Wednesday, July 24, 2024

International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend Event - 8/17-18/2024


Good afternoon all,

 Once again, I will be setting up a portable station at the West Pierhead Lighthouse in Oswego, NY. I hope to be operating from inside the Derrick Boat near the museum itself …. If not I will be directly out front once again. 😊

My tentative hours of operation are from 8am until 4pm both Saturday and Sunday August 17th and 18th. Longer if they will have me!! The 48 hour event runs from 8pm Friday until 8pm Sunday EDT. I will be on most bands using SSB, CW, and FT8 whenever possible. I will try to stay in the General frequency range for the most part. It is hoped to have over 500 lighthouses and lightships registered on the website ( but regardless …. It will be fun!!

 Hope to see or “hear” you all,

Fred, W2LGA

more info at:

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Send us your Field Day photo's and stories!

 Its Field Day 2024!

Hope you get out and visit a club or group activity. Or just sit in your air conditioned shack and make a few contacts!

After its all done please consider sending us some pictures and maybe even a story or two about this year or past memories. We'll try to publish them all on UpstateHam!

link to the Field Day locator:

Email us at: 

Monday, June 3, 2024

Commemoration - 80 years of D-DAY

 Plusscouts will be operating a special event station June 2nd-9th at the D-Day Museum at Omaha Beach to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Allied Forces landing at Normandy on D-Day. The event callsign will be TM80DDAY

Scheduled operating frequencies should include:

1.882 MHz LSB

3.682 MHz LSB

7.182 MHz LSB

14.182 MHz USB

21.182 MHz USB

28.482 MHz USB

DMR TalkGroup 907 - JOTA

More info at:

Monday, May 20, 2024

ARRL Field Day - June 22-23, 2024

ARRL Field Day is just a month away! 

Do you have plans with a club or friends yet? Why not visit one of the many groups having events here in Upstate NY. ARRL Field Day locator:

The object of Field Day is to work as many stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 Meter HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above, and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio.

More info at:

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Museum Ship Weekend - June 1-2, 2024

 Good evening fellow HAMS,

Once again, this year I plan on setting up a portable operation amateur radio station at the US Army tugboat LT-5 at the H Lee White Museum in Oswego, NY. I’ll be set up for the Museum Ship Weekend Event on June 1st and 2nd. Operating times are planned for 9am to 5pm depending on mother nature of course. The event details can be found at .  It is a fun event as we try to contact many other ships from all over the world with similar set-ups. Many Aircraft Carriers and Battleships have already signed up. The full list is on the website!!

Stop by or check in,


Fred Legawiec, W2LGA

more info on the H Lee White Museum in Oswego:

Monday, May 13, 2024

Cortland Hamfest - Sat. 6/8/24 (Updated)

The 42nd annual Cortland Hamfest and Technology Fair will take place on Saturday June 8th 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.

Coffee and Donuts will be available.

 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!
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Andrew Slaugh KB2LUV Secretary, Skyline Amateur Radio Club

more info at:

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Solar Event continues to unfold this weekend!

 HF radio communications remain unstable this afternoon here in Upstate NY. The effects of this weeks solar storms are expected to continue to affect HF communications through the weekend.

More info at:

Significant HF radio effects from this weeks Solar events!

 HF radio communications were barely possible this morning here in Upstate NY. The effects of this weeks solar storms are expected to continue for the next few days. If cloud cover diminishes we may be able to see some Aurora activity this evening here in CNY!

More info at:

Space weather info:

Friday, May 10, 2024

Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the evening of Friday, May 10



    published: Thursday, May 09, 2024 23:02 UTC

For Immediate Release [May 9, 2024]   


NOAA forecasts severe solar storm; media availability scheduled for May 10

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) — a division of the National Weather Service — is monitoring the sun following a series of solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that began on May 8. Space weather forecasters have issued a Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the evening of Friday, May 10. Additional solar eruptions could cause geomagnetic storm conditions to persist through the weekend.

A large sunspot cluster has produced several moderate to strong solar flares since Wednesday at 5:00 am ET. At least five flares were associated with CMEs that appear to be Earth-directed. SWPC forecasters will monitor NOAA and NASA’s space assets for the onset of a geomagnetic storm.

CMEs are explosions of plasma and magnetic fields from the sun’s corona. They cause geomagnetic storms when they are directed at Earth. Geomagnetic storms can impact infrastructure in near-Earth orbit and on Earth’s surface, potentially disrupting communications, the electric power grid, navigation, radio and satellite operations. SWPC has notified the operators of these systems so they can take protective action. Geomagnetic storms can also trigger spectacular displays of aurora on Earth. A severe geomagnetic storm includes the potential for aurora to be seen as far south as Alabama and Northern California. 

WHAT:    Media availability via teleconference on the unfolding space weather event and Geomagnetic Storm Watch. 

WHO:    Experts from NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center

WHEN:                Friday, May 10, 2024; 10 a.m. EDT 

        CALL-IN #:    630-395-0205

        INTERNATIONAL (TOLL FREE): 800-988-9736

        PASSCODE: 8186632

VIDEO: is external)

Video Caption: NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite captured the eruption from the sun that occurred around 2 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2024. Credit: NOAA

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center is the official source for space weather forecasts, watches, warnings and alerts. Visit for updates. The public can subscribe to receive NOAA space weather alerts, warnings, and watch information at  

Contact:  Erica Grow Cei, sends e-mail), 202-853-6088



Thursday, May 2, 2024

East Coast Reflector is holding a "Meet and Greet" - Orchard Park NY - 6/8/24

 The East Coast Reflector is holding a "Meet and Greet" on June 8, 2024. 

This will be held at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY.  This will be held at Martin's Lodge from 1 PM to 8 PM. Dinner will be from 3 PM to 6 PM.  Cost is a donation of $15 per person.  There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.  Talk in will be on 146.520.  Food available will be hot dogs, hamburgers, cheese burgers and BBQ beans.  There will besome drinks available.  Last year, hams came from throughout Eastern USA. Tailgating will be allowed and clubs are invited to bring along several pamphlets on their clubs and membership applications. Hope to see you all there!

more info here:

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

RARA operating event - Rochester - Sat. 5/4/24

 Operating Event for New(ish) Hams

Saturday May 4, 2024 (10am setup, 11am open)

We have had great success in the last three years in getting new or new-again hams kick-started in their ham radio career.

This year's event will be on May 4th (Star Wars Day, so feel free to bring your lightsaber), and will again be at the Pathfinder Shelter in Black Creek Park. We can access the shelter starting at 10am, this is when setup will start and then our new(ish) hams will join us at 11am. The event goes until we run out of audience, or out of steam, which usually is between 3 and 4pm.

If you would like to interest somebody who is new to the hobby in your niche of ham radio, here is your opportunity :)

I would like to again have a wide range of topics that we can present. In years past, we've had antenna building, portable operating, digital modes, CW, soldering, programming HTs, foxhunting, throwing antennas into trees and more.

If you can spare a few hours to help our newest hams to get started in the hobby, they will appreciate your effort and your time.

If you would like to participate, please send me an email with what topic you would like to present. If you would like to participate, but don't have a good idea yet about what to do, let me know, I can help you with some ideas.


Karl Heinz, K5KHK


Pathfinder Shelter, Black Creek Park in Chili,+Black+Creek+Park+in+Chili/@43.0853966,-77.8047603,13z?entry=ttu

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

RAGS portable ops demo party - this Saturday!

 Reminder - RAGS is having an "open to the public" Amateur Radio Demonstration at Cedar Bay Park in Town of Dewitt, 8A-2P.  There will be portable amateur stations set-up.  This is a POTA park and is also within the Erie Canal Corridor POTA park.  

Please come to visit, or to operate if you like, or for just good old fellowship.  There will be coffee and donuts!!! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Chasing weather balloons

Want to track a weather balloon? This is a pretty cool website that tracks weather balloon across the country.  You can also listen for their data packet telemetry on your radio when they in your area (Buffalo generally uses 403.800mhz). The NWS in Buffalo and Albany launch balloons around 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM everyday. They also may launch at other times like during storms. Check it out here:!mt=Mapnik&mz=7&qm=3h&mc=43.45329,-75.39917

Learn more about how the tracker works here:

Cool tracking info:

More info from NOAA:

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Nice Drumlins Hamfest yesterday

Great turnout and weather yesterday for one of our favorite early season Hamfests! The best crowd we have seen there in a couple of years and lots of used equipment for sale. The Drumlins Club always does a very nice job and has great site there in Newark NY. Thanks guys!

Monday, April 15, 2024

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

(UPDATE 5/24/24) 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 141.3 - 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!