Joe and company did another great job putting on the 4th annual Roc City Net Hamfest! There had to be at least 100 tailgaters selling their wares Saturday morning. The weather was perfect and the deals a plenty! It was great seeing so many folks from Upstate NY as well as many Hams from out of state. Thanks go out to the Log Cabin Restaurant for hosting this event on such a beautiful site!
Sunday, August 28, 2022
Friday, August 26, 2022
Sunday, August 21, 2022
Its that time to start thinking about Winter SkyWarn Training. Most NWS offices will be holding classes this fall. Some of those can be found in the links below:
SKYWARN - Severe weather reporting program
Learn more at the National SKYWARN web site: https://www.weather.gov/SKYWARN
Binghamton NY NWS SKYWARN page: http://www.weather.gov/bgm/outreachSKYWARNtraining
Buffalo NY NWS SKYWARN page: http://www.weather.gov/buf/Skywarn
Albany NY NWS SKYWARN page: http://www.weather.gov/aly/skywarn
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Some back ground; The OVARC Club Repeater has been around for over 40 years and is located on Vrooman Ridge in the town of Fine, N.Y. It's elevation is 1480'ASL and offers coverage generally in about a 60 to 70 mile radius of it's location. It is owned, operated, and maintained by the OVARC membership. The frequency is 147.135 MHz. + and a 151.4 pl tone and also has an Echolink node #823942 or WA2NAN-R. There is a morning net 7 days a week called the Rooster Roster at 7:30 am that is well attended by folks both south and north of the Canadian border.
A note from OVARC President; Kerry Bickford, WA2NAN:
We are looking for some donations for rebuilding our repeater site here in Fine, N.Y. in the Adirondacks. We had a severe thunderstorm and a lightning strike on a nearby power line here on June 16th that took out our VHF repeater, a DMR repeater, a APRS digipeater, two power supplies, and a solar controller, and cooling fans. Also our power grid entrance and 75' of underground power cable and conduit. The repeater has been there since 1979 when we first set it up and never had lightning or surge damage in all those years. This time it hit power lines real close to the site and blew the national grid meter right out of the entrance about 20 feet and cooked everything from there to the building and everything that was plugged in. Devastating to our little club and emergency communications here in the Adirondack Mountains. Nearly $5000.00 damage, and not insured, don't know if we can recover from this but we are trying. This repeater site is very important to the area and covers into 4 counties for emergencies and world-wide with our DMR station. We're trying hard to get everything replaced and back running before the fall.
If you could help us out with a donation, please send it to our OVARC secretary KB2HPR, David Jackson. PayPal donations can also be made to my PayPal account, as the club doesn't have a PayPal account. I am the club president and can pass donations on to the secretary. All who donate will receive conformation of their donation. Send PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org at the PayPal web site.
Club website: ovarc.us
Club Secretary: David Jackson Sr., KB2HPR, PO. Box 227, 8 Second St., Edwards, N.Y. 13635