APRIL 2021 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the April 2021 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 2021 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
at:   http://nli.arrl.org


* From Jim Mezey, W2KFV – Section Manager

* Silent Keys

* Upcoming Special Events:

* Hamfests:

* VE Sessions

* From the ARRL

* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR

* National Traffic System

* Club Info


Hello Everyone …..

First, I would like to apologize to Ron Tomo KE2UK, for the typo on his call in last month’s newsletter.  The KA6LMS special event went over quite well. Over 88.000 QSO’s, 50 states and 139 countries including packet QSO’s through the ISS and some EME contacts. Congratulations to Lou Maggio, NO2C, Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club and all the fantastic operators  who took part in making this a “Special”, special event.

Ham Radio Boot Camp. https://www.n1fd.org/ham-bootcamp/  run by the Nashua Area Radio Society is being held on Saturday, April 24th   at 10 AM. Pre registration is required. They have many forums for the new ham and experienced hams from Techs to Extras. Check their website for more information..

As the weather gets nicer it means it’s time to check you antennas. Most outside coax lasts for 10 years or less. UV Rays and water infiltration can cause havoc not to mention connectors. Also make sure your grounds are in good shape. While your ad it, start planning for Field Day. Make a list of your needs and check your Field Day equipment so that it is top notch shape. Field Day this year is June 26 and 27th. The rules are the same as last year with the exception of Class D and E stations are limited to power of 150 watts. See http://www.arrl.org/field-day for more information.

I am planning a Zoom meeting for NLI Clubs and their leadership to have a round table discussion regarding problems with  COVID and how its been affecting their clubs and what they can or have done to keep the club active.. My thought is May 2  at  10AM if that works. More info will be sent out in the next few weeks.

Webinars and training are available at the ARRL Learning Network http://www.arrl.org/arrl-learning-network and through RATPAC Presentations:  http://tiny.cc/ratpac-list

COVID still with us. We still have to be on guard and continue social distancing, mask wearing, hand and face washing. The best COVID information is still at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

My Zoom account is available for clubs or group meetings. Please contact me at w2kfv@arrl.org for more information

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…..

Stay safe….

73, Jim Mezey, W2KFV
Section Manager – NYC/ Long Island
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™

C:  516-315-8608

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Silent Keys:

LIMARC reports the passing of John Lombardo, WA2KNU.  Though not a LIMARC member, John was an integral part of out Field Day presence for many years.Totally blind, John developed a great ear for CW and was probably copying 40 or more words per minute. With the help of a logger, he provided a huge number of CW contacts adding to our overall score..



Upcoming Special Events:


Celebrating Lindbergh’s Transatlantic Flight~

May 20, 1400Z-2000Z, K2CAM, Garden City, NY. Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club. 14.240 72.40. QSL. LIMARC, P.O. Box 392, Levittown, NY 11756. Held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum Please QSL SASE https://limarc.org/special-events






HAMFESTS:   ~  LIMARC ~  Sun, June 6, 7:00am – 1:30pm

1055 Stewart Ave, Bethpage, NY 11714,

                                        Outdoor Hamfest. Covid Safety Rules will apply


Zoom Class for Technician License:


Hosted by The Garden School Amateur Radio Club

and The Hall of Science Radio Club

Start Date April 26  End March 14   Test on March 15

9 sessions Three meetings per week   630 PM to 800 PM


Class will meet 3 times per week; Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. No Charge for the class. Students will need to purchase their own text book from ARRL. Exam fees will be in accordance with current FCC and ARRL regulations. Exam will be an in-person exam following current COVID-19 safety regulations and protocols.
More info and to register contact:  Jerry Pilate, n2wgf@arrl.net



Upcoming VE Sessions:


Columbia University ARC  (Remote):


Limited spots, info at website



Suffolk County Radio Club:


VE Sessions are usually scheduled at the United Church of Christ 335, Horseblock Road, Farmingville, NY 11738. Tests begin at 7pm. Bob N2OCH is the main point of contact. There is a limit of 20 people in the testing room at a time and we expect a crowd so please coordinate with us if you wish to attend!    Contact: bobn2och@gmail.com  for next test date.

Suffolk VHF/UHF Association:



To get info via email please contact our vice president Carmel P.Kenny/KF2KF to confirm dates and times. She will also pre register you for the exam you need. This will help us know in advance how many will need what exams.  N9LAB@AOL.COM 


From the ARRL:


Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Become Effective on May 3


The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023. After May 3 of this year, any new station, or any existing station modified in a way that’s likely to change its RFE profile — such as different antenna or placement or greater power — will need to conduct an evaluation by the date of activation or change.

“In the RF Report and Order, the Commission anticipated that few parties would have to conduct reevaluations under the new rules and that such evaluations will be relatively straightforward,” the FCC said in an April 2 Public Notice. “It nevertheless adopted a 2-year period for parties to verify and ensure compliance under the new rules.”

The Amateur Service is no longer categorically excluded from certain aspects of the rules, as amended, and licensees can no longer avoid performing an exposure assessment simply because they are transmitting below a given power level.

“For most amateurs, the major difference is the removal of the categorical exclusion for amateur radio, which means that ham station owners must determine if they either qualify for an exemption or must perform a routine environmental evaluation,” said Greg Lapin, N9GL, chair of the ARRL RF Safety Committee and a member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC).

“Ham stations previously excluded from performing environmental evaluations will have until May 3, 2023, to perform these. After May 3, 2021, any new stations or those modified in a way that affects RF exposure must comply before being put into service,” Lapin said.

The December 2019 RF Report and Order changes the methods that many radio services use to determine and achieve compliance with FCC limits on human exposure to RF electromagnetic fields. The FCC also modified the process for determining whether a particular device or deployment is exempt from a more thorough analysis by replacing a service-specific list of transmitters, facilities, and operations for which evaluation is required with new streamlined formula-based criteria. The R&O also addressed how to perform evaluations where the exemption does not apply, and how to mitigate exposure.

Amateur radio licensees will have to determine whether any existing facilities previously excluded under the old rules now qualify for an exemption under the new rules. Most will, but some may not.

“For amateurs, the major difference is the removal of the categorical exclusion,” Lapin said, “which means that every ham will be required to perform some sort of calculation, either to determine if they qualify for an exemption or must perform a full-fledged exposure assessment. For hams who previously performed exposure assessments on their stations, there is nothing more to do.”

The ARRL Laboratory staff is available to help amateurs to make these determinations and, if needed, perform the necessary calculations to ensure their stations comply. ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, who helped prepare ARRL’s RF Exposure and You book, explained it this way. “The FCC did not change any of the underlying rules applicable to amateur station evaluations,” he said. “The sections of the book on how to perform routine station evaluations are still valid and usable, especially the many charts of common antennas at different heights.” Hare said ARRL Lab staff also would be available to help amateurs understand the rules and evaluate their stations.”

RF Exposure and You is available for free download from ARRL. ARRL also has an RF Safety page on its website.

The ARRL RF Safety Committee is working with the FCC to update the FCC’s aids for following human exposure rules — OET Bulletin 65 and OET Bulletin 65 Supplement B for Radio Amateurs. In addition, ARRL is developing tools that all hams can use to perform exposure assessments.




March 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report




The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service. This is the March 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

The FCC delayed action on the renewal application of a General Class licensee in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, in order to review allegations of repeated transmission of obscenities and failure to properly identify.

The Volunteer Monitor Coordinator issued 14 Advisory Notices. An Advisory Notice is an attempt to resolve rule violation issues informally before FCC intervention:

  • An Advisory Noticewas sent to the owner of a remote amateur station in California, advising him that he is responsible for deliberate interference transmitted by any station over his remote facility.
  • An Advisory Noticewas sent to a radio amateur in Ripley, Tennessee, regarding deliberate interference and failure to properly identify on 75 meters.
  • An Advisory Noticewas sent to a radio amateur in Jefferson, Georgia, concerning failure to properly identify on 40 meters.
  • Advisory Noticeswere sent to radio amateurs in Tiburon, Petaluma, and Manteca, California, and Grants Pass, Oregon, concerning interference on 75 meters.

General Advisories were sent to operators in West Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin concerning operation on 7.200, 3.927, and 3.860 MHz.

Good Operator Commendation was sent to a husband-wife team in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, recognizing excellent net and 2-meter operations.

VM representatives had two meetings with FCC officials. — Thanks to Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, Volunteer Monitor Program Administrator




Cooperative Effort Under Way to Resolve Potential

70-Centimeter Interference Issue


ARRL, the FCC, and the US Department of Defense are cooperating in

an effort to eliminate the possibility of amateur radio interference

on 70 centimeters to critical systems at White Sands Missile Range

(WSMR) in New Mexico. The Defense Department’s Regional Spectrum

Coordinator contacted the FCC in March, seeking information on whom

to contact regarding detected amateur transmissions it believed

could pose a threat to a critical WSMR system operating on 70

centimeters. The FCC, in turn, asked ARRL to be involved in the

discussion and any necessary remedial efforts. It is to be noted

that the Amateur Radio Service is a secondary service on the band.


Investigation revealed that the potential problem was not with

individual operators or repeaters, but with RF control links at 420

– 430 MHz used to establish a linked repeater system within New

Mexico. “Based on the investigation, and with the support of the

FCC, the owners of the RF control links being used in the 420 – 430

MHz portion of the amateur allocation within a certain proximity to

WSMR are being asked to re-coordinate the link frequency to a new

one above 430 MHz,” explained ARRL Regulatory Information Manager

Dan Henderson, N1ND.


ARRL enlisted the assistance of the state’s designated repeater

frequency coordinator for information on specific links in that part

of the band. New Mexico Repeater Frequency Coordinator Bill

Kauffman, W5YEJ, agreed to work with the control link operators to

find new frequencies that will meet the needs of the link operators.


“Time is a factor in this request,” Henderson said. “The new systems

at WSMR are in advanced testing now and will become fully

operational by early summer 2021.” The FCC-imposed deadline for the

affected control links to change frequencies is set for May 31,



“It appears a total of 32 control links will have to be addressed,”

Henderson said. ARRL has mailed letters to each of the RF control

link operators, based on the recordkeeping of the frequency

coordinator, to advise them of the DoD’s request as the primary user

on the band. “Any links with the potential to affect the identified

systems at WSMR still in operation after May 31, 2021 will be

subject to action by the FCC.”


Henderson said the changes should have no direct impact on the use

of any local repeater, but until all the affected RF control links

are transitioned to new frequencies, certain links may be

temporarily inoperative. Links unable to be relocated by May 31 will

have to be shut down until the situation can be resolved. ARRL will

be in contact with the FCC after the May 31 deadline to advise it of

the status of the remediation effort.


FCC Not Yet Collecting $35 Application Fee


The FCC Part 97 rules establishing a new $35 amateur radio

application fee go on the books on April 19, but the FCC won’t start

collecting the fee “until the requisite notice has been provided to

Congress, the FCC’s information technology systems and internal

procedures have been updated, and the Commission publishes notice(s)

in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of such



When effective, the fee will apply to new, modification (upgrade and

sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign

applications, as well as applications for a special temporary

authority (STA) or a rule waiver. Fees will be collected per

application. The FCC exempted from the fee applications for

administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email

address. The FCC proposed a schedule of application and other fees

for all services last year.


Amateur Radio Gets a Partial Reprieve on 3.5 GHz


Pending future FCC action, amateur radio secondary use of the 3.3 –

3.45 GHz band segment may continue indefinitely. The FCC, as part of

a lengthy Second Report and Order (R&O) for commercial licensing of

3.45 – 3.55 GHz adopted on March 17, agreed with ARRL that continued

access by amateur radio to 3.3 – 3.45 GHz should be allowed until

consideration of the 3.1 – 3.45 GHz spectrum in a later proceeding.


The FCC action in WT Docket 19-348 represents a partial “and

temporary” reprieve from the FCC’s December 2019 proposal to remove

amateur radio from the entire band, and it makes available an

additional 50 Megahertz than an FCC proposal last fall to allow

amateur temporary use of 3.3 – 3.4 GHz.


The Second R&O can be found in PDF format at,

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-21-32A1.pdf .


Amateur secondary operation in the 3.45 – 3.50 GHz band must cease

90 days after public notice that the spectrum auction has closed and

licensing has begun. That is expected to happen early in 2022. The

FCC announced the opening of 3.45 – 3.55 GHz for auction to

commercial 5G interests on March 17.


The FCC stated that “While we adopt our proposal to bifurcate the

band, we adjust our proposal and set 3450 MHz as the frequency at

which the band will be split.”  It agreed “with the ARRL’s

assessment that the guard band is not necessary from a technical

standpoint. We also recognize that the nature of amateur equipment

realities makes the 50 Megahertz at 3400 – 3450 MHz particularly

valuable to amateur operators because it means existing equipment

can continue to operate in the band for the time being.”


This allows “amateur operations to continue in the lower portion of

the band while the FCC and federal government users continue to

analyze whether that spectrum can be reallocated for flexible use,”

the FCC said. The FCC had proposed splitting the band at 3.4 GHz,

permitting amateur use in 100 Megahertz of spectrum “while also

providing a buffer to protect flexible-use operations at the lower

edge of the 3.45 GHz band.”


“We therefore allow secondary amateur operations to continue in the

3.4 – 3.45 GHz portion of the band,” the FCC said. “We emphasize,

however, that amateur licensees remain secondary users, and those

that operate on frequencies close to the 3450 MHz band edge must do

so with particular caution to avoid causing harmful interference to

flexible-use licensees in the 3.45 GHz Service, which hold primary



“In light of these considerations, while amateur operations between

3450 MHz and 3500 MHz must cease within 90 days of the public notice

announcing the close of the auction for the 3.45 GHz Service, as

specified in the Report and Order; amateur operations may continue

between 3300 MHz and 3450 MHz while the Commission, NTIA, and the

DoD continue to analyze whether that spectrum can be reallocated for

commercial wireless use.”


“There is no expectation that such operations will be accommodated

in future planning for commercial wireless operations in this

spectrum, or that amateur operators will receive more than a short

period of notice before their operations must cease,” the FCC said.



ARISS Ham Station in Columbus Module Is Once Again



Some 6 weeks after going silent following a spacewalk that installed

new antenna cabling, the Amateur Radio on the International Space

Station (ARISS) ham station in the Columbus module is once again

operational. The Columbus station, which typically uses the callsign

NA1SS, is the primary ARISS amateur radio station used for school

contacts and other activities. A January 27 spacewalk replaced a

coax feed line installed 11 years ago with another built by the

European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus.


While the specific cause of the problem has not yet been determined,

a March 13 spacewalk that restored the antenna cabling to its

original configuration provided the cure. The plan to return the

ARISS cabling to its original configuration had been a “contingency

task” for a March 5 spacewalk, but the astronauts ran out of time.

The ARISS work was appended to the to-do list for astronauts Mike

Hopkins, KF5LJG, and Victor Glover, KI5BKC, to complete a week



“On behalf of the ARISS International Team, our heartfelt thanks to

all who helped ARISS work through the cable anomaly investigation,

troubleshooting, and ultimate repair,” ARISS International Chair

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said. Bauer praised NASA, the ESA, Airbus, and

ARISS-Russia lead Sergey Samburov, RV3DR. While the Columbus ham

station was off the air, ARISS school and group contacts were able

to continue using the ham station in the ISS Service Module on the

Russian side of the station.


During the weekend spacewalk, Hopkins swapped out a cable for the

Bartolomeo commercial payload-handling platform that had been

installed in series with the ARISS VHF-UHF antenna feed line,

returning the ARISS system to its pre-January 27 configuration.

Hopkins raised a question concerning a sharp bend in the cable near

a connector, but no further adjustments were possible.


On March 14, ARISS was able to confirm the operation’s success when

Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) signals on 145.825 MHz were

heard in California, Utah, and Idaho as the ISS passed overhead.

ARISS team member Christy Hunter, KB6LTY, was able to digipeat

through NA1SS during the pass. With additional confirmation from

stations in South America and the Middle East, ARISS declared the

radio system operational again.


Work during the March 13 spacewalk also made Bartolomeo operational.

“Yesterday was a great day for all!” Bauer exulted. “Ad astra!”




ARRL Current

Now Online! Digital editions of May 2021 QST, Mar/Apr 2021 OTAQEX, and NCJ



 The latest ARRL Letter is at:


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The latest ARRL Contest Update Newsletter is at:



ARRL  DX news bulletin:


ARLD014 DX news


This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by

The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral

from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks

to all.


FIJI, 3D2.  Dom, 3Z9DX is QRV as 3D2DOM and has been active mainly

on 20 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.


SRI LANKA, 4S.  Nadika, 4S6NCH has been active on 17 meters using

FT8 around 1800z.  QSL direct.


CROATIA, 9A.  Members of the radio club Libertas are QRV with

special event callsign 9A25RBM during April to commemorate the US

Secretary of Commerce Ronald Harmon Brown and 34 other victims of a

fatal plane crash in 1996 here.  QSL direct.


MOZAMBIQUE, C9.  A group of operators are QRV as C92RU until April

  1. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8 in

DXpedition mode, with four stations active.  This includes activity

on Satellite QO-100.  QSL via OQRS.


PORTUGAL, CT.  Markus, DJ4EL is QRV as CT7/DJ4EL from Culatra

Island, IOTA EU-145, until April 10.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters

using SSB.  QSL via LoTW.


SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Lee, DS4NMJ is QRV as DT8A until December 31

while on work assignment from the King Se-Jong Korean Antarctic Base

on King George Island, IOTA AN-010.  Activity is on various HF bands

using CW, SSB and FT8 in DXpedition mode.  QSL via DS5TOS.


SPAIN, EA.  Special event station EH4WRD will be QRV from April 12

to 18 while taking part in World Amateur Radio Day 2021 activities.



IRAN, EP.  Saeed, EP2LSH has been QRV using FT8 in DXpedition mode

on 20 meters between 1645 and 2015z.  QSL via EA5GL.


FRANCE, F.  Special event station TM1PSL will be QRV on April 10 and

11 from the town of Port Saint Louis du Rhone during the European

FT8 DX Contest.  QSL direct.


THAILAND, HS.  Jorge, AB6WP is QRV as HS0ZOK from Phuket Island,

IOTA AS-053.  Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using mostly SSB with

some CW.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL via LoTW.


JAPAN, JA.  Special event station 8J100CB is QRV until the end of

March 2022 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Chiba-City.  QSL

via bureau.


GREENLAND, OX.  Bo, OZ1DJJ is QRV as OX3LX from Kangerlussuaq, IOTA

NA-018, until May 1.  Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands.

QSL via LoTW.


NETHERLANDS, PA.  Ruud, PG1R is QRV as PG96WARD from Leersum until

April 30 to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.  Activity is on the

HF bands using SSB, RTTY and PSK.  QSL via PG1R.


CURACAO, PJ2.  Jeff, K8ND will be QRV as PJ2ND from the Signal Point

contest station from April 15 to May 3.  QSL to home call.


EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Leonid, RA1WU is QRV as R800ANP until April 10

to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Nevsky,

who was commonly regarded as a key figure of medieval Russia and is

best known for the victory over the Teutonic Knights in the Battle

on the Ice.  QSL via RA1WU.


CANADA, VE.  Bill, VE3ES is QRV with special callsign VC3VACCINE

during April to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts.  QSL to home



THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The Japan International DX CW Contest,

NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, QRP ARCI

Spring CW QSO Party, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, OK/OM DX SSB

Contest, European FT8 DX Contest, IG-RY World Wide RTTY Contest, DIG

CW QSO Party, Nebraska QSO Party, New Mexico QSO Party, Georgia QSO

Party, North Dakota QSO Party, Yuri Gagarin International DX CW

Contest, International Vintage HF Contest, WAB 3.5/7/14 MHz Data

Modes, Hungarian Straight Key CW Contest and RSGB RoLo 80-Meter SSB

Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.


The RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, OK1WC Memorial, 4 States QRP

Group Second Sunday Sprint and K1USN Slow Speed Test are scheduled

for April 12.


The 222 MHz Spring Sprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and

RTTYOPS Weeksprint are scheduled for April 13.


The VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray

and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for April 14.


Please see April QST, page 75, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web

sites for details.




ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  March 2021

Total number of ARES members: 54

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   4

Number of ARES nets active: 20 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  5

Calls of DECs/ECs reporting:     KD2GXL, K2FH, N2UJG and KD2LPM for Skywarn

Number of exercises and training sessions this month: 5   Person hours:  15

Number of Public Service events this month:   0         Person hours :  4

Number of emergency operations this month:    0        Person hours     0

Number of Skywarn operations this month:      9      Person Hours: 18.7


Total number of ARES operations this month:   14   Total Person Hours: 33.7






MARCH  2021  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          



ESS                    SESSIONS 31   QNI  424  QTC  n/a    QSP 64   QTR  n/a

NYS/E               SESSIONS  31   QNI 158   QTC  83    QSP 83    QTR  279

BA                     SESSIONS  31  QNI  482    QTC  20   QSP 20    QTR  563

NLISTN            SESSIONS  6    QNI  40    QTC  3      QSP  3     QTR  115         7 schools

NCVHFTN       SESSIONS 31    QNI 143    QTC  17    QSP 15    QTR  346



K2TV          REC/ 2   SENT/ 8   TOTAL / 10

KD2MDV   REC/ 1  SENT/ 6    TOTAL / 7

N2WGF      REC/ 0   SENT / 7   TOTAL / 7


K2TV         ORIG / 0  REC / 16   SENT / 24  DEL / 4  TOTAL / 44

N2WGF      ORIG / 0  REC / 14  SENT / 7  DEL / 5   TOTAL /  26

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0  REC / 2   SENT / 9  DEL / 0    TOTAL /  11

KD2LPM    ORIG / 0  REC / 5   SENT / 5  DEL / 0    TOTAL / 10


MARCH  2021 – PSHR


 N2WGF/ 161, KD2LPM/ 140, K2TV/ 120, KD2GRS/ 115, KD2GXL/ 90.

Gerard Pilate  STM NLI/NYC



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 ± 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


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 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 Tuesday and Thursday from 15:30 to end of the net (no later than 16:30)

Here is a link to the NLI Student Traffic Net Website



W2ABC – 147.270 MHz (+) 141.3 PL (West Side Manhattan)

A2DCI – 446.325 MHz (-) 127.3 PL (Farmingville, Suffolk)


Digital Traffic:

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:

Important Note:

Many club meetings and /or VE sessions have been suspended due to the current COVID crisis and will resume when allowed. In the mean time, some clubs are having virtual meetings. If your club would like to due a virtual meeting via Zoom, please contact me at w2kfv@arrl.org


The Club listing is always being updated. Please submit your meeting
information to w2kfv@arrl.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

195 Willis Avenue

Mineola, NY 11501

For more information go to their website: http://www.arcecs.org
Please contact Leonard Smith (PIO) at: n2ldv@arrl.net for information.


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   kd2cjw@arrl.net



Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)

President ; Nick Franco – KF2P

Contact Person : Bill Eisele – KD2FFL   weisele@bnl.gov

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, info@wa2cp.org

Contact: Gary Litner, KB2BSL at kb2bsl@wa2cp.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 wb2eav@yahoo.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 kmorgan6@optonline.net.
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: larkfieldarc@gmail.com

LARC Repeater System

WR2ABA Huntington

147.210 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Hauppauge

145.430 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Huntington APRS

144.390 MHz out/in

WA2PNU EastNet FlexNet Network

(0-15) Nodes, 145.070 MHz

(-4) Node, 145.070 MHz BBs



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 ka2vzx@arrl.net


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 well over 1,000 members worldwide 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 Jack
Phelan, NU2Q, LIDXA Secretary at jackp05@aol.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, k2knb@limarc.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 Groups IO  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 wa2suh@aol.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 n2ppi.mike@gmail.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 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
+40.8654, -73.0800
Each month, meeting details are on our web site: http://www.rcarc.org


Radio Club of Junior High School 22 NYC

Joe Fairclough-WB2JKJ
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)

From President Neal “Rich” Balas, W2RB:

Due to the current COVID pandemic, all meetings and VE Sessions have been

suspended until further notice


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 kd2nja@gmail.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: n2rso@arrl.net


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:  Russ Logar, KC2LSB,  kc2lsb@arrl.net


New York City:

DEC:   Martin Grillo, W1EMR, w1emr@arrl.net

ADEC:  Jose Sanless, N2DDD, n2ddd@arrl.net


EC  Kings: Simon Wurster, KF2N, kf2n@arrl.net

EC  Queens:  L. Sugai, N2UJG, n2ujg@arrl.net



Nassau County:

DEC :      John Wilson, KD2AKX, kd2akx@ncaresmail.net

ADEC’s:  Robert Jagde, KD2GRS,   kd2grs@ncaresmail.net

Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL, kd2gxl@ncaresmail.net

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,   kc2ilp@ncaresmail.net

Town of North Hempstead:  Robert Jagde, KD2GRS,   kd2grs@ncaresmail.net

Town of Oyster Bay: Ceil Gomez, W2CTG,  w2ctg@ncaresmail.net

City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor, W2OSR,  w2osr@ncaresmail.net

City of Long Beach: George Geller, WB2GTC ,  wb2gtc@ncaresmail.net


Suffolk County:

DEC:  Bill Scheibel, N2NFI n2nfi@yahoo.com


Town of Smithtown:  Rich Johnston, KC2TON, kc2ton@arrl.net
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:   Vincent Cigna, KC2WPP, kc2wpp@arrl.net

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, w2sfc@arrl.net                                                     Monthly meeting TBD

Town of Southampton:    Vacant

Town of Southold:     Don Fisher, N2QHV, n2qhv@arrl.net
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,  wz2y@arrl.net
4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm during the BONAC ARC meeting
(except November which is on the 3rd Thursday). Amagansett
Library, Amagansett

Town of Shelter Island:     Vacant

Town of Islip:                     Phil Jacobs, W2UV, w2uv@arrl.net


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 w2gw@arrl.net

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 metrocor@metrocor.net.


NLI Webpage:

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   Russ Logar, KC2LSB, kc2lsb@arrl.net

DEC  New York City: Martin Grillo, W1EMR, w1emr@arrl.net

DEC  Nassau County: John Wilson, KD2AKX, kd2akx@aol.com

DEC  Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI,  n2nfi@arrl.net

Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KNB, k2knb@arrl.net
Technical Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX, k2cx@arrl.net
Public Information Coordinator :  Mel Granick, KS2G, ks2g@arrl.net
State Government Liaison:   George Tranos N2GA, n2ga@arrl.net
Section Traffic Manager :  Jerry Pilate, N2WGF, n2wgf@arrl.net

Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster:  Mitch Cohen N2RGA, n2rga@arrl.net
Digital Communications : Bob Myers, K2TV, k2tv@arrl.net

Skywarn: John Hale, KD2LPM, kd2lpm@arrl.net