Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – November 2022

Hello all,

I hope everyone is doing well.   I also hope you got a chance to get out and see the leaves changing color this fall.  N2EKQ and I got out a couple of times, and it was much nicer than we expected.  All I heard on the news was that the colors were going to be muted due to the weather during the summer.  I don’t think that was the case.

I also hope some of you got on the air last Saturday to work in the NYS QSO party.  I got on and had fun.  I didn’t beat anyone I’m sure, but the 30 or so SSB contacts I made were quite a nice change of pace for me, you usually find me on FT8,  Thanks Brian, NJ1F for letting us know about the party.

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

I have set up the Zoom meeting for the November 14 meeting, (6:30 PM board, 7:00 PM General meeting).  Below is the Zoom invite, and I will be sending that out again later, closer to the meeting, along with the program information.

Jim KG2H

Simulated Emergency Test 2022

October 1st is the date for this year’s Simulated Emergency Test.  As has been customary, the Saratoga County ARES will be meeting on the 147.24 repeater at 9 am to begin the event.  Any and all amateurs are welcome to join in, ARES, RACES, or Club membership is not required.

This year’s event will include voice messaging, digital messaging and APRS tracking.

Currently we need radio communicators and liaison officers for the event.

Equipment required

  • 2M HT, Mobile or Base station
  • ICS-213 forms
  • Smartphone, Tablet or Computer with internet access
  • Binoculars(optional)
  • GO-Kit(optional)

Any questions may be referred to KC2YLM, Phil (

Hope to hear you on the air!
Fred – W2EMS

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – September 2022

Hi all,

Summer is over.  Thankfully, the weather is turning cooler, and it’s time to repair the antennas before the snow falls.

I’ve gotten back behind the keyboard, and finally produced the latest Sparks from the Spa Newsletter.  There’s some important information in there for the October / November time-frame.

If you have any problems, please let me know, and I can forward the actual newsletter file to you.

Jim KG2H

Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon – October 16, 2022

The annual Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon is scheduled for Sunday, October 16th.

We need a few radio operators and other support folks to ensure a successful event.  I’ve attached the information about the event but please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  We will be working with a couple of the area Amateur Radio clubs and the local CERT volunteers to help staff the event. 

Fred – W2EMS