April 2020 NYC-LI Section Newsletter
This is the April 2020 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 2020 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
* Silent Keys
* Upcoming Special Events:
* From the ARRL
* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR
* National Traffic System
* Club Info
Hello Everyone …..
COVID 19 has really upended our lifestyles. Hoping everyone is doing well and have kept the virus at bay. The best Corona information can be obtained from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. Staying home, social distancing and washing frequently are the keys. Hopefully we can get through this safely. Many clubs are using Zoom or Skype to stay in touch with their members and conduct necessary business.
The shutting down of public areas and non-essential business has created havoc and possibly Field Day preparations for a lot of clubs. The ARRL has decided not to change any rules regarding Field Day at this point so we may have to rethink our plans as clubs and individuals. I would like to thank clubs and club members for their inputs to modify the rules. They seem doable. I have talked to other Section Mangers and maybe we can get some restrictions eased. There is more information further on in this newsletter. Remember Field Day is an Emergency Preparedness exercise and we have do adapt as circumstances change. It’s a challenge.. Hopefully things will get better and we can get back to normal soon.
A COVID 19 Information Net W2T, has started up on the NY4Z/R, 440.600 MHz + 141.3 PL, After the Big Apple Traffic net approximately 8:00PM. Echolink via KD2TND-L (465324).
A Special Event “K2Heroes” has been created by members of GSBARC to honor our Doctors, Nurses, Health Care Workers, EMTs, Police, Firemen, Military, Mortuary and Food Market Personnel that provide medical and assistance during this crisis in New York State. It will take place from May 1thru May 31, 2020. All bands and modes. It will run like the New York State QSO party. Stay tuned, more to follow.
That’s all for now but don’t forget to get on the air, have fun, and enjoy our great hobby and by all means…. keep those batteries charged and keep washing your hands…..
73, Jim Mezey, W2KFV
Section Manager – NYC/ Long Island
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™
SILENT KEYS: ~
The Ham Radio University Club along with Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club sadly report the passing of Robert (Bob) Santella W2EI, (formally W2PNJ).
Please keep him in your thoughts. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Upcoming Special Events:
International Marconi Day Commemorating the birthday of wireless pioneer Marconi.
Babylon Long Island, New York ~ Cancelled…….
“K2Heros” Special Event ~ month of May
More to follow
From the ARRL:
ARISS Altering its Approach in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic
In a message to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team members, sponsors, and educational institutions, ARISS International President Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, outlined how ARISS is transforming its activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our primary objective in these challenging times is to protect all students, faculty, astronauts, and our volunteer team in all we do,” Bauer said, noting the international scope of ARISS and the space station. “Each one of us, around the globe, is dealing with the COVID-19 virus in one way or another. Each area of the globe is unique in the virus spread as well as in the government policy to protect their people. And the situation in each location is changing rapidly.”
ARISS has postponed school/group contacts in Georgia, Tennessee, and California, as well as in South Africa and Romania. At least one school/group contact in the UK has been canceled altogether.
“ARISS needs to be prepared for a longer term effect — months,” Bauer said. “As a result, we have instituted an immediate response effort followed by a more strategic, longer term, initiative to protect all. ARISS leadership, working with a physician on the leadership team, is carefully reviewing all of our procedures in light of the evolving COVID-19 recommendations. We will continue to monitor the local and global situations and will modify our local and global planning as these situations change.”
Bauer said that over the short term, ARISS mentors will work with each school or organization in the ham radio contact queue “to determine the way forward.” He said ARISS would rely on local government COVID-19 policy for guidance in deciding whether to cancel or postpone a contact or to modify the contact schedule. “But in each case, we are encouraging all to put health and safety first. And each contact decision is being carefully scrutinized by the senior ARISS International leadership team,” he said.
Bauer said that several initiatives are in the works over the longer term “to transform how we interact with students and host educational institutions in light of COVID-19” by engaging with students and educational institutions virtually. One possibility, he said, is ARISS “virtual school” contacts, employing ARISS telebridge ground stations around the world to link individual students at home with audio and streaming video. Typically, telebridge stations serve as ground stations for ARISS contacts with schools not in the footprint of an ISS orbital pass. “ARISS plans to transition into this model in the next couple of weeks,” Bauer said.
ARISS also is planning several slow-scan television (SSTV) sessions, during which images from the ISS would be transmitted to at-home students. “These can be received directly, if a student has a radio, or indirectly, if a student connects to a remote station via internet or goes to the ARISS SSTV Gallery, where all downloaded images can be posted and reviewed,” Bauer explained.
Bauer characterized the ARISS long-term approach as “a huge pivot” for the organization, but said ARISS considers it “a great strategic move” going forward. “It should be noted that one reason we were allowed to set up ARISS on ISS was to help astronauts improve their psychological well-being by allowing them to freely talk to students, friends, and ham radio operators on the ground,” he said. “We are now at a juncture, with COVID-19, to help do the same for students — in other words, providing a psychological well-being STEM motivation to students, faculty, and the local community through ARISS on-orbit connections — virus free!”
New Volunteer Monitor Program is Up and Running
After kicking off on January 1, the new Volunteer Monitor Program has ramped up to operational status. A “soft rollout” of the program began on February1, designed to familiarize Volunteer Monitors (VMs) with issues on the bands and to put into practice what to report — and what to ignore, based on their training. The VMs not only will be looking for operating discrepancies, but for examples of good operating. The VM program has, at least for the moment, put Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, back in the center of amateur radio enforcement as the Volunteer Monitor Coordinator (VMC). He was brought aboard to get the program up and running, and ARRL will eventually take over the VMC function.
Hollingsworth is using a system called VMTRAC — developed by a VM — to measure the work of VMs and determine instances that qualify for good operator or discrepancy notices, referral to the FCC, or follow-up with FCC requests to the VM program. Hollingsworth reported that during March, the 165 active VMs logged upward of 2,300 hours of monitoring on HF, and nearly 2,000 hours on VHF-UHF and other frequencies.
“I am extremely pleased with the number of hours devoted to monitoring this early in the program,” Hollingsworth said. No stone is being left unturned. Two VMs constantly monitor FT8 watering holes and have developed programs that alert them if a licensee is operating outside of privileges accorded to that license class or if a license has expired. “That has occurred in a half dozen cases so far,” he said.
“We have 30 open cases, five of which are good operator cases,” Hollingsworth said. “Regarding open cases relating to rule violations, none have yet had to be referred to the FCC.” He said he’s experimented with letters, telephone calls, or emails to the subjects of discrepancy reports where they could be identified. While he’s still waiting for replies to his written correspondence, he has received responses to his calls and emails, and the violations have either stopped or were explained. “They were violations such as expired licenses, Technicians operating on General frequencies, unauthorized use of a call sign, and deliberate interference,” he said.
One case “being groomed for FCC referral,” he said, involves long-standing interference to a repeater in the Philadelphia area by someone using an unauthorized call sign. Hollingsworth said he worked with net control operators of nets on 75 and 40 meters that had been suffering serious interference, and so far the solutions are working.
“It is becoming apparent that if informal contact can be made by the VMC with a known offender, the problem can sometimes be stopped,” Hollingsworth said. “If this continues to work, it will minimize FCC referral and make those we do refer more worthy of FCC resources and more severe action. We do not want to call upon the FCC unless absolutely necessary, but when we do, the subjects should understand that FCC action will be expedited. I think our own enforcement outreach may resolve all but our very worst cases. At the present time, we have only one in which we do not have a suspicion as to who is causing the problem.”
Field Day 2020 — A Time to Adapt
Many individuals and groups organizing events for Field Day 2020 have been contacting ARRL for guidance on how to adapt their planned activities in this unprecedented time of social distancing and uncertainty.
“Due to the unique situation presented this year, this can be an opportunity for you, your club, and/or group to try something new,” ARRL Contest Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, said. “Field Day isn’t about doing things the same way year after year. Use this year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with the current circumstances.”
Social distancing and state and local requirements very likely will impact just how — and even whether — you are able to participate in Field Day this year. ARRL continues monitoring the coronavirus situation, paying close attention to information and guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If social distancing means that Class A with a 30-member team set up in a city park won’t work this year, then it’s time for a Plan B. Part of the Field Day concept has always been adapting your operation to the situation at hand. At its heart, Field Day is an emergency communication demonstration. Field Day rules are flexible enough to allow individuals and groups to adjust their participation and strategies in a way that still addresses their needs while being fun. Some possibilities:
- Encourage club members to operate from their home stations on emergency power (Class E).
- Use the club’s repeater as a means for individual participants to keep in touch during the event.
- Family members interested in operating Field Day and unable to participate as part of a larger group may want to consider setting up a portable station in the backyard with a temporary antenna.
One big impact this year will be a decline in public visibility and any interaction with the visitors. Prudence may dictate dispensing with the ham radio PR table to attract passersby, should you set up in a more public location. It’s okay not to score all the bonus points you may have attempted in the past. Local and served agency officials may be unwilling to visit, which is understandable under the circumstances. Do be sure to reach out to them as part of your preparations and remind them that you look forward to continuing your working relationship with them in the future.
The impact will differ from place to place, so ARRL recommends that all amateur radio clubs participating in Field Day stay in regular contact with local or state public health officials for their advice and guidance on hosting Field Day activities.
Demonstrating an understanding of the health crisis we all face and your willingness to adapt will show that you and your club or group are good working partners with local or served agencies.
“With any emergency preparedness exercise, it’s not about adapting the situation to your operation, it’s about adapting your operation to the situation that presents itself,” Bourque said. “Try something different. Learn something new about how you prepare. It may be a challenge, and you may have to ask yourself if you’re up to the challenge. We hope to hear you on the air over the June 27 – 28 weekend.” — Thanks to Paul Bourque, N1SFE, and Dan Henderson, N1ND
Note: Section Managers on behalf of our clubs have engaged the Contest Advisory Committee of the ARRL, through our Directors, to consider modifying some of the rules to make it easier for everyone to participate. We should hear more after their May meeting.
ARLX007 Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Postponed
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 response and mitigation actions, the
2020 Armed Forces Day (AFD) Crossband Test scheduled for Saturday,
May 9, has been postponed.
Because it’s uncertain just when stay-at-home orders will be lifted
across the US, AFD planners chose to postpone this year’s event,
because the government stations that typically support this event
may not be available.
Armed Forces Day Crossband Test planners are considering scheduling
a November event in honor of Veteran’s Day, depending on COVID-19
During the AFD Crossband Test, military stations in various
locations transmit on selected military frequencies and announce the
specific ham frequencies they are monitoring to work radio amateurs.
COVID-19 Information Net
Todd, KD2CBV, Net Manager of the Big Apple NTS Traffic Net, has started a COVID-19 Information net that begins at the conclusion of the daily session of the BANTSTN.
The net is also running a special 1 X 1 call sign during this month: W2T.
Mar 28-Apr 27, 0000Z-0300Z, W2T, New York City, NY. Big Apple NTS Traffic Net. 440.600 + (141.3 PL tone). QSL. Todd Walerstein, KD2CBV, 325 East 5th St., Suite C-3, New York, NY 10003. COVID-19 Information is shared by net participants right after the daily session of the Big Apple NTS Traffic Net that starts at 8:00 PM EDT. The Information net is also reachable via echolink via KD2TND-L (465324). Please support….
New TQSL Version 2.5.2 Provides Better LoTW Rover Support, Other Improvements
The latest version of TrustedQSL (TQSL), version 2.5.2, offers improved Logbook of The World (LoTW) support for operations from several locations, as well as the ability to detect uploads that contain incorrect location data. The primary new feature in TQSL 2.5.2 allows logging programs, in conjunction with TQSL, to avoid incorrect contact uploads, while adding mechanisms to allow easy uploading of logs for roving stations. LoTW had required rovers to identify each location used as a separate location in TQSL. The new version of TQSL allows these operations to be handled much more smoothly by using information from the station’s logging program.
When a log is signed by TQSL, the station details — call Sign, DXCC entity, grid square, and other location details provided by the selected station location (and call sign certificate) — are compared with the details in the log. If the US state and station location in a log do not agree, TQSL 2.5.2 will reject the contact, detecting errors in instances when an incorrect station location has been chosen. This feature will necessitate changes in many logging programs, because it requires that the log provide station details previously not used by TQSL. Once a logging program supplies these (MY_STATE, MY_DXCC, MY_CQ_ZONE, etc.), then TQSL will validate them against the log. Currently, Cabrillo logs use the CALLSIGN field to verify that the contacts are for the correct call sign.
Optionally, a station performing roaming operations (e.g., from multiple grid squares) can choose to have TQSL assume that the log is correct. When call sign or home station are provided with the log, TQSL will automatically update the details on the upload. Select “Override Station Location with QTH Details from your Log” on the “Log Handling” preference page to enable this feature.
This release also includes an update to the most recent TQSL configuration file. — Thanks to Rick Murphy, K1MU
World Amateur Radio Day on April 18 Celebrates 95th Anniversary of the IARU
Saturday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), this year marking the 95th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Around the world, amateur radio special event stations — most sponsored by IARU member-societies — will mark the event on the air, starting on April 18 at 0000 UTC and continuing until April 19, at 0000, honing skills and capabilities while enjoying global friendship with other amateurs worldwide. The theme for WARD is “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.” IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, notes that the COVID-19 pandemic casts the event in a different light than in years past.
“A few short weeks ago, many of us could not imagine the levels of isolation that we are now dealing with and the sacrifices of many on the front lines of the pandemic,” Ellam said. “As we have done in past challenges to our society, amateur radio will play a key part in keeping people connected and assisting those who need support.”
Ellam said he’s coming off his own 14-day isolation after returning from overseas. “I am touched by the kindness of strangers who assisted me when I was unable to leave my house,” he said. “It strikes me amateur radio operators, who give so much during these times of crisis are not limited to assisting over the air. Amateurs are true volunteers, and I would encourage everyone to assist in the community as they are able to.”
On April 18, 1925, the IARU was formed in Paris, with ARRL cofounder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, in attendance. Radio amateurs were the first to discover that shortwave spectrum could support worldwide propagation, and in the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, amateur radio found itself “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” as IARU history puts it. Two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, amateur radio gained allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. From an initial 25 countries, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions.
How to Participate
- Get on the air. Create your own personal “event” to talk about amateur radio. (To list your World Amateur Radio Day event, contactIARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ.)
- Check into the Echolink World Conference and IRLP 9251. The special event call sign will be W7W.
- Look for and contact stations using the W7W call sign.
- Create and hold a special net on World Amateur Radio Day to draw attention to the event and allow hams to start talking about our hobby.
- Spread the word. If you’re responsible for club publicity, send a press release and do public relations outreach to highlight the event.
- Promote your personal World Amateur Radio Day activity on social media by using the hashtag #WorldAmateurRadioDayon Twitter and Facebook.
- Use the posterand flyer that IARU provides in publicizing the event, amateur radio, and your group or club.
World Amateur Radio Day is not a contest but an opportunity to talk about the value of amateur radio to the public and our fellow amateur colleagues. It is also a great opportunity to talk about your club and amateur radio in local media.
In this time of social isolation, amateur radio continues to remain relevant in bringing people together. “Social distancing” has long been a positive practice in the hobby by bringing people together culturally through radio while providing essential communication in the service of communities.
“My wish for this World Amateur Radio Day is for everyone to stay safe, follow the advice of medical professionals and use amateur radio and your skills to help us through this crisis,” Ellam said.
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- KITTS, V4. John, W5JON will be QRV as V47JA from June 11 to
July 2. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters, including 60 meters,
using SSB and FT8, with emphasis on 6 and 160 meter FT8. All QSLs
to W5JON direct or via LoTW.
UNITED STATES, W3. Special event station W3A will be active from
April 17 to 30 to bring attention to World Autism Awareness Month.
Activity will be on various HF bands using FT8, CW and some SSB.
Please QSL direct to WA3MD and include SASE. DX Stations should
include return postage if direct. QSL is also ok via the Bureau.
NORTHERN IRELAND, GI. Special event call sign GB75VEC, will be used
from the MI0MOD station in Lisburn City in May and June to mark the
75th anniversary of VE Day ending World War II.
SPAIN, EA. EE1MGY commemorates the Titanic’s inaugural voyage and
sinking. Operations will be through April on 160 meters on CW, FT8,
and WSPR. QSL to EB1LO, direct or via the Bureau.
SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4. Bernhard, DL2GAC continues to be active as
H44MS on 40 and 17 meters using SSB and FT8.
JAPAN, JA. 8J4ROSE is QRV to celebrate the Fukuyama Roses Festival
until May 17. QSL via bureau.
BRAZIL, PY. Gustavo, PT2ADM is QRV as ZW75FEB, commemorating the
end of World War II and honoring the memory of his father, who
fought in Italy as part of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB).
Operations continue until the end of May. QSL via PT2ADM, direct or
via the Bureau.
TURKEY, TA. Members of the YM3KB team mark Turkey’s National
Sovereignty and Children’s Day, April 23, with operations throughout
the month as TC100KIDS on the HF bands using SSB, CW and FT8. QSL
via YM3KB. Also, Metin, TA2BZ is QRV as TC19MED to pay tribute to
workers in the medical sectors, until May 29. QSL via TA2BZ.
LUXEMBOURG, LX. Members of the Radioamateurs du Luxembourg (R.L.)
will be operating special event station LX5WARD for the 2020 World
Amateur Radio Day, until April 26. Special QSLs will be available
via the LX IARU QSL Bureau.
GUERNSEY, GU75. The Guernsey Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will be
running a special event station from May 6 to 12 to mark the 75th
anniversary of the Liberation of Guernsey from Occupying Forces.
Using the call sign GU75LIB, activity will be on the HF bands, all
modes, QO100, and possibly some 2 meter and 70cm activity as well.
QSL via the Bureau, or direct to Dave, GU8ITE (QTHR).
SPECIAL STAY AT HOME STATIONS/ACTIVITIES. Be looking for many
special event stations to hit the airwaves to promote ”STAY-AT-HOME”
and raise awareness for the restrictions necessary to fight the
spread of the corona virus. These stations include: 8A1STAYHOME
(Indonesia), 9K9STAYHOME (Kuwait), A60SH/1 SH=StayHome (United
Arab Emirates), A60SH/2, A60SH/3, A60SH/4, A60SH/5, AX2020STAYHOME
(Australia), GB5NHS (NHS=National Health Service), HZ1STAYHOME
(Saudi Arabia), TC1STAYHOME (Turkey), VC2STAYHOM (Canada) and
XM2STAYHOM (Canada). QSL via operator’s instructions.
NIUE, E6. Operators Stan, LZ1GC and Ivan, LZ1PM will be active as
E6AM from September 28 to October 17. Activity will be on 160 to 6
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via LZ1GC, ClubLog’s OQRS,
direct or via the Bureau.
TONGA, A3. Stan and Ivan will move on to Tonga as A35GC from
October 19 to November 2. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via LZ1GC, ClubLog’s OQRS, direct
or via the Bureau.
GHANA, 9G. Matteo, IZ4YGS expects to be active as 9G5GS sometime
between April 13 and May 15. Activity will be limited to his spare
time on 160 to 10 meters using mostly FT8 (F/H) and SSB. QSL via
LoTW, IZ4YGS direct or eQSL.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The QRP ARCI Spring QSO Party, JIDX CW
Contest, OK/OM DX Contest, SSB, F9AA Cup, PSK, FTn DX Contest, SKCC
Weekend Sprintathon, New Mexico QSO Party, North Dakota QSO Party,
Georgia QSO Party, Yuri Gagarin International DX Contest, WAB
3.5/7/14 MHz Data Modes, International Vintage Contest HF and the
Hungarian Straight Key Contest are all on tap for this weekend.
Please see April 2020 QST, page 71 and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
Reported NLI ARES ACTIVITY:
ARRL Section: New York / Long Island
Month: March 2020
Total number of ARES members: 78
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 3
Number of ARES nets active: 24 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison: 1
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KD2GXL, K2FH, and KD2LPM for Skywarn
Number of exercises and training sessions this month: 9 Person hours: 90
Number of Public Service events this month: 1 Person hours : 24
Number of emergency operations this month: 0 Person hours 0
Number of Skywarn operations this month: 10 Person Hours: 16.1
Total number of ARES operations this month: 20 Total Person Hours: 130.1
Nassau County training meeting conducted online March 26. .
MARCH 2020 NLI NTS STATS:
NYPON SESSIONS 31 QNI 180 QTC 65 QSP 61 QTR 332
ESS SESSIONS 31 QNI 446 QTC n/a QSP 72 QTR n/a
NYS/E SESSIONS 31 QNI 174 QTC 86 QSP 84 QTR 295
BA SESSIONS 31 QNI 676 QTC 19 QSP 19 QTR 772
NLISTN SESSIONS 9 QNI 79 QTC 10 QSP 10 QTR 181
NCVHFTN SESSIONS 31 QNI 201 QTC 19 QSP 19 QTR 373
N2WGF REC/ 8 SENT / 10 TOTAL / 18
KD2MEN REC/ 4 SENT / 8 TOTAL / 12
K2TV REC/ 4 SENT/ 7 TOTAL / 11
N2WGF ORIG / 0 REC / 18 SENT / 21 DEL / 0 TOTAL / 41
KD2MEN ORIG / 0 REC / 11 SENT / 10 DEL / 3 TOTAL / 24
KD2LPM ORIG / 1 REC / 10 SENT / 10 DEL / 1 TOTAL / 22
K2TV ORIG / 0 REC / 4 SENT / 15 DEL / 0 TOTAL / 19
W2CTG ORIG / 3 REC / 8 SENT / 3 DEL / 3 TOTAL / 17
MARCH 2020 – PSHR
|N2WGF/ 165, KD2LPM/ 157, K2TV/ 94,
KD2MEN/ 84,W2GTC/ 75.
Gerard Pilate STM NLI/NYC
” You can’t change, what you can’t measure”
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 top band, the alternate of 1807 kHz.
INDEPENDENT CW NETS which maintain close association with the NTS.
Empire Slow Speed Net (ESS) 6pm daily on 3566 kHz . Alt. 7044 kHz ±
Hit and Bounce Slow Speed Traffic Net (HBSN) 7112 kHz at 7:30 am daily.
Hit and Bounce Net (HBN) 8:30 am daily on 7112 kHz
NTS SECTION LEVEL HF/phone nets:
New York Public Operations Net (NYPON) 5pm daily on 3925 kHz ± QRM,
alternate freq. 3913 kHz
The NTS local nets are:
Big Apple Traffic Net
Big Apple Traffic Net meets @ 8:00 PM on 440.600 +5 141.3 PL
Check www.BigAppleTrafficNet.org for our schedule.
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
NLI Student Traffic Net.
Every Thursday from 15:30 to end of the net (no later than 16:30)
W2ABC – 147.270 MHz (+) 141.3 PL (West Side Manhattan)
A2DCI – 446.325 MHz (-) 127.3 PL (Farmingville, Suffolk)
Here is a link to the NLI Student Traffic Net Website (https://sites.google.com/jrhaleteacher.me/nlistn/home)
K2TV, K9NYS, KD2MEN and N2WGF are now operational as a Digital Relay Stations on HF winlink representing the New York City/Long Island Section.
Club Meetings and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Always check with the club to verify the date, time and
location of the events/meetings listed here.
The ARCECS meets monthly on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM.
American Red Cross on Long Island
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
Or contact President Steven Akkala, KD2CJW at email@example.com
Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)
President ; Nick Franco – KF2P
Contact Person : Bill Eisele – KD2FFL firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please go to the club website at http://www.arc.bnl.gov/BNLARC/Home.html
Camp Pouch Amateur Radio Association (WA2CP) http://www.wa2cp.org
Meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. 1 PM. At the William H. Pouch Scout Camp, 1465 Manor Road, Staten Island. Club E Mail, email@example.com
Contact: Gary Litner, KB2BSL at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grumman ARC (GARC) http://www.qsl.net/wa2lqo/
Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Haypath Road Park in Old Bethpage, starting at 5:30 PM.
GARC VE sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the meeting rooms at the Bethpage Community Park in Bethpage, starting at 5:00 PM.
Contact: Ed Gellender at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Kings County Radio Club (KC2RC)
Club Meeting Info:
New York – Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
1st Wednesday Of Each Month
7:30 Pm – 506 Sixth Street, BROOKLYN, NY 11215
The Carruthers Conference Room of the New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, located between the Gift Shop and the Cafeteria.
More info and Map https://www.kingscountyradioclub.com/club-meeting/
Our 2 Meter Nets Tuesdays At 9:00 Pm , 146.730 Pl 88.5 -600hz Encode / Decode
Our 2 Meter Tech Net Is Second And Fourth Wednesday Of Every Month At 9:00 P.M. 146.730 Pl 88.5 – 600hz Encode / Decode
Our 10 Meter Net Kcrc Sunday 10 Meter Net 28.380.0 USB Every Sunday 11:00 Am Est
Our Fusion Net Is Thursdays At 9:00pm 146.730 Yaesu Fusion Digital Set You Radio To DN Mode. or Our Wires X Room search -KC2RC – Node #40821
To listen to the Fusion and 2 meter Club Net Stream us when you are away from your radios
Kings County Radio Club Facebook Page
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.
Contact is: email@example.com
WA2PNU EastNet FlexNet Network
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
Long Island CW Club:
“The Long Island CW Club is teaching CW weekly on Beginner and Intermediate levels. Monthly there are presentations on a variety of ham radio topics of interest for all, including the advanced members. All of this is done by internet video conference. The club is very active with monthly portable outings, museum visits, QRP outings and luncheons. The club has quickly grown to over 200 members including hams from out of the state, country and has a very unique website dedicated to all aspects of CW: www.longislandcwclub.org ”
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 email@example.com for further
LIDXA President, John, W2GW, and Aaron Broges, WC2C are ARRL DXCC
card checkers. Bring your new DXCC cards and paperwork to these
meetings for official verification and credit.
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC)
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, Richie Cetron, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Nassau Amateur Radio Club (NARC) http://www.k2vn.org/
Meetings every Monday night at 7:30 PM in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
at the Lannin House, Field #6 / 6A. The General meeting is the last
Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. All are welcome. Contact Mike Croce, N2PPI, President at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Amateur Radio Club (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 Amateur Radio Club
RCAC meets the last Wednesday
of most months from 6:30-9PM at the Middle Country Public Library;
101 Eastwood Blvd, Centereach, NY 11720
Each month, meeting details are on our web site: http://www.rcarc.org
Radio Club of Junior High School 22 NYC
PO Box 1052
New York NY 10002
Telephone 516-674-4072 Mobile/Text 516-658-6947
*** Meet us on THE CLASSROOM NET, 7.238 MHz, 7:00-8:30 am, Monday thru Friday.
Staten Island Amateur Radio Association (SIARA)
President Neal “Rich” Balas, W2RB
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 ,
Grace Lutheran Church 240 Mastic Beach Road, Mastic Beach, NY. 11951…
Contact Richie Geraci, KD2NJA, at email@example.com
Or go to their NEW website, http://www.suffolkcountyradioclub.net
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 Information & Rag chew Net
Round table discussions, Club news and information, technical topics and for sale items. Wednesday 8:00 PM
Wantagh Amateur Radio Club
Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 PM 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
SEC: Joe Cutrone, K2OL, email@example.com
ASEC: Russ Logar, KC2LSB, firstname.lastname@example.org
New York City:
EC Queens: L. Sugai, N2UJG, email@example.com
DEC : John Wilson, KD2AKX, firstname.lastname@example.org
ADEC’s: Robert Jagde, KD2GRS, email@example.com
Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nassau County ARES meets monthly on the 4th Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Meetings are held at the American Red Cross 195 Willis Ave. Mineola , NY
For more information about local ARES groups, contact the
following Emergency Coordinators:
Town of Hempstead: Bob Yenis, KC2ILP, email@example.com
Town of North Hempstead: Robert Jagde, KD2GRS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of Oyster Bay: Ceil Gomez, W2CTG, email@example.com
City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor, W2OSR, firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Long Beach: George Geller, WB2GTC , email@example.com
DEC: Bill Scheibel, N2NFI firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of Smithtown: Rich Johnston, KC2TON, email@example.com
Smithtown meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at the Smithtown EOC – 7:30PM.
We also hold weekly Nets on Monday’s at 7:30 pm, (W2LRC/145.43, PL 136.5 Larkfield Repeater)
Town of Brookhaven: Vacant
2nd Monday of the month at the Middle Country Library,
101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach, NY at 7:30 pm
Town of Riverhead: Steve Casko, W2SFC, firstname.lastname@example.org Monthly meeting TBD
Town of Southampton: Vacant
Town of Southold: Don Fisher, N2QHV, email@example.com
ARES announcements and business conducted during the Peconic ARC
1st Friday of the month at 6:30 pm. Mattituck Public Library on the Main Road
(route 25) in Mattituck.
Town of East Hampton: Eddie Schnell,WZ2Y, firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm during the BONAC ARC meeting
(except November which is on the 3rd Thursday). Amagansett
Town of Shelter Island: Vacant
Town of Islip: Phil Jacobs, W2UV, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Broges, WC2C and Tom Carrubba, KA2D are also DXCC card checkers. Aaron and Tom are also members of the LIDXA and is usually available for DXCC QSL checking at the monthly LIDXA meetings (along with W2GW).
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.
ARRL Additional :
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
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 email@example.com.
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 Joe Cutrone, K2OL, firstname.lastname@example.org
ASEC Russ Logar, KC2LSB, email@example.com
DEC New York City:
DEC Nassau County: John Wilson, KD2AKX, 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 : Mel Granick, KS2G, firstname.lastname@example.org
State Government Liaison: George Tranos N2GA, email@example.com
Section Traffic Manager : Jerry Pilate, N2WGF, firstname.lastname@example.org
Skywarn: John Hale, KD2LPM, email@example.com