President

President's Message - July 2012

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

All members and friends are welcome to or next special meeting.  We will be thanking the Sponsors, who donated generously to buy the new equipment.  We are also showing our appreciation to the Tech-Team for all the hard work they did on the repeater(s), antenna, and cabling!  There will be some bubbly and food to celebrate!

What an excellent Field Day! Two days of great weather, and overnight camping.  We out did our last year’s Field Day!!  Setting up went much quicker this year.  We were up with power around 10:30 am on Saturday. The operators are getting much better at logging contacts; we used the more accurate electronic logging!!  The five stations we operated covered most bands, except 160m.

Here is a breakdown of what we did:

Score Summary:
            CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs   0      15   236
Total Points 0      30   236   266 Claimed Score = 532

Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
     CW          Digital     Phone
     QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W)
160m
80m                          80   150
40m                          59   150
20m              15   150    76   150
15m                          16   150
10m                           1   150
6m                            4   150
2m
1.25
Other
Satellite
GOTA
TOTAL 0          15         236
 
The most exciting thing we did was have a WEB cam operational Saturday around 10:30 am, and active until we shut down on Sunday 12:00 pm.  The numbers of viewers were more than we ever had expected.  There were over 1,000 hits, and 453 viewer hours, with at least one viewer from each of the following countries: Afghanistan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China, all over Europe, the Philippines, Japan, Israel, Argentina and Russia.

Our good friend Yigal, K2EFG, was set up on the East side of the Belt Parkway, Brooklyn running %100 Solar Power.  He did very well operating with two stations just using Solar Power!!
Here is a link to what he was doing: “ARRL Field Day 2012 Brooklyn Belt Parkway East”


73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

President's Message - June 2012

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

I would like to thank Charlie, WA2GUG and Russ, KC2LSB for their excellent presentation of the "Re-introduction to Packet Radio" during our last meeting in May.  We will try to get them back for another one.

The next meeting is June 19th,  join us for a new Field Day Hands-On-Lab presented by our Technical Chair person Gary.  We will be learning about the logging software we will be using for Field Day.  Those that plan on attending Field Day, NEED to use this software to log ALL contacts.  Please bring your Windows Laptop to this meeting, if you want to use your radio during Field-Day !

We will also be finalizing our band plan, and antenna layouts.  All antennas will have an assigned position, so that there are no overlaps in cables.   The Field Day plans will be posted on the site, come on down, even if you are just interested in how we set up, or just want to get on the air!  

Repeater Status:   The repeater has been operational for two months now, and seems to be doing very well.  Last weekend Gary, and the Technical Staff, Alan,  Josh and I worked on the new controller installation.  It was successfully installed and worked only after ALL the 25 pin connector’s wires were reversed!  The three inspectors did give it the OK to plug in… learning experience!  The squelch was also adjusted to eliminate the noise.  When you get a chance, please use the repeater, and send in a signal report to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

President's Message - March 2012

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

The next meeting, March 20th, joining us for a presentation will be your ARRL Hudson Division Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, the Vice-Director William Hudzik, W2UDT and ARRL NLI Section Manager Mike Lisenco, N2YBB.  We will also be discussing the plans for the new repeater equipment, and what we anticipating we will be doing in the future with it. 

I would like to thank Bill Pasternak, of “Amateur Radio News Line”, for his Skype meeting with us last month.  Bill discussed the history of the club since its conception in 1968.  It was a very interesting long distance two way video conversation with Bill, and we thank him very much for the time he spent with us!

Repeater Status:   This week we gave up on fixing the GE master II repeater.  Over the weekend, it was caught smoking in Jim’s shop!  It is not beyond repair, but the boys have put in too much time and money on trying to get it running.  It is time to replace the old outdated equipment, with a brand new repeater.  We have started ordering parts, cables, and will put it together in about 10 days.  

We have a lot of work left to do on at the repeater site.  The next trips to the site, we will be: installing the new repeater; removing the old equipment; taking down the antenna for a tune up; adding a ground wire to the equipment cabinet and testing the cable; if time permits, installing a newer antenna. Please be patient, we will be back on the “Air” shortly.

In the interim, the KC2LEB UHF (440.5500 / 445.5500 PL-141.3, Staten Island North), and the clubs WG2MSK D-Star repeaters are available for use. Look for the KCRA Monday Night Club Net @8:30 following the Big Apple Traffic Net on Jim's repeater.

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

President's Message - April 2012

Greetings to all club members, Friends of the KCRA and fellow HAM’s!
The next meeting, April 17th, join us for a new Hands-On-Lab presented by our Technical Chairperson Gary, KB2BSL.  We will be learning about 1:1 ferrite current balun, and limited kits will be available for members.
Last month’s presentation was from our ARRL Hudson Division Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, and the Vice-Director William Hudzik, W2UDT. Our ARRL NLI Section Manager Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, also stopped by to keep us up to date on what is happening.  
Repeater Status:   The first week in April, before the Tuesday VE exam, Gary installed part of the new repeater system.  It was ‘on-the-air’ for little over an hour.  When the Mores Code identifier sounded, Sid, KB2GEK shouted out to see who was on!  We spoke briefly with him. It was good to hear someone on the frequency using the repeater again!  
We have a lot of work left to do on at the repeater site.  The next trips to the site, we will be: finishing the installation of the new repeater; removing the old equipment; taking down the antenna for a tune up; adding a ground wire to the equipment cabinet and testing the antenna cable; Please be patient, we will be back on the “Air” shortly.
In the interim, the KC2LEB UHF (440.5500 / 445.5500 PL-141.3, Staten Island North), and the clubs WG2MSK D-Star repeaters are available for use. Look for the KCRA Monday Night Club Net @8:30 following the Big Apple Traffic Net on Jim's repeater.
A special side note is in order for our long time club member Jack, KB2BCC, who passed the Extra Class Element 4!  Congratulations Jack!
73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

President's Message - February 2012

ATTENTION:  The next club meeting is Tuesday, February 21st.    We will have a very special guest speaker, Bill Pasternak of “Amateur Radio News Line” fame! Bill was one of the founding members of the club in the late Sixties, and has many great stories about some of the equipment we were using in those days. Bill will be appearing live via video conference from his home in California. We will be trying many new things like this in the future, including the possibility of streaming live feeds of the club meetings.

I would like to thank the members of the club that gave up there Super Bowl weekend to teach soldiers of the New York Guard. The instructors were KB2BSL Gary, Charlie WA2GUG, Jim KB2LEB, Joe N2TEE and myself.  We held the class at the historic Manhattan armory for a two day condensed Technician class and test.   The instructors presented extensive all day lessons from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.  We discussed electronic theory with power point slides, and backed it up with hands-on demonstrations of electronic theory.   Everyone enjoyed the class, and we have been invited back to hold additional HAM radio classes.

Repeater Status:   The repeater has been off the air for a few weeks, and a GE Master II (donated by Steve, WB2WAK) is in the process of being tested by Jim, KC2LEB.  The newly cut crystals for our frequency have been installed.  The repeater is being burned on a bench, for a stability test.  What’s left is some controller programming, and to test the new Echolink/IRLP node.  We have a lot of work left to do on at the repeater site.  The next trip to the site, we will be installing the new repeater, removing the old equipment, and if time permits, installing a newer antenna. Please be patient, we will be back on the “Air” shortly.

In the interim, the KC2LEB UHF (440.5500 / 445.5500 PL-141.3, Staten Island North), and the clubs WG2MSK D-Star repeaters are available for use. Look for the KCRA Monday Night Club Net @8:30 following the Big Apple Traffic Net on Jim's repeater.

We are looking for some Ideas on meeting topics for 2012, comments are welcome. Please send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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!

Have any interesting HAM related pictures, old members, old events, send us a note; we would like to post it on the site!

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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