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 Radio Central's May Meeting:
Wednesday May 31, 2017

Radio Central / Boiled Owls Field Day Planning Meeting

"Social Half Hour" starts at 6:30 PM
Meeting starts at 7:00 PM
Middle Country Public Library in Centereach

You are invited to attend Radio Central Amateur Radio Club's May meeting on Wednesday May 31 at 6:30 PM at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach.

Our May meeting will be a Field Day Planning and Preparation meeting. We will be joining forces with the Boiled Owls once again. The meeting will start with a presentation of our schedule and photos of past Field Days. One of our objectives is to get a preliminary operating schedule together. We also need to get an idea of how many people will be around for setup, teardown, and our post-event coom-ba-ya dinner on Sunday afternoon. A successful Field Day depends on interest and commitment on the part of the club members.

Our 2017 General Meetings will be at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach. You can get directions to the Middle Country Public Library here.

 N2T Special Event Station
Radio Central Celebrates Tesla's 160th Birthday on July 10

On Sunday July 10, 2016, Radio Central Amateur Radio Club participated in the Tesla Science Centerís celebration of Nikola Teslaís 160th birthday. We operated Amateur Radio Station N2T (November Two Tango), contacting about 90 stations from as far as Spain and as nearby as local neighborhood hams in Shoreham. Our objective was to have fun and to celebrate not only Teslaís birthday but also the tireless efforts of the Tesla Science Centerís leadership and volunteers, rescuing Wardenclyffe from developers and working towards the eventual creation of a Tesla science museum on Long Island.

  Ham Radio and Distracted Driving

In light of increasingly strict "Distracted Driving" laws, our ARRL Hudson Division Director contacted the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to get their position on operation of mobile Amateur Radio equipment with respect to Distracted Driving laws. The DMV responded with a letter of opinion that appears to be very favorable to Amateur Radio. Basically is says that talking via ham radio does not constitute a violation of the Distracted Driving laws. It should be noted that though the DMV's letter (which can be downloaded from the Hudson Division web page here, of or from the RCARC web page here) is pro-Amateur Radio, it's an opinion from the DMV, not a binding agreement, so it's still possible to get pulled over, cited, and required to appear in court. More importantly, you should always give the road and traffic absolute priority over operating your radio while driving. In Mike Lisenco's own words: "Feel free to print out this opinion, but understand that it is not a license to be stupid! Letís hope that you never need to use it."

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