Northern New York Amateur Radio Association (NNYARA)
News and Information

The Northern New York Amateur Radio Association is composed of ham radio clubs in the Adirondack Mountains and adjacent areas of northern New York State stretching from the Canadian border to the Mohawk Valley including Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Schoharie counties (the ARRL NNY Section).This web site lists information for the clubs in and around the NNY area.

We invite you to get involved with Amateur Radio. It is a fascinating and educational hobby, and is also a valuable personal and community communications resource in emergency and emergency situations. If you are interested in becoming a ham, please contact your local club. There are also many free resources available to help you study for your license exam.

NNY Emergency and Public Service Communications Information (ARES, RACES, MARS) [click here]


THURSDAYS 8 PM on 3958 or if busy 3963+/-


2014 EVENTS:

June 14 - Communications for the Black Fly Challenge mountain bike race. Contact Dennis N2LBT.
June 28 - Communications for the Tupper Lake Tinman Traithlon
June 28~29 - Field Day weekend
July 19 - Communications for the Piseco Triathlon - Hamilton County ARC - operators needed.
August 2 - NNYARA Summer Picnic and swapfest at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in Long Lake.
August 3 - Communications for the Lane 10K Lake Run, Lake Pleasant/Speculator - Hamilton County ARC - operators needed.Contact KC2GCH
August 14~16 - Communications for the St. Lawrence Jr. Carp Tournament - OVARC - operators needed. Contact WA2NAN.
August 15 - Communications for the Woodsmens 10K Run, Boonville - operators needed. Contact KC2WI or WD2ADX.
August 16~17 - Tibbetts Point Lighthouse activation for ILLW - Thousand Islands Repeater Club
August 23 - 90 Miler planning meeting - AARA
September 6 - Boonville 1812 event communications. Contact KC2WI or WD2ADX.
September 5~7 - Communications for the Adirondack Canoe Classic "90 Miler" Old Forge-Long Lake-Saranac Lake - AARA
September 13 - Picnic, Camping, etc. @ Kring Point State Park. organized by Tom KC8QGJ. K2P special event callsign. All hams welcome.
                       1721 Roundtable Group / 7272 Ragchew Net / 7192 Nightwatch Net and VE3ORF/3730 Group Some hams camping starting Sept. 8.
October 5 - Communications for the Boonville Town & Country 10K run - operators needed - Boonville ARC. Contact KC2WI or WD2ADX.
October 7 - NNY Simulated Emergency Test 6:00-8:00 PM in parallel with the NNY Hospital Emergency Net. Activate EOCs, hospitals, shelter locations, check in from home or mobile, etc. Local ARES organizations establish local net(s). Section net on HF. Situation reports passed to SEC on HF via voice or digital. Emphasis on developing/exercising digital capability (fldigi/NBEMS). Start by loading the software in your computer and operating with acoustic coupling Hams wishing to participate should contact their county Emergency Coordinator or KC2WI.
Details of SET scenario   Example of County Plan (St Lawrence)
October 11 - Eastern NY section SET. Net on Gore repeater starting 9 AM. Hams in southern part of the NNY section may wish to check in.
October 17-19 - General license class with VE test session on Sunday. Fri 6p-10p, Sat 8a-5p, Sun 8a-? Long Lake Bear Bait Radio Club
October 18 - New York QSO Party 10 AM-10 PM
October 25 - Fall NNYSection/ARES//NNYARA meeting, Swapfest and NBEMS/digital workshop @ Lake Pleasant Volunteer Fire Dept. directions  GPS coordinates (gpx file) Starts 10 AM, goes until 2 PM +/- depending on interest. If you have a computer you would like to use for fldigi bring it and we will help you get set up. No hard wired interface needed, only a computer microphone & speakers. We plan to check in to the NY-NBEMS net at 10 AM so you can see NBEMS in action. Morning refreshments, lunch if people are interested.

Please see club web sites for additional listings and details.
Clubs - please submit important events you would like listed on this page.


Adirondack Fire Towers On The Air: NNYARA is promoting operation from current and former fire tower mountains. We'd like to coordinate operations to enhance the chances of making contacts, and eventually have a system of awards and recognition. See the web site for more information. If you are planning to operating from a current or former Adirondack Fire Tower location - or any other interesting location in ate Adirondacks - let others know by posting on the FireTowerRadio Yahoo Group. For more information, you can also KC2WI.

June and September ARRL VHF QSO Party: Second full weekend in June and second full weekend in September. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, runs through 0259 UTC Monday. Perfect opportunity for Adirondack fire tower or other mountaintop operations. All NNY stations encouraged to participate just using using a 2 meter HT or mobile on simplex frequencies. See this page for suggestions and details.

Field Day in NNY: Please check the ARRL Field Day Locator for information.

I would like to add a full NNY Net Directory to the NNYARA web site. Please email information about your net(s) to KC2WI.

The North Country Group meets Sunday mornings on 3958 starting around 8:30 AM.

The new NNY Section/ARES/NNYARA Net meets Thursdays 8 PM on 3963. Generally speaking, this will not be a formal ARES training net but rather an informal roundtable to discuss section, ARES, or NNYARA issues or just for general ragchewing. As with the North Country Group, there may not be an actual net control station. If ou don't hear anyone calling the net or taking check ins that doesn't necessarily mean no one is on frequency. Just put your call out. Current objective is to help you get set up with fldigi. (We can test on any frequency using CW, other digital modes require frequency change.)

Other NNY evening HF: Try calling on or near 3958 any time. You may also hear NNY stations in the evening on the NYPON on 3925 at 5 PM, the NYS Phone, Traffic, & Emergency Net on 3925 at 6 PM, the Maine Potato Net 3958 at 7 PM, and the Top Band SSB Net.

The Top Band SSB Net meets 8:30 PM Wednesdays on 1945. KC2VMF in St. Regis Falls is usually net control.

You may also hear NNY Stations on the Graveyard Net 3967 6 - 8 AM, Carrier Net 3935 weekday and Saturday mornings at 9 AM (eastern) or the pre-net at 8:30; and ECARS 7255 8 AM - 2 PM weekdays and 8 AM - Noon weekends.

The NY-NBEMS Training Net is held Saturdays 10 AM. Frequency is 7036 (USB). Initial mode for check ins is Olivia 8/500 centered on 1500 Hz.

The Northern New York Emergency Services Net meets at 7:30 AM and 7 PM daily on the Whiteface repeater.

The Northern New York Hospital Emergency Net is held quarterly 6:15 PM the first Tuesday of January, April, July, October on the Whiteface repeater.

The AARA/CVARC emergency communications training net is held 7:30 PM every third Tuesday on the Whiteface repeater.

Check club web sites for local VHF/UHF nets.

NORTHERN NEW YORK AREA VHF REPEATERS:     information current as of October 23, 2014.
Attention NNYARA Clubs: Please email information about your repeater(s) to KC2WI.

Location Frequency PL
Blue Mountain 146.865 - 162.2 Hamilton County RACES / Bear Bait Radio Club W2CJS
Boonville (Jackson Hill) 146.655 - n/a Boonville ARC KC2NBU (Echolink node KD2AIT)
Cobleskill 146.610 - 123.0 Schoharie County Amateur Radio Association WA2ZWM
Copenhagen (Tug Hill) 147.255 + 151.4 CANAMARA KA2QJO
Corinth (Spruce Mt) 147.000 - 91.5 WA2UMX Saratoga Co. RACES
Fine 147.135 + 151.4 Oswegatchie Valley ARC. WA2NAN Solar Powered (Echolink) / St.Law. RACES
Glens Falls/Hebron Burch 146.775 - 123 W2WCR system linked with North Creek (Gore) & Lake George (Prospect)
Johnstown 146.700 - 100 Tryon ARC / Fulton Co. RACES K2JJI (Echolink node 510372)
Lake George (Prospect Mt) 146.730 - 100 W2WCR system linked with North Creek (Gore) & Hebron
Lake Placid 147.300 + 100 N2NGK
Long Lake 146.640 - 162.2 Bear Bait Radio Club KD2BAD
Lowville (Crystaldale) 146.955 - n/a Black River Valley A.R.C. W2RHM (Echolink node AB2XN) / Lewis Co. RACES
Lyon Mountain 147.285 + 123 Champlain Valley Amateur Radio Club
Malone 147.090 +   NG2C
Malone 147.225 +   WB2YRB
North Creek (Gore Mt.) 147.135 + 123 W2WCR linked with Lake George (Prospect) & Hebron (Burch Hill/Glens Falls)
Old Forge (McCauley Mt.) 147.315 + 71.9 KA2FWN
Plattsburg 147.150 + 123 Champlain Valley Amateur Radio Club (Echolinked to W2UXC)
Potsdam 147.390 - 151.4 White Hill Parishville NT2W
Remsen (Starr Hill) 145.330 - 71.9 KB2AUJ Linked to Auburn, Cortland
Saranac Lake 147.030 + 100 Roland's W2WIZ
Speculator (Oak Mt.) 147.165 + n/a Hamilton County Amateur Radio Club KA2VHF / Ham. Co. RACES (open)
Tupper Lake 147.330 + 100 KA2DRE
Watertown 147.375
+ 210.7 Jefferson County Radio Amateur Club KC2ELX
Watertown (Dexter) 147.030 - 151.4 Thousand Islands Repeater Club AC2GE Echolink
Whiteface 145.110 - 123 Emergency/Public Service Emcomm Only - Clinton/Essex County ARES-RACES

NORTHERN NEW YORK AREA UHF REPEATERS:     information current as of October 23, 2014.

Location Frequency PL
Blue Mountain 444.250 + 162.2 Hamilton County RACES / Bear Bait Radio Club W2CJS
Burlington VT 443.150 + 100 NETARC W1FP
Cohoes(ENY) 449. 825 - 136.5 KD2BH
Fine 442.025 + 151.4 Oswegatchie Valley ARC WA2NAN (will be linked N-S UHF system)
Jay Peak VT 447.225 - 100 St. Albans Radio Club K1JAY
Killinton VT 449. 825 + 110.9 W1ABI
Lake George (Prospect Mt) 443.450     also linked to W2WCR 2 mtr system repeater on 224.780
Lake Placid 449.675 - 192.8 N2NGK
Long Lake 443.850 + 162.2 Bear Bait Radio Club KD2BAD
Lowville (Crystaldale) UHF TBD     Link TBD (?Watertown/Old Forge)
Malone 444.650 + 110.9 NG2C
Mt. Equinox 444.050 + 100 NFMRA W1KFX
Ogdensburg 443.525 +   Mike N2MX
Old Forge (McCauley Mt.) 443.175 + 103.5 KA2FWN
Parishville 444.850 + 123 NT2W
Plattsburg 449.825 - 100 Plattsburgh Interplex
Plattsburgh 449.775 - 123 CVARC W2UXC
Remsen (Starr Hill) 449.925 - 71.9 NYS UHF E-W Link System KB2AUJ
Watertown 443.150   151.4 Thousand Islands Repeater Club KD2CPX
Watertown (Dry Hill) 449.425 - 103.5 NYS East-West UHF Link System temporarily off air due to construction
Whiteface & Belfry Link 447.775 - 123 N2JKG

NNY Emergency Communications (ARES, RACES, MARS) [click here]

NNYARA Officers:
  President Dan Simmons KC2BEZ
  Vice President Rick Sherman WZ2T
  Secretary Doug Sarr KC2WCE
  Treasurer Claude Premo WB2YDT

NNYARA Membership/Dues: Individuals and clubs are encouraged to join NNYARA - $10 dues. Make checks payable to NNYARA and send to NNYARA treasurer Claude Premo WB2YDT, 95 School St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983-1625.

ARRL Northern New York Section Manager: Tom Dick KF2GC

Northern New York Club Web Sites:

Adirondack Amateur Radio Association Saranac Lake
Bear Bait Radio Club Long Lake + Bridgeport
Black River Valley Amateur Radio Club Lewis County
Champlain Valley Amateur Radio Club
Plattsburg area
Hamilton County Amateur Radio Club S. Hamilton County
Jefferson County Radio Amateur Club
Jefferson County
North Country Amateur Radio Club Potsdam
North Franklin Amateur Radio Society Malone, N.Franklin Co.
Oswegatchie Valley Amateur Radio Club
St. Lawrence County
Schoharie County Amateur Radio Assoc Schoharie County
Thousand Islands Repeater Club Jefferson County
Tri-Lakes Amateur Radio Club: Saranac Lake  
Tryon Amateur Radio Club: Fulton County

Other Nearby Clubs:

Boonville Amateur Radio Club
Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Assoc.
Rome Radio Club
Utica Amateur Radio Club
Warren County Amateur Radio Club

If your club is not listed or information is incomplete/incorrect, please contact KC2WI.

Repeaters and Clubs List - pdf for printing (2 pages)

A Ham's Guide to RFI, Ferrites, Baluns, and Audio Interfacing

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