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At our May general meeting, we distributed a paper survey. You can take the survey on line here.

 Radio Central's July Meeting:
Wednesday July 25, 2018

What Can be Worked During the Summer on Six Meters and VHF

* * * Note: Our July Meeting will not be at the Middle Country Public Library * * *

* * * Our July Meeting will be at Centereach High School. [Directions Here] * * *

"Social Half Hour" starts at 6:30 PM
Meeting starts at 7:00 PM
At the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach

You are invited to attend our July general meeting at Centerach High School in Centereach on July 25, 6:30 pm.

Our guest speaker at the July meeting will be Ken Neubeck, WB2AMU. Ken's presentation will focus on ways to exploit summertime propagation characteristics on 50 MHz and up. Ken is a world authority on six meter propagation. A feature author for WorldRadion CQ, and CQ VHF, Ken authored "Six Meters, a Guide to the Magic Band" (WorldRadio Books), the only book in publication dedicated entirely to six meters. He was a co-author with Gordon West for "VHF Propagation, A Practical Guide for Radio Amateurs" (CQ Publications).

Please note that this month's meeting will be held at Centereach High School, not Middle Country Public Library. You can get directions to the high school here.

 International Lighthouse Weekend August 18 and 19

On August 18, 2018, Radio Central will activate Old Field Point Lighthouse (US0148) as part of International Lighthouse Weekend 2018. Depending on member interest, we may continue our operation into Sunday August 19. You can learn more about the lighthouse and its history here.

 Tesla Science Center Neon Expo Special Event Saturday July 14, 2018

Radio Central Amateur Radio Club and the Long Island Amateur Radio Simplex Club will operate as N2T (November 2 Tango) at the Tesla Science Center property at Wardenclyffe on July 14, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time to help celebrate Nikola Tesla's 162nd birthday. Anyone who works us and has a valid e-mail address on QRZ.com will receive a certificate to commemorate the QSO. If your email address on QRZ.com is not current, you can still receive a certificate by sending us your email address at

  Ham Radio and Distracted Driving

In light of increasingly strict "Distracted Driving" laws, our ARRL Hudson Division Director contacted the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to get their position on operation of mobile Amateur Radio equipment with respect to Distracted Driving laws. The DMV responded with a letter of opinion that appears to be very favorable to Amateur Radio. Basically is says that talking via ham radio does not constitute a violation of the Distracted Driving laws. It should be noted that though the DMV's letter (which can be downloaded from the Hudson Division web page here, of or from the RCARC web page here) is pro-Amateur Radio, it's an opinion from the DMV, not a binding agreement, so it's still possible to get pulled over, cited, and required to appear in court. More importantly, you should always give the road and traffic absolute priority over operating your radio while driving. In Mike Lisenco's own words: "Feel free to print out this opinion, but understand that it is not a license to be stupid! Letís hope that you never need to use it."

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