SEPTEMBER 2021 NYC-LI Section Newsletter
This is the September 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 October 2021 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
INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:
* From Jim Mezey, W2KFV – Section Manager
* Silent Keys
* Upcoming Special Events:
* VE Sessions
* From the ARRL
* NLI Section ARES Reports and PSHR
* National Traffic System
* Club Info
Hello Everyone …..
Wow…September already….where did the summer go? This month will be a very busy month for everyone with kids going back to school and people returning from vacations and getting back to normal routines. Please be safe when you are driving.
This is also a month of reflection as it’s the 20th Anniversary of the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa. terrorist attacks on our country. See more about the NLI response “From the ARRL” below…
To honor our first responders and people lost during this tragic event the Northeast Wireless Radio Club and the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club held a special event on September 11th. Using W2T, as the special event call sign. Many local operators assisted in this event. I understand more than 1,000 QSO’s were made. Thank you to all that participated and the clubs for sponsoring this event.
Job Openings at ARRL Headquarters…ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® has the following employment opportunities at ARRL headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. Qualified candidates are invited to email a cover letter and resume to ARRL Human Resources. Visit the ARRL Employment Opportunities page for more information.
- Acquisitions Editor
- Assistant Marketing Manager
- Director of Emergency Management
- Director of Information Technology
- Lab Engineer EMC/RFI Specialist
- Membership Manager
- Public Relations & Outreach Manager
- Social Media Strategist
ARRL is an equal opportunity employer………………
The hurricane season is still very active and will continue into November. Make sure you are 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™
LIMARC regrets to inform us that Glenn Opperman, KC2LAM , has become a silent key. Glenn recently rejoined LIMARC this year.
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/
Emergency Management’s Expectations & Utilization from Amateur Radio
RATPAC will have a special series of Zoom presentations on the effective use of Amateur Radio in Emergency Communication as seen from state and federal disaster agencies.
Click on the link below for details.
Several state and federal disaster agencies will be presenting presentations on how they utilize volunteer resources for emergency communications and what their expectations are from those who agree to serve.
This series will be from Thursday, August 19 through to September 30, possibly carrying over into October.
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
LIMARC November 14th, Levittown Hall, Hicksville
Upcoming VE Sessions:
(Note if you have a VE Session you want to list, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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: email@example.com 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:
Louisiana ARES Returning to Normal Status in Storm-Affected Parishes
Louisiana ARES Section Emergency Coordinator James Coleman, AI5B, said this week that Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) teams in his Section “should now be on normal status, with the affected parishes’ status as appropriate for local conditions.” Emergency Coordinators in some hard-hit parishes have activated volunteers for relief and recovery operations. More than 30 parishes were affected by the storm, although cell telephone outages in the affected area stood at 3.7% as of September 8 and recovering rapidly. All 911 systems were reported operational as of September 8.
The Louisiana ARES Emergency Net now is on standby. “If it becomes necessary, the net will be active from 2 PM to 6 PM CDT on 7.255 MHz, and from 6 PM to 10 PM CDT on 3.878 MHz,” Coleman’s report said. The Louisiana Traffic Net is operating 7 days a week at 6 PM CDT on 3.910 MHz.
ARRL Headquarters shipped Ham Aid kits to Louisiana Region 3 for use during their recovery efforts. Region 3 District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) Miriam Barrett, KG5BNH, and St. Mary Parish’s Emergency Coordinator Jacki Price, KA5LMZ, have coordinated their efforts to assist the Council on Aging in Terrebonne Parish. The Ham Aid kits include equipment for HF, VHF, and UHF, including hand-held transceivers and “base station” antennas.
The W5RAR VHF repeater (146.805 MHz) was in use over a four-parish area — La Fourche, St. Charles, St. John, and Terrebonne, which suffered significant wireless system damage as well as a 911 system outage in St. John Parish. The St. Charles emergency operations center was transmitting requests via the LWARN 440-MHz linked repeater system to WB5LHS.
A communications team in support of Florida Baptist Disaster Relief established operations in a communications trailer at the Metairie Baptist Church. The Jefferson Parish Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with DEC Nick Frederick, W4NDF, and the City of Kenner EOC with Mary Vernoy, WB5IOE, assisting maintained a VHF net. Kenner’s fiber optic cable that provided internet was cut by Entergy so it could access one of its lines for repair. That left “two erratic cellphones and a VHF net” as the only communications Kenner had with Jefferson Parish. Vernoy had to climb onto the roof of the EOC to pick up the 2-meter antenna that had been knocked down by wind. She was cheered by the arrival of the Baptist team from Florida.
Gordon Gibby, KX4Z, reported that Metairie was hard-hit, with power out and boil water notices, although the areas around hospitals have had power restored. “Hams can be a big benefit by partnering with organizations like Florida Baptist and work to meet their specific communications needs,” said Gibby, who has connections with the Florida group and drove from Florida to help out for a day. He said hams were “somewhat embedded” within the volunteer organization.
A report from Tangipahoa Parish said that as weather conditions deteriorated on August 29 — the day Hurricane Ida made landfall — local repeaters lost power and went on battery backup. Two repeaters were lost when a tower collapsed. Formal weather nets were not conducted to conserve power for emergency transmissions only. As of September 6, both the WB5NET and W5TEO repeaters remained on battery pack-up power and conserving power.
Elmer Tatum, N5EKF, reports that, as of September 8, all of the repeaters in Ascension Parish Region 2 remain off the air, and two of them — the 145.31 and 146.985 repeaters — sustained damage. The 147.225 repeater has no power. Two radio amateurs at the state emergency operations center staffed the EOC for some 20 hours straight. Tatum relieved them on Monday, August 30, and passed “quite a few messages” for the St. Charles EOC via the 146.805 and 444.350 repeaters, including one request for an ambulance. Some parish emergency operations centers passed traffic via VHF simplex.
ARES Region 2 Assistant District Emergency Coordinator Michael Nolan, KD5MLD, reported that four Region 2 objectives were accomplished during the storm, all involving major challenges. These included establishing amateur radio communication with the state EOC, Region 2 EOC, and the American Red Cross; requesting implementation of auxiliary communication rapid response teams to assist served agencies; promoting to parish EOCs the value of real-time situation reports from radio amateurs operating from their homes, and to educating amateur radio emergency operators to become embedded with their served agencies prior to activation. — Thanks to Louisiana ARES Section Emergency Coordinator James Coleman, AI5B
20th Anniversary of 9/11
ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio® honors the memories of those who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, including these radio amateurs:
Steven A. “Steve” Jacobson, N2SJ, 53, of New York City (WTC); William V. “Bill” Steckman, WA2ACW, 56, of West Hempstead, New York (WTC); Michael G. Jacobs, AA1GO, 54, an ARRL member from Danbury, Connecticut (WTC); Lt. Robert D. “Bob” Cirri, Sr., KA2OTD, 39, an ARRL member from Nutley, New Jersey and Port Authority police officer who was helping to evacuate workers from the building when it collapsed; William R. “Bill” Ruth, W3HRD, 57, of Mt. Airy, Maryland (Pentagon); Gerard J. “Rod” Coppola, KA2KET, 46, of New York City (WTC); and Winston A. Grant, KA2DRF, 59, of West Hempstead, New York (WTC). An assembly of articles, stories, and messages from the November 2001 issue of QST magazine is available at tinyurl.com/ARRL-QST-9-11.
Several special events will commemorate the attacks of September 11, 2001, and honor the victims.
The ARRL Board granted several awards at its July 2021 meeting.
- The ARRL Doug DeMaw, W1FB Technical Excellence Award went to Steve Franke, K9AN; Bill Somerville, G4WJS, and Joe Taylor, K1JT for their July/August 2020 QEXarticle, “The FT4 and FT8 Communications Protocols.” The DeMaw award honors the author of an article or article series judged to possess the highest degree of technical merit in ARRL periodicals for the past year.
- John Levo, W8KIW, of Hillsboro, Ohio, was designated as the recipient of the 2021 ARRL Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award. This award honors a Public Information Officer who successfully promotes all aspects of Amateur Radio that enhance the understanding of Amateur Radio’s contributions to education, public safety, and recreation. The Board said Levo’s efforts over time have captured “the many avenues of opportunities of Amateur Radio as a hobby, an education tool, and a service for public safety.”
- The 2021 ARRL Technical Service Award 2021 award recipient is James Baxter, KØUA, of Branson, Missouri. The Board said Baxter “exemplifies the spirit of this award due to his diligent work assisting hundreds of hams get on the air, particularly with FT8, and by spending countless hours on web sessions with them to work out their configuration issues, show them best practices, and to help track down RFI issues.”
- The Board bestowed the 2021 ARRL Technical Innovation Award on Steve Haynal, KF7O; Wojciech Kaczmarski, SP5WWP, and Roger Clark, VK3KYY. Haynal was cited as the instrumental and driving force behind the Hermes Lite 5 W HF SDR transceiver as a fully open-source hardware and software project. Kaczmarski was recognized for developing the open-source digital radio communication protocol M17, leading to the development of DroidStar(an Android application) by Doug McLain, AD8DP. Clark was cited for spearheading a successful effort to augment a low-cost handheld radio for use by visually impaired operators, significantly lowering the cost of entry for such amateurs.
- The 2021 Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award went to David Ritter, ND4MR. ARRL sponsors this award in conjunction with the Lake County Indiana Amateur Radio Club in Brier’s memory to recognize superior Amateur Radio instruction and recruitment. An ARRL Member for nearly 40 years, Ritter is an ARRL Registered Instructor and a full-time faculty member at Wilkes Community College in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, where he’s been the lead — and sole — Technician licensing course instructor since 2010.
2021 August Volunteer Monitor Program Report
The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service. This is the VM Program Report for August 2021.
- Licensees in Pawcatuck, Connecticut; Wamego, Kansas; Valley Cottage, New York; Long Valley, New Jersey; Columbia, South Carolina, and Maryville, Tennessee, were sent Advisory Notices concerning operation on frequencies that were set aside for Haiti earthquake emergency communications by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Emergency Coordinator.
- Licensees in Prineville, Winston, Silver Lake, and Roseburg, Oregon; Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Houston, Texas, were sent Advisory Notices concerning failure to identify, as required by Section 97.119(a) of the FCC Amateur Radio Service, pursuant to a nationwide rule compliance review of operations on 3.819 MHz and 3.953 MHz.
- A former licensee in Seabrook, Texas, was sent an Advisory Notice concerning operation with an expired license.
- An FT8 operator in Orion, Michigan, was sent to an Advisory Notice reminding him of the 200 W power limit on 30 meters.
- A licensee in New Caney, Texas, was sent a final notice that his case was being referred to the FCC for license revocation or deletion of voice privileges from his license.
- A Good Operator commendation was sent to an operator in Roseville, California, for Exemplary Amateur Procedure on May 21, 2021, during the 40-meter California Rescue Communications Net.
The revised total for VM monitoring in July was 5,746 hours — the highest number of hours monitored since the inception of the VM Program.
The IT staff at ARRL Headquarters completed work on an automated system for Volunteer Monitors to report monthly monitoring hours and Incident Reports. — Thanks to Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, Volunteer Monitor Program Administrator
ARRL’s Eclectic Tech Podcast
Every two weeks the Eclectic Tech podcast brings you news, interviews, and commentary about technology and science — all with an amateur radio twist!
****Episode 42…has ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, explains the changes to the FCC RF exposure rules.****
ARRL Board Establishes Program to Cover Initial FCC License Fee for Young Applicants
The ARRL Board of Directors has formally endorsed a proposed program calling on ARRL to cover the $35 application fee for license candidates younger than 18 years old. The FCC is not expected to implement the $35 application fee schedule until sometime in 2022. The Board approved the “Youth Licensing Grant Program” at its July meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. The program concept, first raised at the Board’s annual meeting in January, was reviewed by an ad-hoc committee, which expanded the scope of the original motion by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB.
Goals of the Program include expanding the reservoir of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts within the amateur radio community, and removing a financial obstacle to young people who wish to acquire an amateur radio license, as a means of encouraging potential careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Under the program, ARRL would cover a one-time $35 application fee for each qualified candidate who passes one or more amateur radio exams taken on the same day at a single examination session. Tests would have to be administered by a Volunteer Examiner (VE) team working under the auspices of the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC). Qualified candidates also would pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC.
The new program also would “enhance ARRL’s position as the leader in volunteer testing,” the Board motion said. “The Board believes that the recruitment and training of young amateur radio operators is a necessary and proper mission of the ARRL, and that subsidization of the $35 fee will reduce the number of new amateurs that otherwise would be lost from these groups,” the Board said.
The Board said ARRL Headquarters staff would determine the method of qualifying applicants and instruct VE teams, giving the teams flexibility to determine that a candidate is eligible for reimbursement in the absence of documented proof. The Board envisioned that the VEC would pay the FCC directly. The new program initially would serve up to 1,000 new license applicants younger than 18 years old.
The motion gave ARRL staff “complete latitude” to determine how payment is delivered to the FCC or to reimburse eligible applicants. This program length is indefinite; it may be renewed or terminated by the Administration and Finance Committee or by the Board of Directors. The motion carried with applause from Board members.
GENESIS Ham Satellites among Payloads Lost in Launch Failure
The GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N ham radio satellites were among several carrying amateur radio payloads lost following the failure of the Firefly Alpha rocket during its first launch on September 2 from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. An anomaly occurred about 2 minutes into the mission, causing controllers to destroy the launcher in flight. The anomaly has yet to be explained.
This was sad news for AMSAT-EA (Spain), as GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N were the first satellites they had built themselves.
According to the AMSAT-EA website, the GENESIS satellites were destroyed after the Firefly Alpha vehicle presented an anomaly as it hit a velocity of Mach 1 and reached Max Q, a point of maximum aerodynamic pressure on the vehicle. The launch had been halted a few seconds before takeoff, but the countdown was subsequently resumed.
GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N were to conduct a series of telecommunications-related experiments, while a ground-station analysis of the received signals would try to attain Doppler variations in order to perform orbit determination and satellite identification from radio amateur stations around the world.
Also lost in the launch failure were the Serenity, Hiapo, the Cresst Dream Comet, and QUBIK-1 and QUBIK-2 satellites, and Spinnaker-3/Firefly Capsule 1. All were designed to use amateur radio frequencies for telemetry and/or communication.
Serenity, a 3U CubeSat, was developed by Teachers in Space (TIS) to provide low-cost opportunities to test educational experiments in space. TIS has previously guided high schools and other academic institutions in developing and flying sub-orbital experiments using high-altitude balloons, stratospheric gliders, and rockets. This was the first orbital satellite mission for TIS. Serenity carried a suite of data sensors and a camera to send data back to Earth using amateur frequencies.
Hiapo was an educational 1U CubeSat developed by the Hawaii Science and Technology Museum (HSTM). The Hiapo project was intended to provide hands-on STEM curriculum for Hawaii students in grades K – 12. Part of this curriculum involved obtaining data about solar flares, solar particle events, and disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field. Data would be available for amateur operators to download directly from the satellite.
The Cresst Dream Comet was a 3U CubeSat developed by the University of Cambridge as a small satellite for technology demonstrations.
QUBIK-1 and QUBIK-2 were picosatellites developed by the Libre Space Foundation, a nonprofit association developing PocketQube picosatellite technology. They were built following the 1P PocketQube form factor. The mission of these satellites was similar to that of the GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N satellites.
Spinnaker-3 was a collaboration between the Cal Poly CubeSat Laboratory, Purdue University, and NASA. It was designed to provide rapid de-orbit capability for the second stage of Firefly Alpha’s launch vehicle, using frequency shift keying (FSK) on 70 centimeters for communications. Firefly Capsule 1 consisted of nontechnical items from around the world, including photos, artwork, and books.
HamSCI Founder Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, Awarded $481,260 NASA Research Grant
Frissell said that the predictive, empirical TID models will be developed using data collected by
Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) founder Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF — an assistant professor in The University of Scranton’s Physics and Engineering Department — has been awarded a $481,260 grant through the NASA Space Weather Applications Operations Phase II Research Program. Frissell will serve as principal investigator for a research project entitled, “Enabling Space Weather Research with Global Scale Amateur Radio Datasets.” He’ll collaborate with Philip Erickson, W1PJE, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory and Bill Engelke, AB4EJ, at the University of Alabama.
“This grant includes significant funding for participation of Scranton undergraduate students in this research, as well as support for new computation resources,” Frissell said. He explained that the grant will fund “the development of an empirical model for the prediction of traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs) in high-frequency radio communications while investigating the geophysical drivers of these disturbances.” The grant will cover 2 years of work.
the Reverse Beacon Network, WSPR, and PSKreporter — automated, global-scale radio communication observation networks operated by the amateur radio community. Undergraduate students will help the faculty researchers to create algorithms used for the model development.
This new NASA award complements a 5-year National Science Foundation grant of more than $616,000 that Frissell received in 2020. That investigation aims to understand the source of TIDs observed in amateur radio and other scientific datasets.
In 2019, Frissell received a $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant to fund a 3-year initiative to measure modulations produced in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The grant supports a collaborative team to develop the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station, a modular, multi-instrument, ground-based space science observation platform used to study variability in the coupled geospace system and to better understand HF radio propagation.
This is Frissell’s second NASA grant. A space physicist, he is among the researchers working on a NASA Living with a Star Program (LWS) project, “Wave-Driven Asymmetries in the Ionosphere-Thermosphere due to Asymmetries in the Northern and Southern Polar Vortices.” That project is being led by Richard Collins of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.
3Y0J Bouvet Island DXpedition Receives $100,000 from Northern California DX Foundation
The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has donated $100,000 to the upcoming 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island, which is set for late 2022. The DXpedition will be carried out by Amateur Radio DXpeditions, a Norwegian non-profit organization created for the purpose of conducting DXpeditions. The NCDXF is now the DXpedition’s lead sponsor.
“We wish to recognize and thank the Northern California DX Foundation as the lead sponsor for our 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet,” the 3Y0J team said. “Without the support of the NCDXF, operations to the world’s rarest entities would be difficult.”
A dependency of Norway, Bouvet is a sub-Antarctic island in the South Atlantic. It is the second-most-wanted DXCC entity, behind North Korea.
The 3Y0J team said that with its overall budget of $650,000, this DXpedition to Bouvet will be the most expensive ever. “With the NCDXF donation we hope to succeed in the fundraising as our first payment milestone for the vessel contract is approaching,” the team said.
About a third of the vessel contract is due by the end of October, and the DXpedition said it wants to have confidence that it can succeed financially. “We critically need up-front donations to be able to make it. While we have a solid plan, a young and strong team, a dedicated crew, and the vessel Marama, we need your support to go there and make 120,000 QSOs from Cape Fie at Bouvet.”
Three co-leaders are heading up the DXpedition. They are Ken Opskar, LA7GIA; Rune Oye, LA7THA, and Erwann Merrien, LB1QI.
Donations to the 3Y0J DXpedition are invited via PayPal or through the 3Y0J website. Visit the 3Y0J DXpedition Facebook page.
In June, the Intrepid-DX Group announced that it was canceling its long-anticipated DXpedition to Bouvet Island after it lost its vessel contract.
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GUINEA, 3X. Jean-Philippe, F1TMY, expects to be QRV as 3X2021 from
Conakry beginning in mid-September, and here for a few years. He
plans to be active on 160 to 6 meters, and Satellite QO-100. He
also plans side trips to the Los Islands, IOTA AF-051. QSL via Club
NIGER, 5U. Adrian, F4IHM will be QRV as 5UAIHM from Niamey from
September 11 to October 22. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters
using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
MALAWI, 7Q. Vasco, 7Q7CT is currently active mainly on 40, 20, and
15 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via JH1AJT.
RWANDA, 9X. Harald, DF2WO will be QRV as 9X2AW from Kigali from
September 13 to 28. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB,
RTTY, and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.
COMOROS, D6. Janusz, SP9FIH, and Leszek, SP6CIK will be QRV as
D60AC and D60AD, respectively, from Moroni later in September. QSL
to home calls.
SAUDI ARABIA, HZ. Members of the Saudi Amateur Radio Society are
QRV as 7Z91ND, 8Z91ND, and HZ91ND until September 23 to commemorate
their country’s national holiday. QSL via operators’ instructions.
MINAMI TORISHIMNA, JD1. Take, JG8NQJ expects to be QRV as
JG8NQJ/JD1 at the weather station there beginning in mid-September.
He will be there for about three months and active in his spare
time. QSL direct to JA8CJY.
GREECE, SV. Special event station SX021IEEE is QRV until September
15 during the 26th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications
taking place in Athens. QSL via SV1IW.
EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Special event station R875TULA is QRV until
the end of September to celebrate the 875th anniversary of the city
of Tula. QSL via RA3P.
MEXICO, XE. Special event station 6I1M is QRV until September 27 to
celebrate 200 years of Mexican independence. Activity is on 80 to
10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4. QSL direct to XE1SPM.
KOSOVO, Z6. Rene, DL2JRM is QRV as Z68XX until September 13.
Activity is on the HF bands using mostly CW. This includes being an
entry in the Worked All Europe SSB DX contest. QSL to home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL September VHF Contest, NCCC RTTY
Sprint, NCCC Sprint Ladder, K1USN Slow Speed Test, Worked All Europe
SSB DX Contest, FOC QSO Party, SARL Field Day Contest, YB7-DX
Contest, SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, Ohio State Parks on the Air,
Alabama QSO Party, Russian Cup Digital Contest, and the North
American CW Sprint are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.
The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint and the K1USN Slow Speed
Test are scheduled for September 13.
The Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and RTTYOPS Weeksprint are
scheduled for September 14.
The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT
Test are scheduled for September 15.
Please see September QST, page 94, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
web sites for details.
Reported NLI ARES ACTIVITY:
ARRL Section: New York / Long Island
Month: August 2021
Total number of ARES members: 48
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 3
Number of ARES nets active: 46 Number of ARES nets with NTS liaison: 5
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KD2GXL, K2FH, N2UJG and KD2LPM for Skywarn
Number of exercises and training sessions this month: 1 Person hours: 20
Number of Public Service events this month: 0 Person hours : 0
Number of Community Service events this month: 1 Person hours : 20
Number of Emergency operations this month: 1 Person hours 96
Number of Skywarn operations this month: 1 Person Hours: 36
Total number of ARES operations this month: 25 Total Person Hours: 233.10
Light activity for Hurricane Henri. Call-up prep and monitoring activities.
AUGUST 2021 NLI NTS STATS:
ESS SESSIONS 31 QNI 322 QTC n/a QSP 48 QTR n/a
NYS/E SESSIONS 31 QNI 111 QTC 68 QSP 63 QTR 237
BA SESSIONS 31 QNI 595 QTC 14 QSP 14 QTR 604
NLISTN SESSIONS 9 QNI 39 QTC 4 QSP 4 QTR 127 9 schools
|NCVHFTN SESSIONS 31 QNI 187 QTC 30 QSP 30 QTR 335||151||23||23||369|
KD2MDV REC/ 28 SENT/ 2 TOTAL / 30
N2WGF REC/ 9 SENT / 7 TOTAL / 16
KD2MEN REC/ 1 SENT/ 6 TOTAL / 7
N2WGF ORIG / 0 REC / 21 SENT / 17 DEL / 5 TOTAL / 43
KD2LPM ORIG / 0 REC / 10 SENT / 5 DEL / 1 TOTAL / 16
KD2MEN ORIG / 0 REC / 1 SENT / 6 DEL / 0 TOTAL / 7
AUGUST 2021 – PSHR
|KD2LPM/ 211, N2WGF/ 120, KD2GRS/ 105,|
Gerard Pilate STM NLI/NYC
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Club listing is always being updated. Please submit your meeting
information to email@example.com
NOTE: Always check with the club to verify the date, time and
location of the events/meetings listed here.
The ARCECS meets monthly on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM.
American Red Cross on Long Island
BONAC Amateur Radio Club (BARC)
BARC meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Amagansett
Library (except November, which is on the 3rd Thursday). For more
information please go to the club website at http://www.bonacarc.org
Or contact President Steven Akkala, KD2CJW at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brookhaven National Labs Amateur Radio Club (BNLARC)
President ; Nick Franco – KF2P
Contact Person : Bill Eisele – KD2FFL email@example.com
For more information please go to the club website at http://www.arc.bnl.gov/BNLARC/Home.html
Camp Pouch Amateur Radio Association (WA2CP) http://www.wa2cp.org
Meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. 1 PM. At the William H. Pouch Scout Camp, 1465 Manor Road, Staten Island. Club E Mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Gary Litner, KB2BSL at email@example.com
Grumman ARC (GARC) http://www.qsl.net/wa2lqo/
Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Haypath Road Park in Old Bethpage, starting at 5:30 PM.
GARC VE sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the meeting rooms at the Bethpage Community Park in Bethpage, starting at 5:00 PM.
Contact: Ed Gellender at firstname.lastname@example.org
Great South Bay ARC
GSBARC Monthly meetings are the last Thursday of the month, 8PM.
Babylon Town Hall EOC, 200 East Sunrise Hwy, North Lindenhurst. GSBARC
Monthly VE are the 4th Saturday starting 10:00 am. For more
information, Contact AB2ZI Kevin Morgan at email@example.com.
Please see the club website for directions http://www.gsbarc.org/
The NY Hall of Science ARC has general membership meetings on the
second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 PM, with the exception of July and August.
The meetings are a time to take care of club business, listen to a
great speaker regarding an interesting topic related to ham radio, and
to make new friends and catch up with old friends. The club has its
meetings at the NY Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens,
Please check the clubs website at www.hosarc.org for more detailed
Kings County Radio Club (KC2RC)
Club Meeting Info:
New York – Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
1st Wednesday Of Each Month
7:30 Pm – 506 Sixth Street, BROOKLYN, NY 11215
The Carruthers Conference Room of the New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, located between the Gift Shop and the Cafeteria.
More info and Map https://www.kingscountyradioclub.com/club-meeting/
Our 2 Meter Nets Tuesdays At 9:00 Pm , 146.730 Pl 88.5 -600hz Encode / Decode
Our 2 Meter Tech Net Is Second And Fourth Wednesday Of Every Month At 9:00 P.M. 146.730 Pl 88.5 – 600hz Encode / Decode
Our 10 Meter Net Kcrc Sunday 10 Meter Net 28.380.0 USB Every Sunday 11:00 Am Est
Our Fusion Net Is Thursdays At 9:00pm 146.730 Yaesu Fusion Digital Set You Radio To DN Mode. or Our Wires X Room search -KC2RC – Node #40821
To listen to the Fusion and 2 meter Club Net Stream us when you are away from your radios
Kings County Radio Club Facebook Page
Larkfield Amateur Radio Club
The Larkfield Amateur Radio Club meets on the second Thursday of the
month from September through June, inclusive. Any exceptions (for
holidays, etc.) are noted on the calendar on its web page at:
Meetings start at 7:30 PM at the Huntington Senior Citizens Center
cafeteria (423 Park Avenue) located at the southwest corner of the
intersection of Rte 25A and Park Avenue. Entrance is on Park Avenue.
Contact is: firstname.lastname@example.org
WA2PNU EastNet FlexNet Network
Long Island Amateur Radio Simplex Club
The LIARS Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Newfield High
School in Selden, NY at 7:30PM. All are welcome. Our web site is:
www.lisimplex.org Contact: Tim MoDavis, KA2VZX at email@example.com
Long Island CW Club:
“The Long Island CW Club is teaching CW weekly on Beginner and Intermediate levels. Monthly there are presentations on a variety of ham radio topics of interest for all, including the advanced members. All of this is done by internet video conference. The club is very active with monthly portable outings, museum visits, QRP outings and luncheons. The club has quickly grown to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further
LIDXA President, John, W2GW, and Aaron Broges, WC2C are ARRL DXCC
card checkers. Bring your new DXCC cards and paperwork to these
meetings for official verification and credit.
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC)
LIMARC meets the second Wednesday each month, 8PM at Levittown Hall,
201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY. All are welcome. Bring a
Webpage is: http://www.limarc.org
Club Contact: President, Richie Cetron, email@example.com
Long Island Transmitter Hunters (LITHARC)
Seeking new participants A group of Long Island transmitter hunting
enthusiasts has been conducting hunts on Friday nights with an
occasional Sunday event and we are seeking new participants to join in
the fun. Anyone interested in learning more about the activity of radio
direction finding and radio fox hunting is invited to come out as
a hunter or rider. A LITHARC discussion group (Long Island Transmitter
Hunters ARC) has been established on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nassau Amateur Radio Club (NARC) http://www.k2vn.org/
Meetings every Monday night at 7:30 PM in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
at the Lannin House, Field #6 / 6A. The General meeting is the last
Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. All are welcome. Contact Mike Croce, N2PPI, President at email@example.com
New York City Repeater Association (NYCRA)
Meets the second Thursday of the month (except for July and August)
Meetings are held at the South Beach Psych Center, 777 Seaview Ave.
Off Father Cappodano Blvd., in Building 10. The meeting will start
promptly at 8 pm.
Staten Island ARES meets at the same location starting at 7pm.
Talk in frequency is 447.375 minus shift pl. 141.3
All are welcome, members and non-members.
Peconic Amateur Radio Club (PARC)
PARC’s regular meeting night is the first Friday of each month at
6:30 PM. Meetings are held at the Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road
in Mattituck. PARC also sponsors quarterly VE testing sessions, on the
fourth Friday of the months of January, April, July and October. Jay
Buscemi, NY2NY, is the clubs Awards Manager and is able to check
cards for the ARRL VUCC and WAS awards.
See the PARC website at www.peconic-arc.net for all our current club
activities and contact information.
Radio Central Amateur Radio Club
RCAC meets the last Wednesday
of most months from 6:30-9PM at the Middle Country Public Library;
101 Eastwood Blvd, Centereach, NY 11720
Each month, meeting details are on our web site: http://www.rcarc.org
Radio Club of Junior High School 22 NYC
PO Box 1052
New York NY 10002
Telephone 516-674-4072 Mobile/Text 516-658-6947
*** Meet us on THE CLASSROOM NET, 7.238 MHz, 7:00-8:30 am, Monday thru Friday.
Staten Island Amateur Radio Association (SIARA)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Or go to their NEW website, http://www.suffolkcountyradioclub.net
The Suffolk County Radio Club holds weekly nets on the W2DQ repeater.All are welcome to check-in. The repeater is located in Yaphank, NY on 145.210 MHz / negative ( – ) 600 kHz shift / PL 136.5
SCRC Information & Rag chew Net
Round table discussions, Club news and information, technical topics and for sale items. Wednesday 8:00 PM
Wantagh Amateur Radio Club
Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 PM at the
Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793. Entrance to
the meeting room is at the rear of the library, adjacent to the
parking-lot. For more information, see the club’s website at
http://www.qsl.net/w2va or contact Frank Porcaro, N2RSO, President, via
e-mail at: email@example.com
Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club
The Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club is dedicated to serving the
amateur radio community and the general public on Long Island, New
York. The club operates under the vanity call sign of W2SBL. Meets
second Tuesday of each month at Motorola’s Holtsville campus, Exit 62
(I-495) An ARRL affiliated club with membership open to all Motorolans
and Associate membership open to all. Email:
W2SBL@motorolasolutions.com for more details
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
SEC: Russ Logar, KC2LSB, firstname.lastname@example.org
New York City:
DEC: Martin Grillo, W1EMR, email@example.com
EC: Kings: Simon Wurster, KF2N, firstname.lastname@example.org
EC: Queens: L. Sugai, N2UJG, email@example.com
DEC : John Wilson, KD2AKX, firstname.lastname@example.org
ADEC’s: Robert Jagde, KD2GRS, email@example.com
Ken Kobetitsch, KD2GXL, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Town of North Hempstead: Robert Jagde, KD2GRS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of Oyster Bay:
City of Glen Cove: Bob Batchelor, W2OSR, email@example.com
City of Long Beach: George Geller, WB2GTC , firstname.lastname@example.org
DEC: Bill Scheibel, N2NFI email@example.com
Town of Smithtown: Rich Johnston, KC2TON, firstname.lastname@example.org
Smithtown meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at the Smithtown EOC – 7:30PM.
We also hold weekly Nets on Monday’s at 7:30 pm, (W2LRC/145.43, PL 136.5 Larkfield Repeater)
Town of Brookhaven: Vincent Cigna, KC2WPP, email@example.com
2nd Monday of the month at the Middle Country Library,
101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach, NY at 7:30 pm
Town of Riverhead: Steve Casko, W2SFC, firstname.lastname@example.org Monthly meeting TBD
Town of Southampton: Vacant
Town of Southold: Don Fisher, N2QHV, email@example.com
ARES announcements and business conducted during the Peconic ARC
1st Friday of the month at 6:30 pm. Mattituck Public Library on the Main Road
(route 25) in Mattituck.
Town of East Hampton: Eddie Schnell,WZ2Y, firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm during the BONAC ARC meeting
(except November which is on the 3rd Thursday). Amagansett
Town of Shelter Island: Vacant
Town of Islip: Phil Jacobs, W2UV, email@example.com
Other Stuff :
John Reiser, W2GW is the section DXCC card checker and is available for
field checking of QSL cards for your DXCC Award. John is available by
appointment at his home in West Hempstead for card checking, and at all
LIDXA meetings. If some lives far from him, John is willing to meet them
half way at a diner or someplace. Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Broges, WC2C and Tom Carrubba, KA2D are also DXCC card checkers. Aaron and Tom are also members of the LIDXA and is usually available for DXCC QSL checking at the monthly LIDXA meetings (along with W2GW).
Approved DXCC card checkers can also check cards for WAS and VUCC
awards as well.
NLI DX Spotting Clusters:
AA2MF Staten Island-NY, dxc.aa2mf.net
K2LS Greensboro- NC. dxc.k2ls.com
K2LS is still a popular spot for many NLI DXers.
ARRL Additional :
Finding ham radio classes a mouse click away! A new user-friendly
feature on the ARRL Web site-the ARRL Amateur Licensing Class Search
Page-lets prospective hams search for a licensing class in their area.
It also allows ARRL registered instructors to list their classes on the
Web. Visitors can search for classes by ZIP code, ARRL Section or
ARES E-Letter, sign up now!
The ARES E-Letter is an e-mail digest of news and information of
interest to active members of the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES) and to hams concerned with public service and emergency
communications. ARRL members may subscribe to The ARES E-Letter by
going to the Member Data Page at:
Check the box for ARES E-Letter (monthly public service and
emergency communications news) and you’re all set. Past issues of
The ARES E-Letter are available at: http://www.arrl.org/ares-el/ Issues
are posted to this page after publication.
MetroCor is coordinating body for the New York metro area. MetroCor is
the established coordinating body for the New York Metro area,
inclusive of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and the
majority of Northern New Jersey. You must apply for coordination
through MetroCor if you wish to establish a new system on Amateur Radio
Spectrum above 29.5 MHz. These and any other matters related to repeater
systems coordination are welcomed by MetroCor. They invite you to
visit their website at: http://www.metrocor.net. You can also direct
questions to their e-mail at email@example.com.
NLI Staff :
SEC Russ Logar, KC2LSB, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEC New York City: Martin Grillo, W1EMR, email@example.com
DEC Nassau County: John Wilson, KD2AKX, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEC Suffolk County : Bill Scheibel, N2NFI, email@example.com
Affiliated Club Coordinator : Richie Cetron, K2KNB, firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Coordinator: Steve Barreres K2CX, email@example.com
Public Information Coordinator : Mel Granick, KS2G, firstname.lastname@example.org
State Government Liaison: George Tranos N2GA, email@example.com
Section Traffic Manager : Jerry Pilate, N2WGF, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Section Managers:
Webmaster: Mitch Cohen N2RGA, email@example.com
Skywarn: John Hale, KD2LPM, firstname.lastname@example.org