President

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

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