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December Meeting & Christmas Party

Hello All,

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.


Meeting Change

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.

Thank you,

Meeting Time Change

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.


Meeting April 6th 2021

Hello Everyone,

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

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 ( 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 ( 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 (, 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

January Meeting 2021 Update

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

December Meeting 2020 Update

Just to further let any potential visitors know we will not have our December meeting in-person at Theodore’s. We will be having our meeting virtually due to the COVID-19 uptick in cases in the counties that we live and serve in.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and we will try to meet in January depending on the situation at hand.

Stay Safe and Healthy

Thank You Veterans!

Today is Veteran’s Day!
Please take the time to thank a Veteran for their work and sacrifice.
Please take the time to thank family members of Veterans that have served our Country.
Without their sacrifice and dedication we would not have the Freedoms that we enjoy today.
Lastly, don’t forget to pray for our currently serving Armed Forces personnel!

We Salute you Veterans and currently serving personnel!


September 2020 Meeting

Fast approaching is our next meeting. September 1st, 2020 at Theodore’s in Canastota at 6:30 pm. We hope to see you there if you can make it. We have a great time discussing upcoming events and just taking some time to get to know each other. All are welcome to join us and you can get the locations on our main page on the right-hand side.


Aug 2020 Meeting – Barring Issues

How are you all doing?  How would everyone like to get together and have a meeting without radios, phones, or any other distractions?

How would you like to meet in person again? 

Well, if those are your questions, then here is the answer!  I know we don’t meet during the summer, but it’s been a long time since we’ve had a meeting!

We are booked for the evening of Aug 4th, 2020 at Theodore’s in Canastota.  Our usual time and place (7 pm or 1900 hrs).  We are looking forward to seeing everyone and if there is a cancellation from Theodore’s we’ll let you know.