Black River Valley
Amateur Radio Club

Lewis County, New York

"The President can make you a general,
but only communications can make you a commander."
General Curtis LeMay

     Dan Hirschey N2OYQ

Lewis County ARES EC:
     Pete Newell KC2WI

Lewis County RACES RO:

     Pete Newell KC2WI

Lewis County SKYWARN Coordinator:

     Dan Hirschey N2OYQ


  Vice President
     Pete Cecconi KC2NUN
      Dottie Suiter KC2LDF
  Treasurer & Webmaster:
      Pete Newell KC2WI
  Repeater Trustee 
     Pete Newell KC2WI
Repeater: 146.955 (-) located east of Lowville.
VHF Net:

Lewis County Roundtable. 8:00 every evening on the club repeater 146.955. All operators encouraged to check in.  Echolink checkins welcome. This is an informal net. If no one picks up net control -- you do it! Net preamble and format available here.. If the repeater is down, try 146.955 simplex.

VHF Net:

Black River Valley Service Net. 9:00 every evening on the Boonville Club repeater 146.655

HF Nets: North Country Group - 8:30 AM Sunday mornings. 3.958
  NNY Informal on-air schedule afternoons 6:00 PM ~ 7:00 PM 3.958
  Carrier Net - 9 AM weekdays & Saturdays 3.935
  Top Band SSB Net - 8:30 PM Wednesdays 1.941
Meetings: Friday Dec. 6 Boonville & Black River Valley ARC Holiday Dinner 6:30 PM at Boondocks Restaurant in Lyons Falls. All hams and anyone interested in Amateur Radio invited. Order off menu but we need an approximate head count. Please contact Dan Hirschey N2OYQ by November 29 if you plan to attend.

Events (2013):
Saturday, May 4 NNYARA MEETING at Mullen's Family Restaurant on Route 11 south in Gouverneur. 10.00 am. -l 2:00 pm. Order lunch from the menu and if enough folks order lunch they will waive the room charge. directions
Wednesday May 8 SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter training by NOAA National Weather Service. 7-9PM at Lewis County Search & Rescue. For more information, contact Judith Levan @ NWS (716) 565-0420 x 223 or .
Saturday June 8 Communications for the Black Fly Challenge mountain bike race Indian Lake to Inlet through the Moose River Plains. Contact Dennis N2LBT (try Old Forge repeater) for details.
Weekend June 8-9 ARRL Spring VHF QSO Party
Weekend June 22-23 Field Day
Saturday August 3 Communications for Lewis County Riverfest.
Friday August 16 Communications for Boonville Woodsmens 10K Run. Please contact WD2ADX if you can help.
Weekend August 17-18 Tibbetts Point Lighthouse activation for ILLW - Thousand Islands Repeater Club
September 14-15 17-21 Group at Kring Point State Park. Saturday picnic. Check in to 7272 Ragchew net, 7191 Nightwatch net, 1871 17-21 net for more information
Saturday October TBD

Boonville Elks Walkathon radio communications. Help needed. Contact WD2ADX

Sunday October 6

Boonville Town and Country 10K Run radio communications. Help needed. Contact WD2ADX

Saturday October 19 New York QSO Party
Weekend October 19-20 Jamboree On The Air
Thursday October 3

NNY Simulated Emergency Test. 6 PM - 8 PM. See for details

Saturday November 9 NNYARA Meeting in Long Lake. See for details
Friday December 6 Boonville & Black River Valley ARC Holiday Dinner 6:30 PM at Boondocks Restaurant in Lyons Falls. All hams and anyone interested in Amateur Radio invited. Order off menu but we need an approximate head count. Please contact Dan Hirschey N2OYQ by November 29 if you plan to attend.
  2014 - none scheduled

Amateur Radio is a great hobby. It is fun and educational. Perhaps more importantly,
it provides a means of communications in emergencies when other systems are
inoperative or overloaded. For fun, and for your safety and the safety of your family,
friends, and community, consider getting your Amateur Radio license this year.

News and Notes:
If you join ARRL or renew your membership, be sure to specify that you are a member of the Black River Valley ARC. The club receives a $15 commission on new ARRL memberships and $2 for renewals. Use the form at . Send the form and make your payment directly to the Black River Valley Amateur Radio Club.
The BRVARC repeater is back on the air with a new (to us) repeater radio with 50 watt output and new controller. Testing has indicated increased range. Thanks to Bob KA2FWN with assistance from Darrell K1DCC. Pictures at K1DCC's web site.
The current Technician class question pool is valid through June 30, 2014. The current General question pool is valid until June 30, 2015. A new Amateur Extra question pool took effect July 1, 2012 and will remain valid until June 30, 2016. (Source: ARRL Letter)
Help and advice for the new ham:
    Repeater Etiquette: Manners everyone should have when using a Repeater
    (from the Stu Rockafellow Amateur Radio Society in Plymouth, Michigan.)
The repeater is EchoLink enabled. Connect to AB2XN-R, or node number 427886. EchoLink is typically up weekday afternoons between approximately 1600 and 2200 local. Thanks to Dave AB2XN for setting up the EchoStation software and Frank KC2MRL for the link radio.
Public Service Communications Support: If you are planning a public event at which you need radio communications, please contact any club member. Our resources are limited, but we would like to help out where possible. Better yet, consider getting your license and joining the club so that there are more operators available to handle public service and emergency communications.

 Constitution and By-laws    Join the Club/ Renew membership

Neighbor clubs:    Boonville    Rome   Utica    CNYARA   Madison - Oneida (moarc)

    Jefferson County  Thousand Islands Repeater Club  OVARC (St. Lawrence County)  Kingston Ontario  

Hamilton County    Northern New York Amateur Radio Association  

National Association For Amateur Radio (American Radio Relay League)

Links to more ham radio information.

What is Amateur Radio? (A beginner's introduction)          Basis and Burpose according to FCC

Ham radio ambassador: Nothing amateur about this form of communication

High Voltage Nick Is Calling  

Radio Hams (Old MGM short film on YouTube)

Check LewisFirst for area information!

Last updated January 15, 2014.
Maintained  by Pete Newell,  KC2WI
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