MARCH 2021 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the March 2021 edition of the New York City-Long Island
Section e-Happenings newsletter.

This newsletter is here to serve the Amateur Radio community in our
area. We welcome and encourage all submissions. Help make this your
newsletter. We especially encourage NLI radio clubs and organizations
to submit their meeting announcements, guest speakers and any special
events. Please submit any information for the April 2021 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:

* VE Sessions

* From the ARRL

* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR

* National Traffic System

* Club Info


Hello Everyone …..

I would like to congratulate Ron Tomo KE2EU, for receiving “The Presidential Gold Award” for 2020, in recognition of his many volunteer hours of communications devoted to MARS. See the complete story below. I also want to give a shout out to all our VE Teams that have found ways to continue testing during the pandemic, whether its onsite or remote using good safety practices.

LIMARC’s virtual hamfest was a success this past February 28th. There were many door prizes and items for sale as well as an auction for new and used equipment. A lot of used equipment was sold for Silent Keys, with all proceeds going to the family. Congratulations to LIMARC and their Hamfest Crew.

I also enjoyed the Vermont Ham Radio Convention on February 27th, a full day of forums and auctions. I saw some hams from our section enjoying event.

I wasn’t to happy with the “QSO Today” virtual ham expo event this past weekend, as they had a lot of technical difficulties with sign in and navigating your way around. Hopefully they get the bugs out. There were many forums I wanted to attend but couldn’t. The promoters said they forums will be on you tube, will see.

KA6LMS Special Event is taking place the end of this month see more information below. As most of you know, the TV show Last Man Standing featured amateur radio and will finish production after 9 years. Please support Last Man Standing Amateur Radio Club, GSBARC, 12 Days of Christmas, K2Heroes and all the others in making this a great event.

Webinars and training are available at the ARRL Learning Network and through RATPAC Presentations:



COVID still with us. We still have to be on guard and continue social distancing, mask wearing, hand and face washing. The best COVID information is still at

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

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

Stay safe….

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

C:  516-315-8608

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Silent Keys:

Larkfield Amateur Radio Club reports the passing of esteemed, long time member

Al Onyskin, W2IOT.


Upcoming Special Events:



Technician License Class Offered by BNL Amateur Radio Club


Classes are free. Participation requires purchase of a study book. Test for the FCC license are given by the Brookhaven National Laboratory Amateur Radio Club. Starting April 1st Classes will be held Thursday nights at 5:30 PM on Zoom. 10 Sessions are expected to cover the course. Email K2BNL@BNL.Gov for details.



KA6LMS – Special Radio Event

The Last Man Standing Amateur Radio Club is joining with a team of seasoned special-event operators across several states to present a multi-band, multi-mode special event celebrating the prime-time network TV show for its positive and accurate portrayal of amateur radio.

During its nine seasons, the Last Man Standing ARC operated as KA6LMS from real radios on the set during production breaks, making thousands of contacts with the show’s amateur radio fans.

The special-event team includes the Long Island, N.Y.-based Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club, the 12 Days of Christmas and the K2Heroes teams.

The intent is to operate on as many bands and modes as possible. Satellite and repeater operation is also encouraged.  DMR operation and DSTAR on REF012A will be courtesy of the Los Angeles based PAPA Repeater system.  DSTAR on REF030B will be courtesy of Georgia DSTAR.

A number of Bonus Stations with special 1-by-1 call signs and KA6LMS /(Call Area) guest operators will be positioned around the country to increase access to the event.  When the actual “on-set” radios are in operation, the Bonus Stations may act as relays to assist in contacting KA6LMS.

Qualifying stations will be able to download a very special “Clean Sweep” certificate.

KA6LMS and a number of affiliated stations will livestream their operations.  At times, the AmateurLogic.TV team will pick up video feeds from active stations to provide commentary and context.

The event will start at 00:00 UTC on March 24, 2021 and end at 23:59 UTC on March 30, 2021, the last day of shooting for the show, which is concluding its long, successful run.

Operations will always be spotted online.


Contact: Lou Maggio NO2C at







Upcoming VE Sessions:


Columbia University ARC  (Remote):


Limited spots, info at website


Suffolk County Radio Club:

Session scheduled for the 25th of March at the United Church of Christ 335, Horseblock Road, Farmingville, NY 11738. Tests begin at 7pm. Bob N2OCH is the main point of contact. There is a limit of 20 people in the testing room at a time and we expect a crowd so please coordinate with us if you wish to attend!        Contact:

Suffolk VHF/UHF Association:



To get info via email please contact our vice president Carmel P.Kenny/KF2KF to confirm dates and times. She will also pre register you for the exam you need. This will help us know in advance how many will need what exams.  N9LAB@AOL.COM 


From the ARRL:

February 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report


The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service.

To date, Volunteer Monitors during February reported 1,762 hours monitoring the HF frequencies and 2,158 hours monitoring VHF frequencies and above. The Volunteer Monitor Coordinator issued 10 Advisory Notices. An Advisory Notice is an attempt to resolve rule violation issues informally before requesting FCC intervention.

  • Operators in Holdenville, Oklahoma; Luzerne, Michigan; Miami, Florida, and Merrick, New York, received Advisories concerning operation outside their license class.
  • Operators in Megalia, California; Jefferson, Georgia; and Redway, California, received Advisories concerning interference to repeater systems and HF net operations.
  • An operator in Mansford, Arkansas, received an Advisory regarding failure to properly identify.
  • An operator in Charlottesville, Virginia, received an Advisory concerning improper bandwidth that resulted in interference.
  • A desert racing association in Odessa, Texas, received a warning about the use of amateur 2-meter frequencies for racing events.

The Volunteer Monitor Coordinator had two meetings during February with FCC Enforcement Bureau personnel. — Thanks to Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, VM Program Coordinator


W1AW 2021 Spring/Summer Operating Schedule




ARRL Bulletin 4  ARLB004

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT  March 14, 2021

To all radio amateurs



ARLB004 W1AW 2021 Spring/Summer Operating Schedule


Morning Schedule:


Time                  Mode    Days

——————-  —-    ———

1300 UTC (9 AM ET)    CWs      Wed, Fri

1300 UTC (9 AM ET)    CWf      Tue, Thu


Daily Visitor Operating Hours:


1400 UTC to 1600 UTC – (10 AM to 12 PM ET)

1700 UTC to 1945 UTC – (1 PM to 3:45 PM ET)


(Station closed 1600 to 1700 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM ET))


Afternoon/Evening Schedule:


2000 UTC (4 PM ET)      CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri

2000  ”      ”          CWs      Tue, Thu

2100  ”  (5 PM ET)      CWb      Daily

2200  ”  (6 PM ET)      DIGITAL  Daily

2300  ”  (7 PM ET)      CWs      Mon, Wed, Fri

2300  ”      ”          CWf      Tue, Thu

0000  ”  (8 PM ET)      CWb      Daily

0100  ”  (9 PM ET)      DIGITAL  Daily

0145  ”  (9:45 PM ET)  VOICE    Daily

0200  ”  (10 PM ET)    CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri

0200  ”      ”          CWs      Tue, Thu

0300  ”  (11 PM ET)    CWb      Daily



Frequencies (MHz)


CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555

DIGITAL: – 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555

VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555




CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM

CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM

CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM


CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW



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



Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is

given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of

alternate speeds.


On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2230 UTC (6:30 PM ET), Keplerian Elements

for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular digital



A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between

0000 UTC (8 PM ET) Thursdays and 0000 UTC (8 PM ET) Fridays.


Audio from W1AW’s CW code practices, and CW/digital/phone bulletins

is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server named

“W1AWBDCT.”  The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented here as

well.  The CW/digital/phone audio is sent in real-time and runs

concurrently with W1AW’s regular transmission schedule.


All users who connect to the conference server are muted.  Please

note that any questions or comments about this server should not be

sent via the “Text” window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions

or comments to .


In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as

follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and

CW on the half hour.


FCC licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1400 UTC to 1600

UTC (10 AM to 12 PM ET), and then from 1700 UTC to 1945 UTC (1 PM to

3:45 PM ET) Monday through Friday.  Be sure to bring a reference

copy of your current FCC amateur radio license.


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

the normal CW frequencies used for both code practice and bulletin

transmissions.  West Coast Qualifying Run stations may also use 3590



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

not open for visitor operations at this time.


The complete W1AW Operating Schedule may be found on page 77 in the

March 2021 issue of QST or on the web at, .




The K7RA Solar Update


Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Although solar activity remains low, in recent days, as a sunspot rotates to the west off the visible solar disc a new one emerges in the east. Sunspot group 2807 recently moved over the sun’s western horizon, but on March 9 new sunspot group 2808 moved across the eastern horizon, and a newer group (2809) has now emerged just south of the center of the solar disc. This brought the daily sunspot number higher from 11 on Wednesday to 23 on Thursday, March 11.

Recent sunspot activity and solar flux still seem soft when compared to activity toward the end of 2020, however.

In Bulletins ARLP048, 49, and 50 in 2020 — covering November 19 – December 9 — average sunspot numbers were 27.9, 57.6, and 28.9, while average daily solar flux was 90.1, 108.1, and 91.9. For the past 3 weeks, the overall average daily sunspot numbers was 19 (2 weeks prior had no sunspots), and average daily solar flux was 77.1.

We can’t do anything but wait and watch, although we can look forward to the vernal equinox on Saturday, March 20. Like the autumnal equinox, this is always a positive influence on HF propagation, when the northern and southern hemispheres are bathed in approximately equal amounts of solar radiation. You can count on it.

The average daily sunspot number this week hardly changed, from 18.9 last week to 18.4. Average daily solar flux shifted marginally higher from 76.7 to 78.9.

Solar wind has slackened, so average daily planetary A index went from 14.7 to 7.6, and the middle latitude numbers changed from 10.4 to 6.1.

Predicted solar flux for the next 30 days is 78 on March 12 – 19; 75, 76, 78, and 81 on March 20 – 23; 80 on March 24 – 25; 78 and 76 on March 26 – 27; 75 on March 28 – April 1; 78 on April 2 – 3, and 70, 74, 76, 72, 71, 72 and 70 on April 4 – 10. After April 18, solar flux may rise again above 80, then back to 75 by April 24.

Predicted planetary A index is 12, 20, and 10 on March 12 – 14; 5 on March 15 – 17; 12 on March 18 – 19; 20, 18, 12, and 8 on March 20 – 23; 5 on March 24 – 27; 25, 20, 20, and 10 on March 28 – 31; 5, 15, and 8 on April 1 – 3; 5 on April 4 – 7, and 18, 12, 5, and 15 on April 8 – 11. A recurring coronal hole may rotate into a geo – effective position on April 15 – 16 and another around April 24 – 25, raising the planetary A index again to around 20 – 25.

Here’s the geomagnetic activity forecast for March 12 – April 6 from F.K Janda, OK1HH.

The geomagnetic field will be:

·        quiet on March 17, (26 – 27,) April 1, 6

·        quiet to unsettled on March 12 – 13, 16, 25, April 3 – 5

·        quiet to active on March 21 – 24, 31

·        unsettled to active March 14 – 15, 18, 29 April 2

·        active to disturbed March 19 – 20, 28, 30

·        Solar wind will intensify on March (12 – 14, 18 – 19,) 20 – 23, (27,) 28 – 31, April (1 – 2)

Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement. Predictability of changes remains very low, as there are ambiguous indications.

Dennis, K7BV, reported: “March 7, while checking the bands for DX, I went to 15 meters on FT8 about 1650. The strongest signal by a huge margin was S79KW (LI75rj Seychelles) at +27 dB! After a quick contact, I moved to a clear frequency to call CQ.  Almost immediately 4S6RSP, –8 dB strong. called. A few minutes later VU2AMW at –1 dB called. I also noticed YC5YZ calling CQ. Nothing else heard from the region, but S79KW remained strong well after this brief 15-meter opening to Southern and Southeast Asia.”

Unfortunately the averages at the end of this bulletin sometimes change from the preview that appears in Thursday’s edition of The ARRL Letter. This is my fault and happens from time to time. Thanks so much to Don Wright, AA2F, who catches these every time, and makes sure the correct averages appear in Friday’s bulletin.

Aurora season has returned in Colorado.

David Moore sent this from Science News: “The aurora’s very high altitude booster.”

Sunspot numbers for March 4 – 10 were 32, 14, 23, 14, 12, 23, and 11, with a mean of 18.4. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 81.4, 73.2, 77, 77.5, 79.9, 83.7, and 79.4, with a mean of 78.9. Estimated planetary A indices were 11, 5, 16, 10, 6, 3, and 2, with a mean of 7.6. Middle latitude A index was 11, 5, 11, 7, 5, 2, and 2, with a mean of 6.1.

For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read “What the Numbers Mean…,” and check out K9LA’s Propagation Page.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. For customizable propagation charts, visit the VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL bulletins are on the ARRL website.

Share your reports and observations.





Results Available for ARRL Contests


The full results of the 2020 ARRL November CW Sweepstakes have been published on the ARRL Contests web page. The full results article, a searchable database of all scores, line scores, certificates and Log Checking Reports are available there.

Also available on the ARRL Contests web page:

·        Raw scores for the 2021 ARRL International DX CW Contest. Raw scores are the scores before any log checking has been performed and are based on the contents of the submitted logs before any adjudication has been done. Participants should check that their entries are submitted in the correct category.

·        The full results of the 2020 10 GHz and Up Distance Contest.

Email with any questions.



Registration Now Open for HamSCI Workshop 2021


Registration is now open for the 2021 HamSCI Workshop, Friday and Saturday, March 19 – 20. The theme of this year’s workshop is midlatitude ionospheric science. The University of Scranton will serve as host for the Zoom virtual event, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program will include guest speakers, poster presentations, and demonstrations.

The workshop will also serve as a team meeting for the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station project, funded by an NSF grant to University of Scranton physics and electrical engineering professor Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF. The project seeks to harness the power of an amateur radio network to better understand and measure the effects of weather in the upper levels of Earth’s atmosphere.

The workshop’s keynote address on the “History of Radio” will be given by Elizabeth Bruton, curator of technology and engineering at the Science Museum of London. She will discuss the history, science, technology, and licensing of radio amateur communities from the early 1900s to the present, exploring how individuals and communities contributed to “citizen science” long before the term entered popular usage in the 1990s. Bruton has been a non-licensed member of Oxford and District Amateur Radio Society since 2014 and has served as the society’s web manager since 2015.

J. Michael Ruohoniemi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech and principal investigator of the Virginia Tech SuperDARN Initiative, will review the physics of the midlatitude ionosphere and discuss ways in which the amateur radio community can contribute to advancing scientific understanding and technical capabilities.

Joe Dzekevich, K1YOW, will present “Amateur Radio Observations and The Science of Midlatitude Sporadic E.”

The event will also include virtual oral presentations by researchers from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, MIT Haystack Observatory, the University of Oslo, the University of Bath, Case Western Reserve University, Dartmouth College, the University of Alabama, Clemson University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and The University of Scranton, among others.

University of Scranton students Veronica Romanek, KD2UHN; Cuong Nguyen; and M. Shaaf Sarwar, KC3PVF, are among the iPoster presenters.

Participation is free. The 2021 HamSCI Workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation and The University of Scranton. — University of Scranton news release



Spacewalk Could Return ARISS Ham Station in ISS Columbus Module to the Air


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) reports that efforts to determine what’s keeping the ham station in the ISS Columbus module off the air have been unsuccessful thus far. The radio equipment works, but no signal appears to be reaching the external ARISS antenna. The station, typically operated as NA1SS, has not been usable since new RF cables were installed during a January 27 spacewalk extravehicular activity (EVA) to support the commissioning of the Bartolomeo payload hosting platform installed last spring. During the January EVA, the coax feed line installed 11 years ago was replaced with another built by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus.

ARISS has scheduled a March 10 news conference to discuss efforts to restore operational capability to the Columbus module ham station. The news conference will provide insights into some of the cable troubleshooting already conducted, ARISS said. During a March 13 spacewalk (EVA), astronauts Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, and Victor Glover, KI5BKC, plan to return the ARISS antenna feed line cabling to its configuration prior to the January 27 spacewalk.

ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said the ARISS team has been working closely with NASA and the ESA to identify what may have caused the “radio anomaly” keeping the ISS Columbus module ham station off the air.

This past week, astronauts on the ISS performed troubleshooting tests on all four new feed lines installed on the Columbus module. One cable was earmarked for the ARISS station, while the other three are for Bartolomeo. ARISS reported over the weekend, however, that it was unable to establish communication using any of the feed line cables connected to the ARISS radio system, which was tested in Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) mode.

The plan to return the ARISS cabling to its original configuration was a “contingency task” for a March 5 spacewalk, but the astronauts ran out of time. On March 5, astronauts Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, and Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP, worked on some other Bartolomeo cable/connector troubleshooting. If all goes well, the March 13 spacewalk will complete that work.

ARISS became aware of the station problem after a contact with a school in Wyoming, between ON4ISS on Earth and Hopkins at NA1SS, had to abort when no downlink signal was heard. For the time being, ARISS school and group contacts with crew members have been conducted using the ham station in the ISS Service Module.



Maritime Radio Day is Set for April


The 10th anniversary of Maritime Radio Day (MRD) will take place from 1200 UTC on April 14 to 2200 UTC on April 15. The annual event commemorates nearly 90 years of wireless service for seafarers. Radio amateurs and shortwave listeners are welcome and should register in advance by April 1.

Stations such as coastal radio stations and ships may participate only if operated by former commercial or Navy operators, or by radio technicians who worked on the installation and/or maintenance of naval equipment. Former Merchant Marine Radio Operators or former Ship’s Electronic Technicians are encouraged to participate.

All traffic must occur around the following international naval frequencies on amateur radio bands: 1824 kHz; 3520 kHz; 7020 kHz; 10,118 kHz; 14,052 kHz; 21,052 kHz, and 28,052 kHz. The primary working frequency is 14,052 kHz. There is no power limit. Participants exchange QSA (signal strength, 1-5), QRK (readability, 1-5), name, call sign of last or favorite ship/aircraft/maintenance company, and “additionally a tr, msg and/or a QTC, if you like.”

Submit an email or letter detailing stations worked to Rolf Marschner, Narzissenweg 10 53359, Rheinbach, Germany.




Dayton Hamvention Announces 2021 Award Winners


Dayton Hamvention® has announced its 2021 award winners. Hamvention Awards Committee co-Chairs Michael Kalter, W8CI, and Frank Beafore, WS8B, said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hamvention committee elected to go forward in announcing its selection of outstanding radio amateurs and predicted that Hamvention will return in 2022.

Amateur of the Year

Angel M. Vazquez, Jr., WP3R, the head of telescope operations and Puerto Rico Coordination Zone Spectrum Manager for Puerto Rico’s famous Arecibo Observatory, was cited as Amateur of the Year for “his unswerving and diligent support of amateur radio throughout the entire territory of Puerto Rico and worldwide.”

Although he was born in Puerto Rico, Vazquez grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and returned to Puerto Rico after college in 1977, taking a job at the Arecibo Observatory. Vazquez earned his amateur radio license in 1993, and headed the 2010 moonbounce effort from the observatory, as well as multiple special events using the KP4AO club call sign. He enjoys contesting and DXing.

Vazquez helped to provide communication support in the wake of Hurricane Maria. He was named Amateur of the Year in Puerto Rico in 2018 and received the Yasme Excellence Award in 2019. He’s also a Volunteer Examiner and inaugurated the first virtual/online bilingual testing program as part of the Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group (GLAARG) VEC.

Technical Achievement

Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW, is well-known as the Space Weather Woman. Calling her “a real space pioneer,” the Awards Committee said those who have seen her spaceweather forecasting shows will agree that she is energetic and excited about her work.

A credentialed spaceweather forecaster, Skov’s forecasting work is widely known on social media and has been featured in several publications, as well as on TV. Her weekly spaceweather video podcasts are frequently featured on, and she regularly appears on other amateur radio-related media. Skov said she specifically got her ham license in 2018 to better understand and serve the needs of the amateur radio community. She has taught at Contest University and delivered presentations for ARRL, Dayton Hamvention, and amateur radio clubs around the world.

Professionally, Skov is a research scientist for The Aerospace Corporation. She also teaches the art of spaceweather forecasting to meteorologists at Millersville University and is working with ARRL and HamSCI to create educational materials.

Special Achievement

Wesley Lamboley, W3WL, was nominated by his peers for his lifelong, high energy support for the science and art of amateur radio. “Not only has he supported youth coaching, membership recruiting, and technical problem assistance, he always does it with a smile and great humor,” the Awards Committee said. Lamboley spent 40 years in the aerospace industry as a technical writer, electrical and systems engineer, and manager. Introduced to amateur radio in 1955 when a friend invited him to Field Day, Lamboley credits ham radio for much of his success.

“Many mentors helped me and I try to pay it forward as best I can, especially for young people,” he said. He’s also participated in several DXpeditions, and five Southwest Ohio DX Association “DXpedition of the Year” plaques adorn his ham shack.

Club of the Year

The Hamvention Awards Committee named the ARRL-affiliated Vienna Wireless Society (VWS), K4HTA, in Virginia as the Club of the Year. “As always, it is very difficult to choose the club of the year as we receive many deserving club nominations from around the world,” the Awards Committee said. The committee shared that VWS’s 280 members focus on youth education and public service, and promote the growth of ham radio. The club is now the largest and most active in the Washington, DC, area.

“Our priorities are fostering a fun and inclusive environment, building camaraderie, and focusing on the key areas of service, education, and communication,” VWS said. “We have a mentor team that encourages and provides equipment to new hams.” The club offers licensing classes, workshops, and four educational programs a month at its meetings, and these are archived for broader use. Their annual Winterfest is host to the ARRL Virginia Section Convention. The Vienna Wireless Society operates two repeaters in the DC area, and actively supports public service communications.



ARISS, NASA, and ESA Continue to Probe Amateur Radio Problems on ISS


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, reports that the ARISS team has been working closely with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) to identify what may have caused what ARISS is calling a “radio anomaly” on January 27. The net result has been an inability to use the NA1SS ham station gear in the ISS Columbus module. For the time being, ARISS school and group contacts with crew members have been conducted using the ham station in the ISS Service Module. The radio issues came in the wake of a January 27 spacewalk during which astronauts installed new cables (essentially feed lines) to support the commissioning of the Bartolomeo attached payload capability mounted on the Columbus module. The job involved re-routing the cabling of the ARISS antenna to the ARISS radio system onboard Columbus.

“Through a great deal of coordination with NASA and ESA, ARISS will be conducting a set of APRS [automatic packet radio system] tests to determine the operational use of the ARISS radio system in Columbus through employment of three different cabling configurations,” Bauer explained this week. “Over the next couple of days, ARISS will be performing a series of tests using our APRS capability through the standard 145.825 MHz APRS frequency. The crew will be periodically shutting down the radio and swapping cables, so ARISS can troubleshoot the radio system and the cabling.” Bauer said precise swap times will depend on crew availability and expected the tests to run through sometime on March 3.

“We cannot guarantee that these troubleshooting tests will resolve the radio issue,” Bauer said. “But we encourage ARISS APRS operations in this time span.”

Bauer said that if the tests are unsuccessful, “a contingency task” has been green-lighted for a March 5 spacewalk (EVA). “This EVA task would return the ARISS cabling to the original configuration prior to the January 27 EVA,” he explained, noting that a contingency task will only be performed if time allows.

Bauer asked that APRS users not send “no contact” emails or social media responses, “as this will overwhelm the ARISS team.”

“But, if you definitely hear the packet system working or are able to connect through it, let us know the date, time, and grid square of the occurrence,” he added.




MARS Volunteers Recognized with Gold-Level President’s Volunteer Service Award


A dozen US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) volunteers have been honored with gold-level recognition for the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2020.

They are Bob Mims, WA1OEZ; Ron Tomo, KE2UK; Mark Bary, N4EOC; Billy Pearson, KO4XT; Dave Bock, W8OHS; Bob Baker, K5LLF; John Monson, WB0PLW; Gary Geissinger, WA0SPM; Brian Handy, W8JBT; Bliss Wheeler, W7RUG; Jim Hamilton, K4QDF, and Daniel Wolff, KA7AGN.

Each award recipient receives a letter signed by the President of the United States, a certificate of achievement, and a presidential volunteer service lapel pin. Volunteer awards are based on the certifying organization’s recommendation and the number of documented volunteer hours for the year.

Gold-level volunteers must accrue a minimum of 500 hours volunteer time supporting the organization. Silver awardees must achieve 300 hours and bronze must achieve a minimum of 100 hours volunteer time. Army MARS Chief Paul English, WD8DBY, will conduct a virtual awards presentation on Thursday, March 4, for the recipients and any MARS members who wish to attend. — Thanks to Paul English, WD8DBY




ARRL Current

Now Online! Digital editions of April 2021 QST, March /April 2021 OTAQEX, and NCJ


 The latest ARRL Letter is at:  

The latest ARES-Letter is at:

The latest ARRL Contest Update Newsletter is at:


ARRL  DX news bulletin:


ARLD010 DX news


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

The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral

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

to all.


ZAMBIA, 9J.  Bodo, HB9EWU plans to be QRV as 9J2BG while spending

one year on a humanitarian mission at the St. Paul’s Mission General

Hospital in Kashikishi.  Activity will be in his spare time on 20

meters.  QSL to home call.


BOTSWANA, A2.  Operators Vasily, R7AL, Leo, UI8J, Vlad, R9LR and

Mike, RU3UR will be QRV as A25RU from Gaborone from March 15 to 26.

Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters, using CW, SSB, and FT8 in

DXpedtion mode, with four stations active.  This also includes

activity on Satellite QO-100.  QSL via ClubLog.


GUADELOUPE, FG.  Philippe, F1DUZ will be QRV as FG4KH from March 16

to April 1.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World

Wide WPX SSB contest.  QSL direct to home call.


ECUADOR, HC.  Rick, NE8Z is QRV as HC1MD/2 from the Santa Elena

province until May 15.  Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB,

FT8 and FT4.  QSL via K8LJG.


MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1.  Take, JG8NQJ will be QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 while

on work assignment at the weather station here.  Activity is in his

spare time on the HF bands using CW.  He is here for about three

months.  QSL direct to JA8CJY.


LITHUANIA, LY.  Special event stations LY31A and LY11LY are QRV

until March 31 to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Act of the

Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania.  QSL via operators’



AUSTRIA, OE.  Members of the VIC Amateur Radio Contest DX Club are

QRV as C7A during March.  QSL via UA3DX.


FINLAND, OH.  Members of the SSAB Raahe ARC are QRV as special event

station OF60RR from Pattijoki until March 1, 2022 to celebrate the

60th anniversary of the start of the construction of the steel mill

Rautaruukki in May 1961.  QSL direct to OH8DR.


  1. MAARTEN, PJ7.  Tom, AA9A is QRV as PJ7AA until March 27.

Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL via LoTW.


SEYCHELLES, S7.  Ravi, S79VU has been active on 20 meters using FT8

around 0200z.  QSL direct to N4GNR.


EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  Special event stations R1934G, R108M, RG61PP

and R1961G are QRV until April 30 from the Smolensk Oblast to

commemorate the 87th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s birth and the

60th anniversary of his historic 108-minute first flight.  QSL via

operators’ instructions.


ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0.  Look for RI0Q to be QRV from Bol’shoy Begichev

Island, IOTA AS-152, beginning possibly March 17.  The start date

may depend on weather conditions.  QSL via ClubLog.


UZBEKISTAN, UJ.  Bazarov, UK8FAV has been active using FT4 on 20

meters around 0200z.  QSL direct to home call.


COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS, VK9C.  Look for VK9CE to be QRV from March

16 to 23.  Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using

CW, SSB and FT8.  They may also be active on 6 meters depending on

conditions.  QSL via EB7DX.


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

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

NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, YB DX RTTY Contest, SARL

VHF/UHF Analogue Contest, SARL Field Day Contest, RSGB Commonwealth

Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, F9AA SSB Cup, South America 10

Meter Contest, The DIG QSO SSB Party, AGCW QRP CW Contest, Oklahoma

QSO Party, EA PSK63 Contest, QCWA QSO Party, TESLA Memorial HF CW

Contest, Idaho QSO Party, UBA Spring 2-Meter Contest, FIRAC HF

Contest, Classic Phone Exchange, and Wisconsin QSO Party will

certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.


The OK1WC Memorial, Bucharest Digital Contest, RSGB FT4 Contest

Series, 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint and K1USN Slow Speed

CW Test are scheduled for March 15.


The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, CLARA Chatter Party and Worldwide Sideband

Activity Contest are scheduled for March 16.


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

scheduled for March 17.


Please see March QST, page 72, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web

sites for details.




ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  February 2021

Total number of ARES members:  45

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   3

Number of ARES nets active: 12 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  3

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

Number of exercises and training sessions this month: 5   Person hours:  84

Number of Public Service events this month:   0         Person hours :  4

Number of emergency operations this month:    0        Person hours     0

Number of Skywarn operations this month:      28    Person Hours: 246.7


Total number of ARES operations this month:   33   Total Person Hours: 334.7


A slow month with some relatively new officers



FEBRUARY  2021  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          



ESS                    SESSIONS 28   QNI  383  QTC  n/a    QSP  59   QTR  n/a

NYS/E               SESSIONS  28   QNI 157   QTC  96    QSP 94    QTR  314

BA                     SESSIONS  28  QNI  482    QTC  20   QSP 20    QTR  563

NLISTN            SESSIONS  6    QNI  45     QTC  2      QSP  2     QTR  115         7 schools

NCVHFTN       SESSIONS 28    QNI 143    QTC  20    QSP 14    QTR  347



KD2MDV   REC/ 20  SENT/ 3   TOTAL / 23

N2WGF      REC/ 8    SENT / 6   TOTAL / 14

K2TV          REC/ 3     SENT/ 8   TOTAL / 11

KD2MEN    REC/ 0     SENT/  6    TOTAL / 6



K2TV         ORIG / 0  REC / 51   SENT / 60   DEL / 2    TOTAL / 113

N2WGF      ORIG / 0  REC / 17  SENT / 16  DEL / 1   TOTAL /  34

KD2LPM   ORIG / 0  REC / 9   SENT / 4   DEL / 4      TOTAL / 20

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0  REC / 2   SENT / 6  DEL / 0    TOTAL /  8




KD2LPM/ 302, KD2GRS/ 114, K2TV/ 108, N2WGF/ 105, KD2GXL/ 74.

Gerard Pilate  STM NLI/NYC



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

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

INDEPENDENT CW NETS which maintain close association with the NTS.

Empire Slow Speed Net (ESS) 6pm daily on 3566  kHz . Alt. 7044 kHz ±

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

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


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

The NTS local nets are:

Big Apple Traffic Net meets @ 8:00 PM on 440.600 +5 141.3 PL
Check 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 Tuesday and Thursday from 15:30 to end of the net (no later than 16:30)

Here is a link to the NLI Student Traffic Net Website


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

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


Digital Traffic:

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



Club Meetings and Information:

Important Note:

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


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 well over 1,000 members worldwide 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 Jack
Phelan, NU2Q, 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 Groups IO  as a central
information and communications site.

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


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)

From President Neal “Rich” Balas, W2RB:

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

suspended until further notice


Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)

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

Grace Lutheran Church  240 Mastic Beach Road, Mastic Beach, NY. 11951…

Contact Richie Geraci, KD2NJA, at

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:  Russ Logar, KC2LSB,


New York City:

DEC:   Martin Grillo, W1EMR,

ADEC:  Jose Sanless, N2DDD,


EC  Kings: Simon Wurster, KF2N,

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:   Vincent Cigna, KC2WPP,

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


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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
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MetroCor is coordinating body for the New York metro area. MetroCor is
the established coordinating body for the New York Metro area,
inclusive of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and the
majority  of Northern New Jersey. You must apply for coordination
through  MetroCor if you wish to establish a new system on Amateur Radio
Spectrum above 29.5 MHz. These and any other matters related to repeater
systems coordination are welcomed by MetroCor. They invite you to
visit their website at: 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   Russ Logar, KC2LSB,

DEC  New York City: Martin Grillo, W1EMR,

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,