Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – July 2018

Previous Hamfest vendors (2011)
Previous Hamfest vendors (2011)

Hello All.

I hope you all survived the recent heat wave.

I am attaching the July issue of Sparks from the Spa Newsletter. It has the results of the June club elections, and also a summary of our Field Day efforts.


I am also attaching the flyer for our 33rd annual hamfest. It is being held on Sunday, Sept 9 at the fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. Please forward the flyer to all your friends.

Summer Break

Finally, as you most likely know, July and August are dark months for the club meetings. Please do not show up for the regular monthly club meetings. Our next regular meeting is the day after the hamfest, Monday, Sept 10.

Be sure you come to the hamfest, there will be a test later!!

Jim KG2H

2018 Field Day is this Weekend

Tower raising
SCARA members prepare for Field Day by setting up tower for antennas.

Field Day is coming this weekend!!

Come and join us from our site at the Wilton EMS building.

Setup starts on Friday. We will begin to gather at noon to start the preliminary setup. This involves mainly the tower and antennae. Usually, we work until about 4 or 5 PM and break for the day.

On Saturday the fun starts. The stations are set up and lunch is served. Then at 2 PM, for 24 hours we will be exchanging “3A ENY” with as many other stations around the country as we can.

Help Wanted!

We need help on Friday afternoon to start the setup.

We need help on Saturday morning to finish the setup.

We need help Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon to operate.

We need help Sunday Afternoon to disassemble and clean up everything.

Come on down, help out, and have some fun.

Jim KG2H

Help Wanted! For HamFest September 9

Help Needed For SCARA HamFest Sept 9!

At the April meeting, 12 generous attendees signed up to help with our Hamfest on September 9. I really appreciate those offers to help, but to make the Hamfest a success, we’ll need some more folks – both before and during the event. It will take all of us!

Let’s divide the work into functional teams, so all bases get covered and nobody gets overloaded.

I am contacting those first 12 volunteers separately to ask them to pick a Team/Function that they are willing to help with.

And I’m asking everyone else receiving this message to respond and let us know how you’d like to help. Feel free to sign on to both a pre-hamfest team AND a team during the fest. It’s going to take all of us to make this 33rd annual hamfest great.

I have sent emails to 106 potential vendors asking them to either attend or to donate to our raffles. We need to follow up by telephone with the most likely prospects. Many will again say yes.

Questions? Comments? Email me at

Peter – W2BEW

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – June 2018

Hello All,

Attached is the current issue of the Sparks From the Spa Newsletter. I hope you enjoy it.

Our monthly June meeting will be on Monday, June 11 at the Wilton EMS building The board of directors meeting will be at 6:30 PM and the General membership meeting will be at 7:00 PM. The topics for this meeting will be an election of officers, discussion of Hamfest, and discussion of Field Day.

Just a reminder that this coming Sunday, June 10, the club will once again be providing communications for the ADA Tour de Cure. Our repeaters will be extremely busy in the morning, and also have a lot of traffic in the afternoon. We would appreciate your providing the courtesy of allowing the Tour to have priority on the repeaters.

Jim KG2H

May 14th Meeting – SkyWarn Training

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:

National Weather Service – Albany

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

Jim KG2H