Thursday, September 14, 2023

Pumpkin Patrol 2023

 from the LARC "Longwire" September 2023 issue

Other 2023 Upstate NY Pumpkin Patrol links:

Friday, September 8, 2023

HF Activity Group - everyday on 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters!


If you want to have some fun or try a new HF 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 out their web site for all the details:

What frequencies? When?


18.1575         17:30         18:30

21.3830         18:30         19:15

24.9700         19:15         19:45

28.5700         19:45         20:15

The HF Radio Activity Group started over 10+ years ago with a small group of radio operators, W3FF, W8YCM and more.  This group of radio operators would meet every day on a specific set of frequencies across multiple HF bands.

The purpose is twofold, first to determine what the propagation is in real time for that day, for no other reason than curiosity about radio. The second reason is to have fun using amateur radio.

Saturday, August 19, 2023

48th Annual Elmira Hamfest - Sat. 9/30/23



September 30, 2023

At the Chemung County Fairgrounds, Horseheads, NY


If extenuating circumstances result in the cancellation of the hamfest, monies will be reimbursed to those who purchase tickets.

Tickets: $6 in ADVANCE and $8 AT THE GATE.


Price INCLUDES Parking and admission.

Tickets ordered through PayPal will be mailed out on September 10

More info:

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

MARCONI RADIO INTERNATIONAL - looking for signal reports 8/14 & 8/15



Please be advised that Marconi Radio International (MRI) will be on the air this week with test transmissions on 14 and 15 August 2023, as follows:
17.00-18.30 UTC. The frequency is 6180 kHz (USB mode).

Reception reports (verified by eQSL) to this E-mail address: marconiradiointernational (at)

Some lucky listeners will also receive our printed QSL card. Please don't forget to include your postal/street address, too!
Last but not least, we need your help! If you are a DX blogger, or use social networks, please post an announcement on your own blog and/or Facebook or send out a tweet. You can also forward this message to a friend.
Stay tuned!
Marconi Radio International

from the MRI facebook page:

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Operators needed - Great Race Auburn NY - Sunday 8/13

from Jerry; NK2C

 RAGS Public Service needs additional operator help with this Sunday event:

The Auburn Great Race.   

Please contact Walt - N2IK if you can help.


Ph. 315-243-0736

Friday, July 21, 2023

2023 International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend - 8/19-20

International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend - August 19-20

A few years ago the International Association of Lighthouse Keepers decided to have an annual open day for lighthouses all around the world to encourage visitors to visit at their lighthouses. They decided that no better day could be decided upon other than the Sunday of the ILLW. This move has been highly successful as the media have become involved in quite a few of the countries involved in the event. The ILLW takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August each year and attracts over 500 lighthouse entries located in over 40 countries. It is one of the most popular international amateur radio events in existence probably because there are very few rules and it is not the usual contest type event. It is also free and there are no prizes for contacting large numbers of other stations. There is little doubt that the month of August has become "Lighthouse Month" due largely to the popularity and growth of the ILLW.

This year’s event takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August so if you haven’t done so already, find a lighthouse nearby and get a group together or do it solo and fire up a lighthouse station. In most cases if you don’t intend operating from within the lighthouse itself or one of its cottages, you really don’t need to get any approval. Most first time entrants are so enthused with the event that they return year after year. More info at:

Several Upstate NY Lighthouses will be participating.

Charlotte Lighthouse - Rochester, N.Y. - more info at:

Fort Niagara - Lewiston N.Y. 

Oswego Harbor Pier lighthouse, Oswego, N.Y. -

 Good afternoon,

 Once again this year I will be setting up a portable station at the H Lee White Maritime museum in Oswego, NY for the 2023 International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend. The Station will be at the museum overlooking the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse. We can not set up at the lighthouse itself due to insurance and ongoing renovations. The set up details are as follows: August 19th and 20th are the operating dates with times of at least 9am – 4pm each day. Of course that depends on weather. If it is nice ….. I will stay longer!! 😊 There are over 300 lighthouse and lightships already registered with an anticipated total of over 500 worldwide that will have amateur radio stations set up. I will run SSB, CW, and digital on two transceivers and antennas. The event is open to the public and hams everywhere. Event details are available at

Thank you,

73’s, Fred Legawiec, W2LGA, 315 317-8030

Sunday, July 16, 2023

This Saturday! Moravia Hamfest - 7/22/23


Reminder!        Moravia Hamfest - 7/22/23

 3rd Annual Moravia Hamfest 

Saturday July 22,2023 - 6am until ?????

2220 State Route 38a

Moravia, NY 13118

VE testing at noon

Flea market - truck/car cruise-in

No admission fees/No parking fees

VE testing

No tailgate fees

50/50 raffle

Bring the kids, dogs, etc.

Jam session – bring your instruments

Great food available by Canadiagua Barbeque

Contact Mike W2JWW 315-730-9217

Thursday, June 15, 2023

2023 ARRL Field Day

 Field Day is just a few weeks away........June 24th and 25th, 2023

If you want to meet some friendly hams or experience some different operating modes, why don't you stop by one of the many Field Day events taking place in Upstate NY. You will see various antenna and radio setups along with operators trying to share their knowledge and score some points making contacts through out the weekend.

 Its a lot of fun - so we hope to see you out there on field day!

What is Field Day?

Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!  link:

ARRL Field Day locator:

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Moravia Hamfest - 7/22/23

 3rd Annual Moravia Hamfest 

Saturday July 22,2023 - 6am until ?????

2220 State Route 38a

Moravia, NY 13118

VE testing at noon

Flea market - truck/car cruise-in

No admission fees/No parking fees

VE testing

No tailgate fees

50/50 raffle

Bring the kids, dogs, etc.

Jam session – bring your instruments

Great food available by Canadiagua Barbeque

Contact Mike W2JWW 315-730-9217

Sunday, June 4, 2023

KLARA Hamfest - Sat. August 19th


KLARA Hamfest - August 19th, 2023

Saturday, August 19th, 2023    doors open at 0800 local time

Howard Community Center

7481 Hopkins Road

Avoca, NY

in the little hamlet of Howard, NY

Just off I-86 at Exit 35

For questions send an email to:

Friday Night camping

Join us for free on-site overnight camping. Self contained camping units only.

No electric. No water.

Campers must RSVP to

Monday, May 29, 2023

Cortland Hamfest - Sat. June 10th, 2023

 The 41st annual Cortland Hamfest and Technology Fair will take place on Saturday June 10th at the
Cortland County Fairgrounds, 4301 Fairgrounds Dr. in Cortland.

Admission: $6.00 per person, under 12 free. Outdoor Flea market is free with admission. There are 25 indoor flea market spaces available for $10.00 per 10' length, first come first served.

VE tests will be available beginning at 9 AM.

Breakfast sandwiches and light lunch will be available by the 4-H Teen Council.

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


We hope to see you there!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Andrew Slaugh KB2LUV
Secretary, Skyline Amateur Radio Club
More info at:

Friday, May 5, 2023

ROGER'S RAGS HAMFEST on July 8, 2023 - save the date!

Plans are well underway for the ROGER'S RAGS HAMFEST on July 8, 2023.  See attached flyer.  A few notable details:

     - Tickets are available online at

     - We have a number of returning and new prize sponsors.  The prize total is now approaching $4000!!

     -The food service will be improved with breakfast and lunch in the main indoor area.

Tickets are still $5 or five for $20.   We look forward to seeing you!

Jerry, NK2C

Hamfest Co-chairman

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

International Museum Ship Weekend Event - Oswego NY - June 3-4, 2023


 In preparation for the International Museum Ship Weekend Event, Amateur radio station  W2LGA  will be set up at the US Army Tugboat LT-5 moored at the H Lee White Maritime Museum in Oswego, NY. This is one of the last remaining tugboats used during the invasion of Normandy in June of 1944 (D-Day). The tugs main mission was to assist in the construction of the temporary harbor Mulberry A, which was used to supply men, equipment, and ammunition to Omaha Beach. The LT-5 is the only known tugboat that actually shot down an enemy aircraft during the war. The LT-5 is being restored via the guidance of the maritime museum. The amateur radio station, W2LGA, will attempt to contact many other military ships all over the world with amateur radio stations set up. These ships include aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers, submarines, lightships, tugs, ..etc.

  The radio station will be located near the tugboat and is free to the public. The H Lee White Maritime museum has tours of the LT-5 included with their overall museum admission charge. The radio station will be operating Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th from 9:00am – 4:00pm. To learn more about the museum itself, go to for more information regarding the International Museum Ship Weekend, including a full list of participating ships, go to:

 Contact information:

Fred Legawiec, W2LGA

315 317-8030


Sunday, April 23, 2023

Help During Solar Eclipses!

 Ham Radio operators, we’re calling you! Members of the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) will be making radio contacts during the 2023 and 2024 North American eclipses, probing the Earth’s ionosphere. It will be a fun, friendly event with a competitive element—and you’re invited to participate. The upcoming eclipses (October 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024) provide unique opportunities to study these interactions.

Link to the complete NASA article:

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Fast and easy testing for amateur radio licensing and upgrades

from N2EWC; Shaun and the NY Ham Team........

 Fast and easy testing for amateur radio licensing and upgrades!

Getting licensed or getting that long awaited upgrade has never been easier! The ALL NY HAM VE Team is now administering amateur radio exams bi-weekly online via zoom. Our team is made up of VEs from across New York state and are dedicated to making ham radio testing as easy and efficient as possible for all. 

Time doesn’t work? Not to worry, just contact us and we can schedule your exam by appointment. The next scheduled session will be held on May 9th @ 8pm.

View available sessions at or email us at for more info. 

If you have used this service, please feel free to leave us comments below on how it went for you.


Monday, April 3, 2023

147.00 Auburn repeater update

 Just a quick update on the W2QYT 147.00 repeater in Auburn N.Y. from K2INH:

Some folks with certain, mostly Yaesu radios that had been experiencing problems getting into the repeater. There seemed to be an issue with the 71.9 PL tone opening the repeater.

The good news; there was an issue found with the controller board and a new controller looks to have solved the problem. If you were experiencing any issues, please give it a try!


Just a quick note and link about the W2QYT 147.00 Repeater  history and founder:

We have recently uncovered an interesting interview with Jack Smith; W2QYT (Silent Key) from the mid-1990's.

What a great piece of Ham Radio history! Jack explains his start in Amateur Radio, repeater theory and operation of the 147.00 repeater (Auburn/Niles NY). Jack was a pillar of Ham Radio knowledge and experience here in CNY. We miss Jack's smiling face and booming voice on the airwaves here in Upstate NY. Thanks to John Luebs; N2PMQ (SK) and Lou Barbaglia; N2XSG who put this video together with Jack back many years ago.

If you have a memory of Jack or the W2QYT 147.00 repeater, PLEASE feel free to leave a comment below.

Check out the interview on our UpstateHam YouTube channel at:

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!