Category Archives: Amateur News

Hamvention and ARRL Convention

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.

Here are some links to assist you and give more information.
ARRL National Convention

Make your plans soon and get your gear and money ready.


145.210 Repeater Installation

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:

World Amateur Radio Day 2019

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.

Here’s the ARRL article for your perusal.


So Now What? – ARRL Podcasts

Okay, so a little while ago we mentioned that the ARRL was going to be putting out some Podcasts for new Amateur Radio operators. Well it’s finally here. The Introductory episode was published on January 30th and the current ones will be coming out soon. They are supposed to be putting out new podcasts every two weeks. So stay tuned.

More information can be found at the ARRL website. The address is here.

So if you need some assistance getting started with Amateur radio check out the article and the links and subscribe. They are available on iTunes, Blubrry, and Stitcher subscriptions. You can find it on multiple devices from the Stitcher app.



Take a moment to assist the FCC and ARRL with their request for comments in regards to changing Technician Privileges. They are looking to enhance and expand the Technician class privileges with regards to HF frequencies. For more information check out the link below and if able to and want to please assist them with their request for comments.

Technician Privlleges:


Net Scripts – Update

As some of you may have noticed this past week, starting Wednesday the 27th of February a trial was done to see how people liked a new format. The new format was introduced to help facilitate and maybe make the nets a little more fun and a little bit easier and convenient for people. In this new format, the rounds were removed and it was turned into a first come first served Net where each operator was given a chance to talk with the NCS or any other ham operator and then Net control would move down the list to the next check-in.

So far this change is temporary and at this time up to the
Net Control Operator of the Net. So some Nets might not be using the new scripts. It all depends on the comfortableness of the Net Control Operator. Each day of the week has been a new experience in people being able to participate on the Nets and in some cases, it has raised the Net count. We will be trying this new procedure out for the month of March and see how it fairs. We have updated the scripts for Net Control Station to use in our Files page. Both the old scripts and the new scripts are on that page now, just in case you need the previous ones.

-73 and Enjoy (CNYARA)

Hamfests and Used HamEquipment Guide

You know it’s coming up on time when people start selling and buying used Radio equipment at Hamfests and Online. This post can help you with a little bit of a guide to buying used equipment. It’s always good to be cautious, but also to know your limitations while being prudent. So keep your eyes open for that perfect deal and know your budgetary limitations. The full article is here.

73 and Enjoy.