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 Radio Central's May Meeting:
Wednesday May 29, 2019

Wattmeter / Multimeter Shoot Out - How accurate are your meters?

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

You are invited to attend our May general meeting at Middle Country Public Library in Centereach on Wednesday evening May 29, 6:30 pm.

Our May meeting will be a hands-on work shop to see how accurate some of your basic ham shack test equipment is. We will be testing accuracy of basic multi-meters as well as RF power meters. Bring yours along and see how good your meters are.

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 2019 General Meetings will be at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach. You can get directions to the Middle Country Public Library here.

 Big Field Day News!

This year we will be changing our Field Day venue.

It turns out that New York State plans to do some major construction at Caumsett State park, and it is uncertain whether the new construction schedule will be in conflict with our Field Day weekend plans.

Radio Central ARC President Neil, KC2KY, reached out to Diane at Longwood Estate about possibly using their grounds for Field Day, including overnight operation. A few days later, we got the green light from the town.

We will be joining forces with the Boiled Owls again this year.

We will have exclusive access to the barn, with electricity, tables and chairs, and plenty of space for the main CW and phone stations. The barn adjoins a big open field that will accomodate our antennas. Rest rooms are a short walk from the barn. And we're allowed to cook at the site, something we could not do at Caumsett. And the drive is a lot easier, especially for Radio Central members.

So, we will be holding our 2019 Field Day on the grounds of the Smith-Longwood Estate -- a Broohaven Town park at 99 Smith Road in Ridge. This is the same location where we have been running our Amateur Radio exhibit at the Brookhaven Town Fair the past two Septembers.

Cornish Radio Amateur Club International Marconi Day site Click Here


Check Out Five New Presentations Added to Our Presentations Library:

1.) FT8: The Newest, Most Popular Mode on MF/HF/VHF by Bob, WB2NFL   View with Adobe Acrobat...

2.) Six Meter Propagation Modes by Ken, WB2AMU   View with Adobe Acrobat...

3.) RFI in the Ham Shack - Tips and Traps by Rick, KC2FD   View with Adobe Acrobat...

4.) LC Bandpass Filters for 20M, 30M, 40M by Stephen E. Sussman-Fort, Ph.D, AB2EW   View with Adobe Acrobat...

5.) Software Defined Radios: One Ham's Perspective by Jon Longtin, KB8LFP   View with Adobe Acrobat...

  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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