XARC Elections, November General Meeting

The following names have been received as interested candidates for the below listed positions. Other interested XARC members should announce their candidacy ASAP. Formal nominations will be solicited from the floor at the November General Meeting with voting to follow.  XARC Full (voting) Members in good standing are eligible to hold office and/or vote. Full Members shall be 21 years of age, hold a valid FCC amateur license, and be current, re: dues.

  • President (one-year term) – Brian Donovan (K2AS)
  • Vice-president (one-year term) – Harry Ramos (W2HRY)
  • Secretary (one-year term) – Rich Hull (K2RAH)
  • Treasurer (one-year term) – Rick LaDonna (N2IJI)
  • Director (three-year term) – Fred Donahue (W3MUD)

Elections will be held at the November General Meeting (November 10) with the newly elected taking office on January 1, 2017.

In addition to elections, other planned business related agenda items include: a discussion and scheduling of club events for 2017; the re-occurring monthly items such as minutes and treasurers report/approval, repeater status, etc.

A complete agenda for the November General Meeting will be posted shortly.

~ Rich, K2RAH

2016 Fall Fox Hunt Results

The XARC Fall Fox Hunt was held Saturday, October 15 – starting in cool weather but finishing to a perfect warm and sunny fall day. Contestants met at the Penn Fair Plaza parking lot in Penfield and left promptly at 9:30 in search for the first of three hidden radio transmitters. The relatively easy first fox was located in nearby Fellows Road Park. The second fox was located in the little known Howell Road Park with the last fox located near the Canal Trail near Wayneport  Road bridge. The third fox presented a challenge since it was located in a depression behind the High Acres Landfill which just happens to be one of the highest points in Monroe County. The landfill is also surrounded by a high mesh metal fence that created reflections and shielding when contestants were in route from the Howell Road to Wayneport Road areas.

The scoring was 10 through 1 points per fox with 10 points awarded to the first contestant to locate each fox. Brian (K2AS) finished first with a perfect 30/30 score with Paul (KC2GTO) a close second at 26/30. Bob (K2OID) finished third at 17/30.

At noon, with some contestants still in field, the call went out to meet at the Macedon Hills Restaurant for lunch. Scores were tallied and awards handed out. A good time was had by all. The next hunt is planned for spring 2017. Stayed tuned!

Rich – Huntmaster, K2RAH

October General Meeting Agenda

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held October 13 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.

  • September Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Repeater Update
  • Contesting Team Update
  • Club QSL Card Discussion
  • Fall Fox Hunt
  • Upcoming Elections
  • Show and tell
  • What have you done the past month, re: ham radio?
  • Presentation, Wires-X: What is it and why do I care?

~ Rich, K2RAH

Fall Foxhunt Scheduled

The XARC’s annual Fall Foxhunt (radio direction finding) is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th. We will meet/start at the PennFair Plaza parking lot, Penfield on the north-east corner of routes 250 and 441. Registration is 9:00AM with the hunt to begin at approximately 9:20AM. The planned contest run time is between 9:30 and 11:30 with lunch and awards at a local diner to follow.

The hunt is open to all amateur’s regardless of club affiliation or previous experience.  If you’re new to foxhunting, all you need to get started is a radio capable of receiving 2 meters.

Hope to see you on Saturday!

~ Rich, K2RAH

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.



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