Greetings to all our club members and Friends of the KCRA

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer, and this letter reaches you all in good health!  We have had a good year with many interesting public events planned.  Most of you know that Harvey KB2EA had to resign as President because of family responsibilities.  He has done an excellent job as President, and we appreciated his experience in running this club. 

Greetings to all our club members and Friends of the KCRA

The Holiday Party has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 14 at 0700 pm. We have posted an ‘Event’ sign-up on our site. Please sign up if you plan on attending, so that we may get a tentative head count. You may pay us $10 in advance at the November meeting, or please pay at the door. December’s general meeting is canceled because of the holiday party.

January 9th we sponsored HAM Radio University at Briarcliff College.  The KCRA presented the ARRL president, Kay Craigie, N3KN, with a gift bag stuffed with Logo goodies courtesy of the Kings County Repeater Association.  Gary KB2BSL, Mike N2BMU, Jim KC2LEB and I manned the club’s table most of the day.  Jim and Mike gave an excellent presentation on the National Traffic System.  Jim will be presenting this lecture in a future club meeting.

Greetings to all our club members and Friends of the KCRA.  I hope this letter reaches you in good spirits, and you are enjoying the Holliday season. 

Greetings to all our club members and Friends of the KCRA.

April 19th is the Open House D-Star night! We will be having our very own, Gary KB2BSL, give a presentation on the basics of D-Star equipment, including non-Icom equipment. This is a Hands-On-Lab, so everyone will have an opportunity to use D-Star and make contacts!   Gary is a very knowledgeable on the subject... He specializes in D-Star and the portable devices that make it work!   He is a mobile contest operator, and has been listed in QST several times. You don't have to be a member of the club to join us for the presentation. There will be a Fantastic Prize giving away, for those that participate in Gary’s hands-on Lab!!

Don’t forget that we will be Raffling off Sid’s donated radio, AMP and scanner at the end of the meeting. There is still time to buy tickets for the raffle. Members and Friends of the KCRA are welcome to enter this Raffle. All proceeds will go towards the Repeater Improvement Fund. May 17th, we will have a Hands-on Lab with our resident Repeater Extraordinaire, Jim KC2LEB. Jim and Gary will demonstrate what makes up a repeater, and various ways of linking them together. They will also be discussing the improvements that went into the new Club repeater that is being built.

I would like to thank last month’s guest speaker, Tony WW2W, who demonstrated transmitter hunting and the proper use of directional antennas for signal hunting. He brought with him several loop and Yagi antennas, and showed us how simple it is to build them.   Tony donated several antennas to the club for a “Bunny-Hunt” the club will be holding in the warmer weather.

Jim KC2LEB, Gary KB2BSL and I have been actively working on improving the repeater the last few weeks. We will be seeing the results shortly with the installation of the new Motorola MSF 5000 that was donated to the club.

Future meetings will include:

Hands on Lab with John, KB2RIF. He will instruct us in the building of a 15m vertical antenna for Field-Day.

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.  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!

Club meeting “Talk-In” frequency will be the KC2RA repeater 146.430 PL 136.5 shift +1.0. We will be monitoring the repeater, make any last minute announcements, and provide assistance to meeting participants if needed

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

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