So, if you are interested in participating in some ARES practice and being a part of something else and have the time. Please, take the time to volunteer and listen and participate in on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 19:30 hrs (07:30 pm) on the following repeaters 146.880 (Rome RRC) and 147.240 (Kirkland).
It’s a great opportunity to learn some new Amateur radio skills and to listen in on what the process is and get familiar with ARES as a group. All are welcome and the group in the area is very forgiving and easy to work and learn with. It’s a great chance to get to know the process and those who are doing ARES and to be a part of this helpful service.
Winter SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes are coming!
Most upstate NY counties are conducting Winter SkyWarn Training in October and November.
The training will be held at various area locations and on-line. This class is for beginners or anybody that has a general interest in weather. These classes train volunteers how to accurately measure and report snowfall totals to the National Weather Service. The class is free and open to everyone; no age requirements, previous training, or equipment is required.
The SKYWARN program is a nationwide program that provides real-time severe weather reports to the National Weather Service. “Trained weather spotters provide valuable lifesaving information to the National Weather Service and we encourage those who have an interest in weather to participate in this critical program,” said David Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Binghamton NY. “Despite all the technological advances, SKYWARN Spotter reports are still crucial to the National Weather Service in providing more accurate severe weather warnings,” Nicosia continues.
The following is from Rick Rogers in regards to the Stars & Stripes Run/Walk on October 5th 2019. So if you are available and want to help out, contact Rick at the below informaiton.
I’m looking for a few good hams!
This is our 8th year supporting the Sitrin Stars & Stripes Run/Walk at SUNY Poly in Marcy, NY. The event this year is taking place on Saturday, October 5 this year and I’m hoping for operators to check-in at Net Control behind Donovan Hall (same place as recent years) around 8 am to get their t-shirts and printed maps/assignment sheets. Everyone should be on post by 8:45 and we will be all wrapped up before lunch. We’ll be using simplex again this year as that has worked well the past couple of years.
Please let me know if you’ll be available to assist and what your shirt size is so I can pull them when I’m helping setup the event Friday night.
~Rick KC2ABQ MOARC Public Service Event Coordinator — Rick Rogers Owner
If you might be looking for an event to help out in and assist with using your Amateur radio skills, here is an opportunity for you. The Honor America Day Parade is being held on the last Saturday in July. July 27th, 2019 and it includes a 5k/Walk/Run a parade at 10 am (participation included) and concludes with the opportunity to witness the Concert and Fireworks that evening.
Hope you can help out and if not pass on the information to someone who might want to or be able to assist and have some fun.
From John Sallustio: Contact Information at the bottom.
The time has come the Walrus said, to talk of a parade!
It is July and once again we are gearing up for the annual Honor America Days Parade. First of all I would like to thank all of you for helping out over the last several years and I would like to ask if you would be willing to join again this year. I am trying to staff 14 divisions and the reviewing stand as usual. We are critical to the success and safety of this event. We close the roads, we are part of the parade, we are part of the team!
The traditional thank you gift is available again this year, reserved seating tickets to the concert and fireworks on the lawn of Ft. Stanwix at 8PM that evening.
For those of you with kids or grandkids that would like to accompany you in the parade feel free, this is a family friendly event and there is tons of candy thrown along the route. If you have kids with you, I will generally place you towards the end so the kids get to see most of the parade. Please let me know. Also if you have any special request to have a particular group in your division, let me know. I do my best to accommodate it.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!
Parade/5K info (Same as last year)
July 27, 2019 Meet at 7:30AM at 1212 N. James St. Street Closes at 8AM 5K race at 8:30 Parade moves at 10AM ~1PM everyone is complete. You are released when your division finishes.
If you happen to know anyone that might be interested please feel free to forward this email and I can provide them with more information.
As has been going around lately, there is a bit of discussion and concern over the possible reallocation of the 2m band for use with Aeronautical Mobile Service. It’s been going around on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many other social media sites including other websites in general.
Some discussions have expressed changes in the 144-146 section of the band and the 146-148 section of the band. It has been argued that ARES, RACES, Repeaters and other uses could be affected by this change. This is an issue with the European side of the band, but can have implications within other zones if it gets altered. Many people have been advocating that the ARRL and other proponents argue against this change and they are rightly to be doing so. It’s affects could be widespread and move from zone 1 to others over time.
Currently the IARU (International Amateur Radio Union) is notifying others around their zone and around the world through means such as the ARRL to stand fast that they are working to protect our bands and our rights to use them as primary. Continued discussions are going on as to how best the allocation could be done and how it can benefit both sides with out finding any overlap or interference.
Please take the time to read the current post on the ARRL website news section in regards to this. It’s very interesting and is worth the time to digest it. It can more clearly state what we are summarizing here. It’s going to take time and they aren’t allowing us to go quietly into the night on this. We have support, but keep pushing in the meantime because it’s important that we don’t back down either.
Hamvention is quickly approaching, May 17-19, 2019. While you’re there you can also take in the ARRL National Convention which is hosting a meet the authors this year. More information can be found here.
This is all being held in Xenia, OH at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. The go to event of the year for Amateur Radio operators.
Saturday, April 20th @ 11 am the following club members arrived at our new location up on Oxbow road in Canastota for the installation of the Repeater and Antenna: W2ZXN, WB2RLL, KC2FEV, KA2JFU, KR2HWK, and KR2ECP that is Andy, Bruce, JJ, Dick, Marc, and Josiah respectively. No rain was falling, but the clouds were set and the sun was hidden as the group started to unload and start the process of putting everything together. 2 geese decided to fly by and see what was going on at the initial start of the unloading. The view was beautiful with some of the Fenner Wind Turbines in the background.
It took about 10 minutes to unload and get everything into the garage and around back before the process of putting everything together could begin. By 11:30 the antenna was on the ground and assembled into what was going to be stationed against the chimney. Three members of the group walked the mast up against the chimney and in place beside the current owner’s FM antenna. It was around noon when the minor adjustments were all done. Resecuring the antenna to the top of the mast as it wasn’t tightened enough before going up and stand needed to be a little to better secure the mast to the chimney.
It was near to One o’clock when the repeater cables were ready to be attached to the Duplexer and antenna cable to the Repeater. At this point, testing began and at first, all seemed to be working fine, until it was noticed that the high and low pass cables were swapped. This was remedied and testing continued on the drive home after 2 pm. So far there are some good signal reports while there are some others with not as good a report. Testing will continue to see what better signal footprint can be attained.
The help from all hands that were available that day was greatly appreciated. It was a fun time and flies on the roof didn’t affect things too much, although it was a nuisance to JJ who became the default safety person and dedicated roof climber. The equipment went up without too much of a hitch, but there are always little issues. During the testing phase, some adjustments will be made and hopefully, these will improve the use of the repeater.
Here is a little gallery of what happened that day:
It’s not too late to join in and celebrate World Amateur Radio Day 2019. HF, VHF, UHF, Microwave and all parts of the spectrum are a great place to show your support of Amateur Radio. The ARRL has a notice about it so take the time to boost, support and advocate on and off the air our Hobby and World Amateur Radio Day.