Thanks to Pete Kitt; KC2GQR for this updated list!
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
For the 15th consecutive year, The 3916 Nets will be presenting The Santa Net on 3.916 MHz. Good
girls and boys can talk to Santa Claus, via amateur radio, nightly at 7:15 PM (Central) starting Friday, November 27, 2020. The Santa Net will run nightly at 7:15 PM Central through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020.
Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), of The 3916 Nets, commented on The 3916 Santa Net. He said, "Christmastime and Santa Net are the best time of the year on 3916. We enjoy helping young people and their families have a shared Christmas experience that they'll always remember. And we get to introduce young people to the magic of amateur radio."
Youngsters can talk to "Santa at The North Pole" via strategically placed operators who relay the voice of Santa. Thomson said that The Santa Net is a team effort that involves the efforts of a number of 3916 Net members. He said, "In our first year, we connected 10 kids to Santa on Ham Radio and it's grown steadily since. This year we should connect over 800 children with Santa Claus."
Prior to each night's Santa Net, pre-net check-ins can be made at www.cqsanta.com Third party rules and regulations apply.
The Santa Nets are presented annually by The 3916 Nets. The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters and The Freewheelers are all amateur radio nets that meet on 3.916 MHz nightly. For more information on The 3916 Nets, go to http://www.3916nets.com For more information on The Santa Net, email KE5GGY at Gmail dot com.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
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.
See the full training schedules at:
Binghamton (Syracuse): http://www.weather.gov/bgm/outreachSKYWARNtraining
Buffalo (Rochester): http://www.weather.gov/buf/Skywarn
Learn more about SKYWARN and Amateur Radio at: http://www.upstateham.com/p/skywarn.html
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Friday, August 21, 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
...and there is lots more going on with the AWA.
More details here: https://antiquewireless.org/homepage/news/
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Wander the virtual exhibit hall but be sure to check out the lectures by some notable speakers...........
QSO Today called on its former guests and other expert amateur radio operators to create an amazing series of lectures in webinar format from one of our five virtual lecture halls.
All lectures are:
-fully live interactive with speaker during the session hour
-collateral materials are downloadable in PDF format
-everything available up to 30 days beyond the presentation
Some of the lectures/speakers:
Saturday, July 11, 2020
The Lancaster Amateur Radio Club, W2SO is at Alexander Firemens Recreation Hall.
4h · Alexander, NY
URGENT: It is with great disappointment that we are being forced to CANCEL the Batavia/Alexander Hamfest scheduled for 7/18/2020 at the last minute. Late yesterday we became aware of an issue between the Genesee County Health Department and NYS with regard to our event. Our friends at the Alexander Fire Department and Genesee County Emergency Management Services and the Genesee Health Department worked hard over the last 24 hours to resolve the issue but could not. Being faced with the potential for large fines for both the Fire Department and our club, we are being forced to cancel the event. questions can be directed to Luke N2GDU at email@example.com
Friday, July 10, 2020
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Many, if not most Amateur radio nets today are using Netlogger to track check-ins and allow information passing through a chat window. If you particiapate in many Nets I am sure you have heard your net control op speak to the benefits of this app.
Take a minute to check it out! (Read the Overview below)
More info and a link to download the program:
Also, check out the Netlogger viewer by K3CLR: https://www.k3clr.com/
Monday, June 1, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Learn more about the possibilities through the following links:
ARRL press release:
Info from HamStudy blog:
New England SCiTech online courses and exams:
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Friday, April 3, 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020
With the COVID-19 Virus situation keeping many of us at home these days, maybe you have more time for some reading. We have mentioned it here before, but we'll do it again; if you are looking for a very good monthly publication covering Amateur Radio, Shortwave, AM/FM Radio, TV, Vintage Radio, etc. - THIS IS THE ONE!
TSM is usually around 100 pages and is packed with the latest on Amateur Radio, Shortwave, Scanning, Satellites, Radio/TV, Vintage radio, etc. The news and articles are always up to date and relevant. TSM is available only in PDF format and can be read on any device capable of opening a PDF file. I read TSM both on my tablet and PC. I also occasionally print out interesting articles that I might need for future reference in the shack.
Check out TSM on their web site at: http://www.thespectrummonitor.com/index.aspx
The TSM publisher, Ken Reitz KS4ZR, is the former managing editor, features editor, columnist and feature writer for Monitoring Times. As well as a former feature writer and columnist for several other publications. TSM has some very experienced and talented writers that do a great job of covering many interesting topics each month! (learn more about the TSM staff here: http://www.thespectrummonitor.com/about-us.aspx )
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Most of us have become very aware of the rising noise floor on our radio spectrum. Many of us are experiencing various noise issues that are significantly cutting in to the ability to enjoy our hobby. It's not unusual in urban areas these days to have a noise level that rises to a range of S7-S9. The proliferation of mobile devices, consumer and industrial electronics with high speed microprocessors and switch mode power supplies, along with new lighting technologies are adding to the pollution of our radio waves. Issues with solar arrays and local power distribution also add to this rising level of noise.
So what can you do about it and where do you start?
We thought we would try to gather some links to some helpful RFI web sites as well as articles with techniques to chase down different types of RFI.
We have started with some info that we have recently found, but if you have any to other information or experiences to share, please leave a comment below or email us at Upstateham@gmail.com.
Dave Casler KE0OG - "Noise" YouTube Videos (1&2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV9WSggj6p0
NK7Z web site with many RFI mitigation articles: https://www.nk7z.net/category/info/rfi-mitigation/
START with this one, house-cleaning.....its very good!!
Another very good RFI site:
ARRL RFI information web page (some very good info here): http://www.arrl.org/radio-frequency-interference-rfi
Article from Interference Technology magazine:
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
As we all practice social distancing, take a few minutes to enjoy a QSO on HF or one of your local repeaters!
Message from the Bear Bait Club:
Please add our April Technician class and VE session to the latest list of postponements.
I will reschedule for a later date.
Thx and 73
de Scott WA2DTN
Education Chairman, Bear Bait RC.
Message from LARC:
To all LARC Members
Hello to all,
Due to the current health crisis gripping the country, all LARC meetings, test sessions,
Boot Camp and Board meetings have been canceled until at least the middle of May. As
that time grows closer we will access the situation and determine if it would be safe to
resume club activities. While I'm sure we will all miss our monthly meetings, our current
membership includes a greater than average number of at risk folks.
Please stay safe and keep washing those hands.
Message from RAGS:
Note: Thursday April 9th RAGS meeting will be online using Zoom. Members should receive an email with instructions.
Monday, March 16, 2020
We just got this update from Drumlins.
Also please note that 2020 Dayton Hamfest has been canceled because of the COVID-19 virus. It is very likely that most events scheduled over the next several weeks will be also delayed or canceled.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Friday, March 13, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Thanks to the club for all its efforts here in CNY and in the Adirondacks!
More information on the club website: www.bearbaitradioclub.com