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The next meeting of the Kings County Repeater Association will be on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.
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We have some great events coming up in August. Time to get out of the house and join your fellow HAMS, get on the air, meet up with some old friends and make new ones!
You are invited to join us, KCRA, ARES, NYCRA and guys from the NTS, for National Night Out Against Crime, on the Staten Island board walk. Come over and join the fun, we will have several portable radios battery & solar powered, portable antennas, canopy, generator and lights set up on the boardwalk. We made some great overseas contacts last year, and will do it again! It was a lot of fun!
National Night Out Against Crime
- Tuesday, August 4th @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
03:30 pm – we will set up table near the “Turtle circle”
05:00 pm - event starts
09:00 pm - event ends
Last year’s event http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/08/thousands_of_staten_islanders_6.html
Attendees will include network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and concerned citizens.
NNO & NATW is sponsored by the 122 Precinct Staten Island Community Council.
Jefferson Ave. loop & Father Capodanno Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306
At the "Sea Turtle Circle", Midland beach, past Seaview Ave (SI University Hospital)
There will be giveaways, rides, free food and drink, and tons of emergency vehicles on display.
The August 18th meeting of the Kings County Repeater Association will be held starting at 7:00 PM (Coffee & Cake social time at 6:30), all meetings are held at: The Guild For Exceptional Children 260 68th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Limited off street parking is available. The closest subway is the "R" line "Bay Ridge Ave" station, just a block and a half away! All are welcome, this meeting is open to both members and non-members.
The July 21st meeting of the Kings County Repeater Association will be held starting at 7:00 PM (Coffee & Cake social time at 6:30), all meetings are held at: The Guild For Exceptional Children 260 68th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Limited off street parking is available. The closest subway is the "R" line "Bay Ridge Ave" station, just a block and a half away! All are welcome, this meeting is open to both members and non-members.
As usual, Field Day is a fun weekend and can expose you to HF, contesting, radios, and new operating modes, it is not a contest, no experience or license is required. The station will operate continuously, stop by any time during the event even 1:00 AM!
This year’s educational activity: An introduction to Apache Labs SDR radios. Sunday Morning at 9:00 AM.
Location: William H. Pouch Scout Camp, Camporee Field; 1465 Manor Road, Staten Island Directly across from the JCC
Talk-in: KC2GOW/KC2LEB linked repeater system: 440.550 +5 pl:141.3, 147.315 +.6 pl:118.5, 445.125 -5 pl:141.3, 53.830 -1 pl:136.5, 927.700/902.0375 pl:100.0
The telephone number for WA2CP is: 718-473-0737
10:00 AM Saturday June 27th until 2:00 PM Sunday June 28th. On Air at 2:00pm.
The location is publicly accessible.
WA2CP will be the call sign.
Merit badge counseling in Radio, Electricity, Electronics, and Digital Technology will be available. Scouts should arrive in uniform. There is a $1.00 facility fee.
A FREE licensing exam session will be held at about 7:00 pm Saturday, weather dependent.
Cell phone coverage at the camp is spotty at best, high speed internet is available.
Plenty of parking is available.
Controlled substances, alcohol, weapons (of any kind), off-road vehicles, untasteful clothing, and other such items and activities are strictly prohibited at the camp. Simply put, if an item you wish to bring is not kid friendly, don’t bring it.
Multiple stations will be available, if you wish to get on the air, you will have an opportunity. Additionally, you are free to set up your own station, but must adhere to the following requirements:
You MUST complete, possess and present a current and valid BSA “Youth Protection Training” certificate.
You may not set up prior to 10:00 AM
Non-resonant antennas such as G5RV’s and random wire are prohibited.
The use of a band pass filter is required, please bring your own.
Provide your own clean power source.
Bring a Windows 7 or later laptop with modern Wi-Fi for logging (Please familiarize yourself in how to disable your firewall and AV programs if you have them). Download and install the logging software before you arrive, the key will be provided on-site. All operators must computer log in real time.
Notify Gary, KB2BSL in advance (kb2bsl @ kc2ra.org).
We all love food, this year in an effort to cut down on waste, cooking, and prep. Field Day will be catered from a local restaurant. Paid KCRA members that plan on attending will have the opportunity to choose an item from a menu in advance that fits their pallet best. Please check your Email for further information.
The May 19th meeting of the Kings County Repeater Association will be held starting at 7:00 PM (Coffee & Cake social time at 6:30), all meetings are held at: The Guild For Exceptional Children 260 68th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Limited off street parking is available. The closest subway is the "R" line "Bay Ridge Ave" station, just a block and a half away! All are welcome, this meeting is open to both members and non-members.
Kings County Repeater Association Executive Board
The February 17th meeting of the Kings County Repeater Association will be held starting at 7:00 PM (Coffee & Cake social time at 6:30), all meetings are held at: The Guild For Exceptional Children 260 68th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Limited off street parking is available. The closest subway is the "R" line "Bay Ridge Ave" station, just a block and a half away! All are welcome, this meeting is open to both members and non-members.
Program for the evening: GUEST SPEAKER Walter KA2RGI
Hope to see everyone there!
I am pleased to report that our club website is not suspect to the vulnerability known as the Heartbleed Bug. Then again you probably never knew our site was sucurely accessible via SSL (for the NSA parinoid out there), give it a try: https://www.kc2ra.org
You may wonder what the club does with your $35 annual membership dues and other funds we raise. If you haven’t renewed or joined yet, perhaps this will give you some incentive to do so.
As a non-profit corporation, the KCRA uses its funds in various ways, both for the benefit of its members, and for furthering the radio art. By the time 2013 is over the club should have:
Sponsored several FREE licensing classes, helping to bring about 100 new people into the hobby. One class has completed, another is underway with yet a third in the planning stages.
Sponsored two EC-001 Emergency Communications classes, one exclusively for NY Guard soldiers. These classes are free, with a $15.00 test fee for the ARRL certificate.
Sponsored six totally FREE licensing exam sessions, held at the Guild for Exceptional Children every other month. That’s right, with our LARC team, you can upgrade or take the technician exam without any fee whatsoever.
Repeater improvements galore! This extensive, multi-year refurbishment plan to both our 2m analog and 70cm D-Star systems are nearing completion. Once complete, both repeaters will consist of completely new (NOT used) flexible and modern equipment that should last many, many years, at a cost of many thousands of dollars, and much hard work.
Let’s not forget the cost of insuring this equipment, our liability insurance, activates such as Field Day, Light House Weekend, Elmer 101, Hands on Labs, our regular meeting activities, and the donations we make to retain our meeting facility.
Of course this is not a complete list of what the club does, but as you can see, we stretch every dollar as far as possible.
If you’re not already a member, or have not renewed, please consider doing so today!
The net is held each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 8:00 PM. The repeater will automatically join the appropriate IRLP reflector at 7:45PM, and will automatically disconnect at 8:45 PM, the net may also be heard on the following repeaters: KC2LEB (440.550, +5, PL 141.3). KC2GOW (445.125, -5, PL 141.3), K2CJP (145.410, -.6, PL 114.8), and of course KC2RA (146.430, +1, PL 136.5). Echolink access to the net is via node 132967 (KC2LEB/R).
If you would like to participate as a net control operator, or for more information on the Big Apple Traffic Net, please visit WWW.BIGAPPLETRAFFICNET.ORG.