Upcoming Member Events
Thanks to all who participated. WECA had a very successful Field Day
this year! The unaudited scores shows that we beat last year's score by
about 2,000 points. We still need to gather items for the ARRL bonus
points and will submit our score in mid July. Stay tuned for the final
Our next member meeting will
be on Monday, September 11. The presentation is TBA. If there is a topic
that you would like to present to the group, please contact Bill /
KA2OFM by sending email to Meetings@Weca.Org.
The WECA membership renewal
statements have been sent out. As of Saturday, August 5, about 25% of
the membership have submitted their updates. If you did not
receive your WECA membership renewal statement, then please send email
If you have any Ham Radio
related news you would like to share with the club, please send email to
Enjoy the summer and see you
WECA wear returns!
is our official uniform worn at public service events and at our annual
Field Day event in June. The uniform consists of hats, jackets, and
here to download the product brochure and order form. Fulfillment is
fast and the vendor accepts cash, checks, and credit cards. Orders will
only be accepted from current WECA members in good standing.
If you have any questions, please contact Nina / N2AFN by sending email
WECA's 2017 Public Service Events:
Sunday, Sep 17
Hudson Valley Bike Tour
Sunday, Oct 8
Paine to Pain Trail Run
New Rochelle / White Plains
Sunday, Oct 15
Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger
Croton Point Park
Sunday, Nov 19
Mamaroneck Turkey Trot
Mamaroneck Harbor Island
If your not for profit organization needs
communications help with a foot race or walk event in westchester County
County, NY , please send email to
Are you a local Ham near Westchester County, NY
and are interested in helping out with Public Service Events? If
so, please contact our Public Service Director by sending email to
Technician Class Ham Radio prep
Classes begin Tuesday evening,
ever thought about becoming an Amateur Radio “Ham” operator? Here is a
great opportunity to learn about Ham radio and how to study for your FCC
license with seasoned Ham radio operators as your teachers and mentors!
WECA is conducting a preparatory license class for the Amateur
FCC exam. The class will run for nine weeks every Tuesday night from 7-9
PM which begins Sept 12 at the Westchester Fire Training Academy, 4 Dana
Road in Valhalla. On Thursday of week nine, a VE test session will be
conducted at this location ($15 testing fee).
Please join us for this free interactive course taught by a team
of knowledgeable Amateur Radio Operators from WECA. Instructors will be
Amateur Extras or others who have special knowledge of specific subject
areas. The class will review the test pool questions, answers, and
provide explanations of the accompanying concepts. If you or
someone you know would like to become an FCC licensed Radio Amateur,
please let me know that you will be attending (appreciated but not
required). Licensed amateurs who would like to brush up on the subjects
covered are also welcome.
download the flyer, please
click here. For further information, please contact Larrie / W2UL by
sending email to
Interested in joining WECA?
WECA is a Ham Radio club located in Westchester County, NY about 25
miles north of New York City. The group holds monthly meetings in White
Plains, NY (no meetings in July and August). Please
click here to download an information brochure about the club. If
you would like to join WECA, then please
click here to download a membership application form. These
downloads require that you have Adobe
Acrobat Reader on your computer to read or print these documents. If
you have any questions about the club, then please send email to
now supports both analog FM and DMR on 447.475. Don't know what DMR is? Please click
here to learn about this new amateur radio digital mode. If you have
questions about DMR, please contact Dwight / N2FMC by sending email
to n2fmc at weca
Instructions how to create a
DMR "code plug"
plug for Connect Systems CS-750/800 is available.
Here is what the Journal News said about
WECA's Field Day
Amateurs ham it up
THE JOURNAL NEWS
publication: June 27, 2005)
At 11 a.m. yesterday, the sun was
positioned just right for contact with Florida. With headphones on, 12-year-old
Taylor Wilson, maneuvered the radio dial for the correct frequency to ham
it up. "Alpha Echo 2 Fox Trot," he repeated into his headset with
vigor. A few crackled voices from north Florida responded. "The frequency
depends on the time of day. Right now it's favoring the south," said
his father, Bob Wilson (N2DVQ), of Yorktown.
"The atmosphere is like a mirror. "Later,
Taylor grew frustrated as he tried to extend
his reach and get the attention of an operator from the Virgin
Islands. With some patience, a connection was
made with a clear sound from the Caribbean.
"This is so much fun," said Taylor.
"Now that school's out, it's a great way to meet people. "The boisterous pre-teen was among 60 members of
the Westchester Emergency Communication
Association who participated in Field Day yesterday, an annual event during
which amateur radio operators test their ability to establish and sustain
long distance radio communications in the event of an emergency. At Harbor Island
Park in Mamaroneck,
five 50-foot-high antennas were positioned around
the field and five stations were set up for the 24-hour experiment that
started at 2 p.m. Saturday. "Our objective is to set up quickly and
log contacts," said Lyle Anderson (K2LCA) of Chappaqua, the
association's president. "And to see if our procedures work. "More than 3,000 stations nationwide participate
in Field Day, which is hosted by the American
Radio Relay League. By midday yesterday, the Westchester club had contacted
about 1,300 and expected to reach 1,800 by day's end, Anderson said. In the event of a
terrorist attack or natural disaster, when telephone and/or computer
services are lost, emergency officials and relief agencies utilize local
amateur radio operators, or hams, for communication. During the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks and 2003's blackout, the Westchester Emergency Communications
Association helped officials stay in contact throughout the region, Anderson said.
"People do this for a hobby," Anderson said. "But we do it as a
public service. "There are 260 amateur radio
operators in the volunteer group. Field Day also offered some friendly
competition, in which each radio operator received a point for each contact
made. Last year, the association came in sixth in their class. They
expected to do better than that this time, Anderson said. Results are
expected in two weeks. "The contest is just for fun," said
"What we are really trying to do here is train
people. When you are stressed, tired and you have five people trying
to contact you, you have to be cool and know what to do."
To visit The Journal
News in Westchester County, NY, please
Please welcome our newest WECA
If you would like to join WECA,
please send email to
WECA has a D-Star repeater on 443/448.1875
has D-Star on 448.1875 (-) under callsign
W2ECA (set your parameters for this frequency to the repeater callsign of W2ECA, 443.1875 (RX), 448.1875 (TX) and
"CQCQCQ" for your callsign. The new D-Star repeater is located in Valhalla, NY
and presently has a range of about 15 miles (mobile). Please send
signal reports to D-Star at weca.org. W2ECA's gateway is now connected to
the Internet. Dial up 448.1875 and hear distant D-Star conversations in
See a "U-Tube" video about D-star by
Need a D-Star code plug for W2ECA's D-Star
To register for W2ECA, please
News from the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
RADIO RELAY LEAGUE, INC. Granted the waiver
request, with conditions. Dismissed as moot a previously-filed
request from ARRL for clarification of the rules as they apply to TDMA
digital emissions. (Dkt No. 12-283 ), released March 22, 2013. Click
here to read.
97-113 (3)(i) - use
of Amateur Radio for emergency preparedness. Click
here to read
Rules for Part 97 - Amateur Radio, click
here to read.
WB2NHC is on
Raffaelli / WB2NHC and the involvement of Ham Radio Operators helping the
Red Cross was featured in a YouTube video.
this video, please click
Want to learn
about RFI, Ferrites, Baluns and Audio
interfacing but don't have time for a class?
Dwight Smith / N2FMC has
found an interesting and downloadable publication that is continuously
updated by the author Jim Brown/K9YC.
to view or download this treasure trove of information about RFI,
Ferrites, Baluns and Audio interfacing.
Want to learn about "Return Loss"?
what is return loss? Click
here for Wikipedia's answer. So how good is that
feed line and much power is really getting out of the cable to
the antenna? Any faults with the cable or connectors? Is there really
an antenna connected? Finally, what is being
reflected back down the line as loss?
/ N2FMC has
found a few URLs that discusses and calculates Return Loss.
Here is a link that discusses the math, please click here.
compares SWR to Return loss in a chart, please click here.
SWR chart link, please click
And finally an online Return Loss calculator, please click here.
and want to use your US
Ham license during your trip?
Please read this document created by the FCC DA-11-211
to help explain the process of using your Ham callsign
in "CEPT" countries in Europe.
Please click here to read this
See the latest
ARRL Letter - lots of headlines!
to see the current issue.
Issues going back to 2000 can
be viewed by clicking
Having troubles using the WECA Repeater
Sometimes due to summer band conditions,
distance repeaters can be heard on our 2 meter
repeater frequency of 147.060 MHz. Once someone in greater Westchester County
keys up on the input using a PL of 114.8 Hz, the distant repeater
interference subsides. This is normal (especially in the summer) and
many times you may hear a Connecticut
repeater located in the northeast corner of the state or sometimes a Philadelphia repeater
can be heard as well.
But, if you have been having troubles using the
repeater system or are hearing interference, please send email to
detailing the trouble or interference that you are experiencing. Our
Repeater and Technical Directors will quickly look into the problem.
Please welcome our 2017 - 2018 Officers
At the June
12, 2017 meeting, the following
Officers & Directors were elected into office.
Simon Rosenberg /
Executive Vice President -
Bill Bohnenberger / KA2OFM
Vice President / General Counsel - Michael Weitzner
Treasurer - Andy Farber / N4OOX
Secretary - Barry Brown /
Director at Large - Stan Rothman / WA2NRV
Digital Modes -
Simon Rosenberg /
Education Director - Larrie Sutliff / W2UL
Emergency Services Director - Tom Raffaelli / WB2NHC
Engineering Director - Bob Wilson / N2DVQ
Membership Director -
Peter Johnson / N2TFC
Newsletter Editor - Al Kroger / K2DMV
Public Service Director - Kathleen O'Keefe / KC2VCT
Publicity Director - Joe Alioto / KD2MOP
Repeater Operations Director - Dwight Smith / N2FMC
Social Activities Director - Richard Kautz / KC2HZW
Directors and honorariums appointed by the board
Trustee - Russ Stevenson / N2AMP
County Liaison - Michael Volk / W2MKV
President Emeritus - Bill
Bohnenberger / KA2OFM
Webmaster / CIO - Peter Johnson / N2TFC
If you have any questions for the Officers & Directors, please
email them with your questions by sending email to their callsign@weca dot org email address.
The WECAgram Newsletter is always online
WECA's monthly newsletter about Ham Radio events, projects and its
local members in the greater Westchester County, NY area located about 20
miles north of New York City. .
Do you have something for the WECAgram ? Please send your article to The WECAgram Editor
by sending email to
Past issues of The
Looking for special Ham Radio related websites?
WECA member Dwight Smith / N2FMC has found a bunch
of web sites containing ham radio related information. Please click here for a list of
"Dwight's Sites". If you have any technical or Ham Radio related
sites and would like to share these sites with others, please send email to
sites at "weca dot org".
2017 meetings , lists, dates and
calendars are online
Please click here for the 2017 WECA
Please click here
for the 2017 Ham Radio testing dates
Please click here
for the 2017 Public Service event calendar
Found - old
Nick / K2ZVI (SK) found some old WECAGRAMS
while cleaning one day to share with the newer members. Please click on any
date below to view these found treasures!
If you have some old WECAgrams that could be "PDF" scanned, please
send email to Peter / N2TFC - webmaster at weca
WB2NHC - Tom Raffaelli was awarded Ham of the year!
was first licensed in 1964. His interests then, as
now, were in experimenting and building radio devices. Tom married Jeanne
Fyfe in 1966. They moved into a three room
apartment in the Bronx. Due to space limitations Tom operated exclusively on the VHF and UHF
bands. In 1970, with two children in tow, Tom and Jeanne moved to a home in
Thornwood New York.
Beam antennas, verticals and wire dipoles soon sprang up on the roof and in
the yard. In 1979 Tom joined the New Rochelle
Communications Club and soon after that the Westchester
Emergency Communications Association (WECA). He was
elected Vice President of WECA in 1985 and President in 1987, and served
for seven years. WECA doubled its membership under Tom's leadership,
strengthened its affiliation with Westchester County's Office
of Disaster and Emergency Services and initiated an affiliation with
the Westchester chapter of the American
Red Cross. He expanded the club's Field Day
event and grew WECAFEST, the club's hamfest event
into a major "must attend" event. Tom is now Director of
Tom served as President of TSARC for several
years and resolved several long standing
coordination disputes and established a coordination waiting list for all
bands. Tom taught many Amateur Radio license classes over the years
bringing more than 50 people into the hobby. Tom began volunteering at the New York City Marathon
in the mid eighties and is currently the ham
radio supervisor at the Family Reunion
Tom was instrumental in establishing
extremely strong relationships between WECA and the Westchester County
Department of Emergency Services and the American
Red Cross. Both of these organizations are providing funding and
support for maintenance of WECA's communications vehicles and equipment as
well as providing meeting space and training facilities. Tom recently
retired from the County
of Westchester as its
Director of Radio Systems. Tom continues to build on the strong ties
between RACES, WECA and the county
government while helping to bring state of art communications
facilities to the county's public safety departments.
of the Year Award Sponsored jointly by:
The Peconic Amateur Radio Club
Communications Association - WECA
printed in the Hudson
Division Awards Diner pamphlet from November 12, 2005
Don't know what Ham Radio is ?
Ham Radio hobby has made it ! Well, now there is a
Radio for Dummies" book on the market. Check this out by clicking here ! Available in
many book stores like Amazon,
& Noble and the ARRL
for $24.99 or less.
So, where were you in '72
? When WECA was born !
On the first Friday night in early April 1972, five men
met in Tarrytown, NY
at William T. Knott's (W2QGH-sk) home to form what is now the Westchester Emergency Communications Association
(WECA). Thirty one years ago these middle aged
"family" men were Ham
Radio hobbyists who decided start this club "for the continuation
of the Civil Defense Radio network in Westchester
Meeting minutes from those early gatherings can be read
by clicking here.
WECA thanks John von Sneidern, Jr. / W2QGH for copies of those notes "from
the beginning" of WECA and Efrem Acosta / W2CZ for organizing this historic project.
Comments (good/bad)? Please let us know by sending
email to webmaster at weca dot org.
Public Service Operators Needed !
contact Kathleen O'Keefe / KC2VCT if you would like to participate in the
upcoming Public Service events that WECA helps by supplying Ham Radio communicators.
Operators are needed for other upcoming events. This is the
best possible emergency preparedness training for Ham Radio communicators
available, so please send email now to PublicService@Weca.Org
Upcoming Public Service Events
Public service events are one of WECA's
specialties. WECA members help public service minded groups such as The
Red Cross, American Heart Association, American Lung Assn., American Diabetes
Assn., Westchester County Emergency Services, Field Day, and others.
Service Events Calendar