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

 

Last month’s Operation-Santa at JFK we had a very good turnout for operators! 26 local HAM’s assisted us with about four thousand special children, all wanting for Santa to arrive on a Jet!  It was a fun event for those of you that never participated in an ARES event before.  

 

Our club, along with NYCRA and NYC ARES attended HRU at Briarcliffe College the beginning of the month.  There was a much larger turnout this year, and several new lectures were added. 

 

This month’s meeting, Andy will be demonstrating how to tune up a radio for optimal performance. 

 

Februarys’ meeting we will have a guest speaker, Walter KA2RGI, demonstrate the principles of antenna basics.  He will visually show you with ‘live’ RF how Omni directional and beam antennas work. It is a very interesting demonstration for all levels, even if you never built one.

 

This spring we will be doing Satellite DX hopefully in Owle’s head park with the assistance of a guest lecturer from AMSAT.  Peter is a member of AMSAT and has hands on experience building Satellites, and is an avid sat-hunter using portable handheld equipment.  We will be doing this demonstration on a sunny spring weekend, everyone is invited for picnic in the park.

 

Some of the events we are looking forward to doing in 2015:

 

1. Dayton HAMvention – looking for a group of people to go

 - Friday, May 15-17, 2015

   http://www.hamvention.org

 

2. Field-Day – looking for a great place to hold one

 - Saturday, June 27, 2015

   Time: 1800 UTC Saturday until 2059 UTC Sunday

 

3. National Night Out – we will be at South beach SI

 - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

 

4. International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend – New York Harbor

 - Sat-Sun Aug. 15-16, 2015

   http://www.illw.net/

 

5. 911 Special Event Station – date/location to be determined

 

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