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.]

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – February 2020

Hello All

Let’s cross our fingers that Winter will soon be over. I love these days when the temp gets up to the 40s (of course the 70s will be nicer in a few months!).
Anyhow, Attached is the February edition of the Sparks from the Spa Newsletter. I hope you enjoy it.

One IMPORTANT note. Our February meeting will be held back in our regular place, the Fire Training Center in Ballston Spa. The Code Blue shelter is back to its permanent home, and renovations on the Training Center will be complete.

The meeting will be on Monday, February 10. The board meeting will be held at 6:30, and the general membership meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. This month we will be honored to have Ria Jairam, N2RJ, our Hudson Division Director, address us via skype. She will present information about the January ARRL Board meeting, and take some questions afterward.

I hope you all can make it.

Jim KG2H

Hamfest 2020 – September 27

FINAL DATE! * * * SUNDAY — September 27 * * * FINAL DATE!

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 35th annual


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th; Gates open at 7:00 am

Saratoga County Fair Grounds, 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Only $6 per person includes hourly door prize drawing, plus 8’x8′ “tailgate” space plus hourly door prize drawing


  • More hourly prizes PLUS HIGH-END BUCKET PRIZES!!
  • VE exam to be held at 8:30 am (off site)
    • Cornell Co-Op Ext. (Solar Bldg)
      50 W. High St / Rt 67 west
      Ballston Spa, NY 12020
  • Lots of NEW AND USED gear and accessories to haggle over
  • Demonstrations and exhibitions
  • Fox-hunt on the fairground property
  • Under-cover tables available for $10 each
  • Delicious Food served all day


  • I-87 to Exit 12
  • West on Rt 67 to Ballston Spa
  • At intersection of Rts 50 & 67, follow 50 North; look for HAMFEST signs
  • In village, turn left at Citgo station on Prospect Street; up hill on left


  • K2DLL Repeater System
  • 147.000 Mhz, PL 91.5 Hz or
  • 147.240 Mhz, PL 91.5 Hz

GPS Coordinates


For information or reservations contact: Jim Polewczak – KG2H
231 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Email: kg2h@arrl.net
Phone: 518-703-9558


If you would like to help us out by distributing some flyers, a PDF document of Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association HAMFEST 2020 the is available. Please tell your friends and post where appropriate. Thank you for your assistance!