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Nominations for Club officers for 2014

Here are your nominations for Club Officers for 2014

W2SMM – Scott – President
N2TOB – Toby – Vice-President
KD2CJS – Todd – Secretary
KC2WYC – Sandy – Treasurer
N2KKL – Pauline – Sgt. at Arms
K2SAC – Sherry – Board of Directors
KB2MUQ – Paul – Board of Directors

Everyone is running unopposed except for Sherry and Paul.
Voting will take place at the December meeting.

Hope to see you there.


Important Club Meeting Tonight!

Tonight is the CNYARA Regular monthly club meeting. We are holding our nominations for the 2014 Officers and Board of Directors. If you’d like to have a say in your club, and voice your opinon on the club’s future direction, then this is the meeting to make. At the December meeting we will be voting on this months nominations.

The next two months are the meetings to make if you can folks.



Farewell to K4PJS

K4PJS is relocating to Flordia. Phil was a great member of the CNYARA and he and his wife will be dearly missed. Phil asked us to pass this along to all members.

Phil asked me to pass this to all CNYARA members.

The trailer is full, the house is empty. We head out tomorrow. Please tell all we said BYE, and 73. I’ll be listening on 14.300 in the AM as soon as I get the radios set up. Please keep us in your prayers for a safe landing there. I’ll call you by phone to let you, and all, know we arrived.

Phil S.”

2013 NY QSO Party

The 2013 NY QSO PARTY is next weekend, October 19th & 20th

We have a record number of awards available this year, so get on the air and have some fun, and win a plaque.

Check out the rules and award availability on the homepage of our Sponsor,
the Rochester DX Association at:

See you on the air next week-end, CQ New York QSO Party !!!

Thanks, Paul K2DB

Tactical Antennas

Excerpt from Website:


In this lesson, you will learn about the types of tactical antennas and their radiation patterns. In addition, you will learn about fabricating field expedient antennas using various repair techniques.


ACTION: Explain basic antenna theory.

CONDITION: Given this lesson.

REFERENCES: The material in this lesson was derived from FM 11-32, FM 11-64, FM 24-18, FM 24-19, and TC 24-24.


Tactical antennas are designed for efficiency and ease-of-use, and are ruggedized to take the abuse they receive in the field. Some antennas are easy to use, such as a whip antenna that is used in high mobility operations. Others, like directional antennas, require a working knowledge of antenna engineering. All antennas either release or capture electromagnetic radiation.”

Getting Started on 2-Meter SSB Try the “Other Mode” on 2 Meters!

This is a great article I came accross written by K0NR, all the way back in 2003. This is something I have interest in and am definitely going to try.

Excerpt from the website:

Why SSB?

FM is the most popular mode primarily due to the wide availability of FM repeaters. These repeaters extend the operating range on VHF and enable low power handheld transceivers to communicate over 100 miles. FM is also used on simplex to make contacts directly without repeaters. The main disadvantage of FM is relatively poor performance when signals are weak, which is where SSB really shines. A weak FM signal can disappear completely into the noise while a comparable SSB signal is still quite readable. How big of a difference does this really make? Perhaps 10 dB or more, which corresponds to one or two S-units. Put a different way, using SSB instead of FM can be equivalent to having a beam antenna with 10 dB of gain, just by changing modulation types. So this is a big deal and radio amateurs interested in serious VHF work have naturally chosen SSB as the preferred voice mode. (You will also hear them using Morse code or CW transmissions, which is even more efficient that SSB.)

Just as an example of what is possible on SSB, during one VHF contest I was operating portable on Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs. I had just dismantled my 2M yagi antenna and was listening to 2M SSB on a short mobile whip antenna. Suddenly, I heard WA7KYM in Cheyenne, Wyoming calling CQ from about 160 miles away. I figured that with my puny little antenna and only 10 watts of power, there was no way he was going to hear me. But, what they heck, it was a contest and it would be more points so I gave him a call. To my surprise, WA7KYM heard me and we made the contact without much signal strength to spare. Now, to be accurate, this contact has more to do with WA7KYM’s “big gun” station (linear amplifier, low noise preamp and large antenna array) than it had to do with my 10 watts and a small whip. The key point here is that this contact would not have happened using FM and was only possible because of SSB.

SWR Demystified

Excerpt from website…

“SWR, or standing wave ratio, is one of the most misunderstood concepts in amateur radio. One of the reasons for this is that it’s so hard to visualize. I mean, you can’t actually see a standing wave on a piece of coax or ladder line.

Fortunately, mechanical waves work exactly the same as radio waves. That’s what makes this video, titled “Similarities of Wave Behavior,” such a treasure. Developed and narrated in 1959 by J.N. Shive of AT&T Bell Labs, this video uses a specially-developed machine to visually show how mechanical waves work, and because radio and optical waves work in exactly the same way, you’ll also learn how radio waves work.”

How to capture NOAA Weather Satellites transmissions

Really interesting read, especially for us hams that are also weather nuts! I plan on trying this expierment myself very soon.

Excerpt from the website:

“Most people are aware that every day weather satellites pass overhead to get a glimpse of the nation’s weather patterns. Many people, especially those outside the ham radio community, are unaware that the signals these NOAA weather satellites transmit are readily accessible with a minimum amount of equipment….”

“All you really need to receive the satellite’s signal is a radio receiver like an old police scanner (found at thrift stores) or a simple 2m ham radio handitalkie. An external antenna is usually better, but not a requirement for casual reception of the image. Other than the radio, the only other pieces are a computer with sound input and an audio cable (to get the audio out from the radio to the input on the computer)…”

” the NOAA 19 satellite transmits at 137.100 MHz, so it is vitally important that your radio be capable of tuning this frequency. It is also important that the radio selected for this project be capable of “Wide FM” and not the “Narrow FM” used for amateur and commercial radio services. APT Satellite signals are 34kHz wide, which is wider than the 6kHz and 15kHz of Narrow FM. Wide FM is most commonly used for FM Broadcast stations which are very wide at 230kHz. Ideally, the radio chosen will have the ability to filter somewhere in between these extremes – wider than Narrow but narrower than Wide…”

Check it out!