OCTOBER 2021 NYC-LI Section Newsletter
This is the October 2021 edition of the New York City-Long Island
Section e-Happenings newsletter.
This newsletter is here to serve the Amateur Radio community in our
area. We welcome and encourage all submissions. Help make this your
newsletter. We especially encourage NLI radio clubs and organizations
to submit their meeting announcements, guest speakers and any special
events. Please submit any information for the November 2021 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
* Upcoming Special Events:
* VE Sessions
* From the ARRL
* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR
* National Traffic System
* Club Info
Hello Everyone …..
I would like to thank and wish Bob Myers, K2TV all the best as he starts his new journey in Virginia closer to his family. Many know Bob as he was a founding member of The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club, Assistant Section Manager for Digital Communications, a great elmer to many hams. He will be sorely missed in NLI.
Attention all Club Presidents; Please ad the ARRL to your newsletter mailing list. The league is looking to get more engaged with the clubs and ad an E type letter with information with clubs around the country. More information will be coming out in near future.
ARRL updates…..An ARRL Club Newsletter is on the horizon.
This is the last month of the hurricane season. Don’t let up on checking your equipment, antennas, generators. We should also check our go bags and our family plans in case evacuation is needed. Review your basic survival kit. Don’t get caught short. As hams we should always have at least an HT, programmed and extra batteries in our go bag. Review the following for some good information. https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness
You may also find the following useful:
National Hurricane Center https://w4ehw.fiu.edu/
The Hurricane Watch Net https://www.hwn.org/about-us/who-we-are.html
VoIP Hurricane Net http://voipwx.net/
My Zoom account is available for clubs or group meetings. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
That’s all for now but don’t forget to get on the air, have fun, and enjoy our great hobby and by all means…. keep those batteries charged and keep washing your hands…..
73, Jim Mezey, W2KFV
Section Manager – NYC/ Long Island
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™
Upcoming Special Events:
The New York State QSO Party (NYQP) team and the Rochester DX Association (RDXA) announces the 2021 NYQP Contest starting on October 16th at 14:00 hrs UTC and running until October 17th 02:00 hours UTC (10:00 AM to 10:00 PM EDT on the 16th). https://www.nyqp.org/
Hudson Division Awards Banquet
From our Hudson Division Director:
The Awards banquet will be held at Cafe Internationale at Ramada in
Newburgh, NY on November 13, 2021.
Award nominations are now open!!!
You can find the nomination form at the website, along with links to
It’s been a dry spell these past couple of years but we are bringing
back the division awards with a bang!
And we have TWO years of awards to recognize radio amateurs who YOU feel
have made a contribution to our hobby here in the Hudson Division.
Nominations must be in by October 27, 2021.
It will be a great one with TWO great guest speakers – David Minster,
NA2AA, CEO of the ARRL, and Joe Taylor, K1JT, Nobel Laureate and
inventor of several digital modes.
We will have tons of giveaways, prizes and lots of cool stuff!
You get to see hams you’ve not seen in a few years!
The food, the friends, the prizes, the food, the friends, the awards,
and did I say the prizes? Let’s have a grand old time, buy your tickets
ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Ria Jairam, N2RJ
The Suffolk County Marathon is on
WE ARE IN THE NEED OF A LOT MORE OPERATORS FOR THE SUFFOLK COUNTY
MARATHON OCTOBER 24TH
WE HAVE TO COVER THE WHOLE COURSE AS OF RIGHT NOW WE HAVE 26 OPERATORS FOR THE COURSE
4 OPERATORS FOR COMMAND AND FRES A TOTAL OF 30
WE CAN REALLY USE ABOUT 20 MORE OPERATORS FOR THE MARATHON
WONDERING WHAT YOU WILL NEED A HANDHELD RADIO WITH AN EXTRA BATTERY IF YOU A HAVE CAR WITH A MOBILE GREAT BUT WE MIGHT HAVE A FEW POSTS WHERE THAT WON’T WORK SUFFOLK COUNTY OEM IS RELYING ON US TO WATCH OUT FOR THE RUNNERS SAFETY AND SPECTATOR SAFETY WE ARE HANDLING MEDICAL TRAFFIC ONLY FOR THIS EVENT AS WE HAVE THE LAST 7 YEARS
THIS MARATHON RAISES MONEY FOR LONG ISLAND VETERANS
IT IS TIME TO SHOW OFF OUR NUMBERS TO LET THE REST OF THE LONG ISLANDERS WE ARE STILL AROUND
SO PLEASE IF CAN HELP OUT PLEASE REPLY TO JOHN W2HCB email@example.com
Ham Radio University ~ January 8, 2022
~ Sunday, November 14, 2021 ~
Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY 11801
Doors Open at 9am to Buyers Vendors Set Up at 7am
Amateur Radio Dealers & Equipment ~ 10am VE Session ~ Tune-Up Clinic (Get your Rig Checked!)
LCD Monitors, Computer, CB Equipment, ARRL Information
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club Information DXCC and WAS Card Checking
General Admission $6.00
All participants must follow NYS and Nassau County Health COVID-19 protocols.
Licensed Ham’s Non-Licensed spouse & children under 12 are free.
Free Parking! Food & Refreshments! Door Prizes!
Have a Few Items to Sell?
LIMARC will have a table set up to sell items for others. There’s no charge to club members.
Non-members pay just 10% of their selling price. Please make sure to mark your price clearly on the item.
VENDORS > One $22.00 Space includes a 6’ table & chairs.
Bring your own table for $15 per space and you’ll still get chairs! If bringing your own table, you must notify us by October 31, 2021
The $6.00 Admission Fee is separate.
7am Vendor Set Up. Close-in and drop off parking for Vendors. Vendors Must Comply With NY State Sales Tax Laws. The sale of guns, ammunition or pornographic material is prohibited. Send your check to LIMARC,
PO Box 392, Levittown, NY 11756-0392. Use the vendor registration form at www.limarc.org
Limited Selling Spaces!
Only some spaces have electric. Reserve your Space Now! Talk-In on W2VL Repeater 146.850 (136.5 PL)
For more information, see www.LIMARC.org or contact our Hamfest Co-Chairs Richie K2KNB at 516-694-4937, or Tony NY2A or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By way of the LIE from the West (travelling from NYC)
Take Exit 38 to Northern Pkwy East to Exit 33 Wantagh Pkwy South. Take Exit W2 East onto Old Country Rd
At the 3rd light turn right onto Levittown Pkwy. (There’s a Dunkin Donuts there on your left).
**The Hall is at the end of the short strip mall on your left, turn left at the light to park .**
By way of the LIE from the East (travelling from Suffolk Co.)
Exit the LIE south prior to exit 40 and change to the westbound Northern State Parkway. Follow the directions below..
By way of Northern Parkway
Take the parkway to exit 33 (Wantagh Parkway South). Take Exit W2 East onto Old Country Rd east. At the 3rd light turn right onto Levittown Pkwy. Follow the directions above..
By way of Southern Parkway
Take exit 27N Wantagh Pkwy North to exit W2 onto Old Country Rd east. At the 3rd light turn right onto Levittown
Pkwy. (There’s a Dunkin Donuts there on your left) Follow the directions above.
Upcoming VE Sessions:
(Note if you have a VE Session you want to list, please send it to email@example.com)
All test sessions are held at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY 11801
November 13th- 9 AM
Session begins promptly at 9am (unless otherwise indicated)
There will also be VE Sessions at the LIMARC indoor hamfest, also held at Levittown Hall.
For further information Contact: VE@limarc.org
Suffolk County Radio Club:
VE Sessions are the 1st Thursday of the month at the Grace Lutheran Church 240 Mastic Beach Road, Mastic Beach NY 11951. Tests begin at 7pm.The room is limited to a total of 20 persons Bob N2OCH is the main point of contact. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
Suffolk VHF/UHF Association:
OUR 2021 SCHEDULE WILL BE EVERY SECOND SATURDAY AT 10A.M. SHARP. Pre Registration Required
To get info via email please contact our vice president Carmel P.Kenny/KF2KF to confirm dates and times. She will also pre register you for the exam you need. This will help us know in advance how many will need what exams. N9LAB@AOL.COM
From the ARRL:
September 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report
The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between the ARRL and FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service. This is the VM Program report for September 2021.
Technician operators in Mansfield, Ohio; Avon Park, Florida, and Pulaski, Tennessee, received Advisory Notices after making numerous FT8 contacts on 20 meters. Technician licensees do not have operating privileges on 20 meters.
A Volunteer Monitor in Mission Viejo, California, received a Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts in locating a defective transmitter on Marine Radio Channel 16 that was blocking emergency communications on that channel.
A former licensee in Durham, North Carolina, received an Advisory Notice for operating under a call sign and license cancelled by the FCC.
An operator in White Pine, Tennessee, received an Advisory Notice regarding operation on 7.137 MHz, a frequency not authorized under his General class licensee.
Operators in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and New Albany, Indiana, received Good Operator Notices for exemplary operation during 2021 and for regularly assisting other operators with transmitter adjustments and amateur radio procedures.
The VM Program made one recommendation to the FCC for case closure.
VM Program statistics for August showed 2,008 hours on HF frequencies and 2,642 hours on VHF frequencies and above, for a total of 4,650 hours. — Thanks to Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, Administrator, Volunteer Monitor Program
Scouting’s Jamboree-on-the-Air Takes Place this Weekend, October 15 – 17
Scouting’s largest event in the world — Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) — takes place October 15 – 17. During JOTA, Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community meet on the air via amateur radio. Scouts of any age and sex may participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers. The participating scouts often gather at a station made available by a volunteer, or at one set up just for JOTA. Communication typically involves SSB or FM voice, but it’s also possible that other modes, such as video or digital, will be employed — or even repeater or satellite communication.
Scouts typically exchange such information as name, location, Scout rank, and hobbies, and it’s expected that many participating Scouts will be amateur radio licensees. Contacts may take place across town, across the country, or even around the world. The World Scout Bureau reported that more than 1.5 million Scouts from some 160 countries took part in JOTA/JOTI (JOTA-on-the-Internet) in 2017. With no restrictions on age or on the number of participants, and at little or no expense, JOTA allows Scouts to meet and become acquainted with each other by ham radio.
JOTA officially starts on Friday evening during the JOTA Jump Start and continues through Sunday evening. Any amateur mode of operation may be used such, as CW, SSB, PSK, SSTV, FM, and satellite. JOTA is not a contest.
To learn what JOTA activity is planned for a given area, contact the local or regional Scout council, or contact a local ham radio operator or a local amateur radio club. Your local club may be able to direct you to planned JOTA activities. These can include ham stations set up at camporees or other events. If no activities are planned, work with them to get something set up or arrange to visit a local radio operator’s ham shack at a scheduled time to participate in JOTA.
If nothing is currently planned, or if current plans aren’t reaching your area, you can work with the council or a local unit (pack, troop, crew) to set up a JOTA station or arrange for visits to your ham shack. You can also participate just by making contacts with the many JOTA stations that will be on the air. A good resource for finding a local Scout unit is the Be-A-Scout website.
Since the first JOTA in 1958, millions of Scouts have become acquainted with each other through this event. Many JOTA contacts have resulted in relationships between Scout troops and individual Scouts that have lasted many years.
Intrepid-DX Group Extends Youth Essay Contest Deadline
Due to the low number of essays received, the Intrepid-DX Group has extended the submission deadline for this year’s Youth “Dream Rig” Essay Contest to November 15, 2021. The winner of the 2021 contest will be announced on December 1. Those who submitted an essay last year are invited to submit again. The prize is an Icom IC-7300 transceiver.
(1) Write and submit a two-page essay that answers the question, “How can amateur radio evolve to remain relevant in the age of the internet?
(2) Be a US amateur radio licensee aged 19 or younger.
(3) Promise to keep the radio for 1 year and to use it on the air.
(4) Send your essay in text or MS Word attachment by November 15, 2021 (no Google documents, please)
(5) Alternatively mail it to The Intrepid-DX Group, 3052 Wetmore Dr, San Jose, CA 95148, USA, postmarked by November 15, 2021.
ARRL Continues Its Efforts to Preserve Amateur Radio Secondary Use of the 3 GHz Band
ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, in a written statement on the newly filed H.R.5378 before the U.S. House Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee on Wednesday, urged Congress to direct the FCC to preserve Amateur Radio’s secondary use of the 3 GHz band.
President Roderick’s statement was the result of a quick, well-organized response by ARRL to counter the continuing threat to Amateur Radio’s secondary use of the 3 GHz band.
Approximately 10 days ago, ARRL became aware of a provision in the $3.5 Billion Budget Reconciliation Bill that would have required approximately 200 MHz of the 3.1-3.45 GHz band be reallocated to the use of 5G vendors. Moving swiftly, the ARRL Executive Committee authorized FCC counsel to begin preparations to respond. But, confronted with the probable delay of the Reconciliation Bill and an uncertain future for the 3 GHz provisions, Subcommittee Chairman Michael Doyle (D-PA-18) and Rep. Matsui (D-CA-6) introduced similar reallocation language on September 29, 2021 as H.R.5378 (117th Cong., 1st Sess.) and scheduled hearings on it and related communications bills for Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
The Executive Committee and the Legislative Advocacy Committee immediately tasked ARRL’s lobbyists to initiate efforts to obtain support for ARRL’s position. Meetings were held on short notice to request support with the offices of Subcommittee Members Kinzinger (R-IL-16) and Walberg (R-MI-7), as well as with Reps. Larson (D-CT-1) and Courtney (D-CT-2).
In addition, ARRL’s lobbyists, Atlantic Vice Director Bob Famiglio, K3RF, and Washington Counsel David Siddall, K3ZJ, met with Chairman Doyle’s Chief of Staff on October 1, to explain the importance of Amateur Radio maintaining authority to operate in the 3.3-3.45 GHz band.
In a written statement submitted to the Subcommittee in conjunction with the hearing, Roderick emphasized that permitting Amateur Radio to continue to have use of the 3.3-3.45 GHz band on a strictly secondary, non-interfering basis will provide full protection to commercial licensees with exclusive licenses and further the public interest in providing a means for continued technological innovation. President Roderick’s full testimony is available on the ARRL website.
Despite vigorous opposition from ARRL and others, the FCC in 2020 ordered the “sunsetting” of the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz band in order to auction the spectrum to commercial 5G providers. The Commission allowed amateur operations to continue in the lower 150 megahertz of the band, 3.3 – 3.45 GHz, until it acts in a future rulemaking to address that spectrum. Amateur operations were allowed to continue in the upper 50 megahertz, 3.45 – 3.5 GHz, only until 90 days after the auction including that spectrum has closed. The auction began this week; it is likely that operations will have to cease in February or March, 2022.
“A core standard of spectrum policy should be to maximize use of this valuable but finite spectrum resource,” Roderick told the panel. “The [FCC] in earlier proceedings adopted a variety of methods to share and maximize use of the spectrum by radio amateurs and others, but in its latest 3 GHz proceeding it did not do so, despite hundreds of comments filed by radio amateurs.”
Roderick said that if the current policy continues, existing spectrum at 3 GHz being addressed in H.R.5378 “will be cleared indiscriminately,” leaving “significant spectrum resources vacant into the foreseeable future while radio amateur experimentation and operation will be forced to cease for no reason except regulatory myopia. It need not be so.”
Roderick pointed out that in earlier proceedings, the FCC adopted methods to ensure unencumbered spectrum access by primary users while accommodating secondary users on a non-interference basis. “These methods work well and remain effective without complaint in other frequency bands, and also should be applied to the 3 GHz band,” he said.
Primary commercial users “would rarely use all of their licensed spectrum throughout their entire licensed service areas,” Roderick said. In its recent 3 GHz proceeding, however, the FCC “went beyond merely prohibiting amateur operations in areas and at times when primary Commission licensees might use the spectrum,” ruling instead that all amateur operation in the subband being auctioned must terminate within 90 days of the auction’s close. Roderick told the FCC that it is not logical for the Commission to leave spectrum unused before licensees start using it.
“ARRL, on behalf of the more than 750,000 amateur licensees in the United States, respectfully requests that Congress take this opportunity to instruct the Commission in H.R.5378 that radio amateur secondary uses should continue to be authorized in the 3 GHz band,” Roderick concluded. He said there is no technical basis for removing amateur secondary operations from the 3 GHz band where radio amateurs “long have used the bits and pieces of unused spectrum for technological innovation.”
H.R.5378 is not yet law, and ARRL’s efforts to preserve the right of Amateur Radio licensees to use 3.3-3.45 on a secondary basis will continue.
President Roderick expressed, on behalf of ARRL, appreciation for the support and efforts of Chairman Doyle and Reps. Larson, Courtney, Kinzinger, and Walberg to meet with ARRL representatives on short notice and include ARRL’s position on H.R.5378 in the Committee’s hearing record.
ARDC Grant Provides ARESLAX with Sophisticated Noise Location Capabilities
ARESLAX, an arm of the ARRL Los Angeles Section, has used a $23,600 grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to purchase equipment that will help Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) team members to locate and eliminate sources of radio frequency interference (RFI) that could hinder their operations.
“ARESLAX is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting emergency communication initiatives of the Los Angeles Section’s ARES program,” ARRL Los Angeles Section Manager Diana Feinberg, AI6DF, explained. “Earthquakes and wildfires are the primary disaster threats this region faces. Because these incidents occur without any advance warning, disaster communication groups in the Los Angeles Section must maintain a high degree of readiness.”
Thanks to the grant, Feinberg said, last spring ARESLAX purchased a Fluke ii910 Precision Acoustic Imager, which combines ultrasonic detection with visual techniques to pinpoint an interference source, such as power line noise, and produce photographic evidence. At the same time, ARESLAX used its own funds to purchase a Radar Engineers 243 RFI Locator and spent the summer familiarizing itself with the sophisticated equipment.
“By combining these two purchases with our preexisting equipment, ARRL Los Angeles Section Technical Specialist Chris Parker, AF6PX, believes the Los Angeles Section now has EMI/RFI locating capabilities exceeding those of area utility companies and their contractors,” Feinberg said. ARESLAX would like to eliminate all RFI sources in Los Angeles County.
The equipment will be used across the ARRL Los Angeles Section, the only ARRL Section consisting of a single county — Los Angeles County with 10 million residents and the most populous US county. Terrain ranges from sea level to just over 10,000 feet, including an extensive mountain range. “Using NVIS [near-vertical incidence skywave] on 80, 60, and 40 meters is essential for communicating between all these areas and neighboring counties during major disasters,” Feinberg said.
“For an increasing number of Los Angeles Section hams, EMI or RFI issues have made the HF bands difficult or impossible to use for DXing, contesting, emergency communication, or casual operating,” Feinberg said. She pointed out that the network of overhead power lines that expanded with the county from 1940 through 2010 has now deteriorated, resulting in arcing. “Additionally, our urban noise floor is rising from the millions of electrical devices used by consumers and businesses, including solar charging controllers and grow lights,” Feinberg said. “Unfortunately, the major electric utility companies eliminated their long-standing EMI investigative departments in recent years following personnel retirements and business restructurings. The utility companies now hire outside contractors for locating specific EMI issues, but this approach hasn’t sufficiently solved many problems for hams.”
RFI complaints can go unresolved for years, and tracking down interference sources has been the focus of a corps of technical volunteers. The new equipment makes that job far less time-consuming and more successful, ARESLAX said.
In 2019, ARDC announced the sale of some 4 million consecutive unused AMPRNet internet addresses, with the proceeds to establish a program of grants and scholarships in support of communications and networking research with a strong emphasis on Amateur Radio. ARDC, which manages AMPRNet, said it planned to provide monetary grants to organizations, groups, projects, and scholarships that have significant potential to advance the state of the art of amateur radio and of digital communications.
Microsoft Releases Windows Version 11
Today (October 5) is the official release date for the new Windows 11 operating system, Microsoft has announced, but it will be a slow reveal. Radio amateurs may be eager to learn if it will run the station software they’re running under Windows 7 or Windows 10, and if they’ll need new device drivers.
“We are not too concerned,” said Tom Wagner, N1MM, of the widely popular, free logging software that bears his call sign — N1MM Logger+. “One member of the team and one end user has tested with Win 11 and not reported issues. We will fix them if they arise.”
The WSJT-X Development Group is similarly unconcerned. “A few WSJT-X users have been running on the beta Windows 11 releases without any issues,” said Bill Somerville, G4WJS. “This seems reasonable evidence that there should be no serious problems.”
Microsoft said that the free upgrade to Windows 11 has begun rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs, and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase on October 5. A prompt to upgrade to Windows 11 will come to newer devices first, with all eligible devices to receive their updates by next summer, according to Gear Patrol.
Windows 11 has higher technical requirements than Windows 10, which will be deprecated in 2025. Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7 or earlier iterations. Machines will need to have a 64-bit CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage, and have Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v 1.2 or later enabled.
Aaron Woodman, General Manager of Windows Marketing at Microsoft, told The Verge, “We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.”
The Verge recently reported that Microsoft not only clarified its minimum system requirements for Windows 11 but revealed a workaround for computers that don’t meet them. You can install Windows 11 on any hardware using an ISO method, as long as the PC has a 64-bit, 1 GHz processor with two or more cores, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and at least TPM 1.2. If you use a workaround to avoid the TPM requirement, however, your PC will be in an unsupported state and might not be able to access Windows updates and security patches.
Noting the TPM requirement to load Win 11, Wagner advised, “You need to turn on security features on the motherboard that some older computers may not have. We still have users who want to continue to run [Windows] XP.”
On existing Windows 10 PCs, Windows Update will let people know when the upgrade is available for Windows 11. You can also check to see if your device is eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade through Windows Update.
Not all of Windows 11’s announced features will be available on October 5. Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows 11 in partnership with Amazon and Intel, but this will happen down the road, possibly in 2022.
If your PC isn’t fully compatible with Windows 11, Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025.
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GUINEA BISSAU, J5. Members of the Italian DX Team are now active as
J5T on CW, SSB and RTTY and J5HKT on FT8 until October 22. Activity
is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. They will have
6 operators and 4 stations active. QSL via I2YSB direct, OQRS or
LESOTHO, 7P. John, ZS6JON is planning a QO-100 activity using the
call 7P8Z from Maseru (grid locator KG30tp) on October 16 and 17.
QSL this operation only via PA3CMC and eventually LoTW.
ANGOLA, D2. Vasco, CS7ACE is now active as D2ACE from Luanda for
the first time since 2016. He has been found on 18145 kHz from 1500
to 1600Z. QSL direct or via bureau to CT2IXQ.
INDONESIA, 7A. A team of operators will be active as 7A2A from a
contest station in Central Java during the CQWW DX SSB Contest. QSL
to LoTW, direct, or via YB2DX.
KUWAIT, 9K. Abdallah, 9K2GS will be active as 9K2K during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. QSL via
EC6DX or LoTW.
MAURITANIA, 5T. Operators Johannes, PA5X and Gerben, PG5M will be
active as 5T5PA/P and 5T1GM, respectively, until October 19.
Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL
5T5PA/P via LoTW, Clublog or via PA5X (direct or by the Bureau).
JAPAN, JA. Kenji, JA4GXS will be active as JA4GXS/4 from Mi Island
from October 16 to 18. Activity will be on 40, 20, 17 and 6 meters
using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL to his home call sign, direct or via the
UNITED STATES, W. Rich, WA5LFD, is now active as WA5LFD/p from
North Padre Island, NA-092, until November 30. Activity is on 80 to
10 meters, and possibly on 6 and 2 meters, using CW, SSB, and RTTY.
QSL via LoTW or WA5LFD direct. Also, Mike, W7LG/4 will be QRV from
Hatteras Island, NA-067 from October 24 to 29, using CW and SSB on
80, 40 and 20 meters. QSL to eQSL or LoTW or send direct to W7LG.
KINGDOM OF ESWATINI, 3DA0. The Russian DXpedition Team (RUDXT) will
be QRV as 3DA0RU until October 22. Activity will be on 160 to 6
meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and QO-100 satellite, with multiple
stations. QSL via R7AL (direct or by the Bureau), ClubLog’s OQRS
(preferable) or LoTW. The Latvian RSF team will be active as 3DA0WW
until October 26. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY and FT8 (F/H). QSL via YL2GN (direct) or ClubLog’s OQRS
(direct and by the Bureau). The log will be uploaded to LoTW six
months after the end of the operation. Lionel, ZS6DPL will be QRV
as 3DA0LP from Manzini from November 1 to 5.
AUSTRIA, 4U2. Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX
Club (ARCDXC – United Nations, 4U1A) will be active as 4U2U until
October 31. Activity is to celebrate United Nations Day. QSL via
UA3DX, direct or by the Bureau.
HAWAII, KH7. Alex, KU1CW, will be active as KH7Q from Oahu Island
(OC-019) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band
entry. Look for activity before and after the contest where Alex
will be signing KH6/KU1CW. QSL KH7Q via LoTW or direct to AH6NF.
TAIWAN, BV. Jun, JH4RHF/OE1JUN is currently in Taiwan for his work
until November 8. In his spare time he will try to be on the bands,
probably on 40 to 10 meters using CW. QSL via OE1JUN.
SABA, PJ6. Bart, PD1BAT is planning to be QRV as PJ6/PD1BAT from
October 30 to November 5. He’ll have an FT-818 and endfed for 40,
20 and 10 meters and plans to be active on FT8 on 40 and 20 meters.
QSL via the bureau to PD1BAT.
CYPRUS, 5B. Paul, SA6PIS will operate holiday style as 5B/SA6PIS
from the October 19 to 31. He will also visit WWFF references. QSL
via SA6PIS (d/B).
CRETE, SV9. Erwin, DK5EW is QRV until October 28 as SV9/DK5EW on 2
meter EME and MS. QSL via DK5EW (d), LoTW.
SERBIA, YU. Members of the Amateur Radio Club Novi Sad celebrate
their city’s status as European Capital of Culture 2022 with the
call sign YU2022NS until December 30. QSL via YU7BPQ.
RWANDA, 9X. Members of the Holy Land DX Group (HDXG) will sign 9X4X
between November 24 and December 1. They will run 3 stations on 160
to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 and maybe some satellite
operation as well. They will also participate in the CQWW DX CW
Contest. QSL via Ruben, 4Z5FI (direct or by the Bureau) or
THE GAMBIA, C5. Alan, G3XAQ will be active as C56XA from November
24 to December 2. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only
- His main activity will be during the CQWW DX CW Contest as a
Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via G3SWH’s OQRS,
direct or LoTW. No bureau cards. The log will be uploaded to LoTW
and ClubLog once Alan returns home.
COMOROS, D6. Members of the F6KOP Radio Club are planning to activate
the Comoro Islands (AF-007) with a multi-national 12 operator team
sometime between mid-to-end January in 2022. Activity will be on
160 to 10 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8/FT4, with 5 stations
as well as QO-100 satellite operations. Their call sign is pending.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The JARTS WW RTTY Contest, 10-10
International Fall Contest, CW, New York QSO Party, Worked All
Germany Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, Argentina National 7 MHz Contest,
Asia-Pacific Fall Sprint, CW, UBA ON Contest, 2 Meters, Illinois QSO
Party, RSGB RoLo CW, Run for the Bacon QRP Contest are on tap for
this weekend. The ARRL School Club Roundup and RSGB FT4 Contest
Series are on October 18. Please see October 2021 QST page 75 and
the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM Contest websites for details.
Reported NLI ARES ACTIVITY:
ARRL Section: New York / Long Island
Month: September 2021
Total number of ARES members: 48
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 4
Number of ARES nets active: 13 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison: 3
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KD2GXL, K2FH, N2UJG and KD2LPM for Skywarn
Number of exercises and training sessions this month: 5 Person hours: 48
Number of Public Service events this month: 2 Person hours : 48
Number of Community Service events this month: 0 Person hours : 0
Number of Emergency operations this month: 0 Person hours 0
Number of Skywarn operations this month: 4 Person Hours: 3.3
Total number of ARES operations this month: 11 Total Person Hours: 99.3
First Public Service Events came back, The Tour de Staten Island reached out for communication support
SEPTEMBER 2021 NLI NTS STATS:
Will be in next month …….
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 3566 kHz . Alt. 7044 kHz ±
Hit and Bounce Slow Speed Traffic Net (HBSN) 7112 kHz at 7:30 am daily.
Hit and Bounce Net (HBN) 8:30 am daily on 7112 kHz
NTS SECTION LEVEL HF/phone nets:
New York Public Operations Net (NYPON) 5pm daily on 3925 kHz ± QRM,
alternate freq. 3913 kHz
The NTS local nets are:
Big Apple Traffic Net 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 Tuesday and Thursday from 15:30 to end of the net (no later than 16:30)
Here is a link to the NLI Student Traffic Net Website
W2ABC – 147.270 MHz (+) 141.3 PL (West Side Manhattan)
A2DCI – 446.325 MHz (-) 127.3 PL (Farmingville, Suffolk)
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:
Many club meetings and /or VE sessions have been suspended due to the current COVID crisis and will resume when allowed. In the mean time, some clubs are having virtual meetings. If your club would like to due a virtual meeting via Zoom, please contact me at email@example.com
The Club listing is always being updated. Please submit your meeting
information to firstname.lastname@example.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
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 email@example.com
Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)
President ; Nick Franco – KF2P
Contact Person : Bill Eisele – KD2FFL firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Contact: Gary Litner, KB2BSL at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Long Island CW Club:
“The Long Island CW Club is teaching CW weekly on Beginner and Intermediate levels. Monthly there are presentations on a variety of ham radio topics of interest for all, including the advanced members. All of this is done by internet video conference. The club is very active with monthly portable outings, museum visits, QRP outings and luncheons. The club has quickly grown to well over 1,000 members worldwide and has a very unique website dedicated to all aspects of CW: 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 Jack
Phelan, NU2Q, LIDXA Secretary at email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.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 Groups IO as a central
information and communications site.
You are welcome to sign up to keep informed about upcoming events. If
you would like our group to conduct a hunt in your area that would
include members of your radio club, please let us know. For more
information, contact Larry, WA2SUH at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
From President Neal “Rich” Balas, W2RB:
Due to the current COVID pandemic, all meetings and VE Sessions have been
suspended until further notice
Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)
Monthly meeting is the third Tuesday of the month at 8 PM ,
Grace Lutheran Church 240 Mastic Beach Road, Mastic Beach, NY. 11951…
Contact Richie Geraci, KD2NJA, at email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
SEC: Russ Logar, KC2LSB, email@example.com
New York City:
DEC: Martin Grillo, W1EMR, firstname.lastname@example.org
EC: Kings: Simon Wurster, KF2N, email@example.com
EC: Queens: L. Sugai, N2UJG, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEC : John Wilson, KD2AKX, email@example.com
ADEC’s: Robert Jagde, KD2GRS, 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:
City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor, W2OSR, firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Long Beach: George Geller, WB2GTC , email@example.com
DEC: Bill Scheibel, N2NFI firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of Smithtown: Rich Johnston, KC2TON, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com Monthly meeting TBD
Town of Southampton: Vacant
Town of Southold: Don Fisher, N2QHV, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NLI Staff :
SEC Russ Logar, KC2LSB, email@example.com
DEC New York City: Martin Grillo, W1EMR, 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
Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster: Mitch Cohen N2RGA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Skywarn: John Hale, KD2LPM, email@example.com