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The next RVWARS club meeting is April 19th.

Please note:

This month's meeting will be held at 7 pm, and will be held on Zoom.

Posted on March 18, 2021

Email Joe Sacco   for further information.

Entire ham station for sale.

Posted on March 18, 2021

Yaesu 450D, a new desk mic for the 450d, 2 new yaesu 3100 mobiles, a kenwood ? mobile, tdk 2030 mobile, 2x msd 30 amp digital power supply's, several old school power supply's, various meters, 4 or 5 parts organizers full of good and new parts, 2 50' mini 8x coax, many jumpers, 3 1980 push button desk phones, kenwood At-180 antenna tuner, 6 meter antenna tuner, other antenna tuners, 2 shortwave portable radios, a small metal office desk (heavy). Also a 6 meter, 10 meter and 2 meter(still on house you take down) omnidirectional antennas and 2 yaesu ht's, 1 new in the box other needs a battery. Also have the box's for most of the radios. 4 ht's totaland the list goes on, on and on and on. all goes as a lot.

Buyer Must Bring Help. $2000. cash. Interested parties all works as it should. The price is FIRM.

Call Jon LeJeune at 518-938-1184 8 am - 7 pm ONLY. Thanks

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 Mellenville.

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 satellites.

The site was visited by several members of the public, including some local officials.

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 culinary duties.

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, N2LDR.

Several scouts look on as Sean Madey, KD2GRA makes a PSK-31 digital contact

Who said CW is dead...?

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 - Joe Sacco, KC2JMS

Vice President - Tony Merante, KD2LIL

Secretary - Christian Sweningsen, KD2LIN

Treasurer - Jack Griffin, AA2JM

Safety Officer - Todd Brackett, KC2YKM

RVWARS Committees


Wayne Gearing, K2WG, Chair


Joe Sacco, KC2JMS, Chairman


Jules Madey, K2KGJ

RVWARS Repeaters

Station Call: K2RVW
Special Event Call: WD2K


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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

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