SKYWARN Recognition Day

SKYWARN logoSKYWARN® Recognition Day is Saturday, December 3, 2016.

NWS Albany will be having an open house for all SKYWARN® trained licensed amateurs between 9 am and 4 pm.

Due to staffing issues, the open house could be canceled if there is significant bad weather in the area covered by NWS Albany.

Please RSVP to Bruce, WA3AFS if you plan to attend along with your projected time of arrival.

Thanks and 73s.

Bruce, WA3AFS
NWS Albany SKYWARN® Coordinator


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Introduction to Emergency Communication (EC-001)

A special class announcement from our Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), David Galletly, KM2O

A classroom section of Introduction to Emergency Communication (EC-001) will be given on the weekend of October 22-23 at the Museum of Innovation and Science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady. The course will run 9 am to 5 pm. This will be a single weekend course. An exam will be given on the second day following completion of the course. The exam fee is $15. We will be using the ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communications Course workbook available from or discounted from the instructor at the first session. Please contact me at if you wish to enroll. Space is limited.

Please forward as appropriate.


David Galletly, KM2O
Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern New York Section

Introduction to Emergency Communication (EC-001)

Description: This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. The course has 6 sections with 29 lesson topics. It includes required student activities, a 35-question final assessment and is expected to take approximately 45 hours to complete over a 9-week period. You will have access to the course platform at any time of day during this 9-week period so you may work according to your own schedule. You must pace yourself to be sure you complete all the required material in the allotted time.

Prerequisites: Before you begin the course you should have completed the following prerequisites. These courses provide a foundation for the content of this course. These are free mini-courses you can take online at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.

Please note: When you enroll for this course you will be asked to provide your date of completion of these courses.

Sparks from the Spa – Special Edition

October Happenings

At last night’s club meeting, a lot of opportunities arose that just can’t wait until the next newsletter. Let’s dig into them right now.

October 15 – Jamboree on the Air

This is a scouting event that happens every year. Mickey NY2MC is working at the Girl Scout Camp Meadowbrook in Queensbury. He has 50 Girl Scouts and 20 Boy Scouts preregistered for this event. It runs from 10 AM to 4 PM. Mickey has lined up 4 stations, and 4 Hams. He needs a few more operators who will be willing to work a few hours. It’s tough to man a station for 6 hours straight. Email Mickey at, or call him at 518-798-4212. Lunch will be provided.

October 15-16 – NYS QSO Party

The weekend of October 15 is also the NYS QSO party. See the earlier announcement for the NY QSO Party to get the rules and times.

October 22-23 – Technician Training Class

As posted originally in August, Frank, KA2VVI announced a tech training class, with an exam session held at the end. He is looking for volunteers to teach a section of the class, a couple of hours is all he is looking for. Meals will be provided by the fire department, where the class is being held at the South Glens Falls Fire Department # 2. Please call Frank at 518-793-7345.

October 23, 0000Z for 24 hours – Coast Guard Auxiliary 77th Aniversary

Special event station K2N is commemorating the 77th anniversary of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Fred W5BN is operating a local station. There will be other stations on the air from other parts of the country. He is planning on operating on 14.230, 3.810, 7.180, and 50.125 + / -. The special event is October 23, 0000 Z (Friday night local time), running for 24 hours. Please make an effort to snag a QSO during this time frame.

Two Public Service Events Need Help

We have two Public Service events coming up that volunteers are needed for:

The first is this Sunday, October 9th. Karen, KS2O, is in need of three more volunteers. Please if you are available, e-mail her at The weather Sunday looks good, partly sunny and upper 60’s.

The second Public Service event is the Annual Pumpkin Patrol on both October 30 and 31st (yes it’s two nights). Lots of operators are needed. This is a NYS State Police sponsored event and it behooves us to put on a good showing! This is an enjoyable evening, refreshments being delivered throughout the Capital District, sometimes alternate rag chewing nets are going on simultaneously, but meanwhile everyone is protecting NYS Thruway traffic from trash thrown onto the highway from the overpasses. Again, please let Karen, KS2O, know if you can help one or both evenings:

I urge everyone to participate in Public Service events when possible. These nets not only help us become better operators in the event of a real emergency, they are also high profile and show professional agencies our abilities.

There is no need to respond to me directly if you can not help, thanks.

73 de
John Fritze

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – October 2016

Hi, everyone.

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

The club meeting is at the usual location, the Wilton EMS building in Wilton. The date is Monday, October 10, the second Monday of the month.

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME: General Meeting at 7:00 PM

At last month’s board meeting, it was decided to shorten the normal Board of Directors meeting from 1 hour to 1/2 hour, and start the general meeting at 7 PM instead of the usual 7:30. So here it is:

  • Board of Directors starts at 6:30 PM
  • General Membership starts at 7:00 PM

This month’s meeting presentation is “The Capital District Commuter Net.”

KB2GOM, Jock Elliott, has been running the Capital District Commuter Net weekday mornings for 20 plus years. The commuter net is run on the 146.94 repeater with permission from David C Edwards, W2GBO. During Monday’s presentation Jock will describe how he coordinates traffic updates with the Capital Region Traffic Management Center and how the net operates.

We hope to see you there.

Jim KG2H

Capital District Commuter Net

KB2GOM, Jock Elliott has been running the Capital District Commuter Net weekday mornings for 20 plus years. The commuter net is run on the 146.94 repeater with permission from David C Edwards, W2GBO. During Monday’s presentation Jock will describe how he coordinates traffic updates with the Capital Region Traffic Management Center and how the net operates.

Please join us for our regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 10, 2016, for what will be a very interesting presentation on the goings-on behind an amateur radio ‘net’.

Radio Operators Needed for Duathlon

Joe, KD2FWG, gets some early contacts in the ARRL Filed Day log!
Joe, KD2FWG, gets some early contacts in the ARRL Filed Day log!

Radio operators are needed to support the 14th Annual Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon will be held on Sunday, October 16th.  Each year the Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon attracts top regional multi-sport athletes, as well as recreational runners and bikers. The start, exchange area, and finish are all at Riverview Orchards and the courses are through rural fall foliage lined landscapes along the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway.

Awards for first, second, and third place male and female finish in each ten-year increment starting with 19 and under.  Awards also for first place male, female, and mixed teams.

Radio Operators Needed

Radio operators are strategically placed along both the running and biking course to provide real-time updates to the race coordinators and to provide communications should an accident, injury, or illness occur on the race course.

Radio operators receive a moisture wicking polyester tee shirts a Giffy’s Bar-B-Q chicken dinner after the race.

Here are a few of the race details:

  • Special Event:  Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon.
  • Date:  Sunday, October 16, 2016.
  • Time:  Race start 0830 hours, Radio Volunteers to stage at 0730 hours.
  • Event length:  About 4 hours.
  • Location:  Riverview Orchards, 660 Riverview Rd, Rexford, NY 12148

Contact Fred, W2EMS if you’re interested in helping out at this event.

Fred Halley, W2EMS

2016 SET – Simulated Emergency Test

On SATURDAY, October 1st, the annual ARRL/ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will take place, and Saratoga County amateurs will be taking part. The objective is to activate as many stations from as many county locations, including served agencies, as possible. The goal is to demonstrate that our county can activate a corps of radio operators quickly in case of a real emergency. Points are awarded based on the nature of each QSO, and each county will report its results to the section emergency coordinator for ENY by noon that same day.

The exercise begins at 9 am and runs until 11 am for home, portable and mobile participants. You can take part by checking-in to the club’s linked 2-meter repeaters (147.00 & 147.24) and reporting your location. You may report from home, and you may also report from local fire stations, hospitals, churches, schools, etc. — any facility that might serve as a shelter in a real emergency. If possible, go inside, introduce yourself, and tell them what’s happening. We get more points for going inside than for calling from the parking lot.  Anyone wishing to be an early responder needs to submit a cell phone number and email address by noon on Wednesday.

So please join us this Saturday, Oct. 1st, from 9 – 11 am. Call in from home and then drive to “shelter” facilities in your area and check in as well.

  • Check-in to the SET network on the club repeaters from each location.
  • Do this as many times as you can … then enjoy your afternoon, knowing you’ve made a real contribution to Saratoga County’s emergency preparedness.

The RULES for scoring the Eastern New York Section SET 2016 are available.

If you’re willing to commit in advance to visit any fire stations, etc. in your area, please let Phil-KC2YLM or Fred – W2EMS W2EMS@ARRL.NET know.

73 and thank you,
Fred – W2EMS

NY QSO Party – Get Ready for October 15!

Originally posted at Upstate NY HAM Radio News & Information. Reposted courtesy of the author.

NY QSO Party – Get Ready for October 15!

by Dean NW2K

It’s all about NY on October 15 as radio amateurs from around the world get on the air to work all 62 NY counties, Chautauqua to Clinton, Niagara to Suffolk. A dozen or more mobile operators will take to the mean streets of NYC or the bucolic surrounds of the Southern Tier and North Country. Brave souls will sneak out to the woodlands to activate a rare county, Field Day style, as temps may dip into the 30’s. And good, solid Elmers will open up their shacks to new hams and build excitement as the spotlight is on US!

The NYQP game is easy to play as all operating modes and bands are eligible. The QSO exchange is simple for NY operators: signal report and county. For those eager out-of-state ops wanting to work all 62 counties, they’ll send a signal report and their state, province or DX.
There’s a category for all operating styles from single-operator-QRP to multi-operator-high-power-mobile! And the 48 plaques, which are awarded to category winners, are simply beautiful and I think they’re the best in the business. Serious “furniture” for the discerning ham’s shack! The state-wide NYQP Plaque Sponsorship Team and the Rochester DX Association really step up to the plate each year to make all the effort worthwhile.

Please start thinking about your NYQP operations. Mobile or Fixed, SSB, CW or digital, the important thing is to get on the air with friends and make some “noise” and help promote amateur radio spirit in NY. Please consider using this event to introduce new hams into the mix. Elmering has always been an important aspect of our hobby and NYQP is a perfect vehicle from which to teach operating concepts and station engineering. Make a new antenna, try a new digital mode, operate a vintage rig, have fun!

There is a page at the NYQP website ( that we’ve created to announce activity across the state. It’s called “2016 Planned Activations” and it’s easy to list your plans online to alert others of your activity in that rare or not-so-rare QTH. It helps all of us make informed choices on how to operate to maximize fun. The event’s rules are also listed at the site.

In 2015, we had a record 314 logs, 156 from NY, 135 stateside, 14 from Canada, and 9 from DX. 5,670(!) unique call signs participated in the event, with 43,065(!) reported QSOs. Contacts were made in all 62 counties from 49 (missed AK) states, 9 (AB, BC, MB, NB, NT, ON, PEI, QC, SK) provinces, and dozens of DX countries. There were 57 amateur radio clubs (25 New York and 32 out of state) involved the event. Let’s set some new records in 2016!

Need any assistance or have any questions? Wondering which are the rare counties? Have a question about logging software? The NYQP Team is at the ready…send me a note any time at or check out the great NYQP website ( for all the details. We’ll help you get on the air on October 15!