Wed, 09/28/2016 - 09:00

In the early days amateur radio operators often constructed their noisy, smelly, and often dangerous spark gap stations in "shacks" separate from their living quarters.  The term "Ham Shack" has been maintained to this day.  Many variables (personal taste, type and quantity of equipment, available space, budget) determine the setup of a modern ham shack.

Redd - AI2N

Technician Class Offered 9/12/16 - 12/5/16


The Fulton Amateur Radio Club will be starting a Technician Class on Monday, September 12th, from7 PM to 9 PM and run thru Monday, November 28th, with the test being Monday, December 5th (weather dependent). No Morse code required for any license level.
The class will be held at the Oswego County office building across from MIMI'S restaurant in Fulton, NY. The main entrance is in the center, of the back side of the building. Go straight in to the elevator, go down to the basement, and turn right. The class room will be half way down the corridor, on the right. Commonly known as the meeting rooms.
We will be using the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual for Technicians (Red Cover). Be sure it is the “Third Edition”, for use July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2018. This info will be on the front cover. You will be required to obtain the manual on your own, as none will be available at the class. Amazon: $26.62 $29.95 Barnes &Noble (check in store availability): $26.62 online, $29.95 in store
For more Information, please contact:
  • Rick Boutell WA2LBE 963-3814
  • Fred Koch Sr.  KA2HPG 559-4387
  • Dave Robinson N4UAR 885-7167


August 20-21, 2016.


   We will be operating from the radio room of the Oswego Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse. The lighthouse was automated in 1967, ending the era of light keepers (and radio operators) at this lighthouse. This will be the first time in over 40 years that someone will be operating from the lighthouse radio room. This is a unique opportunity as the lighthouse is closed to the public except for special tours. For the ILLW event the H. Lee White Maritime Museum is allowing us to operate from the lighthouse and will be bringing members of the public on tours via boat while we are operating. 


Help us in preserving this landmark, literally. 

QSL Cards direct +SASE to:
3105 County Route 4
Fulton, NY 13069


More information at the following pages: 2016 List Page

Oswego Harbor West Pierhead Light Wikipedia page

H. Lee White Maritime Museum - Lighthouse page

Visit Oswego NY Tourism page



The Fulton Amateur Radio Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the lower level of the Oswego County Office Building, across from Mimi's restaurant, Route 481 North, Fulton at 7PM. The purpose of our club is to promote amateur radio through involvement with the various facets of the hobby. Join us!

Whether you are a licensed amateur radio operator or just have an interest in radio and communications...please join us!




Radio Club Meeting Dates:  Fourth Wednesday of the month at 7PM:

Meeting Location: Oswego County Building, 200 North Second St. (Route 481), across from Mimi's Restaurant, in Fulton.

The meeting location has plenty of parking and is wheelchair accessible.

No meetings during July and August

Send your ideas for meeting programs or if you would like to put on a presentation at the radio club meeting,contact a club member.

Past meeting topics have included (to name a few):
  • PSK31
  • Slow scan television
  • Portable battery types
  • Mobile radio installation
  • Antenna and tower installation
  • Bat tracking via Amateur Radio
  • 50th Anniversary Special Event Station
  • Home brewing QRP HF Transceivers
Guest speakerers:
  • Dave WJ2O, Ken N2ZN, and Redd AI2N on thier DXpedition
  • Steve N2TXK - Data acquisition using model rockets
  • Dave Eichorn 9WSYR Meteorologist - Weather in CNY and Doppler Radar
  • Keith WB2NVY - Communications on the Titanic
  • Bruce Frassinelli - Old Time Radio
  • Representatives from the ARRL, ARES and RACES
  • History of Electronics Park (GE)
  • DXpedition to Bhutan
  • HF Mobile Operations

General Class License Instruction - 2016

Beginning Monday, February 29th 2016, at 6:30 to 8:30 pm the Fulton Amateur Radio Club will offer a General Class license course. The class will meet each Monday thereafter for a total of 10 weeks. Classes will be held at the Oswego County Emergency Management Operations Center at 200 N. Second St. (Route 481) in Fulton.   The class is open to any person holding a valid Technician Class Amateur Radio license. Those interested should contact Redd Swindells AI2N at ai2n [at]

License Courses

The Fulton Amateur Radio Club (FARC) offers instruction, support and testing for anyone interested in acquiring a Technician Class (entry level) FCC Amateur Radio License, as well as higher class licenses.

Amateur Radio, also known as Ham Radio, is a hobby that is accessible to almost anyone.  Age, background, national citizenship, even physical disabilities are not barriers to passing the necessary tests to receive your own FCC amateur radio license and callsign.

You can earn an entry level Amateur Radio Technician license by passing a 35-question multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required. The exam covers basic regulations, operating practices, and elementary electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications.

Self-study license guides are available under the “links” section of the FARC website, at An instructor is also available to answer questions via telephone, e-mail or in person, one-on-one, at a time and place mutually acceptable to the student and instructor.  There is no fee for this service, though there is a small fee for the exam itself.

Questions regarding obtaining an Amateur Radio license may be directed to Redd Swindells, AI2N, at ai2n[at]twcny[dot]rr[dot]com

Interested parties are also encouraged to attend a meeting.  The Fulton Amateur Radio Club meets at 7 PM on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the lower level of the Oswego County Office Building, across from Mimi's restaurant, Route 481 North, Fulton.  

The primary purposes of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club are to promote the use of Amateur Radio for emergency communication, foster interest in radio/electronics and to provide license training and testing.