SkyWarn Training at May Meeting

Hello all,

This is the announcement about the May 14th SCARA meeting. We will be having SkyWarn training by the National Weather Service. You should register with the NWS in advance of the meeting so that they can bring the proper amount of materials with them. Please go to this link, and register:

Albany NWS Skywarn

Thanks for your attention to this matter. If you do not preregister, please feel free to come anyhow for the training.

Jim KG2H

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – April 2018

Hello all,
Is springtime coming soon? Let’s hope so. The Easter Bunny has come and gone, so hopefully, we will be seeing some greening up outside.

Attached is the April issue of the Sparks from the Spa Newsletter, I hope you enjoy it.

This coming Monday, (April 9), is our monthly club meeting. It is being held at the usual location, namely the Wilton EMS building, off of Jones Road. As usual, the club meeting is at 7 PM, and the business meeting is held just before that at 6:30 PM.

This month’s speaker is Mike Levy K2ZIP, and the topic will be:

Lessons Learned: Ham Radio and other considerations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria

The response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma still serve as learning experiences for state and local leaders, disaster experts, federal government agencies, and the United States as a whole. This presentation provides advice to anyone with a stake in disaster response, relief, and recovery, including hams living in the impacted area as well as those responding from elsewhere to help.

Mike will be speaking from first-hand experience, as he went to PR to help with the relief effort from Maria. It should be an interesting subject, I hope to see you all there.

Jim KG2H

Hamfest 2018 Coming September 9

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 33rd annual


Sunday, September 9th; Gates open at 7:00 am

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

Only $6 per person includes hourly door prize drawing, plus 8’x8′ “tailgate” space


ONLY $3 !!


  • Delicious Food served all day
  • More hourly prizes PLUS HIGH-END BUCKET PRIZES!!
  • Hourly demonstrations: What’s hot in ham radio now?
  • VE exam to be held at 9:00am (off site)
    • Cornell Co-Op Ext. (Solar Bldg)
      50 W. High St / Rt 67 west
      Ballston Spa, NY 12020
  • Lots of gear and accessories to haggle over
  • Fox-hunt on the fairground property
  • Under-cover tables available for $10 each
  • Reservations and prepay welcome and encouraged


  • 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 Prospect Street; up hill on left


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

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 2018 flyer the   is available. Please tell your friends and post where appropriate. Thank you for your assistance!

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – March 2018

Hello All,

Looks like the wx man messed up again, and the big snowstorm for today (wed 10th), won’t be quite as big as they predicted!!

Don’t forget the swapfest this Saturday, Snow should not be an excuse for you not coming!!
Its at the Cooperative Extension building at 50 West High Street in Ballston Spa, hope to see you there.
Door prize is a Yaesu handheld, FT-65R, admission is free.

Here’s this month’s Sparks from the Spa Newsletter.

Jim KG2H

SwapFest 2018 Coming March 10

It’s Time for the Annual


hosted by
Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association

March 10, 2018

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 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 2018 SwapFest announcement is available for you to give your friends!