October 2019 NYC-LI Section Newsletter
This is the October 2019 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 November 2019 issue prior to
the end of the first week in November.
Section News is available ONLY on the world-wide-web. See the NLI site
INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:
* From Jim Mezey, W2KFV – Section Manager
* Silent Keys
* Upcoming Special Events:
* NLI Student Traffic Net Letter
* From the ARRL
* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR
* National Traffic System
* Club Info
Hello Everyone …..
I hope everyone has enjoyed the summer and getting ready for fall and cooler weather. It’s a perfect time to check your antennas and replace what’s necessary. Most local clubs have Elmers that can help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Congratulations to the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club upon receiving the ARRL Special Service Club Award.
Congratulations also to John Hale, KD2LPM who has been added to my NLI Staff for Skywarn.
I attended the HOSARC Hamfest October 6th and was glad to see Steve, WB2KDG back up and around after a long illness. I will also be at the LIMARC Hamfest October 27th stop by and say Hello…
The ARRL has revamped their ARES program and made it more user friendly. Manuals and procedures are downloadable as well as the New “ARES Plan”. I would like to see all ARES groups start using the new “Task Book”. It’s an easy way to have your skill set recorded. More information available at http://www.arrl.org/ares
Bob Jordan, WB2JNQ has resigned his position as Section Emergency Coordinator. I thank him for his service. In the interim, all ARES communications and reports should come through me at W2KFV@arrl.org
MARS will be conducting their quarterly COMEX exercise this November and are looking for amateurs and clubs to help out. See more information in this newsletter.
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.
73, Jim Mezey, W2KFV
Section Manager – NYC/ Long Island
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™
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The Peconic Radio Club mourns the loss of Stan Zak, K2SJO at 91 years old. Stan was a past Hudson Division Director among other ARRL offices held over the years.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Founding Member Larry Junstrom, K4EB, SK
Southern Rocker Larry “LJ” Junstrom, K4EB, died on October 6. He was reported to be 70.
Junstrom was a founding member and bassist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, although he left the group before it recorded its first album. He’s better known as a member of another Southern Rock band, 38 Special, with which he performed from 1977 until retiring in 2014.
“The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us,” said a statement on the 38 Special website. “He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. He was truly one of a kind, a congenial traveling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high — a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path.”
|Licensed in 1962 as WN2LKF, later becoming WA4LKF, he was a regular attendee of Orlando HamCation. Junstrom was inactive in Amateur Radio during his busy years on the road but picked up Amateur Radio again in 1990 and became an avid DXer with 347 entities in mixed DXCC. He was a frequent check-in to the Musicians’ Net on 40 meters. After retirement, Junstrom worked in real estate in north-central Florida.
Upcoming Special Events:
80th Anniversary USCG Auxiliary SES Radio Day
USCG Jones Beach will be hosting on the October 18th through the 20th.
Guests are welcome Saturday, October 19th 0900 – 1600 local time and Sunday the 20th 0900 – 1200 Local.
Proper Identification is required to enter the USCG Base.
Inquiries can be made to myself (W2ANQ) via email at email@example.com
Suffolk County Marathon
When: Sunday, 27 October 2019
Organizer: W2HCB W2hcb@arrl.net 516-375-5045
Description: Suffolk County Marathon,
30 operators needed for the event
MARS COMEX 19-4 Excercise
ATTN: ARES, RACES and all NLI Clubs…..
The Department of Defense (DoD), MARS and the Amateur Radio community will be participating in the Communications Exercise COMEX 19-4, the fourth and last one for this year. Many amateurs have participated in these exercises over the years and we look forward again to doing so.
COMEX 19-4 runs for two weeks starting on 3 November and ending 17 November. MARS and amateurs, ARES, RACES will be communicating and collaborating with the usual local information such as County infrastructure data reports and weather observation reports.
New with COMEX 19-4 is a DoD Digital Broadcast on 17 NOV 0331Z on the 60 Meter band. Facilitating Amateur Radio stations reception of this digital 60 meter DoD broadcast will be with the digital mode 110A. MARS members will assist preparing local amateur radio stations/communities to receive DoD data broadcasts on both 60 meters and on WWV. MARS members will coordinate in-person and telephone technical support sessions to install, configure, tune and test the MS???DMT software at Amateur Radio stations, conduct Plain Text (PT) tests with Amateur Radio using MILSTD 188 110A Serial PSK waveform on 60 meters. This software is free and works as a sound card mode. Some amateurs already have this mode as part of an available program for various PSK and other digital modes.
At the start of COMEX 19-4 on 3 Nov, MARS will conduct a call-up of local Amateur Radio ARES, RACES and other points of contact in Region 2 (NY and NJ) and inform in these contacts of the related objectives of COMEX 19-4. This will be the formal kick-off of the exercise.
MARS looks forward to another productive and enjoyable joint exercise with the amateur community.
Question or comments may be directed to MARS member (AAR2WS) Virginia Macrie, KA2ZZA at firstname.lastname@example.org
info supplied by AAT2BC/AAA2R7 REGION 2 Training Officer
Contact AFW2O@afmarsne.org (Bob Jordan) if they are interested in participating.
W2HRU special event station listing is on-line and accepted for December edition of QST:
· 12/29/2019 | 21st Annual Ham Radio University Educational Conference
Dec 29-Jan 5, 0000Z-0300Z, W2HRU, Lindenhurst, NY. Ham Radio University. 14.273 7.273 7.074 3.923. Certificate & QSL. Phil Lewis, N2MUN, 2 Belle Terre West, Lindenhurst, NY 11757. Operating at various times on SSB and FT8. Electronic QSL via eQSL and LoTW. Paper QSL via W2 QSL Bureau or direct w/SASE to Phil Lewis, N2MUN, 22 Belle Terre West, Lindenhurst, NY 11757. On-Line printable QSL Certificate available at: https://www.elemcoshopfloor.com/w2hru_cert. hamradiouniversity.org
SAVE THE DATE!
Mark your calendar for Ham Radio University 2020 — to be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at LIU/Post in Brookville, Long Island.
The HRU 2020 Committee has held its first meeting and is looking for volunteers to help in the planning process.
Please let us know if you would like to become a member of the Committee — and/or have suggestions for forum topics and moderators.
You can contact us on line at: http://hamradiouniversity.org/contact-us/
We look forward to seeing you at HRU 2020!
LIMARC ~ October 27, 2019 Levittown Hall
October 27, 2019
201 Levittown Parkway
Hicksville, New York 11801
Opens at 7AM for vendors – 9AM for Buyers
Amateur Radio Equipment * VE SESSION * CB Equipment * Computers * Ham Equipment Dealers
Television * ARRL Information * Tune-up Clinic (Get your rig checked)
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club Information * DXCC Card Checking * WAS Card Checking * Equipment Tune-up
$10.00 per space- 3 spaces $25.00
General Admission: $6.00 per person
Food and Refreshments available. Door Prizes!
HAVE A FEW ITEMS TO SELL?
LIMARC will have a table set up to sell items for others. There is no charge
to LIMARC members. Non-members will pay 10% of the sale price.
Please make sure to mark your desired price clearly on the item.
Advance Registration Taken! Vendors must comply with NY State Sales Tax Laws
The sale of guns, ammunition, and pornographic material is prohibited.
Send your check to LIMARC, P.O. Box 392, Levittown, NY 11756-0392
Limited selling space is available – Reserve your space now!
Talk-in on W2VL, 146.85 repeater (136.5 PL)
For more information E-mail: email@example.com
Richie, K2KNB, 516-694-4937
NLI Student Traffic Net for the Coming School Year
My name is John Hale, KD2LPM, and I am the teacher moderator of the Garden School ARC, K2GSG. Last year we started the New York Long Island Student Traffic Net. It ran every Thursday and had about 8 to 10 check-ins each net. We were able to have our students run the net and were getting better each week. I would like to propose the continuation of this student-oriented NTS weekly net for the schools in the NLI area and other areas.
Since we are using the Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society and the Disney Amateur Radio Interconnect Repeater system, we have included members of the ARRL for Divisions and Sections that are served by this system.
Let me give some background on why we started this type of net.
Two years ago, with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, our students started to learn about the NTS and Radiograms. With the help of Gerard Pilate, N2WGF, and myself, we taught the students how to create, transmit and receive Radiograms. During some of our fundraisers for the people of Puerto Rico, our students worked with the public to create Radiograms to send them to PR.
Now that we had these Radiograms, they had no way to send them during the school day. Our students range from grades 4 to 12 and some were just too scared to get onto the Big Apple Traffic Net or others. Since these nets run in the evening hours our licensed students would have to pass traffic from their home and even though Jerry and I were on the air they would not check-in. So Jerry and I would send the message them for the students on the BANTSTN, NCVHFTN, or the SDN. Only one of my 8th graders worked up the courage to send traffic on these adult nets.
So we thought that if we started a student-oriented NTS traffic net on a weekly basis this would help give the students the opportunity to send their messages. This net is to be open to any student or school in the NLI area and beyond. We have permission from BEARS and the Disney Radio Interconnect for the use of their repeater systems.
We implement this net in multiple stages.
- During the 1st month or so, adults would run the net, with each school, youth group, or studentlearning how to check-in. We would have a short discussion on different parts of a net and how Radiograms work. The Garden School ARC would send out a weekly email with training topics.
- During the 2nd month or so, after they are comfortable checking in, we would encourage schools, youth groups, and studentsto send traffic to others on the net so they can get practice transcribing messages.
- During the third month, we would encourage studentsto start to send traffic outside our net to the rest of the world. The adults would act like Official Relay Station and take those messages to the larger nets and pass them along as well as bring traffic to the net. I have a few stations that are willing to help be relay stations.
- During the fourth month, we would let the studentsbecome NCS, with adults on the air to help out.
- During the fifth month, we should be fully running.
The timing is all subjective and after each net, we would hold a Rag-chew for the students to talk to each other.
I would like to know what you think. Any ideas would be helpful and any offer to help with planning is also greatly appreciated.
Attached is a link to the NLI Student Traffic Net Website for your review. If this takes off we can also offer a Skywarn Training Net so the students can send weather reports to the NWS.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
John Hale, KD2LPM
From the ARRL:
Preview Now Open for ARRL 2019 Online Auction
A preview of the more than 230 items going on the block this week in the 14th annual ARRL Online Auction is now open. Bidding begins on Thursday, October 17, at 10 AM EST (1400 UTC), and the auction will continue through Thursday, October 24, closing at 10 PM EST (Friday, October 25, at 0200 UTC).
The 2019 auction includes lab-tested QST “Product Review” gear, vintage books, used equipment, and one-of-a-kind items. Among book offerings in the auction are the “sold out” 2019 Handbook Boxed Set, a special defense edition of The Radio Amateur’s Handbook from 1942, and a 1949 ARRL Antenna Book. Proceeds from the annual Online Auction benefit ARRL education programs.
Bidders must register (your arrl.org user ID and password will not work on the auction site). If you have registered for a previous ARRL Online Auction, you may use the same log-in information this year.
Nominations for HamCation’s Carole Perry Educator of the Year Award are now being accepted through November 1.
This award is bestowed upon an individual who has made an outstanding contribution educating and advancing youth in Amateur Radio. It was first awarded in 2018 to its namesake, Carole Perry, WB2MGP, in honor of her work as an educator teaching students about ham radio.
Nominations can be submitted through the Orlando HamCation website, https://www.hamcation.com, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Orlando HamCation, PO Box 574962, Orlando, FL 32857. Online nominations and nomination forms are available at https://www.hamcation.com/award. For any questions, please email the Awards Committee at email@example.com.
Orlando HamCation has been sponsored by the Orlando Amateur Radio Club since 1946 which is held annually on the second weekend of February. HamCation has grown to become the second largest hamfest in the world with attendance growing annually on average of 1500 people for the past 7 years. HamCation 2020 is February 7-9, 2020.
ARLB020 ARRL Renews Request for FCC to Replace Symbol Rate with
In ex parte comments filed on September 17 in WT Docket 16-239, ARRL
renewed its request that the FCC delete symbol-rate limits for data
transmissions in the Amateur Service rules. As it did in its initial
filing, ARRL asked the FCC to couple the removal of the symbol rate
limits with the adoption of a 2.8 kHz bandwidth limit. In response
to a 2013 ARRL Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11708), the FCC proposed
deleting the symbol-rate limits but declined to replace them with
the 2.8 kHz bandwidth that ARRL wanted.
The 2013 ARRL Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11708) can be found online
in PDF format at, https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/7520958815.pdf .
“This proceeding addresses an update to the Commission’s rules that
is needed because a limitation in the rules unintentionally is
inhibiting US amateurs from employing the latest improvements to
some of the digital modes,” ARRL said in its remarks. “Data signals
commonly used for daily communications as well as in disaster
situations have bandwidths in the range of 2.5 kHz and must co-exist
with other modes that use bandwidths as narrow as 50 Hz.”
ARRL said the 1980s-era symbol-rate limits now inhibit the use of
some efficient data modes. “The symbol rate limit uniquely prevents
radio Amateurs in the United States from experimenting and
innovating with a class of modern digital communication techniques
that already are widely used in other countries,” ARRL told the FCC.
“The limit also impairs the ability of Amateurs to improve support
that they offer in times of disaster.”
Repealing the symbol-rate limit would “allow shortened transmission
times for the same amount of data without increasing the bandwidth
occupied by the signal,” ARRL contended. “Other Amateurs would
benefit by the resulting reduction in potential interference.”
ARRL’s remarks also addressed issues raised by other parties.
“Discussion by commenters in this proceeding delve into subjects
well beyond its scope,” ARRL said, noting that it had attempted to
broker consensus among “some of the most active commenters” with an
eye toward exploring possible areas of agreement for the FCC’s
consideration. ARRL noted that the parties to the ARRL-arranged
talks declined to forward to the FCC “joint recommendations on which
conditional agreement had been reached.”
“The issues discussed with the parties are outside the scope of this
Docket and would require a further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
before final consideration,” ARRL observed. “Some of the same issues
also are raised in petitions for rulemaking on which the Commission
has sought comment. Given the policy as well as factual
disagreements evidenced in the record, we understand that the
Commission may decide to consider some of these issues.”
One of those issues involves automatically controlled digital
stations (ACDS). Commenters’ concerns focused on interference that
could occur with a move away from symbol-rate criteria. ACDS with
signals wider than 500 Hz and below 29.7 MHz are confined to
specific subbands. ARRL recommended that the FCC consider rule
changes that would have all ACDS stations and digital stations with
bandwidths greater than 500 Hz share identified subbands.
ARRL said if additional signals are added to the ACDS subbands, as
recommended, that it would strongly support expanding the HF ACDS
subbands. But, ARRL added, “changing the subband boundaries requires
study and careful consideration of trade-offs, because any changes
will affect multiple user interests.” ARRL referred subband
reformulation issues to its HF Band Planning Committee for study and
Some commenters also raised the issue of obscure and encrypted
messages. ARRL pointed out in its ex parte remarks that it remains
opposed to encryption in the amateur bands, but disagreed “with
commenters who argue that the digital modes being used by radio
amateurs around the world are per se ‘obscured’ or ‘encrypted.'”
ARRL noted that FCC rules permit the use of “new and innovative
digital modes” without prior approval, if specified conditions are
met. Digital techniques must use approved codes with publicly
documented technical characteristics, and their purpose must be to
facilitate communication and not to obscure content.
“Some commenters allege that specific messages violate the
Commission’s rules governing encryption, third-party messages,
pecuniary interests, objectionable language, or commercial
carriage,” ARRL noted, and they have called for open-source decoding
software to aid in enforcing the applicable rules. “We observe that
recently there have been laudable efforts at self-policing,” ARRL
said. “Unresolved complaints are appropriately handled as
enforcement matters rather than as rulemaking matters.”
ARRL concluded, “It is vital that the rules governing the Amateur
Radio Service facilitate continuation of its experimental traditions
and purposes. Using the Amateur spectrum ‘sandbox’ for innovation
and development of new ideas and technologies is of significant
Hawaii ARES Leverages Contest Station and Winlink for 2019 Simulated Emergency Test
ARES volunteers in Hawaii took the opportunity of the 2019 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 6 (UTC) to test Winlink radio messaging to the US mainland, using the KH6YY (KH6J) contest station on O’ahu. One of the premier contest stations in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, KH6YY offers a commanding propagation path over an expanse of saltwater.
“You have to start with digital modes somewhere,” ARRL Pacific Section Manager Joe Speroni, AH0A, said, conceding, “We have a long way to go.” A group of radio amateurs has developed a robust Winlink system in the Hawaiian Islands to help support communication in a natural disaster. The Amateur Radio email system is well known for its role in emergency and disaster relief communications, providing the ability for users to exchange email with attachments, photos, position reporting, weather, and information bulletins. Winlink was extensively used in the aftermath of high-impact hurricanes in the Caribbean, as well as following an earthquake in Mexico.
Hawaii boasts the most isolated population center in the world — 2,390 miles from California and 3,850 miles from Japan. Pretty much everything is DX.
KH6YY sports eight antennas, most on 90-foot towers, and nine operator positions. For the SET, the station was configured to receive traffic on 7,100 kHz (dial frequency) in PACTOR, WINMOR, ARDOP, and VARA modes. The four-element 40-meter beam was aimed at Hilo. Simulating an internet outage, the setup was used to pass received traffic to a second 20-meter gateway on 14,100.5 kHz and forwarded to a mainland gateway with internet access.
Incoming message traffic on 40 meters would be automatically forwarded to the mainland on 20 meters. Most of the traffic went to gateways in Mexico and Texas for forwarding to the internet. One user reported receiving email confirmation that a message was received within minutes. — Thanks to Stacy Holbrook, KH6OWL
FCC Proposes Fining New York Radio Amateur $17,000 for Deliberate Interference
A New York Radio Amateur — Harold Guretzky, K6DPZ, of Richmond Hill — is facing a $17,000 fine imposed by the FCC. Guretzky was issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) on October 3 for causing intentional interference on a local repeater and preventing other radio amateurs from using it.
“Given his history as a repeat offender, this violation warrants a significant penalty,” the FCC said in the NAL.
The NAL recounted numerous complaints alleging that Guretzky was deliberately interfering with a repeater in Glen Oaks, New York. In June of 2017, the FCC issued a Warning Letter to Guretzky, advising him of the nature of the allegations against him and directing him to stop using the repeater going forward. Nonetheless, additional complaints were filed. In April 2018, agents from the FCC New York Enforcement Bureau office drove to Richmond Hill to investigate. Following an inspection of Guretzky’s station, the agents advised him in writing that he was prohibited from using the local repeater.
After the FCC received further complaints regarding Guretzky’s continued operation on the local repeater, an Enforcement Bureau agent again drove to Richmond Hill to investigate. The agent monitored the VHF repeater’s input and output frequencies and, after observing deliberate interference to other stations, used direction-finding techniques to identify the source of the transmission as Guretzky’s station.
“The agent monitored and recorded the transmissions emanating from Guretzky’s station for several hours that afternoon and heard him interfering with the local repeater,” the NAL said. “Later, the agent heard Guretzky making threatening comments toward other amateur operators. These transmissions were a deliberate act to control the frequency and prevent other Amateur Radio operators from conducting legitimate communications.”
The following month, FCC Regional Director David Dombrowski spoke with Guretzky via telephone, noting that the Commission was still receiving complaints about his continued use of the repeater and cautioning him against using the repeater.
The FCC said Guretzky “apparently willfully violated” Section 333 of the Communications Act and Section 97.101(d) of the FCC’s Amateur Service Rules, demonstrating “a deliberate disregard for the Commission’s authority and the very spirit of the Amateur Radio Service by continuing to interfere with the local repeater” despite having been warned.
Milwaukee Radio Amateurs’ Club Celebrates Centennial of ARRL Affiliation
Members of the Milwaukee Radio Amateurs’ Club (MRAC) celebrated the radio club’s 100th anniversary of ARRL affiliation during the 2019 ARRL Central Division Convention, held September 27 – 28. The convention, held during the HRO Superfest, was hosted by Ham Radio Outlet at its Milwaukee location.
MRAC was formed in January 1917. In 1919, after World War I, ARRL introduced the concept of having local radio clubs officially affiliate with ARRL to formalize a network for relaying message traffic from coast to coast. MRAC was granted ARRL affiliation on December 5, 1919, as one of a group of 10 clubs. In 1970, MRAC was recognized as the only one of that first group of clubs that was still active, making it the oldest ARRL-affiliated club.
MRAC sponsored the first-ever ARRL Central Division Convention in 1928, and it organized an ARRL National Convention in 1948. The club produced a video in 2017 that recounts its rich history.
MRAC today has a full calendar of annual activities that include regular club meetings featuring speakers and presentations covering a variety of topics. The club participates in ARRL Field Day each June, conducts regular license exam sessions, and holds an annual swapfest. A group of club members are currently developing an Amateur Satellite station and related resources, which they plan to use to support a local school as part of an educational outreach program. Club members are also Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers, supporting public service communication for events throughout the region and during emergencies.
The MRAC affiliation centennial attracted members and guests for a celebration during the Central Division Convention banquet on Saturday, September 28. Those attending included ARRL Central Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA; Vice Director Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA; Section Managers Patrick Moretti, KA1RB (Wisconsin); Ron Morgan, AD9I (Illinois); and Jimmy Merry Jr., KC9RPX (Indiana), and ARRL staff members CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX; Marketing and Communications Manager Kathleen Callahan, and Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R.
Michel, Carlson, and Luetzelschwab honored the club by presenting a plaque to MRAC Club President David Schank, KA9WXN, on behalf of the ARRL Central Division.
The Doctor Will See You Now!
“Antenna EnTRAPment! All about Traps” is the topic of the new (October 10) episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast. Listen…and learn!https://www.blubrry.com/arrl_the_doctor_is_in/48129642/coaxial-cable-connectors/
“ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smart phone — whenever and wherever you like!
Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.
Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for “ARRL The Doctor is In”). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide.
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ARLD039 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
- PIERRE AND MIQUELON, FP. Look for Manfred, DK1BT, Wolf, DL4WK,
Annette, DL6SAK, Sigi, DL7DF, Frank, DL7UFR, Jan, SP3CYY and Leszek,
SP3DOI as TO80SP until October 14. They are QRV on 160 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB and digital modes. QSL via DL7DF.
TONGA, A3. Grant, VK5GR, Oly, VK5XDX and Andrew, VK5AKH are QRV as
A35JT from Tongatapu, IOTA OC 049, until October 7. Activity is on
80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. This
includes being active in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX and upcoming
Oceania DX contests. QSL via M0OXO.
CAPE VERDE, D4. Harald, DF2WO will be QRV as D44TWO from Sao Tiago,
IOTA AF-005, until October 13. Activity will be on the HF bands and
possibly various satellites. QSL via M0OXO.
LUXEMBOURG, LX. Gerard, PA0PIW, Gert, PA2LO, Maarten, PA3EYC,
Tymen, PA3GRM, and Bert, PD0GP will be signing LX/home calls from
October 4 to 7 on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL
via PA3EYC, LoTW.
WESTERN KIRIBATI, T30. Stan, LZ1GC, Karel, OK2WM and Mitko, LZ3NY
will be QRV as T30GC from October 7 to 23. They plan to be active
on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via ClubLog OQRS,
LoTW or LZ1GC.
LIBERIA, EL. Members of the Italian DXpedition Team will be QRV as
A82X and A82Z until October 11. Activity will be on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 with five stations. QSL direct
PERU, OA. Members of Radio Club Peruano are QRV with special call
sign OC19IARU until October 6 during the 20th General Assembly of
IARU Region 2. QSL via bureau.
FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Members of the Noronha Contest Group
plan to participate in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest as PY0F. They will
be QRV on 160 to 10 meters. QSL via PY7RP or ClubLog OQRS.
UGANDA, 5X. Anton, ON6NL is QRV as 5X8C from Entebbe until October
- Activity is in his spare time while working and teaching telecom
training classes. QSL to home call.
VIETNAM, 3W. Sven, HB9DXB is operating as XV9DXB until October 9.
He is QRV on 40 and 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via EB7DX.
Also, Geri, DK8KW will be active as 3W9KW in Hanoi from October 18
to 26. Activity will be on various HF bands running QRP, mostly CW
and possibly some SSB. QSL via home call.
SEYCHELLES, S7. Ravi, VU2IIX will be QRV as S79VU from Mahe Island,
IOTA AF-024, until June 30, 2021. Activity will be on 80 to 10
meters using SSB and various digital modes. QSL via operator’s
DODECANESE, SV5. Wolf, DL3DRN is QRV as SV5/DL3DRN from Rhodes,
IOTA EU-001, until October 10. Activity is on the HF bands using
CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LoTW.
GABON, TR. Roland, F8EN will be QRV as TR8CR until December 15.
Activity will be on the HF bands using CW. QSL via F6AJA.
VANUATU, YJ. Oleh, KD7WPJ will be QRV as YJ0BCP from Efate, IOTA
OC-035, until October 10. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using
CW, SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The TRC DX Contest, The Oceana DX
Contest Phone, Russian WW Digital Contest, YLRL DX/NA YL Contest,
International HELL-Contest, California QSO Party, FISTS Fall Slow
Speed Sprint, SKCC QSO Party, RSGB DX Contest, UBA ON Contest SSB
and the Peanut Power QRP Sprint are all on tap for this weekend.
The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from
Canada’s parks and historic sites.
Please see October QST page 90 and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.
Reported NLI ARES ACTIVITY:
ARRL Section: New York / Long Island
Month: September 2019
Total number of ARES members: 151
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 2/0
Number of ARES nets active: 21 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison: 2
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: W2BRU/ KD2GXL , KD2LPM for Skywarn
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 8 Person hours: 45
Number of Public Service events this month: 5 Person hours : 249
Number of emergency operations this month: 0 Person hours 0
Number of Skywarn operations this month: 13 Person Hours: 25 , de kd2lpm
Total number of ARES operations this month: 26 Total Person Hours: 319
Comments: Nassau County: a. PSE: Ocean to Sound Relay Race 9/22
- Portable Station setup and recruiting drive on 9/14
SEPTEMBER 2019 NLI NTS STATS:
NYPON SESSIONS QNI QTC QSP QTR
ESS SESSIONS 30 QNI 376 QTC 77 QSP QTR n/a
NYS/E SESSIONS 30 QNI 164 QTC 77 QSP 75 QTR 290
BA SESSIONS 30 QNI 574 QTC 36 QSP 36 QTR 699
NLISTN SESSIONS 5 QNI 40 QTC 3 QSP 3 QTR 88
NCVHFTN SESSIONS 29 QNI 182 QTC 15 QSP 15 QTR 341
KD2MDV REC/ 35 SENT / 10 TOTAL / 45
K2TV REC / 10 SENT / 8 TOTAL / 18
KD2MEN REC/ 0 SENT / 6 TOTAL / 6
N2WGF REC / 4 SENT / 1 TOTAL / 5
KD2MDV ORIG / 5 REC / 45 SENT / 41 DEL / 10 TOTAL / 101
K2TV ORIG / 2 REC / 12 SENT / 24 DEL / 7 TOTAL / 45
N2WGF ORIG / 0 REC / 14 SENT / 6 DEL / 0 TOTAL / 20
KD2LPM ORIG / 0 REC / 5 SENT / 2 DEL / 3 TOTAL / 10
KD2MEN ORIG / 0 REC / 2 SENT / 8 DEL / 0 TOTAL / 10
W2CTG ORIG / 0 REC / 5 SENT / 2 DEL / 2 TOTAL / 9
SEPTEMBER 2019 – PSHR
|K2KNB/ 138, KD2LPM/ 130, KD2GXL/ 125, WB2ZEX/ 119, K2TV/ 110, N2WGF/ 100, KD2MDV/ 100, KD2MEN/ 70, W2CTG/ 70, KC2SYL/ 70.|
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 Â± 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 3576 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.
Every Thursday from 15:30 to end of the net (no later than 16:30)
W2ABC – 147.270 MHz (+) 141.3 PL (West Side Manhattan)
A2DCI – 446.325 MHz (-) 127.3 PL (Farmingville, Suffolk)
Here is a link to the NLI Student Traffic Net Website (https://sites.google.com/jrhaleteacher.me/nlistn/home)
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 email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)
President ; Nick Franco – KF2P
Contact Person : Bill Eisele – KD2FFL email@example.com
For more information please go to the club website at http://www.arc.bnl.gov/BNLARC/Home.html
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Gary Litner, KB2BSL at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Please see the club website for directions http://www.gsbarc.org/
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 www.hosarc.org 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 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
WA2PNU EastNet FlexNet Network
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 email@example.com
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 ”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: http://www.limarc.org
Club Contact: President, Richie Cetron, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Kevin Corrigan, KC2KC, President at email@example.com
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 www.peconic-arc.net 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
Each month, meeting details are on our web site: http://www.rcarc.org
Radio Club of Junior High School 22 NYC
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
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
ALL LICENSE CANDIDATES are welcome.
Anyone needing additional information can contact Mike Siegel W2RT at
917-412-1580 or W2RT@arrl.net
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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: email@example.com
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
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
New York City:
DEC: Daniel Katzovicz, W2BRU, firstname.lastname@example.org
ADEC’s: Jose Sanles, N2DDD, email@example.com
Simon Wurster, K2FH, firstname.lastname@example.org
EC ‘s: Jason Vasquez, WF2N, email@example.com
Evan Bauer, KC2YAY, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEC : John Wilson, KD2AKX, email@example.com
ADEC’s: Joe Gomez, W2BMP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of North Hempstead: Robert Jagde, KD2GRS, email@example.com
Town of Oyster Bay: Ceil Gomez, W2CTG, firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor, W2OSR, email@example.com
City of Long Beach: George Geller, WB2GTC , firstname.lastname@example.org
DEC: Bill Scheibel, N2NFI email@example.com
Town of Smithtown: Rich Johnston, KC2TON, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Ted Debowy, AC2IR, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org Monthly meeting TBD
Town of Southampton: Vacant
Town of Southold: Don Fisher, N2QHV, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm during the BONAC ARC meeting
(except November which is on the 3rd Thursday). Amagansett
Town of Shelter Island: Vacant
Town of Islip: Phil Jacobs, W2UV, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: http://www.arrl.org/ares-el/ 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: http://www.metrocor.net. You can also direct
questions to their e-mail at email@example.com.
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 :
DEC New York City: Donni Katzovicz ,W2BRU, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEC Nassau County: John Wilson, KD2AKX, email@example.com
DEC Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI, firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KNB, email@example.com
Technical Coordinator: Steve Barreres K2CX, firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Information Coordinator : Mel Granick, KS2G, email@example.com
State Government Liaison: George Tranos N2GA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Section Traffic Manager : Jerry Pilate, N2WGF, email@example.com
Official Observer Coordinator: Steve Barreres K2CX, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster: Mitch Cohen N2RGA, email@example.com
Digital Communications : Bob Myers, K2TV, firstname.lastname@example.org
Skywarn: John Hale, KD2LPM, email@example.com