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President's Message – May 2011

Greetings to all our club members and Friends of the KCRA.

This month’s meeting, May 17th, we will have a Hands-on Lab with our resident Repeater Extraordinaire, Jim KC2LEB.  Jim and Gary will demonstrate what makes up a repeater, and various ways of linking them together.  They will also be discussing the improvements that went into the new Club repeater that is being built.

For those of you that missed Gary’s D-Star presentation, April 19th, D-Star night, we will be posting the Video and PowerPoint presentation on the WEB site soon.   During that meeting we raffled off Sid’s donated radio equipment for $165.00, plus we got additional cash donations of $240.00 went towards the Repeater Improvement Fund.  Thank you very much Sid, Tom and Felicia and the others that donated money and equipment!!

*** May 20th, Dayton ***  Join the club there, this year we will have a table thanks to Gary!  Gary and Mike went last year, and had a really good time, and came back with new gear, and interesting stories.  This year will be no exception, they will be meeting one of the founding members of the KCRA, Bill Pasternak WA6ITF.

Join us, June 21st, for a hands on Lab with John, KB2RIF.  He will instruct us in the building of a 15m vertical antenna for Field-Day.  If you haven’t signed up for Field-day, send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We have plenty of room for operators, and their antennas.  You need to sign up to reserve a spot, and antenna location.  If you want to join the field day fun, but don’t have a portable radio, you are welcome to join us, and Get-On-The-Air! 

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!
 

Club meeting “Talk-In” frequency will be the KC2RA repeater 146.430 PL 136.5 shift +1.0.  We will be monitoring the repeater, make any last minute announcements, and provide assistance to meeting participants if needed

Become Radioactive!   Come to the KCRA meetings!  Learn something participating in our Hands-On-Labs!

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

President's Message – June 2011

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

During this month’s meeting on June 21st, we will be building the 15m Moxon antenna that we will be using during Field day.  This year’s Field day promises to be bigger and better that last years!  We will have twice the number of antennas as usual, and some new operators that promised to stay with us all night!  Come on over and join us for the meeting!  We will be discussing Field Day planning, our new Arcom controller, and the Club Echo-IRLP project status.    

Last Month’s Hands-on Lab with our resident Repeater Extraordinaire, Jim KC2LEB, went over very well.  The members learned a lot about the repeater operation, and our plans for the repeater upgrade.  Thank you, Jim and Gary for an excellent demonstration.  We have other improvements that we are working on, including retiring the Station Master for a newer antenna that was recently purchased. So, stay tuned in for more announcements!  

Dayton pictures were posted by Gary, including one of the founding members of the KCRA, Bill Pasternak WA6ITF.  Gary and Mike had a table set up in the middle of the Flea Market, and did a great job promoting the Club.  One of the hot items they were giving away were pens with a club logo and information on it. It seemed that they were the only supply of Pens in the Flea Market, and gave away close to 500 of them in only a few hours! Another hot club item were the small and very convenient orange cooler bags, the Dayton participants seemed to grab these up quickly.  They were great for keeping your drink and sandwich cool. 

Join us, June 25th and 26st, for the Club’s biggest event of the year!  If you haven’t already signed up for Field-day, send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We have plenty of room for operators, and their antennas.  You need to sign up to reserve a spot, and antenna location.  If you want to join the Field-Day fun, but don’t have a radio, you are more than welcome to join us, and Get-On-The-Air!  This will be a good opportunity for you to use the Extra portions of the bands.

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!

Club meeting “Talk-In” frequency will be the KC2RA repeater 146.430 PL 136.5 shift +1.0.  We will be monitoring the repeater, make any last minute announcements, and provide assistance to meeting participants if needed

Become Radioactive!   Come to the KCRA meetings!  Learn something participating in our Hands-On-Labs!

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

President's Message – November 2011

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

It’s beginning to feel like winter, but the weather is holding for some outdoor radio fun!  If anyone is able, and would like to join us for some QRP in the park, Please send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !

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

I would like to thank all our members that helped out during the year with the hands on lab’s and equipment demonstrations.  I would like to thank Dave for bringing in his HT Museum.  He had many interesting stories to tell about the history of each of the HT’s and other equipment. 

This month’s meeting, or VE team will be giving a class on how to become a VE.  All General and above are welcome to take the test at the end of the meeting.  The Board member elections will also be held at the end of the meeting.

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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President's Message – October 2011

Greetings to all club members, Friends of the KCRA and fellow HAM’s. The summer is over, and fall is here!  We had a great year with many events.

We have added a new event to the Calendar, the Boy Scouts of America have invited us to Camp Pouch on Staten Island for their fall Jamboree!  The event will be on October 15th, from 9:00 am to about 5:00 pm.  We will be helping them with the communication merit badges.  Now is your chance if you would like to do some overnight camping from Friday October 14th till Sunday the 16th . There are plenty of good spots available! 

The surprise event this year, and the one that turned out the best for public exposure of our hobby, was National Night Out on Staten Island Boardwalk!  We had a very comfortable large corner spot near the parking lot entrance.   We were only there about 5 hours, but were able to set up quickly, and make some excellent overseas contacts using 5 watts!  We had two HF radios running SSB, vhf/uhf using digital and FM modes.  

The International Light-House & Light Ship in Brooklyn was a big success with the Seagate community.  There were many non-HAM visitors that stopped by to see what we were doing.  We were able to get some of the kids to put down their iPhones and talk on a real radio… They could turn out to be future HAM’s’!

The 911 event at the Conference House Museum was a difficult event, but we managed.  We were given a postage stamp sized spot near noisy power lines.  It made making contacts on HF very difficult, but we did make some overseas contacts.  We wound up using 6m & 10,20m, but made all contacts on 20m.    

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

President's Message - December 2011

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

The KCRA’s annual Holiday Party is this month, at the China Buffet on Hyland Boulevard Staten Island.  All Members and Friends are invited to our festivities.  It will be Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 pm. It's $12 per person.  For more information and to RSVP, please use the clubs event registration system on the website.

We have reached the end of the year with many great events and some great public exposure for the club!  We were at Ham Radio University last year, and will be sponsoring it again next month in January.  Look on our Web site for more details.  We had some great fun on a summers evening during National Night Out, where we were on the boardwalk at South Beach SI.  The Boy Scout Camporee in October was also a very good experience, and may have some new Ham’s from that one!  The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend was another great public event we do at Coney Island!  Just to name a few of the things we were involved in this year.

During our November Club meeting, Gary KB2BSL held a how to become a VE class, there will be five new VE’s available to join the team! 

The Board member elections were held, and I would like to congratulate Joe, N2TEE for joining us.  Joe is replacing Phil K2RUH who is unable to continue the position as recording secretary.

Next year we are looking forward to holding a Technician class in Brooklyn.  It will be a Saturday & Sunday in February.   We will be posting more in information on this class soon, please check the WEB site.

We are looking for some Ideas on meeting topics for next year, 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. 

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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