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REMINDER: SMARA Board Nominations 2017-2018

Nominations are still open for the 2017 – 2018 SMARA board.

If you are interested in nominating someone or would like to be on the SMARA board, please email

James MacMurray (N2UZQ) with your nomination. You can email him at:

Nomination close at the end of the next business meeting on September 21.

Nominations for the 2017 – 2018 Board are now open!

Please be aware that the Nominations for the 2017 – 2018 Board are now open.
If you would like to run for a position or would like to nominate
someone , please email James MacMurray ( and he will mark
down your nomination. If you have any questions, those too may be directed to James. Nominations will be closed at the end of the September business meeting.

Maccabi Games – Need Operators Tuesday AM, August 8

The Maccabi Games are just a week away and as yet I have not yet heard from you about your availability. At the moment we have an urgent need for operators on Tuesday morning (Aug 8). I am hoping you might be able to assist. All openings are indoors (basketball & swimming) with relief available at mid-day.

Please let me know if you can help fill these slots.


Hope to see you tomorrow at the orientation meeting in Clarksville.

Dave Galletly KM2O

Maccabi Orientation TOMORROW Aug 1 7:30 PM

A reminder that the orientation session for the Amateur Communications Unit at the Maccabi Games is TOMORROW EVENING. The session will be held at the Albany County Sheriff’s Office at 58 Verda Ave, Clarksville at 7:30 pm.

Credential and T-shirt pickup will take place at this meeting. Please note, for security reasons, that a valid photo ID must be in your possession at all times during the games along with your games issued credential. The T-shirt issued will also need to be worn while you are on duty.
If you are unable to attend please let me know ASAP since we will have to arrange for an alternate pickup of these materials.
Thanks and see you Tuesday evening!
David Galletly KM2O
ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern New York

VE Session Today, Sunday June 18, 2017

VE Session Today, Sunday June 18, 2017
12 Noon, please arrive a few minutes early. Rear of the building,
Shaker Road Fire Department
550 Albany Shaker Rd
Loudonville NY 12211-2100
Sponsor: Capital Area Radio Enthusiasts
Date: Jun 18 2017
Time: 12:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)

ARRL Kids Day is Today, June 18th!

Twice a year, ARRL offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth. Share the excitement with your kids or grandkids, a Scout troop, a church or the general public!

Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children.

Kids Day always runs from 1800 UTC (2:00PM EDT) through 2359 (7:59 PM EDT) UTC. Operate as much or as little as you like.

For more information visit the ARRL website at

Field Day 2017

Field Day 2017 is coming up this weekend! We will be holding a joint event with the Schenectady Amateur Radio Association (SARA) at the Niskayuna Soccer Park on Zenner Road (see map).  This year, SARA’s (K2AE) will be the main call sign will be the main call sign, while SMARA’s (W2IR) will be used for the GOTA station.

Field Day Set Up will be on Friday June 23 at 12:00pm. Please come down and lend a hand as there is so much to do! Any help is greatly appreciated.

Field Day starts at 2 PM EST on Saturday, June 24th and continues for 24 hours, ending June 25th at 2PM EST.  At that time we will need help breaking down and paacking up.

Field Day is open to the public and guests.  Operators are needed and encouraged!  Take the opportunity to gain invaluable experience on HF bands, CW and digital modes under the guidance of highly experienced Hams.  Bring family!  Bring a friend!


What is Field Day?

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

Field Day is a picnic, a camp out, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!

It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities.

It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.

We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums —these are all large, pre-planned,non-emergency activities.

But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems —or maybe because they ARE so complex—ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations

The JCC Maccabi Games – August 6-11, 2017 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

The JCC Maccabi Games® is the largest Jewish youth event in the world. From August 6–August 11, 2017, the Capital Region will welcome more than 700 visiting teens from across the globe that will compete in Olympic style competition. The games will also include 300 host families, 800 volunteers and 75 local teen athletes competing.

Click here  for more info or contact Dave Galletly at

Registration forms can be found at

Pre-registration is required.