Wednesday May 26, 2021 6:30 PM
Virtual Zoom Meeting:
ARES & RACES: Origins and Purposes
Guest Speaker: Rich Johnston, KC2TON
Our May meeting topic will be a presentation on the Origins and Purposes of ARES and RACES with guest speaker Rich Johnston, KC2TON. Rich is the ARES Emergency Coordinator and RACES Radio Operator for Smithtown ARES/RACES. He was scheduled to speak at our March meeting last year when we got hit by the COVID pandemic and had to suddenly cancel.
In accordance with the continuing Social Distancing guidelines that we have to observe to keep the Covid-19 threat in retreat, our January meeting will be held on line using ZOOM.
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...
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."