Monday, April 15, 2024

Help needed - RAGS Public service comms for WorkForce Run on June 6th

We are still in need of committed operators for the WorkForce Run on June 6.  This event is a late afternoon event with a pre-event meet-up at 5PM.  

Please sign-up by either going to, click on the Public Service and fill out the Public Service Event Form OR email Andriy at or Walt at

This is a nice short event and our help is always greatly appreciated.

Jerry, NK2C

Thursday, April 4, 2024

ARES/RACES Quarterly Training - Onondaga County 4/22/24

 Get Involved In ARES and RACES

The next ARES/RACES Quarterly Training session

will be April 22, 7:00P at the Onondaga County

Emergency Operations Center, Electronics Parkway,

Liverpool. There will be a tour and we will check out

antenna systems.

John Perkins, K2VTT, RACES Radio Officer

Drumlins Hamfest - Palmyra NY - 4/20/24 (update)

 Note:   Ken Blume, K2UPI, A longtime friend of the CNY Amateur radio community passed away this past December 2023. Several of his friends will be selling equipment from his estate outside at the Drumlins Hamfest. The offerings include vintage and modern equipment from Eico, Hallicrafters, Hammarlund, Heathkit, Johnson, Kenwood, TenTec, Yaesu and more. Over 150 items will be for sale. The proceeds of all sales will be going to his family.

more info at:

Monday, March 25, 2024

SkyWarn Spring 2024 Training

 The 2024 Skywarn Spring Training Season is upon us!

Learn more from your local NWS office listed below:

Binghamton NY NWS SKYWARN page:

Buffalo NY NWS SKYWARN page:

Albany NY NWS SKYWARN page:

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

Learn more about CNY SKYWARN here:

Learn more at the National SKYWARN web site:


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Syracuse/Rochester area GMRS repeaters

 Lots of interest lately in GMRS with the reduced cost of licensing. 

Some Syracuse/Rochester area GMRS repeaters:

462.550     Auburn, PL 136.5 - est. 5-15 mile coverage

462.550     Fulton, PL 136.5 - est. 5 mile coverage, City of Fulton

462.550     Cazenovia, PL 162.2 - est. 35 mile coverage

462.575    Bristol, Alliance, PL141.3 - est. 70 mileage coverage

462.600    Syracuse, ADD, PL 151.4 - est. 70 mile coverage

462.625    Locke, PL 71.9, est. 10 mile coverage (Owasco Valley?)

462.725    Bristol, Covert, PL-TBD (ask), est. 80 mile coverage

Some info about getting licensed and using the GMRS radio service - see links below:

GMRS/FRS Frequencies:

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Operators needed - Syracuse St. Patrick's Day parade on Sat. 3/16

 We still need a few more operators to help with communications at the parade on March 16. Long range forecast is for 52F, so it will be balmy.  Please help if you can.... RAGS has loaner radios if needed.  Please contact Walt, N2IK at or 315-243-0736. 

Jerry, NK2C

Monday, March 4, 2024

WNY Ham radio support for 4/8 Solar Eclipse

To:   All WNY Ham Radio Clubs

From:  Vince Harzewski N2JRS, Emergency Coordinator, Erie County ARES/Assistant Radio Officer, Erie County RACES
Re: April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

The Erie County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
has requested the assistance of amateur radio operators in conjunction
with the total solar eclipse on April 8.
Amateurs will be asked to provide critical information on the day of the
All Amateurs from any county are invited to participate.
Hams working with Emergency Services will establish communications in
the Emergency Operations center in Cheektowaga NY and will take reports
from amateurs on location, traffic, weather and amount of people
gathering during the key times of the eclipse on the 8th.
They will also establish cross border communications with Canadian
amateurs to test viability of passing traffic across the pond.
Hams in the EOC will establish communications with the state EOC with HF
voice and WINLINK connectivity.
Amateurs from Erie County ARES/RACES will be positioned at certain areas
of interest in the county that are deemed possible points where traffic
leading up to and at the end of the eclipse might become a problem if an
emergency arises and will provide reports to the EOC throughout the
duration of the event.
Amateurs in Erie County will also establish 2 quick deployment teams and
station them in the north and south in the county should the need arise
to setup and operate until other county resources can assist and Erie
County RACES will provide an operator to Buffalo Fire in their
respective EOC for a link back to the county EOC and to test the
viability of using us as a backup to inter EOC communications.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Help needed for the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade


St. Patrick's Parade Sign-up

We are in need of commitments from operators for the Parade on March 16.  Please go to  and sign-up.   This is a fun, long term activity for RAGS Public Service and our help is greatly appreciated by the community.  

If you  have difficulty with the site, contact Walt, N2IK directly at

ThanKs, Jerry NK2C

Sunday, February 11, 2024

EchoLink has a web browser version

Most folks are familiar with EchoLink. Its been around as a Amateur Radio PC application along with both IPhone and Android apps for many years.

EchoLink® software allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using streaming-audio technology.  The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio's communications capabilities.  There are more than 350,000 validated users worldwide — in 159 of the world's 193 nations — with about 6,000 online at any given time.

What is EchoLink Web?

EchoLink Web is an edition of EchoLink that runs entirely within a Web browser. It runs on various browsers and OS platforms and doesn't require any app to be installed — just click and go.

Learn more here:

Sunday, February 4, 2024

New APRS tracking web site

Very interesting new APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) tracking site that is hosted right here in CNY by Steve White N2RWE.

The new URL is 

Learn more about APRS here:

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Winter Field Day 1/27-28, 2024

 Winter Field Day - January 27th & 28th, 2024

What is WFD?

Winter Field Day is a communications exercise. WFD is held on the last full weekend in January. WFD can be worked from the comfort of your home or in a remote location. You can participate by yourself or get your friends, family, or whole club involved. Winter Field Day is open to participants worldwide. Amateur radio operators may use frequencies on the HF, VHF, or UHF bands and are free to use any mode that can faithfully transmit the required exchange intact. Similar to the ARRL’s Field Day, bonus points are earned in several ways, including using non-commercial power sources, operating from remote locations, satellite contacts, and more.

More info at:

Monday, January 8, 2024

First Upstate event of the 2024 Hamfest season - Sat. 1/13/24


The Marathon Hamfest will be held on January 13 2024 at the Marathon NY Civic Center, Brink St in Marathon NY from 7 AM until Noon. Admission is $6.00 each, under 12 free. for information check out or e-mail Pat at
Tables are available at $10.00 per 8' space. To reserve tables contact Pat at
VE tests will be given beginning at 10 AM. Walk-ins welcome. For information on VE tests (only) or to pre-register (recommended) e-mail The testing location is off-site, and requires a two minute walk.
Food will be provided by the Marathon Area Historical Society.
Travel Directions:
From the North or South: I-81 to Exit 9. Take Route 221 West (East Main St). Immediately before the steel deck bridge, turn left on to Peck St. In one block the Civic Center is on your left. Parking for the Civic Center is in the rear of the buildings.
From Ithaca: Route 13 North to Dryden. Take Route 38 South to Harford, then Route 221 East to Marathon. Turn right immediately after the steel deck bridge on to Peck St., the Civic Center is on your left. Parking for the Civic Center is in the rear of the buildings.
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Andrew Slaugh KB2LUV
Secretary, Skyline Amateur Radio Club
Owner of the 145.490 PL 71.9 Repeater in Cortland, NY

Monday, January 1, 2024

Happy New Year!


Another year has come and gone!

We wanted to reach out to say Thank You to the many individuals and clubs that send us information and corrections for the UpstateHam web site! Also thanks to our viewers for visiting and supporting our site.

Wishing you all health and Happiness in the new year!

73- From the folks at!