January 2018 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the January 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 February2018 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
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 …..

We had about 200 people come to HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY January 6th at a new venue and all indications say it was very successful despite the cold weather. Congratulations to Chairman Tom Carubba, KA2D and the committee who did an outstanding job. This is not an easy task to undertake as the committee starts planning in August. The forums were well attended and there were many positive remarks. Keynote speaker was our own Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB who talked about some of issues now facing the ARRL Board of Directors and eventually the membership. A few eyebrows were raised. This led to a lot of discussion both pro and con.

The special event station W2HRU compiled about 535 QSO’s Thank you everyone that took part.

Thank you everyone who participated and/ or attended …..See you next year.


On behalf of the entire Section, I wish to convey my condolences to Lew Malchick, N2RQ and Alice, WB2IJY, on the loss of their daughter…


ARES: John Wilson, KD2AKX has been tapped to lead Nassau County as the new DEC. Assisting John as ADEC’s are Joe Gomez, W2BMP and Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL. Congratulations to all………


There will be a new and improved ARES operation as the ARRL is in the process of overhauling and updating the program. Once there is some new information it will be passed along. It will be an exciting time for ARES and public service communication in the near future.

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/

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





School Club Roundup

Winter/Spring Term: February 12-16, 2018 see


LIMARC Hamfest :  February 25, 2018 at Levittown Hall




From the ARRL:

Winter Field Day is Just Ahead

Field Day is not just for summertime anymore. Winter Field Day, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), will take place over the January 27-28 weekend, and it can be a terrific time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June. The annual event’s stated purpose is to encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter, but it’s also an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. According to the WFDA, getting ready for emergency communication in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that take place each June during ARRL Field Day, and — let’s face it — it’s not cold and snowy everywhere during the winter months. Your local climate could be quite the opposite.

“Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house,” the WFDA says. “Get out and play some radio!” The WFDA said it believes that maintaining operating skills should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios.

The event, which got its start in 2007, is not restricted to North America. All Amateur Radio operators around the world are invited to participate, and there are three entry categories — indoor, outdoor, and home. The rules are similar to those for ARRL Field Day. Operation will take place on all HF bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters, as well as on VHF, UHF, and satellite. The event runs 24 hours. US and Canadian stations exchange call sign, operating category, and ARRL or RAC section.

The WFDA encourages both group and solo operation, and if you’re not up for an outdoor winter adventure involving Amateur Radio, you can operate from the comfort of your shack. As the WFDA says on its Facebook page, “The object is winter fun!”


Club Group Will Operate W1AW for Winter Field Day

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will host a group that will take part in Winter Field Day later this month. Sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), Winter Field Day will take place over the January 27-28 weekend, and it can be an opportune time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June.

“Assuming the weather holds out, a group of hams will be here the last weekend of January to operate W1AW in the Winter Field Day,” W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, said this week. Headed by Frank Gitto, KA5VVI, the group will consist of members of the Warren County Amateur Radio Club (W2WCR) in New York. Gitto said the club is hoping to have an even dozen members at W1AW, operating in shifts of six. Carcia said the Warren County ARC operators will avoid the harsh elements and operate from indoors at W1AW, in the “home” station category.

According to the WFDA website, the Winter Field Day Association “is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio operators who believe that emergency communication in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer, but with some additional unique operational concerns.” The WFDA said it believes that maintaining operational skills “should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios.”

For the hardier within the Amateur Radio ranks, Winter Field Day is an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors, and — let’s face it — it’s not cold and snowy everywhere during the winter. Gitto said that some Warren County ARC members will be operating WFD from Indian Lake, New York, using special event call sign W2C.

The event, which got its start in 2007, is not restricted to North America. All Amateur Radio operators around the world are invited to participate, and there are three entry categories — indoor, outdoor, and home. The rules are similar to those for ARRL Field Day. Operation will take place on all HF bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters, as well as on VHF, UHF, and satellite. The event runs 24 hours. US and Canadian stations exchange call sign, operating category, and ARRL or RAC section.

The WFDA encourages both group and solo operation. As the WFDA says on its Facebook page, “The object is winter fun!”


ARLB002 W1AW active on 6 meters for all its scheduled transmissions;
signal reports welcome

W1AW is now QRV on 50350 kHz for all its regular CW code practice,
and CW, digital, and phone bulletin transmissions.

In addition to providing regularly scheduled transmissions on 6
meters, another goal is to act as a beacon on 6 meters, especially
from the Northeast US.

Signal reports are welcome via an online page at,
http://www.arrl.org/w1aw_6m_srp . Reports may also be emailed to
W1AW at, w1aw@arrl.org.


ARLB001 W1AW 2018 Winter Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time Mode Days
——————- —- ———
1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWs Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWf Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 1700 UTC – (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
1800 UTC to 2045 UTC – (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2100 UTC (4 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
2100 ” ” CWs Tue, Thu
2200 ” (5 PM EST) CWb Daily
2300 ” (6 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
0000 ” (7 PM EST) CWs Mon, Wed, Fri
0000 ” ” CWf Tue, Thu
0100 ” (8 PM EST) CWb Daily
0200 ” (9 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
0245 ” (9:45 PM EST) VOICE Daily
0300 ” (10 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
0300 ” ” CWs Tue, Thu
0400 ” (11 PM EST) CWb Daily

Frequencies (MHz)
CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: – 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555


CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is
given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of
alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian
Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular
digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between
0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW’s CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone
bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server
named “W1AWBDCT.” The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented
here as well. The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently
with W1AW’s regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted. Please
note that any questions or comments about this server should not be
sent via the “Text” window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions
or comments to w1aw@arrl.org.

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as
follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and
CW on the half hour.

All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700
UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM
to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring your
current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 90 in the
January 2018 issue of QST or on the web at,
http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule .

Please note W1AW is now active on 50.350 MHz for all its CW
practice, and CW, digital, and phone bulletins.


School Club Roundup

Winter/Spring Term: February 12-16, 2018


Objective: To exchange QSO information with club stations that are part of an elementary, middle, high school or college. Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate.

Sponsored by the ARRL, its Hudson Division Education Task Force and and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) to foster contacts with and among school radio clubs.

Award certificates will be issued for the following US and DX categories:

Schools: Elementary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, High School and College/University
Non-school Clubs

Web Submission of Scores and Logs: Click here for the SCR score entry website.  Scores and logs for any School Club Roundup may be entered from the time the contest begins through the log submission deadline published below.  A logs-received page is also maintained and provisional scores will be published immediately following the log submission deadline. Thanks to WA7BNM for creating this new score reporting and publishing web site.

Multipliers: Note that a station can only count for a single multiplier as described in Rule 5 below. i.e. a contact may count for a “School” or a “Club” but not both.  A “school club” counts as a “school” only.  Contacts submitted claiming both multipliers will be scored according to the log submitted by the station contacted.

Post Photos and Stories: One of the best parts of School Club Roundup is showing off your team members and station.  Other participants will enjoy hearing about how you did and reading the story of your contest.  You can upload photos and text via the ARRL Soapbox web page.




ARLX001 FEMA Region 10 Communication Exercises Will Make Use of 60

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho,
Oregon, and Washington) will conduct a Communications Exercise
(COMMEX) on January 17 and on the third Wednesday of subsequent
months during 2018, 1500-2100 UTC. These exercises will use the
60-meter channels and will test and exercise interoperable
communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) for use
during a major disaster in which the conventional telecommunication
infrastructure has been significantly damaged or destroyed.

FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910. Other stations that
may take part include, but are not limited to, other FEMA stations,
DHS, USCG, SHARES, DoD, and National Weather Service. Stations (both
federal and amateur) associated with agencies and organizations that
provide response support in accordance with the National Response
Framework are encouraged to participate.

The COMMEX will use all five 60-meter dial frequencies: 5,330.5 kHz;
5,346.5 kHz; 5,357.0 kHz; 5,371.5 kHz, and 5,403.5 kHz as part of
the exercise.


ARLB003 NCVEC Releases New Technician License Question Pool into the
Public Domain

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC)
has announced the release of the 2018-2022 Amateur Radio Element 2
Technician class license question pool into the public domain. Each
question pool must be published and made available to the public
prior to its use as a question set, from which individual
examinations are developed.

Alert the NCVEC Question Pool Committee to any necessary corrections
or typographical errors via email at, qpcinput@ncvec.org .

The new Technician license question pool contains 428 questions. It
will become effective for all Technician class license examinations
starting on July 1, 2018.


ARLS001 Fox-1D Satellite Set to Launch this Week, China to Launch
Five New CubeSats

The launch of AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1D CubeSat will take place from India on
January 12 (UTC). The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) flight
had to be rescheduled from December 30. AMSAT Vice-President
Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, delivered Fox-1D to Spaceflight Inc
in Seattle last November for integration.

In addition to a Fox-1 U/V FM transponder, Fox-1D will carry several
university experiments, including a MEMS gyro from Pennsylvania
State University-Erie, a camera from Virginia Tech, and the
University of Iowa’s High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument
(HERCI) radiation mapping experiment. Fox-1D also carries the AMSAT
“L-Band Downshifter,” which gives the option of utilizing a 1.2 GHz
uplink for the FM transponder. The Fox-1D downlink will be on
145.880 MHz, and uplinks will be on 435.350 and 1,267.350 MHz (67 Hz
CTCSS), switchable.

In addition to the Fox-1D Amateur Radio payload, the PSLV will carry
the French PicSat, which carries a V/U FM transponder. PicSat will
perform space observations. The transponder uplink is 145.910 MHz,
the downlink is 435.525 MHz. Some 30 smaller secondary payloads from
India, the US, and other international entities will also be on the
launch, AMSAT News Service has reported.

AMSAT said it will release Fox-1D’s Keplerian elements on its
website as soon as they are known, and it’s seeking telemetry data
on the CubeSat to assist with commissioning.

“Participation in telemetry collection by as many stations in as
many parts of the world as possible is essential as AMSAT
Engineering looks for successful startup and indications of the
general health and function of the satellite as it begins to
acclimate to space,” AMSAT said over the weekend. AMSAT advised
those capturing telemetry using the FoxTelem software to check the
“Upload to Server” option and to complete the “Ground Station
Params” section. If AMSAT Engineering sees nominal values from the
telemetry gathered, Fox-1D will be commanded from Beacon Mode to
Safe Mode on the first good pass over the US. AMSAT said the
on-orbit checkout procedure could be completed in a few days. AMSAT
asks the Amateur Satellite community to refrain from using the
transponder uplink while on-orbit testing is under way.

Meanwhile, AMSAT-UK reports that China will launch Hunan Amateur
Radio Society’s constellation of five similar 6U CubeSat spacecraft
on January 17 from its Jiuquan Space Center. Identified as TY-2
through TY-6, the satellites will carry out ionospheric
transmission-detection experiments, in addition to Amateur Radio
HF/VHF/UHF re-transmitting experiments in any narrow-band mode.

The constellation will also carry out inter-satellite communication
experiments that include Amateur Radio loads, Li-Fi high-speed LED
digital downlink, and CW lamp signal communication experiments.
Downlinks are on 70 centimeters using 9.6 kbps GMSK and on 2.4 GHz
and 5.8 GHz using 5 Mbps OFDM.


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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ARLD002 DX news

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

SOMALIA, 6O. Operators Ken, LA7GIA and Adrian, KO8SCA are QRV as
6O6O until January 16. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

MALAWI, 7Q. John, N6JW is QRV as 7Q7JW. Activity is on 40 and 20
meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

Saint Augustine, Trinidad Island, IOTA SA-011, until February 7.
Activity is on 30, 17 and 15 meters using mostly CW. QSL to home

BAHAMAS, C6. Steve, KG4LJB is QRV as C6AJB from Eleuthera Island,
IOTA NA-001, until January 20. Activity is holiday style on 40 to
17 Meters. QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU. A group of operators will be QRV as DU0DM from
Corregidor Island, IOTA OC-244, on January 13 and 14. Activity will
be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital
modes. QSL direct to DU1MS.

ERITREA, E3. A group of operators will be QRV as E31A from January
14 to 23. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. The main objective of this trip is to support the Eritrean
National Olympic Committee. QSL via JH1AJT.

FRANCE, F. Operators Franck, F4DTO and Patrick, F4GFE are QRV using
special event call sign TM390SR until June 16 to commemorate the
siege of La Rochelle 390 years ago. QSL via F4DTO.

GUADELOUPE, FG. Heli, DD0VR will be QRV as FG/DD0VR from January 14
to 20. Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using only SSB.
QSL to home call.

DOMINICA, J7. Heli, DD0VR is QRV as J70VR until January 14.
Activity is on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using only SSB. QSL to home

NORWAY, LA. Members of the NRRL are QRV with special calls
LM90NRRL, LM90HQ and LM90C throughout 2018 to celebrate their 90th
year as the IARU Society.

BULGARIA, LZ. Special event station LZ140LO is QRV until the end of
March to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Bulgarian Independence.
QSL via LZ1ZF.

CURACAO, PJ2. Joeke, PA0VDV will be QRV as PJ2/PA0VDV from January
16 to February 8. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using only
CW. QSL to home call.

ANTARCTICA. Nikolai, RW6ACM is QRV as RI1ANA from the Molodezhnaya
Base Station, IOTA AN-016, until sometime in February. Activity is
in his spare time on all HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital
modes. QSL via RN1ON.

NAMIBIA, V5. Rudi, DK7PE is QRV as V5/DK7PE until the end of
January. Activity is on the HF bands, but with a focus on 160 and
60 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World
Wide DX 160 Meter contest. QSL to home call.

MICRONESIA, V6. Sumio, JI1MDM will be QRV as V63AKB48 using SSB,
and V63AKB using FT8, from Pohnpei Island, IOTA OC-010, from January
15 to 18. Activity will be on 20, 17, 15 and 12 meters. QSL to
home call.

BURKINA FASO, XT. Harald, DF2WO is QRV as XT2AW from Ouagadougou
until January 22. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65. He may also try to be active
on 60 meters. QSL via M0OXO.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Pete, K8PGJ will be QRV as ZF2PG from January
13 to 21. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using SSB.
This includes being active in the upcoming North America SSB QSO
Party. QSL direct to home call.

RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, YB DX SSB
Contest, Old New Year Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, UBA
PSK63 Prefix Contest, NRAU-Baltic Contest and DARC 10-Meter Contest
are all on tap for this weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for January

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are
scheduled for January 17.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see January 2018 QST, page 89, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.





ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  December        Year:  2017

Total  number of ARES members:  237

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   2/8

Number of ARES nets active:  37    Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  21

Calls of DECs/ECs reporting:    KD2CJP, AK1NS /   W2HCB, AC2IR,WZ2Y, N2PQJ, KD2LQE, N2DDD, KC2TON

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month:  31  Person hours:    159

Number of Public Service events this month:    2     Person hours         180

Number of emergency operations this month:    0         Person hours        0

Total number of ARES operations this month:   33        Total Person Hours   339.


SEC COMMENT: AK1NS (DEC NASSAU COUNTY RESIGNED – We thank him for his many years of service) 1. BABYLON: Every Monday we have our ares net on 146.685 w2gsb repeater then we move to 147.535 simplex then to 144.970 digital we then move to 28.070 usb for hf digital then to 28.340 for phone drills every day we have hf nets with NYPON and every sunday we all check into the NY STATE RACES net our emcomm trailer station now has battery back up so no loss of power to equipment during events or emergencies. The trailer is GSBARC owned and used for community events as well as emergency use powered by a 7k honda generator and back up dc battery the trailer has vhf uhf hf voice and digital modes with a printer to print messages if needed. our EOC is also set up with two HF stations and 4 vhf/uhf stations 2 of the stations are dstar as well as analog




DECEMBER  2017  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          


TRAFFIC NETS           

NYPON             SESSIONS  29        QNI  163         QTC  108      QSP 72        QTR  333

ESS                    SESSIONS  31        QNI  317         QTC  n/a       QSP  74        QTR  n/a

NYS/E                SESSIONS  31       QNI  124         QTC   51        QSP  47       QTR  249

BA                      SESSIONS  31        QNI  677         QTC  61        QSP  61       QTR  846

NCVHFTN         SESSIONS  31        QNI  250         QTC  81        QSP  81       QTR  693





N2WGF      REC / 33      SENT / 12     TOTAL / 45

KD2MDV   REC/  15        SENT / 28   TOTAL / 43

K2TV          REC / 18       SENT / 20    TOTAL / 38

KD2MEN   REC /  10      SENT / 26    TOTAL / 36

K9NYS       REC / 5         SENT / 15    TOTAL / 20




N2WGF     ORIG / 0  REC / 55  SENT / 40   DEL / 21  TOTAL /  116

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0  REC / 51  SENT / 50   DEL / 13 TOTAL /  114

K9NYS     ORIG / 0   REC / 33  SENT / 42  DEL / 23   TOTAL /  98

KD2MDV   ORIG / 0  REC / 37  SENT / 51   DEL /  7  TOTAL /  95

K2TV        ORIG / 1  REC / 35  SENT / 46   DEL /  5   TOTAL /  87

W2CTG     ORIG / 0  REC / 6    SENT / 28   DEL / 28  TOTAL /  62

KD2LPM   ORIG / 0  REC / 17   SENT / 14  DEL / 15  TOTAL / 46



KD2LPM / 250, K9NYS / 170, N2WGF /140, K2TV / 125, W2CTG / 120, KD2MEN / 100, KD2MDV / 100, N2PQJ / 96.
Note: November PSHR;  KD2MDV /100 inadvertently left out

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, KD2CJP,  kd2cjp@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: Joe Cutrone, WK9K, wk9k@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