Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – November 2022

Hello all,

I hope everyone is doing well.   I also hope you got a chance to get out and see the leaves changing color this fall.  N2EKQ and I got out a couple of times, and it was much nicer than we expected.  All I heard on the news was that the colors were going to be muted due to the weather during the summer.  I don’t think that was the case.

I also hope some of you got on the air last Saturday to work in the NYS QSO party.  I got on and had fun.  I didn’t beat anyone I’m sure, but the 30 or so SSB contacts I made were quite a nice change of pace for me, you usually find me on FT8,  Thanks Brian, NJ1F for letting us know about the party.

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

I have set up the Zoom meeting for the November 14 meeting, (6:30 PM board, 7:00 PM General meeting).  Below is the Zoom invite, and I will be sending that out again later, closer to the meeting, along with the program information.

Jim KG2H

Simulated Emergency Test 2022

October 1st is the date for this year’s Simulated Emergency Test.  As has been customary, the Saratoga County ARES will be meeting on the 147.24 repeater at 9 am to begin the event.  Any and all amateurs are welcome to join in, ARES, RACES, or Club membership is not required.

This year’s event will include voice messaging, digital messaging and APRS tracking.

Currently we need radio communicators and liaison officers for the event.

Equipment required

  • 2M HT, Mobile or Base station
  • ICS-213 forms
  • Smartphone, Tablet or Computer with internet access
  • Binoculars(optional)
  • GO-Kit(optional)

Any questions may be referred to KC2YLM, Phil (

Hope to hear you on the air!
Fred – W2EMS

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – September 2022

Hi all,

Summer is over.  Thankfully, the weather is turning cooler, and it’s time to repair the antennas before the snow falls.

I’ve gotten back behind the keyboard, and finally produced the latest Sparks from the Spa Newsletter.  There’s some important information in there for the October / November time-frame.

If you have any problems, please let me know, and I can forward the actual newsletter file to you.

Jim KG2H

Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon – October 16, 2022

The annual Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon is scheduled for Sunday, October 16th.

We need a few radio operators and other support folks to ensure a successful event.  I’ve attached the information about the event but please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  We will be working with a couple of the area Amateur Radio clubs and the local CERT volunteers to help staff the event. 

Fred – W2EMS

Hamfest 2022 – September 11

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 36th annual


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th; Gates open at 7:00 am

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

Only $10.00 per person includes door prize drawing, plus 8’x8′ “tailgate” space.

  • NEW and USED gear and accessories to haggle over
  • 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
  • Plenty of room to display your sale items
  • Fox-hunt on the fairground property
  • Under-cover tables available for $10 each
  • Delicious Food served all day


  • 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


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

GPS Coordinates

43.007438° N
-73.855821° W

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 2022 the is available. Please tell your friends and post where appropriate. Thank you for your assistance!