President

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

Please take note: the August meeting has been canceled.

Please take note: the September meeting has been moved to L&B Spumoni Gardens!!

                 For the Sicilian square pizza & ice cream from an old-school Italian counter!

                 Address: 2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

                  http://www.spumonigardens.com/

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***  In September, the Guild needs to use our room for a meeting.

***  We will hold it at L&B’s outside, if the weather is bad, we will be inside.

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It’s Summer, time to get out of the house and join your fellow HAMs, get on the air, meet up with some old friends and make new ones!

List of the Summer events club members are participating in:

- National Night Out, Tuesday of August 1, on the Staten Island beach was a blast!  We set up a

 table full of HAM flyers, and portable backpack radio gear to demonstrate.  I didn’t get a

 chance to ‘play’ radio, was too busy meeting old friends, and making new contacts.  There were

 several people that approached me with an interest in taking the HAM Technician class with us

 later this year.   

- International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (Always held on the third full weekend of August)

 Saturday – Sunday, August 19-20, 2017.  There are over 10 lighthouses within reach in the five

 boroughs.  Find one close to you and set up portable operation!!  You can also try looking

 for them on spotting networks.

- Total Solar Eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017 about 02:00 pm EDT.

 I will be part of the “Eclipse-Mob” a crowd sourcing effort to conduct a low-frequency radio

 wave propagation experiment.  I have built a special receiver to take RF samples and live

 stream the data to George Mason University and the University of Massachusetts.

 If the weather permits, I will be setting up my HF radios at the Princes Bay Lighthouse on SI.

 It is open from 06:00 am to 08:00 pm.  

 Here is a very interesting link about the Eclipse event/s that are happening on Aug 21st.:

 http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/  - How to be a Two-Minute Scientist on Eclipse Day

News Updates:

We are looking in to doing a free HAM Technician (2) day weekend class and test.  We have always gotten a great response from the participants of the hands-on class, and will be doing this class again this winter.  The class will be open to ALL, and is free, including the testing!!

The IRLP & D-Star server needs to be re-located to get internet service needed for their operation.

The KC2RA 2M club repeater has been up and running very well for the past several months with out any issues.  I am looking for some help getting the “Club”-net back on the air.  A good time for me to run the net is after 09:00 PM.  Topic’s will be HAM and PC related... tips-tricks-antennas, some crazy distance doing QRP... maybe some Morse code...   

Become Radioactive!   Come to the KCRA meetings!  Learn something, participating in our Hands-On-Labs!  The CLUB needs your support at our monthly meetings!  If you have any ideas that pertain to amateur radio, we would like to hear from you.

Protect the Amateur Radio bands from commercial use!  Join the ARRL!!

Have a Great Summer!! Hope to see YOU in the Fall...

73’ until September

KB2PSI, Vinny

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