Hello all,

The next scheduled Laurel VE testing session will be on Wednesday, July 10th, 2024 at 6:30pm at the Safety Training Center. Contact Sabrina WD2STK at testing(at)siarc.us to register or assist.

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, 2020 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 on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 7:30pm at the Safety Training Center, 2914 CR 48, Canandaigua. All are welcome. Our program is the Annual Parking Lot Show and Tell Mobile/Portable. We will begin the meeting outside and go inside around 8pm. Here is a chance to show off your mobile or portable operation. I hope to see you all there and I look forward to seeing some interesting set ups! There is also Laurel VE testing on the 10th beginning at 6:30pm.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation download from the HamSCI Presentation WX2R Presentation HamSCI FoEIS

Directions to meeting location at the bottom of the page.


Tom Sanders, KB2NCI

Skenoh Island Amateur Radio Club

Ontario County ARES/RACES

Upcoming Activites

Local Educational Opportunities

The Antique Wireless Association Educational Institute

Learn It, Build It, Fix It (LIBIFI) Classes are opportunities for adults to learn about vacuum tube technology while building and/or repairing their equipment. For over half a decade, the AWA Educational Institute has been the premier source of hands-on technical education designed for Do It Yourself (DIY) electronics enthusiasts.

2024 AWA LearnitBuilditFixit Classes


Batavia Hamfest: Saturday July 20th, 2024 Alexander Firemen Grounds – 10708 Alexander Rd. Route 98

Roc City Net Hamfest: Log Cabin Restaurant, Macedon, August 24

Public Service Events for 2024:

Musselman Triathlon, July 14

Phelps Sauerkraut Festival Krauter Races, August 3 (probably)

Finger Lakes Triathlon, September 8

Wineglass Marathon, October 6

Pumpkin Patrol, October 30 and 31

We are fortunate to be invited to help with all of these events, so please make time next year to help as much as you can. It provides many opportunities to practice our skills to fulfill our mandate for the Amateur Radio Service from the FCC.

Mark your calendars to help out.


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!


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
Sandy Federico KA2HQZ Vice President Doug Howles KD2LGE
John Park WA2SSJ Secretary Steve Benton WB2VMR
Stan Avery WM3D Treasurer Wes Mills W2WES
Todd Coon W2ODD
Liaison to Wayne County RACES and Drumlins ARC
Jay Hamill KC2TCM

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