Greetings to club members, Friends of the KCRA, and all fellow HAM’s!
 
Last month, Andy KC2GOW, demonstrated a station monitor  along with several handhelds analyzing various 
radio’s performance . 
      
This 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.  Walter is an Extra Class Operator who enjoys many aspect of the hobby and has held various 
positions and appointments within Amateur Radio.  You can look up all his information on QRZ, he 
is a very active HAM person.
 
I don’t know who was following the K1N DX expedition to Navassa Island, one of the rarest island 
activations… they won't be active again for at least 10 years!  Several members of our club were able to 
make contact with them on several bands. KB2BSL PH:10m, 15m, 20m; KC2GOW CW: 12m, 20m, 160m & PH:10m, 15m, 20m.  
You never know, until you try it! For more information look at the K1N site http://www.navassadx.com/
 
Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents.  You will 
have to look on their site for instructions on how to get a paper copy, if you would like one.
http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-paperless-amateur-radio-license-policy-goes-into-effect-on-february-17
 
Have 10 minutes, try tuning into the ISS. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 
(ARISS) anticipates that the ham radio contacts between students and the space station will take 
place between May 1 and December 31, 2015. The ARRL website has more information.  ARISS, 
primarily focuses on encouraging young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and 
math. Calls are coordinated with schools around the world, where an assembly hall of hundreds of 
students might listen to a radio (usually provided by local amateur radio operators) for a few 
brief minutes to reach into space and ask the astronaut crews about living and working on board.
Stay tuned for this springs weekend in-the-field Satellite hunting at Owle’s Head Park in 
Brooklyn.  We will have the assistance of a guest lecturer, Peter W2JV from AMSAT.
 
Some of the events we are look forward 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