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


  • 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

Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon – October 20, 2019

The 17th annual Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon is scheduled for Sunday, October 20th.

We need a few radio operators and other support folks to ensure a successful event. I’ve attached the information about the event but please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. We will be working with a couple of the area Amateur Radio clubs and the local CERT volunteers to help staff the event.

Please sign up directly via ARES Connect.

Learn more by visiting the Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon website.

Fred – W2EMS

Tour de Cure Help Needed

Hello All. I received the following email from Lee, WB2NSC, and I am forwarding it on to you. If you can help, please contact Lee Directly:

Help is needed for the 2017 Saratoga Springs Tour de Cure.

  • Sponsor is the American Diabetes Assn
  • June 4th – all day but actual duty shifts may be shorter
  • Based out of the Saratoga State Park
  • Routes go throughout Saratoga County
  • Use the Club’s 147.00 and 147.24 repeaters
  • Loaner radio equipment available
  • Looking for radio ops for fixed locations and mobile assignments

Contact: Lee, WB2NSC,

Two Public Service Events Need Help

We have two Public Service events coming up that volunteers are needed for:

The first is this Sunday, October 9th. Karen, KS2O, is in need of three more volunteers. Please if you are available, e-mail her at The weather Sunday looks good, partly sunny and upper 60’s.

The second Public Service event is the Annual Pumpkin Patrol on both October 30 and 31st (yes it’s two nights). Lots of operators are needed. This is a NYS State Police sponsored event and it behooves us to put on a good showing! This is an enjoyable evening, refreshments being delivered throughout the Capital District, sometimes alternate rag chewing nets are going on simultaneously, but meanwhile everyone is protecting NYS Thruway traffic from trash thrown onto the highway from the overpasses. Again, please let Karen, KS2O, know if you can help one or both evenings:

I urge everyone to participate in Public Service events when possible. These nets not only help us become better operators in the event of a real emergency, they are also high profile and show professional agencies our abilities.

There is no need to respond to me directly if you can not help, thanks.

73 de
John Fritze

Radio Operators Needed for Duathlon

Joe, KD2FWG, gets some early contacts in the ARRL Filed Day log!
Joe, KD2FWG, gets some early contacts in the ARRL Filed Day log!

Radio operators are needed to support the 14th Annual Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon will be held on Sunday, October 16th.  Each year the Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon attracts top regional multi-sport athletes, as well as recreational runners and bikers. The start, exchange area, and finish are all at Riverview Orchards and the courses are through rural fall foliage lined landscapes along the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway.

Awards for first, second, and third place male and female finish in each ten-year increment starting with 19 and under.  Awards also for first place male, female, and mixed teams.

Radio Operators Needed

Radio operators are strategically placed along both the running and biking course to provide real-time updates to the race coordinators and to provide communications should an accident, injury, or illness occur on the race course.

Radio operators receive a moisture wicking polyester tee shirts a Giffy’s Bar-B-Q chicken dinner after the race.

Here are a few of the race details:

  • Special Event:  Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon.
  • Date:  Sunday, October 16, 2016.
  • Time:  Race start 0830 hours, Radio Volunteers to stage at 0730 hours.
  • Event length:  About 4 hours.
  • Location:  Riverview Orchards, 660 Riverview Rd, Rexford, NY 12148

Contact Fred, W2EMS if you’re interested in helping out at this event.

Fred Halley, W2EMS