July 2019 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the July 2019 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 August 2019 issue prior to
the end of the first week in August.

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:

* Hamfests:

* From the ARRL

* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR

* National Traffic System

* Club Info


Hello Everyone …..

I hope everyone had a good Field Day….It was a pleasure for me to visit almost all the sites in the Section. The weather was good and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Thank all of you for your hospitality. I hope your scores were good…I also got to stop by LIMARC’s Outdoor Hamfest and was impressed with the turnout. Great job LIMARC!

I will also be heading over to Sussex N.J. this Sunday for their Hamfest and to pick up few items and to talk to a few friends. Maybe I will see you there.

This month marks a historic 50 year anniversary occasion of  “Man Landing on the Moon”. There will be many Special Event Stations throughout the country celebrating on the air. You can see some more information below. Please support them.

I am repeating this email I received looking for any ham that worked on the Lunar Module at Grumman 50 years ago. If you are interested, please contact her.

“Montauk Observatory Inquiry:
Trying to find retired Grumman engineers who worked on the LEM project.

I’m pulling together an event for Montauk Observatory on the afternoon
of July 20th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon
landing. It will probably be held at East Hampton High School. The
program includes a presentation by a Stony Brook University astronomy
professor, who’ll be speaking about the science of Apollo (what we
learned about the Moon from the missions). I’m also holding a roundtable
of LEM workers to discuss their work and to give an insiders’ point of
view. So far, I have 5 guys, including Ray LeCann who is serving as

If you’re interested in participating or know of someone who is, please
let me know. And feel free to ask if you have any questions. Meanwhile,
thanks for your consideration!

All the best,
Donna L. McCormick
Executive Director www.MontaukObservatory.com
Member of GSBARC although my husband, Jeff Katz AC2BQ, is the ham in the


A German ham reached out to me as he is visiting New York City during the first week of December. He would like to operate at a few club stations or a hams personal station for a hour or two. He  prefers SSB, PSK1 and FT8. Transport by train is no problem. If any person or club would be interested to help him make his first US QSO’s please advise me so we can make arrangements….w2kfv@arrl.org



Please remember we are in Hurricane Season and we should not be to complacent. A good amateur radio website to checkout is The Hurricane Watch Net  at  https://www.hwn.org/.

It would also be a good time to check or update your preparations in case we have gear up. Check your supplies, radios, proper frequencies, antennas and test generators before hand so you don’t come up short.

Enjoy this great summer…. 

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

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

C:  516-315-8608

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SILENT KEYS:  ~ none reported


Upcoming Special Events:



K2M Honoring the Men and Women from Grumman who worked on the LEM

The LEM, Lunar Excursion Module, was built by Grumman on Long Island. I believe 7000 people worked on it. It never failed and successfully ferried all the astronauts that walked on the moon down from the command module to the lunar surface, then ferried them back up. Any malfunction and they don’t make it back. Of course, in the case of Apollo 13, without the LEM, they would have been history.

But all the glory always seems to go to NASA. If you look at the events, they are about the 50thanniversary of Apollo 11. Now that is important, but the LEM is a Long Island product and we wanted to honor the men and women that build it right here.

The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club is proud to sponsor the special event station K2M.

Leon, KD2ONC and Jim, W2KFV, from our club, actually worked on it. In fact, they worked on the one that flew on Apollo 11. Very cool. I felt it was important to involve those that worked on the LEM. But when we cast our net, we also want to honor Hams that may now be silent Keys that worked on it.

It will run from July16th (Launch of Apollo 11) 9:34 AM until July 24th (Splashdown). To be included either on the certificate or the K2M web page, I need a Name, Call (if possible), a short summary of what they did, and if they have a small picture that would be great. I am still in the design mode on the certificate and webpage, so I can’t be sure about the layout yet.

If you’re an amateur radio operator, you can also join the celebration with us, if you’re able, by helping operate special event station K2M from July 16th through July 24th, marking the 50th anniversary of a space achievement will never forget.

On July 16th KD2ONC, Leon and W2KFV, Jim will be present to call the first CQ for K2MK2M is the special events call we reserved to honor the men and women that worked on the LEM here on Long Island.

Any station that contacts us during this time period will be able to download a personalized certificate once the event is over.

On July 20th at Gilbert Park in The Village of Brightwaters, we have been given a permit to operate from 8AM until 11:30 PM. This will allow us to use this beautiful park for two things, from the club trailer, we will have three ham stations on the air talking to other hams around the world celebrating the accomplishments of the Grumman employees in building the LEM.

In the evening, one of the club members, AB2ZI, Kevin, will be bringing his 16” telescope to observe the moon. This date will mark 50 years from the original landing on the moon. Anyone in the park is invited to take a look.

Also, come by the trailer and listen to the stations talking and if you have a valid license, you can operate K2M. We hope to have some of the Grumman employees will be there to tell their stories.

We want to thank the Village of Brightwaters for allowing us to have this event.

If you were part of the effort that brought the lunar module to the surface of the moon in 1969, you have a story to tell. Whether you worked directly for Grumman or were affiliated with the project in other ways, you were a part of a moment in history that goes well beyond Long Island.

So, we’d like to help you publish a video to tell your part of the story – not just to us but the world. The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club is collecting the recollections of anyone involved in some way with the LEM – its construction, its design, its planning or perhaps just supporting those on the team who did the hands-on work.

Tell us what you remember – we’ll do the rest. Contract us at NO2C@ARRL.net and let’s share your personal pride in having helped change the world forever with the Eagle’s landing.



Apollo 11 Special Events Station, July 21, 2019

Long Island played an important role in the successful moon landing of July 20th, 1969. The Cradle of Aviation Museum celebrates the development of the Lunar Excursion Module developed by Grumman, and the successful moon walk by Astronaut Neil Armstrong. We will be operating on July 21. 2019 from 9 AM until 4 PM on 20m(14.260+/-), and will also try 10, 15 and digital.

For additional information, visit the Apollo Website

QSL Information

If you would like to request a QSL card, please send SASE(#10 envelope). Foreign station please include $2.00 USD. You can order a certificate for $4.00 or we will send by email. Send request to education@limarc.org.

Cradle of Aviation Special Event
P.O. Box 392
Levittown, NY 11756





Special Event Stations to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing


A number of Amateur Radio special event stations will be (or already are) on the air during July to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.

The list includes:

N8A, until July 24, Midwest VHF/UHF Society, West Chester, Ohio; WB4ICJ, July 14 – 20, Kennedy Space Center; N1A, July 14 – 28, Milford (Ohio) Amateur Radio Club; N4A, July 16 – 25, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Amateur Radio Club; K2M, July 16 – 24, Great South By Amateur Radio Club (honoring those who built the LEM on Long Island); K2CAM, July 16 – 24, Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club;

N5A, July 18 – 21, Razorback Contest Club, Springdale, Arkansas; W3A, July 18 – 23, the National Electronics Museum Amateur Radio Club (K3NEM); W4A, July 19 – 21, Huntsville (Alabama) Amateur Radio Club; K8QYL, July 20, Reservoir Amateur Radio Association; K9MOT, July 20 – 21, Motorola Amateur Radio Club; N0M, July 20 – 22, South East Metro Amateur Radio Club; K1M, July 20 – 28, Stratford Amateur Radio Club; GB5EHL, until July 28, Leicester Radio Society “Eagle Has Landed” commemoration, and PA11APOLLO, until August 2, in the Netherlands.

Search for additional Apollo 11 special event stations on the ARRL website.








Sussex County ~ 2019 SCARC HAMFEST
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Gates open at 6:00am for sellers/tailgaters
8:00am for buyers

The SCARC Hamfest will be at the Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Fairgrounds:

37 Plains Road
Augusta, NJ 07822

Talk-In is 147.300 (+) pL 151.4
Latitude and Longitude is 41° 08’ 10.32” N, 74° 43’ 2.03” W
(decimal 41.136200 x -74.717233)



From the ARRL:


W1AW, NU1AW to be Headquarters Multipliers for the IARU HF Championship


During the IARU HF Championship contest July 13 – 14, the ARRL HQ station will be W1AW/7, on the air from Nevada with Tom Taormina, K5RC, as control operator. IARU International Secretariat Club station NU1AW, which will be on the air from KC1XX in New Hampshire and from K1TTT in Massachusetts, also counts as an HQ station.

Both single and multioperator stations may operate the entire 24-hour period, and stations may operate on phone, on CW, or on both modes. IARU member-society HQ stations send signal report and official IARU member-society abbreviation (e.g., ARRL).

Members of the IARU Administrative Council and the three IARU regional Executive Committees send “AC,” “R1,” “R2,” and “R3,” as appropriate. All other stations send signal report and ITU zone.




Maritime Radio Historical Society Announces 20th Anniversary “Night of Nights” Event


The Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) “Night of Nights” event on July 12 (July 13 UTC) will mark the 20th anniversary of the day when the commercial stations that once populated the HF bands ended CW service, leading to the founding of the MRHS.

While shore stations KPH, KFS, and K6KPH are on the air each Saturday, every available transmitter at the Bolinas, California, site is brought on line for the Night of Nights, including “heavy-iron” transmitters from the 1940s and 1950s. Stations KPH and KFS will return to the airwaves with CW transmissions on MF and HF, and K6KPH will work other amateur radio stations on 80, 40, 20, and 15 meters.

QSLs are available with an SASE. K6KPH is looking for experienced CW-proficient operators for those within driving distance of the historic RCA receive site at Point Reyes National Seashore— Thanks to Brian Smith, W9IND


Window Closing on July 15 for Volunteer Monitor Program Applications


As of the close of business on Monday, July 15, applications for the new Volunteer Monitor Program no longer will be accepted. Some 250 applications have been submitted to fill approximately 150 Volunteer Monitor (VM) positions in the program, which is succeeding the Official Observer (OO) program. Retired FCC special counsel and former Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, is overseeing ARRL’s role in the development and implementation of the program, and he has been interviewing every applicant. Those not selected as VMs will be placed in a reserve pool. Current OOs were invited to apply for appointments.

Approved by the ARRL Board of Directors at its July 2018 meeting, the new Volunteer Monitor Program represents a formal agreement between the FCC and ARRL in which volunteers trained and vetted by ARRL will monitor the airwaves and collect evidence that can be used to correct misconduct as well as to recognize exemplary on-air operation. ARRL will refer incidents of flagrant violations to the FCC for action, in accordance with FCC guidelines, and the FCC will give priority to enforcement cases developed by the Volunteer Monitor Program. The FCC proposed the program following the closures of several FCC regional office and a reduction in field staff.

ARRL and the FCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes the Volunteer Monitor Program as a replacement for the Official Observers.

The first Volunteer Monitors could be in place and ready to begin their duties by this fall.



IARU President Offers Assurances Regarding French 144 – 146 MHz Allocation Proposal


International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, said his organization empathizes with the concerns of radio amateurs worldwide regarding a French proposal to allocate 144 – 146 MHz to the Aeronautical Service on a primary basis, essentially sharing it with Amateur Radio. The band is currently allocated to Amateur Radio on a primary basis around the world. Ellam this week offered assurances that the IARU is on top of the matter, which is still a regional issue, and is already working to keep the band in the hands of radio amateurs. While the issue could end up on the agenda of World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23), a lot would have to happen first.

“There is a lot of misinformation circulating as to what the proposal is seeking and how IARU is responding to it,” Ellam told ARRL. “While the proposal is a concern, petitions and the like, while well intended, are going to have very limited value and, in fact, may harm the steps being taken in the regulatory environment.”

The French proposal, submitted last month to a pre-WRC-19 European Conference of Telecommunications and Postal Administrations (CEPT) meeting, included 144 – 146 MHz within a range of frequencies to be studied for future airborne, non-safety applications in the Aeronautical Service. Germany opposed the move, and IARU “objected strongly,” Ellam said. “Nonetheless, the proposal was carried forward to the next meeting of the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group in late August.” IARU anticipates that other countries attending the August meeting will oppose the inclusion of 144 – 146 MHz as a frequency range to be considered for the WRC-23 agenda, Ellam said.

Since the June meeting, IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, and the Middle East) has asked its member-societies to contact their national administrations (i.e., governments) to explain the importance of the 144 – 146 MHz primary allocation, Ellam recounted. “IARU is also taking other actions to make its views known to those involved in the proposal,” he said.

According to Ellam, the French proposal provides no rationale for including the amateur band in the proposed spectrum study, and that IARU believes sharing with airborne systems would be extremely challenging and lead to constraints on the development of the Amateur and Amateur Satellite services. IARU has pointed out that suitable alternative spectrum exists in the VHF range.

“If accepted as a WRC-23 Agenda Item, this proposal would require 4 years of studies by administrations,” Ellam stressed. “Considering the challenges of sharing spectrum with aeronautical systems, it seems inevitable that the conclusion of such studies would be that sharing with a widely used part of the amateur spectrum presents too many problems to be viable.”

Ellam encouraged individual radio amateurs who want to help to become members of their IARU member-society — ARRL in the US. “The work they do is not as well-known as it should be and receives very little recognition,” Ellam said. “Support from all radio amateurs to the work of IARU is vital to meet threats to the amateur spectrum.”

Ellam attributed Amateur Radio’s success at previous WRCs in defending against spectrum threats and gaining new bands to “the support for IARU from its member-societies and the dedicated work of IARU representatives — all of whom are volunteers.”

“If anything,” Ellam concluded, “this recent news about a potential risk to 144 – 146 MHz should serve as a timely reminder that defense of the amateur spectrum does not just happen. Your member-societies and the IARU constantly work at defending the amateur allocations.”




QST Now Listing Code Proficiency Award Recipients


Starting with the August issue, QST will list the recipients of W1AW CodeProficiency certificates. Key manufacturer Vibroplex now is sponsoring the certificates, which debut a new design. The Code Proficiency program has been an ARRL staple for decades. Participants who copy a W1AW qualifying run and submit 1 minute of legible solid copy and the $10 certificate fee can qualify.

Send submissions to W1AW Qualifying Run, 225 Main St, Newington, CT USA 06111. These are checked directly against the official W1AW text, and those demonstrating solid copy will receive an initial Code Proficiency certificate. Endorsement stickers, which cost $7.50, are issued for speeds up to 40 WPM.

The W1AW Code Proficiency Program is open to hams and non-hams alike. Those seeking to attain a Code Proficiency certificate can listen to W1AW daily code practice sessions, in which the text is taken directly from QST, as announced before each practice run.


Report: California Earthquakes Disrupted HF Propagation on West Coast


British Columbia radio amateur Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, said that an Independence Day magnitude 6.4 earthquake in California’s Mojave Desert and multiple aftershocks negatively affected HF propagation on the US west coast. Schwarz, who maintains the “RF Seismograph” and has drawn a correlation between earthquake activity and HF band conditions, said the radio disruption began at around 1600 UTC on July 4, and continued into July 5. He said that on July 4, the blackout was total except for 20 meters, where conditions were “severely attenuated,” Schwarz said. The RF Seismograph also detected the magnitude 7.1 earthquake on July 6 in the same vicinity, Schwarz reported. The distance between the monitoring station in Vancouver, British Columbia, and that quake’s epicenter is 1,240 miles.

“Things are back to normal after the strong quake, as far as the ionosphere is concerned, but the unrest has not stopped yet,” Schwarz told ARRL on July 8. “There were over 7,000 mostly small quakes, and these do not seem to have the energy to affect the ionosphere. We all hope that this will settle down soon.” Schwarz said the RF Seismometer detected a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Indonesia. 

Over the holiday weekend, Schwarz had reported “a massive short-wave radio blackout” on the west coast. “It is not caused by the sun (the sun is quiet), but the field lines of the ’quakes themselves,” he said. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake took place off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on July 4.

On July 6, Schwarz said, the RF Seismograph showed an increase in noise on 80 meters some 13 hours beforehand, as well as some propagation changes on 40 and 30 meters — low before the quake and increasing in its wake. Increases in noise on 15 and 10 meters were detected some 10 hours before the earthquake, diminishing about 3 hours afterward. In addition, noise level and propagation changes on 20 meters some 3 hours before the earthquake.

Schwarz said larger quakes spur longer periods of 80-meter noise which cross the day/night boundary. “The difficulty is the 80 meter noise difference between day and night, which is hard to subtract from the graphs,” he added. With earthquakes of lesser magnitude (4.0 to 5.9), the RF Seismograph displays the rise and fall typically within daytime or nighttime propagation, making it more obvious. “The measurement on the other bands is more consistent, and the quake can have either an amplifying or attenuating effect on propagation,” Schwarz told ARRL.

All of the earthquakes of the past few days occurred within a 4-square-mile area in and around Ridgecrest in Kern County. Several injuries were reported, along with property damage. ARES and the Sierra Amateur Radio Club (SARC) have actively supported communications during the earthquake swarm and magnitude 7.1 quake in and around Ridgecrest, in the Mojave Desert. “Many club members are busy collecting information, running an emergency net, as well as staffing a back-up communication van,” Mike Herr, WA6ARA, told ARRL on July 7.

The RF Seismograph propagation tool employs an omnidirectional multiband antenna to monitor JT65 frequencies (±10 kHz) on 80, 40, 30, 20, 15, and 10 meters. Recorders monitor the background noise and display the result in six color-coded, long-duration graphs displaying 6 hours of scans. When signals are present on a band, its graph trace starts to resemble a series of vertical bars.

The RF Seismograph recorded the magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Ecuador on February 22. Schwarz recounted that noise on 15 meters began to be visible about 1 hour before the quake; then, 2 hours after the quake released, 15 meters started to recover. It did not affect 80 meters. “The earthquakes show up as RF noise because of the electric field lines, now scientifically confirmed to change the way the ionosphere reflects RF,” Schwarz said.

Schwarz has cited an article in the October 2018 edition of Scientific American, which, he says, explains the phenomenon. (See Erik Vance’s “Earthquakes in the sky,” Scientific American, October 2018, p. 44.)

The Scientific American article explores measurements in Japan and how earthquakes can create electric field lines that extend into the atmosphere. Schwarz said 171 earthquakes — all magnitude 6.0 events or greater — were studied, and only 15 of them had no RF noise associated with them.

RF Seismograph is now a project on Scistarter.com, facilitated through Arizona State University. Contact Schwarz for additional information.



The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Antenna Polarity”  is the topic of the latest episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen…and learn!


“ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smart phone — whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for “ARRL The Doctor is In”). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide.


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SB DX ARL ARLD026ARLD026 DX news This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided byThe Daily DX, The OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corralfrom QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanksto all. ITU HQ, 4U_ITU.  Brennan, N4QX is in Geneva and QRV as both HB9/N4QXand 4U1ITU until July 4.  QSL via operator’s instructions. UGANDA, 5X.  Anders, SM0HPL is QRV as 5X7W from Kampala until July 6while on work assignment.  Activity is in his spare time on the HFbands using QRP power and CW, JT65, FT8 and FT4.  QSL direct to homecall. TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 9Y.  Karel, OK2ZI is QRV as 9Y4/OK2ZI fromTrinidad, IOTA SA-011, until July 6.  Activity is on 40 to 10 metersusing CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL to home call. TAIWAN, BV.  Special event station BV0ME is QRV until 0359z onDecember 13.  Activity is on the HF bands using FT8 during theweekdays and SSB during the weekends.  QSL via BU2EQ. CHILE, CE.  Members of the Grupo YL Zona Norte will be QRV withspecial event stations CB1SOL in Iquique and CB2SOL in Coquimbo fromJuly 1 to 7 for the Solar Eclipse that occurs on July 2.  Activitywill be on the HF bands.  QSL via CA2MEM.     FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA.  Special event station DL0SOP willbe QRV during July to support the annual Sea of Peace award.  QSLvia bureau.     SPAIN, EA.  Members of the Asociacion de Radioaficionados de Padronare QRV with special event call AO50MOON during July to commemoratethe first manned landing on the Moon.  QSL via EA1RCI.     REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL.  Special event station HL18FINA will be QRVfrom July 1 to August 18 to celebrate the Federation Internationalede Natation’s 18th World Championships and World MastersChampionships.  QSL via HL4CCM. SVALBARD, JW.  Peter, LA7QIA will be QRV as JW7QIA from Spitsbergen,IOTA EU-026, from June 29 to July 6.  Activity will be on 6 metersfrom Grid Square JQ68.  QSL to home call.     AUSTRIA, OE.  Special event stations OE2XXM and OE5XXM will be QRVduring July to celebrate the 35th international Ham Radio meeting inGosau.  Activity will be mostly on 80 and 40 meters using SSB, aswell as 2 meters and 70 centimeters.  QSL via bureau. CRETE, SV9.  Paul, SA6PIS will be QRV as SV9/SA6PIS/p from Chaniafrom June 30 to July 7.  Activity will be holiday style on 40, 20,15 and 10 meters using SSB.  QSL to home call. TUVALU, T2.  Tony, 3D2AG and John, KK7L are QRV as T2AR and T2R,respectively, until July 5.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters,including 6 and 2 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8.  QSLT2AR direct via 3D2AG and T2R direct via N7SMI. UKRAINE, UR.  Special event station EM2019ARDF is QRV until July 4to mark the 3rd IARU World Youth ARDF Championship being held here.QSL via bureau. SOUTH SUDAN, Z8.  Diya, YI1DZ is QRV as Z81D from Juba until October10.  Activity is in his spare time on 80 to 10 meters using SSB andFT8.  QSL via OM3JW. GIBRALTAR, ZB.  Members of the Gibraltar Amateur Radio Society willbe QRV as ZB2IG19 from July 5 to 31 for the XVIII NatWestInternational Island Games.  QSL via bureau. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The RAC Canada Day Contest, QRP 20-MeterCW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Feld Hell Sprint,Battle of Carabobo International Phone Contest, UFT QRP Contest,10-10 International Spirit of 76 QSO Party and IQRP QuarterlyMarathon are on tap for this weekend. The RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship is scheduled for July 1. The Fireflies QRP 72 Sprint and ARS Spartan CW Sprint are scheduledfor July 2. The CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for July 3. The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runsfor the entire year of 2019, with special stations active fromCanada’s parks and historic sites. Please see June QST, page 86, July QST, page 85, and the ARRL andWA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.NNNN




ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  June  2019

Total  number of ARES members:  145

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   2/0

Number of ARES nets active: 21   Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  1

Calls of DECs/ECs reporting:     W2BRU/ KD2GXL , KD2LPM for Skywarn

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 11  Person hours:   96

Number of Public Service events this month:    1     Person hours :      59

Number of emergency operations this month:    0        Person hours     0

Number of Skywarn operations this month:      9       Person Hours:     18.1

Total number of ARES operations this month:   21     Total Person Hours:   173.1


Nassau County: Training on Situational awareness and preps for Gold Coast Bike Tour. PSE: ARES Display and recruitment drive at LIMARC Field Day as well as digital mode operations for Public Relations/Information providing awareness to public about ARES capabilities during outages of telecommunications/internet  





JUNE  2019  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          



NYPON             SESSIONS  30     QNI  123      QTC  65        QSP  60     QTR  291

ESS                    SESSIONS  30     QNI  316      QTC  n/a        QSP  47     QTR  n/a

NYS/E               SESSIONS  30     QNI  146       QTC  77        QSP  73    QTR  269

BA                      SESSIONS  30     QNI  524      QTC  46        QSP  46     QTR  716

NLISTN              SESSIONS  3      QNI  19        QTC  2          QSP  2       QTR  40

NCVHFTN         SESSIONS  30     QNI  139     QTC  40         QSP  40     QTR  177





KD2MDV   REC/ 53    SENT / 22       TOTAL / 73

K2TV          REC / 6     SENT / 17     TOTAL / 23

N2WGF      REC / 4     SENT / 4       TOTAL / 8

KD2MEN   REC/ 1      SENT / 6      TOTAL / 7




KD2MDV   ORIG / 1  REC / 77  SENT / 78  DEL / 18    TOTAL /  174

K2TV         ORIG / 0  REC / 22  SENT / 35  DEL / 0    TOTAL /  57

KD2LPM   ORIG / 1  REC / 12   SENT / 8     DEL / 8   TOTAL /  30

N2WGF      ORIG / 0  REC / 8 SENT / 7     DEL / 1   TOTAL /  16

W2CTG     ORIG / 0  REC / 6   SENT / 6   DEL / 6   TOTAL /  18

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0 REC / 1    SENT / 6   DEL / 0     TOTAL /  7




JUNE  2019 – PSHR

N2WGF/ 346, K2KNB/ 296, KD2LPM/ 270, KD2GXL / 249, WB2ZEX/ 184, K2TV/ 125, W2CTG/ 71.


Gerard Pilate  STM NLI/NYC

” You can’t change, what you can’t measure”



NYS/M*/ 10am local time daily /*NYS/E*/ 7pm local time daily /*NYS/L*/
10pm local time daily –

As of now the frequency for all things NTS in NY is 3576. The alternate
freq. is usually  7042 kHz ± but 80 is starting to go long again, so if
you can get on top band, the alternate of 1807 kHz.

INDEPENDENT CW NETS which maintain close association with the NTS.

Empire Slow Speed Net (ESS) 6pm daily on 3576 kHz . Alt. 7044 kHz ±

Hit and Bounce Slow Speed Traffic Net (HBSN) 7112 kHz at 7:30 am daily.

Hit and Bounce Net (HBN) 8:30 am daily on 7112 kHz


New York Public Operations Net (NYPON) 5pm daily on 3925 kHz ± QRM,
alternate freq. 3913 kHz

The NTS local nets are:

Big Apple Traffic Net
Big Apple Traffic Net meets @ 8:00 PM on 440.600 +5 141.3 PL
Check www.BigAppleTrafficNet.org for our schedule.

Nassau Co. VHF Net Nightly at 7:30pm. Pri: 146.805/R (136.5pl)Alt.1:
147.135/R (136.5pl) Alt.2: 443.525/R (114.8)
NCVHFTN Website: : http://www.nassautraffic.net

 NLI Student Traffic Net.  


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


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

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


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


Digital Traffic:

K2TV, K9NYS, KD2MEN and N2WGF are now operational as a Digital Relay Stations on HF winlink representing the New York City/Long Island Section.



Club Meetings and Information:

Club events are being kept up to date on the Event Calendar.
These events, with contact information, can be found using the NLI
Events link at the top of the homepage. If you would like your club
event publicized and listed on the calendar, please send me an email
with the pertinent information. Be sure to include the date(s) and
contact information for the club/responsible party. Also be certain to
include a link to the information on your website. I will not cull the
information from your club newsletters as I will not assume that you
want the event publicized. You must email me with a specific request to
include the event on the Section calendar.

The Club listing is always being updated. Please submit your meeting
information to w2kfv@arrl.org

NOTE:  Always check with the club to verify the date, time and
location of the events/meetings listed here.


The ARCECS meets monthly on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM.

American Red Cross on Long Island

195 Willis Avenue

Mineola, NY 11501

For more information go to their website: http://www.arcecs.org
Please contact Leonard Smith (PIO) at: n2ldv@arrl.net for information.


BONAC Amateur Radio Club (BARC)

BARC meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Amagansett
Library (except November, which is on the 3rd Thursday). For more
information please go to the club website at http://www.bonacarc.org

Or contact President Steven Akkala, KD2CJW at   kd2cjw@arrl.net



Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)

President ; Nick Franco – KF2P

Contact Person : Bill Eisele – KD2FFL   weisele@bnl.gov

For more information please go to the club website at http://www.arc.bnl.gov/BNLARC/Home.html


Camp Pouch Amateur Radio Association (WA2CP)  http://www.wa2cp.org

Meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. 1 PM. At the William H. Pouch Scout Camp, 1465 Manor Road, Staten Island. Club E Mail, info@wa2cp.org

Contact: Gary Litner, KB2BSL at kb2bsl@wa2cp.org


Grumman ARC (GARC)  http://www.qsl.net/wa2lqo/

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

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


Great South Bay ARC

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



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

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

Kings County Radio Club (KC2RC)

Club Meeting Info:

New York – Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

1st Wednesday Of Each Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


On Fridays at 9:00 P.M. is the N2RGA’s Swap and Shop Net 146.730 Yaesu Fusion Digital Set You Radio To DN Mode. or Our Wires X Room search -KC2RC – Node #40821. You can also Stream it at  https://stream.kc2rc.com/Analog and anyone not by a radio Log into the website and go to chat. Net control can list your items

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 80 members including hams from out of state and has a very unique website dedicated to all aspects of CW:    www.longislandcwclub.org


Long Island DX Association (LIDXA)


Regular meetings are at 8pm on the third Tuesday of the month at The
Town of Oyster Bay-Ice Skating Center, 1001 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage
(Community Room 1). For club details, see our Web site, or contact Ed
Whitman, K2MFY, LIDXA Secretary at edwhit@optonline.net for further

LIDXA President, John, W2GW, and Aaron Broges, WC2C are ARRL DXCC
card checkers. Bring your new DXCC cards and paperwork to these
meetings for official verification and credit.


Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC)

LIMARC meets the second Wednesday each month, 8PM at Levittown Hall,
201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY. All are welcome. Bring a
Webpage is: http://www.limarc.org

Club Contact: President, Richie Cetron, k2knb@limarc.org



Long Island Transmitter Hunters (LITHARC)

Seeking new participants A group of Long Island transmitter hunting
enthusiasts has been conducting hunts on Friday nights with an
occasional Sunday event  and we are seeking new participants to join in
the fun. Anyone interested in learning more about the activity of radio
direction finding and radio fox hunting is invited to come out as
a hunter or rider. A LITHARC discussion group (Long Island Transmitter
Hunters ARC) has been established on Yahoo Groups as a central
information and communications site.

You are welcome to sign up to keep informed about upcoming events. If
you would like our group to conduct a hunt in your area that would
include members of your radio club, please let us know. For more
information, contact Larry, WA2SUH at wa2suh@aol.com


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

Meetings every Monday night at 7:30 PM in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
at the Lannin House, Field #6 / 6A. The General meeting is the last
Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. All are welcome. Contact 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

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


Radio Club of Junior High School 22 NYC

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


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


Staten Island Amateur Radio Association (SIARA)

President Neal “Rich” Balas, W2RB

We have our regularly scheduled meeting the third Friday of every
month. Time: 8 PM.  We also have a registered ARRL VEC test session at
every meeting.
Walk-ins are OK but please call and let us know you’re planning on

IMPORTANT, if you’re taking your first Amateur radio exam you will
need two forms of identification, at least one with a picture, $15 cash
(no checks or credit cards will be excepted). If you are upgrading your
license you will need your ORIGINAL license and a COPY of your license
(you also need two forms of ID, one with a picture and $15 cash).

The Address is:

Eger Nursing Home
140 Meisner Ave
Staten Island, NY

Anyone needing additional information can contact Mike Siegel W2RT at
917-412-1580 or W2RT@arrl.net


Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)

Monthly meeting is the third Tuesday of the month at 8 PM ,

32 Seeley St. Brookhaven N.Y. 11719..

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:    Bob Jordan, KD2BQM, kd2bqm@arrl.net

New York City:

DEC:   Daniel Katzovicz, W2BRU, w2bru@arrl.net

ADEC’s: Jose Sanles, N2DDD, n2ddd@arrl.net

Simon Wurster, K2FH,   k2fh@arrl.net


EC ‘s: Jason Vasquez, WF2N,  wf2n@arrl.net

Evan Bauer, KC2YAY,  kc2yay@arrl.net


Nassau County:

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

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

Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL, kd2gxl@ncaresmail.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Suffolk County:

DEC:  Bill Scheibel, N2NFI n2nfi@yahoo.com


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

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

Town of Brookhaven: Ted Debowy, AC2IR, tdebowyac2ir@gmail.com
2nd Monday of the month at the Middle Country Library,
101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach, NY at 7:30 pm

Town of Riverhead:   Steve Casko, W2SFC, w2sfc@arrl.net                                                     Monthly meeting TBD

Town of Southampton:    Vacant

Town of Southold:     Don Fisher, N2QHV, n2qhv@arrl.net
ARES announcements and business conducted during the Peconic ARC
1st Friday of the month at 6:30 pm. Mattituck Public Library on the Main Road
(route 25) in Mattituck.

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

Town of Shelter Island:     Vacant

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


Other Stuff :

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

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

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

NLI DX Spotting Clusters:

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


ARRL Additional :

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



ARES E-Letter, sign up now!

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


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



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


NLI Webpage:

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


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


NLI Staff :

SEC:  Bob Jordan, KD2BQM, kd2bqm@arrl.net

DEC  New York City: Donni Katzovicz ,W2BRU, w2bru@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
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