President

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

At this Tuesday's meeting we will be discussing upcoming events and the latest developments with Camp Pouch.  We are also planning a hands on kit-build.  

We've been busy this month:

August 5th was National Night Out (http://natw.org). Our club had a table setup in the center of all the activities. Jim/KC2LEB set up a station to do the NTS net. I was running a QRP HF radio with a portable tripod and made some long distance contacts overseas.  The evening's 20m QRP (5 watts) contacts included: the ARRL centennial event station South Dakota -W1AW/0, 9ADQ from Denmark and OK2RZ from Czech Republic.  We had some good weather for the event; it was a perfect evening on the Staten Island board walk. 

August 7th, Gary/KB2BSL, Steve/NV2L, Chris/K2USH and myself were at the grand opening of the National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island (http://lighthousemuseum.org/).  We setup a table with our gear and demonstrated how the lighthouse radio operators would contact ships at sea.

The August 13th edition of The Staten Island Advance ran a terrific article entitled:  "Become a ham radio operator: It is easier than ever and the 'saintly' thing to do on Staten Island" and it   talks about the Club's license course!  The article can be found at: http://s.silive.com/CPjm4Ud.

and this past weekend (8/16-17th) Gary/KB2BSL, Andy/KC2GOW, Chris/K2USH and Steve/NV2L participated in the North American QSO SSB Party. The guys made 825 contacts and had a score of 120,000. Well done! 

 

Upcoming events the Club will be participating in:

September 6th - Kings County ARES  - TEAL Walk/Run in Prospect Park. Contact: Bob/KD2BQM This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

9/11 Memorial Station – (need a good location; maybe Camp Pouch.)

September 13th - Kings County ARES - Dan’s 5K Fun Run/Walk in Gerritsen Beach. ~This will be an inter-operability exercise using both GMRS and HAM.~ Contact: Bob/ KD2BQM This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

September 24th - Richmond County ARES - Richmond County Medical Center - Mass Casaulty Full Scale Exercise - 10am. Contact: Lefty/KB2KAB This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

September 27th - The Boy Scouts of America have invited us to Fort Hamilton Army Base for their first annual Boy Scout Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) DAY.  This event will feature hands-on learning, in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Workshops. This will be led by Scout volunteers, industry professionals and educators.  We were asked to assist with their Radio Merit Badge. We could use volunteers for this event. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info. (http://www.bsa-gnyc.org/event/1579709)

and in October: New York QSO Party and JOTA.

 

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 Vinny/KB2PSI

 

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