Friday, October 29, 2021

Halloween Listening for Pirate Radio


Chasing Pirate Radio can be a  lot of fun and Halloween weekend is one of the best times of the year to catch some Pirate radio on the low bands. Halloween is usually the peak broadcast day for unlicensed shortwave pirates, though major holidays always have quite a few stations coming out of the woodwork.

One of our favorite web sites; SWLing has a great primer for how and where to catch some Pirate Radio this Halloween! Check out their post and have some fun this weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Seeking Amateur Radio help to better understand Radio Propagation


From the RAC website:

The HamSCI Antarctic Eclipse Festival in December is seeking Amateur Radio participation.

As the shadow of the moon passes across Antarctica on December 4, it will generate traveling ionospheric disturbances that will, in turn, affect radio propagation.

The unusual geometry of this year’s eclipses will give researchers an opportunity to investigate complicated ionospheric dynamics over the poles as the long daytime of polar summer is briefly interrupted by the eclipse.

During this and other HamSCI eclipse festivals, Radio Amateurs and citizen-scientists are asked to collect Doppler-shift data from time-standard stations, such as WWV.

All that’s needed is an HF radio connected to a computer. A GPS-disciplined oscillator is helpful for collecting data, but it is not required. Data collection will run from December 1 through December 10, and the results will be made available for scientific analysis.

All Radio Amateurs and shortwave listeners are invited to join in, even those located far from the path of totality. In 2020, more than 100 individuals from 45 countries took part in eclipse festivals. The instructions are available in multiple languages.

Read the full article here:

Visit the HamSCI - Ham Science site at:

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Onondaga County RACES/ARES Training - 11/9/21

 RACES / ARES Training Session

Tuesday November 9, 2021 – 1900 Hours

Moyers Corners Fire Station #2

7697 Morgan Road (at Buckley Road), Liverpool, NY. ( Rear of Building ). 

TOPIC:  RACES/ARES Orientation, equipment review/evaluation, reviewing programmed frequencies, plan future training sessions. 


John Perkins at :

RACES Radio Officer – Onondaga County

Monday, October 4, 2021

SKYWARN - Winter Training 2021

Winter SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes are coming!

Most upstate NY counties are conducting SkyWarn Training this Fall.

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 (some advanced classes available). These classes train volunteers how to accurately observe and report hazardous weather to the National Weather Service. The classes are 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-CNY):
Buffalo (Rochester-WNY):
Albany(ENY) :

Learn more about SKYWARN and Amateur Radio at:

Friday, October 1, 2021

Check it out...Amateur Radio License Map

 Quite a few folks talking about this web site. A neat little project of data mining by a fellow Ham. Type in a zip code and zoom in on the map to see licensed Hams in your area. Check it out and see what you think for yourself.

Learn more about how they get this data: