Serving Columbia and Greene Counties of New York State
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
(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
Next RVWARS Meeting is Monday, July 17, at the Churchtown Firehouse
Posted on June 20, 2017
At the June 19th meeting, the group made final plans for the upcoming Field Day on
the the weekend of June 24-25. Field Day chairman Pete Franklin, NX2X, voiced concern
about the lack of members who have committed to assist at this years event. Please
see appeal from Pete, below.
Vice President Joe Sacco, KC2JMS, who presided over the meeting, advised the
attendees that that the Constitution and Bylaws proposed revisions will be
discussed at the July meeting.
Club meetings are at 7 pm, at the Churchtown Firehouse, 2219 County Route 27
in the hamlet of Churchtown.
Club Documents will soon be available on website
Posted on June 19, 2017
RVWARS documents, including 501c3, contract with Insite Towers,
Agreement with Village of Philmont and Articles of Incorporation will soon be
available on this website.
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
Who said CW is dead...?
Constitution and Bylaws proposed revisions discussed at May 15th RVWARS Meeting
Posted on May 16, 2017
CHURCHTOWN--Secretary Christian Sweningsen gave the group a presentation about the thinking
that went into the proposed changes to the club's Constitution and Bylaws. The
Constitution and Bylaws Revisions Committee, comprised of Christian, Vice President
Joe Sacco, KC2JMS, Shelly Evans, AA2Y and Sean Madey, KD2GRA, have met several
times over the last few months to work out the proposed changes.
The membership will soon be emailed a Draft of the new Constitution and
Bylaws Revisions, for comments. The membership will vote on them at the upcoming
June 19th meeting.
Also, the June meeting is the last meeting before field day, so be sure to
attend to get the latest info on this yearly event. The field day committee, headed
by Pete Franklin, NX2X, will be meeting in the next two weeks to work out the details
for field day which is scheduled to be held on June 24 and 25 at Claverack Town Park,
on Church Street in Mellenville.
Secretary Christian Sweningsen, KD2LIN, President Wayne Gearing, K2WG and
Treasurer Jack Griffin, AA2JM (from left) presiding over the May 15th RVWARS meeting.
Upcoming Special Event Station at Columbia County Fairgrounds !!
Event:Columbia County Fair
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: