Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – April 2017


Attached is the April 2017 Sparks from the Spa Newsletter. I hope you enjoy it.

Remember the April Club meeting will be this coming Monday, April 10, at the usual location, the Wilton EMS building. Board Meeting is at 6:30, and the general membership meeting is at 7 PM.

Our president, Fred Brown, W5BN asked me to forward the following general membership meeting information:

Hope you will attend the SCARA meeting this Monday Evening. After our Business Meeting, I will be Giving a presentation on merging Ham Radio Deluxe with LOTW and Old QSL cards to enhance both operational and statistical results. I’m still learning but amazed at the results. There will be a drawing for a free Cooling Fan for those attending.  -73- Fred W5BN

I hope to see you there for this topic.
Jim KG2H

Hamfest 2017

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 32nd annual


Sunday, September 10th;  Gates open at 7:00 am

Saratoga County Fair Grounds, 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Only $6 per person includes hourly door prize drawing, plus 8’x8′ “tailgate” space


ONLY $3 !!


  • Delicious Food served all day
  • More hourly prizes PLUS HIGH-END BUCKET PRIZES!!
  • Hourly demonstrations: What’s hot in ham radio now?
  • VE exam to be held at 9:00am (off site)
    • Cornell Co-Op Ext. (Solar Bldg)
      50 W. High St / Rt 67 west
      Ballston Spa, NY 12020
  • Lots of gear and accessories to haggle over
  • Fox-hunt on the fairground property
  • Under-cover tables available for $10 each
  • Reservations and prepay welcome and encouraged


  • I-87 to Exit 12
  • West on Rt 67 to Ballston Spa
  • At intersection of Rts 50 & 67, follow 50 North; look for HAMFEST signs
  • In village, turn left at Citgo station Prospect Street; up hill on left


  • K2DLL Repeater System
  • 147.000 Mhz, PL 91.5 Hz or
  • 147.240 Mhz, PL 91.5 Hz

For information or reservations contact:  Jim Polewczak – KG2H
231 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.   Email:
Phone: 518-703-9558


If you would like to help us out by distributing some flyers, a PDF document of Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association HAMFEST 2017 Poster the   is available. Please tell your friends and post where appropriate. Thank you for your assistance!

SwapFest In Lieu of March Regular Meeting

Just a reminder, this is March.  Each March in lieu of our regular monthly meeting, we hold our annual SwapFest at the Cooperative Extension Building, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa.  Doors open at 8 AM, and we start closing up at about 11 so that we can have a VE exam session at noon.  Attached is a flyer for the SwapFest to be held on Saturday, March 11.

Remember, no regular club meeting in Wilton on March 13, so DON’T SHOW UP ON THE REGULAR MONDAY NIGHT, as you will be the only one there.

SwapFest 2017 Coming March 11

It’s Time for the Annual


hosted by
Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association

March 11, 2017

Cornell Cooperative Extension Building (aka Solar Bldg)
50 West High Street (Rt 67 W), Ballston Spa, NY 12020

FREE Admission. • Doors open at 8 a.m. (or earlier). • Refreshments. • Door Prize raffle!

VE Test Session for new licensees and upgrades held at Noon in the same facility. (Contact Jim for test session details.)

Break out of that Hamshack after a long winter, and come have some Radio Fun! Feast your eyes on all sorts of radio gear – new and old.
Computers, too.

There’s bound to be a treasure with your name on it!

Enjoy Eyeball QSOs with friends you’ve made on the air.

We’ve held this FAMOUS spring event for many years, and it gets more popular every year. If you need talk-in, try 147.00 or 147.24 repeaters.
PL is 91.5 hz for both.

See You There!

Poster of SwapFest announcement is available for you to give your friends!