Category Archives: Amateur News

AMATEUR RADIO EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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.

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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.

John Sallustio
Copper City Hospitality & Entertainmnt Inc.
6333 Kolton Dr.
Rome, NY 13440
315-292-4323
jsallustio@coppercitycomm.com

IARU in Europe backing Amateur Radio

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.

Restraint Urged in Response to 2-Meter Reallocation Proposal

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CNYARA

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.
Hamvention
ARRL National Convention

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

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CNYARA

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.

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CNYARA

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. http://www.arrl.org/news/so-now-what

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.

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FCC AND ARRL – LOOKING To CHANGE TECH PRIVILEGES

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: http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-invites-comments-on-arrl-technician-enhancement-proposal

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CNYARA