Thursday, March 9, 2023

Need help for the St. Patrick's Day Parade this Saturday in Syracuse

Public service request:

We need a few more operators for the St. Patrick's Day Parade this Saturday.  It is a fun,  interesting event
which I have volunteered at for many years.  The organizers treat us well and reward us with hats, shirts, and a reception after the parade.

The club has available HTs, so don't let that hold you back.

If you can help, email Amir at or Walt at

Thanks in advance for your help.

Jerry, NK2C


Sunday, March 5, 2023

Save the Date! - CNY Ham Radio Breakfast - Sat. 5/6/23

 Ham Radio Breakfast

The next breakfast is scheduled and the event is open to ALL local Hams. It will be Saturday, May 6th, 2023 at 8:00 am. This is a great chance to meet up with some of the folks you talk to on the air, but possibly have never met in person. Come on all you drive time radio jockeys, "6M QCWA Netters", CNY SWAP and Hobby Net check-ins - we hope to see you all there.

Location: The "Finally Ours Diner" is at 3788 West Seneca Turnpike, at the corner with Cedarville Rd. in the Onondaga Hill area of Syracuse (see directions here:

Thanks to K2WOP; Curt for his continuing efforts for this excellent get together.

Questions? contact Curt; K2WOP on the 146.67 or 147.195 repeater.

Finally Ours Diner link: 

Saturday, March 4, 2023

NY Ham Online VE Testing - VEs Needed!

 Hi there!

Myself and a couple other hams are looking to recruit VEs from across the state for online VE sessions. The goal is to make more test sessions available online for current / future hams in NY state and the surrounding area while also promoting the local clubs nearest them. We'd love to partner with any VEs or Club VE teams.

Contact Shaun N2EWC ( for more info.

73 de Shaun N2EWC
‪(315) 557-8186‬
HH:  86-1237610

Friday, March 3, 2023

S Meter signal strength vs. dBm

The topic of S meter readings came up up the other day on a repeater discussion, so we thought we would post a reference table and a link to an informative explanation on S meter readings. This is always an interesting topic among Hams, as most of us have noticed differences among various radios.

Link to More information on Measuring Radio Signal Strength:

(Always Remember; "your mileage may vary!")

Friday, February 3, 2023

Onondaga RACES / ARES training session - 2/21/23


The next quarterly Onondaga RACES / ARES training session will be on Tuesday Feb 21, 2023 at 7:00 PM at the Moyers Corners Fire Station #2, 7697 Morgan Rd, just north of Buckley Rd in Liverpool.  Please use the rear parking area and entrance.


TOPIC:  FLDIGI Installation and Use

 This software package is sometimes used by Emergency Management folks.

We will be using HF.


Thank You

 John Perkins


RACES Radio Officer – Onondaga County

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Winter Field day 2023 - this weekend 1/28-29


Winter Field Day 2023, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), will take place over the January 28-29 weekend, and it can be a terrific time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June. The event, which got its start in 2007, is not restricted to North America. All Amateur Radio operators around the world are invited to participate “Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house,” the WFDA says. “Get out and play some radio!” The WFDA said it believes that maintaining operating skills should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios.

Learn more at :

If you have a local event planned and want to share it here, please email us at:

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Very Nice Ham Radio Breakfast!

 A big pat on the back to the folks involved making the Syracuse "Hammy" Breakfast happen today!

It was a large friendly group and great food at the Finally Ours Diner on Onondaga Hill. I believe we counted 40+ people attending. Its always a fun time with this group and the first big breakfast since the Pandemic that slowed things down two years ago. We also raffled a couple of radios and raised some money for two independent repeaters in CNY.

Also a big hats off to N2XSG who had a VCR/projector set up with a vintage 38 minute Ham radio interview with Jack Smith; W2QYT (SK). What a great piece of CNY Ham radio history from a great guy who we all miss. His influence on Upstate NY Ham radio communications will long be remembered. Thanks Lou for finding and saving this awesome piece of local Ham radio history!

Thanks to Curt; K2WOP for setting this up again and also to Lou; N2SXG for organizing the room and presentation this morning. Also  thank you to W2ACC Dave for donating the raffle radios. Hopefully we will do it again this Spring!