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Serving Columbia and Greene Counties of New York State


Latest News

Congratulations to Jack Griffin, AA2JM, our new Treasurer !!

Jack lives in Copake, NY and is also an active member of Columbia County ARES.

Vice-President Joe Sacco, KC2JMS, ran the April meeting which was held at 6 pm to make room for the Skywarn Training session at 7 pm. The Training session was attended by around 20 members and visitors.

For those who took the training, here is the certificate link for the Skywarn sessions for you to print out if desired:

http://cstar.cestm.albany.edu/skywarn/certificate.htm

The access code is SKYWARN2017 (all capital letters)

The next RVWARS meeting is scheduled for May 15. Please plan on attending as there will be discussion for the upcoming Field Day in June.

Skywarn Training presenters Kevin Lipton and Christiana Speciale from NOAA, Albany




A Call for Assistance with Upcoming Twin Rivers Council Spring Camporee

Chris Carlsen, N2PBN, will be joining several boy scouts from around the area on the weekend of May 19-21 at the Chatham Fairgrounds. Ham radio will be one of the activities which revolve mainly around scouting programs. Chris estimates that there will be several hundred scouts at this annual event.

Chris is looking for members of the ham community to assist in setting up the HF antenna and other equipment. Assistance will also be needed with helping the scouts work the HF radios to make contacts. He will also need to borrow an antenna from the club or from a fellow ham.

Anyone joining Chris at this event is advised to bring their own food and refreshment. Please contact Chris if you can assist with this event in any manner.

For info or offers of assistance, please email: Chris Carlsen





Upcoming Special Event Station at Columbia County Fairgrounds !!

Event: Columbia County Fair

Call sign: K2F

Dates/Times: Starting August 30, 2017 at 10:00 hours, ending September 4, 2017 at 20:00 hours.

Location: Chatham, NY 12037

Frequencies: 3.850 MHz, 7.250 MHz, 14.245 MHz, 21.300 MHz and local VHF/UHF repeaters

Certificate/QSL Contact: Wayne F. Gearing - K2WG, 11 Real View Drive, East Chatham, NY 12060


If you are interested in operating at the event, please email: Wayne Gearing




Field Day 2016

Check it out --> Pictures

2016 was another successful year for the Rippers at field day. Here are some of the moments.



Columbia County ARES ARES Logo

ARES Emergency Services Net on Tuesdays at 7pm
on the 147.210 K2RVW/R repeater

All ARES members are encouraged to join this weekly net to
practice running a formal net and learning to pass messages.

Meetings and training are held at the Columbia County EOC.

If you are interested, contact Columbia County Emergency Coordinator Barry Thompson , WA2KLP, for details.




RVWARS Officers

President - Wayne Gearing, K2WG
wayneg1231@fairpoint.net

Vice President - Joe Sacco, KC2JMS
jmsacco@gmail.com

Secretary - Christian Sweningsen, KD2LIN
csweningsen@berk.com

Treasurer - Jack Griffin, AA2JM
jjgriffinaa2jm@yahoo.com

Safety Officer - Todd Brackett, KC2YKM
kc2ykm@gmail.com

RVWARS Committees

Education

Wayne Gearing, K2WG, Chair
wayneg1231@fairpoint.net

Repeater

Tom Gutierrez, N2NZD
n2nzd@taconic.net
Jules Madey, K2KGJ
hillfox@taconic.net
Barry Thompson, WA2KLP
barry@nsdata.com
Dick Stewart, AC2MH
rd1stewart@aol.com
Marty Miller, N2LDR
n2ldr@verizon.net

Historian

Jules Madey, K2KGJ
hillfox@taconic.net

RVWARS Repeaters

Station Call: K2RVW
Special Event Call: WD2K

147.210/147.810
224.280/222.680
449.925/444.925

147.210 animation   224.280 animation  
449.925 animation

All repeaters are working great...

- We now have a digital repeater on 449.925 with a required PL of 110.9 Hz

- PL is not required for Digital Mode!

- There is also an encoded tone of 110.9 Hz on the digital repeater
so you can squelch out the digital noise

Rip's Report - RVWARS Newsletter

Editor - Christian Sweningsen, KD2LIN




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