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The next meeting of the Kings County Repeater Association will be on April 15th, 2014.
Our radio classes
Our radio exams
Find Your Local ARES
Watch for upcoming EC-001 Emergency Communications Training classes.
Information on local ARES Nets
Big Apple Traffic Net
August 16 & 17: Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend
9/11 Memorial – need good location
New York QSO party and JOTA - October
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
We are pleased to announce a KCRA sponsored VE session will be held at Hack Manhattan on Sunday April 27th, 2014 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (last exam 12:00 PM). As usual, this VE session will be held completely free of charge! So if youve been waiting to take your first exam, or upgrade, now is your chance! Walk-Ins are welcome during this session!
If you will be taking an exam, bring your government issued photo ID that has your correct mailing address on it. If using a passport, also bring an original utility bill that has your correct and current address on it. If upgrading, also bring your original licsense and a photo copy. We HIGHLY suggest new applicants apply for a FCC FRN number before the exam, and bring the FRN number to the session, you will not have to supply your Social Security Number on the application when you provide a valid FRN number.
Hack Manhattan is located at: 137 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10011 (Thats between 6th and 7th Ave.) Nearly every subway line stops at 14th street.
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.