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VE Testing available Online

There is a new online option for getting your Amateur Radio license exam completed. You can check out the ALLNY sessions list and registration at the following link.

Also, if you need to study prior to taking the exam you can check out this link.

Ham Study can also help you study for the exam ahead of time so you feel prepared before you take the exam.

Starting in May we’ll be running 2 sessions per month (2nd Tuesday and 3rd Sunday). Sessions are already live and accepting applicants, see

May 2023 session dates and times will be:
Tuesday May 9th @ 8 pm
Sunday May 21st @ 7 pm

So if you know someone who is looking to upgrade or want’s to take the test to get their fist step license then check out the links above.


Reminder about 2023 CVARA Bullthistle Hamfest!

Hello All!

The CVARA Bullthistle Hamfest is quickly approaching!

Who: The Chenango Valley Amateur Radio Association, Inc
What: Bullthistle Hamfest
Where: St. Bartholemew’s Parish Center, Norwich, NY
When: Saturday, April 15th, 2023, 7am to 12 Noon
Why: Because… Why Not!

If you are interested in having a vendor table at our hamfest, PLEASE
let us know! We have plenty of tables available. There is a Paypal link
on our website, to reserve vendor tables. When
submitting payments, please add your name and a contact phone number in
either the comment field or in a follow up email to

Attached is a PDF copy of our flyer. PLEASE SHARE IT FAR & WIDE!!!

73 & hope to see you at the Bullthistle Hamfest!

Matthew Jenne
Chenango Valley Amateur Radio Association, Inc.

POTA Plaque Event this June 2023

This year on June 3, 2023 at 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC June 4, 2023. For those in the Eastern timezone that is from June 2nd at 8 pm (2000 hrs) through 7 pm (1900 hrs). There are different award categories for Activators and Hunters also there is a Club award section. All bands and modes are allowed with the exception of the WARC bands of 60M, 30M, 17M, and 12M.

If you want further information it can be found here.


Local Repeater Update/Change

The local and commonly used repeater 147.240 with a PL tone of 71.9 and a +0.600 Mhz was labeled K1DCC-R. The identifier has been changed to K2LIZ-R in honor of his best friend K2LIZ (SK) Elizabeth Nadeau. So if you are in the area and happen across the 147.240 repeater give it a listen and remember that it is now named in honor of Silent Key Elizabeth Nadeau K2LIZ.

“Do you not know that a person is not dead while their name is still spoken?”

― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal


Snowy Winter POTA Activation

On Feb 25th, CNYARC hosted an outdoor activation activity at Moscow Hill in Charles E. Baker State Forest (K-5166). It was a snowy and bitter cold day with temperatures in the teens but that didn’t stop the 5 participants from getting on the air! 

A total of 3 stations were set up and the team logged 142 contacts. Jeff KD2MTL succeeded in activating his first park and Shaun N2EWC became the lead activator for the park. 

Here’s a map of some of the QSOs: 

Shaun (N2EWC)


ARRL Message Programs

If you are looking for a way to store and keep track of your ARRL Radiogram messages then check out the links below. There are two programs to help you with that. These programs were made to help eliminate paper and to give people a place to keep track of their messages and in some cases a way to copy them down faster.

Ready to Copy

Take a look and try them out to see which best suits you.


Local HAM pays it forward

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.