Serving Columbia and Greene Counties of New York State
The next RVWARS club meeting is April 20th.
The club is now meeting at Columbia Greene
Community College. See a
map of the campus and
directions to the college. Meetings are in room 706 of the PAC
building shown in the upper part of the map just off of the
parking lot. Use the A or B parking lot.
Several hams get their licenses at recent VE session.
Posted on Apr. 21, 2019
The Technician Class, which started January 29 at Columbia-Greene
Community College, concluded Tuesday, April 16, with several new licenses
and upgrades being earned.
Here are the results:
Richard Howland - Technician*
Robert Davies - KD2RFI, upgrade to Extra*
Suzanne Colpitts - Technician*
Simon Davies - Technician
Johan Reuchlin - Technician*
Samuel Cohen - Technician
John Roberts - Technician
Nathan Meier - KD2OZG, upgrade to General
Kate Stone, General
Peter Pulver - Technician*
Theresa Tiano - Technician*
* CGCC Class Member
Suzanne was the recipient of the 10 meter transceiver prize and
Richard, Peter, Johan and Theresa each received a Retevis RT-5 VHF/UHF HT.
Special kudos go to instructors Wayne Gearing, K2WG and Jules Madey, K2KGJ.
Also, thanks to the several VEs who showed up to assist with the testing.
Joe Sacco is new RVWARS President.
Posted on March 12, 2019
The nominating committe presented President, Joe Sacco, KC2JMS; Vice-president, Shelly Evans,
AA2Y; Secretary, Christian Sweningsen, KD2LIN; Tresurer, Jack Griffin, AA2JM and
Historian, Stan Engel, WA2UET. No nominations came from the floor, so all were elected
2017 Field Day Enjoyed by Many
Posted on June 26, 2017
Claverack--Field Day Chairman Pete Franklin, NX2X was pleased with
the outcome of this year's field day event at Claverack Town Park in
Several members showed up early Saturday to setup the antennas and equipment
and operate the rigs. The event kicked off at 2 pm. Pete said the
the weather cooperated and the bands were very good.
The club operated 3A, or three transmitters at a maximum of 100 watts each.
Pete, NX2X also operated his satellite station during several passes of Amateur
The site was visited by several members of the public, including some local
The club even held an educational antenna building session where 2 meter ground
plane antennas were made.
The attendees were well fed with an assortment of dishes including hot dogs,
hamburgers and pepperoni subs as well as various salads. Sunday morning breakfast
included sausage and eggs.
Breakdown and cleanup started at 2 pm on Sunday, by the weary, but satisfied
crew. More details to follow as they become available.
Pete, NX2X and Club Vice President Joe Sacco, KC2JMS operating
the rigs, while Dick Franklin, WB2UWR, (Pete's dad) looks on.
(l. to r.) Shelly Evans, AA2Y, Club President Wayne Gearing, K2WG
and Jules Maday, K2KGJ administering the VE session held on Sunday.
Club Treasurer Jack Griffin. AA2JM. attending to the Field Day
RVWARS Members Participate in Scouting Event
Posted on May 21, 2017
CHATHAM--Members of Rip Van Winkle ARS participated in the Twin Rivers Council
Spring Camporee on Saturday, May 20th, demonstating amateur radio for several
scouts. Several contacts were made on voice and PSK-31, including first contacts
by scouts. The event was held at the Chatham Fairgrounds.
Chris Carlsen, N2PBN, a long time participant with scouting, was joined by Barry
Thompson, WA2KLP, Sean Madey, KD2GRA, Vincent "Otter" Vispo, KD2LIO and Marty Miller,
Several scouts look on as Sean Madey, KD2GRA makes a PSK-31 digital