February 2022 SCARA Club Meeting – Winlink

Hello all,

Hope you all are doing well.  It’s time for the monthly SCARA Meeting.  It will be a Zoom meeting, this Monday Feb 14.  The business meeting will be held starting at 6:30 PM, and the general meeting will start right after that, at approximately 7:00 PM.

The February SCARA Meeting Program will be on Winlink presented by our very own Fred – W2EMS.

Winlink Global Radio Email®️…

…is a network of amateur radio and authorized government-licensed stations that provide worldwide radio email using radio pathways where the internet is not present. The system is built, operated and administered entirely by licensed “Ham” volunteers. It supports email with attachments, position reporting, weather and information bulletins, and is well-known for its role in interoperable emergency and disaster relief communications. It is capable of operating completely without the internet–automatically–using smart-network radio relays. Licensed Winlink operators/stations use both amateur radio and government radio frequencies worldwide.

It should be interesting to see.  I’m sure that Fred will wind in the emergency communications aspects of Winlink.

March Meeting – Swapfest

Also, here is an important announcement, our March Meeting will be our annual swapfest meeting, to be held live and in person on Saturday March 19 starting around 8 AM at the Cornell Cooperative building, at 50 West High Street, in Ballston Spa.  We anticipate a VEC test session Starting at noon.  There will be further information coming in this later.

Check your email for the Zoom link for the February meeting.

Jim KG2H

January 2022 SCARA Club meeting

Hello all,

I hope that everyone is doing well and had a Happy New Year.

The board has decided to resume meeting via Zoom due to the dramatic increase in COVID cases in the area.  The board meeting will start at 6:30 PM, and the general meeting will be immediately after that.  Here are some items we might discuss:

  • Develop programs for our monthly meetings in 2022
  • Plan for the March SwapFest (COVID permitting)
  • Plan for our Hamfest (COVID permitting and assuming that W2BEW doesn’t rescind his retirement as Hamfest Chair)
  • Coordinate Field Day 2022
  • Organize at least one special event station this year (maybe in October and related to the Battle of Saratoga or maybe one related to Track season).
  • Identify new public service activities that SCARA can be part of.
  • Increase our ARES footprint and publicize our capabilities more than we have.
  • Other events/activities of interest to the membership

See your email for the Zoom meeting information for Monday evening, Jan 10.

I hope to see many of you on the screen .

Jim KG2H

April 12, 2021 Meeting

Hello all,

Just a reminder, This Monday night, April 12 is the monthly SCARA meeting.  The business session starts at 6:30 and the General membership session starts at 7:00 PM.

The topic for the meeting will be :

Ham Radio Apps for Everyday Use

With the right apps your smart phone becomes a handy tool for the ham radio operator.  Some of the best ham radio apps will: help you locate repeater information as you travel, transforms your smartphone into a HT, provides tools for decoding messages, allows you to predict satellite passes in real time, search call signs on the go, plus a whole lot more.  Ham radio apps can and will enhance your enjoyment of the ham radio hobby.

This presentation will include demonstrations of several apps that are available for iOS and Android devices.  Live demonstrations will be shown via Zoom. Applications that may be featured include: RepeaterBook, QRZ.com, APRSDroid, EchoLink, SATSAT, AmSatDroid, and SSTV.

I hope to see you all there.

Jim KG2H

[See email from KG2H for meeting Zoom link]

April 13, 2020 Eyeball Meeting Cancelled – Online Meeting Instead

Hello All:

Good News. in the last newsletter, there was an article announcing the cancellation of the April club meeting. Since that time, our ARRL Division Manager Ria Jairam, N2RJ has offered us the use of the Hudson Division’s license to present our meeting online via the ZOOM app.
This is an app similar to Skype or Google DUO, or a number of other apps.

As I previously mentioned, since we are an ARRL affiliated club, we were offered the use of this app. This is one of the perks the club enjoys. I know that most of the members are already ARRL members, but those of you who are not, you should consider joining or renewing your lapsed membership in ARRL.

The April meeting will be:

Bruce Blain, K1BG, will present on “Entry Level Licensing – What’s Worked and What Hasn’t:”

All of us entered the amateur radio hobby in a number of different ways. Whether it was the Class B license of the 30s and 40s, the Novice license of the 50s through the 90s, or the current Technician class license, Bruce looks at the history of entry-level license requirements and conditions, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and what it means for attracting youth to the hobby.

When we get closer to the date, I will publish to all the meeting specifics on how to connect to the ZOOM app and join the meeting.

We used ZOOM to hold a Board of Directors meeting last week, and it went well and was very easy to connect. Basically you can use either the web browser in your computer or your telephone to connect.

I will be emailing this information out to you next week, closer to the actual meeting date.

Jim KG2H

[ED: Jim sent out an email with joining details on 4/9/2020. To prevent ZoomBombing, I’m not including that in this public forum. Check your email, or contact 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

SkyWarn Training at May Meeting

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:

Albany NWS Skywarn

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

Jim KG2H

SwapFest In Lieu of March Regular Meeting

Just a reminder, this is March.  Each March in lieu of our regular monthly meeting, we hold our annual SwapFest at the Cooperative Extension Building, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa.  Doors open at 8 AM, and we start closing up at about 11 so that we can have a VE exam session at noon.  Attached is a flyer for the SwapFest to be held on Saturday, March 11.

Remember, no regular club meeting in Wilton on March 13, so DON’T SHOW UP ON THE REGULAR MONDAY NIGHT, as you will be the only one there.

Capital District Commuter Net

KB2GOM, Jock Elliott has been running the Capital District Commuter Net weekday mornings for 20 plus years. The commuter net is run on the 146.94 repeater with permission from David C Edwards, W2GBO. During Monday’s presentation Jock will describe how he coordinates traffic updates with the Capital Region Traffic Management Center and how the net operates.

Please join us for our regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 10, 2016, for what will be a very interesting presentation on the goings-on behind an amateur radio ‘net’.

Unusual August Meeting – August 8, 2016

SCARA will hold an UNUSUAL August meeting at the Wilton Emergency Squad, on Monday, August 8, 2016, at 7 PM (not the usual 7:30).  The topic for the meeting will be our annual hamfest.  

As you may know, we have been severely affected by the Boxboro hamfest moving its date to the weekend of our hamfest.  Our hamfest WILL be held on Sunday, Sept 11 as planned, but our vendor list has been severely affected. 

The purpose of this club meeting will be to get your thoughts and ideas, have volunteers make commitments and sign up for assignments.  I am attaching the hamfest flyer, Please pass it along to all you ham friends. We need as much word of mouth advertising as we can get.  

Please be sure to come.

Thanks and I will see you there.

Jim KG2H