October 2020 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the October 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 November 2020 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
at:   http://nli.arrl.org


* From Jim Mezey, W2KFV – Section Manager

* Silent Keys

* Upcoming Special Events:

* Hamfests:

* From the ARRL

* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR

* National Traffic System

* Club Info


Hello Everyone …..

As we move into the fall months it also means that we should finish the repairs or new installations of our antennas projects. Don’t forget to replace guy wires, bungie cords and coax/connectors if needed. Murphy’s Law follows me all the time, especially in the bad weather. I hope it doesn’t follow you….

Propagation is starting to get better as solar cycle 25 is slowly coming around. All bands have some sort of activity. Get on the air and call CQ on a quiet band…you maybe surprised.

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

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  www.arrl.org/arrl-learning-network. 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.

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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. 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™

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Larkfield Amateur Radio Club reports the passing of longtime member Donald Clark, AB2BN of Northport..

From Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club we learned of the passing of Matt Kruger, K2OZO.

Northern New Jersey reports the untimely passing of Section Manager Steve Ostrove, K2SO

May they rest in peace…….


Upcoming Special Events:


Ham Radio University ~ January 9, 2021,





HAMFESTS:   ~  Tenative ~ LIMARC Virtual Hamfest

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


 From the ARRL:

Multiple Balloons Carrying Ham Radio Payloads Launched


Eleven schools across the US launched helium-filled balloons carrying amateur radio payloads on October 9. The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum live-streamed the multiple launches. The balloons are trackable via ham radio on APRS (either 144.39 MHz FM or 144.34 MHz FM).

The lighter-than-air vehicles were intended to head east around the globe, although there’s no accounting for upper air currents. Altitudes were expected to be in the 20,000 – 25,000 foot range, with the balloons taking a few days to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Some of the balloons are already out over the Atlantic, and one, the KS1LAS-1 balloon, launched from Washington, was reported over the Mediterranean on October 14, moving at a speedy 69 MPH at an altitude of some 40,400 feet.

The K4NVA-1 balloon launched from Northern Virginia was reported on October 11 just east of St. Johns, Newfoundland, at just over 23,100 feet, moving at 62 MPH. Others are still over North America and/or not heading in the intended direction. The NW3DC-1 and NW3DC-2 balloons, sent up from Washington, DC, were last reported on launch day close together just off Maryland’s Eastern Shore.


ARRL Comments in Orbital Debris Mitigation Proceeding


In comments to the FCC, ARRL targeted two specific areas of concern regarding a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in IB Docket 18-313 — mitigation of orbital debris in the new space age. In an earlier phase of the proceeding, ARRL filed comments and met with FCC staff to discuss the proposed rules. In comments filed on October 9, ARRL focused on the areas of indemnification and maneuverability/propulsion. Indemnification places the liability for any possible damage from a satellite on an individual or entity. ARRL reiterated its assertion that, as a practical matter, an indemnification requirement “would seriously impair the ability of amateur and university experimenters to launch and operate satellites under US auspices” due to the potential liability and high insurance cost.

ARRL’s comments cited a letter from University Small Satellite Researchers, submitted on behalf of 24 named professors last April, contending that the requirement “would effectively preclude a large proportion of academic SmallSat missions because public universities typically cannot legally enter into indemnification arrangements.”

ARRL argued that if the FCC does adopt an indemnification requirement, it should allow either the owner or the licensee of an amateur space station to provide indemnification. In the Amateur Satellite Service a licensee can only be an individual. An individual licensee is unlikely to accept liability for a satellite, but a satellite owner might. In its own comments, AMSAT similarly asked for language that would allow satellite owners as well as licensees to indemnify the US for the operation of an amateur radio satellite.

The FCC proposal also would require that all space stations deployed in low-Earth orbits higher than 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) be able to maneuver with the use of some sort of onboard propulsion system. ARRL urged adoption of an exception for “a limited number of amateur and similar experimental satellites” that are below a specified size and mass and either standalone spacecraft or in a constellation of no more than four or five individual satellites. ARRL suggested a size limit of 36 × 24 × 12 centimeters and 12 kilograms in mass.

“This would accommodate the types of small satellites most often used for experimental purposes by radio amateurs,” ARRL told the FCC. “Such satellites are small in number [and] have limited to no capacity to implement maneuverability using current technology due to their small size,” yet provide valuable platforms for experimentation and student experience.

Alternatively, ARRL asked the FCC to consider increasing the 400-kilometer low-Earth orbit limit, since satellites placed into orbit from the ISS and from ISS service vehicles “often are in higher orbits but share the same characteristics as those that orbit below 400 kilometers.” Doing so would help to preserve the educational and experimental benefit of such satellites, ARRL said, provided “such vehicles are shown to pose no risk to the International Space Station and will return to Earth within the specified time limit,”

In concluding its remarks, ARRL asked for “reasonable accommodation,” given the public benefit of the Amateur Satellite Service, rather than lumping small experimenters and researchers with large corporate entities planning to launch thousands of satellites.



Northern New Jersey Section Manager Steve Ostrove, K2SO (SK)

ARRL Northern New Jersey Section Manager (SM) Steve Ostrove, K2SO,

of Elizabeth, New Jersey, died on October 2. An ARRL Life Member, he

was 74. His career was in the pharmaceutical industry, and he was

the CEO of Ostrove Associates Inc and author of Aspects in

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.


Ostrove served as an Assistant Section Manager in Northern New

Jersey since 2009, and was the Section Emergency Coordinator from

2001 through 2008. He  later served as a District Emergency

Coordinator as well as an Official Emergency Station, and Official

Relay Station. Ostrove was appointed to serve an unexpired term as

NNJ SM in 2016, and in 2018 was the only candidate for the position,

serving from January 2019 until he resigned less than 2 weeks before

his death.




 Bob Buus, W2OD, Appointed as Northern New Jersey Section



Bob Buus, W2OD, of Holmdel, has been appointed as Northern New

Jersey Section Manager to succeed Steve Ostrove, K2SO (SK), who

stepped down on September 22 due to failing health. Buus will serve

out the current term of office, which concludes on June 30, 2021.


An ARRL Life Member, Buus had been serving as an Assistant SM and an

Emergency Coordinator.  He is also an ARRL Volunteer Examiner and

Life Member of ARRL. Ostrove had recommended Buus to be appointed to

replace him, and ARRL Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ,

agreed with his choice. ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager

Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, made the appointment, which is effective




FCC Orders Amateur Access to 3.5 GHz Band to “Sunset”


Despite vigorous and continuing opposition from ARRL and others, the FCC has ordered the “sunsetting” of the 3.3 – 3.5-GHz amateur radio secondary spectrum allocation, effective on November 9. The decision allows current amateur activity on the band to continue, “grandfathering” the amateur operations subject to a later decision. The FCC proposed two deadlines for amateur operations to cease on the band. The first would apply to the 3.4 – 3.5 GHz segment, the second to 3.3 – 3.4 GHz. The FCC will establish the dates once it reviews additional comments.

“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 Register,  R&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.”

The September 30 R&O followed a 2019 FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which the FCC proposed re-allocating 3.45 – 3.55 GHz for “flexible-use service” and auctioning the desirable “mid-band” spectrum (generally defined as between 1 GHz and 6 GHz) to 5G providers. These and other recent spectrum-repurposing actions stem from the MOBILE NOW Act, enacted in 2018, in which Congress directed the Commission to make additional spectrum available to auction for mobile and fixed wireless broadband. The FCC action is consistent with worldwide allocations adopted by the ITU for these frequencies.

In the run-up to the Commission’s decision, ARRL met with the FCC’s professional staff to explain its concerns and to answer questions. Subsequently, ARRL met with the wireless advisors to the FCC Chairman and two Commissioners. In those meetings, ARRL reiterated that continued secondary status for amateurs will not impair or devalue use of this spectrum by the primary licensees intending to provide 5G or other service. ARRL noted amateur radio’s long history of successful coexistence with primary users of the 9-centimeter band, sharing this spectrum with the federal government users and secondary, non-federal occupants.

ARRL pointed out that vital links in amateur television and amateur radio high-speed mesh networks using the band have been especially valuable during such emergency situations as the wildfires currently raging on the west coast. Deleting the amateur secondary allocation will result in lost opportunities for experimentation and public service with no public interest benefit to make up for that.

ARRL argued that deleting the secondary allocation would waste the scarce spectrum resource, particularly in areas where commercial services often do not construct full facilities due to small populations. The FCC action means that amateur radio will lose access to the 3.5-GHz secondary allocation even where commercial operations do not exist. ARRL told the Commission that it should not intentionally allow this spectrum to be vacant and unused, wasting the public resource, when amateurs can use some portion of it in many geographic areas with no detriment to any other licensee, just as it has in the past. ARRL argues that amateur operations should be permitted until and unless an actual potential for interference exists.

Deletion of the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz secondary amateur allocation will become effective on November 9, but amateur radio operation as of that date may continue while the FCC finalizes rules to license spectrum in the 3.45 – 3.55 GHz band and establishes deadlines for amateur operations to cease. The FCC proposed allowing amateur operation in the 3.3 – 3.4 GHz portion of the band to continue “pending further decisions about the future of this portion of the spectrum,” the timing for which is unknown. The Commission proposed to mandate that operations cease in the 3.4 – 3.5 GHz portion when commercial licensing commences for the new 3.45 – 3.55 GHz “5G” band, which is predicted to begin in the first half of 2022.

“[W]e seek comment on whether it is in the public interest to sunset amateur use in the 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band in two separate phases, e.g., first above 3.4 GHz, which is the focus of [the R&O] and later in that portion of the band below 3.4 GHz,” the FCC said.

ARRL expressed gratitude to the many members and organizations that joined ARRL in challenging the FCC throughout this nearly year-long proceeding. They included multiple radio clubs, weak signal enthusiasts, moonbounce participants, and the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN), the Amateur Television Network (ATN), AMSAT, and Open Research Institute (ORI).

ARRL will continue its efforts to preserve secondary amateur radio access to 3.3 – 3.5 GHz. Members are invited to share comments by visiting www.arrl.org/3-GHz-Band.

“We recognize that any loss of our privileges will most directly impact radio amateurs who use the frequencies to operate and innovate,” said ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. “Such instances only embolden ARRL’s role to protect and advocate for the Amateur Radio Service and Amateur Satellite Service. There will be continued threats to our spectrum. So I urge all amateurs, now more than ever, to strengthen our hold by being ceaseless in our public service, experimenting, and discovery throughout the radio spectrum.”



Amateur Radio on the International Space Station

Contact Opportunity


Call for Proposals

New Proposal Window is October 1st, 2020 to November 24, 2020

September 30, 2020 — The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between July 1, 2021 and December 30, 2021. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.



The deadline to submit a proposal is November 24th, 2020.  Proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and the proposal form can be found at www.ariss.org. An ARISS Introductory Webinar session will be held on October 8, 2020 at 8 PM ET.  The Eventbrite link to sign up is: https://ariss-proposal-webinar-fall-2020.eventbrite.com



The Opportunity

Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.


An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.


Amateur Radio organizations around the world with the support of NASA and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present educational organizations with this opportunity. The ham radio organizations’ volunteer efforts provide the equipment and operational support to enable communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world using Amateur Radio. 


Please direct any questions to ariss.us.education@gmail.com .



About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS).  In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program. The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.


Media Contact:

Dave Jordan, AA4KN



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 Chinese Amateur Radio Satellite Launches Delayed


CAMSAT says the CAS-7A launch has been postponed until next May, and

CAS-5A until next June.


“Because of COVID-19, many things have been delayed,” CAMSAT’s Alan

Kung, BA1DU, told ARRL. He said an announcement would be made closer

to the announced launches.


CAMSAT said last spring that CAS-7A would launch in mid-September;

the launch has been postponed multiple times since first announced.

CAS-5A was predicted to launch in October. Both satellites will

carry two transponders that include HF, in a configuration similar

to that of the Russian RS satellites decades ago.


CAS-7A will be placed into a sun-synchronous orbit with an

inclination of 98 degrees at 500 kilometers above Earth. The

transponders will have a bandwidth of 30 kHz. According to the IARU

amateur satellite frequency coordination page, the HF/HF linear

transponder will uplink on 15 meters – 21.245 to 21.275 MHz, and

downlink on 10 meters – 29.435 to 29.465 MHz. A CW beacon will

transmit on 29.425 MHz. The HF/UHF transponder will uplink at

21.3125 to 21.3275 MHz, and downlink at 435.3575 to 435.3725 MHz. A

CW beacon for that transponder will transmit on 435.430 MHz.


The CAS-5A nanosatellite, with a 6U form factor, carries two HF

transponders and two VHF/UHF transponders. While in orbit, it will

deploy the tiny CAS-5B femtosatellite, which will weigh just 0.5



The array of CAS-5A linear transponders will include HF/HF, HF/UHF,

and VHF/UHF with 30-kHz passbands (except 15 kHz for the HF/UHF



CAS-5A will include CW telemetry beacons on HF and UHF. The HF CW

beacon will be at 29.465 MHz, and a UHF telemetry beacon will be at

435.57 MHz. Other beacons include the HF/HF transponder beacon at

29.490 MHz; the HF/UHF transponder beacon at 435.505 MHz, and the

VHF/UHF transponder beacon at 435.540 MHz.


Telemetry will be transmitted at 435.650 MHz. The V/U linear

transponder will uplink at 145.820 MHz; the V/U FM transponder will

uplink at 145.925 MHz.  Terrestrial stations will access the

transponders at 21.385 – 21.415 MHz.




Sterling Mann, N0SSC, Named IARU Region 2 Liaison for Youth



Sterling Mann, N0SSC, has been named as the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Liaison for Youth, the IARU Region 2 Executive Committee (EC) has announced. With the support of IARU Region 2, the Liaison for Youth will reach out to young hams throughout the Americas and their member-societies to develop and promote interest in amateur radio on the part of young hams through self-sustaining groups and activities.

“Our first set of tasks primarily revolves around collecting information to identify strong leaders and points of contact throughout IARU Region 2 member-societies,” Mann told ARRL. “Ideally, these leaders are young hams who are willing to help drive the initiative forward by performing various roles.” One of those, he said, is to come up with and put into action way to “get ham radio into the public view in a positive and engaging way.” The initiative also will coordinate and collaborate with other communities with similar goals. On-the air activities, online meetups, workshops, competitions and mini-contests, brainstorming sessions, and speaking invitations are all envisioned as future events.

“Amateur radio is often viewed as a passion of an earlier generation. Features that attracted many current hams, such as providing a real-time social network, have been supplanted by advances in technology virtually available to anyone anywhere,” the EC said. “Wireless communication is an important aspect of modern life, with amateurs having the opportunity to experience it in a unique and personal way. Developing and promoting this experience is key to attracting interest from younger people of all genders and is key to ensuring the future of amateur radio.”

The Liaison for Youth role is unique. It is not a coordinator of a formalized, highly structured committee or set of working groups. Rather, this function implements a novel “Young Ham Action Plan” to connect with, engage, inspire, and mentor young hams throughout the Americas. Mann’s role is to be a point of contact for building links to and among the many groups already developing organically via internet discussion platforms, on-the-air nets, and virtual clusters of interest — even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The liaison will help to set up, develop, and grow self-sufficient communities of young hams connected through common cultural, lingual, and geographic backgrounds, assisted by IARU Region 2 and its member-societies. This initiative builds on the successful examples of other youth groups, such as Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) in IARU Region 1, Youth on the Air — a youth ham radio camp in the Americas, the Young Amateurs Radio Club — a large online community of young hams, and several others.

“The goal of creating this liaison position is to encourage and expand the level of peer-to-peer interaction among young hams all over IARU Region 2,” the EC explained. “When in-person gatherings are again possible, activities might include summits, regional camps, and even conventions.”




From The National Weather Service


The NYC NOAA Weather Radio KWO-35 is back and better than ever, after relocating the transmitter and upgrading the broadcast antennae. The new home of the KWO-35 transmitter and the broadcast antennae is The Empire State Building, centrally located in midtown Manhattan.

NWS New York, NY installed two antennae, providing a stronger and better quality radio signal. The antennae deliver a power output of 1000 watts, generating a 40 mile radius listening area, covering 18.5 million people in the metro NY, NJ, CT area. The signal received across the New York City metropolitan area and surrounding waters is substantially stronger, delivering better radio reception and less interference.


See our Public Information Statement for more details…

KWO-35 can also be streamed live on the web, courtesy of our cooperative weather
observer partner at Harrison Weather Center.

For information on how to program your NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, click here.

Finally, check out our NWS New York, NY NOAA Weather Radio Page for more information on NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio.





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ARLD040 DX news


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

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

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

to all.


NIGER, 5U.  Adrien, F4IHM is QRV as 5U4IHM while on a mission in

Niamey.  He is active using slow CW on 40 and 20 meters.  QSL to

home call.


CHILE, CE.  Members of the Chilean Pacific DX Group are QRV with

special event call XR500M during October to celebrate the 500th

anniversary of Magellan’s navigation of the strait named after him.

QSL via XQ7UP.


OGASAWARA, JD.  Makoto, will be QRV as JD1BLY from Chichijima, IOTA

AS-031, from October 3 to 6.  Activity is on the HF bands and 6

meters using CW, SSB and FT8, and on 630 meters using JT9.  QSL via



SVALBARD, JW.  A group of operators from NRRL’s Oslogruppen will be

QRV as JW4O from Longyearbyen, IOTA EU-026, from October 8 to 12.

The primary reason for this activity is to operate in the upcoming

Scandinavian Activity SSB contest.  QSL via operators’ instructions.


CURACAO, PJ2.  Operators Angelo, PJ2AFM, Carlo, PJ2CF and Sergio,

PJ2SM will be QRV with special call sign PJ2C on October 10 to

celebrate the 10th anniversary for the new start for the islands of

the Netherlands Antilles.  Activity will be on 20 meters using SSB,

and if conditions require it, 20 and 17 meters FT8.  QSL via EC5AHA.


SURINAME, PZ.  Yudel, CO7XY is now QRV as PZ2YT from Nickerie.

Activity of late has been on 20 meters using SSB.  QSL via Paypal,

see info at QRZ.com.


DODECANESE, SV5.  Wolf, DL3DRN is QRV as SV5/DL3DRN from Kolymbia,

Rhodes, IOTA EU-001, until October 14.  Activity is on the HF bands

using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to home call.


TURKEY, TA.  Members of the Tango Alpha Ham Radio Club will be QRV

with special event call sign TC6EKM from October 3 to 7 to celebrate

the Liberation of Istanbul on October 6, 1923.  Activity will be on

the HF bands using various digital modes.  QSL via operators’



UKRAINE, UR.  Special event station EN100LT is QRV until the end of

March 2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Kharkiv Theater

for Children and Youth.  QSL via UT5LU.



Portable Operations Challenge, TRC DX Contest, Oceania DX Phone

Contest, German Telegraphy Contest, Russian World Wide Digital

Contest, IARU Region 1 UHF/Microwaves Contest, YLRL DX/NA YL

Anniversary Contest, California QSO Party, International

HELL-Contest, RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint, FISTS Fall Slow Speed Sprint,

SKCC CW QSO Party, RSGB DX Contest and the UBA ON SSB Contest will

certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.


The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test and RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series

scheduled for October 5.


The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, ARS Spartan CW Sprint and Worldwide Sideband

Activity Contest are scheduled for October 6.


The VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, 432

MHz Fall Sprint, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled

for October 7.


Please see October 2020 QST, page 69, and the ARRL Contest Calendar

and WA7BNM Contest websites for details.



ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  September 2020

Total number of ARES members:  78

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   5

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

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

Number of exercises and training sessions this month: 8   Person hours:  72

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: 27.8

Total number of ARES operations this month:  20     Total Person Hours:   99.8



Nassau County reported training meetings conducted online Sept 10th and Sept. 24th.






SEPTEMBER  2020  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          



NYPON             SESSIONS  n/a

ESS                    SESSIONS 30   QNI  421   QTC  n/a    QSP   63   QTR  n/a

NYS/E               SESSIONS  30   QNI 156    QTC  93    QSP  91    QTR   315

BA                     SESSIONS  26   QNI 388    QTC  8      QSP 8       QTR  34

NLISTN            SESSIONS  8      QNI  44     QTC  12    QSP  12    QTR  160

NCVHFTN       SESSIONS 30     QNI  168   QTC  51    QSP 51     QTR  422



N2WGF      REC/ 19   SENT / 16     TOTAL / 35

K2TV          REC/ 7     SENT/ 16      TOTAL / 23

KD2MEN    REC/ 1     SENT/  9        TOTAL / 10




N2WGF      ORIG / 0  REC / 35  SENT / 32    DEL / 4   TOTAL /  71

K2TV         ORIG / 1  REC / 23   SENT / 39  DEL / 1     TOTAL / 64

W2CTG      ORIG / 3  REC / 12   SENT / 18   DEL / 18  TOTAL / 51

KD2LPM   ORIG / 0  REC / 5   SENT / 7    DEL / 3        TOTAL / 18

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0  REC / 2   SENT / 10  DEL / 0       TOTAL /  12



N2WGF/ 130, K2TV/ 120, KD2LPM/ 99, W2CTG/ 98.

Gerard Pilate  STM NLI/NYC

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



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

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

INDEPENDENT CW NETS which maintain close association with the NTS.

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

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

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


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

The NTS local nets are:

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


Digital Traffic:

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



Club Meetings and Information:

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

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

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


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

American Red Cross on Long Island

195 Willis Avenue

Mineola, NY 11501

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


BONAC Amateur Radio Club (BARC)

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

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



Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)

President ; Nick Franco – KF2P

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Great South Bay ARC

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



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: larkfieldarc@gmail.com

LARC Repeater System

WR2ABA Huntington

147.210 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Hauppauge

145.430 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Huntington APRS

144.390 MHz out/in

WA2PNU EastNet FlexNet Network

(0-15) Nodes, 145.070 MHz

(-4) Node, 145.070 MHz BBs



Long Island Amateur Radio Simplex Club

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


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 edwhit@optonline.net 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, k2knb@limarc.org



Long Island Transmitter Hunters (LITHARC)

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

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


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

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


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
+40.8654, -73.0800
Each month, meeting details are on our web site: http://www.rcarc.org


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 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 kd2nja@gmail.com

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

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

SCRC Information & Rag chew Net

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


Wantagh Amateur Radio Club

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


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)



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


New York City:

DEC:   Martin Grillo, W1EMR, w1emr@arrl.net

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



Nassau County:

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

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

Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL, kd2gxl@ncaresmail.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Suffolk County:

DEC:  Bill Scheibel, N2NFI n2nfi@yahoo.com


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

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

Town of Brookhaven:   Vincent Cigna, KC2WPP, kc2wpp@arrl.net

2nd Monday of the month at the Middle Country Library,
101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach, NY at 7:30 pm

Town of Riverhead:   Steve Casko, W2SFC, w2sfc@arrl.net                                                     Monthly meeting TBD

Town of Southampton:    Vacant

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

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

Town of Shelter Island:     Vacant

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


Other Stuff :

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

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

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

NLI DX Spotting Clusters:

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


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 metrocor@metrocor.net.


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 :


ASEC  Russ Logar, KC2LSB, kc2lsb@arrl.net

DEC  New York City: Martin Grillo, W1EMR, w1emr@arrl.net

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

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

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

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

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