President

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.

 

January 18th, the club meeting was canceled because we didn’t have a quorum of board members to hold one.  Some were attending N2NYD, Barry Seaman’s wake.  We are sorry for the miscommunication that the cancelation of the meeting caused.  In the future we will be sticking to the “Talk-In” on the repeater frequencies.  We will be giving meeting directions and any last minute announcements an hour or two before the meeting.  If we know of changes in advance, we will send Email notifications to those receiving this newsletter.

We will reschedule Phil K2RUH, hands on lab with Digital Multi-meters for a future meeting.

February 15th, Gary KB2BSL – demonstrated programming your radio. Gary gave an excellent presentation on the computer programming of the Wouxun dual band HT. Gary will soon be posting an article with links for the software used in the demonstration. Need some help computer programming your radio? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see when we are available to assist you. We will try to help as time and knowledge permits. (No commercial radios)

March 15th, we will have a Special guest Tony WW2W – he will demonstrate "Fox" hunting, the proper use of directional antennas for signal hunting, and how to build some very simple ones. 

April 19th, Gary KB2BSL -  D-Star night! Gary will give a presentation on the basics of D-Star.  Everyone will have an opportunity to use D-Star and make contacts!

Sid KB2GEK, has donated some of his radio equipment to the club.  During the April 19th meeting, we will be raffling off an ICOM IC-2100, and some other equipment, scanner and a portable 2m AMP.  Members and Friends of the KCRA are welcome to enter this Raffle.  All proceeds will go towards the Repeater Improvement Fund.

Future meetings will include:

- Gary & Jim will demonstrate what makes up a repeaters and how they can be linked together
- 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

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny

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