MAY 2020 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the May 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 June 2020 issue prior to
the end of the first week in June.

Section News is available ONLY on the world-wide-web. See the NLI site
at:   http://nli.arrl.org

INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:

* 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 …..

Hopefully we have reached the peak with the Covid virus and that we should be getting back to normal within the next few months. For the best Corona information see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. Staying home, social distancing and washing frequently are still the keys. It’s also a great time to get on the air.

VE Exams are pretty much on hold until we get back to normal. During this time the ARRL has been looking into remote testing as well as drive up testing. It has approved some clubs in doing this. There are a lot of guidelines clubs need to draw up and comply with to be drawn up and approved by the ARRL VEC before initiating. More to follow in the near future..

As of now there are no changes to the Field Day rules for this year. I know many clubs will probably not participate because of local restrictions and social distancing but we have to remember that Field Day is an Emergency Preparedness Drill and we as amateurs have to be intuitive. If you are able to work as a club that would be great but it appears right now that most will be operating either from home as 1D or 1E There are some ideas in the June 2020 QST issue.

COVID 19 has really upended our life styles. Hoping everyone is doing well and have kept the virus at bay. Hopefully we can get through this safely. Many clubs are using Zoom or Skype to stay in touch with their members and conduct necessary business.

The COVID 19 Information Net  K2T,(new SES call sign) is operational on the NY4Z/R, 440.600 MHz + 141.3 PL, After the Big Apple Traffic net approximately 8:00PM. Echolink via KD2TND-L (465324). LIMARC has an COVID informational net every evening at 8PM on their 146.850 MHz repeater. The Suffolk County Radio Club also runs their “Health Net” at 7PM on their 145.210 MHz repeater. Please check in and give the nets your support. A big shout out to all the clubs for keeping the amateur radio community informed.

The Special Event “K2Heroes” to honor our Doctors, Nurses, Health Care Workers, EMTs, Police, Firemen, Military, Mortuary and Food Market Personnel that provide medical and assistance during this crisis in New York State, is in full swing and making many QSO’s on all bands and modes. It will take place from May1 thru May 31, 2020, all bands and modes. It will run like the New York State QSO party.

They can really use some stations from Brooklyn and the Bronx to help operate …see K2H on QRZ for more info, or contact k2hheroes@gmail.com

 

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
w2kfv@arrl.org
Section Manager – NYC/ Long Island
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™

C:  516-315-8608

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SILENT KEYS:  ~

The Long Island DX Association reports the untimely passing of Ed Whitman, K2MFY

The Long Island Mobile Radio Clubs is saddened to report the loss of Dick Knadel, K2RIW. There is a memorial page for Dick on the LIMARC web site LIMARC.org

The Suffolk County Radio Club and the Great South Bay Radio Club report the untimely death of Tom Arancio,W2TJA from COVID 19.

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Upcoming Special Events:

 

 

Field Day June 27-28th

 

 

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HAMFESTS:      

The Sussex County Amateur Radio Clubs 42ND Hamfest is still planned for

Sunday July 12, 2020

                                                          At The

                                     Sussex County Fair Grounds

                                  37 Plains Road Augusta, NJ 07822

We are monitoring the Covid-19 issue as it will relate to our Hamfest

It is hoped that many of the Covid-19 restrictions will be removes by July.

As the date gets closer we will put our Hamfest Status on our club website

WWW.SCARCNJ.ORG

If you have any questions please contact us at

 Hamfest@SCARCNJ.ORG

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From the ARRL:

Amateur Radio Gearing Up for Predicted “Above Average” Atlantic Hurricane Season

05/14/2020

Extended-range forecasts for the 2020 Atlantic Basin hurricane season anticipate above-normal activity, although a low-pressure system now off the coast of Florida could get a jump on things and develop into a subtropical depression or storm this weekend. The Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1 and extends until November 30. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) 2020 outlook calls for a season about 140% more active than average, with four Category 3 to Category 5 hurricanes. The 2019 season saw three major hurricanes (out of six).

“The above-average prediction is largely due to the hot Atlantic and Caribbean waters and lack of a substantial El Niño in the Pacific,” the NHC explained, noting that the combination of a busy hurricane season and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could create a nightmare scenario for affected areas. FEMA and local emergency management agencies are already issuing COVID-19 guidelines for hurricane shelters, which include face masks and social distancing.

The NHC Annual Station Test — to check readiness of amateur radio stations and operators — takes place on Saturday, May 30, 1300 – 2100 UTC. The NHC’s WX4NHC will be on the air, marking its 40th year of public service at the NHC. Julio Ripoll, WD4R, the Assistant Amateur Radio Coordinator at the NHC, said the event offers an opportunity for radio amateurs worldwide to exercise the sorts of communications available during severe weather. “We will be making brief contacts on many frequencies and modes, exchanging signal reports and basic weather data — sunny, rain, temperature, etc.) with any station in any location,” Ripoll said.

Operation will be on HF, VHF, UHF, APRS, and Winlink. WX4NHC will center its activity on the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) frequencies of 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz, depending on propagation, but will operate elsewhere as conditions dictate. WX4NHC will also operate on the VoIP Hurricane Net from 2000 until 2100 UTC.

“I must say, I’m not liking what I’m seeing.” — Hurricane Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV

Dr. Philip J. Klotzbach et al of the Colorado State University (CSU) Department of Atmospheric Science cite a variety of factors that led them to conclude this hurricane season could get serious. Pointing to the “somewhat above normal” tropical Atlantic sea-surface temperatures, the scientists estimate “about eight hurricanes,” four of them major, during the 2020 season.

“We anticipate an above-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean,” the CSU forecast states, reminding coastal residents that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. The CSU scientists set the probability of US major hurricane landfalls this year at about 130% of the long-period average.

“I must say, I’m not liking what I’m seeing,” reacted Hurricane Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, pointing to additional extended forecasts posted by Tropical Storm Risk (TSR), the University of Arizona, and North Carolina State University. The TSR forecast calls for three major hurricanes, while the University of Arizona and North Carolina State predict between three and five major hurricanes.

“Since 2014, the Hurricane Watch Net has been very busy,” Graves told ARRL. “We’ve had 20 net activations for 19 hurricanes and one tropical storm. Since 2015, we’ve worked nine major land-falling hurricanes, including four land-falling Category 5 storms.” As examples, he ticked off some now-well-known hurricane names: Joaquin (2015); Matthew (2016); Harvey, Irma, and Maria (2017); Michael (2018), and Dorian (2019). Graves notes that the past three hurricane seasons saw at least one Category 5 hurricane make landfall.

In its report on Hurricane Dorian, the NHC noted, “Surface observations from the Caribbean weather stations and data received from ham radio operators and local observers were included in the analysis of Dorian.”

Graves pointed out that the past six hurricane seasons not only were busy and historic but very deadly, and he’s hoping the 2020 hurricane season will not turn in a repeat performance.

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ARRL Seeks Clarification of Amended Amateur Service RF Safety Rules

05/13/2020

ARRL has filed a Petition for Clarification addressing two issues arising from amended FCC RF safety rules that go into effect on June 1 for the Amateur Service and other FCC-regulated services. Licensees will have 2 years to determine if an RF safety evaluation is now required under the new rules and to perform an evaluation and implement any needed mitigation measures. Current rules already require amateur stations to meet RF exposure limits, but more radio amateurs will have to evaluate their stations under the new rules. The revised final rules, adopted last November, appeared in the April 1 edition of The Federal Register.

“For applicants and licensees in the Amateur Radio Service, we substitute our general exemption criteria for the specific exemption from routine evaluation based on power alone in §97.13(c)(1) and specify the use of occupational/controlled limits for amateurs where appropriate,” the FCC said. While radio amateurs have always had to comply with RF exposure limits, certain stations have been exempted from having to conduct evaluations based upon power and frequency.

On May 8, ARRL asked the FCC to clarify that using maximum permissible exposure (MPE) limits be permitted in the Amateur Service for required RF safety evaluations of 2200-meter operations, just as they are elsewhere in the amateur spectrum. Removal of the exemption for amateurs resulted in a requirement to use specific absorption rate (SAR) limits for amateur frequencies between 100 and 300 kHz.

“SAR evaluations are very complex to directly measure and, we believe, generally exceed the capability of most individual amateur operators,” ARRL argued in its petition, asserting that MPE limits correspond to conservative estimates of SAR.

“Near-field calculation of a uniform field applied to a transmitter and antenna operating at 1 W EIRP on 2200 meters would result in a very conservative estimate of specific absorption rate (SAR) and is a valid measurement for determining safety of operation,” ARRL told the FCC. “We request clarification that the rules do not intend to preclude the use of MPE as a surrogate for SAR to evaluate amateur operations in the 2200-meter band.”

ARRL also wants the FCC to clarify that its amended rules permit the use of near-field regression rates, using the MPE table to compare against the maximum field strength that may occur from a handheld portable device, instead of using the SAR. In its filing, ARRL maintained that SAR data is not available for amateur equipment as it is for equipment used in other services. Before the rules were amended, mobile and portable transmitters generally were exempt from the requirement to perform routine environmental evaluations.

Under §97.13(c)(1) as amended, effective on June 1, amateur licensees must ensure compliance with FCC RF exposure requirements spelled out in sections 1.1307(b), 2.1091, and 2.1093 of the FCC rules, where applicable. “In lieu of evaluation with the general population/uncontrolled exposure limits, amateur licensees may evaluate their operation with respect to members of his or her immediate household using the occupational/controlled exposure limits in §1.1310, provided appropriate training and information has been accessed by the amateur licensee and members of his/her household.”

“RF exposure of other nearby persons who are not members of the amateur licensee’s household must be evaluated with respect to the general population/uncontrolled exposure limits.” The rule directs radio amateurs to OET Bulletin 65, Supplement B for methodologies and guidance to evaluate amateur radio operation.

The FCC has provided 2 years — until May 31, 2022 — for licensees to determine if evaluations are now required, to perform such evaluations where necessary, and to implement any needed mitigation measures.

“The amended rules are intended to provide more efficient, practical, and consistent RF exposure evaluation procedures and mitigation measures to help ensure compliance with the existing RF exposure limits,” the FCC said. “The amended rules replace the various inconsistent service-specific criteria for exempting parties from performing an evaluation to demonstrate compliance with the RF exposure limits with new, streamlined criteria. The amended rules also allow the use of any valid computational method to determine potential RF exposure levels. The FCC did not amend the actual RF exposure limits that were adopted in 1996.

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Two New Chinese Ham Satellites Expected to Launch in September

05/12/2020

Two new Chinese amateur radio satellites are expected to launch on September 15. CAS-7A and CAS-7C follow in the wake of numerous amateur radio satellites put into space by CAMSAT. CAS-7A, a 27 kilogram microsat, will carry several transponders, including a 15-meter-to-10-meter (H/t) linear transponder, and a 2-meter-to-70-centimeter (H/u) linear transponder. CAS-7A also will include a V/u (2 meters to 70 centimeters) FM voice transponder. According to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) satellite coordination site, CAS-7A is planned to have CW beacons on both 10 meters and 70 centimeters, 4.8k or 9.6k GMSK telemetry on 70 centimeters, and a 1 Mbps GMSK image data downlink on 3 centimeters for an onboard camera.

CAS-7C is a 2U CubeSat carrying a V/u linear transponder and a CW beacon. IARU has not yet coordinated frequencies for CAS-7C, which is to deploy a 1,080-meter (3,543 feet) long, 1-millimeter carbon fiber rope.

The two satellites will launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center into a 500-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit with an inclination of 98°.

Some specifics, according to coordination information, indicate that CAS-7A will offer 30 kHz-wide uplink and downlink passbands for all linear transponders. The H/T uplink passband will be 21.245 – 21.275 MHz, and the downlink will be 29.435 – 21.465 MHz The CW beacon will be on 29.425 MHz.

The CAS-7A H/u linear transponder uplink passband will be 21.3125 MHz – 21.3275 MHz, and the downlink will be 435.3575 MHz – 435.3725 MHz. A CW beacon will transmit on 435.430 MHz.

The CAS-7A V/u transponder uplink passband will be 145.865 MHz – 145.895 MHz, with a downlink passband of 435.385 MHz – 435.415 MHz. A CW beacon will transmit on 435.430 MHz.

CAS-7A V/u FM transponder will uplink on 145.950 MHz and downlink on 435.455 MHz, with a 4.8k/9.6k GMSK telemetry downlink at 435.480 MHz. The 1 Mbps GMSK image data will downlink at 10.460 GHz.

 

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Amateur Radio Gains Significant Boost in UK by Connecting People During Lockdown

05/12/2020

 

A recent BBC news feature outlines how ham radio has gotten a significant boost by connecting people during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. The article, by Vanessa Pearce, quotes the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) — the UK’s IARU member-society — as saying that many former hams are now returning to the hobby. Mark Rider, G3VHJ — a retired engineer who lives alone in North Warwickshire — said that after the lockdown restricted his occasional trips to the pub, rehearsing with musician friends, and visiting his wife in a nursing home, he decided to dust off his ham radio equipment “to seek out some other social interaction.” Rider said that ragchewing has become one of the highlights of his day. “Just speaking to somebody else in the same situation is very rewarding,” he said. The 67-year-old told BBC News that keeping in touch with others has been more important since his wife suffered a stroke.

RSGB General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB, said the society has experienced a three-fold increase in license examination applications since social distancing rules were put into place. The UK has about 75,000 amateur licensees.

Eleven-year-old Anne-Marie Rowland, 2E0RUX, of Cornwall, worked with the Cornish Amateur Radio Club to conduct informal twice-weekly nets to help keep people in touch. “We have some regulars, but also some new people join in,” she told the BBC. Her father, Bill, M0NXF, runs a net that has attracted older radio amateurs who are self-isolating, to help them feel connected.

The RSGB recently instituted its “Get on the Air to Care” (#GOTA2C) campaign in conjunction with the National Health Service and its GB1NHS amateur station to promote amateur radio use during the pandemic lockdown. Some stations have been adding /NHS to their call signs to support the effort, which aim to support the emotional health and wellbeing of the amateur radio community.

The RSGB introduced remote administration of entry-level Foundation-class amateur radio exams in mid-April. Pete Sipple, M0PSX, told BBC News that he’s seen a “massive” surge in demand for training courses and exam session and has had to up the number of course offerings.

 

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Field Day 2020 — A Time to Adapt

Note: There are no changes to Field Day Rulesas of yet

03/27/2020

Many individuals and groups organizing events for Field Day 2020 have been contacting ARRL for guidance on how to adapt their planned activities in this unprecedented time of social distancing and uncertainty.

“Due to the unique situation presented this year, this can be an opportunity for you, your club, and/or group to try something new,” ARRL Contest Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, said. “Field Day isn’t about doing things the same way year after year. Use this year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with the current circumstances.”

Social distancing and state and local requirements very likely will impact just how — and even whether — you are able to participate in Field Day this year. ARRL continues monitoring the coronavirus situation, paying close attention to information and guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If social distancing means that Class A with a 30-member team set up in a city park won’t work this year, then it’s time for a Plan B. Part of the Field Day concept has always been adapting your operation to the situation at hand. At its heart, Field Day is an emergency communication demonstration. Field Day rules are flexible enough to allow individuals and groups to adjust their participation and strategies in a way that still addresses their needs while being fun. Some possibilities:

  • Encourage club members to operate from their home stations on emergency power (Class E).
  • Use the club’s repeater as a means for individual participants to keep in touch during the event.
  • Family members interested in operating Field Day and unable to participate as part of a larger group may want to consider setting up a portable station in the backyard with a temporary antenna.

One big impact this year will be a decline in public visibility and any interaction with the visitors. Prudence may dictate dispensing with the ham radio PR table to attract passersby, should you set up in a more public location. It’s okay not to score all the bonus points you may have attempted in the past. Local and served agency officials may be unwilling to visit, which is understandable under the circumstances. Do be sure to reach out to them as part of your preparations and remind them that you look forward to continuing your working relationship with them in the future.

The impact will differ from place to place, so ARRL recommends that all amateur radio clubs participating in Field Day stay in regular contact with local or state public health officials for their advice and guidance on hosting Field Day activities.

Demonstrating an understanding of the health crisis we all face and your willingness to adapt will show that you and your club or group are good working partners with local or served agencies.

“With any emergency preparedness exercise, it’s not about adapting the situation to your operation, it’s about adapting your operation to the situation that presents itself,” Bourque said. “Try something different. Learn something new about how you prepare. It may be a challenge, and you may have to ask yourself if you’re up to the challenge. We hope to hear you on the air over the June 27 – 28 weekend.” — Thanks to Paul Bourque, N1SFE, and Dan Henderson, N1ND

 

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Socially Distanced In-Person Exam Sessions Held in US and Norway

05/11/2020

With some states starting to relax restrictions on events and activities, the Grant County, Oregon, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) held an in-person exam session on April 26 in the town of John Day that adhered to social distancing recommendations. Exam organizers held the gathering to within Oregon’s 10-person limit for gatherings, keeping everyone 6 feet apart and requiring all participants to wear face masks. The exam session was held outdoors under a car port.

“We had an exceptionally successful test session, with candidates passing exams at every amateur radio level,” said Ed Ellesson, AF7YX, the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Liaison for the Grant County Amateur Radio Club. Grant County Emergency Coordinator Steve Fletcher, K7AA, noted that many clubs had canceled their planned sessions due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Grant County decided to approach the problem by obeying all the restrictions but still holding the exam,” he said. “As a result, we had people come here from all over the state.”

In Oklahoma, the Mid-Del Amateur Radio Club, W5MWC, administered an open-air exam session on April 25 that held to social distancing guidelines. Over the course of the 3-hour session, 16 candidates tested and all were successful. One candidate passed all three exam elements to come away with his Amateur Extra-class license.

Another open-air amateur exam session took place recently in Norway. The LA3F radio amateur club south of Oslo had just completed its annual course for prospective radio amateurs, and three candidates were ready to take their exam when Norway began shutting down activities and gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Not to be deterred, International Amateur Radio Union Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, arranged with Norwegian regulatory authorities to hold an outdoor exam session compatible with the social distancing and other safety guidelines in place. Garpestad met with the three candidates in the forest outside a local scout cottage, and, with candidates seated at tables at least 5 meters (about 16 feet) apart, he administered the exam. With the temperature at around 10 °C (about 50 °F), everyone dressed warmly. Garpestad reported that all three candidates passed, and LA5EUA, LB8QI, and LB8RI were welcomed to the world of amateur radio. — Thanks to Steve Fletcher, K7AA, and Don Beattie, G3BJ, via IARU Region 1

 

 

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IARU Region 2 Online Emergency Communication Workshops Get Under Way

05/07/2020

International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2) virtual emergency communication workshops got under way on April 29, when the first of the programs in English and Spanish, “What is Winlink and its Importance during Emergency Communications,” was presented in Spanish. Workshop presenter Alfonso Tamez, XE2O, of the Mexican Federation of Radio Amateurs, offered insights into the usefulness and application of WinLink during emergencies, based on his ample experience, offering participants an understanding of the importance of having such a tool available during an emergency.

Workshop attendance was far greater than expected, with more than 180 participants from at least 18 IARU Region 2 countries on hand. A question-and-answer session followed the formal presentation, conducted using the Zoom platform as well as through IARU Region 2’s YouTube Workshops channel. The workshops are free of charge.

Workshop participants expressed their satisfaction as well as a desire to continue with more workshops as soon as possible. An English-language presentation of the same workshop took place on May 6. Signing up for future workshops must be done online and not via email.

The IARU-R2 Executive Committee appointed Augusto Gabaldoni, OA4DOH, as workshops coordinator to set up processes for the initial group of workshop sessions and to develop and manage ongoing workshops for radio amateurs in IARU-R2.

Here is the schedule for the remaining workshops:

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2300 UTC (tentative): EmCom — Winlink 101 in English, targeting US and Canadian radio amateurs. Instructors are Mike Burton, N6KZB, and Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2300 UTC (tentative): Satellite Communications 101 in Spanish, aimed at radio amateurs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Instructors are Matias Graino, LU9CBL, and Guillermo Guerra, XQ3SA.
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2300 UTC (tentative): Satellite Communications 101 in English, targeting radio amateurs in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. Instructor will be announced.

Contact Gabaldoni with requests for future workshop topics, volunteer speakers, or other comments or suggestions.

 

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May/June Issue of ARRL’s On the Air Magazine Now Available

 

The May/June digital edition of ARRL’s On the Air magazine is now available. Read it and other ARRL digital publications by browsing to the ARRL Magazines page. In this issue:

  • Tips for better repeater operating
  • Understanding modulation
  • Go-kit basics
  • Building a portable antenna mount
  • Shopping for a mobile radio

…and much more!

You can also read the issue on your Apple, Android, or Kindle device by using the ARRL Magazines app.

 

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ARLB011 Ballot Counting Postponed in Four ARRL Section Manager

Elections

 

During these unprecedented times of social distancing and staying at

home, the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee (E&E) has postponed

ballot counting for four contested Section Manager elections.

 

Since March 23, ARRL Headquarters staff has been working remotely

under the Governor of Connecticut’s mandate, which is currently in

effect through May 20 and may be extended into June. The ballots for

the Section Manager races in Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, and Maine

were scheduled to be counted on Tuesday, May 19 as directed by the

ARRL rules and regulations for Section Manager elections. Due to the

circumstances, ARRL Interim CEO Barry Shelley, N1VXY, asked the E&E

Committee for an extension that would allow ballot counting to

happen as soon as practicable before mid-June.

 

Although this extension was granted, it does not change the Friday,

May 15, 2020 deadline for ballots to be received at ARRL HQ.

Standard operating practice dictates that any ballots received after

this deadline will not be counted. The Governor’s mandate and social

distancing practices do not affect this section of the election

rules.

 

Terms for election winners are scheduled to begin on July 1, 2020.

ARRL hopes to see the Governor’s restrictions relaxed in time to

have a team of tellers inside HQ to count the ballots and publish

the elections’ results in enough time that the terms of office will

not change. The E&E Committee will have to decide the course of

action, should any unforeseen circumstances not allow the ballots to

be counted by mid-June.

 

The safety of our staff and members remains the highest priority as

we work through these difficult times. Thank you for your

understanding.

 

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Preliminary Report on Changes to FCC RF Exposure Rules, 2020, courtesy of the ARRL RF Safety Committee.

 

How Radio Amateurs Must Evaluate Human Exposure from their Stations Differently Beginning June 1, 2020:

 

FCC Human Exposure Rules

  • Originally released in 1998
  • Radio amateurs were introduced to human exposure limits for the first time
  • ARRL published ‘RF Exposure and You’
  • Minor rule changes were made in 2013, but no changes for Radio Amateurs

 

FCC Human Exposure Rules Updates

  • New rule changes were published in the April 1, 2020 Federal Register
  • New rules take effect June 1, 2020
  • Rule changes to 47 CFR Parts 1, 2, 15, 18, 22, 24, 25, 27, 73, 90, 95, 97 and 101
  • Amateur Radio Service is affected by Parts 1, 2, and 97

 

What Has Changed

  • Amateurs No Longer Have Categorical Exclusions to Evaluation
  • Stations with power at the antenna input below certain limits

did not have to perform routine evaluations.

  • No mobile transmitters had to perform routine evaluations.
  • New Exemptions to Routine Evaluation are based on frequency,

power and distance.

  • All transmitters/emitters that are within 20 cm of the body must be

evaluated with SAR (Specific Absorption Rate).

  • SAR modeling is accepted in addition to SAR testing.

 

New Exemptions

  • Based on ERP and frequency
  • New formulas used for antennas closer than 40 cm to a person,

exceeding the levels in the new formulas determines if SAR

Evaluation must be performed

 

What about HTs?

  • The 2 m HT is not covered under the new Exemptions:
  • Its antenna is within 20 cm of the head
  • Its frequency is < 300 MHz
  • No known SAR tests have been performed with Amateur HTs
  • SAR testing is too complex for most hams to perform
  • SAR modeling is also too complex for most hams to perform
  • Newly produced amateur HTs will have to be characterized

by their manufacturers for SAR

 

How Will Hams Follow the Rules Going Forward?

  • Fortunately, the new rules have been released with a 2-year

transition period.

  • The FCC’s aids for following human exposure rules:

OET Bulletin 65 and OET Bulletin 65 Supplement B for Radio

Amateurs will have to be revised.

  • The ARRL RF Safety Committee is working with the FCC

personnel to revised these documents.

  • ARRL is working on finding or developing tools that all hams

can use to perform exposure assessments.

 

With kindest regards,

Kai Siwiak, KE4PT

Member ARRL RF Safety Committee

 

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 The latest ARRL Letter is at:

http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/?issue=2020-05-07  

The latest ARRL E-Letter is at:

http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2020-04-15

The latest ARRL Contest Update Newsletter is at:

http://www.arrl.org/contests/update/?issue=2020-04-29

 

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ARRL  DX news bulletin:

 

 

SB DX ARL ARLD019

ARLD019 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.

 

MOUNT ATHOS, SV/A.  Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG/A will be QRV until May 10.

Activity will be on 20 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via SV2RSG/A

direct to Monk Iakovos Kutlumusian, Holy Monastery Koutloumousiou,

Karyes, 63086, Greece.

 

AZERBAIJAN, 4K75.  Look for Azerbaijani amateur radio operators to

be using either 4J75 or 4K75 prefixes starting May 5, to celebrate

the 75th anniversary of the victory in WW2.  The length of the

activity is not known at this time.

 

INDONESIA, 8C2.  Members of the ORARI are active as 8C2WFH (Work

From Home), until May 19.  Activity is on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10

meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, BPSK31 and FT8.

 

JAPAN, 8J.  Look for special event station 8J1ITU to be QRV from

April 30 to May 31.  Activity is to celebrate the anniversary of the

ITU World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on May 17.

QSL via the JARL Bureau or eQSL.

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A60.  Look for activity under special call

sign A60FTDMC during FT8DMC activity weeks, July 1 to 31, on various

HF bands.  QSL via OE4VIE.

 

INDIA, AU2.  Members of the West Bengal Radio Club, VU2WB, will be

active as AU2COV until July 26.  Activity is to provide assistance

in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic.  QSL via VU2WB.

 

ENGLAND, GB75.  Members of the RSGB Contest Club will activate the

following call signs May 1 to 31 and August 1 to 31: GB1945PE,

GB1945PJ and GB75PEACE.  Operations will be on various HF bands and

6 meters using CW, SSB and the digital modes.  QSLs are only via

LoTW and eQSL.  No paper QSL cards.

 

SOUTH KOREA, HL40.  Look for special event station HL40GDM until May

  1. Activity is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the May 18

Democratic Uprising in Gwangju.  Operations will be on all bands and

modes.  QSL via HL4CCM, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or ClubLog.

 

AUSTRIA, OE50.  Jo, OE4VIE is active as OE50MHZ until June 30 to

mark the 30th anniversary of the first provisional release of the

frequency range 50 to 52 MHz for Amateur Radio in Austria.

Operations will be on CW, SSB and the digital modes on 6 meters.

QSL via LoTW and eQSL, paper QSLs will be sent automatically via the

Bureau.

 

POLAND, SN100.  Czeslaw, SP9FZU will be active with the special call

sign SN100PS in memory of Second Silesian Civil War in 1920.

Activity will be on various HF bands.  QSL via SP9KAG, by the Bureau

or direct.

 

STAY AT HOME STATIONS.  More special event stations will join the

cause to raise awareness of restrictions necessary to fight the

spread of the coronavirus and to thank health and medical workers

worldwide, including:

 

3G2HOME Chile, HG20HO Hungary, 4J0STAYHOME Azerbaijan, 4MSTAYHOME

Venezuela, HZ1STAYHOME Saudi Arabia, 4U2STAYHOME Austria, IO6STAY

Italy, 4X2BESAFE Israel, 5B4STAYHOME Cyprus, 5W19STAYSAFE Samoa, K2H

United States, 6Y6STAYHOME Jamaica, 8A1HOME Indonesia, OD50SH

Lebanon, OH0PYSYKOTONA Finland, 9K9STAYHOME Kuwait, A60SH/1 U.A.E.,

OH0STAYHOME Aland Island, AT2GOK India, ON4HEROES Belgium,

AX2020STAYHOME Australia, CH2IR Canada, CN20SH Morocco, CQ8STAYHOME

Azores, CT1STAYHOME Portugal, CV7STAYHOME Uruguay, DX0STAYHOME

Philippines, E2STAYHOME Thailand and E7STAYHOME Bosnia &

Herzegovina.

 

KENYA, 5Z.  Andy, 5Z4/G3AB is QRV on CW in his evenings on 20 and 17

meters.

 

ZAMBIA, 9J.  Mario, IK1MYT is QRV as 9J2MYT.  He plans to be QRV

through the end of this month.  Look for him using SSB on 20, 17, 15

and 10 meters.  QSL direct only, to IZ3KVD.

 

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF WWII.  During the month of May, many stations

will be active commemorating the end of World War II.  Look for the

following special event prefixes to be active: 4X75 Israel, RP75

Russia, EV75 Belarus, GB75 England and N. Ireland, GU75 Guernsey,

UP75 Kazakhstan.

 

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest, CQ-M

International DX Contest, VOLTA WW RTTY Contest, SKCC Weekend

Sprintathon, Arkansas QSO Party, FISTS Spring Unlimited Sprint, 50

MHz Spring Sprint and the WAB 7 MHz Phone Contest are on tap for

this weekend.  The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is on May

11 and the RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship is on May 13.  Please see

May 2020 QST, page 69 and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM

Contest Web Sites for details.

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Reported  NLI  ARES  ACTIVITY:

ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  April 2020

Total number of ARES members:  78

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   1

Number of ARES nets active: 22 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  0

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

Number of exercises and training sessions this month: 9   Person hours:   88

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

Number of emergency operations this month:    0        Person hours     0

Number of Skywarn operations this month:      18    Person Hours: 116

Total number of ARES operations this month:  27     Total Person Hours:   204

 

Comments:

Nassau County training meeting conducted online April 23rd. .

 

de…K2OL

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APRIL 2020  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          

 

TRAFFIC NETS: 

NYPON             SESSIONS  30    QNI 206      QTC   62    QSP   59    QTR  393

ESS                    SESSIONS 30    QNI  462     QTC  n/a    QSP   67     QTR  n/a

NYS/E               SESSIONS  30    QNI  167     QTC  92     QSP  89     QTR  367

BA                      SESSIONS  30     QNI 595     QTC  19      QSP  19    QTR  853

NLISTN              SESSIONS  29      QNI  72        QTC 8     QSP  8       QTR   190  (s10)

NCVHFTN         SESSIONS  30     QNI  214      QTC  16    QSP  12     QTR  406

 

DIGITAL TRAFFIC

N2WGF      REC/ 10    SENT / 13       TOTAL / 23

K2TV          REC/ 4      SENT/ 6         TOTAL / 10

KD2MEN   REC/ 0      SENT / 6         TOTAL / 6

 

 

 

SAR

N2WGF      ORIG / 0  REC / 23  SENT / 26    DEL / 0   TOTAL /  42

K2TV         ORIG / 0  REC / 11   SENT / 22   DEL / 0    TOTAL / 33

W2CTG      ORIG / 3  REC / 6   SENT / 8   DEL / 9        TOTAL / 26

KD2LPM   ORIG / 0  REC / 10   SENT / 9    DEL / 5    TOTAL /  24

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0   REC / 4   SENT / 6      DEL / 2    TOTAL /  12

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL 2020 – PSHR

KD2LPM/ 189, N2WGF/ 120, K2TV/ 113,

W2GTC/ 76, KD2MEN/ 72,

Gerard Pilate  STM NLI/NYC
n2wgf@aol.com

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

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NTS INFORMATION

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

NTS SECTION LEVEL HF/phone nets:

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

The NTS local nets are:

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

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

 NLI Student Traffic Net.  

 Meetings

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

Frequencies

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

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

 

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

 

Digital Traffic:

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

 

 

Club Meetings and Information:

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

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

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

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ARCECS

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

American Red Cross on Long Island

195 Willis Avenue

Mineola, NY 11501

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

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BONAC Amateur Radio Club (BARC)

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

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

 

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Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)

President ; Nick Franco – KF2P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Great South Bay ARC

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

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HOSARC

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,
NY.

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

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Kings County Radio Club (KC2RC)

Club Meeting Info:

New York – Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

1st Wednesday Of Each Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.kingscountyradioclub.com/stream/

Kings County Radio Club Facebook Page 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kingscountyradioclub/

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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:

http://www.larkfield.org

Meetings start at 7:30 PM at the Huntington Senior Citizens Center
cafeteria (423 Park Avenue) located at the southwest corner of the
intersection of Rte 25A and Park Avenue. Entrance is on Park Avenue.

Contact is: larkfieldarc@gmail.com

LARC Repeater System

WR2ABA Huntington

147.210 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Hauppauge

145.430 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Huntington APRS

144.390 MHz out/in

WA2PNU EastNet FlexNet Network

(0-15) Nodes, 145.070 MHz

(-4) Node, 145.070 MHz BBs

 

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Long Island Amateur Radio Simplex Club

The LIARS Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Newfield High
School in Selden, NY at 7:30PM. All are welcome. Our web site is:
www.lisimplex.org  Contact: Tim MoDavis, KA2VZX at ka2vzx@arrl.net

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Long Island CW Club:

“The Long Island CW Club is teaching CW weekly on Beginner and Intermediate levels. Monthly there are presentations on a variety of ham radio topics of interest for all, including the advanced members.  All of this is done by internet video conference. The club is very active with monthly portable outings, museum visits, QRP outings and luncheons.  The club has quickly grown to over 200 members including hams from out of the state, country and has a very unique website dedicated to all aspects of CW:    www.longislandcwclub.org

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Long Island DX Association (LIDXA)

http://www.qsl.net/lidxa/

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

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.

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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
friend!
Webpage is: http://www.limarc.org

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

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Long Island Transmitter Hunters (LITHARC)

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

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

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

Meetings every Monday night at 7:30 PM in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
at the Lannin House, Field #6 / 6A. The General meeting is the last
Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. All are welcome. Contact Mike Croce, N2PPI, President at n2ppi.mike@gmail.com

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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.

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Peconic Amateur Radio Club (PARC)

PARC’s regular meeting night is the first Friday of each month at
6:30 PM. Meetings are held at the Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road
in Mattituck. PARC also sponsors quarterly VE testing sessions, on the
fourth Friday of the months of January, April, July and October. Jay
Buscemi, NY2NY, is the clubs Awards Manager and is able to check
cards for the ARRL VUCC and WAS awards.

See the PARC website at www.peconic-arc.net for all our current club
activities and contact information.

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Radio Central Amateur Radio Club

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

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Radio Club of Junior High School 22 NYC


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

http://www.wb2jkj.org

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

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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
coming.

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
ALL LICENSE CANDIDATES are welcome.

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

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Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)

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

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

Contact Richie Geraci, KD2NJA, at kd2nja@gmail.com

Or go to their NEW website, http://www.suffolkcountyradioclub.net

The Suffolk County Radio Club holds weekly nets on the W2DQ repeater.All are welcome to check-in.  The repeater is located in Yaphank, NY on 145.210 MHz / negative ( – ) 600 kHz shift / PL 136.5

SCRC Information & Rag chew Net

Round table discussions, Club news and information, technical topics and for sale items. Wednesday 8:00 PM

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Wantagh Amateur Radio Club

Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 PM at the
Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793. Entrance to
the meeting room is at the rear of the library, adjacent to the
parking-lot. For more information, see the club’s website at
http://www.qsl.net/w2va or contact Frank Porcaro, N2RSO, President, via
e-mail at: n2rso@arrl.net

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Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club

The Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club is dedicated to serving the
amateur radio community and the general public on Long Island, New
York. The club operates under the vanity call sign of W2SBL. Meets
second Tuesday of each month at Motorola’s Holtsville campus, Exit 62
(I-495) An ARRL affiliated club with membership open to all Motorolans
and Associate membership open to all. Email:
W2SBL@motorolasolutions.com  for more details

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Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

 

SEC:  Joe Cutrone, K2OL,  k2ol@arrl.net

ASEC:  Russ Logar, KC2LSB,  kc2lsb@arrl.net

 

New York City:

DEC:   TBD

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

 

 

Nassau County:

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

ADEC’s:  Robert Jagde, KD2GRS,   kd2grs@ncaresmail.net

Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL, kd2gxl@ncaresmail.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Suffolk County:

DEC:  Bill Scheibel, N2NFI n2nfi@yahoo.com

EC’s:

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

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

Town of Brookhaven:            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, w2sfc@arrl.net                                                     Monthly meeting TBD

Town of Southampton:    Vacant

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

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

Town of Shelter Island:     Vacant

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

 

Other Stuff :

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

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

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

NLI DX Spotting Clusters:

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

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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
state.

http://www.arrl.org/FandES/courses/

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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:

http://www.arrl.org/members-only/memdata.html?modify=1

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

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Repeaters:

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

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NLI Webpage:

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

http://nli.arrl.org

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

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NLI Staff :

SEC  Joe Cutrone, K2OL, k2ol@arrl.net

ASEC  Russ Logar, KC2LSB, kc2lsb@arrl.net

DEC  New York City:

DEC  Nassau County: John Wilson, KD2AKX, kd2akx@aol.com

DEC  Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI,  n2nfi@arrl.net

Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KNB, k2knb@arrl.net
Technical Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX, k2cx@arrl.net
Public Information Coordinator :  Mel Granick, KS2G, ks2g@arrl.net
State Government Liaison:   George Tranos N2GA, n2ga@arrl.net
Section Traffic Manager :  Jerry Pilate, N2WGF, n2wgf@arrl.net

Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster:  Mitch Cohen N2RGA, n2rga@arrl.net
Digital Communications : Bob Myers, K2TV, k2tv@arrl.net

Skywarn: John Hale, KD2LPM, kd2lpm@arrl.net

 

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