March 2020 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the March 2020 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 2020 issue prior to
the end of the first week in April.

Section News is available ONLY on the world-wide-web. See the NLI site


* 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 …..

The big news now is the Corona Virus (COVID-19) starting to take hold worldwide.

The best information can be obtained from    Be very careful with the media and social media hype. The more you stay away from large groups of people, the chances of you catching this virus is minimal. Wash your hands more often and sanitize areas more frequently and you should be ok. You don’t have to isolate yourself but if you start feeling sick, stay home. To that end many clubs and events have been cancelled for precautionary reasons. Check with your club . Hopefully we all can get through this in the next few weeks. Meantime get on the air and have fun.

In Nassau County ARES I would like to congratulate Robert Jagde, KD2GRS, on being appointed as Assistant District Emergency Coordinator. He replaces Joe Gomez, W2BMP who did a fine job and who has retired and will be touring the country in his RV with his family and XYL, Ceil, W2CTG.. Well deserved both of you.

In the New York City ARES group, Les Sugai, N2UJG, has been appointed EC of Queens County. Good Luck Les.

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…..

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

C:  516-315-8608

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The Ham Radio University Club along with Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club sadly report the passing of Phil Lewis, N2MUN (SK), Founder of Annual “Ham Radio University”
Educational Conference and Past President of GSBARC.

The Long Island Mobile Amateur reports the untimely death of Jane Kindler, K2JAN,   the xyl of Karl Johnson N2RLD after a long illness. Jane was a long time member of LIMARC serving as Secretary, Log editor, and on various committees.

Please keep them in your thoughts. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Upcoming Special Events:


With the President issuing a National Emergency, Jerry and I think it is in the best interest of our class to postpone the class as well as the VE Exam until the situation has settled down.  There are multiple reasons for this but one of the main ones is the uncertainty of the class site.  The school is still open but that can change at any time and we do not want to keep you in limbo on a day to day basis.

We are currently looking at doing the class remotely through Zoom. Zoom Video Communications is a remote conferencing services company that provides remote conferencing services that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.

Once we have evaluated this possibility we will be in touch.  We should know if this is a possible option in a few days.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused.

Updates will also be posted on the class website.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

John Hale, KD2LPM



International Marconi Day

Commemorating the birthday of wireless pioneer Marconi.

Babylon Long Island, New York


April 25, 2020

0000Z to 2359Z

Great South Bay ARC


7.240 & 14.240 SSB

Long Island CW Club


7.040 & 14.040

Certificate available for download at GSBARC.ORG






Dayton ~ The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health Departments.

It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year.


This decision is extremely difficult for us but with around two months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary.


More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted on our website


Thank you for your understanding in this time of International Crisis.


Jack Gerbs

General Chairman HV2020






From the ARRL:

ARRL Suspending Tours and Guest Visits to Headquarters, W1AW


As part of efforts under way to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees and volunteers from the impacts of the coronavirus, ARRL has decided to suspend all tours and guest visits to Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW and ARRL Headquarters, effective Monday, March 16. Out of an abundance of caution, this suspension will be in effect until further notice.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our members and their guests who had been planning to visit us in Newington, Connecticut. We feel, however, that this is a necessary precaution and is in keeping with the guidance being provided by federal and local health professionals.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we all endeavor to deal with this difficult public health situation.


Visalia International DX Convention, Other Events Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Worries


[UPDATED 2020-03-12 @ 1503 UTC] Concern over COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of the 2020 International DX Convention (IDXC), which was to be held April 24 – 26 in Visalia, California. The IDXC 2020 co-chairs posted an announcement on the convention website on March 10.

“We send out our apologies to all our perspective patrons of the 2020 International DX Convention. Due to concerns, health and well-being of our amateur radio family, our age group and possible compromised health issues, we are taking the side of safety and canceling the convention,” IDXC Co-chairs Cathy Gardenias, K6VC, and Kris Jacob, KC6TOD, said on behalf of the convention committee. They conceded that, although the number of COVID-19 cases remains low, it only takes one person to pass the virus.

“We will be refunding everyone’s reservation funds/shirt request funds,” the announcement continued. “We appreciate your support and patience while we proceed with sending refunds back to each person.”

ARRL has created a URL that will search the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database for canceled events.

Additional amateur radio-related events have been cancelled or postponed as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) fears. Science City at the University of Arizona in Tucson, set for March 14 – 15, where AMSAT had planned satellite demonstrations, and Communications Academy 2020, due to be held in Seattle April 24 – 26, have been cancelled.

The March 14 Great Lakes Convention and the March 15 Toledo Hamfest in Ohio have been cancelled, the sponsoring Toledo Mobile Radio Association (TMRA) has announced. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced plans this week to issue an executive order barring public participation in sporting events and other large gatherings (defined as 100 or more attendees). Ohio has reported four confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, and the latest individual affected did not become sick as a result of traveling. Several conference presenters and vendors already had cancelled their participation. Refunds are in process.

The University of Scranton’s Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, who’s organizing the HamSCI workshop, set for March 20 – 21, said on March 11 that “it is no longer feasible to hold an in-person HamSCI workshop this year” because of the coronavirus situation. “This has been a very difficult decision to make, as a tremendous amount of planning and effort by many people have gone into preparing for the workshop,” he said. “We will refund all registrations for this event.” Frissell said the Science/Program Committee is looking at alternative plans for the HamSCI workshop, which could include an all-electronic meeting. Check the HamSCI workshop website for updates.

In Scotland, the GMDX Convention, set for April 4, has been postponed until later this year, but a new date has not yet been announced. “The current coronavirus situation looks to be escalating, and there will no doubt be a significant increase in severity by the date of the convention,” GMDX Group Chair Rob Ferguson, GM3YTS, said. “We cannot take the risk of holding the convention in these circumstances.”

In England, the Wythall Radio Club has cancelled its March 15 hamfest. “As a responsible club, we have taken this step to minimize any risks to the expected 400+ visitors and traders from the COVID-19 virus, due to the uncertainties regarding the spread of the virus,” the club said.

The Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) has announced the cancellation of several amateur radio events planned for March, in the wake of a government policy requesting that events be canceled, postponed, or reduced in size for the immediate future. Affected events included the West Nippon Ham Fair on March 8, the Chugoku Regional Amateur Radio Direction Finding Competition on March 15, and the Kagawa Ham Festival on March 22. West Nippon Ham Fair organizers said they had considered postponing the event for 6 months, but concluded there was no certainty that the coronavirus situation would be resolved by then.

The Nara DX Association in Japan has postponed the planned V6J IOTA DXpedition to Murilo Island in the Hall Islands at least until next year or later. “We hope the propagation will be better then,” the group said.

Vicenzo Favata, IT9IZY, the president of Italy’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society ARI announced this week that the organization’s headquarters in Milan has been closed in line with governmental directives. He noted governmental mandates calling for the suspension of conferences, meetings, and social events while any threat of COVID-19 exists.

Coronavirus concerns also postponed until May 3 a March 8 amateur radio flea market in Iceland, where some 3 dozen COVID-19 cases have been reported.

FUNK TAG (Radio Day) in Kassel, Germany, organized by the DARC and set for April 18, has been cancelled. The DARC Board said it was following the recommendation the federal health minister, who advises avoiding events with more than 1,000 visitors.

Norway’s IARU member-society NRRL postponed its annual general meeting, set for April 19, in line with government recommendations.

The FCC has put new measures in place as a result of the coronavirus situation. Visitors, employees, and contractors who have been in any country subject to a COVID-19-related CDC Level 3 Travel Warning are not allowed to enter FCC facilities. The FCC suspended until further notice any FCC involvement in large, non-critical gatherings involving national or international participants.

Postponed earlier were the March 18 – April 2 T30ET DXpedition to Tarawa (West Kiribati). That may be rescheduled for this fall, assuming the COVID-19 situation is resolved by then. Travel restrictions imposed on individuals entering American Samoa as a result of the coronavirus outbreak also caused Swains Island W8S DXpedition organizers to postpone that DXpedition, tentatively until September 23 – October 6.

In a March 11 announcement, the Dayton Hamvention® Executive Committee, said, “As of now we plan on holding Hamvention unless otherwise directed. It is our intention to follow the orders of the State of Ohio and the Greene County Health Department.”



Ham Radio University Founder Phil Lewis, N2MUN, SK


The founder of the annual Ham Radio University in New York, Phil Lewis, N2MUN, of Lindenhurst, New York, died on March 5. An ARRL member, he was 72. Lewis grew up on Long Island, attended RCA Institute, and worked for Hazeltine and, later, BAE Systems in the aerospace industry. Licensed in 1991, he was a member of Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (GSBARC), serving as a volunteer examiner and instructor and participating in Field Day and special events. Lewis was GSBARC president from 2000 to 2002. He was an active DXer and contester, and a member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC).



International Group to Reactivate the Legendary Yasme VP2VB Call Sign


On Tuesday, March 10, an international group now in New York will set sail to the British Virgin Islands and activate the VP2VB call sign of Yasme fame for 6 days, focusing on the low bands with two stations. VP2VB was the call sign of the legendary Danny Weil, VP2VB, skipper of the Yasme series of sailing vessels that carried the peripatetic adventurer traveled from one DX location to another in the 1950s and early 1960s. His activities provided the impetus to create The Yasme Foundation. For the 2020 “Yasme Memorial Expedition,” operators will include Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA; Martti Laine, OH2BH; Niko Halminen, OH2GEK, and Sandro Nitoi, VE7NY. QSL via OH2BH.

A Briton, Weil was, by trade, a watch and clock maker with a sense of adventure. His initial Yasme (often also rendered as YASME) sailing voyage was to the British Virgin Islands. Yasme derives from the Japanese word “yasume,” which means “to make tranquil.” Another giant of ham radio history, the legendary DXer Dick Spencely, KV4AA, became aware of Weil’s aspirations and suggested that he combine amateur radio with his ambitious travel itinerary. Spencely taught Weil Morse code and helped him secure the VP2VB call sign, which was to become famous around the globe. Spencely secured the initial ham radio gear for the Yasme and became a tireless fundraiser for The Yasme Foundation as well.

Ultimately, there were three Yasmes. From 1955 until 1962, Weil operated from several ports of call in the Caribbean and the Pacific. This latter-day VP2VB DXpedition will count toward Yasme awards and marks the first activation of VP2VB in more than 60 years.

This month’s VP2VB DXpedition will trace Weil’s original route in the British Virgin Islands under a special license authorization, to pay homage to those early years of DXing and to honor the spirit he embraced, which inspired a generation of DXers.

Weil’s last expedition in the Pacific included stops at HC8 and FO8 (Clipperton Island), the latter an especially harrowing and life-threatening experience. His new wife, Naomi, was with him at the time. The Mexican Navy rescued them and towed the Yasme to California. Weil went solo to several more stops in the Pacific before retiring from DXpeditioning and settling in Texas in 1963. He resumed his profession of a watch and clock maker there and became a US citizen. He was not to be heard on the air again — although he kept an ear on the bands. Weil died in 2003 at age 85.

The DXpeditions of Weil and of Lloyd and Iris Colvin, W6KG and W6QL, are documented in YASME, The Danny Weil and Colvin Radio Expeditions by Jim Cain, K1TN, commissioned by The Yasme Foundation and published by ARRL.





Cancellation of PSAT3 Launch Means No DARPA Launch Challenge Winner


The launch of the PSAT3 CubeSat has been canceled, ending chances for winning the DARPA Launch Challenge. The challenge offered a $10 million prize for any launch provider that could deliver a rocket with only 30 days’ notice of what payloads they would have and where they would launch from — and then, to do it again only 30 days later.

“We were on the second launch,” said PSAT3’s Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, of the US Naval Academy. “But on March 2, the third attempt by the launch provider was scrubbed at T –9 minutes and was not resolved until the launch window and DARPA Challenge deadline, had passed. Therefore, the Challenge was over. There was no winner, and we lost the launch.”

The US Naval Academy project spacecraft remains available for a CubeSat Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD) launch opportunity, Bruninga said. He described PSAT3 as a follow-on opportunity to duplicate the functionality of PSAT2 in a full-sized P-POD payload that remains attached to the upper stage rocket body. The launch was expected to take place from Kodiak, Alaska.






ARISS Celebrating Successful Launch Carrying Interoperable Radio System to ISS


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is celebrating the successful launch and docking of the SpaceX-20 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). One payload on the flight is the ARISS Interoperable Radio System (IORS), which ARISS calls “the foundational element of the ARISS next-generation radio system” on the space station. Amateur radio has been an integral component of ISS missions since 2000. The Dragon cargo capsule docked successfully with the space station on March 9. ARISS-US Delegate for ARRL Rosalie White, K1STO, said hundreds of ARRL members contributed to make the IORS project happen, and ARISS is celebrating the 4-year-long IORS project.

“ARISS is truly grateful to ARRL and AMSAT for their co-sponsorship and support of ARISS since day one,” White said. “ARISS greatly appreciates the hundreds of ham radio operators who have stood by ARISS, sending financial support and encouragement. A robust ham station is on its way to replace the broken radio on the ISS, and tens of thousands of hams will enjoy strong ARISS packet and ARISS SSTV signals as a result. In addition, thousands of students will discover and use ham radio to talk with a ham-astronaut. We hope to see the trend continue where more ARISS teachers and local clubs set up school ham clubs.” The new system includes a higher-power radio, an enhanced voice repeater, updated digital packet radio (APRS), and slow-scan television (SSTV) capabilities for both the US and Russian space station segments.

White called the March 7 launch, “beautiful, flawless.” ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, told ARISS that he had his fingers crossed for a successful launch.

According to NASA Mission Control, it will take the three ISS crew members up to a month to unload and stow the 4,300 pounds of cargo on board the Dragon capsule, and the IORS is not a priority. The actual ham equipment will be installed in the ISS Columbus module. Another IORS unit is in line to be launched and installed in the Russian segment of the ISS later this year.

The IORS consists of a custom-modified JVCKenwood TM-D710GA transceiver, a multi-voltage power supply, and interconnecting cables. The ARISS hardware team will assemble four flight units — and 10 IORS units in all — to support onboard flight operations, training, operations planning, and hardware testing.

ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said earlier this year that future upgrades and enhancements to the next-generation system are in various stages of design and development. These include a repaired Ham Video system — currently planned for launch in mid-to-late 2020, an L-band (uplink) repeater, a microwave “Ham Communicator,” and Lunar Gateway prototype experiment.








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

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from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks

to all.


MAURITIUS, 3B8.  Nigel, G3TXF is QRV as 3B8XF until March 28.  This

includes being an entry in the RSGB Commonwealth contest.  QSL via



MALDIVES, 8Q.  Noel, F6BGC is QRV as 8Q7NC from Veligandu Island,

IOTA AS-013, until March 21.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using

CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via LoTW.


GHANA, 9G.  Alan, G3XAQ is QRV as 9G5XA from Accra.  Activity is on

160 to 10 meters using CW.  This includes being an entry in the RSGB

Commonwealth contest.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL direct to



KUWAIT, 9K.  Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society are QRV as

9K2F from Failaka Island, IOTA AS-118, until March 15.  QSL via



BAHRAIN, A9.  Special event station A91GP is QRV until March 22 to

celebrate the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.  QSL via A92AA.


EASTER ISLAND, CE0.  Mike, VE7ACN will be QRV as CE0Y/VE7ACN from

March 19 to 30.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly

160 meters if conditions permit, using mainly CW.  QSL to home call.


PHILIPPINES, DU.  Lenny, N7MOT is QRV as DU6/N7MOT from Panay

Island, IOTA OC-129.  Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and

FT8.  He is generally active on 80 and 40 meters around 1200 to

1600z, and 20 meters between 2300 and 0300z.  QSL via LoTW.


SPAIN, EA.  Special event station EH3DWN will be QRV from March 14

to 21 to mark World Down Syndrome Day on March 21.  QSL via LoTW.


NORTHERN IRELAND, GI.  Special event calls GB0SPD, GB2SPD and GB4SPD

will be QRV from March 16 to 18 during the St. Patrick’s Day On The

Air operating event.  QSL via operators’ instructions.


LITHUANIA, LY.  Special event stations LY11LY and LY30LY are QRV

during March to celebrate Lithuania’s independence.  QSL LY11LY via

LY2QT and LY30LY via LY5A.


CURACAO, PJ2.  Andreas, DK5ON will be QRV as PJ2/DK5ON from March 15

to 31.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters, including 60 meters,

using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and FT4.  This includes being entries in

the upcoming Russian DX and CQ World Wide WPX contests.  QSL to home



  1. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS, PY0S.  Look for PQ0S to be QRV from

March 14 to 16.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB

and various digital modes.  QSL via PP5BZ.


SLOVENIA, S5.  Members of Radio Club Cerkno are QRV with special

event call S500E for all of 2020 to mark half a million QSOs made

from the S50E station.  QSL via LoTW.


SEYCHELLES, S7.  Nick, G7EQM is QRV as S79EQM until March 29.

Activity is holiday style on 20 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL to

home call.


BELIZE, V3.  Iain, G4SGX is QRV as V31GX.  This includes being an

entry in the RSGB Commonwealth contest.  QSL via M0OXO.


NAMIBIA, V5.  Pat, KI4SVM will be QRV as V5/KI4SVM from March 14 to

  1. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW and

SSB.  This may include being active from SOTA references as well.

QSL to home call.


CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Colin, G4CWH is QRV as ZF2CA.  Activity is on

160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  This includes being an entry in

the RSGB Commonwealth contest.  QSL direct to home call.


NEW ZEALAND, ZL.  Frank, ZL2BR, Geoff, ZL3GA, Phil, ZL3PAH and Paul,

ZL4TT will be QRV as ZM2B in the RSGB Commonwealth contest.  QSL via



THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The Stew Perry Topband CW Challenge, QRP

40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt,

NCCC Sprint, YB DX RTTY Contest, RSGB Commonwealth Contest, SARL

VHF/UHF Analogue Contest, F9AA SSB Cup, South America 10 Meter

Contest, AGCW QRP CW Contest, Oklahoma QSO Party, EA PSK63 Contest,

TESLA Memorial HF CW Contest, QCWA QSO Party, Idaho QSO Party, QRP

ARCI Spring Thaw SSB Shootout, North American RTTY Sprint, UBA

Spring 2-Meter Contest, Wisconsin QSO Party and Run for the Bacon

QRP CW Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming



The Bucharest Digital FT4 Contest and RSGB FT4 Contest Series are

scheduled for March 16.


The CLARA Chatter Party is scheduled for March 17.


The 40-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt and Phone Fray are scheduled for March



Please see March QST, page 79, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web

Sites for details.




ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  February 2020

Total  number of ARES members:  78

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   2

Number of ARES nets active: 16 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  1

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

Number of exercises and training sessions this month: 3   Person hours:   81

Number of Public Service events this month:    1         Person hours :   24

Number of emergency operations this month:    0        Person hours     0

Number of Skywarn operations this month:      6      Person Hours:    10.2

Total number of ARES operations this month:   10     Total Person Hours:   115.2



Nassau County reported a general meeting with training on Feb 13th and a training meeting on Feb 27

Kings County reported on The Cherry Run event Feb 16th. .




FEBRUARY 2020  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          



NYPON             SESSIONS  29    QNI 165      QTC   49    QSP   41    QTR  306

ESS                    SESSIONS  29    QNI  377      QTC  n/a    QSP   65    QTR  n/a

NYS/E               SESSIONS  29    QNI  128      QTC  56     QSP  53    QTR  232

BA                      SESSIONS  29     QNI  575     QTC  9      QSP  9      QTR   699

NLISTN              SESSIONS  8      QNI  66        QTC 12     QSP  12     QTR   170

NCVHFTN         SESSIONS  30     QNI  165      QTC  23    QSP  23     QTR  337



N2WGF      REC/ 16    SENT / 4       TOTAL / 20

KD2MEN   REC/ 1      SENT / 7         TOTAL / 8

K2TV          REC/ 2      SENT/ 5         TOTAL / 7




N2WGF      ORIG / 0  REC / 20  SENT / 9    DEL / 0   TOTAL /  34

W2CTG     ORIG / 3  REC / 9   SENT / 11   DEL / 10     TOTAL / 33

K2TV        ORIG / 3  REC / 6   SENT / 16   DEL / 0     TOTAL /  25

KD2LPM   ORIG / 2  REC / 7   SENT / 10    DEL / 0   TOTAL /  19

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0   REC / 3   SENT / 9     DEL / 0    TOTAL /  12



N2WGF/ 177, KD2LPM/ 166, K2TV/ 100,

W2GTC/ 88, KD2MEN/ 72.

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 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
Big Apple Traffic Net meets @ 8:00 PM on 440.600 +5 141.3 PL
Check 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: :

 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 (


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

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:
Please contact Leonard Smith (PIO) at: 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

Or contact President Steven Akkala, KD2CJW at



Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)

President ; Nick Franco – KF2P

Contact Person : Bill Eisele – KD2FFL

For more information please go to the club website at


Camp Pouch Amateur Radio Association (WA2CP)

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,

Contact: Gary Litner, KB2BSL at


Grumman ARC (GARC)

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


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

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

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:

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:  Contact: Tim MoDavis, KA2VZX at


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:


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 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:

Club Contact: President, Richie Cetron,



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 Amateur Radio Club (NARC)

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


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 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:


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


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

Or go to their NEW website,

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 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)


SEC:  Joe Cutrone, K2OL,

ASEC:  Russ Logar, KC2LSB,


New York City:


EC Queens:  L. Sugai, N2UJG,



Nassau County:

DEC :      John Wilson, KD2AKX,

ADEC’s:  Robert Jagde, KD2GRS,

Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL,

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,

Town of North Hempstead:  Robert Jagde, KD2GRS,

Town of Oyster Bay: Ceil Gomez, W2CTG,

City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor, W2OSR,

City of Long Beach: George Geller, WB2GTC ,


Suffolk County:

DEC:  Bill Scheibel, N2NFI


Town of Smithtown:  Rich Johnston, KC2TON,
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:            Vacant
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,                                                     Monthly meeting TBD

Town of Southampton:    Vacant

Town of Southold:     Don Fisher, N2QHV,
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,
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,


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

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,
K2LS Greensboro- NC.
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: 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


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,

ASEC  Russ Logar, KC2LSB,

DEC  New York City:

DEC  Nassau County: John Wilson, KD2AKX,

DEC  Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI,

Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KNB,
Technical Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX,
Public Information Coordinator :  Mel Granick, KS2G,
State Government Liaison:   George Tranos N2GA,
Section Traffic Manager :  Jerry Pilate, N2WGF,

Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster:  Mitch Cohen N2RGA,
Digital Communications : Bob Myers, K2TV,

Skywarn: John Hale, KD2LPM,