Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – September 2020

Hello all,

Hope everyone had a great summer.

Our September meeting is going to be held via ZOOM once again this Monday evening Sept 14 at 7:00 PM.

We have 2 main topics of discussion:

  • A discussion of ideas concerning holding a virtual hamfest since we could not hold our own physical one this month.
  • A discussion of the SET exercise in October.

Please join us at 7:00 PM on Monday Sept 14.

Also note that I am attaching the September Sparks from the Spa Newsletter.

Jim KG2H

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – August 2020

Hello All,

In 1968 Ella Fitzgerald sang:

“Summertime and the living is easy”

Well I hope your summertime has been easy. I am attaching the August edition of Sparks from the Spa Newsletter. There is very important news in the first article, we have decided to cancel our physical hamfest, but we are thinking about other options.

Other news includes the Corona Challenge results, and news of a large virtual hamfest being held on August 8 and 9.


Jim KG2H

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – May 2020

Hello all,

Hope this finds you all well.  Attached you will find the May issue of Sparks from the Spa Newsletter.  Its a little longer than usual, i hope you find it interesting.
Once again, we will be holding our May meeting virtually, via Zoom.  I will send out the Zoom specifications a few days prior to the meeting.
Since the June meeting is our annual meeting, we will be electing new officers then.  If any of you want to run, we look forward to stepping forward and injecting us with new blood (not lysol please).  The major requirement is that your dues are current in order to be nominated.  All positions are available, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 4 at large board members.  If you are interested, please contact Jim KG2H.  My email address is KG2H@ARRL.NET
I hope to see many of you logged into the Zoom session on May 11, at a little before 7 PM.
Jim  KG2H

Corona Challenge

The other day we announced the Corona Challenge, encouraging people to get on the air, and exercising “social distancing” to the extreme.
We had some feedback saying that it was too complicated, so a slight change was made to the rules. Here are the revised rules:

Corona Challenge – On Air Operating Event 2020

Purpose: to encourage All Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association Members to get on the air and become more active while practicing “Social Distancing” or “Self-Quarantine” during the State of Emergency in Saratoga County New York

Dates: March 22, 2020, through the end of the State of Emergency in Saratoga County, NY. The end date will also be announced to club members.

Suggested Frequencies: Any Amateur Bands and Repeaters

Modes: SSB, AM, FM, DMR, C4FM, D-Star, CW, RTTY, FT8, FT4, SSTV, basically any over the air mode used by Amateurs

Exchange: Call sign, signal report,

Logging: Date, Time, Band, Mode, Call sign, Signal report, Optional: Name and QTH


  • SSB, AM FM (voice) – 1 point each
  • CW and Digital (Excluding Digital Voice) – 2 points each
  • Only count a QSO’s with a station once per band and mode

Total Score: Total QSO points plus any bonus points

Entry: Send the completed summary sheet and if claiming more than 50 QSO’s, please also send an electronic ADIF formatted log or excel sheet with the logging information to KG2H@ARRL.NET

Awards: Certificates and TBD

Questions or help: Email Brian NJ1F@ARRL.NET

PDF of Corona Challenge Rules

PDF of Corona Challenge Summary