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