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Pumpkin Patrol Report

Posted by CNYARA Administrator on November 10, 2017 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)
Pumpkin Patrol 2017 went well.  We had two nights to watch four bridges.  Everything went well with 19 people crossing one bridge and no incidents both nights.  One night one vehicle forgot to start their engine to keep the battery charged and needed a jump start.  They called AAA, but before they showed up the Whitestown police stopped by and offered them a jump start and they were able to get back on the air with minimal down time.  They left their vehicle running the rest of the night with no further issues.

Bith nights were calm and warm evenings and it facilitated clear visibility and enjoyable times to be out sitting bridges for the protection of those traveling the Thruway.  It was perfect weather for simplex and all could speak and verify their locations and status with no issues at all.

Thank you for all your support and thanks to all who volunteered to monitor the bridges.




NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class

Posted by CNYARA Administrator on October 12, 2017 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class - Saturday October 28th, 2017

Location: Leonardsville Fire Departmant Fire Hall on Mill Street

Time: 1830-2030 (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

SKYWARN is a National Weather service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meterologists make livesaving warning decisions.  Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.  (paragraph courtesy of The Brookfield Courier)

Anyone is welcome to attend.

NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class

Posted by CNYARA Administrator on October 12, 2017 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class - Saturday October 28th, 2017

Location: Leonardsville Fire Departmant Fire Hall on Mill Street

Time: 1830-2030 (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

SKYWARN is a National Weather service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meterologists make livesaving warning decisions.  Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.  (paragraph courtesy of The Brookfield Courier)

Anyone is welcome to attend.

Pumpkin Patrol 2017

Posted by CNYARA Administrator on October 12, 2017 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Pumpkin Patrol: October 30-31 Bridges of the New York State Thruway

This event contributes to the safety of travelers on the New York State Thruway. It is a statewide event and is held in cooperation with the New York State Troopers.

Pumpkin Patrol 2017 in Oneida County (CNYARA)!

****We need a few more volunteers!**** We will be covering 4 bridges which cross over the NYS Thruway, on two nights, Oct. 30 & 31 from 7 to 9 pm.

We observe and report any unusual activity on these bridges to a net control. A mobile 2 meter radio is recommended however handhelds with a vehicle roof top antenna may work okay.

The net information will be forth coming as we finalize plans.

You will be given full instructions and identification credentials.

Contact JJ Philips at [email protected]

ARRL - Field Day 2017

Posted by CNYARA Administrator on September 16, 2017 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

From: 2017 June 24-25 

There arrived all total 5 CNYARA members to setup and run the Field Day from the Catlin's Home in Pulaski. Rick (KD2HLD), Deb (KD2IUY), and Tom (KD2IUZ) Catlin with the assistance of Marc (KR2HWK) and Josiah (KR2ECP) Araujo (New Amateur Radio Operators Father and Son). Setup and prep work began around Noon and before you knew it we were on the air and making contacts. We had our teaching, safety and emergency stations and assignments. We had all our "bases" covered!

We were able to make contacts in the following areas. 397 on 80m, 11 on 40m, and 48 on 20m. Unfortunately we didn't have a GOTA station, but we did process messages in a tent running a 2m station on battery and connecting to a repeapter for traffic passing that evening.

N2CNY operated as a 2F WNY. We ran on Generator and Battery with a Solar recharger setup and was able to process many stations. Some friends of the Catlin's arrived and we put them on the air to make some contacts too.

It was a wonderful time. All in all we made some wonderful contacts and friends from the weekend and were able to learn some new things and fellowship together.

Sitrin's Stars & Stripes Run & Walk

Posted by CNYARA Administrator on September 9, 2017 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Saturday September 9th, 2017, CNYARA members helped MOARC (who was running the NET) with working to keep people safe and secure during the Walk, Run and Wheelchair Event at SUNY POLY in Utica, NY.  

The Sitrin's Stars & Stripes Event was great fun.  We spent about 3 hours watching and cheering on the participants and keeping vehicle traffic down to a minimum. It was another great, successful event that we participated in.  It's always a great way to give to the community with the ability to volunteer some time and radio experience.  Nothing difficult to do and it's great fun and community time.  The weather was wonderful even if a bit chilly.

CNYARA is also looking to volunteer more time and people for other events so please consider joining us and being a part of your community.  You don't need to be a member to help.  Just let us know and we can get you in touch with the right people.


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

Posted by CNYARA Administrator on June 9, 2017 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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: [email protected]

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

New Home for the Saturday DSSTV Net

Posted by KD2HLB on February 4, 2017 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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!

Posted by CNYARA Administrator on December 7, 2016 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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!

Posted by KD2HLB on September 14, 2016 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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 [email protected] 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!


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