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