Greetings to club members, Friends of the KCRA, and all fellow HAMs!

Due to the religious holidays and inclement weather, last month’s meeting was a short one with a small group of diehards and one new member. I would like to thank Josh K2FTC for his abbreviated presentation on building a crystal radio from common household supplies that most folks have available in their home. We will be doing this hands-on kit building presentation again.

This month there is a very large HAM flea market in Dayton OH. You can view the action live at: http://w5kub.com/ Gary KB2BSL, Mike N2BMU and myself (KB2PSI) and a few other members made the trip last year, and had a great time… this year only Mike, N2BMU, will be there to report on the goings on. It is an amazing assortment of all kinds of “Stuff”! I miss it, and hope to get there again next year!

This month’s Tuesday meeting, we will discuss plans for Field Day at Camp Pouch. We need to put together a Field Day committee, to plan food, site preparation, put up canopy, antennas …etc. We are looking for a “Pit-Master”, the last years BBQ was a great success! Space in the Shack is limited to about 5 operators and guests. There is plenty of room for parking, and a tree lined shaded area for setting up tents.

We will also discuss the new WEB site we are upgrading to, and the format of the club newsletter. We are open to suggestions on improvements the readers would like incorporated in to the new WEB site or newsletter. Please send us anything HAM related, that you think would be interesting to have a club presentation during a meeting main to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our recuperating Membership Chairperson, Don W2DON is doing very well after his knee surgery, and Felicia, KB2NYF, has been doing a great job in keeping the membership books up to date.!

Congratulations to Jojo KC2NBE and Kings County ARES for a job well done supporting the 2014 Brooklyn Half Marathon! ARES used the club's repeater for event operations which featured over 20,000 runners.

Some of the events for 2014 we are look at doing are:

L'chaim 5K run for Israel – May 25 in Jamaica Estates, NY /Queens County ARES – Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tri-State MG Walk – May 31 in Clinton Cove/Hudson River Park, Manhattan/NY County ARES – Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Field Day - June 28 – 29

ARRL 100 Years Convention in Hartford – July 17-19 – we are planning a trip.

National-Night-Out - Tues., Aug. 5

Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend - Aug. 16 & 17

9/11 Memorial – (need a good location)

New York QSO party and JOTA - October

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.

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 Vinny KB2PSI