Upcoming WECA meetings
The next Member meeting will be on 12/09
Our next member
meeting will be on Monday, December 9th at the Westchester
located at 198 Central
Avenue in White Plains, NY.
Our guest presentation will be by Tom / WB2NHC discussing the ICS
system and RACES. The meeting will begin at 7pm and Tom's presentation
will start at 730 pm. Those involved in emergency drills, public safety
events and RACES activities should attend this meeting.
2014 (Monday) - John Fritze - NBEMS
Feb 10, 2014 (Monday) - Bob Heil - Heil Audio
Mar 11, 2014 (Monday) - How to wire your station
Please renew your WECA membership!
WECA "year" begins on September 1st and ends on August 31st.
Membership renewal letters were sent out at the end of July. If you
didn't receive your letter or if you would like to join our club,
please send email to Membership at Weca dot Org. LAST CALL!
WECA Club project - 2 meter receiver
members met at Stan / WA2NRV's home on Sunday, 09/22 to build their 2
meter receivers. More work to be done . . . . . .
included WA2NRV, KC2VCT, KD2DOE, KC2UAP, KD2DMV and others. Interested in
the next project? Please contact email@example.com
Entry Level Ham Radio Class This
Classes began Tuesday
evening, September 17th
Have you ever
thought about or considered becoming an Amateur Radio “Ham” operator?
Here is a great opportunity to learn about Ham radio and to study for
your license with seasoned Ham radio operators as your teachers and
The Westchester Emergency Communications Association
(WECA: www.weca.org) is proud to sponsor a free Technician Class
License course. Come take your first steps and join the exciting world
of Amateur Radio. Enjoy talking to other Amateur Radio Operators, near
and far? Want to experiment with new technologies that utilize
computers interfaced with radios? Would you like to join forces with
county government and local volunteer organizations as Amateur Radio
Operators for Emergency Communications assistance and Public Service
events? Take your first steps by joining us for this interactive course
taught by a team of knowledgeable Amateur Radio Operators with a
passion for their subjects.
To download the
flyer, please click
here. For further information, please contact Larrie / W2UL by
sending email to W2UL at Weca dot Org.
Next class will
be for Extra Class - stay tuned for details.
WECA's 2013 Public Service Events:
The Santa Operation
Stay tuned for details!
A total of nine events are listed for 2013. Please visit the
WECA Public Service Events page by clicking here.
Are you a local Ham near Westchester
and are interested in helping out with Public Service Events? If so,
please contact Kathleen O'Keefe / KC2VCT by sending email to PublicService at WECA dot org.
News from the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
RADIO RELAY LEAGUE, INC. Granted the waiver request, with conditions.
Dismissed as moot a previously-filed request from ARRL for
clarification of the rules as they apply to TDMA digital emissions.
(Dkt No. 12-283 ), released March 22, 2013. Click
here to read.
97-113 (3)(i) - use of Amateur Radio for emergency preparedness. Click
here to read
Rules for Part 97 - Amateur Radio, click
here to read.
WB2NHC is on
Raffaelli / WB2NHC and the involvement of Ham Radio Operators helping
the Red Cross was featured in a YouTube video.
this video, please click
learn about RFI, Ferrites, Baluns and Audio interfacing but don't have
time for a class?
Dwight Smith / N2FMC has found an interesting
and downloadable publication that is continuously updated by the author
to view or download this treasure trove of information about RFI,
Ferrites, Baluns and Audio interfacing.
Please welcome these
new WECA members!
Want to join WECA? Please send email
to membership at weca dot org
Want to learn
about "Return Loss"?
what is return loss? Click
here for Wikipedia's answer. So how good is that feed line and much
power is really getting out of the cable to the antenna? Any faults
with the cable or connectors? Is there really an antenna connected?
Finally, what is being reflected back down the line as loss?
/ N2FMC has found a few URLs
that discusses and calculates Return Loss.
Here is a link that discusses the math, please click here.
link compares SWR to Return loss in a chart, please click here.
SWR chart link, please click
an online Return Loss calculator, please click here.
special Ham Radio announcement for the website? Please send email to
n2tfc at weca dot org.
and want to use your US
Ham license during your trip?
Please read this document created by the FCC DA-11-211
to help explain the process of using your Ham callsign in
"CEPT" countries in Europe.
Please click here to read this
See the latest
ARRL Letter - lots of headlines!
Please Click here to
see the current issue.
Issues going back to 2000 can be viewed by clicking here.
Interested in Solar Cycle 24?
Would you like to find out how Ham Radio
operators make contacts using the Aurora?
If there are enough charged particles (electrons) spiraling down the
earth's magnetic field lines, the ionization may be sufficient to
reflect VHF and lower UHF radio waves (generally in the 25 to 500 MHz
frequency range). This usually occurs in conjunction with visual
aurora, but the mechanism is a bit different and it is possible to have
one (visual or radio) without the other.
Click here to learn more.
WECA has D-Star on 443/448.1875
As of June 1, 2010 WECA has
D-Star on 448.1875 (-) under callsign W2ECA (set your parameters for
this frequency to the repeater callsign of W2ECA, 443.1875 (RX),
448.1875 (TX) and "CQCQCQ" for your callsign. The new
D-Star repeater is located in Valhalla,
NY and presently has a range
of about 15 miles (mobile). Please send signal reports to D-Star at
weca.org. Update July 2012, W2ECA's gateway
is now connected to the Internet. Dial up 448.1875 and hear distant
D-Star conversations in progress.
See a "U-Tube" video about D-star by
Need a D-Star code plug for W2ECA's D-Star
repeater? Please click here
To register for W2ECA, please click here.
Field Day 2013 has passed
Field Day 2013 was on June 22nd and June
23rd. WECA was stationed at Harbor Island in Mamaroneck, NY.
Setup began on Saturday morning at 10 am and teardown started at 2 pm
on Sunday. Not a Ham, but want to learn about Ham Radio? This was a
great opportunity to learn about the hobby in a "hands on"
approach as radios, antennas and logging software will all be setup for
this two day event - so please stop by and help out.
WECA scored about 5,300 points this year. Congratulations to
all who were involved in this world wide contest! We scored 21st in
Don't know what Field Day is, click
here for details.
Once again the many operators at WECA created
a great score and had fun at the event!
Having troubles using the WECA Repeater
Sometimes due to band conditions, distance
repeaters can be heard on our 2 meter repeater frequency of 147.060 MHz.
Once someone in greater Westchester
County keys up on the
input using a PL of 114.8 Hz, the distant repeater interference subsides.
This is normal (especially in the summer) and many times you may hear a Connecticut repeater located in the northeast corner
of the state or sometimes a Philadelphia
repeater can be heard as well.
But, if you have been having troubles using the repeater system or are
hearing interference, please send email to "repeater at weca dot org" detailing the trouble or
interference that you are experiencing. Our Repeater and Technical
Directors will look into the problem.
Please welcome our 2013 - 2014 Officers
At the June 10, 2013 meeting, the following
Officers & Directors were elected into office.
Bill Bohnenberger / KA2OFM
Executive Vice President - Tom Fegan - KB2ZAM
Vice President / General Counsel - Michael Weitzner / N2EJI
Treasurer - Andy Farber / N4OOX
Secretary - Brian Stas - W2BZT
Director at Large - Stan Rothman / WA2NRV
Engineering Director - Bob Wilson / N2DVQ
Newsletter Editor - Al Kroger / KD2DMV
Repeater Operations Director - Dwight Smith / N2FMC
Social Activities Director - Richard Kautz / KC2HZW
Education Director - Larrie Sutliff / W2UL
Digital Modes - Rich Benda / WB2QJA
Emergency Services - Tom Raffaelli / WB2NHC
Membership - Peter Johnson / N2TFC
Publicity - Will Austen / N2UXJ
Public Service - Kathleen O'Keefe / KC2VCT
Directors and honorariums appointed by the board
Trustee - Russ Stevenson / N2AMP
County Liaison - Michael Volk / W2MKV
President Emeritus - Richard Kautz / KC2HZW
Webmaster / CIO - Peter Johnson / N2TFC
If you have any questions for the Officers & Directors, please
email them with your questions by sending email to their callsign@weca dot
org email address.
The WECAgram Newsletter is always online
WECA's monthly newsletter about Ham Radio events, projects and its
local members in the greater Westchester County, NY area located about 20
miles north of New York City. .
Do you have something for the WECAgram
? Please send your article to The WECAgram Editor by sending email to "wecagram
at weca dot org"
Past issues of The
Looking for special Ham Radio related
WECA member Dwight Smith / N2FMC has found a bunch
of web sites containing ham radio related information. Please click here for a list of
"Dwight's Sites". If you have any technical or Ham Radio related
sites and would like to share these sites with others, please send email to
sites at "weca dot org".
2013 meetings , lists, dates and
calendars are online
Please click here for the 2013 WECA
Please click here
for the 2013 Ham Radio testing dates
Please click here for
the 2013 Public Service event calendar
The 2014 calendars will be posted in early
Want to know what Amateur Radio is all
Click here to
listen a 30 second message about "Ham Radio". Listen to a public
announcement about the way "Hams" helped the survivors of
hurricane Katrina by clicking here. Want to see and
hear what Ham Radio is all about, click here for a 30
for a brochure about the Ham Radio hobby.
Please visit www.hello-radio.com
Found - old WECAGRAMS!
Nick / K2ZVI
(SK) found some old WECAGRAMS
while cleaning one day to share with the newer members. Please click on any
date below to view these found treasures!
have some old WECAgrams that could be "PDF" scanned, please send
email to Peter / N2TFC - webmaster at weca dot org
WB2NHC - Tom Raffaelli was awarded Ham
of the year!
was first licensed in 1964. His interests then, as now, were in
experimenting and building radio devices. Tom married Jeanne Fyfe in 1966.
They moved into a three room apartment in the Bronx.
Due to space limitations Tom operated exclusively on the VHF and UHF bands.
In 1970, with two children in tow, Tom and Jeanne moved to a home in
Thornwood New York.
Beam antennas, verticals and wire dipoles soon sprang up on the roof and in
the yard. In 1979 Tom joined the New Rochelle
Communications Club and soon after that the Westchester
Emergency Communications Association (WECA). He was elected Vice President
of WECA in 1985 and President in 1987, and served for seven years. WECA
doubled its membership under Tom's leadership, strengthened its affiliation
County's Office of Disaster and Emergency Services and initiated an
affiliation with the Westchester chapter
of the American Red Cross. He expanded the club's Field Day event and
grew WECAFEST, the club's hamfest event into a major "must
attend" event. Tom is now Director of Emergency Services.
Tom served as President of TSARC for several
years and resolved several long standing coordination disputes and
established a coordination waiting list for all bands. Tom taught many
Amateur Radio license classes over the years bringing more than 50 people
into the hobby. Tom began volunteering at the New York City Marathon
in the mid eighties and is currently the ham radio supervisor at the Family
Tom was instrumental in establishing
extremely strong relationships between WECA and the Westchester County
Department of Emergency Services and the American
Red Cross. Both of these organizations are providing funding and
support for maintenance of WECA's communications vehicles and equipment as
well as providing meeting space and training facilities. Tom recently retired
from the County
of Westchester as its
Director of Radio Systems. Tom continues to build on the strong ties
between RACES, WECA and the county
government while helping to bring state of art communications facilities
to the county's public safety departments.
of the Year Award Sponsored jointly by:
Amateur Radio Club
Westchester Emergency Communications
Association - WECA
printed in the Hudson
Division Awards Diner pamphlet from November 12, 2005
Here is what the Journal News said about
the WECA Field Day event (2005):
Amateurs ham it up
THE JOURNAL NEWS
publication: June 27, 2005)
At 11 a.m. yesterday, the sun was positioned just right
for contact with Florida.
With headphones on, 12-year-old Taylor Wilson, maneuvered the radio dial
for the correct frequency to ham it up. "Alpha Echo 2 Fox Trot," he
repeated into his headset with vigor. A few crackled voices from north Florida responded.
"The frequency depends on the time of day. Right now it's favoring the
south," said his father, Bob Wilson (N2DVQ), of Yorktown.
"The atmosphere is like a mirror. "Later, Taylor
grew frustrated as he tried to extend his reach and get the attention of an
operator from the Virgin Islands. With
some patience, a connection was made with a clear sound from the Caribbean. "This is so much fun," said Taylor. "Now
that school's out, it's a great way to meet people. "The boisterous
pre-teen was among 60 members of the Westchester
Emergency Communication Association who participated in Field Day
yesterday, an annual event during which amateur radio operators test their
ability to establish and sustain long distance radio communications in the
event of an emergency. At Harbor Island Park
in Mamaroneck, five 50-foot-high antennas
were positioned around the field and five stations were set up for the
24-hour experiment that started at 2 p.m. Saturday. "Our objective is
to set up quickly and log contacts," said Lyle Anderson (K2LCA) of
Chappaqua, the association's president. "And to see if our procedures
work. "More than 3,000 stations nationwide participate in Field Day,
which is hosted by the American Radio Relay League. By midday yesterday,
the Westchester club had contacted about 1,300 and expected to reach 1,800
by day's end, Anderson
said. In the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster, when
telephone and/or computer services are lost, emergency officials and relief
agencies utilize local amateur radio operators, or hams, for communication.
During the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and 2003's blackout, the Westchester
Emergency Communications Association helped officials stay in contact
throughout the region, Anderson
said. "People do this for a hobby," Anderson said. "But we do it as a
public service. "There are 260 amateur radio operators in the
volunteer group. Field Day also offered some friendly competition, in which
each radio operator received a point for each contact made. Last year, the
association came in sixth in their class. They expected to do better than
that this time, Anderson
said. Results are expected in two weeks. "The contest is just for
fun," said Anderson.
"What we are really trying to do here is train people. When you are
stressed, tired and you have five people trying to contact you, you have to
be cool and know what to do."
Don't know what Ham Radio is ?
Ham Radio hobby has made it ! Well, now there is a "Ham
Radio for Dummies" book on the market. Check this
out by clicking
here ! Available in many book stores like Amazon,
& Noble and the ARRL
for $24.99 or less.
So, where were you in '72 ? When WECA
was born !
On the first Friday night in early April 1972, five men
met in Tarrytown, NY
at William T. Knott's (W2QGH-sk) home to form what is now the Westchester Emergency Communications Association
(WECA). Thirty one years ago these middle aged "family" men were Ham Radio hobbyists who
decided start this club "for the continuation of the Civil Defense
Radio network in Westchester
Meeting minutes from those early gatherings can be read by clicking here.
WECA thanks John von Sneidern, Jr. / W2QGH
for copies of those notes "from the beginning" of WECA and Efrem
Acosta / W2CZ for organizing this
Comments (good/bad)? Please let us know by sending email to webmaster at
weca dot org.
Public Service Operators Needed !
Kathleen O'Keefe / KC2VCT if you would like to participate in the upcoming
Public Service events that WECA helps by supplying Ham Radio communicators.
Operators are needed for other upcoming
events. This is the best possible emergency preparedness training for
Ham Radio communicators available, so please send email now to PublicService at weca dot org and volunteer!