Coming up on the 25th of September is the ARAST (Amateur Radio Association of the Southern Tier) Hamfest and Computerfest at the Chemung County Fairgrounds, Horseheads NY, from 6 am to 2 pm.
Show up early for the Pancake Breakfast or just show up for the items you might be looking for or didn’t know you were looking for. This is their 46th year doing this. Flea market, exams and camping available.
The CNYARC will be working Field Day 2021 from Delta Lake State Park, just north of Rome, NY. Look for us over by Loop C in the Overflow camping spot. Hope you can join us or at least hear us on the bands.
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) cross-band repeater will be available for ARRL Field Day, June 26 – 27. Contacts will count toward Field Day bonus points as satellite contacts and Field Day contacts.
Field Day rules limit stations to one contact on any single-channel FM satellite. Note that contacts made during Field Day by ISS crew would only count for contact credit, but not for satellite bonus points. ISS cross-band repeater contacts are also valid AMSAT Field Day satellite contacts.
The ARISS cross-band repeater uplink is 145.990 MHz (67 Hz tone), with a downlink of 437.800 MHz.
ARISS suggests that those unfamiliar with the ISS repeater may want to practice with it prior to Field Day. ARISS had planned to switch modes to the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) during the second week of June, but this won’t happen until after the first ARISS school contact following ARRL Field Day. The ARISS ham station will be off-air during spacewalks on June 16 and June 20.
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We are back to meeting in person for our April 6th meeting at Theodore’s in Canastota at 6:30 pm. Show up and get a good seat and order up and we start our meeting around 7 pm.
This meeting we have a special presentation on Software Defined Radio (SDR) by one of our members Dave KD2THD. If you have any interest in Ham radio or any of the hobbies associated with it please come and join us and meet some of the voices you hear or just come and enjoy some fellowship.
Hamshack Hotline, nicknamed the “Bat Phone for Ham Radio”, is a FREE dedicated Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telecom service for the Amateur Radio community. This has been around a couple years and is quickly growing here in Western New York. There are over 4000 extensions existing globally on the network.
The service utilizes VoIP desk phones that simply connect to your Internet router with an Ethernet cable. The VoIP service uses the SIP protocol and compatible devices are listed on the Hamshack Hotline website (www.hamshackhotline.com). Most of the supported models are regularly available on eBay for anywhere between $20-$50. It’s important to ensure that the phone is unlocked, so it is not tied to a proprietary service provider.
I started with a Linksys SPA942 which I purchased as part of a few lots totaling 40 phones, which I made available to local hams at my cost, $20 each including an AC Adapter. The phones utilize PoE or “Power over Ethernet”, so don’t forget an AC Adapter if you do not have a PoE Ethernet switch (not common on home routers). Another popular model is the Cisco SPA504G or higher end Cisco SPA525G2 which has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, color screen, and multimedia functions.
There is an online directory (https://apps.wizworks.net:9091) for all the Hamshack Hotline users, and many will publish their extension on their QRZ website (this is one phone you do not have to worry will be a telemarketer when it rings!). Locally we have a Western NY conference bridge at extension 1377. This allows for many users to all be connected at once. The status of conference bridges and who’s in them is available on a special BLF website (https://beyondblf.hamshackhotline.com/blf), which helps others know when there is activity. There are also bridges specific to ARES and other amateur radio related interests.
The free service is offset by donations from users who find this a valuable tool to have in their Hamshack. You may wish to think of it as a private intercom, as there is NO connectivity to the public switched telephone network (PTSN). It’s a fun way to stay connected with other hams, spotting contacts with others on HF, and setting up an on-air schedule with someone.
Matt Brown K2EAG x5748 ARRL WNY Section Traffic Manager