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.
73, de N2CNY
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.
We needed to make some changes recently and we have updated and changed our Facebook page to clean things up a little bit. Please check us out at our new location and like us and start sharing.
You can now use the online form under our Become a member page to update your membership information or apply for membership with the club (pending club approval).
Current members, please fill out the online form and update your information.
You can now renew your dues through Venmo instead of sending a cash or check. You can still send in your cash or check if that works better for you, but we now take dues and donations through Venmo.
It’s that time of the year again. We are holding our annual Christmas Party. This year our meeting falls on the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, December 7th 2021. Please take a moment to remember those lives that were lost defending our country.
We will be holding our Christmas Party at Denny’s in Oneida, NY, starting at 6 pm in their conference room. If you arrive later that is okay. You can sit and enjoy and order food if you feel so inclined.
We welcome all guests that want to attend and find out more about our club. If you wish to bring a dessert to pass that is allowed as it has already been discussed with Denny’s.
This is also our election night so our members should be prepared to vote and make nominations. We hope to see you all there and again everyone is welcome.
Hello Everyone, The CNYARC needs to change their meeting location for the next two months. We will be meeting at Denny’s in Oneida, NY at 6 pm on Tuesday Nov. 2, 2021 and Tuesday December 7th, 2021. We have had some issues with members being able to hear the meeting so we are moving for the last to meetings of 2021.
This is just a short notice to let everyone know that we have changed our meeting time to 6 pm (1800 hrs.) on the first Tuesday of the month for the remainder of 2021.
We are open to all guests wishing to join our meeting and learn about amateur radio and what our club does. We are very welcoming and easy to get along with.
We hope to see you at our next meeting on Oct., 5th 2021 at 6 pm. Arrive a little early and get a good set. You might have a good time and we are planning some upcoming presentations soon.
Thank you and stay safe.
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.
Hope to see you all there.
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
Due to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in the area we will not have our January meeting in-person at Theodore’s. We will be having our meeting virtually again.
We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and we will meet in January online again over our virtual format.
Stay Safe and Healthy