Category Archives: Announcements


February Meeting Reminder

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held February 11 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.


  • Review Minutes
  • Treasurers Report
  • Membership Report
  • Repeater Status
  • Recap of January VHF Contest Experience
  • Field Day 2016
  • Show and Tell (or what have you done lately in amateur radio)

NOTE: December 2015 and January 2016 Meeting Minutes have been posted on the “Members Area” page (login required).

December General Meeting and Presentation

December General Meeting and Presentation

Thursday, Dec. 10th at 6:00PM, Webster Rec. Center

The December General Meeting presentation will include Bob Karz, K2OID and will be a discussion on CW. Please join us and challenge Bob with questions, etc.

The following have been approved by a vote of the attending members at the November General Meeting to guide the club during 2016. They join Ned Asam, W2NED (Director) and Fred Donahue, W3MUD (Director) on the club’s Executive Committee.

  • President: Brian Donovan, K2AS
  • Vice-president: Rich Hull, K2RAH
  • Secretary: Harry Ramos, W2HRY
  • Treasurer: Rick LaDonna, N2IJI
  • Director: Bob Karz, K2OID

The November General Meeting minutes have been posted on the “members page”.

Reminder: Dues for 2016 are due!


Date – Thursday 11/12/2015

Location – Webster Rec Center at 6:00pm


  • XARC will be holding elections for Club Officers and one Director’s position. Nominations are still welcome.

Nominations received so far –

    • President (one-year term) – Brian Donovan (K2AS)
    • Vice-president (one-year term) – Rich Hull (K2RAH)
    • Secretary (one-year term) – Harry Ramos (W2HRY)
    • Treasurer (one-year term) – Rick LaDonna (N2IJI)
    • Director (three-year term) – Bob Karz (K2OID)
  • Presentation – Rich Hull, K2RAH will be sharing a presentation on PSK.
  • Any new “Show us your Shack” pictures would also be welcome.
  • Reminder – 2016 dues are due!

~ Rich Hull (K2RAH)

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) – Rich Hull (K2RAH)
  • Secretary (one-year term) – Harry Ramos (W2HRY)
  • Treasurer (one-year term) – Rick LaDonna (N2IJI)
  • Director (three-year term) – Bob Karz (K2OID)

Elections will be held at the November General Meeting (November 12) with the newly elected taking office on January 1, 2016.

~ Rich Hull (K2RAH)

Nominations and Elections for 2016 Officers

Per XARC by-laws, we will be soliciting nomination’s for 2016 club officers at the October General Meeting. Elections will be held at the November General Meeting with the newly elected taking office on January 1, 2016. The positions up for election are:

President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, (all one-year terms)and one Director (a three-year term).


Section 5.1: Annual elections shall be held at the General meeting in November. At this meeting, the membership shall elect the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and one Director. Nominations shall be solicited from the floor at a fall meeting and a list of potential Candidates for office shall be made known to members of the Club by way of its communication medium at least thirty days prior to the November meeting during which elections will occur. The vote shall be by secret ballot and shall be tabulated by three disinterested members. The candidate receiving the majority of valid votes cast will be declared the winner. In absence of a majority, the two candidates with the largest number of votes shall participate in a run-off election to be held at the General meeting in November.

Section 5.2: Elected and appointed Officers and Directors shall take office on January 1 of the following year.

Section 5.3: The President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer shall serve terms of one year.

Section 5.4: Directors shall serve terms of three years. One shall be elected each year such that the three terms of Directors are staggered. In the event more than one position is vacant, those elected shall draw straws to determine who shall serve each term.

~ Rich, K2RAH

Presentation for April General Meeting – Fox Hunting 101

XARC Meeting
April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Webster Rec Center
1350 Chiyoda Dr., Webster,NY 14580
Presentation/Discussion for April 9 XARC General Meeting
Please join us for our General Meeting (Business and Presentation by Brian, K2AS; Jon, N2JAC; Fred, WO2P; Ned, W2NED). This month’s presentation will be “Fox Hunting 101”. Be prepared for the XARC’s May hunt!
Topics to be covered are:
  • What is fox hunting
  • Types of hunts
  • Rules, procedures, scoring
  • Equipment (receivers, antennas, attenuators)
  • Techniques (body fade, tune off frequency, maps/triangulation)
  • Foxes (building, using)
  • Advanced hunting equipment
  • Hunting hints
  • Demonstrations; and of course – story telling!
~ Rich, K2RAH

Presentation/Discussion for March 12 XARC General Meeting

 Jon Dickason will make a presentation/discuss how the local ARES/RACES organization provides communications for public service events, exercises and local disasters, how we use APRS to do real time tactical mapping for these events, and how we create our own wireless Intranet using easily modified consumer wifi routers. RACES also regularly practices with Dept. of Homeland Security, FBI, ARMY, border patrol, etc., and local law enforcement.

Please join us for this presentation as well as our regular General Meeting agenda items.

~ Rich Hull, K2RAH

Local License Classes and Testing

RARA (Rochester Amateur Radio Association) will be holding amateur license classes this spring – from WB2SXY:

Classes for Tech, General and Extra will start 10 Mar 2015 at

RIT, Jefferson Road, Henrietta.

Classes will run for 10 weeks, ending 12 May 2015.

Exams for all licensees will be held also at RIT
on 21 Feb 2015, 21 Mar 2015, 18 Apr 2015 in the mornings.

see for details.

Rochester mini maker faire…

[xarc] Rochester mini maker faire…

is Saturday November 22nd at the riverside convention center. I’m running the multi-club ham radio booth and we will have code keys for kids to build, homebrew and kit radios to show off, antennas, APRS, hidden transmitters, high altitude balloon trackers, broadband hamnet mesh, and more.
I have most of the volunteers I need but you are welcome to come hangout with us. tickets are cheaper in advance. bring kids if you have them. check out the booths about robots, astronomy, microcontrollers, arts and crafts, and 90 more.
if you have a DIY radio gadget you want the kids to see, please get it to me so we can display it.