XARC September General Meeting

XARC will be holding its monthly meeting on September 8, starting at 6:00PM at the QTH of Steve Verzulli (KA1CNF).

This months presentation will be a tour of his 15.6 kW solar array with a presentation on the sizing, costs, vendor and component selection. Steve will compare his installation to the solar article found in the April 2016 QST and follow-up comments in the September 2016 QST by Bob Bruninga. There will be a short business meeting prior to Steve’s presentation.

~ Rich, K2RAH

Yaesu FTM-3200DR Fusion Radio Special

FYI – The cheapest way to get on Fusion.  Now $134.95 at HRO.-


Probably similar prices elsewhere.

Drawbacks compared to the FTM-100DR ($309):

  • Only 2 meters
  • No APRS support
  • No GPS
  • Can’t control Wires-X digital nodes
  • Can’t be used as a Wires-X node


  • Cheap
  • Will work Fusion C4FM / thru Fusion repeaters with Auto Mode Select
  • Analog FM also
  • Can work distant stations via Wires-X if repeater is already connected or someone else connects.
  • 65 watts
  • Cheap

I would definitely recommend the FTM-100DR or FTM-400XR, but if the advantages of it don’t interest you, the FTM-3200 is still a good radio to work through our repeater with and at least take advantage of the digital mode.




ARRL Field Day

ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

Join us at Nazareth College, Pittsford, NY the weekend of June 25/26!

All are welcome –

  • No experience necessary (not even a license)
  • Set up begins at 10:00 AM Saturday
  • Contest starts at 2:00 PM Saturday
  • Tear down 2:00 PM Sunday

You can attend all or any part of Field Day –

  • What are you doing at 3:00 AM Sunday?  Sleeping?

Contact Bob Karz, K2OID if you’re joining us.

FD 2016 Location

~ Rich, K2RAH

June General Meeting Agenda

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held June 9 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.

See important agenda item below in red!

  • May Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Repeater Update (and re-scheduling the work party)
  • T-shirts/Cap Update
  • Club QSL Card Discussion
  • XARC “Business Card” distribution
  • What have you done the past month, re: ham radio?
  • Show and tell
  • 2016 Field Day Planning

~ Rich, K2RAH

Spring 2016 Foxhunt Results

The XRX Amateur Radio Club held its 2016 Spring Foxhunt on Saturday May 14.  Bill Kurrasch K2WEK and Paul Kurrasch KC2GTO were the huntmasters.  There were a total of nine participants among 5 teams.  The hunt consisted of four transmitters hidden around the Webster area, all on the 2 meter band.  We started at the Webster Recreation Center.  Luckily the predicted rain held off and the hunt was mostly dry.  Rich Hull K2RAH proved that no special equipment is required, finding all four Foxes first, in less than 2 hours going solo, with only 2 handhelds.  No yagi, no attenuator, no GPS, etc.  All teams successfully located all four foxes.  The final rundown:
  • Rich Hull  K2RAH, 40 out of 40 Points
  • (Tie) Brian Donovan K2AS, Jon Dickason N2JAC 33 Points each
  • Bob Karz K2OID 28 points
  • Chris Wainer and Harry Ramos W2HRY 23 Points
  • Ned Asam W2NED, Gregory Asam, Vince Burolla W2VAB 23 Points (Late Start)
Thanks to Bill and Paul for a fun hunt, and looking forward to our next one in the fall.


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