FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

Submitted by KA2PBT on Fri, 09/15/2017 - 22:42

The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission's March 29 Report and Order (R&O) that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands - 630 meters and 2200 meters. The R&O in PDF format can be found at:


NNJ Special Bulletin: Amateur Radio Operators Request for Florida Keys

Submitted by KA2PBT on Wed, 09/13/2017 - 23:43

There is a potential need for Amateur Radio operators to provide communications support in the Florida Keys. Volunteers will need to bring a dual-band HT with earphone/headset, external (gain) antenna, spare batteries, chargers.  While food & beverage, sleeping quarters and showers are available, responders need to be self-sufficient for other personal needs.  Deployment requests will vary as will the served agencies.  DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY.  These missions will be filled through the State of Florida EOC, ESF2 liaison.


Weekly Passaic County ARES NET

Submitted by KA2PBT on Sun, 09/03/2017 - 00:55

The net will be held on the WO2X repeater EVERY MONDAY @ 2100 LOCAL (9PM).

Repeater information: 443.450 MHz (+5) PL Tone:     141.3 Hz 

The purpose of the net is the training for Emergency Communications, conducting drills and discussing all other ARES topics.

Special thanks to Dave (WO2X) for allowing the use of his repeater during the net.

All amateur operators are welcome to join the net, especially those who live in Passaic county.


Radio Interview with Mike Urich, KA5CVH, in Harris County, Texas

Submitted by KA2PBT on Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:56

On the morning of August 29, 2017, radio station WGMD in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware interviewed ARRL Public Information Officer Mike Urich, KA5CVH, who was on the scene in Harris County, Texas.



Hurricane Watch Net activated for "Harvey"

Submitted by KA2PBT on Fri, 08/25/2017 - 20:21

The Hurricane Watch Net has been activated today (8/25) on 14.325.00 MHz. They will operate on the 20 meter frequency until 9:00 PM EDT – 0100 UTC. They will activate 7.268.00 MHz at 8:00 PM EDT – 0000 UTC. This will allow a one hour overlap between bands. Should propagation dictate, they will operate both frequencies simultaneously. The net will remain active until further notice.

Please monitor but keep the frequencies clear for priority traffic.

Ramapo Mountain Amateur Radio Club Hamfest 2017

Submitted by KA2PBT on Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:20

Ramapo Mountain Amateur Radio Club Hamfest 2017
Saturday, August  19, 2017
Sellers:6:00 A.M. Buyers: 8:00 A.M.

St. Catherine RC Church, 112 Erskine Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456.

GPS Coordinates: 41.091641 N, 74.264728 W

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/5Ff12zpciWA2

Talk-in 146.49/147.49 MHZ, PL 107.2

Flyer: http://www.qsl.net/rmarc/pdf/hamfest2017.pdf

VIDEO: The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 & The Scientific Value of Amateur Radio

Submitted by KA2PBT on Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:30

On July 21st, Fair Lawn ARC, hosted Dr. N.A.Frissell, W2NAF, where he spoke about the upcoming Solar Eclipse and how Amateur Radio will play a role in a scientific study of how the ionosphere changes during the event. Thanks to FLARC and Thom Guida, W2NZ, for making video of the presentation available.

Nathaniel A Frissel, PhD HamSCI ARC 1

Nathaniel A Frissel, PhD HamSCI ARC 2