Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – February 2020

Hello All

Let’s cross our fingers that Winter will soon be over. I love these days when the temp gets up to the 40s (of course the 70s will be nicer in a few months!).
Anyhow, Attached is the February edition of the Sparks from the Spa Newsletter. I hope you enjoy it.

One IMPORTANT note. Our February meeting will be held back in our regular place, the Fire Training Center in Ballston Spa. The Code Blue shelter is back to its permanent home, and renovations on the Training Center will be complete.

The meeting will be on Monday, February 10. The board meeting will be held at 6:30, and the general membership meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. This month we will be honored to have Ria Jairam, N2RJ, our Hudson Division Director, address us via skype. She will present information about the January ARRL Board meeting, and take some questions afterward.

I hope you all can make it.

Jim KG2H

Hamfest 2020 – September 13

ORIGINAL DATE! * * * SUNDAY — September 13 * * * ORIGINAL DATE!

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 35th annual

HAMFEST 2020

BACK TO OUR ORIGINAL DATE  * ORIGINAL DATE!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th; 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 plus hourly door prize drawing

ARRL Logo

  • More hourly prizes PLUS HIGH-END BUCKET PRIZES!!
  • VE exam to be held at 8:30 am (off site)
    • Cornell Co-Op Ext. (Solar Bldg)
      50 W. High St / Rt 67 west
      Ballston Spa, NY 12020
  • Lots of NEW AND USED gear and accessories to haggle over
  • Demonstrations and exhibitions
  • Fox-hunt on the fairground property
  • Under-cover tables available for $10 each
  • Delicious Food served all day

Directions

  • 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 on Prospect Street; up hill on left

Talk-In

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

GPS Coordinates

43.007438°
-73.855821°

For information or reservations contact: Jim Polewczak – KG2H
231 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Email: kg2h@arrl.net
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 2020 the is available. Please tell your friends and post where appropriate. Thank you for your assistance!

SwapFest 2020 – March 14

[graphic of assorted ham gear in box]March is our annual Swapfest meeting. The Swapfest is Saturday, March 14, at the Cooperative Extension building in Ballston Spa.

Remember this Swapfest is just a fun time. We don’t charge admission, so we don’t make any money from it. Its a “Spring is Coming” celebration.

After the Swapfest, we are holding a Test Session at Noon. I get a lot of questions about what to bring to the session. I am attaching a list of test session requirements with suggestions to bring to the test session. Again, feel free to pass it along to anyone who wants to participate. Just one note on that document. While the FCC is presently accepting the Social Security number on Form 605, the rule will be changing so that an FRN will be the only valid ID that they accept in that box on the form, so it is best for new applicants to actually get an FRN from the FCC.

Also don’t forget, because of the Swapfest on Saturday, we WILL NOT be holding our normal monthly meeting on Monday, March 9.

I hope to be seeing you at the Swapfest.

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – January 2020

Hello All,

Happy New Year.

I am enclosing the January edition of Sparks From the Spa Newsletter. I hope you enjoy it.

Reminder that the monthly club meeting is this Monday, January 13. The location is the EOC area, the same spot that we have held the last 3 meetings. This is across the street from the Cooperative Extension Building in Ballston Spa. If any of you are unsure where this is located, please let me know, KG2H@arrl.net.

We have some items that will take extra time for the board to discuss. The Board meeting is set for 6:00 PM (earlier than normal), and the general meeting is set to begin after the Board meeting.

Jim KG2H