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Kenneth H. Clikeman, AA2CW SK

For those of you who participate in the weekly nets, you may remember AA2CW was always the first to sign in until about a year ago. Also Ken was involved (often coordinating) in many of the public service events our club participated in.

He will be missed.

Dave Bradshaw
SMARA President

2016 ARISS Contact

On December 10th, 2016, SMARA hosted an ARISS contact for local high school students part of miSci’s Teen Science Cafe, giving them an opportunity to speak directly to astronauts aboard the International Space Station.  This comes after a year and a half of planning, including work on our satellite station.

See the videos and pictures below.  The contact was also featured on WRGB News, Albany.


Field Day 2016

Field Day 2016 is coming up this weekend!  We will be holding a joint event with the Schenectady Amateur Radio Association (SARA), much like last year.  This year, the our call sign (W2IR) will be the main call sign, while SARA’s (K2AE) will be used for the GOTA station.

Field Day starts at 2 PM EST on Saturday, June 25th at the pavilion at the Niskayuna Soccer Park – public and guests are welcome.  See the map.  (Make sure to enter via Zenner Road.)


December Meeting: DMR Presentation

Update: N2LEN was unable to make it to this meeting; we are discussing rescheduling his talk.

Our meeting on December 17th, 2015 will include a presentation by Lenny Signoretti Jr, N2LEN on Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and Fusion.  This will begin at 7:00 PM (we will begin to gather at 6:30 PM) at MiSci Studio 3.  (See our meetings page for more information.)

This meeting is also a potluck; please bring a dish to share!

SMARA All Clubs Picnic 2015

SMARA’s All Clubs Picnic is open to members of SMARA and other clubs and organizations in the Capital District, as well as their friends and family.  It will be held at Shaker Rd Fire House #2 Pavilion, at 147 Old Niskayuna Rd, Colonie NY, from 10 AM to 3 PM.  Admission is $5, which can be applied toward a $15 1-year SMARA membership.

Feel free to bring a desert to share, and your club’s banner!  There will be food (hot dogs, burgers, water, and soda), a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, Slip N’ Slide, and more.

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