSA 2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd
Timothy Brown,
FCC Callsign: WB2PAY
RaRa Education Coordinator
cell: 585 750 2087

Monday, September 3, 2018

MOARC - 30 year celebration!

In December of 1988 a group of ham radio operators came together to create their own radio club. Thirty years later we would like to take an afternoon to remember all of the good times we've shared. The picnics, pancake breakfasts, public service events, auctions, banquets, bunny hunts and field days we've shared have created lasting friendships and memories.

We'll be having a catered meal in the TriPlexus at Madison-Oneida BOCES with a couple of stations setup for making contacts on 20 and 40 Meters, photos and newspaper clippings from our archive and a 50/50 raffle.

So join us Sunday, September 16 from 12-4pm and let's reminisce about the last 30 years. Please RSVP to Dave Roy, N2SMJ, by September 5th at (315) 724-1596 (leave a message if no answer) or
~Rick KC2ABQ / MOARC Secretary