September 2020 NYC-LI Section Newsletter

This is the September 2020 edition of the New York City-Long Island
Section e-Happenings newsletter.

This newsletter is here to serve the Amateur Radio community in our
area. We welcome and encourage all submissions. Help make this your
newsletter. We especially encourage NLI radio clubs and organizations
to submit their meeting announcements, guest speakers and any special
events. Please submit any information for the October 2020 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

* Silent Keys

* Upcoming Special Events:

* Hamfests:

* From the ARRL

* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR

* National Traffic System

* Club Info


Hello Everyone …..

September is here and temperatures are getting milder. It’s a good time to check your antennas to make sure they are secure and ready to go for the winter ahead. Solar cycle 25 has started and the bands are opening up so be ready for a lot of hamming and those new country contacts this winter. Its also a good time to replenish your go kits from Tropical Storm Isaias if you haven’t done so yet. We still have a month and a half of Hurricane season left. So don’t get caught short.

Make sure your HT’s are programmed correctly. Some repeaters may no longer be there. Do you have an extra antenna, batteries, your HT manual for reference. Check with your local ARES group or Club if your not sure. You can also contact me at and I can point you in the right direction.

Its also a good time to check the new ARRL Learning Network at There are a lot of good webinars there and they won’t take hours to watch. You may want to try a new facet of ham radio that is being presented. There are live ones and prerecorded ones. Pick and choose what you would like to watch. They’re very enjoyable.

COVID still with us but some of those restrictions have relaxed as the numbers keep going down. We still have to be on guard and continue social distancing, mask wearing, hand and face washing. The best COVID information is still at

That’s all for now but don’t forget to get on the air, have fun, and enjoy our great hobby and by all means…. keep those batteries charged and keep washing your hands…..

Stay safe….

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

C:  516-315-8608

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SILENT KEYS:   ~ none this month


Upcoming Special Events:


Ham Radio University ~ January 9, 2021, more to follow








 From the ARRL:

Hurricane Watch Net to Activate as Paulette Bears Down on Bermuda




The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced plans to activate today (Sunday, September 13) at 2100 UTC on both 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz as Hurricane Paulette is predicted to make landfall on Bermuda early on September 14 as a Category 2 storm. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, noted that activation plans are subject to change as weather forecasts unfold.

As of 1500 UTC on Sunday, Hurricane Paulette was moving to the northwest toward Bermuda at about 14 MPH, with strong winds, storm surge, and heavy rain expected to begin there by evening, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. A hurricane warning is in effect for Bermuda. Paulette was some 240 miles southeast of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 80 MPH.

“Monday morning, after landfall, we will do what we can to gather weather data and damage reports while operating on both 20 and 40 meters,” Graves said. “Once we’ve completed operations for Paulette, we will switch gears and begin operations for Sally immediately.

The HWN will be on 20 meters during daylight hours, switching to 40 meters in the evening, although propagation could dictate going to 40 meters during daylight as well.

Tropical Storm Sally is forecast to become a Category 1 Hurricane on September 14, with landfall expected on the evening of September 15, somewhere along the coast of Mississippi.

“Of course, should the forecast track be adjusted to the left or right of the current track, landfall timing and location will change,” Graves noted. “Everyone in the forecast path of Sally should follow the directions of local emergency management.

“Once Sally has been downgraded to a tropical storm, we will focus on helping to gather any post-storm reports from the areas that had been hit. This includes the relaying of any emergency or priority traffic.” Graves said that a clear operating frequency would be appreciated during net operations.

“As a reminder, we are always available to provide back-up communication to official agencies such as emergency operations centers, Red Cross officials, and shelters in the affected area,” he said. “We also collect and forward significant damage assessment data to FEMA officials stationed in the National Hurricane Center.”

WX4NHC at the NHC will also activate on Sunday, September 13, at 2100 UTC for Paulette and Sally and will remain activated until 1900 on Tuesday, September 15, monitoring and gathering reports from the HWN on 14.325 and 7.268 MHz and via the VoIP-WX Net on Echolink WXtalk 7203 Conference and IRLP 9219.


ARRL Technical Service Award Conferred




The ARRL Board of Directors has named James W. Brown, K9YC, of Santa Cruz, California as the recipient of the 2020 ARRL Technical Service Award. The Board cited Brown’s frequent contributions to — and presentations at — amateur radio forums at conventions including Dayton Hamvention®, Pacificon, and the International DX and Contesting Convention in Visalia, California.

He also has collaborated with the ARRL Lab, contributed to various ARRL publications, including The ARRL HandbookThe ARRL Antenna Book, and others, and shared his technical and educational expertise in the fields of audio engineering, RFI, and other aspects of electronics and engineering. Brown shares his knowledge and expertise with the amateur radio community via his informational website.

The Board said, “Brown continues to provide his expertise as a means of ‘giving back’ to the amateur community, in the spirit of the amateurs that worked with him when he was first licensed at the age of 13.”




Ham Radio Wireless Network Camera Detects Washington Wildfire


Nigel Vander Houwen, K7NVH, reported on September 8 that some HamWAN users in the Puget Sound region of Washington who were viewing the network’s camera feeds, spotted a large brush fire.

“They reported it to the DNR [Department of Natural Resources], which thanked them for the first report they’d gotten on the fire, and they’ve sent a team to try and keep it small and under control,” Vander Houwen said. “It’s estimated currently at around 50 acres, southeast of Enumclaw along Highway 410.” The fire was not said to be threatening any homes. State Route 410 was reported closed between Enumclaw and Greenwater, and drivers heading to Mount Rainier National Park were advised to take another route.

HamWAN is a nonprofit organization developing best practices for high speed amateur radio data networks. It runs the Puget Sound Data Ring. So far, HamWAN networks have been used for such applications as low-latency repeater linking (including DMR), real-time video feeds, APRS I-gates, providing redundant internet access to emergency operations centers, and more.

Amateur radio licensees in the HamWAN service area can connect directly to the network with a modest investment in equipment and no recurring costs. The HamWAN Puget Sound Data Ring has cells deployed at numerous wide-coverage sites, interconnected with 5 GHz radios. The HamWAN technical team has been installing remotely controllable cameras at HamWAN link sites, and one of these was used for the wildfire report.



NCVEC Holds Its Annual Meeting via Teleconference


ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, reports that the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) held its annual meeting via teleconference on August 21. Somma is the NCVEC Vice Chair. NCVEC Chair Larry Pollock, NB5X, presided at the 35th annual meeting. The NCVEC functions to facilitate communication between the FCC and VECs. Representatives of all 14 FCC-certified VECs took part in the conference, while nine FCC staff members were on hand.

FCC Enforcement Bureau (EB) Special Counsel Laura Smith advised VEC delegates that the FCC has been on lockdown since March and that staff members will be teleworking indefinitely. This includes staff at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC; the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, location, and the other field offices. Smith said field engineers aren’t going out unless the issue involves safety or if lives are in danger.

FCC Mobility Division (MD) Deputy Chief Tom Derenge explained that one of his areas of responsibility is processing paperwork for applicants answering “yes” to the basic qualification question (BQQ) that asks if they’ve ever been convicted of a felony. Derenge said that paperwork from his office goes to the FCC General Counsel and the Investigations and Hearings Division (IHD). Those divisions are responsible for resolution in non-compliant conduct. Paperwork in these instances may take a while to be processed, but the FCC tries to handle it as efficiently as possible, Derenge said. He noted that applicants may request confidentiality for all documents attached to files, not just BQQ exhibits.

Derenge recommended that VECs make it clear to applicants that their address will be public information when the new license is issued. He suggested advising that an alternative address, such as a PO Box or work address, would be acceptable. Derenge pointed out that once an address is in the FCC database, it’s nearly impossible to be permanently removed.

Dorothy Stifflemire, the Associate Division Chief of the WTB Technologies Systems and Innovation Division told VECs that new license applicants should create an FCC user account and register their Social Security number (SSN) in the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES) before attending exam sessions. Registrants will be assigned a Federal Registration Number (FRN) which will be used in all license transactions with the FCC.

She explained that auto-registration in CORES at exam sessions using a Social Security number will be going away. In addition, since no mail is being sent because of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants will not receive their auto-created password and FCC Registration Number (FRN) and will not be able to access the Universal Licensing System (ULS), the FCC license records database. Going forward, she said, VECs should make sure all applicants have an FRN before exam day.

Remote administration of amateur radio exam sessions was the hot topic of discussion, Somma said. Since April 1, ARRL VEC, W5YI-VEC, and the Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group VEC (GLAARG) have remotely tested more than 4,000 applicants using video conferencing and online examinations. Proof-of-concept and procedural information were discussed for the benefit of other VECs that might be interested in pursuing remote testing. Exam candidates can search for upcoming remote online examination dates on the HamStudy website.

Rol Anders, K3RA, who chairs the NCVEC Question Pool Committee (QPC), reminded the conference that no new question pools will be released until 2022. A new Technician-class question pool will go into effect on July 1 of that year. Anders invited public input for any of the question pools.

Conference attendees discussed the possibility of an in-person annual meeting next year, depending on the pandemic and FCC staff availability.

Somma and Assistant ARRL VEC Manager Amanda Grimaldi, N1NHL, represented ARRL at the virtual gathering.


FCC license fee proposal open for comments


ARLB021 FCC Application Fee Proposal Proceeding is Open for Comments


Comments are being accepted on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

(NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which proposes application fees for

radio amateurs. Formal deadlines for comments and reply comments

will be determined once the NPRM appears in the Federal Register.

Comments may be filed now, however, by using the FCC’s Electronic

Comment Filing System (ECFS), located at, , and posting to MD Docket No.

20-270. The docket is already open for accepting comments, even

though deadlines have not yet been set.


The NPRM can be found online in PDF format at, .




REMINDER: Call for Speakers: ARRL Learning Network


The ARRL Learning Network has quickly become a very popular new member benefit! During the months of July and August we offered 7 webinars presented by member-volunteers, with over 1,500 live attendees! Feedback from members has been extremely positive, and we are looking forward to offering more webinars every month. The schedule for September and October can be found online, along with a link to recording of past sessions. More webinars are added regularly:


We appreciate your help in continuing to promote this initiative to prospective speakers — members you know who are dynamic, knowledgeable, and experienced speakers. Please consider speakers and presenters from throughout the clubs and hamfests held in your Section. Add a short, personal invitation, and direct them to the following brief online form:






Digital editions of October 2020 QST, Sept/Oct 2020 OTAQEX, and NCJ


 The latest ARRL Letter is at:  

The latest ARRL E-Letter is at:

The latest ARRL Contest Update Newsletter is at:



ARRL  DX news bulletin:



ARLD037 DX news


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

XQ7UP, IW1RBI, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL,

Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web

sites.  Thanks to all.


MONACO, 3A.  Ennio, IW1RBI is QRV as 3A/IW1RBI until September 13.

Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL to home



CHILE, CE.  Operators Mau, CE7KF, Juan, CE3BN, Roberto, CE3DOH and

Esteban, XQ7UP are QRV with special call sign XR210CHI during

September to celebrate Chile’s 210th anniversary of independence.

Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes.

QSL via XQ7UP.



active until the end of December to celebrate the 70th anniversary

of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club.  QSL via the bureau.


FRANCE, F.  Members of the Radio Club Aunis are QRV with special

event call sign TM17TDF until September 15 during the Tour de

France.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL via F8FZC.


SAINT BARTHELEMY, FJ.  Operators Franck, FG4ST, Marco, FS4WBS and

Claude, FS5GL will be QRV as TO0Z from September 14 to 17.  QSL via



SAUDI ARABIA, HZ.  Members of the Saudi Amateur Radio Society will

be QRV as HZ90ND from September 17 to 25 to celebrate the 90th

anniversary of their National Day of the Unification of the Kingdom

of Saudi Arabia.  Activity will be on all bands and modes.  QSL via

operators’ instructions.


FAROE ISLANDS, OY.  Udo, DL2AQI and Torsten, DL4APJ will be QRV as

OY/home calls from Streymoy Island, IOTA EU-018, from September 15

to 23.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and

various digital modes.  QSL to home calls.


SWEDEN, SM.  Frank, DH0JAE and Immo, DL8MF are QRV as SM/home calls

near Bergudden Lighthouse, ARLHS SWE-091, on Holmon Island, IOTA

EU-135, until September 16.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW

and SSB.  QSL to home calls.


DODECANESE, SV5.  Claudio, HB9OAU will be QRV as SV5/HB9OAU from

Karpathos Island, IOTA EU-001, from September 12 to 24.  Activity

will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and RTTY.  QSL to

home call.


UKRAINE, UR.  Special event station EN370LL is QRV during the month

of September to celebrate the 370th anniversary of the town of

Liubotyn.  QSL via operators’ instructions.


CANADA, VE.  Members of the London Amateur Radio Club are QRV with

special call sign VE3LON100 until the end of September to celebrate

the 100th anniversary of the club.  QSL via operators’ instructions.


AUSTRALIA, VK.  Special event station VI75WW2 is QRV until November

11 to commemorate the end of World War II.  QSL via operators’



INDONESIA, YB.  Special event station 8A387KRW is QRV until

September 14 to celebrate the 387th anniversary of the Karawang

District.  Activity is on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 2 meters using CW, SSB

and FT8.  In addition, members of the Orari Lokal Kabupaten Sukabumi

club are QRV as 8A150SMI until September 13 to celebrate the 150th

anniversary of the city of Sukabumi.  QSL via operators’



ALBANIA, ZA.  Franz, OE6TQG is QRV as ZA/OE6TQG from Lake Shkodral

until September 17.  Activity is on the HF bands using all modes.

QSL to home call.



Contest, Worked All Europe DX SSB Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC

Sprint CW Ladder, FOC CW QSO Party, SARL Field Day Contest, SKCC

Weekend CW Sprintathon, Ohio State Parks on the Air, Texas QSO

Party, Alabama QSO Party, Russian Cup Digital Contest, RTTYOPS

Weekend Sprint and North American CW Sprint will certainly keep

contesters busy this upcoming weekend.


The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint and K1USN Slow Speed

Test are scheduled for September 14.


The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are

scheduled for September 15.


The RSGB 80-Meter CW Autumn Series, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT

Test are scheduled for September 16.


Please see September 2020 QST, page 71, and the ARRL Contest

Calendar and WA7BNM Contest websites for details.



ARRL Section:   New York / Long Island

Month:  August 2020

Total number of ARES members:  78

Number of DECs/ECs  reporting this month:   5

Number of ARES nets active: 19 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison:  0

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

Number of exercises and training sessions this month: 7   Person hours:  46

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

Number of emergency operations this month:    1        Person hours     142.5

Number of Skywarn operations this month:      23    Person Hours: 330

Total number of ARES operations this month:  31     Total Person Hours:   518.5



Nassau County reported training August 4th. 5 members on standby for Tropical Storm Isaias

From 12:00 PM to 9:30 PM local time. Training meeting conducted online Aug 13th





AUGUST  2020  NLI   NTS  STATS:                          



NYPON             SESSIONS  n/a

ESS                    SESSIONS 31   QNI  367   QTC  n/a    QSP   60   QTR  n/a

NYS/E               SESSIONS         QNI           QTC          QSP           QTR

BA                     SESSIONS  30   QNI 470    QTC  12     QSP 12     QTR 561

NLISTN            SESSIONS  8      QNI  49     QTC 7       QSP  7       QTR  115

NCVHFTN       SESSIONS 31     QNI  271   QTC  34    QSP  34     QTR  437



K2TV          REC/ 6   SENT/ 8      TOTAL / 14

N2WGF      REC/ 6   SENT / 6     TOTAL / 12



K2TV         ORIG / 0  REC / 17   SENT / 28   DEL / 1    TOTAL / 46

N2WGF      ORIG / 0  REC / 12  SENT / 13    DEL / 4   TOTAL /  29

W2CTG      ORIG / 3  REC / 6   SENT / 2   DEL / 2     TOTAL / 13

KD2MEN   ORIG / 0  REC / 3   SENT / 8  DEL / 0    TOTAL /  11

KD2LPM   ORIG / 0  REC / 6   SENT / 3    DEL / 2    TOTAL / 11



KD2LPM/ 309, N2WGF/ 163, K2TV/ 125, KD2GXL/ 94. W2CTG/ 72.

Gerard Pilate  STM NLI/NYC

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



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

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

INDEPENDENT CW NETS which maintain close association with the NTS.

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

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

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


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

The NTS local nets are:

Big Apple Traffic Net
Big Apple Traffic Net meets @ 8:00 PM on 440.600 +5 141.3 PL
Check for our schedule.

Nassau Co. VHF Net Nightly at 7:30pm. Pri: 146.805/R (136.5pl)Alt.1:
147.135/R (136.5pl) Alt.2: 443.525/R (114.8)
NCVHFTN Website: :

 NLI Student Traffic Net.  


Every Thursday from 15:30 to end of the net (no later than 16:30)


W2ABC – 147.270 MHz (+) 141.3 PL (West Side Manhattan)

A2DCI – 446.325 MHz (-) 127.3 PL (Farmingville, Suffolk)


Here is a link to the NLI Student Traffic Net Website (


Digital Traffic:

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



Club Meetings and Information:

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

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

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


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

American Red Cross on Long Island

195 Willis Avenue

Mineola, NY 11501

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


BONAC Amateur Radio Club (BARC)

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

Or contact President Steven Akkala, KD2CJW at



Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)

President ; Nick Franco – KF2P

Contact Person : Bill Eisele – KD2FFL

For more information please go to the club website at


Camp Pouch Amateur Radio Association (WA2CP)

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

Contact: Gary Litner, KB2BSL at


Grumman ARC (GARC)

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

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


Great South Bay ARC

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



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

Please check the clubs website at for more detailed

Kings County Radio Club (KC2RC)

Club Meeting Info:

New York – Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

1st Wednesday Of Each Month

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

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

More info and Map

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

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

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

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

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

Kings County Radio Club Facebook Page


Larkfield Amateur Radio Club

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

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

Contact is:

LARC Repeater System

WR2ABA Huntington

147.210 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Hauppauge

145.430 MHz, 136.5 PL

W2LRC Huntington APRS

144.390 MHz out/in

WA2PNU EastNet FlexNet Network

(0-15) Nodes, 145.070 MHz

(-4) Node, 145.070 MHz BBs



Long Island Amateur Radio Simplex Club

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


Long Island CW Club:

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


Long Island DX Association (LIDXA)

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

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


Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC)

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

Club Contact: President, Richie Cetron,



Long Island Transmitter Hunters (LITHARC)

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

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


Nassau Amateur Radio Club (NARC)

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


New York City Repeater Association (NYCRA)

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

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

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


Peconic Amateur Radio Club (PARC)

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

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


Radio Central Amateur Radio Club

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


Radio Club of Junior High School 22 NYC

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

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


Staten Island Amateur Radio Association (SIARA)

President Neal “Rich” Balas, W2RB

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

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

The Address is:

Eger Nursing Home
140 Meisner Ave
Staten Island, NY

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


Suffolk County Radio Club (SCRC)

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

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

Contact Richie Geraci, KD2NJA, at

Or go to their NEW website,

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

SCRC Information & Rag chew Net

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


Wantagh Amateur Radio Club

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


Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club

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



Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)



ASEC:  Russ Logar, KC2LSB,


New York City:

DEC:   Martin Grillo, W1EMR,

EC Queens:  L. Sugai, N2UJG,



Nassau County:

DEC :      John Wilson, KD2AKX,

ADEC’s:  Robert Jagde, KD2GRS,

Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL,

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

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

Town of Hempstead: Bob Yenis, KC2ILP,

Town of North Hempstead:  Robert Jagde, KD2GRS,

Town of Oyster Bay: Ceil Gomez, W2CTG,

City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor, W2OSR,

City of Long Beach: George Geller, WB2GTC ,


Suffolk County:

DEC:  Bill Scheibel, N2NFI


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

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

Town of Brookhaven:   Vincent Cigna, KC2WPP,

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

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

Town of Southampton:    Vacant

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

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

Town of Shelter Island:     Vacant

Town of Islip:                     Phil Jacobs, W2UV,


Other Stuff :

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

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

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

NLI DX Spotting Clusters:

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


ARRL Additional :

Finding ham radio classes a mouse click away! A new user-friendly
feature on the ARRL Web site-the ARRL Amateur Licensing Class Search
Page-lets prospective hams search for a licensing class in their area.
It also allows ARRL registered instructors to list their classes on the
Web. Visitors can search for classes by ZIP code, ARRL Section or


ARES E-Letter, sign up now!

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

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



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


NLI Webpage:

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

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


NLI Staff :


ASEC  Russ Logar, KC2LSB,

DEC  New York City: Martin Grillo, W1EMR,

DEC  Nassau County: John Wilson, KD2AKX,

DEC  Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI,

Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KNB,
Technical Coordinator:  Steve Barreres K2CX,
Public Information Coordinator :  Mel Granick, KS2G,
State Government Liaison:   George Tranos N2GA,
Section Traffic Manager :  Jerry Pilate, N2WGF,

Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster:  Mitch Cohen N2RGA,
Digital Communications : Bob Myers, K2TV,

Skywarn: John Hale, KD2LPM,