Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – August 2020

Hello All,

In 1968 Ella Fitzgerald sang:

“Summertime and the living is easy”

Well I hope your summertime has been easy. I am attaching the August edition of Sparks from the Spa Newsletter. There is very important news in the first article, we have decided to cancel our physical hamfest, but we are thinking about other options.

Other news includes the Corona Challenge results, and news of a large virtual hamfest being held on August 8 and 9.

Enjoy.

Jim KG2H

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – May 2020

Hello all,

Hope this finds you all well.  Attached you will find the May issue of Sparks from the Spa Newsletter.  Its a little longer than usual, i hope you find it interesting.
Once again, we will be holding our May meeting virtually, via Zoom.  I will send out the Zoom specifications a few days prior to the meeting.
Since the June meeting is our annual meeting, we will be electing new officers then.  If any of you want to run, we look forward to stepping forward and injecting us with new blood (not lysol please).  The major requirement is that your dues are current in order to be nominated.  All positions are available, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 4 at large board members.  If you are interested, please contact Jim KG2H.  My email address is KG2H@ARRL.NET
I hope to see many of you logged into the Zoom session on May 11, at a little before 7 PM.
Jim  KG2H

Corona Challenge

The other day we announced the Corona Challenge, encouraging people to get on the air, and exercising “social distancing” to the extreme.
We had some feedback saying that it was too complicated, so a slight change was made to the rules. Here are the revised rules:

Corona Challenge – On Air Operating Event 2020

Purpose: to encourage All Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association Members to get on the air and become more active while practicing “Social Distancing” or “Self-Quarantine” during the State of Emergency in Saratoga County New York

Dates: March 22, 2020, through the end of the State of Emergency in Saratoga County, NY. The end date will also be announced to club members.

Suggested Frequencies: Any Amateur Bands and Repeaters

Modes: SSB, AM, FM, DMR, C4FM, D-Star, CW, RTTY, FT8, FT4, SSTV, basically any over the air mode used by Amateurs

Exchange: Call sign, signal report,

Logging: Date, Time, Band, Mode, Call sign, Signal report, Optional: Name and QTH

Scoring:

  • SSB, AM FM (voice) – 1 point each
  • CW and Digital (Excluding Digital Voice) – 2 points each
  • Only count a QSO’s with a station once per band and mode

Total Score: Total QSO points plus any bonus points

Entry: Send the completed summary sheet and if claiming more than 50 QSO’s, please also send an electronic ADIF formatted log or excel sheet with the logging information to KG2H@ARRL.NET

Awards: Certificates and TBD

Questions or help: Email Brian NJ1F@ARRL.NET

PDF of Corona Challenge Rules

PDF of Corona Challenge Summary

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – April 2020

Hello All,

I know I missed the March edition, I apologize, however, I have been under the weather ever since I got back from our vacation to New Zealand. I am making it up to you by getting the April letter out a little early. Here is the April Sparks from the Spa Newsletter.

Just a few notes. I sent out an email earlier this afternoon that the April SCARA meeting is canceled. As of this time, that is the only thing we are canceling. any decisions about the May or other meetings have not yet been made. I will endeavor to keep you informed.

Thanks to our ARRL Division Manager, Ria Jairam (N2RJ) she has offered us an electronic option for the meeting just minutes after I sent that message, The Board will consider her offer, and see if anything will be arranged. That is a benefit of us being an ARRL affiliated club. The majority of you in the club are already ARRL Members, but if you are not, please consider joining us who are.

It doesn’t look good for family and friends getting together for Easter, but make the best of it you can. Our family will get together via SKYPE, but it’s not exactly the same as being there in person.

Stay warm and dry, and don’t forget social distancing.