NYU Amateur Radio Club News, July 2009
The NYU ARC now has 48
members. Since the December 2008 newsletter, we've added six new members,
including three from the NYU Medical Center faculty. Welcome to -
WB2SSB, Joe Sanger, ’77Med
NB2N, Mitch Chesler, ‘83GSAS,
KC2OQB, Michael Argilla, NYUMC
W2ZH, Bill Schmidt, ‘76Ed
N2NOV, Charles Hargrove
Gi Eun Lee, ‘09Stern
are sad to report that we lost one member with the passing of Ladd Sajor W2KGV,
who attended NYU in 1934-5 and was our oldest member. Ladd took the pictures
of the 1930s ham shack in our online museum. Ladd lived in Pleasantville, NY for many years before retiring and moving to Florida. He was 93.
May 6, the NYU ARC Executive Committee held an impromptu dinner meeting in Manhattan, including wives. Attending were Gerry K1NY and Janis, Dan K2UL and Debbie, Bob
WB2NVR and Suzanne, and Bill K2EK and Jackie. Many pictures were taken, but
they are still sitting in Bill’s camera :-( By the way, Bill and Jackie were
married in January and live in Florida. They made the trip up north to visit
family and friends.
to Ruth WB4QZG '71E. Ruth and her daughter Lori recently participated in
the USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Contest in Boston. Ruth writes:
“Hi, I thought you'd be interested to hear what I'm up to related to amateur
radio. I think you know that I do orienteering quite a lot. So,
there's a related sport - ARDF (amateur radio directional finding). My
daughter, Lori, is getting a PhD at Harvard and orienteers up there .
There is a local guy, Vadim Afonkin, KB1RLI, who is from Russia and does ARDF internationally and placed rather high at the world champs last
year. So he is training Lori and some of her friends who orienteer and I've
tried it a couple of times. Vadim put on this year's US champs last weekend in Boston and I decided to go up there for it.
“Lori and I both won our classes in 2 meter and 80 meter transmitters. There
were people from Ukraine (World Champion men 50 and older), Germany, Sweden, Japan, Mongolia, and England. They actually traveled here for this event.
“The next world champs will be in Croatia and Lori and I may go for it.
There are also 2 people in our orienteering club who do this - Nadia and
Charles Scharlau, NZØI. Nadia is also from Russia and used to get paid to
compete. I think Charles got into it from the amateur radio side.
They put on the US Champs in 2007 and our orienteering club may do it next
spring as well.
“So I don't know if this is anything that might interest either of you but
you may want to put something about it on the NYU website. More than half
the people who competed are hams and the rest of us started as orienteers
first. Or in the case of the foreigners, they may or may not be hams but
at least the eastern Europeans started doing radio finding as kids. Nadia
has been doing over 30 years.
to Ron ex-K2KMA '63A/E, now AE5NO. After 40 years as an ex-ham, Ron has
been bitten by the bug again and recently passed his Tech, General, and Extra
exams. Ron was President of NYU ARC in 1962-63 and now lives in the Dallas area.
May 22, Ron writes: “After almost 40 years as EX-K2KMA, I just got relicensed
as KF5BGO. Just moved to the Dallas TX area.
don’t know, the bug just bit me, so I took and passed the Tech exam just in
time for 2009 Field Day. I hope to complete the General and Extra exams
before getting on the air. Meantime, I’m going to find a local club so I can
get to know some folks.
On July 22, Ron writes: “Greetings all, Just wanted to update you on my
passed my Extra about 2 weeks ago. My new call sign is AE5NO. I’m
on 2 meters at present using a VX-7 HT. Now I’m learning how to use
the repeaters around the Dallas area. I joined the Plano Amateur Radio
Klub ( PARK. . .cute, isn’t it.) and worked Field Day this year at the club site.
And . . . Since I qualify, I also joined the QCWA. Went to a chapter
meeting last week and felt like I had stumbled into the AARP meeting.
latest project is to build the 2 meter coaxial dipole that was in the last
issue of QST. That will give my little VX-7 a better reach when I’m
home. I borrowed a 2 Meter antenna with a mag mount for my car from one
of the club guys. My wife thinks the car looks like something from
“My Favorite Martian”.
there is a great deal of new stuff to learn about. I live in an antenna
restricted area, I’m shopping for a mobile rig for the car so I can get on HF.
Hopefully I can get on 20M and hook up some day.
at NYU Medical Center - Arnold Rand, the former holder of W2NYU, passed away in
March and his family offered to transfer the call to the NYU
ARC. We applied for a second club call, went throught the vanity process,
and on May 27, the call W2NYU was granted "in memoriam" to our club
by the FCC. We are looking into establishing a club branch (with a real
station) at the NYU Medical Center in Manhattan. For info on the
late Arnold Rand W2NYU, click
here . He had
a very interesting life -- played poker with Elvis.
WB2NVR continues to do a great job of managing the QSL chores for the club.
He keeps the Logbook of The World up to date as club members work new ones. Check
out the QSL gallery in the online museum for some of the latest exotic cards.
Bob is also willing to handle QSLs for W2NYU, but we need to come up with a QSL
design and some logging ground rules.
those of you who haven't seen the NYU ARC home page on the world-wide-web
recently, please visit
There have been a few updates and new pages added since last year.
a great summer, and keep in touch. Thanks and 73.
Ostroy K2UL, '71E
c/o Daniel Ostroy
8 Golden Crest Court
Hamilton NJ 08691-3313