Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – May 2019

Hi Everyone,

It’s so exciting now that Spring has arrived. Its a great time to get the antennae back in shape after the winter we just went thru. I personally have added another 2 meter antenna to the farm. I now have both a horizontal and vertical antenna for 2. I still have to run the cable up to the shack, but the hard outside work is done.

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

There a couple of items to bullet:

  • The East Greenbush hamfest is this weekend on Saturday. Details are in the newsletter.
  • Our monthly club meeting is this Monday , May 13.

The meeting is the usual time: 6:30 PM for the Board of Directors, and 7:00 PM for the General Meeting. This is at the usual location in the Wilton EMS building off of Jones Road in Wilton.

We hope to see you there.

Jim KG2H

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – April 2019

Hello All,

Attached is the April edition of the Sparks from the Spa Newsletter. It’s packed full of content, so I could not find space to add a note about the April meeting schedule.

Our regular meeting is on the second Monday of the month, April 8. It is in the usual location, the Wilton EMS squad building, just off of Jones Road in Wilton, NY. the General membership meeting starts at 7 PM, and there is a board of directors meeting immediately preceding that at 6:30 PM.

We will hear from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) about the annual tour de cure, which the club has supported for probably 20 years. This year the tour is again in June, and will again be headquartered from the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.

The Saratoga County event has consistently ranked # 2 or #3 in the country. Come and hear the talk. The Ham coordinator this year is Mike, K2ZIP.

Jim KG2H

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