Upcoming 2020 WECA Events
The next WECA member meeting will be on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the
Westchester County Center located in White Plains. Our
presentation is TBA , so please stay tuned. As usual the social hour
will begin at 7pm and the
presentation will follow at 7:30.
Member meeting dates for 2020:
If you would like to make a
presentation to our Amateur Radio group, please send email to
meetings at weca dot org.
Winter Field Day will be on Saturday, January 25 and
Sunday January 26 at Harbor Island, Mamaroneck, NY. Our operating
location will be at the Coast Guard Auxiliary "Flotilla" building
located at the south end of the park. Setup begins at 9am and the
contest starts at 2pm. Please contact Bill / KA2OFM with any
questions. Bill can be reached at KA2OFM at Weca dot Org.
QST published the Field Day 2019 scores in the
December edition. WECA placed sixth in category 4A out a field of
135 other competing clubs using four HF transmitters on emergency power. Our
score was 7,696 points that included 136 GOTA contacts. We made
1,167 CW contacts and 869 phone contacts. Congratulations to those
WECA members that helped create our score!
public service events:
The March of Dimes Walk will be in late April 2020, the actual
date is TBA.
Free Ham Radio exam preparation classes:
The Extra class will begin on Tuesday, January 7.
The General class will begin on Wednesday, March 18,
The next WECA VE session for Ham Radio License test takers will be on
January 16 at the Westchester Fire Training Center in Valhalla, NY at
7pm. The February VE session will on the third Thursday. The
March through December 2020 will be on the second Thursday of each
month. Walk-ins are invited. Please contact Stan Rothman / WA2NRV at weca
dot org with any questions.
Upcoming Free Ham Radio License
Have you ever thought about becoming an Amateur Radio “Ham” operator?
Here are some great opportunities to learn about Ham radio and to study
for your FCC license with seasoned Ham radio operators as your teachers
The Westchester Emergency Communications Association (WECA:
www.weca.org) is proud to sponsor free
Ham Radio License courses. 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.
WECA conducts an Amateur Technician class every
fall, starting in September and wrapping up by the second week in
November. Our next Technician class is expected to be every Tuesday
evening from 7 to 9:15 PM beginning September 15, 2020, and
concluding November 10th. It will be followed by an FCC license
testing session on November 12th. All who would like to get started
in the amateur radio hobby will be most welcome!
WECA's Ham Radio Test Preparation class for
the Extra Class Ticket will begin on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
The class will run for 10 weeks every
Tuesday evening from 7 to 9:15 PM. On Thursday of the 10th week
(March 12, 2020) an FCC license testing session will be conducted at
the Fire Training Center, 4 Dana Road, Valhalla, NY. A schedule
showing the topics covered in each Amateur Extra class session may
WECA's Ham Radio Test Preparation class for the
General Class Ticket will begin on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
The class will run for 9 weeks every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9:15
PM. On Thursday of the 9th week (May 14th) an FCC license testing
session will be conducted at the Fire Training Center, 4 Dana Road,
Valhalla, NY. A schedule showing the topics covered in each Amateur
General class session may be
WECA conducts FCC license testing sessions for all
amateur license levels at 7 PM at the Fire training Center, 4 Dana
Road in Valhalla, NY, on the second Thursday of every month year
round (except for January and February 2020 when they will be on the
If you have any other questions, please send email
to our Education Director Larrie Sutliff / W2UL at
What you missed at a previous WECA meeting
At our December 2019 meeting member Rob Calouri /
KD2QLQ gave a factual presentation about Internet Security.
Many members learned about some of the fallacies that exist about
Internet security and how one can better protect themselves and
The November 2019 meeting featured a presentation
about Echolink by Steve Pendzuk / KD2OFD. A Powerpoint
presentation was shown and is available as an Acrobat file by
Our October 2019 meeting presenter was John Lemke
from the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services (DES)
who discussed the use of dosimeters
and the correct protocols that are in place should a radiological
event occur. WECA member Kai Chen
/ K2TRW gave a presentation explaining what DMR is, described and
provided history regarding the various flavors of DMR, and had a
question and answer session while showing DMR products from Anytone.
It was a busy night!
Our September 2019 presenter was Tom Raffaelli /
WB2NHC who gave a presentation and slide show about good Ham Radio
Our June 2019 presenter was Tom Raffaelli / WB2NHC
who gave a presentation and slide show about previous Field Day
Our presenters at the May 2019 meeting
Deborah M. Kerr / K2GPV and Mike Hoeft / K2MPH who are the
2019 Verizon NYC Triathlon and TCS NYC
Marathon Amateur Radio Communications Directors.
The April 15 meeting was an ARES presentation by
Dave Galletly /
KM2O from the Hudson Division and Tom Raffaelli /
Our March 2019 meeting was a Skype connection with
If you missed Kevin & Rob's
Raspberry Pi presentation
in February 2019, click
here to view it.
2019 Winter Field Day Results
WECA had a great score! See the results below.
- 1st Place ENY Section
First Place Hudson Division
- 2nd Place NY State
- 13th Place in the World!
- Our score - phone contacts - 386, CW contacts - 172, no
digital contacts, final calculated score of 10,938 points!
- Great job by all who participated!
- The 2020 Winter
Field Day event will be held at Harbor Island in Mamaroneck, NY
on Saturday January 25th and Sunday January 26. Do you
need more information or would like to participate in this
event? Please contact Bill / KA2OFM by sending 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
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 is
until further notice
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 2020 Public Service Events:
Late April 2020
The March of Dimes walk
If your not for profit organization needs
free communications assistance with a foot race or walk event in Westchester 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
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 2019 - 2020 Officers
At the June
10, 2019 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 -
- Larrie Sutliff / W2UL
Emergency Services Director - Tom Raffaelli / WB2NHC
Engineering Director - Bob Wilson / N2DVQ
Membership Director -
Peter Johnson / N2TFC
Newsletter Editor - Lisa Lindsay /
Public Service Director - Kathleen O'Keefe / KC2VCT
Publicity Director - Lisa
Lindsay / WB2CUB
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".
2020 meetings , lists, dates and
calendars are being updated - stay tuned!
Please click here for the 2019 WECA
Please click here
for the 2019 Ham Radio testing dates
Please click here
for the 2019 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