Check out the SIARC History just added to the website.
The next scheduled Laurel VE testing session will on March 10, 2021, 6:30pm. Contact Russ N2IZV at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
SIARC is sponsoring a Monday through Friday Health and Welfare net open to ALL amateurs at 8pm on the K2BWK 146.820- (p 110.9) repeater. It began March 17, will continue through the Covid-19 situation. We have had check in counts of 18 to 23 and from Ontario, Wayne, Monroe, Seneca and Yates counties. Check in and hear from your friends and those that can become your friends.
Meeting InformationThe meeting for February 10 has been CANCELLED due to virus concerns. I polled the board and with the increasing numbers of virus cases in the area, fewer members wanting to attend and taking the average age of our membership into consideration, it was agreed to not meet in person in February. We will be holding a Meeting over the Air on the 146.820 repeater at 19:30. At this time, the March VE testing is still scheduled, but that may change. We will see what March brings.
The Safety Training Center where we meet has been closed to the public until further notice so please do not go in there unless you have a special reason to enter or there is a call out.
Check out the website, www.siarc.us. There have been updates to the Club History tab. Thanks to Jay KC2TCM for sending them to me and for Steve KD2OM for adding them.73 and Stay Safe. Contact me if I can be of assistance.
Tom Sanders, KB2NCI
Squaw Island Amateur Radio Club
Ontario County ARES/RACES
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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