February 2018 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the February 2018 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 2018 issue prior to
the end of the first week in March.

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

* Upcoming Special Events:

* From the ARRL

* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR

* National Traffic System

* Club Info


 Hello Everyone …..


Not much happening throughout the Section this month. It appears Winter is about half way through and going to dump some more snow on us this weekend.


The National Weather Service has an updated web page that will give up to date

Information on weather in our region plus a lot of additional information.



If you have an interest in become trained in SKYWARN spotting, Contact Matt, K9NYS at



Congratulations are in order for JoJo Gonzalez, KC2NBE who has been appointed Assistant DEC of the New York City District. JoJo a former DEC has stepped up to help out as DEC Jose, W2ACS (new callsign) is away on business.


I made my annual trek to Orlando Hamcation and saw a lot of our section members there.

There were interesting forums as always and the outdoor flea market was very large with almost everything for sale. The biggest plus is that the weather was beautiful. This is a great hamfest and I would encourage all of you to ad it to your bucket list.

As many clubs have changed leadership roles I want to remind all the Clubs to please update their contact information on the ARRL website http://www.arrl.org/club-update

If you are having a club event, special event by all means list it on the NLI Webpage. This page was set up for club events and information that you may want other clubs to know about. If you have VE Sessions, hamfests, maybe your club has equipment or coax they are interested in sharing, moving, selling whatever, please ad to webpage. It will work only if clubs participate.                                                 http://nli.arrl.org/  …………….

I am available to come to club meetings to address concerns your club or membership has ….Send a note to: w2kfv@arrl.org

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   http://nli.arrl.org/end-hudson-jamming.html or http://hudson.arrl.org/end-hudson-jamming/

If your going to the LIMARC Hamfest stop by at the ARRL table and say “Hello” to myself and Hudson Division Director Mike, N2YBB.

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





LIMARC Hamfest :  The Winter 2018 LIMARC Hamfest will be held on Sunday February 25, 2018 at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville NY.  Doors open for vendors at 7 AM and for buyers at 9 AM.  Vendors are encouraged to pre-register.  Go to http://spiceforms.com/app/public/forms/view?id=425.

For more information go https://www.limarc.org/




From the ARRL:

ARLS003 Fox-1D (AO-92) Now Commissioned, Open for Amateur Use

AMSAT Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, has
declared that Fox-1D (AO-92) is now open for general Amateur Radio
use. That word followed an announcement from AMSAT Vice
President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, that AO-92 had been
commissioned and formally turned over to AMSAT Operations.

Initially, the U/v FM transponder will be open continuously for 1
week. After that, operation will be shared among the U/v FM
transponder, L-Band Downshifter, Virginia Tech Camera, and the
University of Iowa’s High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument

AMSAT News Service, AMSAT-BB, AMSAT’s Twitter account (@AMSAT), the
AMSAT-NA Facebook group, and the AMSAT website
(https://www.amsat.org/satellite-schedules/) will report any

AO-92 was launched from India on January 12. For the past 2 weeks,
the AMSAT Engineering and Operations teams have been testing the
various modes and experiments on board. Testing has shown that both
the U/v FM transponder and L-Band Downshifter are working well. The
Virginia Tech camera has returned photos of Earth and data from
HERCI has been successfully downlinked.

AMSAT thanked the 178 stations around the world that used FoxTelem
to collect telemetry and experiment data from AO-92 during the
commissioning process.



ARLD004 Amendment to ARRL DXCC Rules Will Expand DXCC List

The ARRL Board of Directors approved a motion to amend the DXCC
Rules, when it met January 19-20. Section II, Subsection 1 of the
DXCC Rules now will include a new Subsection (d): The entity has a
separate IARU member society and is included on the US State
Department Independent States in the World
(https://www.state.gov/s/inr/rls/4250.htm) .

“The discussion during the Board meeting and the rule change did not
address any specific entity,” ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro,
W3IZ, said. “The amendment could allow some additions to the current
DXCC List of entities. It’s a good thing not only for DXCC but for
all active hams.”

In fact, the Republic of Kosovo (Z6) has been added to the DXCC List
of current entities, increasing the total number of current DXCC
entities to 340. The addition of Kosovo raises to 331 the required
number of current entities confirmed to qualify for DXCC Honor Roll;
Top of Honor Roll is 340. DXCC award accounts are being tabulated to
reflect the change.

This change qualifies as an “event,” effective on January 21, 2018,
at 0000 UTC. Nothing is retroactive.

A new Logbook of The World (LoTW) TQSL configuration file (v.11.4)
will be released on January 23. TQSL will detect when this file has
been released and will install the update automatically. Radio
Amateurs outside of Kosovo should continue to upload their logs to
LoTW in the usual manner. LoTW users within Kosovo (either with a Z6
call sign or reciprocal call sign Z6/home call sign) will use TQSL
to request a new call sign certificate for their call sign. The
request will use Republic of Kosovo as the DXCC entity, and the QSO
Begin date will be January 21 or later. LoTW will reject call sign
certificate requests for the Republic of Kosovo with a QSO Begin
date prior to January 21. Z6 users requesting call sign certificates
may e-mail a copy of their Amateur Radio license to,
LoTW-Help@arrl.org .

Kosovo’s IARU member society SHRAK (http://www.shrak.org/en/) and
its president Vjollca Caka, Z61VB, are hosting a 10th-anniversary
activation to celebrate Kosovo’s independence in February, 2008.

SHRAK Headquarters station Z60A now is active on several bands with
multiple guest operators. Club Log will be used for this activation,
while QSLs are via OH2BH.


ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire


ARRL’s chief executive officer for the past 2 years, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, announced his retirement as CEO, as the ARRL Board of Directors prepares to meet January 19-20. He will step down on March 2. Gallagher, who had earlier advised ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of his intention to resign, expressed his gratitude to Roderick and the ARRL Board for giving him the opportunity to help guide the organization.

“It has been my great privilege to serve in this capacity for 2 years, and I am deeply grateful to the Board and President Rick Roderick, K5UR, for their support and encouragement,” Gallagher said.

President Roderick expressed appreciation for Gallagher’s contributions to ARRL. “The ARRL is in a transition to a new generation for Amateur Radio. Change doesn’t come easy,” Roderick said. “Tom helped us in taking that step forward, and for that we are very grateful for his service to the League and to Amateur Radio,” he said.

Gallagher, 69, cited recent changes included in the new federal tax law that made it unattractive for him to continue working in Connecticut, where ARRL is headquartered. The Board will evaluate and determine the next steps to take in a search for his replacement when it meets this week.

Among Gallagher’s chief accomplishments during his tenure as CEO were creating an enhanced level of professionalism and efficiency in the organization that represents more than 150,000 US Amateur Radio operators. Gallagher also oversaw a significant turnaround in the organization’s financial performance.

Licensed in Pennsylvania in 1966 as WA3GRF (later N4GRF in North Carolina), Gallagher is a member of the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group. He has described himself as “an incurable HF DXer and inveterate tinkerer” and credits his first visit to the Franklin Institute’s Amateur Radio station W3TKQ in 1963 for inspiring his interest in ham radio.

Amateur Radio led to an early career in broadcasting. He was a cameraman and technician with WGBH-TV in Boston, the CBS Television Network, and Metromedia’s WIP Radio in Philadelphia.

Gallagher joined ARRL following 3 decades as an international investment banker and financial services executive. His career has included senior leadership positions with JP Morgan Chase & Co and CIBC Oppenheimer & Co in New York, and with Wachovia Capital Markets in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and as CEO of the Secondary School Admission Test Board in Princeton, New Jersey. He has served on boards, both public and non-profit, including two NYSE companies; the NPR affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina; the Executive Board of The PENN Fund at the University of Pennsylvania, and The International Center of Photography.


ARLB004 NCVEC Question Pool Committee Releases Errata to New
Technician Question Pool

The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has announced some errors in the
2018-2022 FCC Element 2 (Technician class) Question Pool released on
January 8.

These changes have been made in the download files as of January 12:
T1F11 – Distractor A; change “They” to “The”; T4A01 – Change to
correct answer; correct answer is D; T5B13 – Distractor A; change
“GHZ” to “GHz”; T6A07 – Modified question. “What electrical
component is usually constructed as a coil of wire?” T8C08 –
Distractor A; change “VOIP” to “VoIP.”

ARRL VEC teams are advised to check the NCVEC website at
http://www.ncvec.org/ regularly for updates to the Question Pool,
which may include errata and withdrawn questions. The new Element 2
Question Pool goes into effect on July 1, 2018.



ARRL Invites Nominations for Six Awards

ARRL invites nominations for awards that recognize educational and technological pursuits in Amateur Radio. Nominations are also open for the League’s premier award to honor a young licensee — the Hiram Percy Maxim Award.

  • The Hiram Percy Maxim Award recognizes a radio amateur and ARRL member under age 21 whose accomplishments and contributions are of the most exemplary nature within the framework of Amateur Radio activities. Nominations for this award need to be made through the nominator’s ARRL Section Manager, who will forward the nomination to ARRL Headquarters by March 31, 2018.
  • The ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award honors an ARRL volunteer Amateur Radio instructor or an ARRL professional classroom teacher who uses creative instructional approaches and reflects the highest values of the Amateur Radio community. The award highlights quality of, and commitment to, licensing instruction. Nominations are due by March 15, 2018.
  • The ARRL Microwave Development Award pays tribute to a radio amateur or group of radio amateurs who contribute to the development of the Amateur Radio microwave bands. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2018.
  • The ARRL Technical Service Award recognizes a radio amateur or group of radio amateurs who provide Amateur Radio technical assistance or training to others. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2018.
  • The ARRL Technical Innovation Award is granted to a radio amateur or group of radio amateurs who develop and apply new technical ideas or techniques in Amateur Radio. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2018.
  • The Knight Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize exceptionally notable contributions by a Section Manager to the health and vitality of the ARRL. The nomination deadline is April 30, 2018.

The ARRL Board of Directors selects recipients for these awards. Winners are typically announced following the Board’s July meeting. More information about these awards is available on the ARRL website, or by contacting Steve Ewald, WV1X, telephone (860) 594-0265, at ARRL Headquarters.


Nominations Sought for Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award


Nominations are open for ARRL’s annual Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award, which recognizes and honors the efforts of individuals who create greater awareness and understanding the services and benefits that Amateur Radio provides to the general public. The deadline to submit a nomination is May 19, 2018.

Every day Public Information Coordinators, Public Information Officers, and other public relations volunteers strive to keep Amateur Radio visible in their communities by publicizing and promoting special events to the media, by maintaining good relations with local news outlets, and by creating content for social media, as well as many other valuable activities. These efforts benefit us all.

The award is named for journalist Philip J. McGan, WA2MBQ (SK), the first chairman of ARRL’s Public Relations Committee, who helped reinvigorate the League’s commitment to public relations. Unfortunately, McGan never got to see how well his efforts paid off. To honor him, his friends in the New Hampshire Amateur Radio Association joined with the ARRL Board of Directors to pay a lasting tribute to the important contributions he made on behalf of Amateur Radio.

The McGan Award will go to the radio amateur who has demonstrated success in Amateur Radio public relations and who best exemplifies McGan’s volunteer spirit. Activities for which the McGan Award is presented include efforts specifically directed at focusing the media’s and the general public’s attention on the value of Amateur Radio. This may include traditional methods, such as generating media coverage of a specific event, or non-traditional methods, such as hosting a radio show or being an active public speaker.

A candidate’s work must fit the definition of public relations, i.e., getting a message out to people. (Public service is about providing a service.) The McGan Award recognizes the promotion of Amateur Radio to the non-amateur community, not for work within a club or organization that primarily benefits the Amateur Radio community.

The award is given only to an individual, who must be a full ARRL member in good standing at the time of nomination. The nominee must not be compensated for any public relations work involving Amateur Radio (including payment for articles) and may not be a current officer, director, vice director, paid staff member, or a member of the current selection committee.

The specific criteria for nomination and the nomination form (in PDF formate) are posted on the ARRL website, or e-mail Dave Isgur at ARRL Headquarters and ask for an official Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award entry form. Past winners of the McGan Award are listed here.

Nominations must be received at ARRL Headquarters by May 19. The ARRL Public Relations Committee will recommend a winner, if any, to the ARRL Board of Directors, which will make a final determination at its July meeting.


“Amateur Radio…Serving the Community” is Hamvention 2018 Theme

The theme for Hamvention® 2018 is “Amateur Radio…Serving the Community.” Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, Hamvention General Chairman, said the theme acknowledges the role that ham radio operators play in their communities, especially in times of emergencies.

“During recent disasters, hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico and wildfires in the West, Amateur Radio operators were once again called upon to provide emergency communication assistance when regular services failed or were overtaxed,” Cramer said.

He said that in keeping with the theme, Hamvention is planning to have forums on emergency communication and displays of Amateur Radio emergency communication vehicles. Disasters are not the only times that Amateur Radio operators contribute to their communities. Hams devote many hours to help keeping participants safe during parades, festivals, walks, runs, marathons and numerous other community activities by providing auxiliary communication.

Cramer thanked the many hams who actively volunteer with community groups and thanked the public and organizations for their support of Amateur Radio. Hamvention 2018 will take place May 18-20 for the 2nd year at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.








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ARLD008 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.

KUWAIT, 9K. Special event station 9K57NLD is QRV until February 28
to mark Kuwait’s 57th National and Liberation Day. QSL via Clublog.

RWANDA, 9X. Christian, M0UPL is QRV as 9XSDA from Kigali until
February 18 while here with the Seventh Day Adventist church.
Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using mainly SSB. QSL direct to
home call.

TAIWAN, BV. Randson, BV2DQ, Terry, BU2CC, James, BV2EL and Steven,
VK2HSL, who is QRV as BW/VK2HSL, are all QRV until February 18 to
mark the Chinese New Year. Activity is on 40, 20 and 15 meters
using CW and SSB. QSL to home calls.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0. Michael, DF8AN will be QRV as CE0Y/DF8AN from
February 21 to 28. Activity will be on the HF bands, concentrating
mainly on RTTY, PSK, JT-modes and FT8. QSL to home call.

CUBA, CO. Members of the Las Tunas Contest Crew will be QRV as T48K
in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via

CAPE VERDE, D4. Henning, OZ1BII is QRV as D44EE from Santiago
Island, IOTA AF-005, until February 20. Activity is on the HF bands
using CW. This includes being an entry in the ARRL International DX
CW contest. QSL to home call.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Arnaud, JG1XMV plans to be QRV as FK/JG1XMV from
Grande Terre, IOTA OC-032, Lifou and Mare, both IOTA OC-033, from
February 17 to March 3. Activity will be holiday style on the HF
bands. Yves, FK4RD will accompany him. QSL to home call.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ will be QRV as JD1BOW from
Chichijima Island, IOTA AS-031, from February 21 to 24. Activity
will be on 160 to 15 meters using CW and various digital modes. QSL
to home call.

GUAM, KH2. Operators Toshinobu, JI3ERV and Mikawa, JR7OMD will be
QRV as AH2R in the ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL via LoTW.

ARUBA, P4. Bruce, AA5B, Steve, AA7V, Ray, K9RS and Art, N3DXX will
be QRV as P40E in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a
Multi/Single entry. QSL this operation via K9QVB.

BRAZIL, PY. Members of the CDR Group will be QRV as PX2S from the
Boqueirao Beach Lighthouse, ARLHS BRA-284, in the 10th South
American Lighthouse Weekend. QSL via PY2CAT.

SLOVENIA, S5. Special event station S510SOTA is QRV during 2018 to
celebrate the 10th anniversary of the S5 SOTA Association. QSL via

PALAU, T8. Will, AA4NC will be QRV as T8NC in the ARRL
International DX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry.
QSL to home call.

COSTA RICA, TI. Nathan, N4YDU is QRV as TI5/N4YDU. He will be
active as TI7W in the ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL TI7W
via W4FS and TI5/N4YDU direct to home call.

BENIN, TY. Wim, ON6DX will be QRV as TY1TT from February 20 to 28.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to
home call.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. Alan, N3AD is QRV as V26M from Antigua
until February 19. This includes being an entry in the ARRL
International DX CW contest. QSL via W3HNK.

BELIZE, V3. Operators Torsten, DG7RO and Alexandra, DO5ALX are QRV
as V31TF and V31RU, respectively, until February 25. Activity is on
the various HF bands using SSB, RTTY and some FT8. This includes
being active in the ARRL International DX CW contest and the
upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter SSB contest. QSL to home calls.

KOSOVO, Z6. Look for Z60A to be active in the ARRL International DX
CW contest. QSL via OH2BH.

ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. Randy, WW6RG plans to be QRV as ZD8RA on
February 20. Activity will be from 0830 to 1100z and again from
1730 to 1930z. QSL to home call.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Operators ZL3PAH, ZL3GA and ZL3AB will be QRV as
ZL3X in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Mutli/2 entry.
QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL International DX CW Contest,
10th South American Lighthouse Weekend, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP
80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, SARL Youth Day 40-Meter SSB
Sprint, Russian PSK World Wide Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, AWA
Amplitude Modulation QSO Party and Classic Phone Exchange will
certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for February 19.

The AGCW 80-Meter Semi-Automatic Key CW Evening, Phone Fray, QRP
40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, and CWops Mini-CWT Test are scheduled for
February 21.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see February 2018 QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.





ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  January       Year:  2018

Total  number of ARES members:  149

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   1/7

Number of ARES nets active:  49    Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  30

Calls of DECs/ECs reporting:    KD2AKX /   W2HCB, WZ2Y, N2PQJ, KB2SCS, KD2LQE, N2DDD, KC2TON

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month:  23  Person hours:    452

Number of Public Service events this month:    2     Person hours

Number of emergency operations this month:    0         Person hours        0

Total number of ARES operations this month:   25        Total Person Hours   452.


HUNTINGTON: Winter Blizzard Grayson early in the month had Huntington ARES/RACES on stand by ,but there was no need for an activation.

BABYLON: January was a month of projects and cleaning up our EOC As of this date our eoc has the following  2 HF station  1 HF station for dstar and digital emcomms. we also have 2 dstar ic 5100a radios and a a quad band yeasu.  the one  hf station is an icom ic7100 with is our digital station we use fldigi and fl message it is working great next will are installing a mars station

KINGS: I am thankful that we have dedicated members that participate even in the “off” season.

QUENS: Been running the QNS Co weekly net, with over 3 NTS Liaisons and up to 10 check-ins. 1 new member in process of signing up.

SMITHTOWN: The STAR Net was not scheduled for two Mondays: January 1 (New Years) and January 15  (MLK Day) but the month had 5 Mondays to get 3 weekly NETs.de…KD2BQM



January 2018  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          


TRAFFIC NETS           

NYPON             SESSIONS  31        QNI  182         QTC  87        QSP 62        QTR  335

ESS                    SESSIONS  31        QNI  360         QTC  n/a       QSP  56        QTR  n/a

NYS/E                SESSIONS  31       QNI  100         QTC   36        QSP  32       QTR  225

BA                      SESSIONS  31        QNI  741        QTC  43        QSP  43       QTR  813

NCVHFTN         SESSIONS  31        QNI  209         QTC  37        QSP  37       QTR  518





KD2MDV   REC/  34       SENT / 17   TOTAL / 51

KD2MEN   REC /  14     SENT / 17   TOTAL / 31

K2TV          REC /  6       SENT / 13    TOTAL / 19

N2WGF      REC /  5       SENT / 6     TOTAL / 11




KD2MDV   ORIG / 0  REC / 50  SENT / 49  DEL /  3  TOTAL /  102

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0  REC / 30  SENT / 41   DEL / 3   TOTAL /  74

K2TV        ORIG / 1  REC / 17  SENT / 35   DEL /  5   TOTAL /  57

KD2LPM   ORIG / 0  REC / 12   SENT / 20  DEL / 4   TOTAL / 36


N2WGF     ORIG / 0  REC / 16  SENT / 6    DEL / 8     TOTAL /  30

K9NYS     ORIG / 0   REC / 10  SENT / 15  DEL / 2     TOTAL /  27

W2CTG     ORIG / 0  REC / 8    SENT / 2    DEL / 8     TOTAL /  18



KD2LPM / 261, N2WGF /150, K9NYS /137, K2TV / 130,

N2PQJ /107, KD2MEN / 100, KD2MDV / 100, W2CTG /78.

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 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

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:

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.


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 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 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 – 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: larkfieldarc@gmail.com


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 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 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 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 Amateur Radio Club (NARC)          http://www.k2vn.org/

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 Kevin Corrigan, KC2KC, President at kjcorrigan@optonline.net


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

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 W2RT@arrl.net


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 @  asl723l@yahoo.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:    Bob Jordan, KD2BQM, kd2bqm@arrl.net

New York City:

DEC:    Jose Lugo, W2ACS,   w2acs@arrl.net

Bronx & Manhattan:      

Emergency Coordinator
No meeting listed at this time



Emergency Coordinator:  Simon Wurster, KD2LQE,   kd2lqe@gmail.com

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, n2ddd@arrl.net
3rd Sunday of month, 2pm, Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, Rm. A1-15

Staten Island:

Emergency Coordinator:        Vinny Mattera, KC2PSI, kc2psi@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:

or http://www.aresnyc.org/contact, category Richmond


Nassau County:

District Emergency Coordinator:      John Wilson, KD2AKX, kd2akx@aol.com

Assistant DEC’s:        Joe Gomez, W2BMP, w2bmp@yahoo.com

Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL, kd2gxl@yahoo.com


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@arrl.net

Town of North Hempstead: Tianyi Xie, KD2AVU kd2avu@arrl.net

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

City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor, W2OSR  w2osr@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:

Town of Babylon:      John Melfi,W2HCB,  radiorights@yahoo.com

Town of Huntington:    Steve Hines, N2PQJ, www.huntingtonnyaresraces.org

Town of Islip:             John Blowsky, KB2SCS,  kb2scs@arrl.net    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, 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: Ted Debowy, AC2IR, tdebowyac2ir@gmail.com
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, wy2z@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


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, 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, dxc.aa2mf.net
K2LS Greensboro- NC. dxc.k2ls.com
K2LS is still a popular spot for many NLI DXers.


From the ARRL:

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


ARRL C-CE course advance registration opportunities via e-mail. A
service now allows those interested in taking an ARRL Certification and
Continuing Education (C-CE) course in the future to receive advance word
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  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:  Bob Jordan, KD2BQM, kd2bqm@arrl.net

DEC  New York City: Jose Lugo, W2ACS, w2acs@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 :  Vacant
State Government Liaison:   George Tranos N2GA, n2ga@arrl.net
Section Traffic Manager :  Jerry Pilate, N2WGF, n2wgf@arrl.net
Official Observer Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX, k2cx@arrl.net
Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster:  Mitch Cohen N2RGA, n2rga@arrl.net
Digital Communications : Bob Myers K2TV, k2tv@arrl.net

ARRL New York City-Long Island Section

Section Manager:   Jim Mezey W2KFV, w2kfv@arrl.org