New Technician Class begins January 29 at Columbia-Greene Community College
Posted on Jan. 15, 2019
Technician Course Outline:
January 29, 2019
Chapter 1: Welcome to Amateur Radio
What is Amateur Radio?
The FCC and Licensing
Amateur Radio Activities
Getting Your Ham Radio License
February 5, 2019
Chapter 2: Radio and Signals Fundamentals
Radio equipment Basics
February 12, 2019
Chapter 3: Electricity, Components and Circuits
Components and Units
Types of Radios and Radio Circuits
February 19, 2019
Chapter 4: Propagation, Antennas and Feedlines
Feed Lines and SWR
Practical Antenna Systems
February 26, 2019
Chapter 5: Amateur Radio Equipment
Transmitters and Receivers
Power Supplies and Batteries
March 5, 2019
Chapter 6: Communicating With Other Hams
Communications for Public Service
Special Activities, Modes and Techniques
March 12, 2019
Chapter 7: Licensing Regulations
Working with the FCC
Bands and Privileges
March 19, 2019
Chapter 8: Operating Regulations
Remote and Automatic Operation
March 26, 2019
Chapter 9: Safety
Review for Exam
April 2, 2019
Instructors: Wayne Gearing, K2WG and Jules Madey, K2KGJ.
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