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

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – September 2019

Hi all,

Hope you all had a great summer. Attached is the September Sparks from the Spa Newsletter.

There are 2 VERY important announcements right now.

Our HAMFEST is on Sunday, September 8, mark this on your calendar. Along with the hamfest, is a VE Test Session to held that same day. The location is the Cooperative Extension Building at 50 West High Street, in Ballston Spa. The test Session starts at 8:30 AM. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. See the article in the newsletter for the proper information to bring along with you.

Our monthly club meeting is the next day, On Monday, Sept 9. Please note that we have a NEW MEETING LOCATION. we will be meeting at the Fire Training Center, 1610 County Farm Road, just outside Ballston Spa. This the county’s campus with the Sherriff’s office and the Jail. The Fire Training Center is behind the Animal Shelter. This will be our permanent location. Give a call on .00 if you need help.

Jim KG2H

Hamfest 2019 – September 8

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 34th annual


Sunday, September 8th; 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




  • More hourly prizes PLUS HIGH-END BUCKET PRIZES!!
  • VE exam to be held at 9:00am (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
  • 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:
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 2019 flyer the is available. Please tell your friends and post where appropriate. Thank you for your assistance!

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – June 2019 – EXTRA Edition

Joe, KD2FWG, gets some early contacts in the 2016 ARRL Field Day log!

Hello All,

I am sending you a SPECIAL June edition of Sparks from the Spa Newsletter EXTRA. Last night was the club’s annual meeting, and with our normal monthly hiatus (we don’t meet in July or August), I wanted you to get the information from the meeting.

Hope to see many of you at the new Field Day Site later this month.

Jim KG2H

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – June 2019

Hello All,

OK, Spring Weather is just dandy. Hope you are all enjoying it.

Attached is the June issue of the Sparks from the Spa Newsletter.

Don’t forget the June 10th club meeting. The Board of Directors is at 6:30, and the General Membership meeting is right after at 7:00 PM. It’s our last meeting before our summer hiatus. There will be no meetings in July or August. The location will be the usual location at the Wilton EMS building just off Jones Rd. in Wilton.

This is our annual meeting, so that means that the meeting is focused on getting new officers and directors elected for the year. There is a notice in the newsletter.

If you have any questions, please let me know. KG2H@ARRL.NET

Jim KG2H