ARISS Program

Submitted by kd2dvc on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 15:31

So a few weeks ago I had my cousin over to help me with a few projects I couldn’t do myself.  One was restringing my cable for my long wire antenna. 

We got talking about amateur radio and school activities, then I told him about ARISS program.   We reviewed the current program and required documentation plus submitting dates.   Well he took the information to teachers at Oswego School District, and I believe we have a few that want to do live chat with the ISS next fall. 


Construction Project

Submitted by nx2gw on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 15:28

Many of you have probably heard me talk about my home-brew antenna masts.  A number of years back I came up with a simple, cheap and apparently durable, unit. This design will give you a mast that is almost 30’ high and will tilt over for attaching antennas while on the ground.  I have built two of these masts, one at my home in Phoenix and one at our camp just west of Oswego.


Happy New Year

Submitted by nx2gw on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 14:06

St Patrick’s day is coming up and along with it is the St Patrick’s Parade in Syracuse on Saturday, March 16th.  RAGS, Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse will be providing communications support for the event and they are looking for Hams to participate.  
I know that many of you enjoy public service operations and this is a fun one, much larger in scale than most of those our club supports.  
I remember a number of years ago I worked the 
Parade when it was windy and hovering around 0º It was amazing how tough some of those “Irishmen & Irish Women” were.  


Ham-fest Season

Submitted by nx2gw on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 13:38

On Sunday, January 14th, Sam KD2RZY and myself ventured off to the Southern Tier Metropolis of Marathon NY for the Skyline Amateur Radio Club Ham fest. We had never been to this event so We really didn’t know what expect. I for one was pleasantly surprised. 


The door man above looks strangely familiar. 



FARC Club Christmas Party

Submitted by admin on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 13:30

As has become the custom, our Annual Christmas Party was held at RFH’s Hideaway, a couple of miles North of Phoenix. 

The event was well attended and judging by the smile on Dave’s face everyone was having a good time. There were table gifts at each place setting and a number of cool door prizes along with a 50/50 drawing.
We held a short meeting where the new club officers were elected which I believe, excepting the Vice President, are the same as the old officers.


Public Service

Submitted by admin on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 13:25

On Saturday December 2nd our Crack FARC team supported the Annual 5K Reindeer Run/Walk around downtown Oswego. As you can see they came prepared for the worst that Mother Nature might offer up. Fortunately for them, there were no climate control failures in any of the support vehicles!! 

The weather was rainy, chilly with a little fog thrown in for good measure. However, the intrepid contestants made the best of it and soldiered on through the meteorological challenges. I do believe that one or two of them may have found it necessary to shorten their route.


Repeater Status

Submitted by admin on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 13:23
  • 147.150, PL tone 103.5, W2OSC    Currently out of service.
  • 147.390, PL tone 103.5, WN8Z        Temporary home of the Pathfinder Net. 
  • UHF  442.350, Open, K2QQY 

I can’t seem to hit this one from Phoenix however keep in mind that it resides up near Altmar. About 30 miles and a number of hills away.


Happy Holidays

Submitted by nx2gw on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 13:19

Greetings fellow Hams. 

Yesterday was our annual Christmas party and everyone appeared to have a great time. We had 34 people in attendance.  RFH’s kitchen staff was in fine form providing great luncheon fare. 

Following lunch we enjoyed a comprehensive presentation on the Wildlife and geology of our end of Lake Ontario presented by scientist, historian and author, Susan Gateley. 

The County of Oswego has finally decided to take down our repeater site on RT 51A so the old 147.150 repeater site is no more. 



Submitted by nx2gw on Thu, 10/26/2023 - 08:40

If you get a chance, say hello to our newest Ham, Lorin Darling. He was  granted his new Tech license today, 08-08-23. Yes he is related to John Darling,  our recently retired Radio Officer. It only took 3 weeks from submission of the  forms to W5YI until the license was awarded?  

Somebody must have been on vacation!! Congratulations Loren KE2BSW! 



Submitted by nx2gw on Thu, 10/26/2023 - 08:25

The Annual ARRL Field Day 2023 was to have been  here June 24th & 25th but Mother Nature intervened  with thunder & lightning and so it was decided that prudence would dictate that the event would be  called off. 

I was in Maine on vacation, if you can technically  be on vacation when retired, and was planning on  taking in Field Day from Pemaquid Point Lighthouse  as I have in previous years but when I arrived at the  site there was no one there. By the way, it was  raining there also but no thunder and lightning.