February 2020 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the February 2020 edition of the New York City-Long Island
Section e-Happenings newsletter.

This newsletter is here to serve the Amateur Radio community in our
area. We welcome and encourage all submissions. Help make this your
newsletter. We especially encourage NLI  radio clubs and organizations
to submit their meeting announcements, guest speakers and any special
events. Please submit any information for the March 2020 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

* Silent Keys

* Upcoming Special Events:

* Hamfests:

* From the ARRL

* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR

* National Traffic System

* Club Info


Hello Everyone …..

Happy Valentines Day to all our YL’s and XYL’s

Another busy month with a lot of preparations going on for upcoming events. We have been pretty good as far as winter weather goes and the bands have had their sporadic openings. Get on the air…call a CQ there are many hams listening for stations but if no one calls CQ they will say the bands are dead. Give it a try..see if it works for you.

Some updates… HRU 2021 is in the planning stages and we have addressed your comments. such as bigger rooms, updated forums, better club room The date will be January 9th, 2021 at LIU/CW Post. More information will be following as the year progresses.

Winter Field Day was a big success for many clubs or individuals who participated. I visited both the Nassau Amateur Radio Club and Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club. They were making plenty of contacts and were having a great time. I also know that the Suffolk Amateur Radio Club held a great Winter Field Day.

The LIMARC Hamfest is February 23rd at Levittown Hall in Hicksville. They have many vendors, flea market food and a VE Session. You can find many of your needed items here as well as meeting new and old friends. There will also be an ARRL table there, so stop by and say Hello. Additional information below.

Plans are in the works for a Hudson Division Luncheon on November 7th It will be at Ramada in Newburgh. More to follow..




 Clubs… If you are having elections, please make sure you make your new updates on the ARRL Big Club web page and copy Affiliated Club Coordinator, Richie, K2KNB at k2knb@arrl.net with any updates and new phone numbers.

That’s all for now but don’t forget to get on the air, have fun, and enjoy our great hobby and by all means…. keep those batteries charged.  .

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

C:  516-315-8608

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The Long Island Mobile Amateur reports the untimely death of Howard Krimko,WF2Q

Please keep him in your thoughts.


Upcoming Special Events:



International Marconi Day

Commemorating the birthday of wireless pioneer Marconi.

Babylon Long Island, New York


April 25, 2020

0000Z to 2359Z

Great South Bay ARC


7.240 & 14.240 SSB

Long Island CW Club


7.040 & 14.040

Certificate available for download at GSBARC.ORG





LIMARC Hamfest, February 23, 2020

Indoor Hamfest
February 23, 2020
Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway
Hicksville, New York 11801

Opens at 7AM for vendors – 9AM for Buyers

Amateur Radio Equipment   *   VE SESSION   *   CB Equipment   *   Computers   *    Ham Equipment Dealers
Television    *    ARRL Information     *    Tune-up Clinic (Get your rig checked)
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club Information    *    DXCC Card Checking     *    WAS Card Checking    *   Equipment Tune-up

 $22.00 per table ($6.00 per vendor attendee)
Bring your own table $15.00 – Must notify LIMARC by February 10, 2020

Admission Fee:
General Admission: $6.00 per person

Food and Refreshments available.  Door Prizes!

LIMARC will have a table set up to sell items for others. There is no charge
to LIMARC members. Non-members will pay 10% of the sale price.
Please make sure to mark your desired price clearly on the item.

Advance Registration Taken! Vendors must comply with NY State Sales Tax Laws
The sale of guns, ammunition, and pornographic material is prohibited.
Send your check to LIMARC, P.O. Box 392, Levittown, NY 11756-0392
Limited selling space is available – Reserve your space now!

Talk-in on W2VL, 146.85 repeater (136.5 PL)

For more information E-mail: hamfest@limarc.org

Hamfest Chairmen:
 Richie,  K2KNB, 516-694-4937





From the ARRL:

Successful 47 GHz Amateur Radio Moonbounce Test Reported


Mitsuo Kasai, JA1WQF, successfully decoded a 47 GHz signal bounced off the moon on February 10 by Al Ward, W5LUA. More tests are planned. Ward posted news of the achievement on the Moon-Net email reflector. “These were one-way tests, with only me transmitting,” he said in his post.

“I started out by sending single tones to Mitsuo, which he copied well, and then sent several sequences of calls and grid. Mitsuo was able to decode calls and my grid at 1146 UTC and 1234 UTC. Signal levels were –23 dB and –25 dB.” Ward noted that the first EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) contact on 47 GHz took place in early 2005.

“More 47 GHz tests are being run in the next few days with Manfred, DL7YC,” Ward said. “We hope for similar success.”


“WOW Signal” Documentary Now Available Online


Retired Ohio State University Professor Robert Dixon, W8ERD, says a documentary about the 1977 discovery of a signal from the cosmos detected by the Ohio State University Radio Telescope is now available from at least one internet video site and was to become available from Amazon and Google Play. The so-called “WOW signal” is regarded as the best candidate for a signal originating from extraterrestrial intelligence. Dixon directed the radio telescope program. Dixon says the award-winning 88-minute film, WOW Signal, is available on FandangoNow. The documentary’s trailer is free; the film itself is available for rent or purchase. — Thanks to Robert Dixon, W8ERD



The ARRL International DX Contest (CW) is Just Ahead!


The CW weekend of the always-exciting ARRL International DX Contest kicks off February 15 – 16 (UTC). This event is a huge opportunity for new, casual, and seasoned radiosport enthusiasts to enjoy the thrill of working some new DX entities, even if you’re not in it to win it. The terrific part is that DX stations work only US and Canada and not each other. So, the DX ops need your contact for points.

You don’t need a powerhouse contest station to join in the fun. It’s possible to work DX with simple wire dipole antennas and 100 W. Participating in the ARRL International DX Contest is a whole lot of fun and can really help build your DXCC totals and QSL collections.

Complete details are available via the ARRL Contests web page. The ARRL International DX Contest phone weekend is March 7 – 8 (UTC).


CubeSats Set for Deployment from the ISS


[UPDATED: 2020 02-12 @ 1942 UTC] Deployment of several CubeSats from the ISS has been delayed until February 17. Satellites include Phoenix, a 3U CubeSat developed by Arizona State University (ASU) to study the effects of urban heat islands through remote infrared sensing. The ASU operations team has asked the amateur satellite community for help in identifying the spacecraft and verifying that it is operational following its deployment.

Two of the CubeSats being deployed on February 17 — Phoenix and QARMAN — share the frequency of 437.35 MHz and utilize an AX.25 9,600-baud protocol with GMSK modulation. Because both CubeSats will be deployed within an hour and a half of each other, they will be close to each other in orbit. More information is available on the Phoenix website. — Thanks to Phoenix Project Manager Sarah Rogers, KI7OOY



ARRL Board Grants Awards and Recognitions


Meeting January 17 – 18, the ARRL Board of Directors bestowed several honors, awards, and recognitions. The Board conferred:

  • the ARRL President’s Award on David H. Bernstein, AA6YQ, in recognition of “exemplary, outstanding, and continuing service” to ARRL and its members as part of the ARRL Logbook of The World team. Bernstein was a charter member of the ARRL Logbook Committee and a “founding, influential, and devoted member” of the Committee on Communication with ARRL Members.
  • the 2019 Bill Leonard, W2SKE, Professional Media Award for Audio Reporting to Roman Battaglia and the associated producer and staff of Jefferson Public Radio in Oregon. Bataglia produced a feature story on amateur radio emergency services in and around the Jefferson Public Radio listening area.
  • the 2019 Bill Leonard, W2SKE, Professional Media Award for Print Reporting to Zack Plair and the Columbus and StarkvilleDispatch in Mississippi. Plair wrote a feature for the paper describing how amateur radio has proven fulfilling to various participants, including new and experienced radio amateurs.
  • the 2019 Bill Leonard, W2SKE, Professional Media Award for Video Reporting to reporter Jim Altman and affiliated producers and staff of Fox 61 News in Hartford, Connecticut. Altman’s report, “American Radio Relay League Ready for Hurricane Season,” focused on ARRL’s participation in a May 2019 emergency drill conducted in association with the American Red Cross.

The Board recognized and thanked the Delaware Valley Radio Association of New Jersey and the Clark County Amateur Radio Club of Vancouver, Washington, for their 90 years of assistance in fulfilling the ARRL mission of, “advancing the art, science, and enjoyment of amateur radio within their community.”

The Board bestowed the honor of Honorary Vice President on John B. “Jay” Bellows, K0QB, and on Greg Widin, K0GW, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to ARRL and amateur radio.



ARRL Board of Directors Re-Elects President Rick Roderick, K5UR


Meeting January 17 – 18 in Windsor, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors re-elected ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to a third 2-year term. Roderick outpolled the only other nominee, Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, 8 – 7. New England Division Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, was elected First Vice President, succeeding Greg Widin, K0GW, who did not seek another term. Raisbeck was the sole nominee. A successor will be appointed to fill the Vice Director seat that Raisbeck has vacated. Bob Vallio, W6RGG, was re-elected as Second Vice President as the only nominee.

On a 9 – 6 vote, the Board voted not to re-elect Howard Michel, WB2ITX, as Chief Executive Officer. Michel was in the post for 15 months. Former ARRL Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, has come out of retirement to serve as interim ARRL CEO. He also was elected as Secretary. Shelley was ARRL’s CFO for 28 years and served as CEO during 2018 before his retirement, following the departure of former CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. The ARRL Board has appointed a committee to spearhead the search for a new CEO. That panel will screen suitable CEO candidates, presenting three to the Board for consideration.

Former ARRL President and IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD, was elected International Affairs Vice President, succeeding Jay Bellows, K0QB, who did not seek another term. Also re-elected by the Board were Treasurer Rick Niswander, K7GM, and Chief Financial Officer Diane Middleton, W2DLM.

Elected as members of the Executive Committee were Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM; Central Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA; Roanoke Division Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU; New England Division Director Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, and Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK. The Executive Committee addresses and makes decisions regarding ARRL business that may arise between scheduled Board meetings.

Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ, was elected as a member of the ARRL Foundation Board for a 3-year term. Tim Duffy, K3LR, and Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, were elected to the Foundation Board for 3-year terms as non-ARRL Board members.

Relief from Private Land-Use Restrictions

The Ad Hoc Legislative Advocacy Committee provided the Board with drafts outlining three legislative approaches to address relief for radio amateurs facing private land-use restrictions impacting outdoor antennas. The Board signed off on the draft legislative approaches “as presented and possibly modified” and directed the committee “to proceed to obtain congressional sponsorship, employing any of these three approaches and using its best judgment on any alterations or modifications that our advisors or sponsors may require or suggest.”

HF Band Planning

Outgoing chair of the HF Band Planning Committee Greg Widin, K0GW, presented the panel’s report and entertained questions. Board members noted that staff turnover and funding limitations at the FCC might impact ARRL’s efforts to tweak the bands. The Board agreed that ARRL would post the report and solicit comments from members on it.

Contests and Operating Awards

The Board approved raising the maximum number of contacts a Field Day GOTA station can make to 1,000. It amended the ARRL RTTY Roundup rules to add Multi-Two and Multi-Multi categories and to permit multioperator stations to operate for the entire contest period, and it divided entry categories into RTTY only, Digital only (i.e., no RTTY), and Mixed (both RTTY and digital).

Matt Holden, K0BBC, presented the DX Advisory Committee report, telling the Board that the panel engaged in extensive discussion on a proposal to change the 5-Band DXCC award from the current required band to offer credit for any five bands. The committee unanimously rejected the proposal.

ARRL Elections

The Board revised rules governing ARRL Division and Section Manager elections to clarify some terminology, to extend the campaign period from the call for nominations to the deadline for ballots received, and to make other miscellaneous changes. Revisions will become effective by February 15, 2020.

In the interest of “openness and fairness,” the Board also approved a measure that would offers candidates and members an opportunity to be present during the counting of ballots. Candidates also may designate one ARRL member to attend as a surrogate if they’re unable to observe ballot counting, or to accompany them at the count. The Board further approved an amendment to permit ARRL members, upon petition, to travel at their own expense to witness the counting of ballots from their Division.

The Board charged the Programs and Services Committee to consider changes to the ARRL By-Laws that would give members, upon petition, the opportunity to attend the public portion of the Annual Meeting in January. The number of members permitted to attend would be subject to available space and fire code regulations.

Public Service Enhancement Working Group Chair, Roanoke Division Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU, reported that with field adoption of the 2019 ARES Plan now under way, the group is putting increased focus on the National Traffic System, including plans for dialog with representatives of Radio Relay International.

Reduced Dues for Younger Applicants

The Board approved an amendment giving the CEO discretion to raise the eligibility age for reduced full ARRL membership dues from 22 to 26, provided the rate not be less than one-half of the established rate. In addition, the Board approved the establishment of a reduced-rate, revenue-neutral Life Membership for individuals age 70 or older, with cumulative annual membership of 25 years or more, at an initial rate of $750. Headquarters staff will work out the administrative details of the program, subject to approval of the Administration and Finance Committee.

The Board also agreed to allow for a “digital-only” access membership, at the discretion of the CEO, discounted no more than 10% from the established dues rate.

Other Business

In other business, the Board:

  • approved a grant of $500 to the Youth on the Air (YOTA) in the Americas program, which is sponsoring a camp in June for young radio amateurs. Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, a former ARRL Youth Coordinator, is heading the initiative, which is funded through the non-profit Electronic Applications Radio Service Inc.
  • authorized creation of an Emergency Management Director Selection Committee, with its chair and members to be named by the president.




ARLS001 HuskySat-1 with VHF/UHF Linear Transponder Set to Deploy  Soon    

The University of Washington’s HuskySat-1 3U CubeSat, launched

November 2, 2019, is set to deploy on January 31 after the vehicle

that carried it to the International Space Station undocks.


HuskySat-1 has remained stowed aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus

supply vehicle. Within 24 hours after Cygnus’ departure from the

ISS, HuskySat-1 and SwampSat 2 will be deployed into orbit. After

deployment, HuskySat-1’s 1200 bps BPSK beacon on 435.800 MHz should

be active and decodable with the latest release of AMSAT’s FoxTelem

software. HuskySat-1 is expected to carry out its primary mission

before being turned over to AMSAT for amateur radio operation.


The FoxTelem software is available at,

https://www.amsat.org/tlm/leaderboard.php?id=0&db=FOXDB .


HuskySat-1 features a 30 kHz wide V/U linear transponder for SSB and

  1. The uplink passband will be 145.910 – 145.940 MHz LSB/CW. The

downlink passband will be 435.840 – 435.810 MHz USB/CW (inverting).

Telemetry will be transmitted on 435.800 MHz, 1k2 bps BPSK with an

experimental downlink at 24.049 GHz.


The “Fox-in-a-Box” FoxTelem software has been updated for HuskySat-1

operation and is available at its download website at,

http://burnsfisher.com/AMSAT/FoxInABox/ .


The new release now contains the SD card image,

FIAB-distro8-V1.08w.zip. This file, when unzipped and written to a

16 GB SD card will provide the latest software for FoxTelem and will

run on a Raspberry Pi 4. The 1.08 versions can switch bands between

listening on VHF and UHF, based on which Fox and Husky satellites

are overhead at the time.


The linear transponder and telemetry system carried aboard AMSAT’s

Fox-1E was designed for use in different CubeSats merely by adding

an interface adapter for connection to the host bus. Noting the

prevalence of CubeSats built and launched by universities and other

organizations, AMSAT adopted a goal of “amateur radio in every

CubeSat.” Interested CubeSat programs wanting to fly an amateur

radio payload may partner with AMSAT to carry one of these modules

on their spacecraft.


By providing amateur radio capability, the CubeSat program gets a

worldwide ground station network to receive telemetry and experiment

data, while the amateur radio community gets a transponder to use in

orbit. Additional information is posted on the University of

Washington Husky Satellite Lab site.




ARLB003 ARRL to Argue for Continued Access to 3-GHz Spectrum as FCC

Sets Comment Deadlines


At its January meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors instructed the

League’s FCC counsel to prepare a strong response to protect amateur

access to spectrum in the 3 GHz range. In its Notice of Proposed

Rulemaking (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-348, the FCC proposed to relocate

all non-federal operations, including amateur uses, to spectrum

outside the 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band. The Commission anticipates

auctioning this spectrum to expand commercial use of 5G cellular and

wireless broadband services, if agreement can be reached on

relocation of “or sharing with” the federal incumbents that operate

in the same band. Publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register on

January 22 established deadlines of February 21 for comments and

March 23 for reply comments.


The FCC has requested comment on the uses radio amateurs make of the

spectrum and appropriate relocation options. Complicating matters is

the fact that radio amateurs must consider the possibility that the

immediately adjacent 3.1 – 3.3 GHz band is included in the spectrum

that Congress has identified for similar study. FCC Commissioner

Michael O’Rielly, in a December statement, referenced the fact that

the lower band may also be considered for non-federal reallocation,

potentially limiting relocation possibilities.


Amateurs make substantial use of the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz band that would

be hard to replicate elsewhere, and they have filed more than 150

comments before the designated comment period even began. Among

users looking at options are those who use this spectrum for

Earth-Moon-Earth (moonbounce) communication, mesh networks,

experiments with communication over long distances, radiosport, and

amateur television. A portion of the band also is designated for use

by amateur satellites in ITU Regions 2 and 3 (the Americas and



A report is due by March 23 from the National Telecommunications and

Information Administration (NTIA) evaluating the feasibility of

having federal users share all or part of the 3.1 – 3.55 GHz band

with commercial wireless services. This report is required by the

Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive

and Needless Obstacles to Wireless (MOBILE NOW) Act. The results of

the NTIA report will impact how much spectrum ultimately may be

re-allocated for auction to wireless providers.


ARRL urges amateurs who comment to inform the FCC about the uses

they make of the 3 GHz spectrum. Short comments and longer

statements may be filed electronically. Visit the FCC “How to

Comment on FCC Proceedings” page for more information. Commenters

should reference WT Docket 19-348.


The how-to comment page can be found at,

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/how-comment .



ARISS News Release

Message to US Educators: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity


Call for Proposals from US Educators: Upcoming Proposal Window is February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020


The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal US education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS will open a proposal window February 1, 2020 for ham radio contacts that would be held between January 2021 and June 2021. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations whose proposal features a way to draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. The window for accepting proposals closesn March 31, 2020.


Proposal information and documents are at www.ariss.org.


The Opportunity

Crew members aboard the International Space Station will support scheduled Amateur Radio contacts for students and their communities. These radio contacts are voice-only, approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact with the astronauts in a question-and-answer session. ARISS radio contacts and plans in submitted proposals can afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts about space research conducted on the ISS and what it is like to live and work in space, and to learn about ham satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of spaceflight and complexity of scheduling on-board ISS activities, education organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of a radio contact. Local ham radio groups volunteer to provide educational radio activities and the equipment and operational support to enable communication between the ISS crew and students using Amateur Radio.


More Information

For proposal information and more details, i.e., expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, go to www.ariss.org.  Please direct any questions to ariss.us.education@gmail.com .



About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS).  In the United States, sponsors are the American Radio Relay League (ARRL, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the ISS National Lab, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or large public forums. Before, during and after these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.





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ARLD006 DX news


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

AA4NC, W0YBS, W3UR, WB0TEV, 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.


AZERBAIJAN, 4K.  Furkan, TA7AOF is QRV as 4K6/TA7AOF until February

  1. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8.  This

includes an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX RTTY contest.  QSL direct

to home call.


TANZANIA, 5H.  Members of the Low Bands Contest Club are QRV as

5H4WZ from Pemba Island, IOTA AF-063, until February 18.  Activity

is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  This includes

being an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX RTTY contest and the

upcoming ARRL International DX CW contest.  QSL via OM3PA.


KENYA. 5Z.  Scott, WA5A is QRV as 5Z4/WA5A from Ruaka until late

March.  Activity is holiday style on 40, 20 and 15 meters, and

possibly 160 and 80 meters, using mainly SSB.  QSL to home call.


JAMAICA, 6Y.  Rob, N1TRK will be QRV as N1TRK/6Y from Negril, IOTA

NA-097, from February 8 to 20.  Activity will be on 40, 20, 17 and

10 meters using primarily FT8 with some SSB.  QSL via LoTW.



as C21MB, C21AA, C21GW, C21PF and C21VA, respectively, until

February 10.  Activity is on the HF bands, and 6 meters and 2 meters

EME as well, using primarily FT8 with some CW.  QSL via operators’



PALESTINE, E4.  Members of Radio Club F6KOP are QRV as E44CC until

February 17.  QSL via F5GSJ.


SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Donald, VE7DS is QRV as E51DDG from

Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, until February 14.  Activity is on

40, 30, 20 and 17 meters using CW.  QSL via LoTW.


FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO.  Will, AA4NC and Ron, AA4VK will be QRV as

TX4N and TX4VK, respectively, from Tahiti from February 11 to 17.

Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4.  This

includes being active as TX4N in the upcoming ARRL International DX

CW contest.  QSL TX4N via EA5GL and TX4VK direct to home call.


SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4.  Bernhard, DL2GAC is QRV as H44MS from Malaita

Island, IOTA OC-047, until April 20.  Activity is on 80 to 6 meters

using SSB and possibly FT8.  QSL direct to home call.


THAILAND, HS.  Lory, HB9DUS is QRV as HS0ZKE from Bangkok until the

end of February.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW and FT8.  QSL

to home call.


HONDURAS, HR.  Dave, VE3VSM will be QRV as VE3VSM/HR9 from Roatan

Island, IOTA NA-057, from February 11 to 23.  Activity will be on

40, 20 and 15 meters using mainly CW, and possibly some SSB and

RTTY.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming ARRL

International DX CW contest.  QSL to home call.


  1. VINCENT, J8.  David, WJ2O will be QRV as J8/WJ2O from February 9

to 20.  Activity will be on the HF bands, with a focus on the newer

bands, using CW and FT8.  This includes being an entry in the

upcoming ARRL International DX CW contest.  QSL via N2ZN.


BONAIRE, PJ4.  Michael, HB9WDF is QRV as PJ4/HB9WDF from Kralendijk

until February 9.  Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters, and

possibly on various satellites, using mainly FT8, SSB and FM.  QSL

to home call.



February 18.  Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using

all modes, including FT8 and FT4.  This includes being an entry in

the upcoming ARRL International DX CW contest.  QSL via W9VA.


ANTARCTICA.  Club station RI1ANC on Vostok Base will be QRV

beginning February 10.  Activity will be on the HF bands using FT8

with some CW and SSB.  QSL via RN1ON.


BELIZE, V3.  Bob, W0YBS is QRV as V31CO from Caye Caulker, IOTA

NA-073, until his return on February 26.  Activity is on the HF

bands using CW, RTTY and FT8.  QSL to home call.  In addition,

Victor, WB0TEV is QRV as V31VP from Maya Hill Lodge until February

  1. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8.  This

includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX RTTY contest.  QSL

to home call.



ZC4RH until February 13.  Activity is on the HF bands, including

Satellite QO-100, using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL to home call.



80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, SARL Field Day Contest,

Asia-Pacific Spring CW Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, KCJ

Topband CW Contest, Dutch PACC Contest, YLRL YL-OM Contest, OMISS

SSB QSO Party, FISTS Winter Unlimited CW Sprint, RSGB 1.8 MHz CW

Contest, Balkan HF Contest and the Classic Phone Exchange will

certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.


The CQC Winter CW QSO Party and 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday

Sprint are scheduled for February 10.


The ARRL School Club Roundup runs from February 10 to 14.


The CWops Mini-CWT Test, RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship, Phone

Fray, NAQCC CW Sprint and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are all scheduled

for February 12.


Please see February QST, page 81 and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web

Sites for details.



ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  January 2020

Total  number of ARES members:  79

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   2

Number of ARES nets active: 19 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  1

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

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 9   Person hours:   77

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

Number of emergency operations this month:    0        Person hours     0

Number of Skywarn operations this month:      11     Person Hours:    22.7

Total number of ARES operations this month:   20     Total Person Hours:   99.7



Nassau County reported a general meeting with training on January 9 and a training meeting January 23.




JANUARY 2020  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          



NYPON             SESSIONS   31    QNI 170      QTC   53       QSP   45    QTR  n/a

ESS                    SESSIONS  31     QNI  404      QTC  n/a      QSP   48    QTR  n/a

NYS/E               SESSIONS  31    QNI  140      QTC  50         QSP  49    QTR  262

BA                      SESSIONS  31     QNI  n/a     QTC  32        QSP  32     QTR   732

NLISTN              SESSIONS  9      QNI  83        QTC 6            QSP  6     QTR   200

NCVHFTN         SESSIONS  30   QNI  165     QTC  23          QSP  23    QTR  337



KD2MDV   REC/ 28    SENT / 1      TOTAL / 29

N2WGF      REC/ 5       SENT / 7       TOTAL / 12

KD2MEN   REC/ 1      SENT / 7         TOTAL / 8




KD2MDV   ORIG / 0  REC / 29 SENT / 34  DEL / 0   TOTAL /  63

KD2LPM   ORIG / 2  REC / 26   SENT / 10     DEL / 17   TOTAL /  55

N2WGF      ORIG / 0  REC / 12  SENT / 8    DEL / 13   TOTAL /  33

W2CTG     ORIG / 3  REC / 9   SENT / 6   DEL / 6     TOTAL /  24

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0 REC / 3  SENT / 9   DEL / 0    TOTAL /  12



KD2LPM/ 220, N2WGF/ 177, KD2MDV/ 100,

W2GTC/ 74, KD2MEN/ 72.

Correction from December 2019:

KD2GXL/ 124, N2RQ/ 84

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

 NLI Student Traffic Net.  


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


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

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


Here is a link to the NLI Student Traffic Net Website (https://sites.google.com/jrhaleteacher.me/nlistn/home)


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 fourth Wednesday of each month at the Haypath Road Park in Old Bethpage, starting at 5:30 PM.

GARC VE sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the meeting rooms at the Bethpage Community Park in Bethpage, starting at 5:00 PM.
Contact: Ed Gellender at wb2eav@yahoo.com


Great South Bay ARC

GSBARC Monthly meetings are the last Thursday of the month, 8PM.
Babylon Town Hall EOC, 200 East Sunrise Hwy, North Lindenhurst. GSBARC
Monthly VE are the 4th Saturday starting 10:00 am. For more
information, Contact AB2ZI Kevin Morgan at kmorgan6@optonline.net.
Please see the club website for directions http://www.gsbarc.org/



The NY Hall of Science ARC has general membership meetings on the
second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 PM, with the exception of July and August.
The meetings are a time to take care of club business, listen to a
great speaker regarding an interesting topic related to ham radio, and
to make new friends and catch up with old friends. The club has its
meetings at the NY Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens,

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

Kings County Radio Club (KC2RC)

Club Meeting Info:

New York – Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

1st Wednesday Of Each Month

7:30 Pm – 506 Sixth Street, BROOKLYN, NY 11215 

The Carruthers Conference Room of the New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, located between the Gift Shop and the Cafeteria.

More info and Map  https://www.kingscountyradioclub.com/club-meeting/

Our 2 Meter Nets Tuesdays At 9:00 Pm , 146.730 Pl 88.5 -600hz Encode / Decode

Our 2 Meter Tech Net Is Second And Fourth Wednesday Of Every Month At 9:00 P.M. 146.730 Pl 88.5 – 600hz Encode / Decode

Our 10 Meter Net Kcrc Sunday 10 Meter Net 28.380.0 USB Every Sunday 11:00 Am Est

Our Fusion Net Is Thursdays At 9:00pm 146.730 Yaesu Fusion Digital Set You Radio To DN Mode. or Our Wires X Room search -KC2RC – Node #40821

To listen to the Fusion and 2 meter Club Net Stream us when you are away from your radios


Kings County Radio Club Facebook Page 



Larkfield Amateur Radio Club

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


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

Contact is: larkfieldarc@gmail.com

LARC Repeater System

WR2ABA Huntington

147.210 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Hauppauge

145.430 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Huntington APRS

144.390 MHz out/in

WA2PNU EastNet FlexNet Network

(0-15) Nodes, 145.070 MHz

(-4) Node, 145.070 MHz BBs



Long Island Amateur Radio Simplex Club

The LIARS Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Newfield High
School in Selden, NY at 7:30PM. All are welcome. Our web site is:
www.lisimplex.org  Contact: Tim MoDavis, KA2VZX at ka2vzx@arrl.net


Long Island CW Club:

“The Long Island CW Club is teaching CW weekly on Beginner and Intermediate levels. Monthly there are presentations on a variety of ham radio topics of interest for all, including the advanced members.  All of this is done by internet video conference. The club is very active with monthly portable outings, museum visits, QRP outings and luncheons.  The club has quickly grown to over 200 members including hams from out of the state, country and has a very unique website dedicated to all aspects of CW:    www.longislandcwclub.org


Long Island DX Association (LIDXA)


Regular meetings are at 8pm on the third Tuesday of the month at The
Town of Oyster Bay-Ice Skating Center, 1001 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage
(Community Room 1). For club details, see our Web site, or contact Ed
Whitman, K2MFY, LIDXA Secretary at 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 Lannin House, Field #6 / 6A. The General meeting is the last
Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. All are welcome. Contact Mike Croce, N2PPI, President at n2ppi.mike@gmail.com


New York City Repeater Association (NYCRA)

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

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

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


Peconic Amateur Radio Club (PARC)

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

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


Radio Central Amateur Radio Club

RCAC meets the last Wednesday
of most months from 6:30-9PM at the Middle Country Public Library;
101 Eastwood Blvd, Centereach, NY 11720
+40.8654, -73.0800
Each month, meeting details are on our web site: http://www.rcarc.org


Radio Club of Junior High School 22 NYC

Joe Fairclough-WB2JKJ
PO Box 1052
New York NY 10002
Telephone 516-674-4072  Mobile/Text 516-658-6947


*** Meet us on THE CLASSROOM NET, 7.238 MHz, 7:00-8:30 am, Monday thru Friday.


Staten Island Amateur Radio Association (SIARA)

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 ,

Grace Lutheran Church  240 Mastic Beach Road, Mastic Beach, NY. 11951…

Contact Richie Geraci, KD2NJA, at kd2nja@gmail.com

Or go to their NEW website, http://www.suffolkcountyradioclub.net

The Suffolk County Radio Club holds weekly nets on the W2DQ repeater.All are welcome to check-in.  The repeater is located in Yaphank, NY on 145.210 MHz / negative ( – ) 600 kHz shift / PL 136.5

SCRC Information & Rag chew Net

Round table discussions, Club news and information, technical topics and for sale items. Wednesday 8:00 PM


Wantagh Amateur Radio Club

Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 PM at the
Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793. Entrance to
the meeting room is at the rear of the library, adjacent to the
parking-lot. For more information, see the club’s website at
http://www.qsl.net/w2va or contact Frank Porcaro, N2RSO, President, via
e-mail at: n2rso@arrl.net


Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club

The Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club is dedicated to serving the
amateur radio community and the general public on Long Island, New
York. The club operates under the vanity call sign of W2SBL. Meets
second Tuesday of each month at Motorola’s Holtsville campus, Exit 62
(I-495) An ARRL affiliated club with membership open to all Motorolans
and Associate membership open to all. Email:
W2SBL@motorolasolutions.com  for more details



Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)


SEC:  Joe Cutrone, K2OL,  k2ol@arrl.net

ASEC:  Russ Logar, KC2LSB,  kc2lsb@arrl.net


New York City:




Nassau County:

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

ADEC’s:  Joe Gomez, W2BMP, w2bmp@ncaresmail.net

Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL, kd2gxl@ncaresmail.net

Nassau County ARES meets monthly on the 4th Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Meetings are held at the American Red Cross 195 Willis Ave. Mineola , NY

For more information about local ARES groups, contact the
following Emergency Coordinators:

Town of Hempstead: Bob Yenis, KC2ILP,   kc2ilp@ncaresmail.net

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

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

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

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


Suffolk County:

DEC:  Bill Scheibel, N2NFI n2nfi@yahoo.com


Town of Smithtown:  Rich Johnston, KC2TON, kc2ton@arrl.net
Smithtown meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at the Smithtown EOC – 7:30PM.

We also hold weekly Nets on Monday’s at 7:30 pm, (W2LRC/145.43, PL 136.5 Larkfield Repeater)

Town of Brookhaven: 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,WZ2Y,  wz2y@arrl.net
4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm during the BONAC ARC meeting
(except November which is on the 3rd Thursday). Amagansett
Library, Amagansett

Town of Shelter Island:     Vacant

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


Other Stuff :

John Reiser, W2GW is the section DXCC card checker and is available for
field checking of QSL cards for your DXCC Award. John is available by
appointment at his home in West Hempstead for card checking, and at all
LIDXA meetings. If some lives far from him, John is willing to meet them
half way at a diner or someplace. Contact John at w2gw@arrl.net

Aaron Broges, WC2C and Tom Carrubba, KA2D are also DXCC card checkers.  Aaron and Tom are also members of the LIDXA and is usually available for DXCC QSL checking at the monthly LIDXA meetings (along with W2GW).

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

NLI DX Spotting Clusters:

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


ARRL Additional :

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



ARES E-Letter, sign up now!

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


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



MetroCor is coordinating body for the New York metro area. MetroCor is
the established coordinating body for the New York Metro area,
inclusive of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and the
majority  of Northern New Jersey. You must apply for coordination
through  MetroCor if you wish to establish a new system on Amateur Radio
Spectrum above 29.5 MHz. These and any other matters related to repeater
systems coordination are welcomed by MetroCor. They invite you to
visit their website at: http://www.metrocor.net. You can also direct
questions to their e-mail at metrocor@metrocor.net.


NLI Webpage:

The Section Website contains LOTS of great information on section
happenings, VE session, Education, Clubs, section staff, and much


Please continue to help make this newsletter even more interesting and
informative by sending me news about YOUR club and events.


NLI Staff :

SEC  Joe Cutrone, K2OL, k2ol@arrl.net

ASEC  Russ Logar, KC2LSB, kc2lsb@arrl.net

DEC  New York City:

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

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

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

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

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