Past Meeting Topics
"Contacting the ISS”
January 4th 2013 7:00 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Jim Stefano, W2COP
Jim will talk about his experiences communicating with the International Space Station. He will not only discuss the technical challenges of this activity but he will also tell you about the great work being done with public relations surrounding it.
December 7th 2012 7:00 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Todd W. Colvin, KC0QAH, President of the Rochester InfraGard Member Alliance (www.infragard.net)
Todd will talk about InfraGard, an information sharing and analysis effort that is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the US.
"Annual RaRa Auction”
November 2nd 2012 7:00 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Going once, going twice…..SOLD!
Our November meeting is the famous RARA Auction Night. Here’s the chance to sell some of the excess ‘stuff’ in your ham shack, or to find just the right thing that you have been looking for. It is a night of fun and bargains.
Note: This is a Members Only meeting / activity - Members are permitted to bring one guest, and will be required to scan their new membership card at the door for entry. - Please be sure your membership is current BEFORE coming to the Auction! >Renew Now<
Topic: "Are we ready for emergencies?”
October 5th 2012 7:00 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
The members of our local ARES/RACES organizations will tell you what they do, how they prepare and how you can get involved if you are interested. It is not an exaggeration to say that our role, as amateur radio operators, in emergency communications plays a significant part in justifying the existence of amateur radio. Please be sure to join us for this interesting and important presentation.
May 4th 2012 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
The folks from the National Weather Service in Buffalo will be doing SKYWARN training for RARA. Get recertified or first time certification at this meeting, and enjoy their weather facts presentation.
"OLD TIMERS' NIGHT"
April 6th 2012 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Always a huge favorite, our historian emeritus Ed Gable, K2MP, will entertain and enlighten us with his knowledge and great presentation skills about ham radio history.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
March 2nd 2012 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the Green Bank telescope(the world's largest), and the National Radio Quiet Zone. The National Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ) was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) November 19, 1958 to minimize possible harmful interference to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
February 3rd 2012 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
The Tesla coil is essentially a high-frequency air-core transformer developed by Nikola Tesla around 1891. It will include a live demo! Come and enjoy a presentation and demonstration of one of Nikola Tesla's greatest inventions, the Tesla Coil. Learn a bit about Tesla, the components and electronics of a Tesla Coil, and an interactive demonstration of a 2KW Tesla Coil. Come with questions.
"Annual RaRa Auction”
November 4th 2011 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Going once, going twice…..SOLD! Our November meeting is the infamous RARA Auction Night. Here’s the chance to sell some of the excess ‘stuff’ in your ham shack, or to find just the right thing that you have been looking for. It is a night of fun and bargains. Get there early to check out the items going up for auction.
Note: This is a Members Only meeting / activity - Members are permitted to bring one guest, and will be required to show their membership card at the door for entry.
"Getting to Know Your Neighbors!”
October 7th 2011 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
There is a whole world of activity happening on the VHF/UHF bands outside of the amateur radio frequencies. Most popularly known are the police agencies, fire radio, railroads, etc. But there is a whole lot more. Jim Sutton, N2OPS, will clue us in on what’s going on with a presentation entitled: "Getting to Know Your Neighbors!”
"A look back”
May 6th, 2011 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Our annual business meeting, including the election of our 2011-2012 slate of Officers and Directors, will be followed by our annual program by the RaRa Club Historian.
"HF Antenna Modeling and Construction”
April 1st, 2011 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
This presentation is about antennas, including some theory around practical applications and comparisons. Our presenters are Wayne Freiert - WB2LYL, and Joe Hood – K2YA. Wayne is a retired electrical engineer; Joe is a retired electronics engineer. Together, they will present information on antenna modeling software, the basic inputs required, present several examples, and review antenna construction suggestions. Bring your questions! Here’s an opportunity to get some great information about antenna design from the experts. Some good pre-planning, armed with knowledge, will certainly aid in your antenna adventures.
January 7th, 2011 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
More winter storms will be here before we know it and so will the occasional power outage that comes along with them. Since batteries and generators are the most common way of powering radio equipment when not connected to the power grid, our January meeting topic- Emergency/Alternative Power should be of vital interest to nearly every ham. This month we have the pleasure of hearing from not one, but two experts in this field! First, you’ll learn about the care and feeding of various types of batteries from Frank Pollino, K2OS. Frank is a Quality Engineer with Harris RF Communications with responsibility for batteries and chargers used with tactical military communications equipment. Then Mike Rink, W2HYP, - Electrical Supervisor for the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital Operations and a trustee for the WR2AHL repeater system - will explain how to choose and use a portable power generator for ham radio use and how the 145.11 repeater is able to stay on the air when the power goes out. Hope to see you there for this presentation. We promise it will be “electrifying”!
It's Auction Time!”
November 5th, 2010 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
It's time for the annual RaRa Auction. This is a members only event, so if your membership is not current be sure to renew or sign-up here. Our two beloved auctioneers Dick Goslee, KG2I, and Ed Gable, K2MP, will provide the evenings entertainment as they convince you to go home with things you never knew you needed.
The doors will open at 6:30 to setup and pre-examine the items up for bid. The gavel drops at 7:30 sharp!
"Amateur Television - it's not Slow Scan Anymore.”
October 1st, 2010 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Amateur Television today is full motion, full color, and truly amazing. Nothing like the old days of SSTV which was slower than watching paint dry. Fred Miller, WO2P, and Judy Stonehill, N2KXS, will come to demonstrate you you can operate ATV from your home "studio" / shack or mobile out in the field. They will also be demonstrating the brand new ATV repeater that your dues helped create and is available for your use!
"Terrain Analysis for your Antenna”
September 3rd, 2010 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
You may be surprised to learn just how much the ground around your antenna influences the performance. Both transmit and receive! Things like the soil composition, topography, and moisture from right under your antenna out for miles will affect your signal. Ken Boasi, N2ZN, will be on hand to show you where you can get all the data and tools you need to make a complete assessment of your antenna location. The results will not only be fascinating, they will tell you exactly what beam heading and take-off angle is best for you to get your signal to any specified location on the globe.
"The ins and outs of Ham Radio Deluxe”
May 7th, 2010 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Most modern radios have a serial communications port; this allows the radios computer to communicate with external devices like a PC. Ham Radio Deluxe capitalizes on that ability and provides a means for you to use your computer to control your radio. Whether you're sitting right next to it, or from across town; it also provides a good interface for operating digital modes and basic logging functions! What more can you ask?
If you've ever wondered what Ham Radio Deluxe can do, or have been wanting to give it a try, Jim Stefano, W2COP will be here to show, and tell, us all about it.
Note:The annual club business meeting including election of club Officers precedes the evenings program.
"History Night: Morse Code, Keys, Keyers, Paddles and Things that go Dit in the Night.”
April 2nd, 2010 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
A trip back in time with the RaRa club Historian Ed Gable, K2MP
there will, of course, will be a bit of Morse Code history, the development of keys and keyers, and hands on demonstrations. For those of you starting to break out in a cold sweat, don’t worry, the presentation will be presented in English, by voice, no code required !
"Digital Modes - A primer and an update”
March 5th, 2010 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Whether you're new to digital modes (RTTY, PSK, etc...) or a seasoned veteran, you won't want to miss this presentation by Ross Mazzola, KC2LOC, covering basic how to get started in digital modes up to operating tips and tricks for increased proficiency and Q count.
February 5th, 2010 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
At one time or another all hams cross paths with this crook. It just shows up one day, uninvited and robs you of reception ability; raising your noise floor until your S-meter has no more to give. Of course I'm talking about Power Line Noise! Dave Shields, P.E. Lead Engineer-Power Quality from Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. will be on hand to teach us how to identify, locate, and work with RG&E to eliminate power line noise. A lesson you cant afford to miss.
"From snail-mail to radio-mail”
January 8th, 2010 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Send and receive e-mail from anywhere! With WinLink you don't need an internet connection, just your radio. This is the perfect solution not just during an emergency, but while traveling, camping, etc... Jim DiTucci, N2IXD and Ross Mazzola, KC2LOC will explain the who, how, what and why's of WinLink - the Global Radio E-Mail System.
December 4th, 2009 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Propagation: Magic or science? Join us for a presentation by Ev Tupis, W2EV, on the PropNet Project. A valuable tool you can easily use to understand propagation and visualize current propagation conditions; so you'll know where your signal may be going.
"Going... Going... GONE!”
November 6th, 2009 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
That's right, it's time for the Annual RaRa Auction! - Hands down our most popular meeting of the year. Come early to preview the evenings offerings. Remember: Attendance is limited to RARA members only; each member may bring one guest.
"No junk or computer equipment allowed."
"NYQP? What's that???”
October 2nd, 2009 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Paul Mackanos, K2DB and Rick Mintz, W1TY will be here to explain what the New York QSO Party (NYQP) is all about; including how you can, and why you'll want to participate. The NYQP is for everyone, not just contesters and "Big Guns". Isn't it about time YOU were the station everyone wanted to talk to? In the NYQP you will be that station! Come learn all about it at the October meeting.
"Antennas: The more you know, the farther you go.”September 4th, 2009 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Tom Foley Sr. WA2EYF, has a passion for fixing things that is only surpassed by building and improving antennas – fixed and mobile. Tom will go beyond antenna ABC’s to explain and illustrate how you can, and why you should, improve your antennas for better performance. Every milliwatt that is not radiated from an inefficient antenna is converted to heat. So do your part to combat global warming and stop heating the air around your antenna: RADIATE RF!
"Show and Tell”
May 1, 2009 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
There are many local amateurs that enjoy finding an old piece of radio equipment and bringing it back to life with that showroom look. We will have Bill Hopkins (AA2YV), Dave Payne (KA2J), Kevin Carey (WB2QMY), Jeff Miller (N2AWA), and Dan Waterstraat (W2DEW) bringing in some of their special restoration pieces and the invitation is still open for other restorers to join in the fun.
This is some of the equipment you could see at the meeting: a Multi Elmac AF-67 transceiver, a PMR-6A receiver, an M1070 power supply, a BC-348, a Hallicrafters S40A, a Lafayette HA-350 receiver, a Heathkit HW22 transceiver, a Heathkit HW32 transceiver, a Hallicrafters S-40, Simpson meters, and a Zenith Trans-Oceanic 600 in the restoration process. There will be plenty of time to view the equipment and talk to the restorers of this equipment or talk about the restoration process in general.
This is also going to be “QSL Card Night”. Please bring in the odd, unique, favorite, or special QSL cards. With the increasing cost of postage and the increasing use of LoTW and eQSL, the use of paper QSL cards is decreasing. Club members would love to see your special cards. This promises to be a great night of show and tell.
April 3, 2009 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Our club historian Ed Gable, K2MP, will be our host for the evening. There will be the usual greeting of the oldest ham, the longest licensed member as well as recognizing past RARA presidents.
We invite and hope to have as many past presidents as possible so that we can have a group photo taken after the meeting. In the spirit of the evening, Ed is going to bring in a functioning 75 year old amateur receiver for folks to view and twiddle the knobs.
Sharing the venue for the evening will be the new leadership people at the A.W.A. Electronic Communication Museum who will answer, using the newest available photos, the many questions the A.W.A. staff has been receiving about the status of the new museum building and moving plans. Leading this portion of the meeting will be the new museum Curator Bruce Roloson (W2BDR), Assistant Curator Lynn Bisha (W2BSN), and the museum Operations Manager, Ron Roach (W2FUI).
September 5, 2008 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
SKYWARNTM March 6, 2009 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
The last time the National Weather Service was at a RARA meeting was March 2006 and it is time to renew our SKYWARNTM training. SKYWARNTM Spotter Training is good for 3 years. The training is not only for amateur radio operators but for anyone with an interest in weather and reporting on severe weather events back to the NWS office in Buffalo. Severe weather events can be reported via designated ham radio repeaters, telephone, or the website. Judy Levan, N2TEZ, will be our special guest for this free training. Judy is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Buffalo office.
The ARRL and You: One on OneFebruary 6, 2009 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
The Atlantic Division Director, Bill Edgar (N3LLR), will be our special guest for the evening. The Division Director is a voting member of the ARRL Board and is our voice to the national organization. Bill is one of us, a ham radio operator who has taken his passion for the hobby from the local club level to the national level. Bill will tell us what the League has done over the past few years and what we can expect in the future. Please bring your questions and comments to the meeting. Having Bill in town should help to add a personal touch to what may seem like just another large national organization.
Rovers & the January VHF SweepstakesJanuary 2, 2009 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Our special guest for the evening is the Chairman of the Rochester VHF Group and a long time rover. Bill Rogers, K2TER, will explain the concept of roving and what it means to the January VHF Sweepstakes (January 17-19, 2009). He will also share his thoughts on rover system design and operation strategy; what it takes to place in the top 5 nationally. These are the hams that fill their SUV or van with radio equipment and then try to camouflage it with antennas.
A remotely controllable and operable HF stationDecember 5, 2009 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Paul Mackanos, K2DB, has put together a remote operated station at his camp in south-central St. Lawrence County. He can operate this station from anywhere there is internet access by wire, Wi-Fi, or cellular. Paul will explain the radio equipment, computer hardware, and software that make this possible. He will also have a live demonstration from the fire house of this fascinating set up. If you like the mix of ham radio and computers this is one presentation you will not want to miss.
Annual RaRa AuctionNovember 7, 2008 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
University of Rochester Repeater Systemby Mike Rink, W2HYP
October 3, 2008 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Every wonder what goes into a good repeater site? Show up and you will get an inside glimpse of what goes into a VHF/UHF repeater. Mike will explain what he has installed at the University of Rochester, Highland Hospital, Bristol Mountain, and other locations.
by Raj Dewan, N2RD
The "do's and don'ts" about working on and around Radio Frequency radiation.
A "must attend" seminar for every Ham and anyone that lives near antennas!
Emergency Preparedness – Are YOU ready?
by Jeff Wigal, WY7Q, Monroe County ARES Emergency Coordinator (see presentation slides)
May 2, 2008 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
When disaster strikes will you know what to do? Take no chances: Come find out! Our educator will be Jeff Wigal, WY7Q the Emergency Coordinator for Monroe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). Jeff will teach us how to keep our family safe; how to prepare and maintain communications equipment in a ready state; and how to help others in time of need. There are thousands of Hams in the Rochester area, sadly only about 500-600 will see this notice, and have this empowering opportunity. Make sure YOU are one of us who knows what to do in an emergency. (National Preparedness website)
Are we there yet???
by Five Star DXers Association and the Northern California DX Foundation
Have you ever dreamed about what it would be like to go on a DX-pedition? Sailing off to some tiny remote speck of sand, setting up a radio and seeing who you can talk to? Well this past September, a group of 20 hams did just that! They traveled land, sea and air to reach a tiny desert island in the Indian Ocean called St. Brandon. Once they got there they spent 3 weeks in tents and huts, operated 12 stations on 6 through 160 meters, and logged over 130,000 contacts! Did you work 3B7C??? Come take a behind the scenes look at what it's like to actually execute such a journey: The planning, the antennas, the rigs, and the lost luggage.
April 4, 2008 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
A Trip Down Memory Lane aka: Slam, Bam! Thank you, WHAM
by Ed Gable, K2MPWe are fortunate to have in our area, ready to use twenty-four seven, a resource of information, news and entertainment. It is also very historical being the first such resource in the Rochester area. That resource is WHAM radio and television. With a humble start up in 1922, that only lasted a few months, to the giant clear channel station WHAM is today... Our presenter, the popular Ed Gable, K2MP, in a photographic essay will trace the early history of this grand old station using some of the over one-thousand historical photos housed at the AWA Museum Library. Please join us.
March 7, 2008 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
You can’t live with ‘em, and you can’t live without ‘em!
Don't have room for an antenna? Have RF in your shack? Need to make your antennas invisible to neighbors? Nice antenna but no signal? Got RFI problems? Know the difference between dB and dBi? The answers to these questions and more will be provided by our radiating expert Raj. We’ll also discuss building homemade HF and UHF/VHF antennas including what to use and where to get it.
Get On The Air From Anywhere
by Jim Stefano, W2COP
January 4, 2008 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd. (see presentation slides)
Operate a ham station remotely from anywhere. Operate your station or another station. How to operate it and how to set one up.
Hardware Defined Radio
"The Lore of Vintage Communication Receivers"
by Kevin Carey, WB2QMY
December 7, 2007 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd. (see presentation slides)
We’ll explore some receivers from the 1940’s through the early 80’s and what makes them so great and so desirable. What has the “eBay phenomenon” done to the price and availability of this equipment? Is eBay really the great perpetual Hamfest? Hmmm… all that glitters may not be gold. We’ll learn how to acquire one (you know you want one), make some simple commonly required repairs, and discuss how to get the most out of using one of these early sets.
Annual RARA Auction
hosted by Ed Gable, K2MP and Dick Goslee, KG2IThis auction will be special and HUGE! In addition to our members' equipment, there will be over 50 awesome pieces of equipment from the K2JD station. YOU have the first opportunity to acquire these pieces. All equipment must be ham radio related... not computers. Also, please do not bring "junk".
November 2, 2007 7:30 PM (doors open 6:30 ) - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Radio Club "Round-UP"
presented by: ALL Local Amateur Radio Clubs
Friday, Oct. 5, 2007 7:30 PM at *** RIT Xerox Auditorium ***Calling all clubs! Calling all Hams! We have a special meeting in the comfortable RIT Xerox Auditorium! No business meeting and no committee reports. We will be hearing for all the ARC's in the area.
Come learn what the other area clubs are doing. You will discover you can enjoy some of their interesting events. Like an APRS WX Balloon launch with the RIT ARC, or one of Xerox ARC's famous hidden transmitter hunts, or HF operating tips, or local Field Days, or Home Brewing, or Digital modes, or, or, or... Rochester has a rich variety of ARC's that involve every topic in amateur radio.
Clubs invited to attend include:
• Antique Wireless Association
• Drumlins Amateur Radio Club
• Monroe County ARES / RACES
• RIT Amateur Radio Club
• Rochester Amateur Radio Association
• Rochester DX Association
• Rochester Radio Repeater Association
• Rochester VHF Group
• Webster High School Amateur Radio Club
• Xerox Amateur Radio Club
Everyone with a young Ham in the family is strongly encouraged to bring him or her to this special meeting. Lets make them aware of each other, and inspire them to unite as a group.
To access the RIT Xerox Auditorium: Park in Lot "J" and enter Building 9. Walk straight ahead to the RIT Xerox Auditorium. Look for the “RARA” signs.
QRP night - with a twist!
by Bill Hopkins AA2YV; Ned Asam W2NED; Norm Schrader WB2GGM (see presentation slides)
Friday, Sept. 7, 2007 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Bill Hopkins, AA2YV will be presenting: "QRP for Newcomers and Fiddlers". I doubt this has anything to do with stringed instruments, but I make no promises. Bill will be joined by Ned Asam, W2NED and Norm Schrader, WB2GGM. They say "Less is More"... so, come see how these guys rack up the QSO's with so little power. The presentation will include all their inside secrets on QRP operation.
Twist #1: "Come-Show-Your-QRP-Stuff-Night"! We will have tables set up so that you can bring your QRP gear in for a show and tell! Whether it's commercial, homebrew, or kit; a radio or a QRP enhancement item we want to see it. Please note: a QRP enhancement item is not your amplifier, or a little blue pill.
Twist #2: We're going to have an "Award Drawing" for a Surprise QRP kit! So, save your allowance and bring it to the meeting because you may be going home with a little something extra.
Software Defined Radios
by Raj Dewan, N2RD (see presentation slides)
Friday, May 4, 2007 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Raj will discuss the basic architecture and the technology used in software defined radios. We will demonstrate two SDR systems: Softrock 40 which utilizes a postage size USB plug in receiver and the software used by Flex Radio, and Bob Larkin, W7PUA's DSP-10 2m SDR. He will also talk about the Pic-a-Star project, started by Peter Rhodes G3XJP in a series of Radcom articles. The performance of this transceiver rivals that of the latest $10,000+ transceivers and yet you can build one at home. He is building one and will bring some modules along.
Old Timers Night
by Ed Gable, K2MP
Friday, April 6, 2007 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Meet your friends at Old Timer's Night. This year will again be a popular program brought to you by our Club Historian and Curator of the AWA Museum, Ed Gable K2MP. Ed will bring to us a story that was recently in the news, the story of the first AM broadcast transmission in 1906 by Reginald Fessenden. Commonly heard news articles feted Fessenden for his historic deed, but Ed asks the question... "Did he really?" Was he first? Did he do it at all? Was there equipment available in 1906 to achieve this? Humm, I wonder. You'll have to come and hear and judge for yourself.
As always, you can expect nothing short of a professional, interesting and entertaining program celebrating Old Timer’s Night. Don’t miss this opportunity to Meet Your Friends at RaRa and join in the celebration of one of the many rich traditions that have carried through the 75+ years of our club’s existence. See you there.
Friday, March 2, 2007 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
The Sherman Elementary School ARISS QSO - How we did it
by Peter Fournia W2SKY, Rocky Chambers W2ROC, Jim Stefano W2COP
RTTY DX using MMTTY Sound Card Software
by Larry Lavery WW2J
Meet your friends at RARA on Friday, March 2. We will have two exciting presentations starting with the spectacular Ham Radio QSO between students at Sherman Elementary School in Henrietta and astronaut Sunni Williams on the International Space Station. Peter Fournia, W2SKY, Rocky Chambers, W2ROC and Jim Stefano, W2COP, will be here to give you the inside story on this QSO that was three years in the making.
Also, Larry Lavery, WW2J, will demonstrate MMTTY. MMTTY is a free RTTY software program that uses a PC sound card. It will run on a simple Pentium class PC running MS Windows 95 or higher. It uses DSP to detect and demodulate RTTY signals and generates AFSK/FSK modulation for transmission. Features include spectrum scope and XY scope displays to assist in tuning. Larry will demystify MMTTY by demonstrating the installation, configuration and on-air use of this innovative program. In a recent email, Larry wrote: “Much to my surprise, RTTY is going through a renewed popularity. DX expeditions always include RTTY and there are numerous contests available. I operated one contest and received email afterwards welcoming me to the mode. That has never happened to me since I was first licensed in 1958.”
RDXA and 60 Years of DX
by Chris Shalvoy, K2CS and Ed Gable, K2MP
Friday, February 2, 2007 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
RARA will host the members of the Rochester DX Association at a joint meeting celebrating RDXA's 60th year. Ed and Chris will present an overview of the club and sprinkle it with references to historical items and local events that many of you lived through. Several special operating events have been planned for this yearlong celebration and will be discussed after the presentation.
Come relive a bit of amateur radio history and the glory days of ham radio in Rochester, NY.
Recent FCC and ARRL Issues
by ARRL Atlantic Division Director, Bill Edgar, N3LLR
January 5, 2007 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
This is a very timely topic for our January meeting. The recent FCC changes to our hobby can have a large impact on us. The most popular issues like dropping the Morse Code requirement for a ham license, restructuring the HF band plan and lax enforcement of interference requirements by BPL companines are facts we will live with. Differences between the ARRL and the FCC on these topics has been great and is the center of a law siut in one case.
Bill Edgar is our representative who participates in ARRL decisions at the highest level. He will address these and other issues at our meeting. It is also a chance for us to voice our concerns and pass on suggestions to the ARRL. Get it from the horses mouth!
Broadband over Power Lines (BPL)
by Curtis Braun, N2HKD and associates
December 1, 2006 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Meet your Friends at RARA for a very timely and relevant topic... Broadband over Power Lines (BPL). Welcome our guest speaker Curtis Braun, N2HKD, Senior Engineer at Current Communications. Current Communications is developing and deploying different forms of BPL in our area.Curtis and a few of his associates will be on hand to present an overview of BPL technologies. The team will review the history of Current Communications. They will discuss BPL architecture, effects on spectrum, capacity and will discuss some of their unique BPL products such as Smart Grid, VoIP, Automatic Meter Read and more.
Annual RARA Auction
hosted by Ed Gable, K2MP and Dick Goslee, KG2I
November 3, 2006 7:30 PM (doors open 6:30 ) - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
This month is the Annual RaRa Auction hosted by Ed Gable, K2MP and Dick Goslee, KG2I. These knowledgeable and witty auctioneers can sell even your most unlikely Amateur Radio items. If you have never attended a RaRa auction in the past or don’t have anything to sell, come on out anyways…and bring your cash…because Ed and Dick can spin an irresistible and attractive description of even the most obscure Amateur Radio trinket…and entertain you in the process. You will part with your money with a smile on your face and feel good knowing that your Club will benefit from your generosity.
October 6, 2006 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Our original October Program was a presentation by Bill Edgar, N3LLR, ARRL Atlantic Division Director. Bill has informed me that he will not be able to attend our meeting on October 6, due to unforeseen circumstances. He has rescheduled for our January meeting.
Our new October program will consist of three short presentations:
- Peter Fournia, W2SKY, will discuss recent changes in the local and regional packet radio network including the K2JD digipeater.
- Jon Dickason, N2JAC, will discuss how the local APRS network was called into action to support the week-long Empire State Games event.
- Jim Karpick, K2TTP, will present an overview of Emergency Medical Services dispatched through the 911 center.
The History of VHF
by John Gilly (W3OAB) and Ed Gable (K2MP)
September 8, 2006 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
RARA is pleased to host the Rochester VHF Group membership at our September meeting. That’s right, RARA and the ‘Groupers’ under one roof! Be sure to attend this historic meeting and extend a warm welcome to our fellow Amateur operators. Andy Flowers, K0SM/2, RVHFG chairman has assured me that they are as excited as we are to about this landmark event. The meeting program will be provided by one of the ‘groupers,’ John Gilly, W3OAB/2. John has been collaborating with Ed Gable, K2MP, and curator of the A.W.A. Electronic Communication Museum to put together a walk down memory lane. You guessed it; the September program topic is The History of VHF. If you have ever heard one of John’s presentations you know that they are informative and entertaining, top notch in every respect. It is sure to be an interesting night.
RARA website http://rochesterham.org
Rochester VHF Group website http://www.rvhfg.org
A.W.A. website http://www.antiquewireless.org
Projects and Bread Boarding
By Dr. Jerry Svoboda, KB2QIU
May 5, 2006 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
All of us have bread-boarded a circuit to test it now and again. Some of us do this scientific test better than others; Dr. Jerry Svoboda, KB2QIU, has made an art form of bread-boarding. When not working QRP CW, KB2QIU builds. You've seen the highly varnished single tube transmitters, receivers and power supplies that Jerry has built at the auctions, hamfests, and on the cover of the October, 1999 /QST/. Now you can see his latest projects up close while KB2QUI discusses his process and ideas about the projects.
RARA Old Timer's Night
By Mr. Ed Gable K2MP/W2AN
April 7, 2006 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
This year's Old Timer’s Night, hosted by the popular, entertaining and creative Mr. Ed Gable K2MP, will celebrate one of the most significant events to enhance, promote and ensure the growth of ham radio: the Novice Class License. The novice license contributed for over 50 years to the sustained growth of the Amateur Radio Service.
Mr. Gable will entertain and enlighten us about the events leading to the creation of Novice license, how it evolved over several years of the FCC trying to get it right, and how it affected the overall growth, stability and structure of Amateur Radio ever since.
Equipment and artifacts of the period will be demonstrated by members of the Antique Wireless Museum.
Rochester Hamfest / Weather & SKYWARN Training
by Harold Smith, K2HC and Buffalo NWS Team Judy, N2TEZ and Bob, N3QQT
March 3, 2006 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Hamfest: Mr. Harold Smith, K2HC, the Rochester Hamfest General Manager will present a short discussion on this year's hamfest features and opportunities. The long range weather forcast may not include the Monroe County Fairgrounds this year, but RARA predicts a successful hamfest event.
Weather: It's not too early to prepare yourself and your station for the upcoming nasty weather season. Part of preparation is having the right tools and training at hand for the task. The Buffalo National Weather Service Team of Judy N2TEZ and Bob N3QOT will provide an entertaining and official SKYWARN training session. These training session are required every three years to remain on the active SKYWARN Spotter rosters maintained at the NWS in Buffalo.. Judy and Bob will be registering ham and non-ham weather spotters and mailing the training certificates.
Spring DX, Contests and Propagation
by Chris Shalvoy, K2CS
February 3, 2006 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Also a special visit and address from our new ARRL Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR. Bill is visiting from Bradford, PA.
In the springtime a young ham’s fancy turns to DX and contests. Come to the RARA February General Membership Meeting where Chris, K2CS, will discuss this springs contests and DX conditions. We do not have time to work each and every contest, so which ones will give us the best chances to work the stations we need to flesh out our state and country scores? What contest skills do we need to hone? How do we study the DX station’s operation so we can get him in our log? Earphones come in pairs, keys and mikes are single units, so should we listen twice as much as we transmit? What bands will be best this spring? What times of day? What can we expect from the cw, phone or digital contests? Will our position in the sunspot cycle hurt our propagation? What antennas and power levels will do the job we need for those rare ones? Can logging programs help with the contest operations?
Community Preparedness - Monroe County Operations and Planning
by Sande Macaluso, MC OEP
January 6, 2006 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
Mr. Sande Macaluso, the Operations and Planning Officer from Monroe County's Office of Emergency Preparedness will discuss some of the community preparedness issues that affect all of us in our day - to - day lives and the preparedness aspects of the local ham radio operators.
We have taken measures for our families to be prepared for winter weather by stockpiling food, water and fuel. We have our vehicles ready for the cold and snow. We have trained, planned and practiced emergency communications by working the special events, field day and public service. Antennas are ready for the winter contest season and our batteries and rigs are all set. We dress warmly in the winter because we may slide off the roads and have to walk home. We feel somewhat prepared for many of the events that could happen to us this winter season. When hams prepare we do two things: we are less likely to need resouces FROM the community, and we are more able to provide resouces TO the community.
Red Cross Response to Hurricanes Katrina, and Rita
By Peter Fournia, W2SKY
December 2, 2005 7:30 PM - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
The hurricanes of 2005 in the gulf coast have been one of the worst natural disasters in US history. The devastation has effected more than the communities along the gulf coast. It has touched all of us in the nation including our government, FEMA and the American Red Cross. Peter Fournia, W2SKY has recently returned from the area after volunteering 3 weeks with the American Red Cross in Baton Rouge, LA He will be sharing his experiences with us. They will included many pictures of the devastation along the cost, of radio equipment used and of the ARC HQ operation in Baton Rouge. He will also help us understand some of the hardships and loss that people have faced in the area and how the Red Cross is giving some relief to that disaster.
Auctioneers: Ed Gable K2MP and Dick Goslee KG2I
- November 4, 2005 (6:30 doors open; 7:30 Auction Starts) - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
The Dynamic Duo of Ed Gable K2MP and Dick Goslee KG2I have once again succumbed to our pleas to be the auctioning staff for RARA's November Membership Program. This is a highly entertaining evening folks! While Dick and Ed are substantially younger than the history of radio, their combined knowledge and first hand access to historic radio communications gives them unique perspectives about the items that turn up in this RARA Annual Auction.
Empire State Games -25 minutes - Bob Bracket KD2IM
Thruway Pumpkin Patrol - 20 minutes - Sgt. Brian Guise of NYSP
How to make a DX station want your W2 QSL Card - 30 minutes - Bill Kasperkoski, WB2SXY
October 7, 2005 (7:30 PM) - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
RARA has a highly informative meeting planned for October 7! Rochester will host the Empire State Games next summer. A large number of hams volunteer each year. Learn how and what these amateur radio volunteers have done. Get ready to volunteer for next years event! Information is from Bob Bracket KD2IM who has been involved with this activity for years.
The Pumpkin Patrol is sponsored by the NYS Police on the halloween days of October 30 and 31. Hear how the volunteers did last year and what is planned for this year. Sgt. Brian Guise of the NYSP will be here to explain it.
Lets say you are working on your DXCC and need QSL cards from some rear DX stations. How do you convince those stations to send you their QSL card? They already have thousands from the US! Bill Kasperkoski, WB2SXY will give you tips on how to get those rare stations to give you their QSL card.
Our WNY ARRL Section Manager Scott Bauer W2LC is also planning to briefly address the ARRL Atlantic Division Director election.
NOAA's new All Hazard Radio - Cynthia Ames, Leader of Monroe County's Project Prepare
JOTA - Jamboree on the air plans - John Van Griethuysen, N2BNE
September 9, 2005 (7:30 PM) - Henrietta Fire Hall, 3129 E. Henrietta Rd.
What do 036055 and Jamboree On The Air have in common?
In the national scheme Monroe County has been assigned a Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) designation, above. This means that your all-hazards radio unit can, via NOAA's radio transmitters, alert you and your family to a hazardous and threatening events in your specific community or your surrounding area. Project Prepare is an initiative of Monroe County's Local Emergency Planning Committee. Cynthia Ames, Leader of Monroe County's Project Prepare, will discuss and demonstrate the capabilities, features and programming of some of the All-Hazard radios.
Immediately after the All-Hazard Radio presentation, John Van Griethuysen, N2BNE (one of the JOTA Guys,) will discuss this year's Jamboree On The Air offerings. JOTA is a great opportunity for hams to enlighten, entertain and educate scouts about the capabilities and fun of Amateur Radio. Over a thousand scouts usually attend the Camp Cutler event over the JOTA October weekend.