SwapFest 2017 Coming March 11

It’s Time for the Annual


hosted by
Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association

March 11, 2017

Cornell Cooperative Extension Building (aka Solar Bldg)
50 West High Street (Rt 67 W), Ballston Spa, NY 12020

FREE Admission. • Doors open at 8 a.m. (or earlier). • Refreshments. • Door Prize raffle!

VE Test Session for new licensees and upgrades held at Noon in the same facility. (Contact Jim KG2H@arrl.net for test session details.)

Break out of that Hamshack after a long winter, and come have some Radio Fun! Feast your eyes on all sorts of radio gear – new and old.
Computers, too.

There’s bound to be a treasure with your name on it!

Enjoy Eyeball QSOs with friends you’ve made on the air.

We’ve held this FAMOUS spring event for many years, and it gets more popular every year. If you need talk-in, try 147.00 or 147.24 repeaters.
PL is 91.5 hz for both.

See You There!

Poster of SwapFest announcement is available for you to give your friends!

Skywarn Spotter Training at May 2017 Club Meeting

Skywarn [Logo]I have secured John Quinlan from the National Weather Service to present a Skywarn Training class at our club meeting in May.

The program will be presented on May 8th from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm (Please note the extended time for this program).

Online registration will be required but is not available yet. More information to follow, but please save the date.

Fred, W2EMS
Saratoga County ARES EC


Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – February 2017

Hello all, 

Attached is the February Sparks from the Spa Newsletter

Don’t forget, that this coming Monday, Feb 13 is the club meeting at the Wilton EMS Building.  6:30 for the Board Meeting, and 7:00 for the general membership meeting.  We will be having a talk on SDR (Software Defined Radio).  Read about it in the newsletter.

It’s not too early to think about the September Hamfest on Sunday, Sept 10.  Peter W2BEW is creating a list of captains for various committees.  We really need you to work on this. This year, it is NOT a 1 man show.

Speaking of the Hamfest, the mini version of it, our March Swapfest will be on March 11, at the solar building.  It’s lots of fun with a nice raffle and 50/50.  There will also be a test session at Noon.

I’ve been ill for a while (I’m better now thank you), and haven’t had a chance to mention it, but Dues are Due.  See the last page of the newsletter for details.

Jim  KG2H

Winter Field Day 2017

Dear OMs,

Jim McKnight and I have decided to activate the Wilton EMS HQ for Winter Field Day this weekend, January 28-29, 2017. Our equipment rarely gets exercised, and we need to be sure it works if/when it is needed for an emergency. We’ll set up one (maybe two) station(s) using the club’s IC-706s, TS-440, and/or TenTec Omni. Of course we’ll try out our tri-band beam at 180-ft, and we’ll have a Comet vertical for 80 and 40 meters when 20/15/10 close down at night…

We see this as an abbreviated FD event, the main purpose of which is to test equipment and give out points to real outdoor FD stations. We don’t plan to operate for 24 hrs; a few hours on Saturday and a few more on Sunday. FD runs from 2pm Saturday til 2pm Sunday.

If you’d like to come and play, please join us. It will be a relaxed, low-pressure event that anyone can enjoy. We’ll be inside where it’s warm, and we’ll probably be using battery power for a few bonus points. We plan to arrive around noon on Saturday, and who knows on Sunday.

Let’s see how this works! If it all falls apart, we’ll have learned something anyway.


Peter – W2BEW