August 2017 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the August 2017 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 September 2017 issue prior to
the end of the first week in September.

Section News is available ONLY on the world-wide-web. See the NLI site


* From Jim Mezey, W2KFV – Section Manager

* From the ARRL

* Upcoming Special Events:

* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR

* National Traffic System

* Club Info


Hello Everyone …..

First I would like to congratulate Simon Wurster, KD2LQE on being appointed the new Emergency Coordinator for Brooklyn. Simon comes with a strong communications background and will be a great asset to the ARES program in the New York City District. Simon replaces Gary Rives, N2WGR who had to drop out due to work commitments. Thanks Gary for your service.

I would also like to introduce the new Nassau County VHF Traffic Net Manager, Ceil Gomez, W2CTG. Ceil is a very avid traffic handler who works both analog and digital modes. Ceil takes the reigns from Matt Berman, K9NYS. Matt has done a super job over the past few years but his work load and travel responsibilities have filled his plate and limited his time.

On August 21st  a solar eclipse will take place through the United States and we in the Section should see about 77% totality. It is very important that you  DO NOT  look directly at the sun because you will cause permanent eye damage and possible total blindness. There are many ways to look at this phenomena. Please go to this web page for more information.

Important note: Also be very careful if you are buying solar view glasses as there are many coming in from China that are sub standard.

If you are inclined to take part in the Solar Eclipse QSO Party, information can be found below.

The Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club and the GARDEN SCHOOL will be collaborating with the ARRL at this years Makers Faire, September 23 and 24.  They will be operating a GOTA and Packet station from the grounds of the Hall of Science.

From the Peconic Amateur Radio Club : Cell phone companies acknowledge in some form that there are weakness during emergencies.  This might be better than the COWS (Communications on Wheels) they sometimes use.

Verizon Tests Drone for Disaster Situations

This addresses one of the criticisms broadcasters have leveled at the cellular telephone industry July 24, 2017

By Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB

NEW YORK — One of the criticisms broadcasters have leveled on the cellular telephone industry is that it can’t effectively disseminate emergency information in times of need, because of failures in the system related to overuse, loss of power, or outright system damage. The cellular industry clearly agrees with that assessment — probably not in words, but certainly in actions. This article in describes Verizon’s testing of a drone that will fly over areas that are affected by some sort of emergency, at least in part taking over for cells that are, for some reason, not working fully.

The recent demo of the Verizon drone was held in conjunction with the Cape May County (New Jersey) Office of Emergency Management and drone company American Aerospace Technologies

The UAV has 17-foot wingspan and a 16-hour flying time. American Aerospace Technologies paired the drone with a mobile operations unit on the ground. Backhaul was provided over unlicensed spectrum from the drone to the mobile operations unit, which was then connected via a Verizon LTE modem to a local base station. “The first responders on the ground were able to have regular smartphone data sessions, from sharing texts and pictures to voice calls,” according to the article. Verizon had previously tailored its service in the area so that customers were moved to other bands and the drone provided the only coverage in the area for the disaster recovery simulation drill.


The Jamming repeaters and malicious interference is still a very big problem in the Section with that said if you are experiencing any issues, please go to either the following websites and fill out a short report or

Don’t forget to get on the air, have fun, and enjoy our great hobby and by all means…. keep those batteries charged!

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

C:  516-315-8608

From the ARRL:

Solar Eclipse QSO Party Signup So Far Has Attracted More Than 250 Eclipse Enthusiasts

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) now is just a week away — Monday, August 21 — and more than 250 radio amateurs in the US and elsewhere already have signed up to take part. The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI), led by Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, to study ionospheric effects caused by the total solar eclipse. Event rules and operating procedures are available on the HamSCI website.

During the SEQP, hams are being asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to a contest or QSO party. HamSCI researchers want to know where you plan to be during the eclipse and what modes you plan to operate. Visit the SEQP Pre-Registration page.

The experiment will take advantage of such systems as the Reverse Beacon Network, (RBN), PSKReporter, and WSPRNet, and participants’ logs will provide contact and spot data that researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and at Virginia Tech will use to study eclipse-induced ionospheric effects.

A message from ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR

August 8, 2017

Dear ARRL Member:

Based on feedback I’ve received, it seems to me that some members still don’t fully understand certain features of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) and what it is meant to do. To make things clearer, we have developed an FAQ in the format of questions and answers. Please take a few minutes and read the FAQ to learn more about the ARPA.

Here is the direct link:

Here is another link with additional information:

Thanks to those of you who have written your Senators in support of the ARPA. If you have not done so, please do so by clicking on the link below. It only takes a minute.

Thanks. Let’s keep the effort moving!


Rick – K5UR

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Rick Roderick, K5UR


ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio®


FCC and NCVEC 605 Form to change

The Communications Act (federal laws overseeing communications) requires the Commission to evaluate whether an applicant is qualified to be issued any FCC license (both commercial and amateur).

This enables the FCC to determine whether an applicant is eligible under sections 310(d) and 308(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to hold or have ownership interest in a station license.

The FCC 605 Form Application is not just used for the Amateur Radio Service.

It’s used for authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services.

The Commission is revising the basic qualifications section of this form to include a question regarding whether an application has been convicted of a felony in any state or federal court.

Applicants’ responses and explanations to the basic qualification question (felony question), will be used to determine eligibility to be a Commission licensee.

The question used to be on the old Form 610 amateur application and at some point that question fell off the newer forms.

However, it was retained on other FCC license applications such as forms 601, 603, etc.

FCC determined that they needed to add the question back to the 605 Form and it is the exact question used on the other FCC forms.

This action will correct its omission on 605 Form and bring FCC into compliance with the Communications Act.

Therefore, there is not a Report and Order and there is not a public comments period on this form update as it is already in the rules.

The NCVEC 605 Form (used at exam sessions) must also be updated to include the basic qualifications question.

For potential amateur license holders, this means not just that they passed the examination but also that they meet the character requirements.

If the answer to the basic qualification question (felony question) is ‘YES’, submit as an exhibit a statement explaining the circumstances.

The application will be off-lined (held) for a basic qualification review which FCC already does for other radio license services.

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s Mobility Division stated that the fact that an applicant answers ‘YES’ doesn’t mean they will be denied a license.

Furthermore, applicants are required to answer the question only if they are filing NCVEC Form 605 or FCC Form 605 for one of the following purposes indicated: New, Amendment, Modification (Upgrade or call sign change), or Renewal/Modification.

The question does not have to be answered if the applicant is filling a renewal only or an administrative update to their license (change of address, name, email, etc.).

FCC has indicated that all VEC’s must begin transmitting this additional data to FCC starting on September 7, 2017.

Amateurs will see the new information displayed in the FCC license database and in their license manager record when logged in to their license account.

A new NCVEC 605 Form with the basic qualification question will be released and made available online within the next few weeks.

Older forms will be obsolete and should be discarded as soon as the new form is published.

Additional information and instructions for VEs and candidates will be supplied when the new NCVEC 605 Form is released.

Thank you for your patience as the NCVEC organization revises their form.


Maria Somma, AB1FM

ARRL VEC Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®


Parity Act email campaign has begun!

We have begun the next round of Grass-Root emails to all 100 U.S.
Senators and we need your help!

The RallyCongress site went live yesterday. Please send an email out to
your Senator asking for their support of the legislation. We have made
it easy. All you need to do is use the link for Rally Congress:

Enter your zip code, follow the prompts, complete the form and send it.

By the way, if you are a snow bird and have a Florida address too,
please fill out the form for both your addresses and LET ME KNOW .

Tnx es 73 de Mike

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Mike Lisenco, N2YBB


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ARLD032 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

MARKET REEF, OJ0. Martti, OH2BH and Henri, OH3JR signing OJ0BH and
OJ0JR, respectively, will be QRV from August 12 to 19, using the new
FT8 digital mode. They will also be active in the Worked All Europe
DX Contest as well as make appearances on the traditional modes
during any audible propagation.

ISRAEL, 4X. Udi, 4X6ZM and friends plan to activate the Baram
National Park (Synagogue section Sn-02, Church section Ch-05,
Holyland M-03-ZF, 4XFF-0005, WW Loc. KM37rb) for the HOCOTA
programme on August 11. They will be QRV as 4X0B on HF using SSB
and CW. QSL via 4X6ZM direct via the bureau or LoTW.

ALGERIA, 7X. Bodo, DF8DX is currently QRV as 7Y0A until August 26
from Bechar using SSB and CW. QSL via ClubLog OQRS.

ENGLAND, G. Special event station GB4RFR operates around the Flight
Refueling Hamfest on August 13.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, K. K7I is the call of a special event
station commemorating the birth of the first IBM-PC. They are QRV
until August 14. This is one in a series of activities for marking
historic milestones in air and spacecraft technology. For QSL
information see

RUSSIA, UE. UE80AR draws attention to the founding of the
Archangelsk Oblast 80 years ago and is QRV until the end of
September. An award is available as well. QSL via RN1ON.

INDIA, VU. Madhukar, VU2MUD plans to use the call AT5M in the WAE
contest from Bengaluru. QSL via VU2MUD, ClubLog.

MALTA, 9H. Oliver, DF6MS will be operating holiday-style from Gozo
as 9H3BW until August 19 on 40 to 15 meters, using CW only, running
a QRP rig. QSL via DF6MS.

SVALBARD, JW. Look for Volkmar, DL4AOJ signing JW/DL4AOJ on the HF
bands, using SSB and CW, until August 14. QSL via home call.

MAYOTTE, FH. Heye, DJ9RR is QRV as FH/DJ9RR until August 14. Look
for him using CW and RTTY on 80 to 10 meters. QSL direct or via the
DARC QSL Bureau and LoTW.

FEDERAL STATES OF MICRONESIA, V6. Chusuke, JR1FKR will be operating
as V63FKR while on vacation from September 27 to October 2, using
SSB and RTTY on 40, 20, 17, 15, 10 and 6 meters. QSL direct only to

VANUATU, YJ. Adam, K7ST will be QRV as YJ0ST from several different
islands until mid October, before sailing on to Australia. QSL via

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0. Tina, DL5YL and Fred, DL5YM will be QRV as
HB0/home calls from September 21 to October 7. Look for them on 160
to 30 meters. Tina will be emphasizing low band activity towards
JA, VK and ZL on the long path.

MAURITIUS, 3B8. Hans, PA3HGT will be QRV as 3B8/PA3HGT from
September 5 to 22. Activity will be holiday style on 40, 20 and 10
meters using mainly SSB and sometimes the digital modes. QSL via
his home call sign, via the Bureau, direct or LoTW.

GUINEA, 3YX. Operators Alain, F5OZC and Sebastien, F8DQZ will be
active as 3XY3D from November 1 to 30. Activity will be on 40 to 10
meters using mainly CW. QSL via F5OZC, by the REF Bureau or direct.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Alex, F4GHS will be active as E51GHS from
two of the South Cook Islands during August. He will be QRV from
Aitutaki Island (OC-083) until August 16 and from Rarotonga Island
(OC-013) from August 16 to 25. Activity will be holiday style on
various HF bands. QSL via his home call.

LIGHTHOUSE OPERATIONS. GB0BLH will operate from Berwick Lighthouse
(ILLW UK0077) from August 14 to 21, including the ILL weekend on
August 19 and 20. QSL only via bureau and eQSL. Operators Moses,
CM2YV, Bob, CO2KL, Amed, CO2AME and possibly others will be active
as T45FM from the Faro Puta Maya Lighthouse (ILLW CU-005) during the
ILL weekend. They plan to have six stations active on all bands
using CW, SSB and digital modes. QSL via RW6HS, direct only.

MELLISH REEF, VK9M. Operators Dietmar, DL3DXX, Morten, LB8DC,
Robert, N7QT, Brian, N9ADG, Eric, SM1ALH, Hawk, SM5AQD, Lasse,
SM5GLC and David, W5XU will be active as VK9MA from November 3 to
16. They will be QRV on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
They plan to have five stations on the air. QSL via N7QT, direct,
via the Bureau, ClubLog’s OQRS, LoTW or eQSL.

Sprintathon and Maryland-DC QSO Party are on tap for this weekend.
The MMMonVHF/DUBUS 144 MHz Meteorscatter Sprint is on August 11.
Please see August QST page 86 and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.


The ARRL New England Convention is held annually at the

Boxboro Regency, just of I-495, in Boxborough, Mass.

This year, the convention is on September 8, 9, and 10.  Friday the 8th is special forum

day with emergency management, SKYWARN, and other special-topic forums.

Friday wraps up with the DXCC/Contesting dinner where this year our speaker is Jeff Briggs, K1ZM.

He will be telling us all about the 7O6T DXpedition to Yemen.

The convention gets into full swing on Saturday and Sunday when the exhibit hall

and flea is open, along with an excellent set of forums, VE exams, License-is-a-Day,

and other goodies.

Our Saturday Grand Banquet features Paul Stoerzer, N8HM, of AMSAT.  He has

racked up all sorts of awards based on a small apartment-based station and will

be letting on about his tricks or the trade.

Learn more about the convention, and purchase general admission, flea spaces

and banquet tickets at .

General admission tickets (only) are also available at Ham Radio Outlet in Salem, NH, and at Electronics Plus! in Littleton, MA.


Makers Faire  September 23rd  and 24th  10 am to 6 pm at the Hall of Science in Queens . There will be an ARRL presence along with a display and workshop with HOSARC and The Garden School….


The Suffolk County Marathon will be held this year on Sunday October 29.

We need at least 28 volunteers again this year. Please bring up this worthy event at your meetings.

All the proceeds go to the Veterans groups located here in Suffolk County. These groups help the veterans of Suffolk County.

Please have all volunteers send an Email to



ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  July   Year:  2017

Total  number of ARES members:  161

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   2/3

Number of ARES nets active:  29    Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  23

Calls of DECs/ECs reporting:    WK9K, AK1NS /  N2PQJ, AC2IR, KC2TON,

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month:  25  Person hours:    100

Number of Public Service events this month:    1      Person hours         160

Number of emergency operations this month:     0         Person hours        0

Total number of ARES operations this month:   26         Total Person Hours   260.


Members from all 7 NLI Counties participated in the Quarterly Joint MARS/ARES Exercise






NYPON             SESSIONS  31        QNI  158         QTC 53         QSP  44        QTR  315

ESS                   SESSIONS  31        QNI  316        QTC  n/a       QSP  62         QTR  n/a

NYS/E                SESSIONS  31        QNI  171         QTC  80       QSP  71        QTR  285

NYS/L                SESSIONS  nr         QNI  nr            QTC  nr         QSP  nr        QTR  nr

BA                      SESSIONS  31        QNI  583         QTC 20       QSP 20           QTR  751

NCVHFTN          SESSIONS  n/a        QNI  n/a        QTC  n/a        QSP  n/a      QTR  n/a

NLI Section Net  SESSIONS  n/a        QNI  n/a        QTC  n/a       QSP   n/a       QTR  n/a




KD2MEN   REC /  18     SENT / 14   TOTAL / 32

K2TV        REC /  13      SENT / 6     TOTAL / 19

N2WGF    REC / 6          SENT / 2     TOTAL / 8



K2TV        ORIG / 0  REC / 21  SENT / 31   DEL /  3    TOTAL / 55

KD2MEN   ORIG /0  REC / 23  SENT / 29   DEL / 1    TOTAL / 53

N2WGF     ORIG / 0  REC / 16  SENT / 10   DEL /  4   TOTAL / 30

KD2MDV  ORIG / 0  REC / 10  SENT / 7   DEL / 4    TOTAL / 21

W2CTG     ORIG / 0  REC / 2    SENT / 10   DEL / 0     TOTAL / 12



K2TV 155, KD2GXL 111, N2WGF 110, W2CTG 106, KD2MEN 100, K2KNB 84, N2PQJ 73, KD2MDV 71, WB2ZEX 71.

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 ± 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 3576 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
Big Apple Traffic Net meets @ 8:00 PM on 440.600 +5 141.3 PL
Check 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: :

NLI Section Traffic Net Every Sunday at 7:00 PM.

W2GSB 146.685 – PL 110.9, K2LI 445.725 – PL 91.5, K2BAR 446.725– PL 110.9 and the K2ATT repeater 449.300 –PL 192.8 .

You can also access the net from any repeater with IRLP on node 9053. Please remember to leave a drop and wait for the repeater tail to drop as the
net will be on a linked repeater system.(Note for stations
coming in from Suffolk please try W2GSB or K2ATT repeater
first.) (for stations from NYC try the K2ATT Repeater

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.
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

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:
Please contact Leonard Smith (PIO) at: 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

Or contact President Steven Akkala, KD2CJW at


Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)

President ; Nick Franco – KF2P

Contact Person : Bill Eisele – KD2FFL

For more information please go to the club website at


Camp Pouch Amateur Radio Association (WA2CP)

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,

Contact: Gary Litner, KB2BSL at


Grumman ARC (GARC)

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 in the meeting rooms at the Bethpage Community Park in Bethpage, starting at 5:00 PM.
Contact: Ed Gellender at

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
Please see the club website for directions



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 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 – 501 Sixth Street, BROOKLYN, NY 11215 “Wesley House” In Room 6b, On The Sixth Floor!

Take The Elevator to The 6th Floor And Follow The Signs To Room 6b!

If The Front Door Is Locked, Please Wait There While We Get It Opened.

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 9:00p.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

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:

Scott Conover, AC2FV President of LARC


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:  Contact: Tim MoDavis, KA2VZX at


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 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:

Club Contact: President, Richie Cetron,



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


Nassau Amateur Radio Club (NARC)

Meetings every Monday night at 7:30 PM in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
at the Senior Citizens Center, Field #8. The General meeting is the last
Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. All are welcome. Contact Rich Collins, K2UPS, President at


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 for all our current club
activities and contact information.


Radio Central Amateur Radio Club

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:


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)

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
every meeting.
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

Anyone needing additional information can contact Mike Siegel W2RT at
917-412-1580 or


Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)

Monthly meeting is the third Tuesday of the month at 8 PM ,

32 Seeley St. Brookhaven N.Y. 11719..

Contact Renee Totaro KD2FEL @
Or go to their NEW 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

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


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 or contact Frank Porcaro, N2RSO, President, via
e-mail at:


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:  for more details



Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

SEC:    Bob Jordan, KD2BQM,

New York City:

DEC:   Joe Cutrone, WK9K,

Assistant  DEC:   James Gallo, KB2FMH,

Assistant  DEC:   Jose Lugo, KD2CJP,

Bronx & Manhattan:      

Emergency Coordinator:    Jose Lugo, KD2CJP,
No meeting listed at this time



Emergency Coordinator:  Simon Wurster, KD2LQE,

January, March, May, July, September and November.

2nd Wednesday of each of the above months

Time: 7;00pm

Place: 250 Baltic Street (Cobble Hill Brooklyn)



Emergency Coordinator:        Jose Sanles, N2DDD,
3rd Sunday of month, 2pm, Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, Rm. A1-15

Staten Island:

Emergency Coordinator:        Vinny Mattera, KC2PSI,

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:

or, category Richmond


Nassau County:

District Emergency Coordinator:      Dave Akins, AK1NS,

Assistant DEC:           John Wilson, KD2AKX,

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 Dave, AK1NS or the
following Emergency Coordinators:

Town of Hempstead: Bob Yenis, KC2ILP

Town of North Hempstead: Tianyi Xie, KD2AVU

Town of Oyster Bay: Ceil Gomez, W2CTG

City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor, W2OSR

City of Long Beach: George Geller, WB2GTC


Suffolk County:

District Emergency Coordinator Bill Scheibel, N2NFI

Emergency Coordinators:

Town of Babylon:      John Melfi,W2HCB,

Town of Huntington:    Steve Hines, N2PQJ,

Town of Islip:             John Blowsky, KB2SCS,    Our meetings are held on every even numbered month. Our VE session is held on every odd numbered month.

Third Thursday of each even numbered month,
February(2),April(4),June(6),August(8),October(10) and December(12)
VE Sessions:
Third Thursday of each odd numbered month,
January(1),March(3),May(5),July(7),September(9) and November(11)

The meetings and the VE sessions are held in the same place the American Legion Hall
in East Islip. Corner of Bayview Ave and Montauk Hwy.  Both start at 8:00 pm as always.

Town of Smithtown:  Rich Johnston, KC2TON,
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: Ted Debowy, AC2IR,
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,                                                     Monthly meeting TBD

Town of Southampton:    Vacant

Town of Southold:     Don Fisher, N2QHV,
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,
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:     Neal Raymond, N2QZA,
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

Aaron Broges, WC2C, is also a DXCC card checker.  Aaron is also a member 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,
K2LS Greensboro- NC.
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 advance word
of registration opportunities via e-mail. To take advantage, send an
e-mail to 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 and the C-CE Links found there. For
more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan
Miller, K3UFG, 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: 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: You can also direct
questions to their e-mail at


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:  Bob Jordan, KD2BQM,

DEC  New York City: Joe Cutrone, WK9K,

DEC  Nassau County: Dave Akins, AK1NS,

DEC  Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI,

Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KNB,
Technical Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX,
Public Information Coordinator :  Vacant
State Government Liaison:   George Tranos N2GA,
Section Traffic Manager :  Jerry Pilate, N2WGF,
Official Observer Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX,
Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster:  Mitch Cohen N2RGA,
Digital Communications : Bob Meyers K2TV,

ARRL New York City-Long Island Section

Section Manager:   Jim Mezey W2KFV,