February 2013 Newsletter

This is the February 2013 edition of the New York City-Long Island
Section e-Happenings newsletter.

This newsletter is here to serve the Amateur Radio community in our
area. We welcome and encourage all submissions. Help make this your
newsletter. We especially encourage NLI radio clubs and organizations
to submit their meeting announcements, guest speakers and any special
events. Please submit any information for the March issue prior to
the end of the first week in March.

Section News

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

* Club Events: LIMARC Hamfest, Suffolk County Radio Club

* Scholarship Application

* From Russ Logar, KC2LSB, Section Emergency Coordinator

* Club Info





I hope all of you have gotten through the recent Blizzard without much trouble. I know that ARES across the Section was ramped up and ready to assist. Please consider joining the ARES group in your area. They can use your help in whatever capacity you can provide whether it be technical expertise, antenna building, soldering, digital skills, etc. While it’s very rewarding to provide emergency communications it is also a requirement of Part 97 of the FCC Regulations regarding the Amateur Radio Service.

Title 47 – Part 97

Subpart A—General Provisions

§ 97.1 Basis and purpose.

The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in

the following principles:

(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.

(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur’s proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.

(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication and technical phases of the art.

(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.

(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur’s unique ability to enhance international goodwill.

Being able to provide emergency communications is what we all can do and we can be real good at it. ARES is a conduit to provide these communications.  The National Traffic System is another way we can assist please join a local NTS Traffic Net whether it be on VHF or HF, Phone or CW. Sharpen your skills and enjoy the camaraderie. You can find out more about ARES and NTS from the NLI Staff members listed later in the column.

We are all interested in the weather especially during the past 6 months with the likes of Hurricane Sandy, Tornadoes, major snow falls and Blizzards. One way to follow is to join Skywarn. Amateur Radio is a big part of the National Weather System. Nassau County Skywarn Coordinator Bruce Gronich, K2BRG conducted a Basic Skywarn class just recently and added 50 new trained spotters for the National Weather Service. Check there link for more information at http://www.nassauskywarn.net/

I have just returned from the Orlando Hamcation in Orlando Florida where I attended many forums and got a chance to visit with some old friends and make new ones. They have three buildings full of vendors both new and old amateur equipment as well as a huge outdoor flea market and tailgate area. If you are ever in the area in beginning of February don’t miss it.

The Hudson Division Cabinet Meeting for NLI Club Presidents and Board members scheduled for February10th was postponed and rescheduled for February 24th at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway Hicksville at 10 AM.


Jim Mezey, W2KFV
Section Manager – NYC/ Long Island
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™
Emergency Communications Advisory Committee Representative
Hudson Division

H: 516-997-6023
C: 516-315-8608
F: 516-997-2164


*Club Events

While I am talking about Hamfests, LIMARC is holding their Spring Hamfest Sunday March 3rd doors open at 9:00 AM.  Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway Hicksville, New York.  For more information go to the LIMARC website at www.LIMARC.org

I received a nice letter from Suffolk County Radio Club President Chris DeSanto, N2ABG inviting all amateurs to their meeting where they will have Bob Greenberg, W2CYK as a Guest Speaker to discuss the RFinder application.  Suffolk County Radio Club, When: Tuesday February 19th @ 8:00 PM, Where: 240 Mastic Road (Grace Church), Mastic Beach, NY 11951. For more information E-mail: info@suffolkcountyradioclub.org



The Foundation for Amateur Radio (F.A.R.) is now accepting applications
for scholarships for 2013.  The application deadline is April 15 for
regular F.A.R. Scholarships and May 15 for the Chichester and QCWA
Scholarships.  Here is the link to the F.A.R. website
Click here <http://www.farweb.org/2013-scholarship-application> for
information for applying for this year’s scholarships.
Click here
to download the 2013 F.A.R. Scholarship Application.

If you know a student with an Amateur Radio license who is or will be a
full time student, please forward this information to him/her.


From SEC Russ Logar, KC2LSB:

January 2013 report for the New York / Long Island Section

ARRL Section:                 New York / Long Island
Month:                     January
Year:                     2013
Total  number of ARES members:         140
Change since last month:         1
Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month: 2/7
Number of ARES nets active:         17
Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:     2
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting:         NY2K, N2RDB ,N2PQJ, KB2SCS, K2FTC, KB2KAB, KB2WUS ,KC2NBE, N1JSP
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month:     27    Person hours:     228.58
Number of Public Service events this month:             0    Person hours     0
Number of emergency operations this month:             0    Person hours     0
Total numer of ARES operations this month:             27    Total Person Hours     228.58


Russ, KC2LSB, SEC New York / Long Island
It was good to see so many friends and colleagues at HRU, which was a big success as usual!
In my new position as SEC of New York and Long Island I look forward to working with all of our ARES groups in the Section and the continuation of all
the good work you are all doing.  I hope to get out to some of your meetings in person along with Charlie, WA2GUG who is the Asst. Section Emergency Coordinator.
73 for now.
Adam, Ny2K, DEC New York City District
Kings County spearheaded a recruitment drive for the NYC District ARES at the 2013 Ham Radio University at Briarcliff College in Long Island.
Participants from the District included: KC2WNW, KC2YAY, K2ARN, K2FTC, N2UJG, NY2K, WB2ZEX, and WA2JNF.
N2RGA assisted in the printing of NYC District brochures.
Tim, N2RDB, DEC Nassau County
Man-Hours Report does not include prep time, CADRE, Section Meetings and off-hour discussions and meetings, digital work i.e. digital training, website, etc.
John, KB2SCS, EC Town of Islip
All is quiet here. HRU was great.


Steven, N2PQJ, EC Town of Huntington

Reports a normal month.

Russ, KC2LSB
Section Emergency Coordinator
New York / Long Island Section







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 topband, the alternate of 1807 kHz.

INDEPENDENT CW NETS which maintain close association with the NTS.

Empire Slow Speed Net (ESS) 6pm daily on 3576 kHz . Alt. 7044 ±

Hit and Bounce Net (HBN) 8:30am daily on 3576 kHz .

Hit and Bounce Slow Net (HBSN) Please note the frequency change for the
Hit & Bounce Slow Speed Traffic Net to 3574 KHz at 7:30 AM EST. Seven
days a week. Bob K2TV


New York Phone*/ (NYP). CEASES OPERATION 12/18/2011
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 440.550 +5 141.3 PL
Check www.BigAppleTrafficNet.org for our schedule.

Jim, KC2LEB “ Net Manager

Nassau Co. VHF Net Nightly at 7:30pm. Pri: 146.805/R (136.5pl)Alt.1:
147.135/R (136.5pl) Alt.2: 443.525/R (114.8)
NCVHFTN Website: : http://www.nassautraffic.net

Suffolk Co. VHF Net

K2TV is now operational as a Digital Relay Station on HF winlink
representing the New York City/Long Island section.
I will be receiving NLI traffic via the W2SFD Pactor MBO. Hopefully
this will expedite traffic in and out of NLI.

WB2FTX is putting me in for a Digital Relay Station appointment.
We are still in the process of organizing the Suffolk County VHF
traffic net and will be running the W2EAG Trafic Handling Course on the
air once it starts. N2NFI/R on 145.370 (136.5 PL) and the W2GSB/R ON
223.860 (156.7 pl) will be used connected via IRLP.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:15 PM are the tentative beginning
times and frequencies.  Anyone interested please contact K2TV at


UPCOMING Club Events/Meetings

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 w2kfv@arrl.org

NOTE:  Always check with the club to verify the date, time and
location of the events/meetings listed here.


575 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


The ARCECS meets monthly on the first Tuesday at:

Bellerose Rescue Company
235-01 Braddock Avenue
Queens Village, NY 11428
For more information go to their website: http://www.arcecs.org
Please contact Leonard Smith (PIO) at: n2ldv@arrl.net for information.

Grumman ARC

Grumman ARC (GARC) http://www.qsl.net/wa2lqo/
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Allen
Ellsworth Park in Farmingdale, starting at 5:30 PM. GARC VE sessions
are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Briarcliffe College in
Room: Long Beach #5, starting at 5:00 PM.
Contact: Robert Wexelbaum at w2ilp.radio@gmail.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, with the exception of July and August.
The meetings are a time to take care of club business, listen to a
great speaker regarding an interesting topic related to ham radio, and
to make new friends and catch up with old friends. The club has its
meetings at the NY Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens,

Please check the clubs website at www.hosarc.org for more detailed

Town of Huntington ARES/RACES Meetings
Town of Huntington ARES/RACES meetings are held quarterly.  For more information, see: http://www.wb2lua.com

Larkfield Amateur Radio Club

The Larkfield Amateur Radio Club meets on the second Thursday of the
month from September through June, inclusive. Any exceptions (for
holidays, etc.) are noted on the calendar on its web page at:


Meetings start at 7:30 PM at the Huntington Senior Citizens Center
cafeteria (423 Park Avenue) located at the southwest corner of the
intersection of Rte 25A and Park Avenue. Entrance is on Park Avenue.
Contact is:

Gary M McDowell, K2TVN, President of LARC
E-Mail: gmcdowell2000@aol.com

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 edwhit@optonline.net for further

LIDXA President, John, W2GW, and Mike Lisenco, N2YBB are ARRL DXCC
card checkers. Bring your new DXCC cards and paperwork to these
meetings for official verification and credit.

Long Island Mobile ARC

LIMARC meets the second Wednesday each month, 8PM at Levittown Hall,
201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY. All are welcome. Bring a
Webpage is: http://www.limarc.org Club Contact: President, Rich Cetron,
Club PIO: Rich Levow, WA2NLL wa2nll@arrl.net

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 wa2suh@aol.com

Nassau ARC (NARC) http://www.nassuarc.org/

Meetings every Monday night at 8 PM in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
at the Senior Citizens Center. The General meeting is the last
Monday of the month at 8 PM. All are welcome. Contact Jerry Vibert,
K2GV, President at k2gv@verizon.com

New York City Repeater Association (NYCRA)

Meets the second Thursday of the month (except for July and August)
Meetings are held at the South Beach Psych Center, 777 Seaview Ave.
Off  Father Cappodano Blvd., in Building 10. The meeting will start
promptly at 8 pm.

Staten Island ARES meets at the same location starting at 7pm.

Talk in frequency is 447.375 minus shift pl. 141.3
All are welcome, members and non-members.

Peconic ARC (PARC)

PARC’s regular meeting night is the first Friday of each month at
6:30 PM. Meetings are held at the Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road
in Mattituck. PARC also sponsors quarterly VE testing sessions, on the
fourth Friday of the months of January, April, July and October. Jay
Buscemi, NY2NY, is the clubs Awards Manager and is able to check
cards for the ARRL VUCC and WAS awards.

See the PARC website at www.peconic-arc.net for all our current club
activities and contact information.

Radio Central ARC

Radio Central Amateur Radio Club holds it regular meetings on the last
Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Middle Country Public Library
in Centereach. All are welcome. For directions and other club
information, please check out the club web page:


Staten Island Amateur Radio Association (SIARA)

We have our regularly scheduled meeting the third Friday of every
month. Time: 8 PM.  We also have a registered ARRL VEC test session at
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 W2RT@arrl.net

Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)

Monthly meeting is the third Tuesday of the month at 8 PM at the Grace
Lutheran Church in Mastic. Contact Chris DeSanto, N2ABG at
info@suffolkcountyradioclub.org. Or go to their website,


BONAC Amateur Radio Club (BARC)

BARC meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Amagansett
Library (except November, which is on the 3rd Thursday). For more
information please go to the club website at http://www.bonacarc.org

Wantagh Amateur Radio Club

Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 8:00PM at the
Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793. Entrance to
the meeting room is at the rear of the library, adjacent to the
parking-lot. For more information, see the club’s website at
http://www.qsl.net/w2va or contact Frank Porcaro, N2RSO, President, via
e-mail at: 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)

Section Emergency Coordinator Russ Logar, KC2LSB, kc2lsb@arrl.net
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator  Charlie Alfano, WA2GUG, wa2gug@arrl.net

New York City:
District Emergency Coordinator Adam Fine, NY2K ny2k@arrl.net

Manhattan: Emergency Coordinator. Josh Gaffin, K2FTC, k2ftc@arrl.net
No meeting listed at this time

Bronx: Emergency Coordinator Francisco Lopez, KB2WUS, kb2wus@arrl.net
No meeting listed at this time.

Brooklyn: Emergency Coordinator JoJo Gonzalez, KC2NBE, kc2nbe@arrl.net
2nd Monday of the month, 7:30pm in the Community Room of Board 6 at
250 Baltic Street (off of Court St) in Brooklyn.

Queens: Emergency Coordinator Jeff Spiro, N1JSP, n1jsp@arrl.net
3rd Sunday of month, 2pm, Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, Rm. A1-15

Staten Island: Emergency Coordinator David Lefkowitz, KB2KAB,
kb2kab@arrl.net  Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month
at 7:00 PM at the South Beach Psychiatric Center, 777 Seaview Ave,
Building 10, Staten Island, NY 10305. Emergency preparedness and
communications are discussed. For more information e-mail: David
Lefkowitz, kb2kab@arrl.net
or http://www.aresnyc.org/contact, category Richmond

Nassau County: District Emergency Coordinator Tim Cregan, N2RDB n2rdb@arrl.net

Nassau County ARES meets monthly on the 4th Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Meetings are held at the Nassau County Senior Citizens Activities
Center in Eisenhower Park. Contact Tim for directions. There are no
individual city or township meetings in Nassau County.

For more information about local ARES groups, contact Tim N2RDB or the
following Emergency Coordinators:
City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor ,W2OSR w2osr@arrl.net
Town of Oyster Bay: Bruce Gronich K2BRG k2brg@arrl.net
Town of North Hempstead: Dave Kass WA2LKJ Davet36526@aol.com
Town of Hempstead: Frank Porcaro N2RSO n2rso@arrl.net
City of Long Beach: George Geller WB2GTC georgegeeg@aol.com

Suffolk County:
District Emergency Coordinator Bill Scheibel, N2NFI n2nfi@yahoo.com

Emergency Coordinators:

Babylon: John Melfi,W2HCB radiorights@yahoo.com

Huntington: Steve Hines, N2PQJ, Town of Huntington ARES/RACES meetings are held quarterly.  For more information, see: http://www.wb2lua.com

Islip:   John Blowsky,  KB2SCS kb2scs@arrl.net
VE session 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00 pm.
American Legion Hall in East Islip

Smithtown: Joe Albertus, KB2JOE kb2joe@optonline.net
No monthly meeting.

Brookhaven: Ted Debowy, AC2IR tdebowyac2ir@gmail.com
2nd Monday of the month at 8:00 pm
Brookhaven Town Hall, Farmingville.

Riverhead: Don Rollock, W2EUL w2eul@yahoo.com
No monthly meeting.

Southampton: Dennis  O’Rourke, KB2ZWW , dennis1153@hotmail.com
No monthly meeting.

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.
Southold Free Library, Southold.

East Hampton: Nat Raynor, N2NEI n2nei@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

Shelter Island: Neal Raymond, N2QZA panda80@optonline.net
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 w2gw@arrl.net
Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, is now a DXCC card checker as well, appointed by
LIDXA. For those who live in or close to NYC and want to stay local,
Mike is available by appointment. Please contact Mike at

Approved DXCC card checkers can also check cards for WAS and VUCC
awards as well.

*NLI DX Spotting Clusters
AA2MF Staten Island-NY, dxc.aa2mf.net
K2LS Greensboro- NC. dxc.k2ls.com
*K2LS is still a popular spot for many NLI DXers.

[From ARRL]

Finding ham radio classes a mouse click away! A new user-friendly
feature on the ARRL Web site-the ARRL Amateur Licensing Class Search
Page-lets prospective hams search for a licensing class in their area.
It also allows ARRL registered instructors to list their classes on the
Web. Visitors can search for classes by ZIP code, ARRL Section or


ARRL C-CE course advance registration opportunities via e-mail. A
service now allows those interested in taking an ARRL Certification and
Continuing Education (C-CE) course in the future to receive advanceword
of registration opportunities via e-mail. To take advantage, send an
e-mail to lprereg@arrl.org. On the subject line, include the course
name or number (eg, 00#). In the message body, include your name,
callsign, e-mail address, and the month you want to start the course.

To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education
Web page http://www.arrl.org/cce/ and the C-CE Links found there. For
more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan
Miller, K3UFG, dmiller@arrl.org 860-594-0340.

ARES E-Letter, sign up now!

The ARES E-Letter is an e-mail digest of news and information of
interest to active members of the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES) and to hams concerned with public service and emergency
communications. ARRL members may subscribe to The ARES E-Letter by
going to the Member Data Page at:


Check the box for ARES E-Letter (monthly public service and
emergency communications news) and you’re all set. Past issues of
The ARES E-Letter are available at: http://www.arrl.org/ares-el/ Issues
are posted to this page after publication.


MetroCor is coordinating body for the New York metro area. MetroCor is
the established coordinating body for the New York Metro area,
inclusive of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and the
majority  f 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.

Section VE Sessions
Section VE Sessions -available on the web 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 NLI:  Russ Logar,  KC2LSB,  kc2lsb@arrl.net
ASEC NLI : Charles Alfano, WA2GUG,  wa2gug@arrl.net

DEC New York City: Adam Fine, NY2K, ny2k@arrl.net
DEC Nassau County: Tim Cregan, N2RDB, n2rdb@arrl.net
DEC Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI,  n2nfi@arrl.net

Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KKNB,k2knb@arrl.net
Technical Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX k2cx@arrl.net
Public Information Coordinator :  Vacant
State Government Liaison:   George Tranos N2GA n2ga@arrl.net
Section Traffic Manager :  Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB, kc2leb@arrl.net
Official Observer Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX k2cx@arrl.net
Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster:  Mitch Cohen N2RGA n2rga@arrl.net
Digital Communications : Bob Meyers, K2TV, k2tv@arrl.net

ARRL New York City-Long Island Section
Section Manager:   Jim Mezey,W2KFV



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