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Hamilton County Amateur Radio Club

Sacandaga Lake

Adirondack Mountains  ~ Hamilton County, New York

Speculator Repeater 147.165 + no pl
Blue Mountain Repeaters 147.075 + pl 71.9 ; 442.750 + pl 103.3

If you are interested in getting your Amateur Radio license, please contact any club member. We are here to help!
Everyone is invited to meetings and events. No license needed. Come see what ham radio is all about.

Events

Meetings are 7 PM the third Monday of the month except December at the Lake Pleasant Fire Hall.
ARES/RACES Net is 7:00 PM Mondays except meeting nights. All licensed operators encouraged to check in.
The North Country Group meets 8:00 Sunday mornings on 3.958
Fire Tower Radio:The Northern New York Amateur Radio Association is encouraging operation from current and former Adirondack fire tower or other mountaintop locations.
2021
Weekend June 12-14 ARRL June VHF QSO Party. A great opportunity for anyone with any class license to operate in a contest using only simple equipment, by hiking to a fire tower or other high spot. All you need is a HT or mobile, a good antenna, and a good high location. Since 'high spot' typically means temporary setup, this is also good practice for emergency operations on VHF.
Fri-Sun. June 25-27


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Field Day Weekend     -- Public Demonstration of Emergency Radio Communications --
Field Day is an annual on-air event to practice emergency radio communications using temporary station set-ups as might be needed in a natural disaster or other emergency situation. It is structured as a contest with the goal of contacting as many other Field Day stations as possible in a limited amount of time. Over 35,000 radio amateurs in the U.S. and Canada participate either individually or in clubs or other groups.
The Hamilton County ARC will hold Field Day at the ball field and pavilion in Speculator. This event is open to the general public. We encourage you to visit. An Amateur Radio licence is not required. You can observe or actually participate under the supervision of a licensed operator.
Setup will begin on Friday. On-air testing and general operating will take place on Friday and Saturday morning as antennas and equipment are being set up. Actual Field Day on-air 'contest' activity begins at 2 PM Saturday. We expect to operate until at least late Saturday night and probably Sunday morning depending on interest and weather. Alternate location (in case of really bad weather) will be the Lake Pleasant Fire Department.
For more general Field day information visit the ARRL Field Day web pages.
Other clubs and groups will be operating in Northern New York. Check the ARRL Field Day Locator Page for information.
= = = If you missed Field Day but are interested in a demonstration, please contact us. = = =
July TBD Possible publicity / public demonstration / special event operation for Parks on the Air and 13 Colonies - contact KC2WI if interested.
August cancelled Public Service Radio Communications for the Lane 10K Lake Run
Typically first Sunday in August. Cancelled 2021, planned to return in 2022
Meet 9:30 AM @ Lake Pleasant Fire Hall
operators needed - contact KC2GCH
Weekend September 11-13 ARRL September VHF QSO Party. A great opportunity for anyone with any class license to operate in a contest using only simple equipment, by hiking to a fire tower or other high spot. All you need is a HT or mobile, a good antenna, and a good high location. Since 'high spot' typically means temporary setup, this is also good practice for emergency operations on VHF.
Monday September 20 Regular (third Monday) club meeting 7 PM at Lake Pleasant Volunteer Fire Dept. Come to this meeting to get a head start on studying for your Amateur Radio License. If you are already studying, this is an opportunity for getting your questions answered.
Saturday September 25 Special Event Station at the Applefest in Speculator.   Visitors welcome!!
Help needed. Guests operators invited. Good opportunity to see what ham radio is all about. Unlicensed individuals can opperate radios under supervision. Please K2LML or KC2WI
October 1~18 NNY Section Simulated Emergency Test. Typically first weekend in October but several key participants in NNY have first weekend conflicts. NNY Section is also doing something a bit different this year. The focus is on basic formal written message handling using the Radiogram format. Since this is a learning experience, it is expected that relaying of messages may take time, as people figure out how to make the connections between ARES groups.
NNY SET Goals:
 • Every ARES member to send and receive at least one properly formatted Radiogram message.
 • At least one message passed between every ARES group (county) directly or by relay.
 • Interface with NTS to get messages between 'distant' counties in NNY.
Saturday October 16 New York QSO Party (NYQP) Public Invited!!
Club Operating from Lake Pleasant Fire Department. Special Event call sign N2A.
Setup 8AM. Operating Event 10AM-10PM.
The NYQP is a contest with the objective of contacting as many stations as possible in New York State, with emphasis on making contacts in every NY county. Each County is a multiplier, and for stations in NY, each other state is also a multiplier. This is a fun event. Visitors are encouraged and you can operate under supervision of a licensed ham. This is an ideal introductory activity for anyone planning to attend the license prep class.
Organized by KC2WI and K2LML.
Monday October 18 Regular (third Monday) club meeting 7 PM at Lake Pleasant Volunteer Fire Dept. Come to this meeting to get a head start on studying for your Amateur Radio License. If you are already studying, this is an opportunity for getting your questions answered.
Wednesday October 27
  7~9 PM Intro/Q&A #1

Wednesday November 10
  7~9 PM Review/Q&A #2

Monday November 22
  7~9PM Review/Q&A #3

Weekend December 4-5
 • Ham-Cram" full review
    Sat. Dec. 4 9-5
    Sun. Dec. 5 11-3
 • VE Testing
    Sun. Dec. 5 3PM
GET YOUR AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE THIS FALL!
Download the course description handout here.
The club will hold an entry-level Technician License exam preparation class at the Lake Pleasant Public Library, 2864 State Route 8 Speculator, NY 12164. The class will consist of a combination of self-study, a few periodic intermediate Q&A review sessions, and finally a weekend review with license exam given Sunday afternoon. Note: There no Morse code requirement. Also no advanced mathematics. Middle school students have obtained a license so it is within the reach of almost anyone.
The club wants you to become a ham and get involved with club activities. The club will give students attend the class and pass the test on Sunday a FREE HANDHELD RADIO!! You must sign up for and attend the review in order to qualify for the free radio.
Attendance at any of the review sessions is optional but highly recommended. Self-study is not optional. If you do not study the material beforehand and just come to the review sessions, it is unlikely you will be successful. If you already have a Technician license and wish to upgrade to General or Extra, you may just come and take the appropriate exam on Sunday afternoon.
The objective of a "Ham Cram" concentrated weekend review with exam session at the end is for you to pass the test. As such it will be focused on what you need to know for the exam. It is not a thorough ham radio course. The idea is to get you licensed so you can fully participate and then really "learn by doing" what ham radio is all about.
It is not too early to start studying now. The No Nonsense Technician License Study Guide is available as a free download. We plan to use this guide to keep the course free to you. It is also available for purchase asa a paperback, on Kindle or Nook, or as an audiobook. Audiobooks are great for studying while in the car. Purchasing the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual is also highly recommended if you want a more thorough reference. There are many additional free references available on line. Links to additional reference material will be made available and club members will help you out at any time.
"Teaching to the test" is not the best method, only an expedient way to get you licensed. To fully enjoy and make effective use of ham radio, you need to understand what you are doing. However it is easier and more fun to continue learning if you can actually get on the air.
If you plan to come to the Amateur Radio license exam session:
1. Arrive 15 minutes before test time.
2. Bring a $15 check made out to the ARRL VEC, and proof of ID/address.
3. It is suggested to get a FCC Registration Number ahead of time.
See https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/support/universal-licensing-system-uls-resources/getting-fcc-registration-number-frn
4. Bring writing implements.
5. We anticipate having enough places for everyone to sit and write. However it may happen that an excess of people show up, so you may want to bring a clipboard to write on, just in case.
Please contact Peter Newell KC2WI if you are interested or have any questions.
Monday November 15 Regular (third Monday) club meeting 7 PM at Lake Pleasant Volunteer Fire Dept.
December No monthly meeting in December. Merry Christmas!
TBD based on interest Amateur Radio Demonstration
If you would like a hands-on demonstration, either individually or for your group, please contact any club member. Amateur Radio is a fascinating and educational hobby, the original 'social networking' technology, and a valuable communcations resource in emergency situations when other systems are inoperable or overloaded.

The club was organized in May of 2002 as the Speculator Amateur Radio Club (SpARC) to support the local repeater, provide emergency and public service communications, generate interest in amateur radio, and afford amateur radio operators and those interested in radio as a hobby an opportunity to meet socially.

In November 2012, we voted to change our name to the Hamilton County Amateur Radio Club. Our goal is to provide emergency communications throughout all of Hamilton County if needed.

We now have a Hamilton County RACES repeater on Blue Mountain.

The club continues to work with county agencies to build volunteer emergency communications capabilities. If you are a ham, we need your participation.

If you live or spend any time in the area, we encourage you to join our club. Repeater dues are $8/year and club dues are $2/year. Dues are due in July.

If you are interested in getting your Amateur Radio license, we can help.

Meetings are held at the Lake Pleasant Fire Hall 7:00 PM on the third Monday of each month, except December. All hams and non-hams welcome. Please contact us for details.

We hold a net every Monday night at 7:00 PM (except meeting nights) on the Speculator repeater (147.165+). All licensed operators are welcome. If no net control station is heard after a couple of minutes, YOU are encouraged to become net control. net preamble

All donations appreciated to help with the cost of repeater operation and maintenance. Seaplane Fly-In Insulated Travel Mugs are still available. Please purchase a mug or make a donation to help support the volunteer emergency and public service communications provided by the club.

If you are interested in getting your Amateur Radio license, please contact us or come to a club meeting.

Officers

Area Repeater list @NNYARA

Amateur Radio general info

Emergency Communications

Standard Operating Procedures

Constitution & By-laws

Annual Events List

Emergency Communications when all else fails - Amateur Radio

Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce

The club is a member of the Northern New York Amateur Radio Association.

Web site created and maintained by Pete Newell KC2WI Affordable Technical Solutions.