September 2017 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the September 2017 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 October 2017 issue prior to
the end of the first week in October.

Section News is available ONLY on the world-wide-web. See the NLI site


* From Jim Mezey, W2KFV – Section Manager

* From the ARRL

* Upcoming Special Events:

* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR

* National Traffic System

* Club Info


Hello Everyone …..

I hope you are all enjoying the weather as we come to the end of summer. With that we know the schools have opened and kids are going back and forth. Please drive safe and obey all the traffic laws especially for stopped school buses with their red lights flashing. Please don’t use your mobile radio if traffic conditions warrant that you pay very strict attention. We all want you to be safe.

This has been an interesting month as far as the weather goes, not so much here but in the south. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma causing tremendous flooding and damage to both Texas and Florida as they were both Category 4 Hurricanes as they made landfall. Amateur radio again rose to the top and provided much needed communications, you will see more on that from the league.

Hurricane Watch Net and VOiP have done a super job in getting info across the Caribbean and the southern United States as well as Red Cross, Satern and the National Traffic Service handling health and welfare. A shout out to Matt Berman, K9NYS who was deployed to Texas from his SAR group. I talked to him when he returned and he told me some interesting stories.

The Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club and the GARDEN SCHOOL will be collaborating with the ARRL at this years Makers Faire, September 23 and 24.  They will be operating a GOTA and Packet station from the grounds of the Hall of Science. Please try and support them either on the air or by going to Makers Faire. Make a day of it and bring the family, I am sure you will not be disappointed.

More volunteers are needed for The Suffolk County Marathon, to be held this year on Sunday October 29. All the proceeds go to the Veterans groups located here in Suffolk County. These groups help the veterans of Suffolk County. Contact John, KB2SCS at  if you can help out. Thank you.

Please put HRU 2018 on your calendar. January 6, 2018, yes it’s a Saturday and yes it’s a new location. LIU/Post College, Hillwood Commons Student Center, 720 Northern Boulevard Greenvale, NY 11548. Check the HRU web page for updates at


The Jamming repeaters and malicious interference is still a very big problem in the Section with that said if you are experiencing any issues, please go to either the following websites and fill out a short report or

Don’t forget to get on the air, have fun, and enjoy our great hobby and by all means…. keep those batteries charged!

73, Jim Mezey, W2KFV
Section Manager – NYC/ Long Island
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™

C:  516-315-8608

From the ARRL:

FCC’s Updated Rules Governing Personal Radio Services Become Effective on September 28


The FCC recently adopted a comprehensive reorganization of and update to the rules governing the Personal Radio Services (PRS). These include a wide variety of wireless devices used by the general public for personal communication, including hand-held Family Radio Service (FRS) transceivers, radio-controlled models, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), medical implant devices, and others.

In addition to the updated rule changes, the FCC enhanced the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) to allow new digital applications, allot additional interstitial channels, and extend license terms from 5 to 10 years. It also allotted additional channels to the FRS and increased allowable power on certain FRS channels from 0.5 W to 2 W. It also updated the Citizens Radio Service (CB) rules to allow hands-free headsets, eliminate a restriction on DX communication, and remove other outdated requirements.

“These changes and others will update PRS rules to be more in line with current public demands for the services and will make the rules easier to read and find information, while also removing outdated requirements and removing unnecessary rules,” the FCC said.


FCC Technological Advisory Council Investigating Technical Regulations


The FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC) is looking into FCC technical regulations to determine if reforms or changes might be in order. Greg Lapin, N9GL, represents ARRL on the TAC and chairs the ARRL RF Safety Committee. The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announced the TAC public inquiry (ET Docket 17-215), which seeks comments by October 30 regarding technical regulations and the process for adopting and updating them.

“To more effectively ensure that its rules keep pace with the rapidly changing technology in communications, the FCC has asked its Technological Advisory Council to help identify FCC technical rules that are obsolete or may be ripe for change in light of current communications technologies,” the OET said in an August 31 Public Notice.

Made up of technological experts in various areas — some of them radio amateurs — who advise the FCC in technical matters, the TAC is gathering feedback from users and vendors of communications technology affected by technical rules.

“Some technical rules may no longer be applicable to modern communications equipment,” the Public Notice said. “Rules that describe the operation of certain technologies may no longer be necessary as those technologies are obsolete. Data reporting requirements for technical operations, which help the FCC to determine how effectively the communications environment is being utilized and also how communications entities are complying with the current laws, may no longer be necessary.”

On the other hand, the OET said, some communications users may feel that certain existing regulations protect their operations and should not be removed.

In addition to seeking comment on specific regulations, the TAC is looking for input on how the regulatory process could be made more efficient and timely. The TAC plans to concentrate on issues of a technical nature and is looking for responses related to specific rules that should be considered for removal, retention, or change, and discuss the rationale behind each proposal.

Interested parties may file comments in ET Docket 17-215 until October 30, using the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).

For more information, contact Greg Lapin, N9GL, or TAC working group FCC liaison Walter Johnston.


NASA Invites CubeSat Launch Initiative Applications


NASA has invited accredited education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and NASA centers to submit applications for the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). Applicants must submit proposals by November 21. Educational CubeSats often carry Amateur Radio payloads.

“The CSLI provides CubeSat developers with a low-cost pathway to conduct research in space that advances NASA’s strategic goals in the areas of science, exploration, technology development, education and operations.” The announcement said. “The initiative allows students, teachers and faculty to gain hands-on experience designing, building, and operating these small research satellites.”

To date, NASA has selected 151 CubeSat missions for its CSLI program, and 49 of these have been launched into space. NASA has offered a launch opportunities to 95% of those selected, with 44 scheduled for launch within the next 12 months. The selected CubeSats represent participants from 38 states and 85 unique organizations across the country.

NASA will announce its selections by February 16, 2018, and selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. Selected experiments will be considered as auxiliary payloads on NASA launches or for deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2018 and continuing through 2021. US nonprofit and accredited educational organizations are responsible for funding the development of the small satellites.

For this round of the initiative, NASA is particularly interested in participation from organizations in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 12 states not previously selected. These states are Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

CubeSats are part of a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites and are built to standard dimensions of 10 × 10 × 11 centimeters, which are called units or U. They can be 1U, 2U, 3U, or 6U in size, and typically weigh less than 3 pounds (1.33 kilograms) per unit. The final mass of a CubeSat depends on the selected deployment method.

NASA said small satellites like CubeSats play a valuable role in its exploration, technology, educational, and science investigations, including planetary exploration, Earth observation, and fundamental Earth and space science. “They are a cornerstone in the development of cutting-edge NASA technologies like laser communications, satellite-to-satellite communications and autonomous movement,” the agency said.

Visit the NASA CSLI web page for additional information.


Amateur Radio Volunteers Assisting Where Needed in Hurricane Response


[UPDATED: 2017-08-30@1833 UTC] Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers are pitching in to support communication at some Red Cross shelters in South Texas in the ongoing aftermath of catastrophic and unprecedented flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey. ARES members also are serving as net control liaisons to the Harris County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). At least 3 dozen volunteers were assisting at shelters. Another dozen were on tap to serve as OEM liaisons. ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said the Red Cross is in need of Red Cross-trained shelter managers and volunteer management specialists. Anyone interested should contact him.

A variety of emergency, health-and-welfare, traffic, and tactical nets in South Texas are active on HF at various times of the day as well as on a wide array of VHF and UHF repeaters, which remain available as needed. The Salvation Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has been active on 14.265 MHz, while the Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) has been using the 5.330.5 (USB) interoperability channel on 60 meters. As of mid-week, Harvey, now a tropical storm, was headed northeast toward Louisiana, where ARES volunteers are on standby.

This week, ARES® team members were being advised that the impact to the region’s communications infrastructure had been relatively minimal, considering the strength of the storm and the magnitude of the flooding.

ARRL South Texas Public Information Officer Mike Urich, KA5CVH, told ARRL on August 30 that “hardening” of the telecommunications infrastructure to make it more immune to storm damage has diminished the need for Amateur Radio communication support and altered hams’ traditional role there. Urich pointed out, however, that the Amateur Radio telecommunications infrastructure in South Texas has remained analog, as “the lowest common denominator” of technology — VHF/UHF FM, and HF — and has the highest degree of interoperability. “That’s what we train to, that’s what we teach, that’s what we practice,” he said.

Urich spent more than 40 hours alternating shifts at the Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Urich said the area’s extensive system of repeaters makes it possible for local radio amateurs to serve as “another set of eyes and ears” in spotting and reporting problems that require official attention.

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) suspended operations for Hurricane Harvey on August 26 after 51.5 continuous hours of activation. The VoIP Hurricane Net, and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the NHC in Miami, also activated as Harvey approached landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. VOIPWXnet has been informally monitoring EchoLink 7203, IRLP 9219, and Allstar *33007203 for requests from the affected area at the request of Humanity Road, said Lloyd Colston, KC5FM.

He said a station checked in via EchoLink today (August 30) to request the rescue of a grandmother and children. “That request was relayed to the United States Coast Guard Houston,” Colston told ARRL. He said hams in the affected region needing to relay rescue needs should first call 911, then their local emergency operations center, and, if those aren’t available, then the US Coast Guard — in that order. He also said individuals in the flood zone are reporting cellular telephone degradation.

ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC, told ARRL on Monday that the disaster would remain in the response phase for several days, although needs may change later in the response phase or when it transitions to the recovery phase. ARRL South Texas SEC Jeff Walter, KE5FGA, said ARES members could participate in any nets related to the storm response from home.

“Harris County and the City of Houston have issued a shelter-in-place order,” Walter pointed out over the past weekend. “The local region is paralyzed. Resources are stretched to accommodate all calls for assistance. Take care of your family first, then if you are able to help in the recovery phase contact your local Emergency Coordinator or District Emergency Coordinator for instruction on what to do. Do not show up without approval from your local EC.”

As of August 29, some 268,000 customers were without power in Texas. American Red Cross shelters were reporting more than 6,000 occupants in Texas; more than 725,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. The state Emergency Operations Center is at full activation, and Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for 50 Texas counties, while evacuation orders and advisories are in effect for eight counties and several independent communities in Louisiana, where the state EOC is partially activated. A state of emergency also exists for all Louisiana parishes in preparation for widespread flooding.

Alfonso Tamez, XE2O, President of the FMRE in Mexico, has offered South Texas “all the help you need from our country in ham communications.” Tamez noted the extensive Mexican community in the Houston area.

NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston has announced that it will remain closed to all but mission-essential personnel through Labor Day, due to the effects of Harvey. The center will reopen on September 5. JSC said its primary concern was personnel and public safety, but that it also would allow the center to focus on its highest-priority mission activities, including the return to Earth this weekend of ISS crew members Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD; Jack Fischer, K2FSH, and Fyodor Yurchikin, RN3FI.

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) said it was monitoring the progress of Harvey, which could, in due course, brush the coastal waters of Newfoundland.


ARLB016 Revised NCVEC Form 605 Must Be Used at Exam Sessions
Starting on August 21

With a revised FCC Form 605 – Quick-Form Application for
Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and
Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services – soon going
into effect, the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner
Coordinators (NCVEC) has updated its unofficial NCVEC Form 605
that’s used at volunteer examination sessions. The revised NCVEC
Form 605 must be used at exam sessions starting on August 21. Both
the new FCC and NCVEC forms ask applicants if they have been
convicted of a felony in any state or federal court. This conforms
with FCC requirements to evaluate an applicant’s qualifications to
hold any FCC-issued license. The FCC has been asking “the felony
question” on other forms, and its omission on Form 605 was an
apparent oversight.

An applicant’s response and explanation to the felony question – now
included on NCVEC Form 605 – will be used to determine eligibility
to be a Commission licensee. If the answer to the felony question is
“yes,” the applicant must submit to FCC – separately from NCVEC Form
605 – a statement (the FCC calls it an “exhibit”) explaining the
circumstances. Such applications will be held for a basic
qualification review, something the FCC already does for other
licensed radio services. The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau has said that an affirmative answer to the felony question
does not mean that an application will be denied automatically.

An applicant’s answer to the felony question and their exhibit will
be publically viewable via the Universal Licensing System (ULS). The
applicant can request that all or part of the exhibit be kept
confidential, and it will not be visible to the public.

VECs will not handle exhibits and confidentiality requests; these
must be filed with the FCC by the applicant.

Applicants must answer the felony question only when filing NCVEC
Form 605 or FCC Form 605 for a New, Amendment, Modification (upgrade
or call sign change), or Renewal/Modification (changes at renewal
time). The question does not have to be answered if the applicant is
filing a renewal or an administrative update (change of address,
name, e-mail address, etc).

New NCVEC 605 Forms and an Applicant information sheet for use at
ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator exam sessions starting on August
21 have been published. VEC teams should discard all existing
versions of the NCVEC Form 605; they no longer will be valid and
cannot be used going forward.

The FCC has indicated that all VECs must begin submitting this
additional data starting on September 7. NCVEC decided to make
August 21 the effective date to accommodate mail schedules and the
Labor Day holiday.

NCVEC Form 605 has not been revised since the Commission
restructured Amateur Radio license classes 17 years ago.


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ARRL  DX news bulletin:

ARLD036 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

SENEGAL, 6W. Ronald, VE3REV is QRV as 6W1SU from Dakar and is here
for the next 2 to 3 years. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB.
QSL direct to M0URX.

ALGERIA, 7Y. Bodo, DF8DX will be QRV as 7Y0A from Bechar from
September 11 to 22. Activity will be on the various HF bands using
CW and SSB. QSL via operator’s instructions.

BOTSWANA, A2. Alex, IW5ELA is QRV as A25AL from various locations
until September 15. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using
mostly CW. QSL direct to home call.

MOROCCO, CN. Tev, TA1HZ and Golkem, TA7AZC are QRV as CN2HZ and
CN2ZC, respectively, until September 13. Activity is on the HF
bands. This includes being active in the Worked All Europe SSB DX
contest. QSL CN2HZ via LZ3HI, and CN2ZC direct to home call.

NIUE, E6. Grant, VK5GR will be QRV as E6AG from September 13 to 25.
Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters. This includes being an entry in
the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY contest. QSL via M0OXO.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Emanuele, IZ1UKX is QRV as EA8/IZ1UKX from
Lanzarote Island, IOTA AF-004, until September 17. Activity is
holiday style on 30 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL
to home call.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Heinz, DF1YP is QRV as FO/DF1YP from Moorea,
IOTA OC-046, until October 1. Activity is on 20, 17 and 15 meters
using SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0. Kasimir, DL2SBY will be QRV as HB0/DL2SBY from
September 9 to 15. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW and
SSB with a concentration on RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

DENMARK, OZ. Jens, OZ0JD will be QRV as OZ0JD/p from Laesoe Island,
IOTA EU-088, from September 10 to 15. Activity will be on the HF
bands using RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call.

Polish Antarctic Station H. Arctowski on King George Island, IOTA
AN-010, until October 10. Activity is on 40 and 10 meters at
various times using JT9/65 and some SSB. QSL direct to home call.

DODECANESE, SV5. Claudio, HB9OAU will be QRV as SV5/HB9OAU from
Karpathos Island, IOTA EU-001, from September 9 to 22. Activity
will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL to home

ANTIGUA, V2. Bud, AA3B will be QRV as V26K from September 14 to 19.
Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and possibly RTTY and FT8.
QSL direct to home call.

from September 12 to 30. This is a 6-Meter EME operation. QSL
direct to home call.

VANUATU, YJ. Rod, YJ8RN will be QRV as YJ8RN/p from Loh Island,
IOTA OC-110, from September 11 to 29. Activity will be in his spare
time on 80, 40 and 20 meters using SSB. He may be active from IOTAs
OC-035 and OC-104 as well. QSL via NZ4DX.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. David, G4NRT will be QRV as Z21NRT from Harare from
September 9 to 29. Activity will be during his spare time on 80 to
6 meters, and 2 meters FM, using CW, SSB, PSK, JT9/65 and FT8. QSL
direct to home call.

MACEDONIA, Z3. Arno, DL1CW will be QRV as Z38/DL1CW from Orhid from
September 11 to 13. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only
CW. QSL to home call.

ALBANIA, ZA. Arno, DL1CW will be QRV as ZA/DL1CW from Pogradec on
September 9 and 10. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only
CW. QSL to home call.

Contest, North American CW Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Worked All
Europe SSB DX Contest, Kulikovo Polye 20-Meter CW Contest, FOC CW
QSO Party, SARL Field Day Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Ohio
State Parks on the Air, Russian Cup Digital Contest and the Classic
CW Exchange will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The RSGB 80m Autumn SSB Series and 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday
Sprint are scheduled for September 11.

The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for
September 13.

Please see September 2017 QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.





Makers Faire  September 23rd  and 24th  10 am to 6 pm at the Hall of Science in Queens . There will be an ARRL presence along with a display and workshop with HOSARC and The Garden School….


HOSARC Hamfest

October 8, 2017 at the Hall of Science

Sellers setup starts at 7:30 and doors open to buyers at 9.00 AM. Don’t forget to try our Drop’n’Shop feature!

$5.00 for Admission
$10.00 for each vendor space. Each vendor must buy an admission ticket.

Bring a couple of items down that you’d like to sell and we’ll do our best to sell them for you. (so you don’t need to buy a table for one or two items, freeing you up to enjoy the hamfest).

Location at the New York Hall of Science Museum Parking Lot.
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Queens NY.
Free Parking
Electronic and computer equipment, tailgating. Tune up clinic, ARRL DXCC card checker, ARRL Information
(Separate museum admission $6.00 with Hamfest ticket or from 10 AM to 11 AM come in FREE. Can re-enter later. )


LIMARC Hamfest

October 29, 2017 at 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!)

Television, Computer, CB Equipment, ARRL Information

Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club Information DXCC and WAS Card Checking

General Admission $6.00

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. Deadline is Oct. 13th

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

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

or contact our Hamfest Co-Chairs

at (516) 694-4937, or email us at


Dave AK1NS

and Richie K2KNB




By way of the LIE from the West

take Exit 38 to Northern Pkwy East to Exit 33 Wantagh Pkwy South.

Take Exit W2 East onto Old Country Rd east. At the 3rd

light turn right onto Levittown Pkwy.

The Hall is at the end of the short strip mall on your left, turn left at the light to park.


By way of Northern Parkway from the West

Take Exit W2 East onto Old Country Rd east. At the 3rd

light turn right onto Levittown Pkwy.

The Hall is at the end of the short strip mall on your left, turn left at the light to park.


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 Duncan 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.



The Suffolk County Marathon will be held this year on Sunday October 29.

We need at least 28 volunteers again this year. Please bring up this worthy event at your meetings.

All the proceeds go to the Veterans groups located here in Suffolk County. These groups help the veterans of Suffolk County.

Please have all volunteers send an Email to









ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  August  Year:  2017

Total  number of ARES members:  213

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   3/8

Number of ARES nets active:  39    Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  17

Calls of DECs/ECs reporting:    WK9K, AK1NS,N2NFI /  N2DDD, KD2CJP, KD2LQE, KB2PSI, AC2IR, N2PQJ, KC2TON, KB2SCS,,

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month:  28  Person hours:    162

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

Number of emergency operations this month:     0         Person hours        0

Total number of ARES operations this month:   28        Total Person Hours   162.


  1. We welcome Mike-K2BUS as our newest, 23rd member of Huntington ARES/RACES
  2. Smithtown (Suffolk co.)Members reviewed preparations for Emergency Nets and monitored the Hurricane Nets. Smithtown will perform a NET using “emergency power only” on weekend of September 23/24 and be located at nearby shelter locations.
  3. Richmond County held an Eclipse QSO Party.
  4. Islip Could use a few more operators for the Suffolk County Marathon on October 29





TRAFFIC NETS           

NYPON             SESSIONS  31        QNI  174         QTC 66         QSP  53        QTR  311

ESS                   SESSIONS  31        QNI  323        QTC  n/a       QSP  51         QTR  n/a

NYS/E                SESSIONS  31        QNI  164         QTC  75       QSP  56        QTR  261

BA                      SESSIONS  31        QNI  717         QTC 52         QSP 52         QTR  952

NCVHFTN          SESSIONS  29       QNI  31           QTC  26        QSP  23        QTR  300





N2WGF    REC / 31      SENT / 3     TOTAL / 34

KD2MEN   REC /  1     SENT / 17   TOTAL / 18

K2TV        REC /  6      SENT / 6     TOTAL / 12





KD2MEN   ORIG /0  REC / 32  SENT / 35   DEL / 15    TOTAL / 82

N2WGF     ORIG / 0  REC / 36  SENT / 27   DEL /  3   TOTAL / 66

K2TV        ORIG / 0  REC / 17  SENT / 29   DEL /  0    TOTAL / 46

W2CTG     ORIG / 0  REC / 9   SENT / 16   DEL / 5    TOTAL / 30

KD2MDV  ORIG / 0  REC / 14 SENT / 10   DEL / 5    TOTAL / 29



K2TV 130, N2WGF 120, KD2MEN 100,

W2CTG 81, KD2MDV 80, N2PQJ 781.

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 3576 kHz . Alt. 7044 kHz ±

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

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


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 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: :

Digital Traffic:

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


Club Meetings and Information:

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

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

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


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

American Red Cross on Long Island

195 Willis Avenue

Mineola, NY 11501

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


BONAC Amateur Radio Club (BARC)

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

Or contact President Steven Akkala, KD2CJW at



Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)

President ; Nick Franco – KF2P

Contact Person : Bill Eisele – KD2FFL

For more information please go to the club website at


Camp Pouch Amateur Radio Association (WA2CP)

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

Contact: Gary Litner, KB2BSL at


Grumman ARC (GARC)

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Allen
Ellsworth Park in Farmingdale, starting at 5:30 PM. GARC VE sessions
are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the meeting rooms at the Bethpage Community Park in Bethpage, starting at 5:00 PM.
Contact: Ed Gellender at


Great South Bay ARC

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



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

Please check the clubs website at for more detailed

Kings County Radio Club (KC2RC)

Club Meeting Info:

New York – Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

1st Wednesday Of Each Month

7:30 Pm – 501 Sixth Street, BROOKLYN, NY 11215 “Wesley House” In Room 6b, On The Sixth Floor!

Take The Elevator to The 6th Floor And Follow The Signs To Room 6b!

If The Front Door Is Locked, Please Wait There While We Get It Opened.

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 9:00p.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

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:

Scott Conover, AC2FV President of LARC


Long Island Amateur Radio Simplex Club

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


Long Island DX Association (LIDXA)

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

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


Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC)

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

Club Contact: President, Richie Cetron,



Long Island Transmitter Hunters (LITHARC)

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

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


Nassau Amateur Radio Club (NARC)

Meetings every Monday night at 7:30 PM in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
at the Senior Citizens Center, Field #8. The General meeting is the last
Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. All are welcome. Contact Rich Collins, K2UPS, President at


New York City Repeater Association (NYCRA)

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

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

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


Peconic Amateur Radio Club (PARC)

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

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


Radio Central Amateur Radio Club

Radio Central Amateur Radio Club holds it regular meetings on the last
Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Middle Country Public Library
in Centereach. All are welcome. For directions and other club
information, please check out the club web page:


Radio Club of Junior High School 22 NYC

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

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


Staten Island Amateur Radio Association (SIARA)

President Neal “Rich” Balas, W2RB

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

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

The Address is:

Eger Nursing Home
140 Meisner Ave
Staten Island, NY

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


Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)

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

32 Seeley St. Brookhaven N.Y. 11719..

Contact Renee Totaro KD2FEL @
Or go to their NEW website,

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

Discussion of DX contacts made during the week via radio, upcoming events and contests and other topics/discussion relating to DX.

Tuesday 8:00 PM *Due to scheduled SCRC General Meetings, the DX Net may not occur on the third Tuesday of the month.


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 8:00PM at the
Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793. Entrance to
the meeting room is at the rear of the library, adjacent to the
parking-lot. For more information, see the club’s website at or contact Frank Porcaro, N2RSO, President, via
e-mail at:


Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club

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



Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

SEC:    Bob Jordan, KD2BQM,

New York City:

DEC:   Joe Cutrone, WK9K,

Assistant  DEC:   James Gallo, KB2FMH,

Assistant  DEC:   Jose Lugo, KD2CJP,

Bronx & Manhattan:      

Emergency Coordinator:    Jose Lugo, KD2CJP,
No meeting listed at this time



Emergency Coordinator:  Simon Wurster, KD2LQE,

January, March, May, July, September and November.

2nd Wednesday of each of the above months

Time: 7;00pm

Place: 250 Baltic Street (Cobble Hill Brooklyn)



Emergency Coordinator:        Jose Sanles, N2DDD,
3rd Sunday of month, 2pm, Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, Rm. A1-15

Staten Island:

Emergency Coordinator:        Vinny Mattera, KC2PSI,

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month
at 7:00 PM at the South Beach Psychiatric Center, 777 Seaview Ave,
Building 10, Staten Island, NY 10305. Emergency preparedness and
communications are discussed. For more information e-mail:

or, category Richmond


Nassau County:

District Emergency Coordinator:      Dave Akins, AK1NS,

Assistant DEC:           John Wilson, KD2AKX,

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 Dave, AK1NS or the
following Emergency Coordinators:

Town of Hempstead: Bob Yenis, KC2ILP

Town of North Hempstead: Tianyi Xie, KD2AVU

Town of Oyster Bay: Ceil Gomez, W2CTG

City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor, W2OSR

City of Long Beach: George Geller, WB2GTC


Suffolk County:

District Emergency Coordinator Bill Scheibel, N2NFI

Emergency Coordinators:

Town of Babylon:      John Melfi,W2HCB,

Town of Huntington:    Steve Hines, N2PQJ,

Town of Islip:             John Blowsky, KB2SCS,    Our meetings are held on every even numbered month. Our VE session is held on every odd numbered month.

Third Thursday of each even numbered month,
February(2),April(4),June(6),August(8),October(10) and December(12)
VE Sessions:
Third Thursday of each odd numbered month,
January(1),March(3),May(5),July(7),September(9) and November(11)

The meetings and the VE sessions are held in the same place the American Legion Hall
in East Islip. Corner of Bayview Ave and Montauk Hwy.  Both start at 8:00 pm as always.

Town of Smithtown:  Rich Johnston, KC2TON,
Smithtown meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at the Smithtown EOC – 7:30PM.We also hold weekly Nets on Monday’s at 7:30 pm, (W2LRC/145.43, PL 136.5 Larkfield Repeater)

Town of Brookhaven: Ted Debowy, AC2IR,
2nd Monday of the month at the Middle Country Library,
101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach, NY at 7:30 pm

Town of Riverhead:   Steve Casko, W2SFC,                                                     Monthly meeting TBD

Town of Southampton:    Vacant

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

Town of East Hampton:    Eddie Schnell,
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:     Neal Raymond, N2QZA,
No monthly meeting.

Other Stuff :

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

Aaron Broges, WC2C, is also a DXCC card checker.  Aaron is also a member of the LIDXA and is usually available for DXCC QSL checking at the monthly LIDXA meetings (along with W2GW).
Approved DXCC card checkers can also check cards for WAS and VUCC
awards as well.

NLI DX Spotting Clusters
AA2MF Staten Island-NY,
K2LS Greensboro- NC.
K2LS is still a popular spot for many NLI DXers.


From the ARRL:

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

ARRL C-CE course advance registration opportunities via e-mail. A
service now allows those interested in taking an ARRL Certification and
Continuing Education (C-CE) course in the future to receive advance word
of registration opportunities via e-mail. To take advantage, send an
e-mail to On the subject line, include the course
name or number (eg, 00#). In the message body, include your name,
callsign, e-mail address, and the month you want to start the course.

To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education
Web page and the C-CE Links found there. For
more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan
Miller, K3UFG, 860-594-0340.

ARES E-Letter, sign up now!

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

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


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


NLI Webpage:

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

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


NLI Staff :

SEC:  Bob Jordan, KD2BQM,

DEC  New York City: Joe Cutrone, WK9K,

DEC  Nassau County: Dave Akins, AK1NS,

DEC  Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI,

Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KNB,
Technical Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX,
Public Information Coordinator :  Vacant
State Government Liaison:   George Tranos N2GA,
Section Traffic Manager :  Jerry Pilate, N2WGF,
Official Observer Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX,
Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster:  Mitch Cohen N2RGA,
Digital Communications : Bob Meyers K2TV,

ARRL New York City-Long Island Section

Section Manager:   Jim Mezey W2KFV,