Thursday, May 30, 2019

Parks on the air!


KD2KUB; Andriy, will be camping at Sampson State Park from Friday May 31st until June 2nd. He will be activating the park, K-2133, in support of Parks on the Air. Please support POTA and his Activation. 


Monitor RAGS Facebook page and POTA spotter page for period of activation.  Will be on 20m and 40m Phone and CW.  




THX ES 73 DE KD2KUB

--ANDRIY

Friday, May 24, 2019

Field Day 2019

Field Day is coming soon........June 22nd and 23rd, 2019 

If you want to meet some friendly hams or experience some different operating modes, why don't you stop by one of the many Field Day events taking place in our area. You will see various antenna and radio setups along with operators trying to share their knowledge and score some points making contacts through out the weekend.

 Its a lot of fun - so we hope to see you out there on field day!

What is Field Day?

Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!  link: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2019/2019%20FD%20Flier%20-%20What%20is%20FD.pdf

ARRL Field Day locator:  http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

Check out one of the following LOCAL Upstate NY groups below:
(*please also send us your groups listing)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Cortland Hamfest - June 8th, 2019

The Cortland Hamfest, sponsored by the Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland, will be held Saturday June 8 from 7 AM 'till noon!


Free outdoor flea market, 25 indoor flea market spaces available at $5.00 per 10' space, first come first served.

VE testing will begin at 9 AM sharp.

Breakfast provided by the 4-H Teen Council.

Talk-in on 147.180 + PL 71.9.

For details e-mail k2iwr@arrl.net.

The Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland welcomes Gene & crew from KJI Electronics to the Cortland Hamfest on Saturday June 8 from 7 AM 'till noon! KJI is a full service distributor of Kenwood, Yaesu and many other great lines.

We also welcome Glenn and Sue Alvino from Al-Tech Electronics, specializing in end-lots, close-outs and just great bargains.



Travel directions {signs will be posted}: I-81 to exit 12; turn left on to Route 281 South. Turn left again on to Fisher Ave, (8/10 mile) then right on to Fairgrounds Drive.
From Ithaca: Route 13 North to Route 281 North. Turn right onto Fisher Ave, then right on to Fairgrounds Drive.
For your GPS: 4849 Fairgrounds Dr. Cortland, NY 13045


-- 
~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - 
Andrew C. Slaugh KB2LUV
Secretary, Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland, NY

145.490 Repeater PL 71.9 Cortland, NY

Thursday, May 9, 2019

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSS-BAND TEST (SAT. MAY 11th 2019)


The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual Military/Amateur Radio Crossband Communications Test. Although Armed Forces Day had traditionally been celebrated on the third Saturday in May -- this year it will be on May 11th 2019 as to not conflict with the Dayton Hamvention.

The annual celebration features traditional military-to-amateur crossband communications SSB voice and Morse code tests. These tests give Amateur Radio operators and short wave listeners an opportunity to demonstrate their individual technical skills and to receive recognition from the appropriate military radio station for their proven expertise. QSL cards will be provided to stations making contact with the military stations.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Toroids and Baluns - RaRa Academy Workshops Sat. 5/11/19


RaRa Academy Workshops
Toroids and Baluns — Theory and Construction
 
49:1 TRANSFORMER FOR EFHW ANTENNA
May 2019 — Toroids and Baluns, Theory and Construction — May 11 (10AM to Noon)
BALUN TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
•   Baluns — What do they do?
•   1:1, 4:1, 49:1 What ratio do I need?
•   What Toroid Core should I use?
•   Applications for various Baluns, UNUNs and Transformers
•   End Fed Half Wave, Random wires, Dipoles
BALUN BUILD:
•   Presentation and Discussions are Free to all Hams
•   Fabricate your own Balun or Transformer on a FT240-43 core
•   Fabrication Cost $10 (for a core and 14ga wire)
•   An Additional core available for $5
This Session will be hosted by Pete Schuch, WB2UAQ and Larry Brightenfield, W2LB.
Location: Session will be held at the Monroe County EOC, 1190 Scottsville Rd. Suite #201, Rochester, NY 14624. Use the rear parking lot. Enter at the rear entrance; proceed down the hall to the front lobby. Go up stairs to the EOC Media Room.
You can sign up for Academy Workshops by emailing education@rochesterham.org.
Please take advantage of the RaRa sponsored training and operating opportunities.
Timothy Brown,
FCC Callsign: WB2PAY
RaRa Education Coordinator

Saturday, April 27, 2019

2019 Ripley Hamfest

2019 RIPLEY NY - HAMFEST - SUNDAY MAY 5, 2018

RIPLEY - FIRE HALL SOUTH OF US RT 20 ON NY RT 76 TURN SOUTH @ TRAFFIC LIGHT PARKING LOT JUST SOUTH OF FIRE HALL AND NORTH OF RAILROAD TRACKS

VENDOR SET-UP 7:00 AM
DOORS OPEN TO PUBLIC 8:00 AM ENDS @ NOON
ADMISSION ONLY: $3.00
(1) TABLE INCLUDING ADMISSION $5:00
ADD'L TABLES $2:00 EA

HAM RADIO, RELATED ELECTRONICS & COMPUTER RELATED ITEMS COFFEE, BREAKFAST ITEMS ETC WILL BE AVAILABLE TO RESERVE TABLES CONTACT:
FRED KRAUSE N2LXD @716-708-9830 or BOB FULLER N3LBI @ 814-898-1115

From the ARRL email notice

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Finger lakes Balloon launch on Sunday 4/28/19



The Amateur Radio Club at Cornell, W2CXM, is planning a high altitude balloon flight on Sunday, April 28, 2019 between 10am – 1pm.   Our Rain Date is the following Sunday, May 5 at the same time.   The picture above is representative of imagery we capture on these flights.  It was captured from a launch we did from the Rochester Hamfest in 2017.  Lake Ontario and Rochester are visible.
This year’s payload will include a typical set of cameras as well as a cross-band repeater, which you are welcomed to try.  The transmit side of the repeater is a very simple VOX activated affair, so you will want to make a moment of noise to wake it up before speaking.

In addition to the cameras and repeater, we will also have a special DTMF activated payload with its own tracker which we will drop on command.  This is just to add some additional fun and technology to the experiment.

We generally launch the balloon somewhere West of Ithaca so that it descends into farm country just Northeast of Ithaca.  It’s a little early to know the exact launch location, but typically it’s in the Dansville area.  Here’s a typical flight pattern, though we won’t know for sure until the day before launch. In this example, the balloon bursts over Seneca lake, at about 100,000 feet, and the payload descends by parachute to land Northeast of Ithaca.



The payload will include three APRS trackers.  We’ll also have chase vehicles.
                W2CXM-11:        Main Payload
                W2CXM-12:        Main Payload backup (on 144.990)
                W2CXM-13:        Drop payload
                KD2EAT-9:           Main Payload Chase
                KD2JEE-9:            Drop payload Chase
                WB2EMS-7:        Airborne reconnaissance (weather permitting)
Our cross-band repeater will be configured as follows:
                
Repeater receives on:                   144.580 PL 103.5               (takes about ½ second to wake up Vox)
             
Repeater transmits on:                 447.025 at 100mw

More details for the flight are on our web site, w2cxm.org.  We will continue to update the content there as the flight nears.

Mike Hojnowski / KD2EAT
Advisor, Amateur Radio Club at Cornell


......These guys always do some pretty cool stuff! Good luck and Thanks for the update Mike!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Receive only antennas



On the morning commute/coffee clutch this morning a few of us had an interesting conversation about receive only antennas. We talked about long random wires strung around the yard and maybe using a chain link fence to support a wire antenna. The topic of the tried and true Beverage antenna also came into the discussion. As we shared ideas I thought we ought to highlight some of  the places to find good information on various receive only antenna options here on UpstateHam.com.



Many of the HF rigs today have a separate receive only antenna port for this purpose. Seasoned DXers will tell you about some nice low noise performance with receive only antenna designs. Many of us also like to experiment with DC to daylight SDR receivers and any/ALL options for the best receive antennas to use with them. I did a brief search for some background and ideas for the best receiving antennas out there. In my search I found some very interesting articles and web pages. Here are a few on-line spots I found that you can start with:

WØBTU Beverage Receiving Antennas
How to build your own one- or two-wire Beverage antennas that work great.
link: http://www.w0btu.com/Beverage_antennas.html

W8JI Receive Antenna site link:
http://www.w8ji.com/receiving.htm

W8JI Beverage antenna info link:
http://www.w8ji.com/beverages.htm

VE6EY Bevearge antenna article:
http://play.fallows.ca/wp/radio/shortwave-radio/beverage-antenna-intercontinental-mw-listening/

DX Zone receiving antenna ideas/links:
https://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Antennas/Receiving/

W7VO Beverage Antenna link:
http://www.w7vo.com/beverage.html

Let us know about your favorite receive antenna at UpstateHam@gmail.com or leave a comment here.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Results from the 2019 State of our hobby survey

We ran across a link to a survey done by N8RMA on the state of the Amateur Radio hobby. This is a
pretty interesting survey and the results we hope will interest you. The analysis of the results will hopefully give us all something to think about as the wave of technology change continues to influence the world and our hobby.

Check it out and tell us what you think in the comments section below this post! (and share it with others!) ...maybe a topic for a future club meeting or Net.

Find the survey results here: https://www.radiosoth.org/2019/04/2019-state-of-hobby-results.html

Saturday, April 6, 2019

NIST WWV Time and Frequency station - 100 year celebration in 2019

(from ARRL News 2/14/19)

According to the ARRL news; The fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget — once signed — will include full funding for the WWV stations, which also mark their 100th year this fall. The WWV Centennial Committee has a tentative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to mount a special event station this fall adjacent to the WWV site in Colorado to mark the 100th anniversary of the time and frequency standard station, the world’s oldest continuously operating radio station. A memorandum of understanding is in the works.

Dave Swartz, W0DAS, of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) heads the committee, which is developing plans for an NCARC special event from September 28 through October 2, with a NIST centennial observance tentatively set for October 1.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

DMR training collaboration in Upstate NY

.......very nice story from Pete; NY2V:

Last Fall, a group from the Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club (LARC) collaborated in developing a comprehensive program designed to showcase the emerging technology behind Digital Mobile Radio (DMR).  We conducted our first full day program, DMR College to the Upstate New York Amateur Radio community in Syracuse this past October.  By all accounts, it was well received and was considered to be quite successful.

Word spread across the region and we were approached by the Greene County ARES group to conduct a similar program in the Catskill Region.  Len Signoretti, N2LEN, worked hard to procure space in the Greene County Public Safety Center, send out the invitations, and coordinate all the details.

On Saturday, March 30th, Rich Kilmartin (WB2WAU), Pete Sochocki (NY2V), Ron Panetta (WB2WGH), and Joe Apuzzo (N1JTA) presented a full day of information and skill development in utilizing DMR.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Drumlins Hamfest, Sat. April 27th, 2019

(editors note: This is one of our favorite Hamfests in Upstate NY! This club does a great job and always has a very good turn out! If you have never been, we think you should give it a try!)

Saturday, March 30, 2019

International Museum Ship Weekend - June 1st and 2nd

In anticipation of the International Museum Ship Weekend Event on June 1st and 2nd, W2LGA will be setting up a special event station at the H Lee White Maritime Museum in Oswego, NY.

The station will be set up at the LT-5 WWII tugboat. This tug was used during the Normandy invasion of June 6, 1944. D-Day! It is the last remaining, fully restored tugboats that were used during Operation Overlord.



All amateurs are welcome to stop by and ragchew or try to make a contact or two!! Questions or inquiries can be made via Fred Legawiec, W2LGA or by viewing the H Lee White Maritime Museum website. link: http://www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com/

Hours of operation are planned to be from 8am until 5pm daily. All plans should be finalized by mid-May.

from Fred Legawiec, W2LGA

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Spring 2019 SkyWarn Training


The National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton has started spring SkyWarn training. They have both on-line and local training classes available. I can personally speak of the great job the NWS Binghamton office does with this training. (Buffalo and Albany offices are also doing spring training - see their websites for details)

What is SKYWARN?
The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.


More on SkyWarn and Amateur Radio      here:  http://www.upstateham.com/p/skywarn.html

See the BGM NOAA-SkyWarn Training schedule here: http://www.weather.gov/bgm/outreachSKYWARNtraining

Friday, March 22, 2019

Geomagnetic storm warning - Saturday 3/23/19

From Spaceweather.com,  link: http://spaceweather.com/

GEOMAGNETIC STORM WARNING: NOAA forecasters say there is a 75% chance of geomagnetic storms on March 23rd when a coronal mass ejection (CME) is expected to sideswipe Earth's magnetic field. Storm levels could reach category G2, which is moderately strong. During G2-class storms, auroras may be seen in northern-tier US states as far south as New York and Idaho. Aurora alerts: SMS textemail.
BIG CRACKLING SUNSPOT: A few days ago, sunspot AR2736 didn't exist. Now, the rapidly-growing active region (movie) stretches across more than 100,000 km of the solar surface and contains multiple dark cores larger than Earth. Moreover, it has a complicated magnetic field that is crackling with C-classsolar flares. The sunspot is inset in this magnetic map of the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory:



Ham Radio for Kids - Newark NY - March 23rd


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

‘Light up 2 Meters Night’ – an FM simplex event - March 24th


by W5KV

It’s time for ‘Light up 2 Meters Night’ – an FM simplex event that encourages ham radio operators to get out portable or operate from home and light up the 2 meter airwaves with some FM Simplex! Taking place on March, 24, 2019, from 6-8pm local time. This event encourages new & seasoned ham radio operators to enjoy a band that is all too often left quiet and to encourage communication within your community.

Learn more at: http://www.w5kv.com/light-up-2-meters-night-an-fm-simplex-event-2/


(forwarded from Barry; KD4MCB - Thanks Barry! )

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Mentors Needed for New ARRL Emergency Communications Course

More Mentors Needed for New ARRL Emergency Communications Course Sessions

(From the ARRL 03/11/2019)

High interest in the recently announced updated ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communications (EC-001) course is prompting a call for additional class mentors to help meet the demand, which ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC, says “exceeded our projections.” As Bickell explains, the course is designed to be interactive, with volunteer mentors guiding each session.

“We appreciate the work of the mentors to make EC-001 an interactive experience for the participants. The real-world emergency communications experience they bring to the course is very important to the learning process,” Bickell said. “We look forward to bringing in more mentors to help ARRL expand the reach of this valuable emergency communications training.” Bickell has developed a waiting list for prospective EC-001 students, who will be notified as additional sessions are scheduled.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Why Radio Amateurs are called Hams


(Original story from Florida Skip Magazine - 1959) 

Have you ever wondered why radio amateurs are called "HAMS?"

Well, it goes like this: The word "HAM" was the station CALL of the first amateur wireless station that was operated by some amateurs at the Harvard Radio Club. They were ALBERT S. HYMAN, BOB ALMY and POOGIE MURRAY. In the early pioneer days of unregulated radio amateur operators picked their own frequency and their own call-letters. At first they called their station "HYMAN-ALMY-MURRAY". Tapping out such a long name in code soon became tiresome and called for a revision. They changed it to "HY-AL-MU," using the first two letters of each of their names. Early in 1901 some confusion resulted between signals from amateur wireless station "HYALMU" and a Mexican ship named "HYALMO." They then decided to use only the first letter of each name, and their station CALL became "HAM" Then, as now, some amateurs had better signals than commercial stations. The resulting interference came to the attention of congressional committees in Washington and Congress gave much time to proposed legislation designed to critically limit amateur radio activity.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Balloon tracker - falling near Utica NY (3/8/19 - 11:30am)


(a message from our Balloon enthusiast friend Jim....if you are near Utica please keep an eye (or ear) out for it)

Launched a experimental balloon this morning and appears to have failed and is dropping near Utica,NY. Seen here as U3S29 - https://tracker.habhub.org/#!mt=roadmap&mz=8&qm=1_day&f=U3S29&q=!RS_*;

Balloon is large and shiny,maybe someone will find it?

Tracker uses 20m band WSPR / QRSS @ 14095.60 mhz USB.

Maybe someone will see it in a tree somewhere.. :)
Jim,N2NXZ

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

RARA Workshop - Electronic Components — March 9th


RaRa Academy Workshops

Electronic Components

March 2019 — Electronic Components — March 9th (10AM to Noon)
For the March Academy we will have a jam-packed discussion of the basic properties of common electronic components.
The goal is to give participants a basic understanding of common parts for kit building and basic repair.
We will cover the basic components, their characteristics, schematics symbols, uses, how to read them and how to test some of them. Types will include:
•   Passive Components such as: resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, relays, lamps and indicators, wire gauges & ratings, connectors etc.
•   Active Components such as: transistors, ICs, tubes, opto-couplers etc.
•   Assemblies and Modules, such as: displays, controllers, RF modules, etc.
•   Basic Testing of Components - Using DVM, LCR Meter and Transistor Testing Techniques
This Session will be hosted by Scott Theis, W2LW, with Karl Heinz Kremer, K5KHK assisting.

You can sign up for Academy Workshops by emailing education@rochesterham.org. You can also sign-up at the General Meeting on March 6th.
Please take advantage of the RaRa sponsored training and operating opportunities.
Timothy Brown,
FCC Callsign: WB2PAY
RaRa Education Coordinator


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

RARA Academy - Get the Most From Your Antenna Real Estate - 2/23

Antennas and Antenna Basics

Here are a few of the topics we will discuss:
•  Antenna Fundamentals
•  Horizontal vs. Vertical Polarization
•  NVIS vs. DX Antennas
•  Antenna Modeling Using 4NEC
•  Antenna Supports and Hardware
•  Feeding and Nurturing of an Antenna
•  Baluns and Transmatch
•  Grounds and Counterpoise
•  Restricted Space and Stealth Antennas
•  The UGLY HOA Dilemma

Latest Academy information is available at https://www.rochesterham.org/rara_academy.htm
Time and Location:   Saturday 2/23/19, 10am - noon
Session will be held at the Ogden Public Library, 269 Ogden Center Road @ Rt. 259, Spencerport, NY 14459. Note the location change!
You can sign up for Academy Workshops by emailing education@rochesterham.org.
Please take advantage of the RaRa sponsored training and operating opportunities.
Timothy Brown,
FCC Callsign: WB2PAY
RaRa Education Coordinator
cell: 585 750 2087
email: tjbrown@rochester.rr.com

Monday, February 18, 2019

A Fun Night at the Wireless Museum in Bloomfield! - March 20


Treat the XYL or a friend to a FUN night with the Bloomfield Home Companion Players at the AWA Museum. 

I've seen the players three times and it's different each time...you simply cannot stop laughing and enjoying yourself the entire time!  These guys rehearse hard and are professionals.   Ask anyone who attended last year.

The date is Wednesday, March 20 (7:30pm).

This time, they will put on a Live Old Time Radio Show with Music.  Reminiscent of pre-TV days, there will be sound effects, great comedy, and outstanding songs and live music.  There will be tasty refreshments too!  You will leave with a big smile on your face for sure.

Plan a night out and gather up some friends and family.  It's well worth the price of admission (5 bucks for AWA members, 10 bucks for non-member adults).  Purchase tickets in advance at the Museum on Tuesdays or Saturdays or send a note to (education.awam@gmail.com) if you'd like to use PayPal for your purchase or if you have any questions.

Get ready for some laughs! 

Details are here:  http://www.antiquewireless.org/after-hours-at-the-museum.html

Friday, February 15, 2019

FCC planning to mandate all Licensees to have FRN; FCC Registration Number

The FCC has recently notified VEC's of upcoming Commission Registration System (CORES) changes and its impact to new radio operators.  In the near future the FCC will require all FCC Registrants to establish an FCC account containing an FCC Username (a valid email address), which will be linked to their FCC Registration Number (FRN). In the past, use of a licensees Social Security number was allowed instead of the FRN. This will also affect amateurs upgrading or renewing their license.

Learn more details of this change on the Anchorage ARC webpage:
https://kl7aa.org/fcc-to-mandate-frn-establishment-prior-to-license-application-submission/




Sunday, February 10, 2019

Recent repeater updates/changes in CNY

Several CNY repeaters have updated capabilities for Echolink and AllStar:

Auburn, 147.00 now has Echolink restored, (W2QYT-R), node 9188
Syracuse, 53.67 KD2SL, has AllStar node 47460 and Echolink (N2DOW-L), node 99177
Syracuse, 224.12 KD2SL, has AllStar node 47463 and Echolink (N2DOW-R), node 324784
Syracuse, 146.67 KD2SL, Echolink (KD2SL-R), node 9177

See other Recent Repeater Changes at: https://www.upstateham.com/p/recent.html

(send us your repeater changes at: UpstateHam@gmail.com)

Friday, February 8, 2019

Save the Date! CNY Ham Breakfast! Sat. May 11th

The next breakfast is scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 8:00 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", 220mhz NET, 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: http://finallyoursdiner.com/hours-contact ).


Thanks to K2WOP; Curt for his continuing efforts to put together this excellent get together.

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP on the 146.67 repeater.


Finally Ours Diner link: http://finallyoursdiner.com 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Liverpool ARC - Extra Class - coming in March 2019

Hello everyone

Here is the schedule for the Amateur Extra Class in March.  Anyone interested in attending OR presenting any part of this program is asked to send an email to training@w2cm.com.  This allows us to be able to maintain a complete distribution list for any updates or additions.  We will distribute a list of attendees to everyone so you might be able to partner up for travel or study.  Please note that this program is open to ANY current General Class license holder irrespective of membership.  Anyone (brave souls) interested in joining the class without the General Class license will need to pass that exam before they can take the Extra Class exam.

We encourage everyone to obtain the ARRL License Manual prior to the start of class.  Also, we have found that anyone who regularly utilizes any of the websites dedicated to the ARRL Question Pool more than DOUBLES their chance on passing the final exam.  Use that tool to identify the areas of weakness so you are able to utilize your study and class time to improve your understanding.

Thanks for your interest in advancing your skills in Amateur Radio to take full advantage of the added (and less crowded) bandwidth.

Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club

Schedule and Course Outline below:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Raspberry Pi workshop - RARA


RaRa Academy Workshops
What is a Raspberry Pi
— or —
If you already have one, how would you use one?
Saturday January 19th
 
These questions will be answered during the next RaRa Academy session about the Raspberry Pi. We will look into what exactly it is, how to set it up, and then what to do with it, with an emphasis on how it can be used in the ham shack.
Here are a few of the topics we will discuss:
•  What is a Raspberry Pi
•  Differences between the Arduino and a Pi
•  How to set it up
•  Installing software on the Pi - and keeping it up to date
•  Programing the Pi in Python
•  Transmitting and receiving with the Pi
•  The Pi as a tool in the ham shack
•  Resources that can help to get started (and keep going)
Latest Academy information is available at https://www.rochesterham.org/rara_academy.htm
Academy Workshops are held at the BSA Headquarters, 2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd, 10am to noon.
You can sign up for Academy Workshops by emailing education@rochesterham.org.
Please take advantage of the RaRa sponsored training and operating opportunities.
Timothy Brown,
FCC Callsign: WB2PAY
RaRa Education Coordinator
cell: 585 750 2087

Thursday, January 3, 2019

CNY Ham Radio Breakfast on January 26th, 2019

The next breakfast is scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, January 26th, 2019 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: http://finallyoursdiner.com/hours-contact ).


Thanks to K2WOP; Curt for his continuing efforts for this excellent get together.

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP on the 146.67 repeater.


Finally Ours Diner link: http://finallyoursdiner.com 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

220 mhz Friday night NET is expanding



The 220 mhz Friday night NET is reaching out further! The KD2SL 224.120 Repeater in Syracuse that hosts the Friday night 220Mhz Net at 7pm, has added more links through the AllStar network. Recent weeks have had 220 Repeaters from all over the country!

This is a general net, open to various discussion topics, but the main intent is to promote use of the 220 mhz band. So come join our net control host; Bob; KD2KKG on this growing Friday night net! 

There is still potential to add in other 220 MHz repeaters in the future for this Friday evening net (through ALLSTAR linking). 



A big Thank you! to Kevin; KD2SL, Dave; W2ACC and Mike; KA2NDW our repeater trustees for adding this great linking capability to their repeaters and hosting this net from here in CNY! Also your host Bob; KD2KKG and his assistant Tim; N2VZD

Some recent Friday night linked in repeaters:  (always looking for more!)

Node Mode  Callsign Channel CTCSS  Location
2592  Transceive  KA1MXL         IRLP #9870  BM TG 31444

27273  Transceive  K2ETS 223.960  110.0  Watchung, NJ

27854  Transceive  WB8GRS 224.98  123    Little Elm, TX
41306  Transceive  N6TBQ 927.900  311          Loma Prieta, Ca
42596  Transceive  KA2NDW        224.470  82.5  Clyde, NY
42693  Transceive  W2ACC 224.260  110.9  Stanley, NY
47463   Echolink  N2DOW         224.120  324784  Kirkville, NY