Greetings to club members, Friends of the KCRA, and all fellow HAMs!

This Tuesday’s meeting will be a brief one if it rains.  The club's Josh/K2FTC (EC for NY County) and Jeff/N1JSP (EC for Queens County) will give us an update on what ARES has been up to so far this year.  We will also be discussing events, portable equipment used, and plans for Camp Pouch.

Field day was a great success this year!!  We had 20 or more people come over and work our radios!  The BBQ was done by our members, some scouts and their dads.  We had the usual BBQ meat, burgers and franks.  Our VP, Gary/KB2BSL, donated a very lean cut of filet mignon.  That was the best midnight snack ever (except for the cold Mac-n-Cheese.)  We held two VE sessions, and we have a new 11 year old HAM!  The others needed to study harder to be smarter than a fifth grader!  Guys, better luck next time!

Next month on August 5, is National Night Out.  The club will be setting up a table at Turtle Circle, South Beach, Staten Island.  All members are invited to bring down their portable equipment.  The last NNO, we made some excellent contacts over a thousand miles away! 

Upcoming events we are participating in:

ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, CT – July 17-19. (A group of our members are going - don't miss this!)

National Night Out - Tuesday, August 5.

Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend - August 16 & 17.

9/11 Memorial – (need a 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. Get on the air! We want to hear everyone on our VHF and D-Star repeaters. Also, the club sponsors the Big Apple Traffic Net which is part of the ARRL's National Traffic System. The BATN is now 7 days a week. For more info and frequencies, go to: http://bigappletrafficnet.webs.com/.

Lastly, 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! Get in touch if you'd like to know more.

73 de KB2PSI, Vinny