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.


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.


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

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – December 2018

Hello all,

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

Our December meeting is this Monday, Dec 10. it is at the usual location, the Wilton EMS building off of Jones Road. In December, we don’t have a speaker, but it is our annual holiday meet and greet. If you want, you may bring a snack to share. We will not have a Board of Directors meeting, so we will start the gathering at 6:30 PM instead of the usual 7 PM.

I hope everyone has a good holiday season, stay warm, keep dry.

Jim KG2H

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – November 2018

Hi all,

It’s November and that time of the year to get out the pants with the stretchable waistbands!! I hope you and your family have a great Holiday season.

Here is your Sparks from the Spa Newsletter for November.

Our November meeting will be on Monday, November 12, at the Wilton EMS building, just off of Jones Road in Wilton. Meeting time will be at 6:30 for the board meeting, with the general meeting starting at 7:00 PM.

Our speaker will be Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F, He will be speaking about the WRTC 2018 (World Radiosport Team Championship) experience, He has participated in previous WRTC events, so he is no newcomer about this contest. The WRTC was held on July 12 to 16 this year, in Germany.

Please be sure to come to hear about ham radio being operated, unlike any other contest you may have participated in.

Jim KG2H