January 2021 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the January 2021 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 2021 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

* Silent Keys

* Upcoming Special Events:

* Hamfests:

* From the ARRL

* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR

* National Traffic System

* Club Info


Hello Everyone …..

I hope everyone had a happy holiday season. I am hoping that 2021 will be better than 2020.     We are still dealing with COVID but there is some light on the horizon. A two stage immunization shot is available and should be here shortly. Hopefully we will be able to get back to normal soon.

COVID still with us. We still have to be on guard and continue social distancing, mask wearing, hand and face washing. The best COVID information is still at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

HRU 2021 / NLI Section Convention took place on January 9th and was a virtual success. My hats off to the committee for a fantastic job bringing this to fruition.. There were over 900 registrants from all over including some foreign hams. All forums will be available for viewing on the Ham Radio University web page. http://hamradiouniversity.org/ shortly.

Winter Field Day this year is January 30 and 31, 2021 This is a great event clubs can participate in or done individually. This is a 24 hour event that takes place every January. See information below.

LIMARC is having another Virtual Hamfest on February 28th. starting at 10 AM and ending at 12 Noon on Sunday, February 28th, 2021. They will be offering “Rooms” for vendors.  Nominal fees will apply. They will have live auctions, silent auctions, door prizes  some presentations by vendors. Pre-registration is required. Go to https://limarc.org for more info.

We were informed by the ARRL that the ARES Connect program will sunset by June. It has not been as effective for most ARES groups plus the software company is moving in a different direction. ARES groups are to go back to the “ Form 4 “ reporting.

Clubs… If you are having or had 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.

My Zoom account is available for clubs or group meetings. Please contact me at w2kfv@arrl.org for more information

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 and keep washing your hands…..

Stay safe….

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

C:  516-315-8608

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LIMARC sadly report the passing of Joel Kornreich, K2QBV. Joel, a long time LIMARC member was well known in the international ham radio community.

Please keep him in your thoughts…..


Upcoming Special Events:



Winter Field Day   ~ January 30- 31st , 2021

For more information see: https://www.winterfieldday.com/





Registration for January 23 SCARA K2DLL virtual hamfest – NOW OPEN!


Another great event is coming up, the Saratoga County virtual hamfest! A

fun day of learning and also a virtual swapmeet, hosted by one of the

premier clubs in the Eastern New York section.

This will take place on January 23, 2021 and is an all-day event.

See information below:





Info https://limarc.org/limarc-virtual-hamfest


QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo         March 13 – 14

See below…


NEAR-Fest XXIX May 2021 Deerfield NH Cancelled!

Dear Friends of NEAR-Fest…..


I am sure that just about everyone knew this was coming but this makes it is official.


Given the current Coronavirus situation with new cases reported every day at astronomical levels (on January 8th there were 7,110 in Mass. alone) and the fact that the vaccination process is running behind schedule we have decided that April 30th/May 1st 2021 is far too soon to hold NEAR-Fest XXIX and guarantee that it will safe for all.  Consequently I have this day notified the Deerfield Fair Association that we have decided to cancel it.


This decision was not taken lightly but it is also a no brainer.  There are no options.  As you know this is the third NEAR – Fest that had to be cancelled because of Covid-19.  The good news is that NEAR-Fest XXX is scheduled for October 15thand 16th, 2021 and, for the first time since this started, I am fully confident this will be our grand “NEAR-Fest Homecoming!”


Advance tickets and parking passes that were sold for NEAR- Fest XXIX will be valid for NEAR-Fest-XXX.  However anyone wanting a full refund may have it.  Email w1rc@near-fest.com for details.


For more information visit http://forum.near-fest.com/index.php?topic=1522.0


73 and see you all on October 15th!



From the ARRL:

New Amateur VLF Transatlantic Record Set


Very low frequency (VLF) enthusiast Joe Craig, VO1NA, reports that Stefan Schaefer, DK7FC, copied his 50-character message transmitted from Newfoundland on 8.271 kHz, with a radiated power of 10 mW.

“This is a new record for amateur transatlantic VLF,” Craig told ARRL. “The mode used was EbNaut by Paul Nicholson. EbNaut is a synchronous coherent BPSK mode for use at VLF and low LF. Craig’s tower supports a VLF RL (rotated L) 10-meter (33 feet) average height and 100 meters (328 feet) long. VLF is the ITU designation for radio spectrum in the range of 3 – 30 kHz, corresponding to wavelengths from 100 to 10 kilometers, respectively.

“Since VLF waves can penetrate at least 40 meters (131 feet) into saltwater, they are used for military communication with submarines,” Craig noted.



AMSAT/Vanderbilt RadFXSat-2/Fox 1E Set to Launch


Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne is a go for launch on Wednesday, January 13, at 1500 UTC, carrying the AMSAT/Vanderbilt RadFXSat-2/Fox-1E CubeSat into space. The LauncherOne vehicle will carry 10 other satellites. RadFXSat-2/Fox-1E carries an inverting linear transponder, with uplink at 145.860 MHz – 145.890 MHz, and downlink at 435.760 MHz – 435.790 MHz. Telemetry will downlink on 435.750 MHz. More information is on the Space Launch Now website. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service/AMSAT-UK




Dayton Hamvention Cancels 2021 Show


Dayton Hamvention® will not take place for the second year.

“Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021,” a January 11 announcement from the Hamvention Executive Committee said.  Sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), Hamvention was set to take place May 21 – 23 in Xenia, Ohio.

“Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention. Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors. Those who had their tickets deferred last year will be deferred again.”

The committee said the show would return in 2022 and hinted at a QSO party for Hamvention weekend. In November, Hamvention had announced that “The Gathering” would be the theme for the 2021 show.

Hamvention is the largest annual amateur radio gathering in the US and was host of the ARRL National Convention in 2019. The ARRL Hamfest and Convention Calendar includes a searchable database that includes other canceled in-person events.


FCC Invites Comments on Expanding the Number of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators


In a January 5 Public Notice, the FCC requested comments on whether the current 14 Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) are sufficient to facilitate the efforts of their accredited Volunteer Examiners (VEs) in administering amateur radio examinations, or whether up to five additional VECs should be authorized. The ARRL VEC is the largest of the 14 VECs in the US. Comments are due by February 5, and reply comments are due by February 19. After Congress authorized it to do so, the FCC adopted rules in 1983 to allow volunteers to prepare and administer amateur radio examinations, and it established the system of VECs and VEs.

“VECs introduced consistency into the volunteer examiner program by centralizing accreditation of volunteer examiners, coordinating the dates and times for scheduling examinations, and managing the various administrative tasks arising from examinations,” the FCC said. Authorized VECs may operate in any of the 13 VEC regions but must service at least one region. The FCC pointed out that some VECs now offer remote examinations.

“The Commission has long maintained 14 VECs and now seeks to consider whether they continue to serve the evolving needs of the amateur community, or whether there are unmet needs that warrant considering expanding the number of VECs.”

The FCC Public Notice provided questions for framing comments:

  • Are the existing 14 VECs sufficient to coordinate the efforts of Volunteer Examiners in preparing and administering examinations for amateur radio operator licenses, or are additional VECs needed?
  • What needs are currently being met, and which needs, if any, are not?
  • If the FCC were to allow additional VECs, how many more would be needed to satisfy existing Amateur Radio Service license examination needs? (The FCC indicated that it will likely cap the number of additional VECs at five.)
  • Given that VECs use a collaborative process to create examination question pools and volunteer examination administration protocols, would additional VECs enhance or hinder this process?
  • How would increasing the number of VECs address the unmet needs, if any, of the amateur radio community, and what obstacles or complications could result from increasing the number of VECs?

Interested parties may file short comments on WT Docket No. 21-2 via the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing Service (Express). Visit the FCC’s “How to Comment on FCC Proceedings” page for information on filing extended comments.


2021 AM Rally Set for First Weekend in February


The 2021 running of the AM Rally will take place from 0000 UTC on Saturday, February 6 to 0700 UTC on Monday, February 8. The annual AM Rally operating event encourages all operators to explore amateur radio’s original voice mode by showcasing the various types of amplitude modulation equipment in use today, ranging from early vacuum-tube radios to the latest SDR-based transceivers.

“Participation in the AM Rally has continued to grow over the past 5 years, as more operators explore the mode,” said Clark Burgard, N1BCG. “The AM Rally is a great way to beat the winter and COVID-19 blues.”

The AM Rally is open to all radio amateurs capable of operating on AM using any type of radio equipment from vintage to modern, vacuum tube to solid state. The AM Rally will use the 160-, 80-, 40-, 20-, 15-, 10-, and 6-meter bands.

“Those who have never tried AM mode will find plenty of help, if needed,” Burgard assured. An AM Rally 2021 promotional video is available. Contact Burgard for more information.





QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Returning in March


The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will return March 13 – 14 for a full 48 hours, QSO Today host Eric Guth, 4Z1UG/WA6IGR, announced this week. ARRL is a QSO Today Expo Partner. Guth said the inaugural QSO Today Expo last August attracted more than 16,000 attendees, and he anticipates that the March 2021 event will be even more successful.

The upcoming QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will feature new speakers and presenters, panel discussions, and kit-building workshops among other activities. Guth pointed out that attendees can log in from anywhere. While he anticipates a good turnout by those who typically attend such ham radio events, the virtual Expo also offers an opportunity for those concerned about pandemic travel restrictions as well as for those who don’t typically attend in-person events.

“At our last Expo, we found that 60% of attendees don’t go to in-person national conferences, and 40% don’t attend state or local events,” Guth said, noting that distance and the high cost of travel and lodging were the most oft-cited reasons.

Registration is required, and to help cover the costs of staging this event, there will be a charge to attend. Advance tickets are $10 ($12.50 at the “door”) and include entry for the live, 2-day show as well to the 30-day on-demand period. At the Expo, visitors can:

Learn from a line-up of such well-known ham radio personalities as Bob Allphin, K4UEE, on “My Favorite DXpeditions to DXCC Top 10 Most Wanted;” Michael Foerster, W0IH, on “Using the Arduino in Your Shack,” and Ron Jones, K7RJ, on “3D Printer Basics.”

Take part in live virtual kit-building workshops. (Kits will be available for purchase and delivered to attendees in time for the Expo.)

Walk through the virtual exhibit hall to visit an array of amateur radio vendors and see live demonstrations of the latest equipment. This show will leverage newer video technology to provide a better experience for attendees to engage with exhibitors.

Those planning to attend the Expo may take advantage of new speaker calendar technology to create their own calendar of presentations in their time zones, which can be saved to a Google or Outlook calendar.

Registrants may return over the 30 days following the live event to catch speakers and presentations missed during the live period, as well as to explore and re-engage exhibitor offerings.

“The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo has all of the familiar hallmarks of an in-person hamfest, including opportunities to connect and learn,” ARRL Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, said. “Expect to bump into friends and well-known experts and personalities from throughout our worldwide ham radio community!” He explained that attendees visiting an exhibit or virtual lounge will be able to interact with other attendees in those settings.

FlexRadio is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor. Gold sponsors as of this time include Elecraft, RFinder, and CSI.






W1AW 2021 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 a reference

copy of your current FCC amateur radio license.


The weekly W1AW and monthly West Coast Qualifying Runs are sent on

the normal CW frequencies used for both code practice and bulletin

transmissions.  West Coast Qualifying Run stations may also use 3590



Please note that because of current COVID-19 restrictions, W1AW is

not open for visitor operations at this time.


The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 85 in the

January 2021 issue of QST or on the web at,

http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule .



FCC Reduces Proposed Amateur Radio Application Fee to $35


The FCC has agreed with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed

$50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was “too high to

account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications.”


In a Report and Order (R&O), released on December 29, the FCC scaled

back to $35 the fee for a new license application, a special

temporary authority (STA) request, a rule waiver request, a license

renewal application, and a vanity call sign application. All fees

are per application. There will be no fee for administrative

updates, such as a change of mailing or email address.


The R&O can be found online in PDF format at,

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-184A1.pdf .


This fall, ARRL filed comments in firm opposition to the FCC

proposal to impose a $50 fee on amateur radio license and

application fees and urged its members to follow suit.


As the FCC noted in its R&O, although some commenters supported the

proposed $50 fee as reasonable and fair, “ARRL and many individual

commenters argued that there was no cost-based justification for

application fees in the Amateur Radio Service.” The fee proposal was

contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket

20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the “Repack

Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act” of

2018 – the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act.”


Information on Ray Baum’s Act can be found online in PDF format at,

https://www.congress.gov/115/plaws/publ141/PLAW-115publ141.pdf .


“After reviewing the record, including the extensive comments filed

by amateur radio licensees and based on our revised analysis of the

cost of processing mostly automated processes discussed in our

methodology section, we adopt a $35 application fee, a lower

application fee than the Commission proposed in the NPRM for

personal licenses, in recognition of the fact that the application

process is mostly automated,” the FCC said in the R&O. “We adopt the

proposal from the NPRM to assess no additional application fee for

minor modifications or administrative updates, which also are highly



The FCC said it received more than 197,000 personal license

applications in 2019, which includes not only ham radio license

applications but commercial radio operator licenses and General

Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) licenses.


The FCC turned away the arguments of some commenters that the FCC

should exempt amateur radio licensees. The FCC stated that it has no

authority to create an exemption “where none presently exists.”


The FCC also disagreed with those who argued that amateur radio

licensees should be exempt from fees because of their public service

contribution during emergencies and disasters.


“[W]e are very much aware of these laudable and important services

amateur radio licensees provide to the American public,” the FCC

said, but noted that specific exemptions provided under Section 8 of

the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act” requiring the FCC to assess the fees

do not apply to amateur radio personal licenses.  “Emergency

communications, for example, are voluntary and are not required by

our rules,” the FCC noted. “As we have noted previously, ‘[w]hile

the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary

noncommercial communications service, particularly with respect to

providing emergency communications, is one of the underlying

principles of the amateur service, the amateur service is not an

emergency radio service.'”


The Act requires that the FCC switch from a Congressionally-mandated

fee structure to a cost-based system of assessment. The FCC proposed

application fees for a broad range of services that use the FCC’s

Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio

Service, which had been excluded previously. The 2018 statute

excludes the Amateur Service from annual regulatory fees, but not

from application fees.


“While the Ray Baum’s Act amended Section 9 and retained the

regulatory fee exemption for amateur radio station licensees,

Congress did not include a comparable exemption among the amendments

it made to Section 8 of the Act,” the FCC R&O explained.


The effective date of the fee schedule has not been established, but

it will be announced at least 30 days in advance. The FCC has

directed the Office of Managing Director, in consultation with

relevant offices and bureaus, to draft a notice for publication in

the Federal Register announcing when rule change(s) will become

effective, “once the relevant databases, guides, and internal

procedures have been updated.”






FCC to Require Email Address on Applications Starting on June 29, 2021


Effective on June 29, 2021, amateur radio licensees and candidates

must provide the FCC with an email address on all applications. If

no email address is included, the FCC may dismiss the application as



On September 16, the FCC adopted a Report and Order (R&O) in WT

Docket 19-212 on “Completing the Transition to Electronic Filing,

Licenses and Authorizations, and Correspondence in the Wireless

Radio Services.” The R&O was published on December 29 in the Federal

Register. The FCC has already begun strongly encouraging applicants

to provide an email address. Once an email address is provided, the

FCC will email a link to an official electronic copy of the license

grant. An official copy will also be available at any time by

accessing the licensee’s password-protected Universal Licensing

System (ULS) account.


The R&O is available online in PDF format at,




Licensees can log into the ULS License Manager System with their FRN

and password at any time and update anything in their FCC license

record, including adding an email address. For questions or password

issues, call the CORES/FRN Help Line, (877) 480-3201 (Monday –

Friday, 1300 – 2300 UTC) or reset the password on the FCC website.


The only way to refrain from providing an email address on an

application would be to submit a request to waive the new rule,

providing justification for the request. (The FCC would not be

obliged to grant such a request.)


Under Section 97.21 of the new rules, a person holding a valid

amateur radio station license “must apply to the FCC for a

modification of the license grant as necessary to show the correct

mailing and email address, licensee name, club name, license trustee

name, or license custodian name.” For a club or military recreation

station license, the application must be presented in document form

to a club station call sign administrator who must submit the

information to the FCC in an electronic batch file.


Under new Section 97.23, each license must show the grantee’s

correct name, mailing address, and email address. “The email address

must be an address where the grantee can receive electronic

correspondence,” the amended rule will state. “Revocation of the

station license or suspension of the operator license may result

when correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable

because the grantee failed to provide the correct email address.”




FCC Posts Email Address Reminder On ULS Landing Page


The FCC is encouraging users of the Universal Licensing Service

(ULS) to have an email address on file with the FCC.


The ULS Landing Page can be found at,




“Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide an email address on

their license application(s), which will trigger the electronic

issuance of an official copy of their license(s) to the email

provided upon application grant. Per the timing specified in

Rulemaking FCC 20-126, the FCC will no longer print, and licensees

will no longer be able to request, hard copy license authorizations

sent by mail.”


The Rulemaking can be found online in PDF format at,

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-126A1.pdf .


The FCC has not yet established the date by which an email address

will be required on all applications. ARRL VEC already has begun

including email addresses on FCC applications for as many applicants

as possible.



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ARRL  DX news bulletin:


ARLD002 DX news


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

LU5AG, 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.


MALDIVES, 8Q.  Massimo, IZ5KID is QRV as 8Q7MM from Male and is here

until around January 23 while on work assignment.  Activity is in

his spare time on 40, 30, 20 and 15 meters using FT8.  QSL to home



ZAMBIA, 9J.  Brian, 9J2BO is usually active on 40 meters using CW

from 0330 to 0500z.  QSL via EA5GL.


ANDORRA, C3.  Joan, C31US is usually QRV on 40 meters using CW

between 0700 and 0800z.  QSL to home call.


BOLIVIA, CP.  Antonio, EA5RM is QRV as CP1XRM from San Ignacio de

Moxos until January 26.  Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and

various digital modes.  QSL to home call.


ANTARCTICA.  Operators Taka, JA1AGS and Hiro, JH7JCX are QRV as

8J1RL from Syowa Station, IOTA AN-015, until the end of January.

Activity is on 40 to 15 meters using mainly FT8.  QSL via bureau.


SVALBARD, JW.  Erling, LB2PG is QRV as JW/LB2PG from Bear Island,

IOTA EU-027, until June 1.  Activity is on 80 to 20 meters using

SSB.  QSL to home call.


ALASKA, KL7.  As part of the Alaska RST QSO Party 2021, stations


and VY1RST/KL7 are QRV until February 15 from various regions here.

QSL via operators’ instructions.


ARGENTINA, LU.  Members of AMSAT Argentina will be QRV as LU7AA from

January 16 to 24 to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the launch

of Satellite LO-19.  Activity will be on the HF bands and V/UHF

bands using CW, SSB, various digital modes, SSTV, and FM on various

satellites.  QSL direct to LU7AA.


BULGARIA, LZ.  Special event station LZ1340B is QRV to celebrate the

1340th anniversary of the First Bulgarian Empire.  QSL via LZ3SM.


NETHERLANDS, PA.  Special event station PC19HOPE is QRV until March

10 to support efforts in containing the COVID-19 pandemic.  QSL via



SEYCHELLES, S7.  Ravi, S79VU has been QRV on 40 meters using FT8

around 0145z.  QSL via N4NGR.


POLAND, SP.  Members of the SEDINA Contest Club are QRV with special

event call sign SQ0MORSE from Szczecin until April 30 to celebrate

the 230th anniversary of the birth of Samuel F. B. Morse.  Activity

is on various HF bands.  QSL via SP1EG.


WESTERN KIRIBATI, T30.  Jack, T30TM has been QRV on 20 meters using

SSB around 0530z.  QSL via VK1TX.


GABON, TR.  Alain, TR8CA has been QRV using CW and RTTY on 20 meters

between 1600 and 1730z.  QSL via F6CBC.


MALI, TZ.  Jeff, TZ4AM has been QRV on 30 and 17 meters using CW

between 1745 and 2000z.  QSL via W0SA.


EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Special event station R170SG is QRV until the

end of January to celebrate the founding 170 years ago of the

province Samara.  QSL via operators’ instructions.


INDIA, VU.  Members of the West Bengal Radio Club are QRV as AT2GSI

from Sagar Island, IOTA AS-153, until January 16 recognizing a Hindu

pilgrimage to the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay of

Bengal.  QSL via operators’ instructions.



ZC4GR for the next few years.  Activity is mainly on 40 to 10 meters

using SSB and FT8, and possibly SSTV, PSK31 and WSPR in his spare

time.  QSL via EB7DX.


CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Pete, K8PGJ is QRV as ZF2PG until January 17.

He is active using SSB and plans to be an entry in the North

American SSB QSO Party.  QSL to home call.



American SSB QSO Party, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt,

NCCC CW Sprint Ladder, Hungarian DX Contest, PRO Digi Contest, RSGB

AFS SSB Contest, RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint, North America Collegiate

SSB Championship, WAB 1.8 MHz Phone and the Run for the Bacon QRP CW

Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.


The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and OK1WC CW Memorial are scheduled for

January 18.


The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are

scheduled for January 19.


The CWops Mini-CWT Test, 40-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt and Phone Weekly

Test Fray are scheduled for January 20.


Please see January 2021 QST, page 75, and the ARRL and WA7BNM

contest web sites for details.



ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  December 2020

Total number of ARES members:  55

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   4

Number of ARES nets active: 16 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  0

Calls of DECs/ECs reporting:     KD2GXL, K2FH, N2UJG and KD2LPM for Skywarn

Number of exercises and training sessions this month: 4   Person hours:  42

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:      18    Person Hours: 134.6

Total number of ARES operations this month:  22    Total Person Hours:   176.6



Nassau County reported training meeting conducted online Dec 10th.

NC ARES on alert for Winter storm Gail, members with Skywarn training provided storm reports.






DECEMBER  2020  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          



NYPON             SESSIONS  n/a

ESS                    SESSIONS 31  QNI  418  QTC  n/a    QSP  65   QTR  n/a

NYS/E               SESSIONS  31   QNI 125   QTC 106   QSP 97    QTR   355

BA                     SESSIONS  29  QNI 513     QTC  31   QSP 31    QTR  631

NLISTN            SESSIONS  9     QNI  51    QTC  9     QSP  9    QTR  165         11 schools

NCVHFTN       SESSIONS 31     QNI 169   QTC  49    QSP 49    QTR  443



KD2MDV   REC/ 53   SENT/ 15   TOTAL / 68

N2WGF      REC/ 13     SENT / 14   TOTAL / 27

K2TV          REC/ 14     SENT/ 8   TOTAL / 22


KD2MEN    REC/ 0     SENT/  9    TOTAL / 9



K2TV         ORIG / 1  REC / 35   SENT / 44 DEL / 4    TOTAL / 84

N2WGF      ORIG / 0  REC / 31  SENT / 20   DEL / 10    TOTAL /  61

KD2LPM   ORIG / 0  REC / 18   SENT / 6    DEL / 9      TOTAL / 33

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0  REC / 1   SENT / 9  DEL / 0    TOTAL /  10



KD2LPM/ 268, KD2GXL/ 122, K2TV/ 120, N2WGF/ 120.

Gerard Pilate  STM NLI/NYC



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 3566  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 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 Tuesday and Thursday from 15:30 to end of the net (no later than 16:30)

Here is a link to the NLI Student Traffic Net Website



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

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


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:

Important Note:

Many club meetings and /or VE sessions have been suspended due to the current COVID crisis and will resume when allowed. In the mean time, some clubs are having virtual meetings. If your club would like to due a virtual meeting via Zoom, please contact me at w2kfv@arrl.org


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 Jack
Phelan, NU2Q, LIDXA Secretary at jackp05@aol.com 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 Groups IO  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)

From President Neal “Rich” Balas, W2RB:

Due to the current COVID pandemic, all meetings and VE Sessions have been

suspended until further notice


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:

DEC:   Martin Grillo, W1EMR, w1emr@arrl.net

ADEC:  Jose Sanless, N2DDD, n2ddd@arrl.net


EC  Kings: Simon Wurster, KF2N, kf2n@arrl.net

EC  Queens:  L. Sugai, N2UJG, n2ujg@arrl.net



Nassau County:

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

ADEC’s:  Robert Jagde, KD2GRS,   kd2grs@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:   Vincent Cigna, KC2WPP, kc2wpp@arrl.net

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



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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: Martin Grillo, W1EMR, w1emr@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 :  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