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
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
Please take advantage of the RaRa sponsored training and operating opportunities.
Timothy Brown,
FCC Callsign: WB2PAY
RaRa Education Coordinator
cell: 585 750 2087

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 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 ( if you'd like to use PayPal for your purchase or if you have any questions.

Get ready for some laughs! 

Details are here:

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:

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:

(send us your repeater changes at:

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: ).

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: