November 2020 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the November 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 December 2020 issue prior to
the end of the first week in December.

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:

* Strays

* From the ARRL

* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR

* National Traffic System

* Club Info


Hello Everyone …..

As we are into the middle of November I would like to take a minute and wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am sure this year festivities and family gatherings will be will be different but we still have a lot to be thankful for.

LIMARC is holding a virtual hamfest Sunday November 15th. And it should be interesting as they are testing uncharted waters with this. Please support them by going to their website and registering. See more information below.

Ham Radio University will also be virtual, January 9th 2021 is the date so put it on your calendar. Dedicated to Phil Lewis, N2MUN <SK>, founder of HRU, the committee is working very hard to bring you as many forums as possible for the time allotted. Please check for continual updates.

Please have a look at the ARRL Learning Network where different webinars are available for your pleasure. If you have an interesting topic you want to share? Submit your presentation idea through Our own Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, Co founder of the Long Island CW Club has a presentation scheduled on December 17th titled “Learn To Have Fun With Morse Code”. He will be assisted by Jim Crites, W6JIM.

The ARRL Section Managers over the course of the past few months decided we need to supplement training for ARES to improve their skills especially in the digital areas.. Through discussions over the past few months, we found that WINLINK is used in a lot of emergency scenarios across the country and that additional trainings are needed to support our partnered agencies. We had an eleven week training period with well over 200 ARES members participating which was extremely successful. We have developed a group called RATPAC, (Radio Amateur Training Planning Activities Committee) where we now have live Zoom sessions once a week regarding different topics open to all hams. Topics are recorded and are available to view. If you are interested in getting more information join our SEC-ARES group for announcements and discussions . Please be sure to include your name and call sign when registering on SEC-ARES

My Zoom account is still available for those clubs that want to have meetings. Please contact me for more information.




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

Please be careful out there as we approach the Holidays.

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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Larkfield Amateur Radio Club reports the passing Mel Cohen, K2MC, who passed away back on May 3, 2020


Upcoming Special Events:


Ham Radio University ~ January 9, 2021,




HAMFESTS:   ~    LIMARC Virtual Hamfest

November 15th from 10 AM to -12 Noon. See LIMARC Website for updated information




RCARC Honors Local Hospital’s COVID19 Efforts With $1,000 Donation

In a show of appreciation for its service to the community during the COVID19 pandemic, the Radio Central Amateur Radio Club (RCARC) has presented a $1,000 donation to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson.

“We are grateful for the tireless hours put in by not only St. Charles doctors and nurses, but also by all of the medical support staff, facility personnel, security officers and the multitude of people needed to keep the hospital running smoothly,” said Radio Central’s president, Neil Heft, KC2KY. He explained that the group “wanted to do something more than just putting up a thank you sign, so we took up a collection from our forty members who live in the community.”

In a brief ceremony on October 16th, Heft accompanied by RCARC vice-president Richie Fisher, KB2ZPB and board member Frank Mazovec, KC2ZOR presented the donation to Lisa Mulvey, Executive Director of the St. Charles Hospital Foundation, and Marilyn Fabbricante, St. Charles Hospital’s Director of Public and Community Relations.



The Amateur Radio Communication Team  


Jordan, K2UAI, and the scouts participated in the Jamboree on the Air, 10/18/2020. They made contacts on analog and DMR.




LIMARC Virtual Hamfest

We will have live auctions, silent auctions, door prizes  some presentations by vendors. Pre-registration is required.  There is no charge for this hamfest but the following rules will apply:

·        Successful bidders will be considered to have made a contract to purchase the item or items.

·        Shipping charge will be added if item is to be shipped. Local pick-up will be available.

·        Payment can be made with PayPal or cash or check at pick-up.

·        Door prize winners must acknowledge within 5 minutes. Door prizes will generally be mailed to the winner.

·        During these tough times, donations are gratefully accepted. Paypal or to our mailbox.

·        If you have an item to sell, send me a picture and your contact info. It will be placed on a special classified page for the event. No charge but again, donations welcomed.


You are invited to a virtual LIMARC Hamvention on Zoom!
When: Nov. 15th, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Eastern Time

You must register in advance to attend:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join us on Nov. 15th.


 From the ARRL:


A “Clean Sweep” in ARRL November Sweepstakes Means Working 84 Sections this Year


The ever-popular ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) weekends are upon us — one for CW and the other for SSB — and this year, participants will have to search out an additional  Section. The CW event is November 7 – 9 (UTC), and the SSB event is November 20 – 22 (UTC). Each Sweepstakes leg begins at 2100 UTC on Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC on Monday. Stations may operate 24 of the available 30 hours. An SS Operating Guide package, available via the SS web page, explains how to participate in Sweepstakes. Clubs or public service teams that are considering participating in SS will find the guide to be a useful source for information. This year marks the 79th SS event, which attracts more than 3,000 entries each fall for both weekends.

The number of ARRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sections rose to 84 earlier this year with the addition of Prince Edward Island (PE) as a separate entity. The objective of SS — or “sweeps” — is to work as many stations in as many of the 84 sections as possible within 24 hours of operating. The number of sections worked is a score multiplier, and working all of them — a “clean sweep” in SS parlance — is the goal of many SS aficionados, who qualify for a clean sweep coffee mug. Hardcore SS operators try to run up the contact and multiplier counts by staying in the chair for the allowed 24 hours.

Some multipliers are rarer and/or harder to work, and these can vary from year to year. For many years, the most difficult SS multiplier was considered to be Northern Territories (NT) in Canada, where J. Allen, VY1JA, in Yukon Territory, was often the only station available. Allen has stepped back from amateur radio, however, owing to health issues. Making a clean sweep also requires working Alaska and Hawaii (or another station in the Pacific Section), as well as Newfoundland/Labrador (NL) and Prince Edward Island (PE) in the other direction. On the rarer side, finding — and working — stations in Alberta (AB), North Dakota (ND), Northern New York (NNY), US Virgin Islands (VI), Wyoming (WY), and Delaware (DE) has proven vexing for some SS operators.

Nonetheless, even stations with modest equipment and antennas can enjoy success. Many stations like to operate in the QRP category (output of 5 W or less), although that challenge has been more daunting in the lower rungs of the solar cycle.

ARRL November Sweepstakes is the oldest domestic radiosport event (the first was in 1930). The SS contest exchange has deep roots in message-handling protocol and replicates a radiogram preamble. In SS, stations exchange:

  • A consecutive serial number (NR). Operators do not have to add leading zeros on contact numbers less than 100.
  • Operating category — Qfor Single Op QRP; A for Single Op, Low Power (up to 150 W output); B for Single Op, High Power (greater than 150 W output); U for Single Op, Unlimited, regardless of power; M for Multioperator, regardless of power, and S for School Club.
  • Your call sign.
  • Check (CK) — the last two digits of the year of first license for either operator or station.
  • Section — ARRL/RAC Section.

The SS Operating Guide package, available for download, includes all rules and examples of log formatting. The deadline to submit CW entries is November 16. The deadline to submit phone entries is November 29.

Direct questions to the ARRL Contest Program.




ARRL Comments on FCC Draft World Radiocommunication Conference Recommendations


ARRL has submitted comments on two draft recommendations approved in October by the FCC’s World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee (WAC). The comments focus on draft recommendations for World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) Agenda Item (AI) 1.2. AI 1.2 will consider the identification of frequencies in the 3.3 – 3.4 GHz and 10.0 – 10.5 GHz bands, among others, “for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), including possible additional allocations to the mobile service on a primary basis,” in accordance with WRC-19 Resolution 245. ARRL urged no change to the 3.3 – 3.4 GHz international secondary allocation to the Amateur Service in ITU Regions 2 (the Americas) and 3 (Oceania), and no change to the 10.0 – 10.5 GHz worldwide secondary amateur and amateur-satellite allocation.

“Radio amateurs make substantial use of both bands,” ARRL said in its comments. “They have conducted experiments and designed systems that protect primary users. The lack of interference complaints is evidence that they have been successful in doing so. In this manner, new spectrum horizons are explored and new techniques are developed that put spectrum to productive use that otherwise would represent lost opportunities and waste of the natural resource.”

ARRL stressed that the WAC preliminary views make no suggestion that the international secondary allocations to the Amateur Service should not continue in both bands. ARRL said it wanted to reaffirm that these secondary allocations continue to be important and useful and that WRC-23 should not consider changing either secondary allocation.

“Sharing between primary users and secondary amateur radio users has been highly successful, and the US domestic Table reflected the International allocations until this year,” ARRL said. In September, however, the FCC adopted an Order to delete the secondary amateur and amateur-satellite allocations in the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz band. Amateur radio operations may continue on a secondary basis, subject to decisions to be made on issues raised in a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the proceeding, WT Docket 19-348.

ARRL maintained that amateur radio should remain secondary in the international allocations at 3.3 – 3.4 GHz “until more is known about the technical characteristics of equipment that will be used by new services and the extent of geographic build-out.”

With regard to 10.0 – 10.5 GHz, ARRL noted that it has been used for many amateur terrestrial experiments and tests that have helped to develop the technical characteristics of the band. The band also is heavily used throughout much of the world as the downlink for the Qatari amateur satellite Es’hail-2 (QO-100).

ARRL noted that radio amateurs utilizing the secondary spectrum at 3.3 – 3.4 GHz and 10.0 – 10.5 GHz “have developed and honed their equipment and capabilities to share with the existing services.”

“The Amateur Service has earned its reputation for making careful and non-preclusive use of its secondary allocations and will continue doing so,” ARRL concluded. “Therefore, we respectfully request that the Amateur Service and Amateur-Satellite Service be continued as secondary services in the above bands.”



ARLS010 Neutron-1 CubeSat Scheduled for Deployment on November 5;

Other Sats Pending


The 3-U Neutron-1 CubeSat is scheduled for deployment from the

International Space Station (ISS) on November 5 at 10:40 UTC. For

the satellite’s first month and during its commissioning phase, the

Neutron-1 beacon will transmit 1,200 bps BPSK telemetry every 60

seconds on 435.300 MHz. Developed by the Hawaii Space Flight

Laboratory (HSFL) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), the

satellite’s payload includes a VU FM amateur radio repeater during

available times and according to the spacecraft’s power budget. The

Neutron-1 science mission is spelled out in a formal paper,

Neutron-1 Mission: Low Earth Orbit Neutron Flux Detection and COSMOS

Mission Operations Technology Demonstration.


More information can be found online at, .


HSFL operates and maintains a satellite UHF, VHF, and L/S-band

amateur radio ground station at Kauai Community College.


The primary mission of Neutron-1 is to measure low-energy neutron

flux in low-Earth orbit (LEO). The science payload, a small neutron

detector developed by Arizona State University, will focus on

measurements of low-energy secondary neutrons – a component of the

LEO neutron environment.


A number of other amateur radio satellites are expected to launch or

be deployed in the next few months. AMSAT’s RadFxSat-2 (Fox-1E) is

expected to go into orbit by year’s end on Virgin Orbit’s

LauncherOne vehicle. RadFxSat-2 carries a 30 kHz wide VU linear



The Tevel Mission – a series of eight Israeli 1U CubeSats, each

carrying a UV FM transponder – is expected to launch from India on a

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in December. Also from the Herzliya Science

Center is a 3U CubeSat called Tausat-1, which is scheduled to launch

on a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ISS resupply mission

in February for subsequent deployment. Tausat-1 carries an FM



AMSAT-Spain (AMSAT-EA) reports that its PocketQubes, EASAT-2, and

HADES, have been integrated for launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in

December, while GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N have been integrated for

launch on Firefly’s Alpha rocket.



W1AW  2020/2021 Winter Operating Schedule:


Morning Schedule:

Time                  Mode    Days

——————-  —-    ———

1400 UTC (9 AM EST)  CWs      Wed, Fri

1400 UTC (9 AM EST)  CWf      Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 1700 UTC – (10 AM to 12 PM EST)

1800 UTC to 2045 UTC – (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))


Afternoon/Evening Schedule:


2100 UTC (4 PM EST)    CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri

2100  ”      ”        CWs      Tue, Thu

2200  ”  (5 PM EST)    CWb      Daily

2300  ”  (6 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily

0000  ”  (7 PM EST)    CWs      Mon, Wed, Fri

0000  ”      ”        CWf      Tue, Thu

0100  ”  (8 PM EST)    CWb      Daily

0200  ”  (9 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily

0245  ”  (9:45 PM EST) VOICE    Daily

0300  ”  (10 PM EST)  CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri

0300  ”      ”        CWs      Tue, Thu

0400  ”  (11 PM EST)  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 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian

Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular

digital frequencies.

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

0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

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

bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server

named “W1AWBDCT.”  The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented

here as well.  The 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.

All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700

UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM

to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday.  Be sure to bring your

current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.

However, please note that because of current COVID-19 restrictions,

W1AW is not open for visitor operations at this time.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 87 in the

November 2020 issue of QST or on the web at, .



Winlink Workshop:


Here is a synopsis of the WK1-WK11 of Twelve-Week Zoom Series This twelve-week series of Winlink Workshops is held each Thursday at 0100Z on Zoom.


Join our SEC-ARES group for announcements and discussions Please be sure to include your name and call sign when registering on SEC-ARES






 ARRL Urges Members to Join in Strongly Opposing FCC’s

Application Fees Proposal


ARRL will file comments in firm opposition to an FCC proposal to

impose a $50 fee on amateur radio license and application fees. With

the November 16 comment deadline fast approaching, ARRL urges

members to add their voices to ARRL’s by filing opposition comments

of their own. The FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) MD Docket

20-270 appeared in the October 15 edition of The Federal Register

and sets deadlines of November 16 to comment and November 30 to post

reply comments, which are comments on comments already filed.


The NPRM can be found online at, .


ARRL has prepared a Guide to Filing Comments with the FCC which

includes tips for preparing comments and step-by-step filing

instructions. File comments on MD Docket 20-270 using the FCC’s

Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).  The instructions can be

found online at, .


Under the proposal, amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for

each amateur radio application for new licenses, license renewals,

upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. The

FCC also has proposed a $50 fee to obtain a printed copy of a

license. Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such

as changes of address, and annual regulatory fees. Amateur Service

licensees have been exempt from application fees for several years.


The FCC proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

(NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions

of the “Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern

Services Act” of 2018 – the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act.” The Act

requires that the FCC switch from a Congressionally-mandated fee

structure to a cost-based system of assessment. In its NPRM, the FCC

proposed application fees for a broad range of services that use the

FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio

Service. The 2018 statute excludes the Amateur Service from annual

regulatory fees, but not from application fees. The FCC proposal

affects all FCC services and does not single out amateur radio.


ARRL is encouraging members to file comments that stress amateur

radio’s contributions to the country and communities. ARRL’s Guide

to Filing Comments includes “talking points” that may be helpful in

preparing comments. These stress amateur radio’s role in

volunteering communication support during disasters and emergencies,

and inspiring students to pursue education and careers in

engineering, radio technology, and communications.


As the FCC explained in its NPRM, Congress, through the Ray Baum’s

Act, is compelling regulatory agencies such as the FCC to recover

from applicants the costs involved in filing and handling



In its NPRM the FCC encouraged licensees to update their own

information online without charge. Many, if not most, Amateur

Service applications may be handled via the largely automated

Universal License Service (ULS). The Ray Baum’s Act does not exempt

filing fees in the Amateur Radio Service, and the FCC stopped

assessing fees for vanity call signs several years ago.


See also “FCC Proposes to Reinstate Amateur Radio Service Fees,”

reported by ARRL in August, at,



A summary page of the proceeding can also be found online at, .




FCC will take away another ham band in 2021


The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has ruled that it will revoke amateur radio privileges on the 3300-3500 MHz (9-cm Microwave band). The FCC will auction the band to wireless telecom companies to support 5G rollouts across the United States. The dates when amateur radio privileges will “sunset” have yet to be approved. Ham radio operators should expect this to occur sometime in 2021.  “We adopt our proposal from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to remove the amateur allocation from the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz band,” the FCC said in its Report and Order (R&O) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in WT Docket No. 19-348, adopted on September 30 and published October 9 in The Federal RegisterR&O. “[W]e adopt changes to our rules today that provide for the sunset of the secondary amateur allocation in the band, but allow continued use of the band for amateur operations, pending resolution of the issues raised in the Further Notice.”




Digital editions of December 2020 QST, Nov/Dec 2020 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:



ARLD045 DX news


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

LU4AAO, 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.


UNITED NATIONS, 4U.  Special event station 4U75UN is QRV until the

end of 2020 to celebrate the United Nation’s 75th anniversary.  QSL

via HB9BOU.


ISRAEL, 4X.  Special event station 4X0RMN will be QRV from Ramon

Crater on November 13 and 14.  QSL via 4X6ZM.


MALAWI, 7Q.  Members of the Russian Robinson Club Team will be QRV

as 7Q7RU near Embangweni from November 7 to 18.  Activity will be on

160 meters to 70 centimeters using CW, SSB and FT8 in DXpedition

mode, and on various satellites.  QSL via R7AL.


CHINA, BY.  Dale, BA4TB is QRV as B9/BA4TB from Xining city in the

Qinghai province.  QSL to home call.


FRANCE, F.  Michel, F8GGZ will be QRV with special event call sign

TM50GDG from November 9 to 22 to commemorate the 130th birthday and

the death of Charles de Gaulle 50 years ago.  Activity will be on

160 to 20 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via bureau.


PANAMA, HP.  Special event station 3E1FP is QRV during the month of

November to celebrate the 116th anniversary of Vida Republicana of

Panama.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4.



DJIBOUTI, J2.  Rene, DL2JRM will be QRV as J28XX.  Activity is on 80

to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.


ARGENTINA, LU.  Members of the Radio Club QRM Belgrano will be QRV

as LU4AAO, LU4AAO/A and LU4AAO/D to celebrate Dia de la Tradicion

from November 7 to 15.  Activity will be on all HF and V/UHF bands

using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL direct to LU4AAO.


LITHUANIA, LY.  Members of the Radistu Asociacija are QRV with

special event call LY111A until November 30 to commemorate the 111th

anniversary of General Jonas Zemaitis, Chairman of the Presidium of

the LLKS.  Activity is on various HF bands using CW and SSB.  QSL

via LY5A.


BELGIUM, ON.  Members of the UBA-KTK are QRV with special event call

sign OP0PEACE from Kortrijk until November 30 to commemorate the

100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  QSL via operators’



NETHERLANDS, PA.  Henk, PE4T is QRV as special event station PE75T

from Peize until December 31 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of

the Dutch Radio Amateur Organization Veron.  Activity is on the HF

bands and with FT8.  QSL via operator’s instructions.


WESTERN SAHARA, S0.  S01WS has been QRV on 17 meters using SSB

around 1800z.  QSL direct.


COSTA RICA, TI.  Special event station TI200I is QRV to mark the

bicentennial of the independence of Costa Rica.  QSL via LoTW.


MALI, TZ.  Ulmar, DK1CE will be QRV as TZ1CE from Bamako for a

month.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using FT8.  QSL to home



SOUTH SUDAN, Z8.  Sigfrido, IW9FMD is QRV as Z81S while working with

the United Nations Mission here.  His length of stay is unknown.

Activity is in his free time.  QSL direct to IT9YVO.


ALBANIA, ZA.  Sandro, IN3PPH is QRV as ZA/IN3PPH from Qerret.

Activity of late has been on 80, 40 and 20 meters using FT8.  QSL

via operator’s instructions.



RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, Day of the

YLs Contest, IPARC Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Ukrainian

DX Contest, RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint, AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 CW QSO

Party and EANET Sprint are all on tap for this weekend.


The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for

November 9.


The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and Worldwide

Sideband Activity Contest are scheduled for November 10.


The CWops Mini-CWT Test, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn SSB Series, VHF-UHF

FT8 Activity Contest, 40-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt and Phone Fray are

scheduled for November 11.


Please see November QST, page 74, the ARRL Contest Calendar and

WA7BNM Contest websites for details.




ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  October 2020

Total number of ARES members:  82

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   7

Number of ARES nets active: 15 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  1

Calls of DECs/ECs reporting:     KD2GXL, K2FH, W2UV, N2UJG, W1EMR , N2QHV and KD2LPM for Skywarn

Number of exercises and training sessions this month: 7   Person hours:  108

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:      12    Person Hours: 26.2

Total number of ARES operations this month:  19     Total Person Hours:   134.2



Nassau County reported training meetings conducted online Oct 8 and 12th

Islip and Southold reported their SET Drills






OCTOBER  2020  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          



NYPON             SESSIONS  n/a

ESS                    SESSIONS 31   QNI  420   QTC  n/a    QSP   61   QTR  n/a

NYS/E               SESSIONS  31   QNI 155    QTC  104   QSP  99   QTR   325

BA                     SESSIONS  31   QNI 498    QTC  15     QSP 14    QTR  577

NLISTN            SESSIONS  9      QNI  63     QTC  11   QSP  11    QTR  210

NCVHFTN       SESSIONS 28     QNI  149   QTC  25    QSP 25     QTR  353



KD2MDV   REC/ 42   SENT/ 12   TOTAL / 54

K2TV          REC/ 8     SENT/ 11   TOTAL / 19

KD2MEN    REC/ 0     SENT/  8    TOTAL / 8

N2WGF      REC/ 1     SENT / 5    TOTAL / 6






K2TV         ORIG / 0  REC / 24   SENT / 37 DEL / 0  TOTAL / 61

N2WGF      ORIG / 0  REC / 6  SENT / 9   DEL / 9    TOTAL /  32

KD2LPM   ORIG / 0  REC / 8   SENT / 7    DEL / 3   TOTAL / 18

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0  REC / 4   SENT / 8  DEL / 0    TOTAL /  12



N2WGF/ 152, KD2LPM/ 139, K2TV/ 120, KD2GRS? 112.

Gerard Pilate  STM NLI/NYC

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



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

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

INDEPENDENT CW NETS which maintain close association with the NTS.

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

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

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


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

The NTS local nets are:

Big Apple Traffic Net 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:

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

The Club listing is always being updated. Please submit your meeting
information to

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


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

American Red Cross on Long Island

195 Willis Avenue

Mineola, NY 11501

For more information go to their website:
Please contact Leonard Smith (PIO) at: for information.


BONAC Amateur Radio Club (BARC)

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

Or contact President Steven Akkala, KD2CJW at



Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)

President ; Nick Franco – KF2P

Contact Person : Bill Eisele – KD2FFL

For more information please go to the club website at


Camp Pouch Amateur Radio Association (WA2CP)

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

Contact: Gary Litner, KB2BSL at


Grumman ARC (GARC)

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

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


Great South Bay ARC

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



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

Please check the clubs website at for more detailed

Kings County Radio Club (KC2RC)

Club Meeting Info:

New York – Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

1st Wednesday Of Each Month

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

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

More info and Map

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

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

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

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

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

Kings County Radio Club Facebook Page


Larkfield Amateur Radio Club

The Larkfield Amateur Radio Club meets on the second Thursday of the
month from September through June, inclusive. Any exceptions (for
holidays, etc.) are noted on the calendar on its web page at:

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

Contact is:

LARC Repeater System

WR2ABA Huntington

147.210 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Hauppauge

145.430 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Huntington APRS

144.390 MHz out/in

WA2PNU EastNet FlexNet Network

(0-15) Nodes, 145.070 MHz

(-4) Node, 145.070 MHz BBs



Long Island Amateur Radio Simplex Club

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


Long Island CW Club:

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


Long Island DX Association (LIDXA)

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

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


Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC)

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

Club Contact: President, Richie Cetron,



Long Island Transmitter Hunters (LITHARC)

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

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


Nassau Amateur Radio Club (NARC)

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


New York City Repeater Association (NYCRA)

Meets the second Thursday of the month (except for July and August)
Meetings are held at the South Beach Psych Center, 777 Seaview Ave.
Off  Father Cappodano Blvd., in Building 10. The meeting will start
promptly at 8 pm.

Staten Island ARES meets at the same location starting at 7pm.

Talk in frequency is 447.375 minus shift pl. 141.3
All are welcome, members and non-members.


Peconic Amateur Radio Club (PARC)

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

See the PARC website at for all our current club
activities and contact information.


Radio Central Amateur Radio Club

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


Radio Club of Junior High School 22 NYC

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

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


Staten Island Amateur Radio Association (SIARA)

President Neal “Rich” Balas, W2RB

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

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

The Address is:

Eger Nursing Home
140 Meisner Ave
Staten Island, NY

Anyone needing additional information can contact Mike Siegel W2RT at
917-412-1580 or


Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)

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

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

Contact Richie Geraci, KD2NJA, at

Or go to their NEW website,

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

SCRC Information & Rag chew Net

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


Wantagh Amateur Radio Club

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


Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club

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



Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)


SEC:  Joe Cutrone, K2OL,

ASEC:  Russ Logar, KC2LSB,


New York City:

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


ARES E-Letter, sign up now!

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

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



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


NLI Webpage:

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

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


NLI Staff :

SEC   Joe Cutrone, K2OL,

ASEC  Russ Logar, KC2LSB,

DEC  New York City: 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,