Despite the weather, the August 11th “All Clubs Picnic” had a terrific turnout yesterday!  Thanks to SMARA for hosting.

One of the aspects of attending an event like this is getting to know new hams, talking to hams I have not previously met, and of catching up with old friends.   And of course the good food!  It makes the summer months lively.     

Our ENY Section Emergency Coordinator David Galletly KM2O set up an ARES Connect sign up booth (YES we are now LIVE!).  Snap the QR code with your smart phone and BAM you are taken right to the sign up page! 

 

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays the Hudson Division Director, Mike Lisenco N2YBB from the swift completion of his appointed rounds (like attending a picnic).  We tried to convince him it was just a bit of dew  😉   

 

Everyone knows Tony Pazzola W2BEJ!  

An awesome time was had by all.   

July 7th 2018 – ENY Section Staff Meeting

Newburgh, NY

Here is the synopsis of the minutes from last Saturday:
Meeting started at 9:30, approx 30 in attendance
        Including Hudson Director N2YBB,  Vice Director W2UDT,  Section Manager K2QY, Section Emergency Coordinator KM2O,  Section Club coordinator KX1W, ASM southern Dist WB2NHC, ASM Central Dist N2SQW, several ECs and AECs and ENY Section Club Officers
Awards presented by K2QY:
       Appointed new ASM for Northern Dist:  James MacMurry N2UZQ
       Awarded certificate for Advanced Communicator to KM2O
N2YBB led discussion and took input on:
             1) the new “Life Time Learning” initiative by the ARRL
             2) expanded Tech privileges proposal
             3) lack of ARRL membership….only 17% of new Tech join ARRL
             4) Hudson Div Web page has awards luncheon info on it.  Too early for reservations but soon
                      Be thinking about anyone who needs awards.   Applications on web page.
             5) ARRL board meeting is on July 18,19 and 20th
K2QY asked about the old on-line classes like Satellite communications or digital communications…no longer avail
          Should be reinstated to get new hams interested in learning new things
League U-tube channel suggested
Suggest clubs set up some sort of practical learning experience class.  Hands on operating.  Right now you can get an Extra license having never turned on a radio.
Clubs could put together a package for new licensees including a band plan chart,  Club application, ARRL application
Perhaps a more formal Elmer program could be instituted:  using Face time  or Skype?
Suggest calling Bob Inderbitzen asking for some old QSTs to hand out to new licensees
Meeting closed at about 11:45
Special thanks to all that took their time to attend and a special thanks to the Winona Lake Engine Co.  for hosting!
Thanks also to N2YBB for hoofing bagels, doughnuts and coffee in for the meeting.

 

ENY Field Day 2018!

Linda (K2QYL) and I drove around the entire ENY Section for Field Day 2018.  We left Delmar about 10AM on Saturday driving down through Albany to Orange County on the West side of the Hudson, crossing over to the East side and visiting Yonkers and points North to East Greenbush arrivng home at 2am Sunday morning.  Sunday we were back on the road by 8am and visited Schenectady heading North to Prospect Mtn then East to Hoosick, and South to Cropseyville and arriving back in Delmar by 3pm.  That was a total of about 700 miles!  We tried to visit as many FD sites as possible.   What we saw was NOT a dying hobby but hundreds of people having a fabulous time (despite the not so perfect weather and band conditions).  We saw many sites where non hams were warmly welcomed.  We saw newly minted hams having fun, getting on the air, making contacts, putting up antennas and learning new things.  I saw more smiles than I have in a long time!  At every site, we were warmly welcomed, offered all kinds of food and much needed coffee including tours of each site.  While Linda and I did not get to sit down behind a mic this year, we both felt so blessed to meet so many new and old friends alike!  Here are a few pictures I wanted to share.  Each and every club was thrilled and thanked us for showing ARRL support for their Field Day effort.   It was the BEST Field Day ever……until next year!  73 de,

John   K2QY

                   

It was a rainy and cold morning today at the EGARA hamfest, but warm friendships made it a terrific event.  Thanks for your hospitality, 73!

It was my pleasure this week to award several Public Service Honor Roll awards!

Mike Shanahan WO2H (left),   Mark Copeletti WM2C (right),  Robert Dillon KT2D,  Ed Rubin N2JBA  and Keith Tilley K2UNI.  Congrats to all the winners and thank you for your service.

Just a few friends at the ARRL table during the Middletown Flea Market on April 30th.  Thanks for taking the photo Lee (K2HAT)!

73 de

John Fritze

K2QY