President

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

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