Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – March 2019

Hello all,

It’s March!! The start of Spring!! ( Yeah right, its supposed to snow tonight!)

Attached is the latest Sparks from the Spa Newsletter, enjoy it.

This is important, our annual swapfest is this Saturday, March 9. It is being held at the Cooperative Extension Building in Ballston Spa, 50 West High Street. Doors will be open at 8 AM, and the raffle drawing will be approximately 10:30. We’re clearing up at 11 AM, so we can set up for the Exam Session which will start at Noon.

Because of the Swapfest, we do not hold our normal Monday meeting in March, so don’t plan on the regular meeting on March 11.

Thanks, and I will see you there.

Jim KG2H

2019 Swapfest – March 9

[graphic of assorted ham gear in box]I will be reminding you all again, but here is your first reminder.

March is our annual Swapfest meeting. The Swapfest is Saturday, March 9, at the Cooperative Extension building in Ballston Spa. Attached is a beautiful 2019 SWAPFEST flyer by Peter (W2BEW) Feel free to copy it to all your friends.
Remember this Swapfest is just a fun time. We don’t charge admission, so we don’t make any money from it. Its a “Spring is Coming” celebration.

After the Swapfest, we are holding a Test Session at Noon. I get a lot of questions about what to bring to the session. I am attaching a list of test session requirements with suggestions to bring to the test session. Again, feel free to pass it along to anyone who wants to participate. Just one note on that document. While the FCC is presently accepting the Social Security number on Form 605, the rule will be changing so that an FRN will be the only valid ID that they accept in that box on the form, so it is best for new applicants to actually get an FRN from the FCC.

Also don’t forget, because of the Swapfest on Saturday, we WILL NOT be holding our normal monthly meeting on Monday, March 11.

I hope to be seeing you at the Swapfest.

Jim KG2H

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – February 2019

Hello all,

Hope you’re all enjoying the wildly changing weather pattern we have been having lately. I am attaching the latest Sparks from the Spa Newsletter for you to enjoy.

Don’t forget that the next meeting of the Saratoga County ARA club will be this Monday, February 11. the speakers will be Micky NY2MC and Marc WA2FON, speaking about Summits on the Air (SOTA). I’m sure they will also answer any general questions about operating from the field.

The board of directors business meeting will begin at 6:30 PM, and the general membership meeting will be at 7:00 PM The location is the normal location at the Wilton EMS squad building just off of Jones Road in Wilton.

Jim KG2H

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – January 2019

Hi Gang,

Sorry for the late publication. Time has just flown by, and I lost track of it. Attached is the latest Sparks from the Spa Newsletter. A couple of interesting items this month.

The Hoosick Amateur Radio Club is having a hamfest on Feb 2 at the Hoosic Falls Central School. It might be an interesting one to attend. This fest is just in its infancy, so give them some support.

Our Swapfest is scheduled for March 9, at the Cooperative Extension Building in Ballston Spa. It runs from 8 to 11, with an Exam Session afterward, starting at noon.

Jim KG2H

Dan Gealt to Speak at January 2019 Meeting about Weather Observation

Photo of Dan Gealt, WX2PDan Gealt holds an Extra Class Ham license (of course, with a weather-related call sign: WX2P) and is a volunteer examiner, former president of Warren County Radio Club, Skywarn spotter, a National Weather Service Cooperative Observer, a reporter on the Capital District Weather Net (every day of the year on the Prospect Repeater system), a RACES and ARES member and a radio communications volunteer for the Warren County Office of Emergency Services.

Weather

In terms of weather… Dan has been looking at weather maps and data since before the first weather satellite was launched (April 1, 1960, for you weather trivia fans). Currently, he is a volunteer field tester for a company named WeatherFlow and we are in the process of testing a new personal weather station which features ultrasonic wind measurement and a rain sensor with no moving parts at all.

Dan Gealt has a degree in engineering from RPI and over the years he has taught a number of engineering math, physics, electronics and computer science classes at SUNY Adirondack.

Dan looks forward to talking to the Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association club about the weather, history of weather observation and even a bit about how all of this relates to amateur radio.

Meeting

Please join us at the January meeting, on Monday, January 14, 2019, at 7:00 pm. It looks to be a very interesting one!