President

Greetings to all club members, Friends of the KCRA and fellow HAM’s!

2011 was a good year for the Club with several fun events.  This year we sponsored HAM Radio University, January 8th, and gave classes in both the NTS and D-Star.  I was at the club table meeting other HAM’s with Mike, Gary, John and Joe.   HRU is a great way to meet other clubs, and talk to them about what we are doing. There were many great classes, with very knowledgeable instructors!  I would like to welcome the new members, and old members that renewed at HRU.     

The next club meeting is Tuesday, January 17th.  We will be discussing what is happening to the 146.430 repeater, and what we are doing to fix it.  Also on the agenda will be discussing club events we are working on, your input is important to us. Let us know what you would like to see us do. The main events we did last year were:  Field-Day; National Night Out; September 11th; Boy Scout Camporee; International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend.  Look on our WEB site for more details on these events.  This year we hope to add a BBQ and Rabbit Hunt!   

New this year will be meetings during July and August. These could be used for workshop type of meetings… and hopefully getting a rabbit hunting party together for the great rabbit hunt!

In February, we will be holding our first Technician class in many years.  We have held these in the past at the Fort, and hope we can continue to do this next year.  Our first class is closed, open to members of the New York Guard only. This will be an interesting learning experience, as all of the instructors are new. Be on the lookout for other classes.  

We are looking for some Ideas on meeting topics for 2012, comments are welcome. Please send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Become Radioactive!   Come to the KCRA meetings!  Learn something participating in our Hands-On-Labs! The Kings County Repeater Association needs your support at our monthly meetings! 

If you have any ideas that pertain to amateur radio, we would like to hear from you!

Have any interesting HAM related pictures, old members, old events, send us a note, we would like to post it on the site!

I think most of us are members of the ARRL.  If you are not, I would like you to consider becoming a member of the ARRL. The ARRL has a lot to offer you in many ways, and they protect the amateur radio bands from commercial use!

 

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

ATTENTION:  The next club meeting is Tuesday, February 21st.    We will have a very special guest speaker, Bill Pasternak of “Amateur Radio News Line” fame! Bill was one of the founding members of the club in the late Sixties, and has many great stories about some of the equipment we were using in those days. Bill will be appearing live via video conference from his home in California. We will be trying many new things like this in the future, including the possibility of streaming live feeds of the club meetings.

I would like to thank the members of the club that gave up there Super Bowl weekend to teach soldiers of the New York Guard. The instructors were KB2BSL Gary, Charlie WA2GUG, Jim KB2LEB, Joe N2TEE and myself.  We held the class at the historic Manhattan armory for a two day condensed Technician class and test.   The instructors presented extensive all day lessons from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.  We discussed electronic theory with power point slides, and backed it up with hands-on demonstrations of electronic theory.   Everyone enjoyed the class, and we have been invited back to hold additional HAM radio classes.

Repeater Status:   The repeater has been off the air for a few weeks, and a GE Master II (donated by Steve, WB2WAK) is in the process of being tested by Jim, KC2LEB.  The newly cut crystals for our frequency have been installed.  The repeater is being burned on a bench, for a stability test.  What’s left is some controller programming, and to test the new Echolink/IRLP node.  We have a lot of work left to do on at the repeater site.  The next trip to the site, we will be installing the new repeater, removing the old equipment, and if time permits, installing a newer antenna. Please be patient, we will be back on the “Air” shortly.

In the interim, the KC2LEB UHF (440.5500 / 445.5500 PL-141.3, Staten Island North), and the clubs WG2MSK D-Star repeaters are available for use. Look for the KCRA Monday Night Club Net @8:30 following the Big Apple Traffic Net on Jim's repeater.

We are looking for some Ideas on meeting topics for 2012, comments are welcome. Please send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Become Radioactive!   Come to the KCRA meetings!  Learn something participating in our Hands-On-Labs! The Kings County Repeater Association needs your support at our monthly meetings! 

If you have any ideas that pertain to amateur radio, we would like to hear from you!

Have any interesting HAM related pictures, old members, old events, send us a note; we would like to post it on the site!

I think most of us are members of the ARRL.  If you are not, I would like you to consider becoming a member of the ARRL. The ARRL has a lot to offer you in many ways, and they protect the amateur radio bands from commercial use!

 

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

Greetings to all club members, Friends of the KCRA and fellow HAM’s!
The next meeting, April 17th, join us for a new Hands-On-Lab presented by our Technical Chairperson Gary, KB2BSL.  We will be learning about 1:1 ferrite current balun, and limited kits will be available for members.
Last month’s presentation was from our ARRL Hudson Division Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, and the Vice-Director William Hudzik, W2UDT. Our ARRL NLI Section Manager Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, also stopped by to keep us up to date on what is happening.  
Repeater Status:   The first week in April, before the Tuesday VE exam, Gary installed part of the new repeater system.  It was ‘on-the-air’ for little over an hour.  When the Mores Code identifier sounded, Sid, KB2GEK shouted out to see who was on!  We spoke briefly with him. It was good to hear someone on the frequency using the repeater again!  
We have a lot of work left to do on at the repeater site.  The next trips to the site, we will be: finishing the installation of the new repeater; removing the old equipment; taking down the antenna for a tune up; adding a ground wire to the equipment cabinet and testing the antenna cable; Please be patient, we will be back on the “Air” shortly.
In the interim, the KC2LEB UHF (440.5500 / 445.5500 PL-141.3, Staten Island North), and the clubs WG2MSK D-Star repeaters are available for use. Look for the KCRA Monday Night Club Net @8:30 following the Big Apple Traffic Net on Jim's repeater.
A special side note is in order for our long time club member Jack, KB2BCC, who passed the Extra Class Element 4!  Congratulations Jack!
73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

Greetings to all club members, Friends of the KCRA and fellow HAM’s!

The next meeting, March 20th, joining us for a presentation will be your ARRL Hudson Division Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, the Vice-Director William Hudzik, W2UDT and ARRL NLI Section Manager Mike Lisenco, N2YBB.  We will also be discussing the plans for the new repeater equipment, and what we anticipating we will be doing in the future with it. 

I would like to thank Bill Pasternak, of “Amateur Radio News Line”, for his Skype meeting with us last month.  Bill discussed the history of the club since its conception in 1968.  It was a very interesting long distance two way video conversation with Bill, and we thank him very much for the time he spent with us!

Repeater Status:   This week we gave up on fixing the GE master II repeater.  Over the weekend, it was caught smoking in Jim’s shop!  It is not beyond repair, but the boys have put in too much time and money on trying to get it running.  It is time to replace the old outdated equipment, with a brand new repeater.  We have started ordering parts, cables, and will put it together in about 10 days.  

We have a lot of work left to do on at the repeater site.  The next trips to the site, we will be: installing the new repeater; removing the old equipment; taking down the antenna for a tune up; adding a ground wire to the equipment cabinet and testing the cable; if time permits, installing a newer antenna. Please be patient, we will be back on the “Air” shortly.

In the interim, the KC2LEB UHF (440.5500 / 445.5500 PL-141.3, Staten Island North), and the clubs WG2MSK D-Star repeaters are available for use. Look for the KCRA Monday Night Club Net @8:30 following the Big Apple Traffic Net on Jim's repeater.

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

Greetings to all club members, Friends of the KCRA and fellow HAM’s!

I would like to thank Charlie, WA2GUG and Russ, KC2LSB for their excellent presentation of the "Re-introduction to Packet Radio" during our last meeting in May.  We will try to get them back for another one.

The next meeting is June 19th,  join us for a new Field Day Hands-On-Lab presented by our Technical Chair person Gary.  We will be learning about the logging software we will be using for Field Day.  Those that plan on attending Field Day, NEED to use this software to log ALL contacts.  Please bring your Windows Laptop to this meeting, if you want to use your radio during Field-Day !

We will also be finalizing our band plan, and antenna layouts.  All antennas will have an assigned position, so that there are no overlaps in cables.   The Field Day plans will be posted on the site, come on down, even if you are just interested in how we set up, or just want to get on the air!  

Repeater Status:   The repeater has been operational for two months now, and seems to be doing very well.  Last weekend Gary, and the Technical Staff, Alan,  Josh and I worked on the new controller installation.  It was successfully installed and worked only after ALL the 25 pin connector’s wires were reversed!  The three inspectors did give it the OK to plug in… learning experience!  The squelch was also adjusted to eliminate the noise.  When you get a chance, please use the repeater, and send in a signal report to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

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