2012 Events

Members and Friends of the KCRA
You are invited to our annual Holiday Party

Sunday, December 16th at 11:30 AM

Buffet Brunch
Fort Hamilton

101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway

$25 per person, cash only, exact change please!
Please RSVP using our Event Registration System.
You may pre-pay at the next meeting or at the door.

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Elections are over, and the KCRA board of directors for 2012 are:

President: Vincent Mattera, KB2PSI

Vice-President: Mike Patino, N2BMU

Recording Secretary: Joseph Nieves, N2TEE

Treasurer: Felicia Mattera, KB2NYF

Membership Chairperson:  Don LaSalla, W2DON

Technical Chairperson: Gary Lindtner, KB2BSL

Educational Chairperson: John Murphy, KB2RIF

Newsletter Chairperson: Jim Kettyle, KC2LEB

These volunteer officers are committed to helping the KCRA succeed, if you should have any club related questions, suggestions, or concerns; Please feel free to contact any board member directly or use the “Contact Us” form on the Website.

Ham Radio University will be held on Sunday January 8th 2012, doors open at 7:30 AM. This year there are 25 forums, some of the new ones include Advanced D-Star, IRLP, and LOTW. Several forums are being led by your fellow KCRA members, come to HRU and show your support for them!

A new major prize drawing will be held at 12:30 PM after the Keynote address. The admission donation is only $3!

Major Prizes include:

A  2m/70cm dual band HT, a GRE scanner, and the very new ID-31 Icom D-Star radio!

Many other door prizes will also be given away! Be one of the first 250 people to deposit your raffle ticket and you will receive a reusable gift bag stuffed with useful items compliments of the KCRA!

Click "Read More" for map, directions and carpool information.

It's time to renew! The KCRA is pleased to announce it's again able to provide gifts for the 2012 membership year.

Renew your membership and receive a 2012 weekly planner and a KCRA clock and penholder. New members will also be provided with a club messenger bag and other items.

You must pick up your gift at a club event or meeting, while supplies last (Quantities are limited), first come, first served. Gifts may be picked up starting with the holiday party.


2012 General Meeting Agenda

Formation of the clubs new VE team is now complete. The team will start giving FREE exams every other month starting April 3rd, 2012. If you or someone you know would like to take an exam, please register using our online registration system. You must pre-register using our online system, in person at a club meeting, or during the Monday Night club net or we will not have paperwork available for you to take the exam. No walk ins are accepted!

Many have asked why we have changed from the ARRL VEC to the LARC VEC. It’s quite simple really, while the ARRL has a fine VEC, they prohibit us from performing free examinations, this requires that a test fee of $15.00 be collected from each person taking an exam. The LARC VEC requires that all tests be performed free of any charge. This choice reflects the boards belief that amateur radio training and testing be provided on a completely voluntary and fee free basis. This does not change, and has no impact, on our club being an official ARRL affiliated club.

I would like to personally thank each and every one of our VE’s for volunteering their time and effort to provide these free examinations. As a reminder, Extra class (E) VE’s may give any examination while General class (G) may only give Technician level exams.


The KCRA’s VE team consists of the following club members:

  • Gary, KB2BSL (E) (Team leader and LARC Liaison)
  • John, KC2UHA (E)
  • Charlie, KC2PED (E)
  • Alan, K2ARN (E)
  • Jon, K2TCW (E)
  • Vinny, KB2PSI (G)
  • Joe, N2TEE (G)
  • Jim, KC2LEB (G)
  • Charlie, WA2GUG (G)
  • Jan, W2KMA (G)

During the weekend of February 4th and 5th the clubs newly formed educational team completed free training and testing for soldiers of the New York Guard. The Technician class utilizing materials written by Gordon West began online with several weeks of assignments and concluded with 19 hours of classroom training at the historic armory on Lexington Avenue.

Not only did the students have much to learn, the instructors never taught a ham class before! It was our pleasure to teach these volunteer soldiers whom help protect New York state and our country, nine soldiers successfully passed the exam, we salute them all!

The instructor team (Left to Right)

Vinny, KB2PSI

Charlie, WA2GUG

Major Thomas, KC2YRE (from NY Guard)


Joe, N2TEE

Gary, KB2BSL

John, KB2RIF (Not Shown)

The March 20th 2012 meeting of the Kings County Repeater Association starts at 7:00 PM (Coffee and cake social @ 6:30) at The Guild For Exceptional Children 260 68th Street in Brooklyn. Limited off street parking is available.

This meetings topic is ARRL night!

Join us for presentations by your ARRL Hudson Division Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF and ARRL Hudson Division Vice-Director William Hudzik, W2UDT. Both are up for re-election this year in the ARRL’s first ever electronic balloting initiative approved by the League’s board of directors in January. You may have seen one or both of them during one of the many area hamfests, or maybe you are familiar with the Hudson Beacon.

Also joining us is your ARRL NLI Section Manager Mike Lisenco, N2YBB. Most of you know Mike from his previous visits, his past assistance with our VE sessions, from one of the many section events, or from one of his acting roles.

With three guest speakers that are your voice to the ARRL, this is a not to be missed meeting! Bring your questions.

A special incentive will be available for those who choose to join or renew their ARRL membership during the meeting.

The next meeting of the Kings County Repeater Association will be held on Tuesday April 17th at The Guild For Exceptional Children 260 68th Street Brooklyn, NY 11220. The meeting starts at 7:00 with coffee social time beginning at 6:30. Limited off street parking is available.

This months topic is a "Hands on Lab" were members can learn about and build a 1:1 ferrite current balun for .25 cable (RG-58, LMR-240, RG-8X, etc.). As a benefit of membership, a limited number of these professional kits will be available free of charge to members! So bring your cable (sans connector) and go home with a Palomar Engineers balun good from 3.5-1000 MHz attached, perfect for Field Day!

   We have been officially notified of the passing of Nat Barr, KB2KLH by his daughter Suzanne. Nat passed away on April 9th, 2012; A few days short of his 90th birthday. Nat was well known for (among other things) his love of the National Traffic System (NTS), his commitment to running the Big Apple Traffic Net seven days a week, and his popular slogan “When The Phones Are Down, The Hams Are Up!”.

   A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 29th 3PM at the Vanellas Funeral Home, 2860 Long Beach Road, Oceanside, NY 11572. A gathering of friends and family will commence following the memorial service at 830 Shore Road, Long Beach, NY 11561.

The next meeting of the Kings County Repeater Association will be held on Tuesday May 15th at The Guild For Exceptional Children 260 68th Street Brooklyn, NY 11220. The meeting starts at 7:00 with coffee social time beginning at 6:30. Limited off street parking is available.

This months topic is a (Re)Introduction to Packet Radio presentation by your local experts Charlie, WA2GUG and Russ, KC2LSB.

Mike, N2BMU and Gary, KB2BSL will once again be tweeting (#KC2RA #Hamvention) and posting live during the 2012 Dayton Hamvention.

The 2012 page is now live. Visit to track and send messages via APRS, read about and see pictures of the latest equipment. Did the flea market fill with sewage again?  Are the big four still in denial over Chinese ham radio gear? Or visit just find out what they had for lunch.

Several new products that will be introduced this year are already posted!

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