President

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. 

 

Please be advised that nominations for all offices of the Kings County Repeater Association shall be opened at the September membership meeting and shall close with the October membership meeting.  Two weeks before the November meeting a list of candidates will be mailed to all voting members. Such a list may be incorporated into the newsletter.  The elections shall be held at the November membership meeting, and Voting will be conducted as outlined in article V of the club constitution.
All full members in good standing are eligible to run for any office of the KCRA. If you are interested in running for office, please contact the recording secretary, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call the KCRA action line (917-727-6430), or voice your matter at the September 21st meeting. If no challenger for an office is received by the October meeting, the incumbent shall be deemed re-elected at the November meeting.

The Kings County Repeater Association needs your support at our meeting each and every month!  If you have any ideas that pertain to amateur radio, we would like to hear about them.   I think most of us who were at the meeting are members of the ARRL.  If you are not, I would like to ask you to consider becoming a member of the ARRL. The ARRL has a lot to offer you in many ways, and it protects our HAM bands from commercial use!

The clubs year in review:

 

During the past few months our Technical Chairperson, Gary KB2BSL demonstrated: how to set up a Echolink station; improve soldering skills with Kit building (assisted by Phil K2RUH); How to attach a connector to the end of cables!  We had a Antenna Tail-gate party in the parking lot of the Guild;  Members and guest were invited to participate in some HF DX activities, and how to use a SWR meter and Antenna analyzer to adjust various antennas;   John KC2UHA, gave an excellent demonstration of his slow scan, ATV stations he built;  Visitors went on the air with their own TV show!  Gary’s LED Lab, where he demonstrated many different types of LEDs! Those that attended these meetings received many of the give-a-ways we have.

The repeater was moved to a new permanent location in the center of Brooklyn, after losing the site on Staten Island.  The new site has some drawbacks in coverage, but offers new coverage of New York City, we didn’t have before.  We are in a much better relationship with the site managers, who are also interested in Amateur Radio, and ask us to give their employees a Technician class.

When we lost our repeater site, we had nothing else on our mind other than to secure a new site, and didn’t think we would have a Field Day this year.  By chance and a little luck, I asked the facility manager of the South Beach Psychiatric Center, who gave us permission to use the open field behind the hospital for our Field Day.  I think it was one of the best we ever had!  It reminded me of the old days, being in a field, under a tent... We could not have hoped for better weather!  This event will be bigger and better next year!  

The International Lighthouse/Lightship On-The-Air event we held at Norton's Point in Coney Island was very successful!  We have been invited back, and looking forward to doing another event on these grounds.  The space was limited, but everything worked out well.  The grounds of the US Coast Guard station were comfortable, and the ocean view was one of the best from Brooklyn!  Next year we hope to bring a larger group.

The special 911 event station we set up in NYC near the World Trade Center got a lot of good press!  We had a long day, 12 hours on the air.  We talked many old friends, made many new friends, and hopefully some new HAM's and new club members!  Doing the event in a NYC park Downtown, was very different then Owl's Head Park in Brooklyn.  Both have a unique view of the City, but being Downtown, was very different with all the tourists, and visitors that stopped by to see what we were up to.  I would like thank, Mike N2YBB the ARRL Section Manger, and Gary for assisting us with our 911 event box of goodies we give out to the visitors to our Radio Tent!  
 
I would like to thank everyone who donated their time and effort to make these events a happen.  Gary, whose hard work and dedication, went in to all of the events we had this year, made every event a great success.  The 'pit'-crew, Harvey, Jim, Don, Mike, John, Joe, Dave, Laura, Jan and others that helped with background tasks, the setting up and operating the radios.

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny
 

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