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: