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Hello all,

The next scheduled Laurel VE testing session will be on Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 at 6:30pm at the Safety Training Center. Contact Sabrina WD2STK at testing(at) 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

Meeting Information: Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at the Safety Training Center on County Road 48 and begins at 7:30pm. The program will probably be something on Parks on the Air (POTA), a video that Sandy is working on.

Directions to meeting location at the bottom of the page.


Tom Sanders, KB2NCI

Skenoh Island Amateur Radio Club

Ontario County ARES/RACES

Upcoming Activites

We have reserved room at the Villager Restaurant, South Main St., Canandaigua, on Saturday, February 18 at 8am for a Ham Radio Breakfast. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is the first one we have had since Covid began two years ago. Thanks to Steve WB2VMR for getting this going.


Hamcation, Orlando, FL—February 10-12

Keuka Lake Groundhog Hamfest, Almond, NY—February 4

Drumlins Hamfest, Palmyra VFW, April 22

AWA Spring Meet and Auction, Bloomfield—May 13

RARA Hamfest, location TBD--June 3

RAGS Hamfest, Camillus—July 8

Batavia Hamfest, Alexander—July 15

Ithaca Hamfest, Trumansburg—August 5

Roc City Hamfest, Macedon—August 26

Lancaster Hamfest, Lancaster—September 9

Public Service Events:

Wild Water Derby, Shortsville, April 29

Tour De Cure, Webster—June 10

Shortsville Fire Department Parade, June 16

Musselman Ironman, Geneva and Seneca County, July 9

Phelps Sauerkraut Festival Krauter, August 5.

Pumpkin Patrol, NYS Thruway overpasses, October 30 and 31

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

Winlink Information

Here is a powerpoint presentation about Winlink and a file with links to YouTube for more information. Winlink PPT.

Copy and paste the links to view.YouTube links.



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

Directions to Meeting