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Presidents Letter - April 2014

Greetings to club members, Friends of the KCRA, and all fellow HAM’s!
 
UPDATE: Due to the holiday and not so great weather, we've decided to postpone the hands-on demonstration until our May meeting.
 
Have you ever wondered how a radio can grab signals that are transmitted through the air and convert them into sound?  The next meeting we will have a Hands-On-Lab with Josh K2FTC.  He will demonstrate how to make a working Crystal Radio receiver from household items.  The next KCRA’s regular meeting, April 15, we will build your own AM radio receiver from scratch and use it to listen to AM radio broadcasts. With your crystal radio you will be able to experiment with the circuit and the antenna to get the best reception.  We will have easy Kits to put together.  If you want to bring a young guest that is interested in radio, they are more than welcome. 
 
I want to thank Gary, KB2BSL, for last month’s excellent presentation of the latest wireless technology that he put together the last minute, from things he had in his briefcase!  We will also discuss the new WEB site we are upgrading to, and the format of the club newsletter.  We are open to suggestions on improvements the readers would like incorporated in to the new WEB site or News Letter.   
 
Don W2DON is doing well after his knee surgery last month.  Felicia, KB2NYF, has taken his place until he is fully recovered from the operation.  We wish Don a speedy recovery!
 
Some of the events for 2014 we have coming up:
 
April 26 and 26: High Rock Challenge Adventure Race/ Richmond County ARES Staten Island, NY- Contact Vinny/KB2PSI - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 
May 17: Kings County ARES/Brooklyn Half-Marathon -0700. Various locations in Brooklyn. Contact Bob/KD2BQM This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
May 16 – 18: Dayton Hamvention -  our Mike N2BMU will be there!
 
May 18: Queens County ARES/34th Annual Buckley's - Kennedy's 5K Charity Run - Breezy Point, Queens. Contact Jeff/N1JSP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
June 7: Pancake Triathlon/Richmond County ARES - Staten Island, NY Contact Vinny/KB2PSI - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
June 28 – 29:  Field Day 
 
July 17-19: ARRL 100 Years Convention in Hartford – we are planning a trip.
 
August 5: National-Night-Out 

  August 16 & 17: Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend 

  9/11 Memorial – need good location

  New York QSO party and JOTA - October

Become Radioactive!   Come to the KCRA meetings!  Learn something participating in our Hands-On-Labs! The Kings County Repeater Association needs your support at our monthly meetings!  If you have any ideas that pertain to amateur radio, we would like to hear from you.
I think most of us are members of the ARRL.  If you are not, I would like you to consider becoming a member of the ARRL. The ARRL has a lot to offer you in many ways, and they protect the amateur radio bands from commercial use!
73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

Presidents Letter, November 2013

Greetings to club members, Friends of the KCRA, and all fellow HAM’s!

For this month’s meeting we will have a two way video conversation with an old friend, Gordon West, WB6NOA.

The Boy Scout, Big Apple Jamboree at Camp Pouch was very successful.  All the guys that helped us out had a great time.  At times we had our hands full, with some large groups of kids, and demonstrating how a radio works.  The Guys made many JOTA contacts from Scouts all over the world.  The Guys also worked the NY QSO party, with great results.

Gary KB2BSL and I attended the Hudson Division Awards luncheon.  We meet up with old friends, and discussed various issues with the ARRL NLI Section Manager Jim Mezey, W2KFV Hudson Division Director Mike N2YBB, ARES and HRU representatives.

The clubs end of year Holiday Party will be held: 3:00 pm December 15, at the Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet, 1501 Forest Ave., Staten Island.  The price will be $20, and you will receive a raffle ticket for one of many great prizes.  

This month, nominations for the KCRA Board of Directors nominations for 2014 will be finalized at the end of the November meeting.

Candidate list for the KCRA Board of Directors:

Office Candidate
President Vincent Mattera, KB2PSI
Vice-President Gary Lindtner, KB2BSL
Recording Secretary Joseph Nieves, N2TEE
Treasurer Glen Konwaler, KD2BXM
Membership Chairperson Don LaSalla, W2DON
Technical Chairperson  
Educational Chairperson John Murphey, KB2RIF
Newsletter Chairperson Josh Gaffin, K2FTC

Some of the events for 2014 we are look at doing are:

HRU - Sun, Jan. 5 

Dayton Hamvention - May 16 - 18

Field Day - June 28 - 29

National Night Out - Tues., Aug. 5

Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend - Aug. 16 & 17

9/11 Memorial

JoTa - October

New York QSO party - October

Become Radioactive!   Come to the KCRA meetings!  Learn something participating in our Hands-On-Labs! The Kings County Repeater Association needs your support at our monthly meetings!  If you have any ideas that pertain to amateur radio, we would like to hear from you.

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Presidents Letter, September 2013

Greetings to club members, Friends of the and all fellow HAM’s!

Last weekend, Gary KB2BSL, Jim KC2LEB, Russ KC2LSB and Charlie WA2GUG held a free two day EC-001 class. The EmComm-001 certification class was designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer.  It included elements of ICS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System and ICS-700: National Incident Management System (NIMS).  They had a 100% pass rate for the test that was given the second day. They did an excellent job at teaching the class!!

This month, MikeLisenco (N2YBB) the ARRL Hudson Division Director and Jim Mezey (W2KFV) our ARRL Section manager will be dropping in for an update on what is happening in our division. During our special ARRL night the club will extend a special combination ARRL/KCRA membership offer. New ARRL and KCRA members will be able to join for a special combination price of only $50 for their first year, this is a savings of over $20.00. Additional details are available here.

September 10, I will be doing a special event station from Governors Island using portable equipment. We will have a station set up on 20M or 40M depending on band conditions.  I will try to monitor the KC2RA repeater.  I hope to be operating from sometime after 11:00 am until 3:30 pm.   

This month the KCRA Executive Board is open for nominations from the full members, and shall close with the October membership meeting. At the time of this writing, all board members are running. 

Become Radioactive!   Come to the KCRA meetings!  Learn something participating in our Hands-On-Labs! The Kings County Repeater Association needs your support at our monthly meetings!  If you have any ideas that pertain to amateur radio, we would like to hear from you.

I think most of us are members of the ARRL.  If you are not, I would like you to consider becoming a member of the ARRL. The ARRL has a lot to offer you in many ways, and they protect the amateur radio bands from commercial use!

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

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Presidents Letter, October 2013

Greetings to club members, Friends of the KCRA, and all fellow HAM’s!
This month, nominations for the KCRA board should be submitted.  There is one opening for the Technical director.  Jim, KC2LEB has to step down from that position.  Next month, November, members will cast a vote, and finalize the nominations for next year’s Board of Directors. 
I would like to thank the VE team members for the free Technician classes that they held this year!  Gary KB2BSL, Jim KC2LEB, Russ KC2LSB, Charlie WA2GUG, Charlie KC2PED and Joe N2TEE, for a great job with the classes!!! 
September, Gary and myself were able to work QRP off the stern of the Carnival ship Splendor.  We did pretty good distances with only a few watts!  Between us we worked Germany, Italy, Canada and the States.  Most of our contacts were over a thousand miles!  I was using a 5 band antenna, and Gary had the ‘miracle whip’ antenna.
The KCRA has been officially requested by the Boy Scouts, to be present at Pouch Camp on the weekend of October 11-14 for the Big Apple Jamboree, with a special emphasis on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  Anyone interested in joining us there, should send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and we will send you the details of what we are planning on doing.
November, members of the Board will be attending the Hudson Division Awards luncheon.  The club has donated $100 dollars towards the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund. 
Next year’s road trips will be to HRU, Dayton, and ARRL’s 100th anniversary …..
Become Radioactive!   Come to the KCRA meetings!  Learn something participating in our Hands-On-Labs! The Kings County Repeater Association needs your support at our monthly meetings!  If you have any ideas that pertain to amateur radio, we would like to hear from you.
I think most of us are members of the ARRL.  If you are not, I would like you to consider becoming a member of the ARRL. The ARRL has a lot to offer you in many ways, and they protect the amateur radio bands from commercial use!
73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

Presidents Letter June 2013

Greetings to club members, Friends of the KCRA and fellow HAM’s!

This month is the KCRA’s annual Field day!  We will be participating in this event along with thousands of other amateurs around the US.  In preparation of this event, we will be discussing it during this month’s club meeting.  
This year the Club is 45 years old, and we will be having a BBQ during Field Day to celebrate!  We are looking for volunteers to assist in setting up and helping with the BBQ during Field Day.  Look on the WEB site for more information.
Last month’s meeting, John KB2RIF, gave a lecture on the ‘Magic Band’, 6 meters.  We will be putting that information to good use during this month’s Field day!   The satellite planning committee, Charlie, KC2PED and Joe N2TEE, are getting ready to set up a first-class station for Field day.  The radio will be operational depending on the timing of a pass and the weather.
May 17-19, members of the Club took a trip to the Dayton Ohio Hamvention!  We had a great time, found lots of bargains, and talked to a lot of interesting people!  Our hospitality suite (table) was in the outdoor flea market, handing out cold beverages to members and friends that stopped by.
The FREE Technician class Email lessons have started. Look at our WEB site for more information, where to get the book and how to sign up.  The second day of class we will hold a free Technician test for those that attended the class. 
73’ KB2PSI, Vinny
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