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.  



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:

ARRL 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

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

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

145.490 Repeater PL 71.9 Cortland, NY

Thursday, May 9, 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
May 2019 — Toroids and Baluns, Theory and Construction — May 11 (10AM to Noon)
•   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
•   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
Please take advantage of the RaRa sponsored training and operating opportunities.
Timothy Brown,
FCC Callsign: WB2PAY
RaRa Education Coordinator