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 Radio Central's May Meeting:
Wednesday May 25, 2016

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 25 at 6:30 PM at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach.

Our May meeting will be our 2016 Field Day planning meeting. Radio Central and the New York Order of Boiled Owls will join forces again this year at Caumsett Park. The most important issues are setup / teardown crews and operating schedules. Field Day offers a chance to get immersed in Amateur Radio for a weekend and hone our skills in building and operating an effective ham station in less than ideal conditions. A successful Field Day will require commitment from members like you to support the event.

Radio Central Amateur Radio Club meetings are open to non-members as well as members. Anyone interested in Amateur Radio or wireless history is welcome to attend.

Our 2016 General Meetings will be at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach. You can get directions to the Middle Country Public Library here.

KC2KY was visiting the Fire Island Lighthouse on May 14 and noticed this interesting structure. Anyone care to wager a guess as to what it's for? Email me your best guess at

 International Marconi Day Special Event on Saturday April 23

 W2RC/IMD International Marconi Day QSL Information
Saturday April 23

To receive credit for working W2RC/IMD on Marconi Day, send a SASE to:

W2RC/IMD

Radio Central Amateur Radio Club

PO Box 396

Centereach, NY 11720

  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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