Upcoming WECA meetings
The next Member meeting will be on
next WECA meeting will be on Monday, March 10, 2014 at the County
Center in White Plains. Our presenter will be Dan Gravereaux / N1ZZ who is the former owner of West
Mountain Radio discussing "How to wire your Ham Radio station
meeting will begin with a social half hour at 7 pm followed by Dan's
presentation at 7:30.
14, 2014 (Monday) - TBA
May 12, 2014 (Monday) - TBA
Jun 9, 2014 (Monday) - TBA
WECA to host an
NBEMS net beginning 03/12/2014
Wednesday, March 12 at 8:00PM, Rich Benda / WB2QJA will be leading a digital
training net on the 447.475 voice repeater using NBEMS. The PL is 114.8
and the offset is 5 MHz down. The goal of NBEMS is to be able to setup
temporary, reliable error-checking communications in the event of an
emergency. Further details are available by
contacting Rich Benda / WB2QJA at weca dot
org. Please download the flyer by clicking here.
License prep class will begin on March 18, 2014
General License Prep Class will begin on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the
Fire Training Center located at 4 Dana Road in Valhalla. Further
details are available by contacting Larrie Sutliff / W2UL at Education
at weca dot org. Download the flyer by clicking here.
Interested in joining 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 Membership at weca dot org.
WECA Club project - 2 meter receiver
WECA 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Extra Level Ham Radio Class has
Classes began Tuesday
is conducting a preparatory license class for the Amateur Extra FCC
exam. The class will run for ten
weeks every Tuesday night from 7-9 PM starting January 7 at the
Westchester Fire Training Academy, 4 Dana Road in Valhalla. On Thursday of week ten, a VE test
session will be conducted at this location
($15 testing fee).
join us for this free interactive course taught by a team of
knowledgeable Amateur Radio Operators from WECA. Instructors will be Amateur Extras or
others who have special knowledge of specific subject areas. The class will review the test pool
questions and answers and provide explanations of the accompanying
concepts. There are >700
questions in the pool; 50 test questions; 37 correct (74%) to
pass. All are welcome to attend
who wish to gain additional knowledge of amateur radio even if you do
not expect to take the test.
download the flyer, please click here.
For further information, please contact Larrie / W2UL by sending email
to W2UL at Weca
The next test prep class for the General ticket
will begin in mid-March. Stay tuned for details.
WECA's 2014 Public Service Events:
Dates, times and
Events to be
Stay tuned for details!
A total of nine
events are listed for 2014. Please visit the WECA Public Service Events
page by clicking here.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Have a 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
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
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 category 4A.
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
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 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".
2014 meetings , lists, dates and
calendars are online
Please click here for the 2014 WECA
Please click here
for the 2014 Ham Radio testing dates
Please click here
for the 2014 Public Service event calendar
Want to know
what Amateur Radio is all about?
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
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
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
"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
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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 at weca dot org