Our next WECA Member meeting will be on Monday, September 17.
The meeting will be at the Westchester County Center located at 198
Central Avenue in White Plains, NY. The social half hour begins at 7 pm
and the meeting presentations begin at 7:30.
Tom Raffaelli /
WB2NHC will conduct an
meeting. This is an important meeting for all ARES / Races
members to attend as some of the procedures have changed recently. Tom
will present and discuss these changes with the group.
Our guest presenter will be Ria Jairam /
N2RJ who is a candidate running for the position of the ARRL Hudson
Division Director . She will
discuss her candidacy platform.
Tuesday, October 9 -
Meet the Hudson Division Director
and candidate Mike Liscenco / N2YBB along with Eastern NY Section
Manager John Fritz / K2QY for a special presentation to a WECA member
being recognized for their long term service to Amateur Radio.
Tuesday, November 13 - TBA
Monday, December 10 - TBA
If you would like to make a
presentation to our radio club, please send email to
WECA institutes a Repeater
Acceptable Use Policy
December 31, 2017:
Over the past few months there have
been some Hams using the WB2ZII repeater systems in an inappropriate
manner. As a result, our Board of Directors have
created the "WECA Repeater Acceptable Use Policy" which illustrates how
all our repeater systems shall be used by all. Please
click here to download this
Please review the policy and if you
have any questions, comments or hear users that do not comply with this
policy, please send email to
Save WWV, WWVH, and WWVB from
the proposed 2019 Federal Budget cuts!
Federal Government wants to cut funding for WWV, WWVH, and WWVB*.
Here is the link to the petition to continue funding for NIST operations
of all WWV services:
De-funding WWV, WWVH, and WWVB
would reduce the federal budget by $6.3 million, which is
0.00015% of the $4.1 TRILLION 2018 federal budget. The 2019 federal
budget is likely to be >$6 TRILLION, so the cost of WWV, WWVH, and
WWVB operations would be < 0.0001% of the 2019 federal budget.
The petition is just one vehicle
to persuade congress to continue funding of WWV, WWVH, and WWVB. I
encourage those who regard WWV as a singularly invaluable service to
global communications, to call and/or write your congressional
representative before September 15...requesting continued funding
for WWV, WWVH, and WWVB.
*WWVB issues the 60 KHz radio
signal to periodically and automatically update time/date of
so-called "atomic" clocks and watches of consumers and industry.
Bill / KA2OFM
New tones on the two meter
has upgraded the two meter repeater system. Please
to read more about this new and improved system that is now in place.
Kudos to the WECA Technical and Repeater Directors for their hard work!
have any comments or suggestions, please send them to
WECA wear returns!
is our official uniform worn at public service events and at our annual
Field Day event in June. The uniform consists of hats, jackets, and
here to download the newest product brochure and order form. Fulfillment is
fast and the vendor accepts cash, checks, and credit cards. Orders will
only be accepted from current WECA members in good standing.
If you have any questions, please contact Nina / N2AFN by sending email
WECA's 2018 Public Service Events:
Sunday, September 23
Miles for Meals 5K Walk and Run
Pace College, Pleasantville
Sunday September 30
Hudson Valley Bike Ride
Sunday October 7
Paine to Pain Foot Race
New Rochelle, Paine Cottage
Saturday October 20
Boy Scout JOTA
Sunday October 21
Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger
Croton High School
Sunday November 18
Mamaroneck Turkey Trot
Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck
Stay tuned for updates to the 2018 Public service calendar.
If your not for profit organization needs
communications help with a foot race or walk event in Westchester County
County, NY , please send email to
Are you a local Ham near Westchester County, NY
and are interested in helping out with Public Service Events? If
so, please contact our Public Service Director by sending email to
Technician Class Ham Radio prep
Classes will begin on September
ever thought about becoming an Amateur Radio “Ham” operator? Here is a
great opportunity to learn about Ham radio and how to study for your FCC
license with seasoned Ham radio operators as your teachers and mentors!
offering a free Technician Class License preparation series
that will begin on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Fire Training
Center located at 4 Dana Road, Valhalla, NY. Please
click here to view the flyer with your Acrobat reader.
For further information, please contact
Tom / WB2NHC by
sending email to
Interested in joining WECA?
WECA is a Ham Radio club located in Westchester County, NY about 25
miles north of New York City. The group holds monthly meetings in White
Plains, NY (no meetings in July and August). Please
click here to download an information brochure about the club. If
you would like to join WECA, then please
click here to download a membership application form. These
downloads require that you have Adobe
Acrobat Reader on your computer to read or print these documents. If
you have any questions about the club, then please send email to
now supports both analog FM and DMR on 447.475. Don't know what DMR is? Please click
here to learn about this new amateur radio digital mode. If you have
questions about DMR, please contact Dwight / N2FMC by sending email
to n2fmc at weca
Instructions how to create a
DMR "code plug"
plug for Connect Systems CS-750/800 is available.
Please welcome our newest WECA
If you would like to join WECA,
please send email to
WECA has a D-Star repeater on 443/448.1875
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. W2ECA's gateway is now connected to
the Internet. Dial up 448.1875 and hear distant D-Star conversations in
See a "U-Tube" video about D-star by
Need a D-Star code plug for W2ECA's D-Star
To register for W2ECA, please
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
Want to 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 Jim Brown/K9YC.
to view or download this treasure trove of information about RFI,
Ferrites, Baluns and Audio interfacing.
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.
compares SWR to Return loss in a chart, please click here.
SWR chart link, please click
And finally an online Return Loss calculator, please click here.
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!
to see the current issue.
Issues going back to 2000 can
be viewed by clicking
Having troubles using the WECA Repeater
Sometimes due to summer 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
detailing the trouble or interference that you are experiencing. Our
Repeater and Technical Directors will quickly look into the problem.
Please welcome our 2018 - 2019 Officers
At the June
18, 2018 meeting, the following
Officers & Directors were elected into office.
Simon Rosenberg /
Executive Vice President -
Bill Bohnenberger / KA2OFM
Vice President / General Counsel - Michael Weitzner
Treasurer - Andy Farber / N4OOX
Secretary - Jim Koestler /
Director at Large - Stan Rothman / WA2NRV
Digital Modes -
Education Director (Interium) -
Tom Raffaelli / WB2NHC
Emergency Services Director - Tom Raffaelli / WB2NHC
Engineering Director - Bob Wilson / N2DVQ
Membership Director -
Peter Johnson / N2TFC
Newsletter Editor - Interested in helping out?
Public Service Director - Kathleen O'Keefe / KC2VCT
Publicity Director - Interested in helping out?
Repeater Operations Director - Dwight Smith / N2FMC
Social Activities Director - Richard Kautz / KC2HZW
Directors and honorariums appointed by the board
Trustee - Russ Stevenson / N2AMP
County Liaison - Michael Volk / W2MKV
President Emeritus - Bill
Bohnenberger / KA2OFM
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
Past issues of The
Looking for special Ham Radio related websites?
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".
2018 meetings , lists, dates and
calendars are online
Please click here for the 2018 WECA
Please click here
for the 2018 Ham Radio testing dates
Please click here
for the 2018 Public Service event calendar
Found - old
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!
If you have some old WECAgrams that could be "PDF" scanned, please
send email to Peter / N2TFC - webmaster at weca
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 with Westchester 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
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 Reunion
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:
The Peconic Amateur Radio Club
Communications Association - WECA
printed in the Hudson
Division Awards Diner pamphlet from November 12, 2005
Don't know what Ham Radio is ?
Ham Radio hobby has made it ! Well, now there is a
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 historic project.
Comments (good/bad)? Please let us know by sending
email to webmaster at weca dot org.
Public Service Operators Needed !
contact 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@Weca.Org