This is the January 2013 edition of the New York City-Long Island
Section e-Happenings newsletter.
This newsletter is here to serve the Amateur Radio community in our
area. We welcome and encourage all submissions. Help make this your
newsletter. We especially encourage NLI radio clubs and organizations
to submit their meeting announcements, guest speakers and any special
events. Please submit any information for the February issue prior to
the end of the first week in February.
Section News is available ONLY on the world-wide-web. See the NLI site
INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:
* From Jim Mezey,W2KFV Section Manager
* From Mike Patino, N2BMU, NTS STM
HRU 2013 is now a thing of the past. Chairman Tom Carrubba, KA2D and his committee did another outstanding job. The forums were all great with the moderators doing an excellent job. Our Keynote Speaker Bill Cross, W3TN staff member from the FCC’s Mobility Division with his words of wisdom was enjoyed by all. I would also like to thank Mike Corey, KI1U, Emergency Preparedness Manager from the ARRL for his very informative presentation.
As you know by now we have a new Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB who started his term January 1st. I know he has some new ideas to present to the ARRL Board and to all the Division clubs.
I wish him best of luck in his term. I also wish to thank outgoing Hudson Division Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF for all her work and dedication to the ARRL, the Hudson Division and the hobby.
We have made some changes in the in the Section Staff due to some deciding to retire after many years.
I want to thank all of them for their years of dedication; Leonard Battista, W2FX, John Blowsky, KB2SCS, Phil Lewis, N2MUN and Mike Patino, N2BMU.
The new NLI staff is :
Section Manager: Jim Mezey, W2KFV firstname.lastname@example.org
Asst. SM Webmaster : Mitch Cohen, N2RGA email@example.com
Asst. SM Digital: Bob Meyers, K2TV firstname.lastname@example.org
Section Emergency Coordinator: Russ Logar, KC2LSB email@example.com
Asst. SEC: Charlie Alfano, WA2GUG firstname.lastname@example.org
District EC NYC: Adam Fine, NY2K email@example.com
District EC Nassau County: Tim Cregan, N2RDB firstname.lastname@example.org
District EC Suffolk County: Bill Schiebel, N2NFI email@example.com
Section Traffic Manager: Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Observer Coordinator: Steve Barreres, K2CX email@example.com
Technical Coordinator: Steve Barreres, K2CX firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliated Club Coordinator: Richie Cetron, K2KNB email@example.com
State Government Liaison: George Tranos, N2GA firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact For Club Speakers: Diane Ortiz, K2DO email@example.com
The Public Information Officer position is still open. If anyone is interested please contact me.
December 2012 Monthly Section Emergency Coordinator Report NLI Section:
Total number of ARES members: 26
# of DEC’s / EC’s reporting this month: 1
# of ARES Nets active: 1
# with NTS Liaison: 1
Calls of DEC’s / EC’s reporting: N2RDB
Number of Public Service Events this month: 0 Person Hours: 0
Number of Emergency Operations this month: 0 Person Hours: 0
Number of drills, tests, training sessions this month: 4 Person Hours: 38
Total number of ARES operations this month: 4 Person Hours: 38
Nassau DEC N2RDB, reports a routine month.
There were no other reports for the month.
Jim Mezey, W2KFV
ARRL Section Manager
New York / Long Island
This is the SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER Mike Patino, N2MUB report for December 2012
NTS SECTION LEVEL and INDEPENDENT CW nets:
STATEWIDE CW NETS:
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 Â± but 80 is starting to go long again, so if
you can get on topband, the alternate of 1807 kHz.
INDEPENDENT CW NETS which maintain close association with the NTS.
Empire Slow Speed Net (ESS) 6pm daily on 3576 kHz . Alt. 7044 Â±
Hit and Bounce Net (HBN) 8:30am daily on 3576 kHz .
Hit and Bounce Slow Net (HBSN) Please note the frequency change for the
Hit & Bounce Slow Speed Traffic Net to 3574 KHz at 7:30 AM EST. Seven
days a week. Bob K2TV
NTS SECTION LEVEL HF/phone nets:
New York Phone*/ (NYP). CEASES OPERATION 12/18/2011
New York Public Operations Net (NYPON) 5pm daily on 3925 kHz Â± QRM,
alternate freq. 3913 kHz
The NTS local nets are:
Big Apple Traffic Net
Big Apple Traffic Net meets @ 8:00 PM on 440.550 +5 141.3 PL
Check www.BigAppleTrafficNet.org for our schedule.
Jim, KC2LEB “ Net Manager
Nassau Co. VHF Net Nightly at 7:30pm. Pri: 146.805/R (136.5pl)Alt.1:
147.135/R (136.5pl) Alt.2: 443.525/R (114.8)
NCVHFTN Website: : http://www.nassautraffic.net
Suffolk Co. VHF Net
K2TV is now operational as a Digital Relay Station on HF winlink
representing the New York City/Long Island section.
I will be receiving NLI traffic via the W2SFD Pactor MBO. Hopefully
this will expedite traffic in and out of NLI.
WB2FTX is putting me in for a Digital Relay Station appointment.
We are still in the process of organizing the Suffolk County VHF
traffic net and will be running the W2EAG Trafic Handling Course on the
air once it starts. N2NFI/R on 145.370 (136.5 PL) and the W2GSB/R ON
223.860 (156.7 pl) will be used connected via IRLP.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:15 PM are the tentative beginning
times and frequencies. Anyone interested please contact K2TV at
NET Abbreviation Sessions QNI QTC QSP QTR Net Manager
Big Apple Traffic Net BATN KC2LEB
NYS Early NYS/E 31 150 60 58 228 KT2D
NYS Late NYS/L 31 137 88 76 273 KT2D
NYS Morning NYS/M WA2IAX
Empire Slow Speed ESS 31 488 81 WI2G
Nassau County Traffic Net NCVHF 18 87 29 29 207 N2WGF
NY Public Operator’s Net NYPON 30 271 131 117 426 AA2Y
Originated Received Sent Delivered Total
K2TV 0 138 131 37 306
N2WGF 4 34 19 19 76
Call 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
K2TV 40 40 30 10 0 10 130
N2WGF 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
Call Received Sent Total
K2TV 76 52 128
Mike Patino, N2BMU
UPCOMING Club Events/Meetings
Club events are being kept up to date on the Event Calendar.
These events, with contact information, can be found using the NLI
Events link at the top of the homepage. If you would like your club
event publicized and listed on the calendar, please send me an email
with the pertinent information. Be sure to include the date(s) and
contact information for the club/responsible party. Also be certain to
include a link to the information on your website. I will not cull the
information from your club newsletters as I will not assume that you
want the event publicized. You must email me with a specific request to
include the event on the Section calendar.
The Club listing is always being updated. Please submit your meeting
information to firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Always check with the club to verify the date, time and
location of the events/meetings listed here.
575 Long Island Amateur Radio Simplex Club
The LIARS Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Newfield High
School in Selden, NY at 7:30PM. All are welcome. Our web site is:
www.lisimplex.org Contact: Tim MoDavis, KA2VZX at email@example.com
The ARCECS meets monthly on the first Tuesday at:
Bellerose Rescue Company
235-01 Braddock Avenue
Queens Village, NY 11428
For more information go to their website: http://www.arcecs.org
Please contact Leonard Smith (PIO) at: firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Grumman ARC (GARC) http://www.qsl.net/wa2lqo/
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Allen
Ellsworth Park in Farmingdale, starting at 5:30 PM. GARC VE sessions
are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Briarcliffe College in
Room: Long Beach #5, starting at 5:00 PM.
Contact: Robert Wexelbaum at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the club website for directions http://www.gsbarc.org/
The NY Hall of Science ARC has general membership meetings on the
second Tuesday of each month, with the exception of July and August.
The meetings are a time to take care of club business, listen to a
great speaker regarding an interesting topic related to ham radio, and
to make new friends and catch up with old friends. The club has its
meetings at the NY Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens,
Please check the clubs website at www.hosarc.org for more detailed
Town of Huntington ARES/RACES Meetings
Town of Huntington ARES/RACES meetings are held quarterly. For more information, see: http://www.wb2lua.com
Larkfield Amateur Radio Club
The Larkfield Amateur Radio Club meets on the second Thursday of the
month from September through June, inclusive. Any exceptions (for
holidays, etc.) are noted on the calendar on its web page at:
Meetings start at 7:30 PM at the Huntington Senior Citizens Center
cafeteria (423 Park Avenue) located at the southwest corner of the
intersection of Rte 25A and Park Avenue. Entrance is on Park Avenue.
Gary M McDowell, K2TVN, President of LARC
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 email@example.com for further
LIDXA President, John, W2GW, and Mike Lisenco, N2YBB are ARRL DXCC
card checkers. Bring your new DXCC cards and paperwork to these
meetings for official verification and credit.
Long Island Mobile ARC
LIMARC meets the second Wednesday each month, 8PM at Levittown Hall,
201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY. All are welcome. Bring a
Webpage is: http://www.limarc.org Club Contact: President, Rich Cetron,
Club PIO: Rich Levow, WA2NLL firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Nassau ARC (NARC) http://www.nassuarc.org/
Meetings every Monday night at 8 PM in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
at the Senior Citizens Center. The General meeting is the last
Monday of the month at 8 PM. All are welcome. Contact Jerry Vibert,
K2GV, President at firstname.lastname@example.org
New York City Repeater Association (NYCRA)
Meets the second Thursday of the month (except for July and August)
Meetings are held at the South Beach Psych Center, 777 Seaview Ave.
Off Father Cappodano Blvd., in Building 10. The meeting will start
promptly at 8 pm.
Staten Island ARES meets at the same location starting at 7pm.
Talk in frequency is 447.375 minus shift pl. 141.3
All are welcome, members and non-members.
Peconic ARC (PARC)
PARC’s regular meeting night is the first Friday of each month at
6:30 PM. Meetings are held at the Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road
in Mattituck. PARC also sponsors quarterly VE testing sessions, on the
fourth Friday of the months of January, April, July and October. Jay
Buscemi, NY2NY, is the clubs Awards Manager and is able to check
cards for the ARRL VUCC and WAS awards.
See the PARC website at www.peconic-arc.net for all our current club
activities and contact information.
Radio Central ARC
Radio Central Amateur Radio Club holds it regular meetings on the last
Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Middle Country Public Library
in Centereach. All are welcome. For directions and other club
information, please check out the club web page:
Staten Island Amateur Radio Association (SIARA)
We have our regularly scheduled meeting the third Friday of every
month. Time: 8 PM. We also have a registered ARRL VEC test session at
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
ALL LICENSE CANDIDATES are welcome.
Anyone needing additional information can contact Mike Siegel W2RT at
917-412-1580 or W2RT@arrl.net
Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)
Monthly meeting is the third Tuesday of the month at 8 PM at the Grace
Lutheran Church in Mastic. Contact Chris DeSanto, N2ABG at
email@example.com. Or go to their website,
BONAC Amateur Radio Club (BARC)
BARC meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Amagansett
Library (except November, which is on the 3rd Thursday). For more
information please go to the club website at http://www.bonacarc.org
Wantagh Amateur Radio Club
Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 8:00PM at the
Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793. Entrance to
the meeting room is at the rear of the library, adjacent to the
parking-lot. For more information, see the club’s website at
http://www.qsl.net/w2va or contact Frank Porcaro, N2RSO, President, via
e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club
The Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club is dedicated to serving the
amateur radio community and the general public on Long Island, New
York. The club operates under the vanity call sign of W2SBL. Meets
second Tuesday of each month at Motorola’s Holtsville campus, Exit 62
(I-495) An ARRL affiliated club with membership open to all Motorolans
and Associate membership open to all. Email:
W2SBL@motorolasolutions.com for more details
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
Section Emergency Coordinator Russ Logar, KC2LSB, email@example.com
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Charlie Alfano, WA2GUG, firstname.lastname@example.org
New York City:
District Emergency Coordinator Adam Fine, NY2K email@example.com
Manhattan: Emergency Coordinator. Josh Gaffin, K2FTC, firstname.lastname@example.org
No meeting listed at this time
Bronx: Emergency Coordinator Francisco Lopez, KB2WUS, email@example.com
No meeting listed at this time.
Brooklyn: Emergency Coordinator JoJo Gonzalez, KC2NBE, firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Monday of the month, 7:30pm in the Community Room of Board 6 at
250 Baltic Street (off of Court St) in Brooklyn.
Queens: Emergency Coordinator Jeff Spiro, N1JSP, email@example.com
3rd Sunday of month, 2pm, Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, Rm. A1-15
Staten Island: Emergency Coordinator David Lefkowitz, KB2KAB,
firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month
at 7:00 PM at the South Beach Psychiatric Center, 777 Seaview Ave,
Building 10, Staten Island, NY 10305. Emergency preparedness and
communications are discussed. For more information e-mail: David
or http://www.aresnyc.org/contact, category Richmond
Nassau County: District Emergency Coordinator Tim Cregan, N2RDB email@example.com
Nassau County ARES meets monthly on the 4th Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Meetings are held at the Nassau County Senior Citizens Activities
Center in Eisenhower Park. Contact Tim for directions. There are no
individual city or township meetings in Nassau County.
For more information about local ARES groups, contact Tim N2RDB or the
following Emergency Coordinators:
City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor ,W2OSR firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of Oyster Bay: Bruce Gronich K2BRG email@example.com
Town of North Hempstead: Dave Kass WA2LKJ Davet36526@aol.com
Town of Hempstead: Frank Porcaro N2RSO firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Long Beach: George Geller WB2GTC email@example.com
District Emergency Coordinator Bill Scheibel, N2NFI firstname.lastname@example.org
Babylon: John Melfi,W2HCB email@example.com
Huntington: Steve Hines, N2PQJ, Town of Huntington ARES/RACES meetings are held quarterly. For more information, see: http://www.wb2lua.com
Islip: John Blowsky, KB2SCS firstname.lastname@example.org
VE session 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00 pm.
American Legion Hall in East Islip
Smithtown: Joe Albertus, KB2JOE email@example.com
No monthly meeting.
Brookhaven: Ted Debowy, AC2IR firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Monday of the month at 8:00 pm
Brookhaven Town Hall, Farmingville.
Riverhead: Don Rollock, W2EUL email@example.com
No monthly meeting.
Southampton: Dennis O’Rourke, KB2ZWW , firstname.lastname@example.org
No monthly meeting.
Southold: Don Fisher, N2QHV email@example.com
ARES announcements and business conducted during the Peconic ARC
1st Friday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Southold Free Library, Southold.
East Hampton: Nat Raynor, N2NEI firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm during the BONAC ARC meeting
(except November which is on the 3rd Thursday). Amagansett
Shelter Island: Neal Raymond, N2QZA email@example.com
No monthly meeting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, is now a DXCC card checker as well, appointed by
LIDXA. For those who live in or close to NYC and want to stay local,
Mike is available by appointment. Please contact Mike at
Approved DXCC card checkers can also check cards for WAS and VUCC
awards as well.
*NLI DX Spotting Clusters
AA2MF Staten Island-NY, dxc.aa2mf.net
K2LS Greensboro- NC. dxc.k2ls.com
*K2LS is still a popular spot for many NLI DXers.
Finding ham radio classes a mouse click away! A new user-friendly
feature on the ARRL Web site-the ARRL Amateur Licensing Class Search
Page-lets prospective hams search for a licensing class in their area.
It also allows ARRL registered instructors to list their classes on the
Web. Visitors can search for classes by ZIP code, ARRL Section or
ARRL C-CE course advance registration opportunities via e-mail. A
service now allows those interested in taking an ARRL Certification and
Continuing Education (C-CE) course in the future to receive advanceword
of registration opportunities via e-mail. To take advantage, send an
e-mail to email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 860-594-0340.
ARES E-Letter, sign up now!
The ARES E-Letter is an e-mail digest of news and information of
interest to active members of the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES) and to hams concerned with public service and emergency
communications. ARRL members may subscribe to The ARES E-Letter by
going to the Member Data Page at:
Check the box for ARES E-Letter (monthly public service and
emergency communications news) and you’re all set. Past issues of
The ARES E-Letter are available at: http://www.arrl.org/ares-el/ Issues
are posted to this page after publication.
MetroCor is coordinating body for the New York metro area. MetroCor is
the established coordinating body for the New York Metro area,
inclusive of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and the
majority f Northern New Jersey. You must apply for coordination
through MetroCor if you wish to establish a new system on Amateur Radio
Spectrum above 29.5 MHz. These and any other matters related to repeater
systems coordination are welcomed by MetroCor. They invite you to
visit their website at: http://www.metrocor.net. You can also direct
questions to their e-mail at email@example.com.
Section VE Sessions
Section VE Sessions -available on the web at:
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.
SEC NLI: Russ Logar, KC2LSB, firstname.lastname@example.org
ASEC NLI : Charles Alfano, WA2GUG, email@example.com
DEC New York City: Adam Fine, NY2K, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEC Nassau County: Tim Cregan, N2RDB, email@example.com
DEC Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI, firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KKNB,email@example.com
Technical Coordinator: Steve Barreres K2CX firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Information Coordinator : Vacant
State Government Liaison: George Tranos N2GA email@example.com
Section Traffic Manager : Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB, firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Observer Coordinator: Steve Barreres K2CX email@example.com
Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster: Mitch Cohen N2RGA firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Communications : Bob Meyers, K2TV, email@example.com
ARRL New York City-Long Island Section
Section Manager: Jim Mezey,W2KFV