Volunteers needed for the 2017 Tour de Cure on Saturday June 10th

The Rochester Amateur Radio Association is looking for help with the 2017 Tour de Cure event. They are presently short about 25 Ham radio operators! Other area clubs like SIARC and Drumlins are also helping to support this event.

The event is Saturday, June 10th, running from around 6 am to 5pm. All day help is greatly appreciated, but if you can only help half a day, that will also be a great help.

There is also a need for non-Ham volunteers for jobs such as phone operators and directing riders at rest stops.

If you can help, even for part of the day, go to the following websites and sign up ASAP.

Thank you very much for your help.

For Ham Radio volunteers, go to: http://www.rochesterham.org/public_service.htm and click on “Sign Up” next to Tour de Cure and filll out the form. Also feel free to contact SIARC -inquires or volunteers contact Tom KB2NCI: sanders5@frontiernet.net

For other volunteers, go to: http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?pg=informational&fr_id=11691&type=fr_informational&sid=23771

New Home for Saturday DSSTV Net

The Saturday Digital Slow Scan TV Net will be moving to a new home starting February 11, 2017.

Pat Browns (WN8Z) has been graciously allowing the DSSTV net on Saturday evenings for several years on his 147.390 repeater located in Fulton, NY.

It is a System Fusion Digital repeater that he has operated in analog mode for some time now.

He has decided that our amateur community will best be served by operating it in a fully digital capacity and include the WIRES-X technology.

In making the change-over, Pat has seen a dramatic increase in repeater traffic.

Unfortunately, this means that the Saturday DSSTV net will be unable to continue on this repeater as it would exclude many hams who only operate analog equipment.

The purpose of the Saturday DSSTV net is to further the interest in the digital slow scan aspect of ham radio.

It was started many years ago by John Long (N2YEK) and has been hosted by Rick Catlin (KD2HLB) since October 10, 2015.

To permit the greatest number of hams the opportunity to participate in the net, Kevin Tubbs (KD2SL) has agreed to allow the net on his 146.670 analog repeater which will be linked to his 6 and 10 meter repeaters.

These repeaters are located on Sentinel Heights and are sponsored by LARC.

The Saturday DSSTV net uses a free software called EasyPal which is easy to use even for those just beginning in ham radio.

The net will continue to be on Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Talk to Santa Claus on Amateur Radio!

Santa Nets 2016

Tune in on 3.916 mhz, and give the kids or grand-kids a chance to talk to Santa Claus at the North Pole! It is indeed a magical experience to experience kids talking with Santa through the magic of Amateur Radio!

The 3916 Santa Net is on the air every night, November 25th through December 24th at 7:30 PM Central. To participate in The Santa Net, just have your kids prepared to tell Santa their top 2-3 gift wishes.

The Santa Nets are presented annually by The 3916 Nets. The Weather Bunch, The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters, The Freewheelers and The 3916 Late Late Show are all amateur radio nets that meet on 3.916 MHz.

For more information on The 3916 Nets, go to http://www.3916nets.com

The Facebook page for The Santa Nets can be found at https://www.facebook.com/3916santanet/

For more information on The Santa Net, email KE5GGY at Gmail dot com.

Learn more about the 3916 Sanat Net at: http://www.tailgatersnet.com/santa-net.html

NY QSO Party – Get Ready for October 15!

by Dean NW2K

It’s all about NY on October 15 as radio amateurs from around the world get on the air to work all 62 NY counties, Chautauqua to Clinton, Niagara to Suffolk. A dozen or more mobile operators will take to the mean streets of NYC or the bucolic surrounds of the Southern Tier and North Country. Brave souls will sneak out to the woodlands to activate a rare county, Field Day style, as temps may dip into the 30’s. And good, solid Elmers will open up their shacks to new hams and build excitement as the spotlight is on US!

The NYQP game is easy to play as all operating modes and bands are eligible. The QSO exchange is simple for NY operators: signal report and county. For those eager out-of-state ops wanting to work all 62 counties, they’ll send a signal report and their state, province or DX.

There’s a category for all operating styles from single-operator-QRP to multi-operator-high-power-mobile! And the 48 plaques, which are awarded to category winners, are simply beautiful and I think they’re the best in the business. Serious “furniture” for the discerning ham’s shack! The state-wide NYQP Plaque Sponsorship Team and the Rochester DX Association really step up to the plate each year to make all the effort worthwhile.

Please start thinking about your NYQP operations. Mobile or Fixed, SSB, CW or digital, the important thing is to get on the air with friends and make some “noise” and help promote amateur radio spirit in NY. Please consider using this event to introduce new hams into the mix. Elmering has always been an important aspect of our hobby and NYQP is a perfect vehicle from which to teach operating concepts and station engineering. Make a new antenna, try a new digital mode, operate a vintage rig, have fun!

There is a page at the NYQP website (www.nyqp.org) that we’ve created to announce activity across the state. It’s called “2016 Planned Activations” and it’s easy to list your plans online to alert others of your activity in that rare or not-so-rare QTH. It helps all of us make informed choices on how to operate to maximize fun. The event’s rules are also listed at the site.

In 2015, we had a record 314 logs, 156 from NY, 135 stateside, 14 from Canada, and 9 from DX. 5,670(!) unique call signs participated in the event, with 43,065(!) reported QSOs. Contacts were made in all 62 counties from 49 (missed AK) states, 9 (AB, BC, MB, NB, NT, ON, PEI, QC, SK) provinces, and dozens of DX countries. There were 57 amateur radio clubs (25 New York and 32 out of state) involved the event. Let’s set some new records in 2016!

Need any assistance or have any questions? Wondering which are the rare counties? Have a question about logging software? The NYQP Team is at the ready…send me a note any time at NW2K@arrl.net or check out the great NYQP website (www.nyqp.org) for all the details. We’ll help you get on the air on October 15!

CNYARA Bids Farewell to it’s Old Repeater

The N2CNY repeater at 145.210 located in Saquoit, NY was taken offline this morning as a step in the replacement of the antiquated technology.

The old repeater has served us well but has become unreliable and too costly to operate in its current condition and location.

The Central New York Amateur Radio Association is shopping for new equipment which will allow us to move forward and bring the club into the 21st century.

We feel that our community will be better served by a repeater with echolink and possibly digital capability.

The CNYARA will be making arrangements with other clubs to be able to continue operation of the First Cup and After Dinner Nets until our new equipment is up and running.

We are excited to be able to open up our repeater to hams all over the world.

Honor America Days Parade – Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the Honor America Days Parade on June 30 in Rome, NY.

This will be one of the most interesting experiences you will have working a public service event. You are not a bystander, you are a participant! You will actually drive your vehicle in the parade, please make sure it’s presentable. Our role has not changed from previous years. We block the side roads off at 8AM and then assist the parade marshals in lining up the divisions. Our primary responsibility is to report changes to the lineups. You will then lead your division on the parade route to the finish at Dominick and James st. at Ft. Stanwix. I will have full parade lineups and maps for everyone Saturday morning.

Please call John Sallsutio for more info:

John Sallsutio
Copper City Communications
6333 Kolton Dr.
Rome, NY 13440
P: 315-292-4323
F: 315-533-4006

CNYARA Display at the Jervis Library

The Central New York Amateur Radio Association has set up an Amateur Radio display at the Jervis Library in Rome, NY.

Club member Toby Werner (N2TOB) arranged and set up the display to help promote the CNYARA and the Amateur Radio Service.

It includes books, radios, and information on Ham Radio.

It can be seen Monday-Thursday 9:30AM-8:30PM Friday 9:30AM-5:30PM at the Jervis Library 613 N Washington St, Rome, NY 13440.

The display will be up until the end of August.

Visit our photo gallery to see pictures of the display.