ARRL Field Day, June 22 and 22, White Springs Fire Department, CR 6, Geneva
Musselman Triathlon, July 13 and 24, Geneva
Finger Lakes Triathlon, September 8, Canandaigua
Our next meeting, Wednesday, July 10, will be at the Safety Training Center, 2914 County Road 48, Canandaigua. We will meet at 7:30pm in the parking lot for our annual “Show Off Your Mobile/Portable Set Up”. Bring what ever you want to display or get your mobile set up all spiffed up for viewing. We can all learn from what others do.
Directions to meeting location at the bottom of the page.
Mark your calendars for this event
ARRL Field Day at White Springs Fire Department, 3770 CR 6 (Pre-Emption Road) Geneva, June 22 and 23 Tent set up will be Friday, June 21 at 2pm and Station set up will begin at 10am on Saturday, June 22. We will be meeting for breakfast at 8am at Dennys on Routes 5 and 20 in Geneva and then proceeding to the site. Operating begins at 2pm and runs until 9am on Sunday. All are welcome, hams and non-hams. We will have a talk in staton set up on the 145.130- (pl 110.9) repeater, so call that if you need directions. We will have VE testing at 1pm. See the Field Day Locator on the ARRL website and look for W2S. See you there!
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.
Directions to Meeting