Check out the SIARC History just added to the website.


Hello all,

We will have Laurel VE testing on September 9, 6:30pm. Contact Russ N2IZV at 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 Information

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30pm following the 6:30pm VE testing session. We will meet outside of the building, so bring a chair. The program will be by Doug KD2LGE and cover Antenna Modeling. We will also be having election of officers for the upcoming year. All positions are open. I hope to see you all there (and pray for nice weather).

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

Pumpkin Patrol, Thruway Bridges, October 30 and 31—contact Dave KB2KBY to help.



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
Todd Coon W2ODD
Liaison to Wayne County RACES and Drumlins ARC
Jay Hamill KC2TCM

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