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 Radio Central's February Meeting:
Wednesday February 28, 2017

Chinese Auction and Membership Drive

"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 February general meeting at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach on February 28, 6:30 pm. Our February meeting will be a Chinese Auction. Each member whose dues are current for 2018 will receive 5 tickets. Additional tickets will be made available for 50 cents each. Add tickets to the boxes for the items you are interested in. The more tickets you add, the greater your chances of winning the treasure. Click here for a sneak peek at some of the items that will be offered.

If you have any unwanted radio related trinkets and want to de-clutter your radio room, you can bring them to the February meeting.

If you are a non-member interested in joining Radio Central, we are offering an introductory 2018 membership for $20.00 (annual dues are normally $24.00) if you join up at the February meeting.

Our 2018 General Meetings will be at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach. You can get directions to the Middle Country Public Library here.

 International Lighthouse Weekend August 19 and 20

On August 18, Radio Central activated Old Field Point Lighthouse (US0148) as part of International Lighthouse Weekend 2017. We operated outside of the lighthouse under an EZ-Up shade tent courtesy of Bill, W2IIT. Throughout the day, despite unimpressive band conditions, we squeaked out 101 QSOs on 40, 20, 6, and 2 meters. We were graced with beautiful, comfortable weather all day. Operations went from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We elected to limit our activity to just Saturday, since most of our crew had family commitments for Sunday. You can learn more about the lighthouse and its history here.

 Tesla Science Center Electric Dream Expo Special Event Saturday July 8, 2017

Radio Central Amateur Radio Club and the Long Island Amateur Radio Simplex Club operated as N2T (November 2 Tango) at the Tesla Science Center property at Wardenclyffe on July 10, 2017, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time to help celebrate Nikola Tesla's 161st birthday. Anyone who worked us and has a valid e-mail address on QRZ.com received 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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