Wednesday August 26, 2020
Virtual Zoom Meeting: South Orkney Island DX-Pedition
In accordance with the continuing Social Distancing guidelines that we have to observe to keep the Covid-19 threat in retreat, our August meeting will be held on line using ZOOM. Our August meeting topic will the 2020 South Orkney Island DX-pedition.
A team of 14 experienced DX-pedition and contest operators traveled to the remote sub-Antarctic South Orkney Islands and made 83,724 contacts with 20,530 unique call signs, logging 168 DXCC entities, all in a span of fifteen days. Les Kalmus, the co-chairperson for the DX-pedition, will give us a presentation highlighting his experiences planning and participating in this challenging undertaking.
Our 2020 General Meetings will be at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach. You can get directions to the Middle Country Public Library here.
Frank, KC2ZOR, is assisting Gary, KD2IBQ's XYL, Sylvia, in selling off Gary's radio equipment. All of the proceeds from any sales of Gary's equipment will go to Sylvia. Items will be offered locally to club members first for sale prior to posting them on eBay. Club members can see what is available for sale here. Contact Frank, KC2ZOR, if you are interested in any of the items.
Check Out Five New Presentations Added to Our Presentations Library:
1.) FT8: The Newest, Most Popular Mode on MF/HF/VHF by Bob, WB2NFL   View with Adobe Acrobat...
2.) Six Meter Propagation Modes by Ken, WB2AMU   View with Adobe Acrobat...
3.) RFI in the Ham Shack - Tips and Traps by Rick, KC2FD   View with Adobe Acrobat...
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."