During the spring and summer of 2022 the Central New York Amateur Radio Club started a 50/50 raffle. Selling tickets at local Hamfests, stores, business and racking up a good amount to split with the winner. It was a fun time and the club got the word out about Amateur Radio while selling tickets. Tickets were sold at the Field Day to any visitors that stopped by. Field day was a great success and has a post of its own.
A local Ham operator in Utica KC2IIJ (Mike Long) was the winner of the 50/50 split and being the kind of guy he is he turned around and donated it back to the club. What a way to pay it forward!
The club is planning on holding another 50/50 raffle next spring and summer. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets to help with the repeater and thanks to all who sold tickets.
November 12 was a good day for a dual POTA (Parks on the Air). We had two club members at Chittenango Falls State Park (K-2035) Shaun (N2EWC) and Ed (KD2WNW). Two others were at Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area (K-9103) Marc (KR2HWK) and Josiah (KR2ECP). During their dual park activations they made some great contacts and were able to do a Park to Park on 40m during the day.
There are some photos below from one park where they remembered to take photos, Shaun and Ed while the other park activators forgot, Marc and Josiah. In that list of pictures is also a map of their contacts. It was a busy day for both groups and in total they completed 101 contacts. 30 were accomplished at Chittenango Falls and 71 were completed at Tug Hill. Elevation at Tug Hill was around 1942 ft and Chittenango Falls was about 861 ft.
Both groups had a great time. If you are interested in more information about Parks on the Air (POTA) Check out this website. POTA
Well this years Field Day for the CNYARC was a huge success with lots of visitors and participants. We operated from start to finish in wonderful weather. It did get a bit hot, but it was workable. We ran entirely from non-commercial power (all battery or solar) so we were able to be a 4A station in Western NY. Our club call sign on the air was N2CNY and we operated the full spectrum available to us on the Extra Class permissions from our president KR2HWK (Marc).
The most successful bands were 80m, 40m, and 20m. This year we were able to operate on FT8 and had a club member assist with making a satellite contact through AO-7 at 1907 hrs. with W8DC a 3A station in Michigan. That was worth standing in the sun to hear, witness, and record. Other good examples of our activities were taking and passing traffic during OCTEN that evening and everyone attempting to utilize different types of antennas and deployment situations.
This activity helped some of our members go out and upgrade their licenses and to improve their CW skills for next year. This also prompted some to upgrade their mobile equipment for a possible deployment of an emergency situation in the future, like for ARES or RACES situations.
All in all we had a good time and learned a lot during the time with several new members participating and assisting. Everyone is already looking forward to next years event. Check out the photo gallery below to see the fun.
The Club will be operating from Oxbow Falls Park upper location this year on Saturday June 25th to Sunday June 26th. We welcome all who wish to visit, work some calls and just generally meet and greet our club members. Field day will be from 2 pm EDT Saturday to 2 pm EDT on Sunday.
This weekend in the beautiful Thousand Island area will be a Ham Fest in Depauville, NY at the Depauville Fire Department Banquet Hall. 8 AM to Noon with plenty of door prizes and an all day breakfast! Also, there will be Testing during the Ham Fest and the NNY ARRL Section Meeting following the Ham Fest at Noon. For more information click the link below and have a fun Saturday.
Spring SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes are coming!
Most upstate NY counties are conducting SkyWarn Training in April and May.
The training will be held at various area locations and on-line. This class is for beginners or anybody that has a general interest in weather (some advanced classes available). These classes train volunteers how to accurately observe and report hazardous weather to the National Weather Service. The classes are free and open to everyone; no age requirements, previous training, or equipment is required.
The SKYWARN program is a nationwide program that provides real-time severe weather reports to the National Weather Service. “Trained weather spotters provide valuable lifesaving information to the National Weather Service and we encourage those who have an interest in weather to participate in this critical program in Binghamton NY. Despite all the technological advances, SKYWARN Spotter reports are still crucial to the National Weather Service in providing more accurate severe weather warnings.
Don’t forget that we have our monthly meeting tomorrow night at the Gorman Foundation starting around 6 pm. Food will be provided by one of our members and everyone is welcome to attend. You don’t have to be a member to be welcome at our meeting. The directions can be found on the left hand side of our website.
We hope to see you there and look forward to making your acquaintance.
Just a reminder about our upcoming February meeting. We will be at the Gorman Foundation 1081 Northside Shopping Center Oneida, NY 13421 – Map link is here if needed.
Also, we will be doing things a little differently. There will be a presentation on POTA (Parks on the Air) and the meeting will be following the presentation. The meeting this month will be a type of potluck as some members will be bringing for to share and pass around.
Everyone is welcome to join us for the presentation and to stay for the meeting afterward if they desire. We look forward to anyone that wishes to come to a meeting and enjoy some food fun and fellowship.
Agenda: – Admin Update – County Alerting – Public Service Events Upcoming – Activation / Deployment Preparation
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT – COMPLETE PRIOR TO TRAINING: – Prepare a list of equipment, supplies, etc required by you for a 48-hour deployment, away from your residence – We will review the lists and discuss at Training Session – Download from RAGS Public Service website the Frequency List and have frequencies programmed into your radios (vhf/uhf)
John Perkins – RACES Training Officer Amir Findling – Emergency Coordinator Walt Bordett – Assistant Emergency Coordinator Andriy Gronau – Assistant Emergency Coordinator
Notice sent from:
John Perkins; K2VTT RACES Radio Officer – Onondaga County email@example.com
Winter Field Day is being held on January 29/30, 2022. You can work from three different types of locations. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and try out new techniques.
You can be at Home, using your normal equipment and antenna. You can be Outdoor, where you use a location other than home, and is physically outside even in your own vehicle with antenna set up that is not fixed. Or lastly you can operate Indoor, using a location that is remote from your usually location and where an amateur station is not located.
It is an opportunity to test out your emergency communications procedures while also learning ways to activate in the field with limited resources. If you are interested follow the link below to get more information and prepare yourself for an interesting weekend.