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The next RVWARS meeting scheduled for April 16th.

Posted on Mar. 21, 2018

The March meeting began at 7 pm, and was followed immediately by the club auction. The yearly event attracts many folks from neighboring clubs."

Club meetings are at 7 pm, at the Churchtown Firehouse, 2219 County Route 27 in the hamlet of Churchtown.

Email Wayne Gearing   for further information.

The RVWARS Constitution and ByLaws is the latest document to be added to the website.

Posted on Sept 11, 2017.

RVWARS Club Documentation

The Insite Tower Contract with RVWARS is also available. Coming soon is RVWARS 501c3, Agreement with Village of Philmont and Articles of Incorporation.

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...?

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.

Field Day 2016

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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

Vice President - Joe Sacco, KC2JMS

Secretary - Christian Sweningsen, KD2LIN

Treasurer - Jack Griffin, AA2JM

Safety Officer - Todd Brackett, KC2YKM

RVWARS Committees


Wayne Gearing, K2WG, Chair


Barry Thompson, WA2KLP, Co-Chairman

Jules Madey, K2KGJ, Co-Chairman

Christian Sweningsen, KD2LIN

Dick Stewart, AC2MH

Marty Miller, N2LDR


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

Rip's Report - RVWARS Newsletter

Editor - Christian Sweningsen, KD2LIN

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