President's Message - November 2012

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

The KCRA’s annual Holiday Party is next month, and will be a Sunday Brunch in the Historic Fort Hamilton.  All Members and Friends are invited to our festivities.  It will be Sunday, December 16th at 11:30 am. It's $25 per person.  For more information and to RSVP, please use the clubs event registration system on the website.

We would like to congratulate Mike, N2YBB for being elected as the new Hudson Division Director!   The voting turnout for Mike was outstanding!   He was declared the winner, with 836 votes.

Mike, N2BMU and Gary, KB2BSL will conduct a presentation on solar power at the November 20th KCRA meeting.  The demonstration will include how to solder Power-Film solar cells as well as monocrystalline solar cells. We will also show you how to connect these to a solar charge controller and a battery.  The first 15 attendees will receive a CD containing various videos and documents on making your own solar panels.

The November meeting is also when we formally elect the nominees for the clubs Board of Directors for 2013.

We will also be discussing what the members did to in preparations for Hurricane Sandy.  Gary tried running a freezer with Gel-Cells… and also what not to do...  Mike had lots of LED’s, I had batteries, Laptop, AM/FM radio and HAM radio ready… but forgot one thing…

You will have to come to our next club meeting to hear the discussions on being prepared in the event of an emergency!

Attention, if you are going to HAM Radio University, we are looking for people to help with our table, and ride share!  This is a great learning event to help new HAM’s with the hobby, and teach old HAM’s new tricks!

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

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President's Message - September 2012

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

All members and friends are welcome to or next meeting.  We will be demonstrating low power portable (QRP) and Emergency Field operations.  Joe N2TEE and I will be showing off our portable HF/UHF/VHF radios, antennas.  We will go over options for powering your station and distribution strategies.  For those not familiar with Anderson Power Pole connecters, procedures for proper crimping will be shown.  Examples of field capable antennas will be displayed as well and put to use for on-air demonstration purposes.  We will have a very interesting collection of different types of telescopic whips, tapped loading Coils, folded dipole and other antennas.  Members are invited to bring in their equipment for demonstration.

September 12, I will be doing a special 911 event from Governors Island using portable equipment. We will have two stations set up, one on 20M and 40M depending on band conditions, we may also be on 10m.  I will post what frequencies we are operating on at the end of this article during the event.  We will also be monitoring the KC2RA repeater.  I hope to be operating from sometime after 11:00 am until 3:30 pm.    

August 18th, we held our annual International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend at Coney Island on the grounds of the Norton’s Point Lighthouse.  It rained until around 10:00 am, but the rest of the day was sunny!  We did get in as much ‘air’ time as we hoped.  Gary’s WEB camera was in operation early in the morning showing our progress in setting up!  I made contacts with other Lighthouses from Old Fort Niagara NY, several from Canada, Maryland and other states using a simple homebrew antenna.  I would like to thank our guests that stopped by to support the club’s event, and make it more enjoyable.

Last month’s meeting, we had a special guest speaker, Jack KB2BCC, who shared his (30+) years of experience with test equipment, and best electrical practices.  Jack gave an excellent lecture, and put together a folder of CD’s, charts, and reading materials for us to look over. 

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

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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)
80m                          80   150
40m                          59   150
20m              15   150    76   150
15m                          16   150
10m                           1   150
6m                            4   150
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 - August 2012

On August 7th, we held our bi-monthly VE session. I would like to congratulate the (5) new HAMS, and (3) upgrades!  There were (5) Technician, and (3) General licenses granted..

For those that missed it, that evening, club members were also at National Night Out at South Beach on Staten Island.  We had a good showing, and made some great overseas contacts.

This coming weekend, Aug 18 1300-2100 UTC (9-5 DST), we are having our annual International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend.  We will be at Norton’s Point, Coney Island, operating from the Light keeper’s cottage on the beach.  It offers an amazing view of the harbor.  This is one of the events I always enjoy, easy to set up and operate a radio, with the help and support of the community.   Come on down and join the club at the historic Lighthouse.  We will be streaming this event on the KCRA website, for those that can’t make it, but want to see what we are up to.

We have a special guest speaker for our club meeting this month, Jack KB2BCC.  He will be sharing his (30+) years of experience with test equipment, and best practices.

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

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