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This is the April 2013 edition of the New York City-Long Island
Section e-Happenings newsletter.
This newsletter is here to serve the Amateur Radio community in our
area. We welcome and encourage all submissions. Help make this your
newsletter. We especially encourage NLI radio clubs and organizations
to submit their meeting announcements, guest speakers and any special
events. Please submit any information for the May issue prior to
the end of the first week in May.
Section News is available ONLY on the world-wide-web. See the NLI site
INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:
* From Jim Mezey,W2KFV Section Manager
* Upcoming Special Events
* From Russ Logar, KC2LSB, Section Emergency Coordinator
* From Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB, Section Traffic Manager
* Club Info
It is nice to see the weather changing and getting warmer. I had just finished two of my antenna projects and want to put up another 2m/440 antenna for my DStar radios. We finally got the gateway connection operational on NC2EC and all seems to work well. The B module will be connected to Reflector 20 A, full time and the C Module will be available for linking. Congratulations to all involved. This gives the Section almost full coverage between the NC2EC and WD2NY repeaters.
I attended a few club meetings this past month and really enjoyed hearing what everyone is doing for Field Day. I will be making the rounds this year and will try to get to as many clubs as I can. I also attended the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans this month where many interesting presentations and learning modules were available. One of the excellent presentations was made by ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, Rob Macedo, KD1CY, VOIP Hurricane Net and SEC for Eastern Massachusetts, Dennis Dura, K2DCD New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, John McHugh, K4AG, National Hurricane Center and Dr. Rick Knabb, Director, National Hurricane Center. The presentation was about Disaster Communications Before, During and After Hurricanes. There was also a rap session where many ideas changed hands back and forth. Many lessons were learned and a lot of information was brought back.
Applications for Teachers Institute, ETP Grants Due in May. Teachers interested in using amateur radio in a teaching environment can apply for grant monies to support this endeavor. See the following link for more information.
A great opportunity for new hams to get on the air is this month’s “ARRL Rookie Round Up” Sunday, April 21, 1800-2359 UTC. Created to give the budding operator a place to learn about contesting at an easier pace, the ARRL Rookie Roundup is a six hour contest open to all amateurs who first got their ticket in 2011, 2012 or 2013. For more information see: http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup
Jim Mezey, W2KFV
Section Manager – NYC/ Long Island
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™
Emergency Communications Advisory Committee Representative
Upcoming Club Special Events:
LIMARC in conjunction with the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, will be holding a special events station on May 20th and May 21, 2013, to commemorate the trans-Atlantic crossing b y Charles Lindbergh in 1927.
They will be operating under the museum callsign of K2CAM., and will try to be on all bands beginning at 1152 UTC Monday and ending at 1722UTC on Tuesday. We will be in the museum each day until approximately 5PM and will continue remote operation during the over night hours. All are welcome to operate. Please contact Richie, K2KNB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SKYWARN Class – May 21, 2013 @ 7PM at Nassau County OEM pre registration required http://www.erh.noaa.gov/okx/Skywarn/spottertraining2013.html
LIMARC Hamfest – June 2, 2013 @ 9AM Briarcliff College. http://www.limarc.org/fest.htm
Field Day 2013 will be held on June 22 and 23rd. See http://www.arrl.org/field-day for more information and all your needs.
HOSARC Hamfest – June 30, 2013 at The New York Hall of Science. See http://www.hosarc.org
July17-20, 2014 the ARRL will be holding a Centennial Celebration and Convention in Hartford Ct. For more information go to: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-centennial-convention-2014
From SEC Russ Logar, KC2LSB:
ARRL Section: New York / Long Island
Total number of ARES members: 130
Change since last month: 0
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 1/7
Number of ARES nets active: 25
Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison: 1
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: NY2K, N2PQJ, KB2SCS, K2FTC, KB2KAB, KC2NBE, N1JSP, AC2IR
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 25 Person hours: 242.31
Number of Public Service events this month: 2 Person hours 17
Number of emergency operations this month: 0 Person hours 0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 27 Total Person Hours 259.31
Using Echolink for EC/AEC meetings. Also tried notification phone-tree, which worked well. Our first meeting had
10 of 15 members attended.
On March 3rd Islip ARES provided communications for the West Islip 5 k run.
The following in order of their sign in were in attendance.
Vincent KC2WPP,Shawn KC2ZHT, John W2JGH, John NY2J, Paul W2PB
A somewhat quiet month for the District:
•N1JSP spearheaded city-wide simplex drill & WB2KDG participated in a public service event in NY county.
•N1JSP & K2FTC led an ARES presentation at the Kings County Repeater Association’s March monthly meeting.
•Kings county ARES is gearing up for Field Day 2013. K2EFG is taking the lead and has sent out invitations for local public officials.
Russ Logar, KC2LSB
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Section Emergency Coordinator
New York / Long Island Section
From Jim Kettyle , KC2LEB, Section Traffic Manager
March 2013 NLI Section Traffic Report
Abbreviation Sessions QNI QTC QSP QTR Net Manager
Big Apple Traffic Net BATN 12 72 7 7 126 KC2LEB
NYS Early NYS/E 31 151 40 39 191 K2TD
NYS Late NYS/L 31 151 62 55 217 K2TD
NYS Morning NYS/M 0 0 0 0 0 WA2IAX
Empire Slow Speed ESS 31 538 0 98 0 WI2G
Nassau County Traffic Net NCVHF 25 104 35 35 206 N2WGF
NY Public Operator’s Net NYPON 0 0 0 0 0 AA2Y
NLI STM Report Totals 130 1016 144 234 740
Call 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
K2TV 40 40 30 10 100 10 230
N2WGF 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
WB2FTX 40 40 30 10 0 10 130
Call Originated Received Sent Delivered Total
K2TV 1 62 66 15 144
N2WGF 0 24 7 19 50
WB2FTX 0 125 114 37 276
Call Received Sent Total
K2TV 83 22 105
Thanks to All for your work.
Corrections or comments please let me know….
A few speedbumps to get over, but moving forward…….
Jim / KC2LEB
NTS SECTION LEVEL and INDEPENDENT CW nets:
STATEWIDE CW NETS:
NYS/M*/ 10am local time daily /*NYS/E*/ 7pm local time daily /*NYS/L*/
10pm local time daily –
As of now the frequency for all things NTS in NY is 3576. The alternate
freq. is usually 7042 kHz Â± but 80 is starting to go long again, so if
you can get on topband, the alternate of 1807 kHz.
INDEPENDENT CW NETS which maintain close association with the NTS.
Empire Slow Speed Net (ESS) 6pm daily on 3576 kHz . Alt. 7044 Â±
Hit and Bounce Net (HBN) 8:30am daily on 3576 kHz .
Hit and Bounce Slow Net (HBSN) Please note the frequency change for the
Hit & Bounce Slow Speed Traffic Net to 3574 KHz at 7:30 AM EST. Seven
days a week. Bob K2TV
NTS SECTION LEVEL HF/phone nets:
New York Phone*/ (NYP). CEASES OPERATION 12/18/2011
New York Public Operations Net (NYPON) 5pm daily on 3925 kHz Â± QRM,
alternate freq. 3913 kHz
The NTS local nets are:
Big Apple Traffic Net
Big Apple Traffic Net meets @ 8:00 PM on 440.550 +5 141.3 PL
Check www.BigAppleTrafficNet.org for our schedule.
Jim, KC2LEB “ Net Manager
Nassau Co. VHF Net Nightly at 7:30pm. Pri: 146.805/R (136.5pl)Alt.1:
147.135/R (136.5pl) Alt.2: 443.525/R (114.8)
NCVHFTN Website: : http://www.nassautraffic.net
Suffolk Co. VHF Net
K2TV is now operational as a Digital Relay Station on HF winlink
representing the New York City/Long Island section.
I will be receiving NLI traffic via the W2SFD Pactor MBO. Hopefully
this will expedite traffic in and out of NLI.
WB2FTX is putting me in for a Digital Relay Station appointment.
We are still in the process of organizing the Suffolk County VHF
traffic net and will be running the W2EAG Trafic Handling Course on the
air once it starts. N2NFI/R on 145.370 (136.5 PL) and the W2GSB/R ON
223.860 (156.7 pl) will be used connected via IRLP.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:15 PM are the tentative beginning
times and frequencies. Anyone interested please contact K2TV at
Meetings and Club Information:
Club events are being kept up to date on the Event Calendar.
These events, with contact information, can be found using the NLI
Events link at the top of the homepage. If you would like your club
event publicized and listed on the calendar, please send me an email
with the pertinent information. Be sure to include the date(s) and
contact information for the club/responsible party. Also be certain to
include a link to the information on your website. I will not cull the
information from your club newsletters as I will not assume that you
want the event publicized. You must email me with a specific request to
include the event on the Section calendar.
The Club listing is always being updated. Please submit your meeting
information to email@example.com
NOTE: Always check with the club to verify the date, time and
location of the events/meetings listed here.
Long Island Amateur Radio Simplex Club
The LIARS Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Newfield High
School in Selden, NY at 7:30PM. All are welcome. Our web site is:
www.lisimplex.org Contact: Tim MoDavis, KA2VZX at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ARCECS meets monthly on the first Tuesday at:
Bellerose Rescue Company
235-01 Braddock Avenue
Queens Village, NY 11428
For more information go to their website: http://www.arcecs.org
Please contact Leonard Smith (PIO) at: email@example.com for information.
Grumman ARC (GARC) http://www.qsl.net/wa2lqo/
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Allen
Ellsworth Park in Farmingdale, starting at 5:30 PM. GARC VE sessions
are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Briarcliffe College in
Room: Long Beach #5, starting at 5:00 PM.
Contact: Ed Gellender at firstname.lastname@example.org
Great South Bay ARC
GSBARC Monthly meetings are the last Thursday of the month, 8PM.
Babylon Town Hall EOC, 200 East Sunrise Hwy, North Lindenhurst. GSBARC
Monthly VE are the 4th Saturday starting 10:00 am. For more
information, Contact AB2ZI Kevin Morgan at email@example.com.
Please see the club website for directions http://www.gsbarc.org/
The NY Hall of Science ARC has general membership meetings on the
second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 PM, with the exception of July and August.
The meetings are a time to take care of club business, listen to a
great speaker regarding an interesting topic related to ham radio, and
to make new friends and catch up with old friends. The club has its
meetings at the NY Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens,
Please check the clubs website at www.hosarc.org for more detailed
Town of Huntington
ARES/RACES meetings are held quarterly. For more information, see: http://www.wb2lua.com
Larkfield Amateur Radio Club
The Larkfield Amateur Radio Club meets on the second Thursday of the
month from September through June, inclusive. Any exceptions (for
holidays, etc.) are noted on the calendar on its web page at:
Meetings start at 7:30 PM at the Huntington Senior Citizens Center
cafeteria (423 Park Avenue) located at the southwest corner of the
intersection of Rte 25A and Park Avenue. Entrance is on Park Avenue.
Gary M McDowell, K2TVN, President of LARC
Long Island DX Association (LIDXA)
Regular meetings are at 8pm on the third Tuesday of the month at The
Town of Oyster Bay-Ice Skating Center, 1001 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage
(Community Room 1). For club details, see our Web site, or contact Ed
Whitman, K2MFY, LIDXA Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org for further
LIDXA President, John, W2GW, and Mike Lisenco, N2YBB are ARRL DXCC
card checkers. Bring your new DXCC cards and paperwork to these
meetings for official verification and credit.
Long Island Mobile ARC
LIMARC meets the second Wednesday each month, 8PM at Levittown Hall,
201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY. All are welcome. Bring a
Webpage is: http://www.limarc.org Club Contact: President, Rich Cetron,
Club PIO: Rich Levow, WA2NLL email@example.com
Long Island Transmitter Hunters (LITHARC)
Seeking new participants A group of Long Island transmitter hunting
enthusiasts has been conducting hunts on Friday nights with an
occasional Sunday event and we are seeking new participants to join in
the fun. Anyone interested in learning more about the activity of radio
direction finding and radio fox hunting is invited to come out as
a hunter or rider. A LITHARC discussion group (Long Island Transmitter
Hunters ARC) has been established on Yahoo Groups as a central
information and communications site.
You are welcome to sign up to keep informed about upcoming events. If
you would like our group to conduct a hunt in your area that would
include members of your radio club, please let us know. For more
information, contact Larry, WA2SUH at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nassau ARC (NARC) http://www.nassuarc.org/
Meetings every Monday night at 8 PM in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
at the Senior Citizens Center. The General meeting is the last
Monday of the month at 8 PM. All are welcome. Contact Jerry Vibert,
K2GV, President at email@example.com
New York City Repeater Association (NYCRA)
Meets the second Thursday of the month (except for July and August)
Meetings are held at the South Beach Psych Center, 777 Seaview Ave.
Off Father Cappodano Blvd., in Building 10. The meeting will start
promptly at 8 pm.
Staten Island ARES meets at the same location starting at 7pm.
Talk in frequency is 447.375 minus shift pl. 141.3
All are welcome, members and non-members.
Peconic ARC (PARC)
PARC’s regular meeting night is the first Friday of each month at
6:30 PM. Meetings are held at the Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road
in Mattituck. PARC also sponsors quarterly VE testing sessions, on the
fourth Friday of the months of January, April, July and October. Jay
Buscemi, NY2NY, is the clubs Awards Manager and is able to check
cards for the ARRL VUCC and WAS awards.
See the PARC website at www.peconic-arc.net for all our current club
activities and contact information.
Radio Central ARC
Radio Central Amateur Radio Club holds it regular meetings on the last
Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Middle Country Public Library
in Centereach. All are welcome. For directions and other club
information, please check out the club web page:
Staten Island Amateur Radio Association (SIARA)
We have our regularly scheduled meeting the third Friday of every
month. Time: 8 PM. We also have a registered ARRL VEC test session at
Walk-ins are OK but please call and let us know you’re planning on
IMPORTANT, if you’re taking your first Amateur radio exam you will
need two forms of identification, at least one with a picture, $15 cash
(no checks or credit cards will be excepted). If you are upgrading your
license you will need your ORIGINAL license and a COPY of your license
(you also need two forms of ID, one with a picture and $15 cash).
The Address is:
Eger Nursing Home
140 Meisner Ave
Staten Island, NY
ALL LICENSE CANDIDATES are welcome.
Anyone needing additional information can contact Mike Siegel W2RT at
917-412-1580 or W2RT@arrl.net
Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)
Monthly meeting is the third Tuesday of the month at 8 PM at the Grace
Lutheran Church in Mastic. Contact Chris DeSanto, N2ABG at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Or go to their website,
The Suffolk County Radio Club holds weekly nets on the W2DQ repeater.All are welcome to check-in. The repeater is located in Yaphank, NY on 145.210 MHz / negative ( – ) 600 kHz shift / PL 136.5
SCRC DX Net
Discussion of DX contacts made during the week via radio, upcoming events and contests and other topics/discussion relating to DX.
Tuesday 8:00 PM *Due to scheduled SCRC General Meetings, the DX Net may not occur on the third Tuesday of the month.
SCRC Information & Rag chew Net
Round table discussions, Club news and information, technical topics and for sale items. Wednesday 8:00 PM
BONAC Amateur Radio Club (BARC)
BARC meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Amagansett
Library (except November, which is on the 3rd Thursday). For more
information please go to the club website at http://www.bonacarc.org
Wantagh Amateur Radio Club
Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 8:00PM at the
Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793. Entrance to
the meeting room is at the rear of the library, adjacent to the
parking-lot. For more information, see the club’s website at
http://www.qsl.net/w2va or contact Frank Porcaro, N2RSO, President, via
e-mail at: email@example.com
Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club
The Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club is dedicated to serving the
amateur radio community and the general public on Long Island, New
York. The club operates under the vanity call sign of W2SBL. Meets
second Tuesday of each month at Motorola’s Holtsville campus, Exit 62
(I-495) An ARRL affiliated club with membership open to all Motorolans
and Associate membership open to all. Email:
W2SBL@motorolasolutions.com for more details
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
Section Emergency Coordinator Russ Logar, KC2LSB, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Charlie Alfano, WA2GUG, email@example.com
New York City:
District Emergency Coordinator Adam Fine, NY2K firstname.lastname@example.org
Manhattan: Emergency Coordinator. Josh Gaffin, K2FTC, email@example.com
No meeting listed at this time
Bronx: Emergency Coordinator Francisco Lopez, KB2WUS, firstname.lastname@example.org
No meeting listed at this time.
Brooklyn: Emergency Coordinator JoJo Gonzalez, KC2NBE, email@example.com
2nd Monday of the month, 7:30pm in the Community Room of Board 6 at
250 Baltic Street (off of Court St) in Brooklyn.
Queens: Emergency Coordinator Jeff Spiro, N1JSP, firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Sunday of month, 2pm, Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, Rm. A1-15
Staten Island: Emergency Coordinator David Lefkowitz, KB2KAB,
email@example.com Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month
at 7:00 PM at the South Beach Psychiatric Center, 777 Seaview Ave,
Building 10, Staten Island, NY 10305. Emergency preparedness and
communications are discussed. For more information e-mail: David
or http://www.aresnyc.org/contact, category Richmond
Nassau County: District Emergency Coordinator Tim Cregan, N2RDB firstname.lastname@example.org
Nassau County ARES meets monthly on the 4th Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Meetings are held at the Nassau County Senior Citizens Activities
Center in Eisenhower Park. Contact Tim for directions. There are no
individual city or township meetings in Nassau County.
For more information about local ARES groups, contact Tim N2RDB or the
following Emergency Coordinators:
City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor ,W2OSR email@example.com
Town of Oyster Bay: Bruce Gronich K2BRG firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of North Hempstead: Dave Kass WA2LKJ Davet36526@aol.com
Town of Hempstead: Frank Porcaro N2RSO email@example.com
City of Long Beach: George Geller WB2GTC firstname.lastname@example.org
District Emergency Coordinator Bill Scheibel, N2NFI email@example.com
Babylon: John Melfi,W2HCB firstname.lastname@example.org
Huntington: Steve Hines, N2PQJ, Town of Huntington ARES/RACES meetings are held twice a year-in March and September. For more information, see: http://www.wb2lua.com
Islip: John Blowsky, KB2SCS email@example.com
VE session 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00 pm.
American Legion Hall in East Islip
Smithtown: Joe Albertus, KB2JOE firstname.lastname@example.org
No monthly meeting.
Brookhaven: Ted Debowy, AC2IR email@example.com
2nd Monday of the month at 8:00 pm
Brookhaven Town Hall, Farmingville.
Riverhead: Don Rollock, W2EUL firstname.lastname@example.org
No monthly meeting.
Southampton: Dennis O’Rourke, KB2ZWW , email@example.com
No monthly meeting.
Southold: Don Fisher, N2QHV firstname.lastname@example.org
ARES announcements and business conducted during the Peconic ARC
1st Friday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Southold Free Library, Southold.
East Hampton: Nat Raynor, N2NEI email@example.com
4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm during the BONAC ARC meeting
(except November which is on the 3rd Thursday). Amagansett
Shelter Island: Neal Raymond, N2QZA firstname.lastname@example.org
No monthly meeting.
Other Stuff :
John Reiser, W2GW is the section DXCC card checker and is available for
field checking of QSL cards for your DXCC Award. John is available by
appointment at his home in West Hempstead for card checking, and at all
LIDXA meetings. If some lives far from him, John is willing to meet them
half way at a diner or someplace. Contact John at email@example.com
Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, is now a DXCC card checker as well, appointed by
LIDXA. For those who live in or close to NYC and want to stay local,
Mike is available by appointment. Please contact Mike at
Approved DXCC card checkers can also check cards for WAS and VUCC
awards as well.
NLI DX Spotting Clusters
AA2MF Staten Island-NY, dxc.aa2mf.net
K2LS Greensboro- NC. dxc.k2ls.com
K2LS is still a popular spot for many NLI DXers.
From the ARRL:
Finding ham radio classes a mouse click away! A new user-friendly
feature on the ARRL Web site-the ARRL Amateur Licensing Class Search
Page-lets prospective hams search for a licensing class in their area.
It also allows ARRL registered instructors to list their classes on the
Web. Visitors can search for classes by ZIP code, ARRL Section or
ARRL C-CE course advance registration opportunities via e-mail. A
service now allows those interested in taking an ARRL Certification and
Continuing Education (C-CE) course in the future to receive advanceword
of registration opportunities via e-mail. To take advantage, send an
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. On the subject line, include the course
name or number (eg, 00#). In the message body, include your name,
callsign, e-mail address, and the month you want to start the course.
To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education
Web page http://www.arrl.org/cce/ and the C-CE Links found there. For
more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan
Miller, K3UFG, email@example.com 860-594-0340.
ARES E-Letter, sign up now!
The ARES E-Letter is an e-mail digest of news and information of
interest to active members of the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES) and to hams concerned with public service and emergency
communications. ARRL members may subscribe to The ARES E-Letter by
going to the Member Data Page at:
Check the box for ARES E-Letter (monthly public service and
emergency communications news) and you’re all set. Past issues of
The ARES E-Letter are available at: http://www.arrl.org/ares-el/ Issues
are posted to this page after publication.
MetroCor is coordinating body for the New York metro area. MetroCor is
the established coordinating body for the New York Metro area,
inclusive of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and the
majority of Northern New Jersey. You must apply for coordination
through MetroCor if you wish to establish a new system on Amateur Radio
Spectrum above 29.5 MHz. These and any other matters related to repeater
systems coordination are welcomed by MetroCor. They invite you to
visit their website at: http://www.metrocor.net. You can also direct
questions to their e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section VE Sessions
available on the web at:
The Section Website contains LOTS of great information on section
happenings, VE session, Education, Clubs, section staff, and much
Please continue to help make this newsletter even more interesting and
informative by sending me news about YOUR club and events.
NLI Staff :
SEC NLI: Russ Logar, KC2LSB, email@example.com
ASEC NLI : Charles Alfano, WA2GUG, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEC New York City: Adam Fine, NY2K, email@example.com
DEC Nassau County: Tim Cregan, N2RDB, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEC Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI, email@example.com
Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KNB, firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Coordinator: Steve Barreres K2CX, email@example.com
Public Information Coordinator : Vacant
State Government Liaison: George Tranos N2GA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Section Traffic Manager : Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB, email@example.com
Official Observer Coordinator: Steve Barreres K2CX, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster: Mitch Cohen N2RGA, email@example.com
Digital Communications : Bob Meyers K2TV, firstname.lastname@example.org
ARRL New York City-Long Island Section
Section Manager: Jim Mezey W2KFV, email@example.com