Check out the SIARC History just added to the website.


Hello all,

VE testing is unknown at this time. Information will be announced when it is available.

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 Information

Our next meeting will be our annual Parking Lot Mobile/Portable Show and Tell. We will meet on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:30pm, stay outside for the duration and not hold a business meeting. Since we are on county property, it is necessary to wear a mask and do your best to social distance. If you are not feeling well, please stay home. There will be VE testing at 6:30, pre- registration only. The safety measures need to be adhered to inside the building as well, and I ask that you not enter the building except to help with the testing session or use the restroom. We are there at the pleasure of the Emergency Management Office and these are their guidelines. I am looking forward to seeing all of you after all of these weeks. See you on the 8th!

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, 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

Upcoming Activites

ARRL Field Day Event, SIARC and Drumlins ARC, June 27 and 28—Independent operations. Log submission information will be stated before that weekend, also look at the June Smoke Signals for more details


AWA Annual Conference

It will be held Tuesday August 11 through Saturday August 15 at the RIT Inn and Conference Center in Henrietta, NY (Rochester area). The theme for this year's conference will be "The Evolution of Amateur Radio". In addition to program sessions (including by the ARRL), an equipment auction, flea market, equipment contest and book fair are also scheduled.

Tickets before August 1st are $60. Tickets after will be $65.

More information at:

Best, Criss Onan Antique Wireless Association Conference Chair


Bike MS Roc the Ride, Rochester, September 12

Wineglass Marathon, Bath, October 6

Meeting Information

Directions to meeting location at the bottom of the page.


SIARC Board Meeting Notes

Latest Board Meeting Notes

Read the latest Smoke Signals for event details and News!

For the Latest information about Amateur Radio in Ontario County go to:

Ontario County Ham Radio
If you would like information about joining SIARC, please look at our membership page.

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.


The SIARC VE team is now a member of the Laurel-Volunteer Examiner Coordinator.
As a result of this change, all exams are now given free of charge. Please follow this link for more information about the Laurel-VEC.

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.


Club Officers Directors
Tom Sanders KB2NCI President (585) 924-0752 Dave Hunter N2EZY
Steve Benton WB2VMR Vice President Doug Howles KD2LGE
Raymond J. Dreimiller Sr. AB2UY Secretary John Park WA2SSJ
Stan Avery WM3D Treasurer Wes Mills W2WES
Liaison to Wayne County RACES and Drumlins ARC
Jay Hamill KC2TCM

Directions to Meeting