Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Hudson Valley 80 Meter Net - Wednesdays – 5:00 PM EDT – 3.835 MHz

 Hudson Valley 80 Meter Net - Tomorrow, Wed. June 22 – 5:00 PM EDT – 3.835 MHz

All are welcome to check-in to the weekly Wednesday sessions of the Hudson Valley 80 Meter Net beginning at 5:00 PM EDT on 3.835MHz (+/- 5-10 kHz).

There were 16 participants for last Wednesday’s Hudson Valley 80 Meter Net including on new check-in from Washington Township in New Jersey.  Welcome to Jim K2ZO a member of the Bergen Amateur Radio Club where he is the net control for their Monday night 10-meter net at 9:00 pm on 28.375 MHz.  Jim is well known for his tireless work over the years as one of the moving forces and contact for the popular BARA Hamfest each spring.

Check-ins came from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

113 different amateur radio operators from the Canadian Border to the Southern Shore of Long Island and seven states have checked-in at least once since the HV 80 Meter Net began in December of 2021.

The HV 80 Net and our associated HV 80 Website is not just for Hudson Valley Stations!    

We welcome all check-ins and Forum posts from licensed amateur radio operators.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

RAGS Hamfest - 7/9/22 -updated -

 We now have many new prize sponsors and the total door prizes have a $2400 retail value.  See attached flyer for hamfest details and our generous prize sponsors.   Pre-hamfest tickets are still available and can be purchased at www.ragsclub.org under the hamfest drop down menu using PayPal or a C.C..  Tickets are $5 each or bring friends and get a free ticket....just  $20 for 5 tickets!!!

You need not be present to win the top three prizes.

July 9, 2022 ..... make it a special day!

Jerry Wright

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Moravia Hamfest - 7/23/22

 2nd Annual Moravia Hamfest

Saturday July 23 - 6am until ?????

2220 State Route 38a

Moravia, NY 13118

VE testing 10:00 am

Flea market - truck/car cruise-in

No admission fees/No parking fees

No tailgate fees

50/50 raffle

Bring the kids, dogs, etc.

Jam session – bring your instruments

Great food available by vendor 10-10 Barbeque

Contact Mike W2JWW 315-730-9217

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

International Museum Ships Weekend - June 4-5

 International Museum Ships Weekend is Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5 this year.

 We will be activating the US Army Tug LT-5 located at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum in Oswego, NY on both dates from 11AM until 5PM.

Ham radio stations will be setup in an attempt to contact as many of the other museum ships around the country as possible.

 He LT-5 is one of the last remaining tug boats used in the Normandy Invasion during World War 2 in June 1944.

 Stop by and make some contacts.


John Perkins & Larry Rusch

K2VTT                   KD2MTG

Cortland Hamfest - Sat June 11th, 2022

 The Cortland Hamfest, sponsored by the Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland, will be held Saturday June 11 from 7 AM 'till noon!

Free outdoor flea market, 25 indoor flea market spaces available at $10.00 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.

Travel directions: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: 4301 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

Monday, May 23, 2022

17 meter Activity Group -

 If you want to have some fun or try out a new antenna - these are the guys to check out! They start on 17M at 17:30z every afternoon. Lots of check-ins from across North America and usually around the world. Great group of folks here. Check it out!

From Gary; K5IGO

Join us daily on the Activity Groups. Open to all. It is not a net, just a bunch of guys getting together daily to check propagation on these great bands. No roll call, just a list gathered up daily. Stop by and check us out.  73

17m - 18.157.50 at 17:30 - 18:30 UTC

15m - 21.383 at 18:30 - 19:00 UTC

12m - 24.970 at 19:00 - 19:30 UTC

10m - 19:30 UTC - Freq is usually picked that day

Sunday, May 22, 2022

New Southern Tier Ham web site/app

 Thanks to our friend Kris; K2RIS for informing us about a new Southern Tier Ham Radio forum/site.

Check out Seven3 for yourself at: https://seven3.net/dashboard

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Spring SkyWarn Training - Online or in-person

Spring SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes are coming!

Most upstate NY counties are conducting SkyWarn Training in April and May.

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. Despite all the technological advances, SKYWARN Spotter reports are still crucial to the National Weather Service in providing more accurate severe weather warnings.

See the full training schedules at:

Binghamton (Syracuse-CNY):  http://www.weather.gov/bgm/outreachSKYWARNtraining
Buffalo (Rochester-WNY): http://www.weather.gov/buf/Skywarn
Albany(ENY) :https://www.weather.gov/aly/skywarn

Learn more about SKYWARN and Amateur Radio at: http://www.upstateham.com/p/skywarn.html 

Monday, April 4, 2022

CNY Hams lost a dear friend this weekend! Roger Hamilton WA2AEW - SK

 CNY Hams lost a very dear friend this weekend! Roger Hamilton; WA2AEW, passed away Saturday. Roger was one of the nicest guys in Ham radio! We won't forget his big smile and handshake. All around great guy, always willing to help and gave a lot back to the hobby he thoroughly enjoyed. Roger had ongoing health issues for a year or two, but still remained active with both RAGS and LARC. He will be missed by many! Our heartfelt condolences to all his friends and family.

Obituary from Syarcuse.com:

Roger H. Hamilton April 2, 2022 Roger H. Hamilton, 81, of Syracuse passed away April 2 after a long illness. He was born in Syracuse and was a 1959 graduate of Hulburt W. Smith Tech Institute. He was a member of the National Guard for 6 years. He worked as a machinist for GA Braun and Nixon Gear. Roger was a Ham Radio Operator for many years and his call sign was Wa2aew. He was very active in RAGS and LARC. In his younger years, he played guitar in the band The Continentials. He was your "go to guy" if you needed to know something or needed something fixed. Roger is survived by his wife, Diane; daughter, Karen (Ozzie) Calabrese; son, Mark (Sue) Hamilton; grandchildren, Ashley (Larry), Aimee (John), Brandon, Cheyene, Logan; great grandchildren, Riley and Jack. Services will be private. No calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Feel free to leave a comment or story about Roger in the comments section below:

Monday, March 7, 2022

CVARA Hamfest - Sat. 3/26/22

 more CVARA Hamfest info at: https://cvara.net/our-events/bullthistle-hamfest/

More door prizes added to the Hamfest!
Arrow Antenna
Comet Antenna
Nuts and Volts Magazine
Ham Test Online
American Radio Club Tumblers from Ham Radio Prep
Artsci Publishing- Repeater Map Book & Directory

Hope to see you all there!  Tables can be reserved and purchased via PayPal by visiting our website: http://cvara.net/hamfest

Friday, March 4, 2022

Need help for Syracuse St. Patrick's Day parade - 3/12/22

 Need Help - St. Patrick' Day Parade!   

RAGS Public Service still needs additional operators for the parade. It is a fun event and the organizers treat us very well. Please contact Amir (K9CHP@arrl.net) or Walt (n2ikwkb@gmail.com) if you can help.

Jerry Wright, NK2C

Friday, February 11, 2022

Syracuse Maker Faire - Sat. April 2, 2022

 Hello! My name is Doug Hill, N2KH.

I am on the Syracuse Maker Faire committee and would like to invite any/all ham radio organizations to exhibit at the Faire.  The Faire is on April 2nd 2022 at the SRC arena.

Here is the URL:  https://syracuse.makerfaire.com

Monday, February 7, 2022

Fort Herkimer ARA - General Class, starts Feb. 15th, 2022

 The Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, Inc. to offer
a General Class License course starting February 15th.

The course will be on Tuesdays at 7pm at the Town of German Flatts Hall  - 555 State Route 5S, Mohawk, NY 13407

For information contact Chris Bouck; KB4CMF at: cbouck01 @ twcny.rr.com

Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Spectrum Monitor - Great publication!


We have mentioned it before, but will do it again! The Spectrum Monitor (TSM) is an awesome publication for the radio enthusiast! 

I really look forward to getting this publication each month! Great writers with an excellent variety of articles and columns each month. I am a charter subscriber since its beginning in 2014. It is very similar to the former Monitoring Times magazine which discontinued publication in 2013.

Check out TSM on their web site at: http://www.thespectrummonitor.com/index.aspx

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.

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, January 13, 2022

Fulton Amateur Radio Club News

 The Fulton Amateur Radio Club is a very active club in Oswego County. Thanks to Mike Regan for sending along information on the W2TQF Scholarship and their Pathfinder Net.

Thomas G. Cantine Jr W2TQF Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established after the untimely death of Thomas G. Cantine Jr, who was an active amateur radio operator for over 50 years.  Obtaining his license at the age of 13 in 1957, Tom held the call sign: W2TQF.  Tom’s hobby of amateur radio led to a career as a sales engineer and engineering consultant.  Tom taught amateur radio classes, was a volunteer examiner, active in ARES (Amateur Radio  Emergency Service), RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) and was a  charter member of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club and served as the president of the radio club for several terms.  This scholarship has been set up in memory of Tom and his passion for amateur radio.

Learn more at: https://www.fultonamateurradioclub.org/W2TQF_Scholarship

The Pathfinder net originated on May 14th 1984 and operates every night during the week at 9pm on the 147.15 repeater in Fulton NY with a (+) offset and 103.5 PL. The purpose of this net is Amateur fellowship. All stations are welcome and the net welcomes any information or traffic that you may have.

Monday, January 10, 2022

145.15 KD2SL repeater - off the air

 Please announce online and on the nets:

The KD2SL repeater on 145.15 is off the air as of 4:00 pm on January 10th, because the antennas for 2 meters and the 440 link to Auburn have to be removed from the tower.  It may be possible to move the repeater to the other TV tower and restore the tie-in with Auburn, but it could take weeks, or even months to accomplish this.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

73 – Kevin KD2SL

Friday, January 7, 2022

Upcoming Onondaga RACES/ARES Training on 1/25/22

 Onondaga County RACES / ARES Quarterly Training 


Tuesday Jan. 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM via ZOOM

 ZOOM LINK:  Go to RAGS website (ragsclub.org), Public Service page, for link.


- Admin Update
- County Alerting
- Public Service Events Upcoming
- Activation / Deployment Preparation

- Prepare a list of equipment, supplies, etc required by you for a 48-hour deployment, away from your residence
- We will review the lists and discuss at Training Session
- Download from RAGS Public Service website the Frequency List and have frequencies programmed into your radios (vhf/uhf)

John Perkins – RACES Training Officer
Amir Findling - Emergency Coordinator
Walt Bordett – Assistant Emergency Coordinator
Andriy Gronau – Assistant Emergency Coordinator

notice sent from:

John Perkins; K2VTT
RACES Radio Officer – Onondaga County

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Marathon Hamfest - Sat. January 15, 2022

 Reminder/Update - The all indoors Marathon Hamfest will be held on January 15th from 7 AM to Noon at the Marathon NY Civic Center, 18 Brink St. Marathon NY. Admission is $5.00 each, children under 12 free.


Reserve your tables by e-mail to pdunn5@gmail.com. Tables are $10.00 each plus admission.

VE tests will be given, beginning at 9 AM. Testing is off-site, a short walk from the Civic Center. For information on testing please contact Bob at bsoltis@gaultauto.com

For all inquiries except VE testing please contact Pat at pdunn5@gmail.com.

 More info at: http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/marathon-winter-fest
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Andrew C. Slaugh KB2LUV
Secretary, Skyline Amateur Radio Club of Cortland, NY
145.490 Repeater PL 71.9 Cortland, NY

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! 

Here we go into a new year! We are starting our 10th year at UpstateHam.com and appreciate everyone's continued support and contributions to this great hobby! Please continue to send us your event notices, comments and suggestions. (email us at: upstateham@gmail.com )

Hopefully we are reaching a peak in the Covid situation and that things will improve as we go through the winter months. We hope you and your family are safe and getting through these very challenging times. 

Hats off to the clubs and groups who continue to hold on-line meetings, training events and VE exams during the pandemic. We have attended several on-line meetings over the last 18 months that have been very well run. I hope some of these types of meetings and trainings might stay as regular options for some of us who are challenged by distance or other circumstances! 

Don't forget that Winter Field day is coming up on January 29-30, 2022. Great time to get outside or participate from the warmth of your own shack. (learn more here: https://www.upstateham.com/2021/12/winter-field-day.html 

We are also still optimistic about sunspot cycle 25 which is looking more promising everyday!  Take a minute to check the low bands, as we have continued to find some really nice openings lately!

We are hopeful that hamfests and in-person meetings will start/continue to be held as the situation improves. Watch our pages for Event updates as they become available. 

Our Events schedule: https://www.upstateham.com/p/2014-upstate-hamfests-that-i-have-heard.html

From the team here at UpstateHam.com; Wishing you all Health and Happiness in 2022!