TRYON Amateur Radio Club K2JJI RACES Drill - Tuesday at 7pm | On air: -146.70Mhz PL:100Hz | EchoLink: 510372 | Fulton County NY Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:26:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Arduino Based CW decoder. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:35:55 +0000 This inexpensive Arduino based CW decoder was developed by Hjalmar, OZ1JHM. Hjalmar was nice enough to publish the schematics and source code for everyone to use.

The software programmed in to the Arduino is based on the Goertzel Algorithm.

In addition, to increase the flexibility this type of  microphone can be added to the circuit.

If you are interested on building this CW decoder, but need assistance or have any questions feel free to send an email to: [webmaster (at) k2jji (dot) org] with your questions or comments.


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Next Meeting: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:20:59 +0000 Wednesday October 15th

ARRL Exam Session begins at 5:30pm

Meeting at 6:30pm


Fulton Sheriff Dept, EOC Room

Fulton County, Sheriff Dept., 2712 State Highway 29, Johnstown NY 12095.
Entrances to the EOC room is located at the back of the building.



NOTE: In case SKYWARN is cancelled, we will receive a “Terrorism Awareness For Emergency First Responders” class.

Upcoming topics (Subject to change):

  • T.B.D.


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Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) Explained Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:07:02 +0000 UTC ExplainedCoordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time in many places worldwide. Many timekeeping devices use this 24-hour time standard, which is determined using highly precise atomic clocks. The hours, minutes, and seconds that UTC expresses is kept close to the mean solar time at the Earth’s prime meridian (zero degrees longitude) located near Greenwich, England.

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Thank you, Earl KR2L, for submitting this link.
Do you have any other Ham Radio links to share? Send the details to: webmaster at k2jji dot org

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New Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee Set at $21.40 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:06:20 +0000 The FCC has adjusted very slightly downward — to $21.40 — its proposed Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee for Fiscal Year 2014. In a June Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), the Commission said it was planning to hike the current $16.10 vanity fee to $21.60 for the 10-year license term. The FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (R&O) in the proceeding on August 29, in which it recalculated the fee to $21.40 for the 10-year license term. The $5.30 increase still represents the largest vanity fee hike in many years. The new $21.40 fee does not go into effect until 30 days after the R&O is published in The Federal Register

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CM5K Run/Walk Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:30:06 +0000 The Tryon Amateur Radio Club was asked to assist with radio communications at the 1st Annual CM5K Run/Walk.

The 5k road race will take place Saturday 30th in Northville, NY to benefit Open Hearts & Homes for Children.

For more information on this event visit this facebook event page.

For those who are interested, breakfast at 7:00am at Shelby’s Kitchenette on Main St.

Meet up at 8:00am at Waterfront Park, Main and Water St, Northville NY. Talk in on 146.520 simplex. For more information contact Don, WA2EZ.

Race check in is at 9:00am and will begin at 9:30am.

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Making Contact In The ‘Olympics’ Of Ham Radio Mon, 11 Aug 2014 01:06:55 +0000 Howard KD2ABK submitted the following NPR story:

For a full story visit this link.

Thank you, Howard KD2ABK, for submitting this article.
Do you have any other Ham Radio articles to share? Send the details to: webmaster at k2jji dot org

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Facebook now allows call signs on profiles. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 02:13:29 +0000 Finally hams are getting some love from Facebook. Officially licensed amateur (ham) radio operators may now use their call sign as their Alternate Name, or nickname, on their individual profiles.

Jeff KB1PNB, who works at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California found a petition on an amateur radio Facebook Group to which he belongs, and then did some research, wrote the necessary code, then got it reviewed and approved.

HUGE THANKS to everyone who supported this petition.

Instructions on how to do this can be found here.

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Tryon ARC Field Day 2014 final numbers Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:52:50 +0000 Congratulations, Rocco WU2M, for your awesome performance during the event.

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped us succeed.

Special thanks to:

Rob & Crystals All American Family Restaurant for providing the amazing catering service that kept us going strong during the event.

Sheri Gifford for making sure our coffee and doughnut supply was running smoothly.

We will add all the bonus points and provide the final score soon.

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Public Information Officer Appointed Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:16:19 +0000
New PIO Connie Cockrell

New PIO Connie Cockrell

Hello All,
It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Connie Cockrell as the TRYON Armature Radio Club – Public Information Officer or PIO.  This position has been vacant since Daniel Nadareski left and he has been sorely missed.  Connie is a retired Air Force Master Sargent, she has a masters degree from Bowie State and has been involved with volunteer groups for nearly 10 years (Red Cross, 4-H, etc…).  In her retirement she wears many hats and this is one more she has agreed to wear for us.

     Connie lives in Payson, AZ, she is married and is the mother of one daughter.  She is active in the local 4-H and is Director of Member Services for the Phoenix branch of the Project Management Institute.  Needless to say, she comes highly qualified for what I have asked her to help us with.  Oh, did I mention she is an book author and most importantly, my sister.
     I spoke to Connie and explained the need to have someone who only has one task on their plate and that is to notify the media when the club is doing something for the public.  It always sounds easy when I say that, but it is a task that requires focus and good organizational skills and she has all of that.  I know she can do this extremely well, but I also know that it does not mean our name will appear where she sends it.
     The one thing that no one can do is make any news media publish our good deeds, it just can’t happen.  With that in mind I am reminded that we are a small community and the Leader Herald only has so much space for community minded news.  I ask that you all accept that they will print what they want no matter what we think.  I am NOT making excuses for them, I am just being realistic and setting an expectation for all of us.
     Lastly I want to say that we have an AWESOME club and I mean that.  We have a nice set of public services events which give us the ability to train for incidents like last years flood in Ft. Plain.  Steve Kuck, Howard Selwitz, Joe O’Neill, Earl Ward and others (forgive me if I left you out) have been involved with many activations over the last few years and they need a big pat on the back.  The club works well and we do get the important stuff done without question.  It is a volunteer group and that means you do what you can.  I would never question someone as to why they didn’t come to an event.  We all have lives and family that are above this club on the list of stuff that matters.  You should have fun and hopefully learn something about radio and feel good about being a member.  The club is what it is and will always be what the majority of the membership wants it to be.  If we aren’t doing something you want to do, let one of the officers know so we can address it.  All I ask from you as members is to check out our website and Facebook page once a week, be as active as you can on the radio and with us, and most importantly, HAVE FUN.  I am proud to be a member and I hope all of you are too.
Our Facebook is
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Baofeng changes name to Pofung. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:07:33 +0000 Radio supplier Baofeng has changed its product distribution name to Pofung for all sales outside China.

In an announcement on its website the company says that it feels it’s time to adapt its brand to the global stage.

It notes that the current name Baofeng is a literal translation of it’s Chinese character name, and as such it may be difficult for a hobbyist elsewhere in the world to pronounce.

The company say that its new product name of Pofung is easier to pronounce and more friendly to its customers, while maintaining the phonetic symbolism of its brand.

The company’s official web domain will remain unchanged.

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