Ham Motto

What’s our Motto? “Ham Radio is: The Last Line of Communication in Any Emergency”.

So with that vain in mind we are stalwarts to keeping things going when all else fails.  We are the survivors who will get the job done when all else has stopped working.  We are the ones who can survive just about any catastrophe and still communicate.  That also means that we can innovate, we can tinker, we can improve, we can adapt and we can make things better by our very existence.  Amateur radio started in the late part of the 1800’s.  Radio waves were discovered in 1888 and in the 1890’s Marconi started using them for messages.  So for over a 100 years Amateur Radio has been there when the need arose and we will still be there to further that in the current day and age when more and more people are working with “Maker Spaces” and tinkering around with things and trying out new ideas.  Read the following article to really know that Amateur Radio was and will always be here to stay.  Even more so with the current developments and the advancements in technology.  73

Germany WWII and Amateur Radio

I found an interesting article in regards to the German (Nazi) use of Amateur Radio operators during the time frame between WWI and WWII.  It started around 1933 when Amateur Radio was really getting into gear and becoming more and more popular to the masses and many of those were learning so much about electronics and receivers and transmissions that their skill became of high demand.  So Germany noticed and the rest is a bit of history.  Read the entire article here.

December Christmas party/meeting date change

Please notice that we needed to move our monthly meeting date to Monday December 3rd 2018 this year due to a scheduling conflict.  Same location but a different date.  So if you can make it join us at the Denny’s in Oneida at Monday December 3rd, 2018 @ 18:30 hrs and maybe bring a few sweet treats/cookies for after the party/meeting and general elections will be that night and membership dues are due.  We’re going to have a lot to do and a lot of fun also.  Join us! 73


When you get the chance, check out our Links page.  We have updated and added more links including the newest is New York SKYWARN Classes.  It links to their page for registering for classes and knowing when the next ones are going to be available.  If you’re from out of state you can find the link on their page to other states so you can get further classes in your locale.

Don’t forget to Vote on Nov. 6th 2018 and also if you’re in the area, come and meet out group at the Denny’s in Oneida, NY.  Our month meeting is that same night.

That’s all for now.  Enjoy and 73.

Time To Vote 2018 !!!

It’s that time of the year again.  Please take the time to vote.  It’s this November 6th 2018.  If you’re coming to our club meeting at the Denny’s in Oneida 1830 hrs (6:30 pm) that night, please don’t forget to vote before coming to the meeting.  each and every vote matters and makes a difference.  Don’t think that your vote doesn’t matter.  Your opinion matters and is important to our system of democracy.  We know several families that will be voting and please make sure you are one of them too.  Not only is it a right it’s your civic duty.  We won’t tell you whom to vote for that’s up to you, we just want you to get out there and show your vote matters and your voice does also.3001882991_7ee07649b6


Sitrin Stars & Stripes Amateur Event

Coming up on Saturday, October 06, 2018 at 7:30am | SUNY Polytechnic Institute 100 Seymour Ave Utica, NY 13502 is the Sitrin Stars and Strips Walk / Run.  Radio operators are needed to monitor points along the route to provide information in regards to the status of the runners and the walkers during the event.

If you want more information in regards to what this is about check out this link.  If you want to volunteer you can contact Rick Rogers, KC2ABQ at rick@martinigraphicsllc.com.

Everyone and anyone who’s an Amateur Operator is welcome to assist.  It’s a great event and we would love to have you assist.


Club Picnic September 2018

So here we were up among the Wind Turbines on top of the Town of Fenner.  It was a beautiful day in which we could enjoy not only the weather, but also fellowship with fellow hams and some visitors and some wonderful food.  It was our annual club picnic and monthly meeting.

The group descended upon the the Fenner Renewable Energy Education Center around noon on September 15th, 2018.  Everyone brought a dish to pass and their appetites and their wit. The grill started going about 1300 hrs and hot dogs and hamburgers were ready in short order.  About a dozen were in attendance for the food, fun and fellowship.

Afterwards we took a couple of hours to raise the antenna up an extra 10 feet or so.  We rerun the antenna cable by replacing it with a better more stable cable.  We also readjusted the power supply’s location and overall made some great improvements to our repeater and its frequency footprint.

Enjoy the photos below and maybe next year you can join us.  It was a great time to enjoy each others company and do some work on improving the repeater.  A wonderful time was had by all and we’re looking forward to next year and our upcoming events.  Stay tuned for more information.