March 2013 Newsletter
This is the March 2013 edition of the New York City-Long Island
Section e-Happenings newsletter.
This newsletter is here to serve the Amateur Radio community in our
area. We welcome and encourage all submissions. Help make this your
newsletter. We especially encourage NLI radio clubs and organizations
to submit their meeting announcements, guest speakers and any special
events. Please submit any information for the April issue prior to
the end of the first week in April.
Section News
Section News is available ONLY on the world-wide-web. See the NLI site
* From Jim Mezey,W2KFV Section Manager
* From Russ Logar, KC2LSB, Section Emergency Coordinator
* From Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB, Section Traffic Manager
* Club Info
Happy St. Patrick’s Day !…Here we are in mid March and hopefully our winter weather will break and we can make those needed antenna repairs. DX has been pretty good with 15 meters being very hot the last couple of days. I attended the Hudson Division Cabinet Meeting for NLI Club Presidents and Directors on February 24th. Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB gave a great presentation of his ideas that he wants to present to the ARRL Board as well asking and getting inputs from the clubs that were present. I had a nice chat with Vice Director Bill Hudzik, W2UDT and other Club Presidents and board members. I also attended the LIMARC Hamfest on March 3rd. The place was filled with vendors selling both new and old items. I meet many members of the Section as they strolled through the hamfest having a good time. There was also a VE Session which produced 12 new licensees or upgrades. Congratulations to LIMARC for having such a nice event.
From KCRA:
We just completed our first class of 2013. 21 people signed up and participated in the E-Mail portion of the class for 7 weeks, 11 showed up for the two day class & exam. Of these 11, 9 passed. Others will take the exam during our April VE session.
We had 3 drop outs.For the first time we offered a 1st year combination membership to both the ARRL and the KCRA, discounted thanks to the commission program. EVERY person who passed joined, all 9 of them.
Majority of the students were NY Guard/National Guard soldiers.
Instructors/VE’s were:  KB2BSL,WA2GUG, KC2PED, KC2LEB, KB2PSI
This was a free NON-CRAM class and exam done under the Gordon West “Ham It Up” program, using the LARC VEC.
73, Gary, KB2BSL
It’s time to apply for the Teachers Institute!
The ARRL Education & Technology Program has announced the schedule for two sessions of our professional development workshop, the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology (TI-1) being offered during July 2013.
We are also pleased to announce that Dayton Amateur Radio Association will be supporting and hosting a new professional development opportunity, an advanced Teachers Institute (TI-2) on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering, at their new educational facility. A March QST article includes a description of this new workshop.
Please visit the ARRL website at: for more information about Teachers Institute curriculum content, participant requirements, dates and locations and other details. Go to  to download an application.
Tuition, resources and most expenses to attend the Teachers Institute are paid by donations to the ARRL Education & Technology Fund. Donate to support Wireless Technology Literacy today!
Debra Johnson, K1DMJ
Education Services Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111-1494
Office:(860) 594-0296
Fax: (860) 594-0259
ARRL Award Nominations are Open
Each year the ARRL Board of Directors has the opportunity to select recipients for a number of awards in various categories that honor Amateur Radio operators.
The nomination period is now open for the ARRL awards that are designed to recognize educational, technological and service pursuits in Amateur Radio.  There is also an award to honor a young Amateur Radio operator. Please log onto for specific details and information on how to nominate or submit supporting endorsements.
The ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award is awarded to an ARRL volunteer Amateur Radio instructor or to an ARRL professional classroom teacher who uses creative instructional approaches and models the highest values of the Amateur Radio community. The award has been focused to reflect quality of instruction and commitment to licensing instruction. Nominations should be received by March 15, 2013, to be considered for this year.
The Hiram Percy Maxim Award is for a licensed radio amateur under age 21 (and an ARRL member) whose accomplishments and contributions are of the most exemplary nature within the framework of Amateur Radio activities. Nominations for this award need to be made through your Section Manger (see page 16) who will then forward the nomination to ARRL Headquarters by March 31, 2013.
The ARRL Microwave Development Award is presented to a licensed radio amateur or to individuals who are licensed radio amateurs contribute to the development of the Amateur Radio microwave bands. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2013.
The ARRL Technical Service Award recognizes a licensed radio amateur or individuals who are licensed radio amateurs that provide Amateur Radio technical assistance or training to others. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2013.
The ARRL Technical Innovation Award is granted to a licensed radio amateur or to individuals who are licensed radio amateurs who develop and apply new technical ideas or techniques in Amateur Radio. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2013.
The Knight Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize exceptionally notable contributions by an ARRL Section Manager to the health and vitality of the League.
For more information about these awards, visit
You may also contact Steve Ewald, WV1X, at or 860-594-0265 at ARRL Headquarters.
Upcoming Special Events:
Special Event Station: LIMARC will be hosting a SES in honor of Charles Lindberg’s Flight across the Atlantic May 20-21st 2013. More to come.
Field Day 2013 will be held on June 22 and 23rd.  See for more information.
July17-20, 2014  the ARRL will be holding a Centennial Celebration and Convention in Hartford Ct. For more information go to:
Jim Mezey, W2KFV
Section Manager – NYC/ Long Island
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™
Emergency Communications Advisory Committee Representative
Hudson Division
H: 516-997-6023
C: 516-315-8608
F: 516-997-2164
From SEC Russ Logar, KC2LSB:
ARRL Section:                 New York / Long Island
Month:                     February
Year:                     2013
Total  number of ARES members:         158
Change since last month:         18
Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month: 2/7
Number of ARES nets active:         32
Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:     2
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting:         NY2K, N2RDB ,N2PQJ, KB2SCS, K2FTC, KB2KAB,,KC2NBE, N1JSP,AC2IR
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month:     27    Person hours:    270.3
Number of Public Service events this month:             0    Person hours     0
Number of emergency operations this month:             6    Person hours     8.9
Total number of ARES operations this month:             27    Total Person Hours     279.2
Tim, N2RDB:
Man-Hours Report does not include prep time, CADRE, Section Meetings and off-hour discussions and meetings, digital work i.e. digital training, website, etc.
We are providing communications for the West Islip High School run for fun today (03/03/2013).  The report will be in the March file.

Russ Logar, KC2LSB
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Section Emergency Coordinator
New York / Long Island Section
From Jim Kettyle , KC2LEB, Section Traffic Manager

Hudson Division, Nation Traffic System, New York / Long Island Section
Net Name Abbreviation Sessions QNI QTC QSP QTR Net Manager
Big Apple Traffic Net BATN 16 124 16 16 307 KC2LEB
NYS Early NYS/E 28 133 49 48 177 K2TD
NYS Late NYS/L 28 123 62 46 201 K2TD
NYS Morning NYS/M 0 0 0 0 0 WA2IAX
Empire Slow Speed ESS 28 493 0 82 0 WI2G
Nassau County Traffic Net NCVHF 25 114 33 33 251 N2WGF
New York Phone NYP 0 0 0 0 0
NY Public Operator’s Net NYPON 0 0 0 0 0 AA2Y

NLI Monthy Report Totals NLI NTS 125 987 160 225 936 KC2LEB / STM

Station Activity Report (SAR)

Call Originated Received Sent Delivered     Total
K2TV 0 0 0 0     0
N2WGF 0 6 6 6     18
KC2LEB 0 5 1 5     11
WB2FTX 0 101 92 36     229

Public Service Honor Roll (PHSR)
Call 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
K2TV 0 40 0 0 0 0 40
N2WGF 0 18 0 0 0 0 18
KC2LEB 0 8 40 0 0 40 88
WB2FTX 40 40 30 10 0 10 130

NTS Digital
Call Received Sent         Total
K2TV 70 13         83
0 0         0

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 topband, the alternate of 1807 kHz.
INDEPENDENT CW NETS which maintain close association with the NTS.
Empire Slow Speed Net (ESS) 6pm daily on 3576 kHz . Alt. 7044 ±
Hit and Bounce Net (HBN) 8:30am daily on 3576 kHz .
Hit and Bounce Slow Net (HBSN) Please note the frequency change for the
Hit & Bounce Slow Speed Traffic Net to 3574 KHz at 7:30 AM EST. Seven
days a week. Bob K2TV
New York Phone*/ (NYP). CEASES OPERATION 12/18/2011
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 440.550 +5 141.3 PL
Check for our schedule.
Jim, KC2LEB “ Net Manager
Nassau Co. VHF Net Nightly at 7:30pm. Pri: 146.805/R (136.5pl)Alt.1:
147.135/R (136.5pl) Alt.2: 443.525/R (114.8)
NCVHFTN Website: :
Suffolk Co. VHF Net
K2TV is now operational as a Digital Relay Station on HF winlink
representing the New York City/Long Island section.
I will be receiving NLI traffic via the W2SFD Pactor MBO. Hopefully
this will expedite traffic in and out of NLI.
WB2FTX is putting me in for a Digital Relay Station appointment.
We are still in the process of organizing the Suffolk County VHF
traffic net and will be running the W2EAG Trafic Handling Course on the
air once it starts. N2NFI/R on 145.370 (136.5 PL) and the W2GSB/R ON
223.860 (156.7 pl) will be used connected via IRLP.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:15 PM are the tentative beginning
times and frequencies.  Anyone interested please contact K2TV at
UPCOMING Club Events/Meetings:
Club events are being kept up to date on the Event Calendar.
These events, with contact information, can be found using the NLI
Events link at the top of the homepage. If you would like your club
event publicized and listed on the calendar, please send me an email
with the pertinent information. Be sure to include the date(s) and
contact information for the club/responsible party. Also be certain to
include a link to the information on your website. I will not cull the
information from your club newsletters as I will not assume that you
want the event publicized. You must email me with a specific request to
include the event on the Section calendar.
The Club listing is always being updated. Please submit your meeting
information to
NOTE:  Always check with the club to verify the date, time and
location of the events/meetings listed here.
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:  Contact: Tim MoDavis, KA2VZX at
The ARCECS meets monthly on the first Tuesday at:
Bellerose Rescue Company
235-01 Braddock Avenue
Queens Village, NY 11428
For more information go to their website:
Please contact Leonard Smith (PIO) at: for information.
Grumman ARC
Grumman ARC (GARC)
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Allen
Ellsworth Park in Farmingdale, starting at 5:30 PM. GARC VE sessions
are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Briarcliffe College in
Room: Long Beach #5, starting at 5:00 PM.
Contact: Ed Gellender at
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
Please see the club website for directions
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 for more detailed
Town of Huntington ARES/RACES Meetings
Town of Huntington ARES/RACES meetings are held quarterly.  For more information, see:
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:
Gary M McDowell, K2TVN, President of LARC
Long Island DX Association (LIDXA)
Regular meetings are at 8pm on the third Tuesday of the month at The
Town of Oyster Bay-Ice Skating Center, 1001 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage
(Community Room 1). For club details, see our Web site, or contact Ed
Whitman, K2MFY, LIDXA Secretary at for further
LIDXA President, John, W2GW, and Mike Lisenco, N2YBB are ARRL DXCC
card checkers. Bring your new DXCC cards and paperwork to these
meetings for official verification and credit.
Long Island Mobile ARC
LIMARC meets the second Wednesday each month, 8PM at Levittown Hall,
201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY. All are welcome. Bring a
Webpage is: Club Contact: President, Rich Cetron,
Club PIO: Rich Levow, WA2NLL

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

Nassau ARC (NARC)
Meetings every Monday night at 8 PM in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
at the Senior Citizens Center. The General meeting is the last
Monday of the month at 8 PM. All are welcome. Contact Jerry Vibert,
K2GV, President at

New York City Repeater Association (NYCRA)
Meets the second Thursday of the month (except for July and August)
Meetings are held at the South Beach Psych Center, 777 Seaview Ave.
Off  Father Cappodano Blvd., in Building 10. The meeting will start
promptly at 8 pm.
Staten Island ARES meets at the same location starting at 7pm.
Talk in frequency is 447.375 minus shift pl. 141.3
All are welcome, members and non-members.
Peconic ARC (PARC)
PARC’s regular meeting night is the first Friday of each month at
6:30 PM. Meetings are held at the Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road
in Mattituck. PARC also sponsors quarterly VE testing sessions, on the
fourth Friday of the months of January, April, July and October. Jay
Buscemi, NY2NY, is the clubs Awards Manager and is able to check
cards for the ARRL VUCC and WAS awards.
See the PARC website at for all our current club
activities and contact information.

Radio Central ARC
Radio Central Amateur Radio Club holds it regular meetings on the last
Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Middle Country Public Library
in Centereach. All are welcome. For directions and other club
information, please check out the club web page:

Staten Island Amateur Radio Association (SIARA)
We have our regularly scheduled meeting the third Friday of every
month. Time: 8 PM.  We also have a registered ARRL VEC test session at
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

Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)
Monthly meeting is the third Tuesday of the month at 8 PM at the Grace
Lutheran Church in Mastic. Contact Chris DeSanto, N2ABG at Or go to their website,

BONAC Amateur Radio Club (BARC)
BARC meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Amagansett
Library (except November, which is on the 3rd Thursday). For more
information please go to the club website at

Wantagh Amateur Radio Club
Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 8:00PM at the
Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793. Entrance to
the meeting room is at the rear of the library, adjacent to the
parking-lot. For more information, see the club’s website at or contact Frank Porcaro, N2RSO, President, via
e-mail at:
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:  for more details
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
Section Emergency Coordinator Russ Logar, KC2LSB,
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator  Charlie Alfano, WA2GUG,
New York City:
District Emergency Coordinator Adam Fine, NY2K
Manhattan: Emergency Coordinator. Josh Gaffin, K2FTC,
No meeting listed at this time
Bronx: Emergency Coordinator Francisco Lopez, KB2WUS,
No meeting listed at this time.
Brooklyn: Emergency Coordinator JoJo Gonzalez, KC2NBE,
2nd Monday of the month, 7:30pm in the Community Room of Board 6 at
250 Baltic Street (off of Court St) in Brooklyn.
Queens: Emergency Coordinator Jeff Spiro, N1JSP,
3rd Sunday of month, 2pm, Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, Rm. A1-15
Staten Island: Emergency Coordinator David Lefkowitz, KB2KAB,  Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month
at 7:00 PM at the South Beach Psychiatric Center, 777 Seaview Ave,
Building 10, Staten Island, NY 10305. Emergency preparedness and
communications are discussed. For more information e-mail: David
or, category Richmond
Nassau County: District Emergency Coordinator Tim Cregan, N2RDB
Nassau County ARES meets monthly on the 4th Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Meetings are held at the Nassau County Senior Citizens Activities
Center in Eisenhower Park. Contact Tim for directions. There are no
individual city or township meetings in Nassau County.
For more information about local ARES groups, contact Tim N2RDB or the
following Emergency Coordinators:
City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor ,W2OSR
Town of Oyster Bay: Bruce Gronich K2BRG
Town of North Hempstead: Dave Kass WA2LKJ
Town of Hempstead: Frank Porcaro N2RSO
City of Long Beach: George Geller WB2GTC
Suffolk County:
District Emergency Coordinator Bill Scheibel, N2NFI
Emergency Coordinators:
Babylon: John Melfi,W2HCB
Huntington: Steve Hines, N2PQJ, Town of Huntington ARES/RACES meetings are held quarterly.  For more information, see:
Islip:   John Blowsky,  KB2SCS
VE session 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00 pm.
American Legion Hall in East Islip
Smithtown: Joe Albertus, KB2JOE
No monthly meeting.
Brookhaven: Ted Debowy, AC2IR
2nd Monday of the month at 8:00 pm
Brookhaven Town Hall, Farmingville.
Riverhead: Don Rollock, W2EUL
No monthly meeting.
Southampton: Dennis  O’Rourke, KB2ZWW ,
No monthly meeting.
Southold: Don Fisher, N2QHV
ARES announcements and business conducted during the Peconic ARC
1st Friday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Southold Free Library, Southold.
East Hampton: Nat Raynor, N2NEI
4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm during the BONAC ARC meeting
(except November which is on the 3rd Thursday). Amagansett
Shelter Island: Neal Raymond, N2QZA
No monthly meeting.
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
Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, is now a DXCC card checker as well, appointed by
LIDXA. For those who live in or close to NYC and want to stay local,
Mike is available by appointment. Please contact Mike at
Approved DXCC card checkers can also check cards for WAS and VUCC
awards as well.
*NLI DX Spotting Clusters
AA2MF Staten Island-NY,
K2LS Greensboro- NC.
*K2LS is still a popular spot for many NLI DXers.

[From ARRL]
Finding ham radio classes a mouse click away! A new user-friendly
feature on the ARRL Web site-the ARRL Amateur Licensing Class Search
Page-lets prospective hams search for a licensing class in their area.
It also allows ARRL registered instructors to list their classes on the
Web. Visitors can search for classes by ZIP code, ARRL Section or
ARRL C-CE course advance registration opportunities via e-mail. A
service now allows those interested in taking an ARRL Certification and
Continuing Education (C-CE) course in the future to receive advanceword
of registration opportunities via e-mail. To take advantage, send an
e-mail to On the subject line, include the course
name or number (eg, 00#). In the message body, include your name,
callsign, e-mail address, and the month you want to start the course.
To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education
Web page and the C-CE Links found there. For
more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan
Miller, K3UFG, 860-594-0340.

ARES E-Letter, sign up now!
The ARES E-Letter is an e-mail digest of news and information of
interest to active members of the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES) and to hams concerned with public service and emergency
communications. ARRL members may subscribe to The ARES E-Letter by
going to the Member Data Page at:
Check the box for ARES E-Letter (monthly public service and
emergency communications news) and you’re all set. Past issues of
The ARES E-Letter are available at: 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: You can also direct
questions to their e-mail at

Section VE Sessions
Section VE Sessions -available on the web at:

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 NLI:  Russ Logar,  KC2LSB,
ASEC NLI : Charles Alfano, WA2GUG,
DEC New York City: Adam Fine, NY2K,
DEC Nassau County: Tim Cregan, N2RDB,
DEC Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI,
Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KKNB,
Technical Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX
Public Information Coordinator :  Vacant
State Government Liaison:   George Tranos N2GA
Section Traffic Manager :  Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB,
Official Observer Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX
Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster:  Mitch Cohen N2RGA
Digital Communications : Bob Meyers, K2TV,
ARRL New York City-Long Island Section
Section Manager:   Jim Mezey,W2KFV


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