Wild Water Derby, Shortsville, April 27
Drumlins Hamfest April 27
Field Day June 22 and 23
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30pm at the Safety Training Center and will feature a program on D-Star radio by Don, N2VDE. The meeting will follow the Laurel VE testing session at 6:30.
Directions to meeting location at the bottom of the page.
Mark your calendars for this event
The Shortsville Fire Department is looking for a minimum of 8 operators that could help out with the parade line up on Friday June 14th.
The parade starts at 7:00pm with line up starting between 5:00 and 5:30pm. This would be a great opportunity to work with the fire department with some interoperability and the challenges it would bring since the clubs are not able to communicate with the departments directly. Everyone should be in close enough proximity that they should be able to use simplex.
Any questions feel free to ask.
More information to follow.
SIARC holds Amateur Radio Exams every other month on the 2nd Wednesday. Pre-registration is desired, but walk-ins are welcome. For details check our Exam page.
Please check the exam schedule here
K2BWK D-Star Repeater
The K2BWK D-Star repeater system is available for use as K2BWK B on 443.500 +5MHz and as K2BWK C on 147.375 +.6MHz. Registration is not required for listening or local use. If you want to use the gateway services, registration is required. K2BWK is connected into the ircDDB system which allows many more reflectors and options than the standard Icom network.
The link to the registration and status site is K2BWK. An email will be sent when the registration is approved. You must then login to the site and enter your personal information. Please enter the information carefully. This document has some details on the process. Instructions Pay special attention to steps 8 thru 10!
An excellent document about D-Star is here D-Star for Dummies
Here is a program file for the ID-880H that will allow easy linking between reflectors and other repeaters or stations. It uses the C0 and C1 memory slots to hold the CQ and Unlink commands so the operator just needs to press the DR button, rotate the dial to the desired reflector, key the mike then use the M/Call button to select CQ or Unlink. It also has many local analog repeaters and some Ontario County public safety channels. Be sure to change the MyCall from NOCALL to your own. Right click and select "Save link as" to download the file. ICOM 80/880 K2BWK program file. Be sure you check the settings after you load the file. Things like GPS, messages, display color, etc.
A different method of using the DR mode available to the newer radios is detailed in this document. ID-880H DR Mode Graphic. This method seems easier to switch to different repeaters since we have several now. A text document explaining this operation is here.ID-880H DR Mode. The links in the document are no longer correct but the rest is accurate.
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