Serving the Public through Amateur Radio and Serving Amateurs since 1972

                                         Westchester Emergency Communications Association
                                                   PO Box  831 Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591-0831
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Upcoming Member Meetings

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Our next member meeting will be on Monday, February 12. Our Presenter will be Val Hotzfeld / NV9L - a well known Ham Radio Contester.  She will be discussing contesting and Dxpeditions. Val will also share her experience as part of the group that went to Puerto Rico to help aid the residents after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island. Please bring your questions and your contesting experiences to this meeting.

Upcoming meetings in 2018:

Mar  12 - 7 pm at the County Center in White Plains, NY

Apr    9 -  7 pm at the County Center in White Plains, NY

May  14 - 7 pm at the County Center in White Plains, NY

If you have a meeting idea or would like to make a presentation to WECA, please send email to Meetings@Weca.Org.



WECA institutes a Repeater Acceptable Use Policy

December 31, 2017:

Over the past few months there have been some Hams using the WB2ZII repeater systems in an inappropriate manner.  As a result, our Board of Directors have created the "WECA Repeater Acceptable Use Policy" which illustrates how all our repeater systems shall be used by all.  Please click here to download this document.

Please review the policy and if you have any questions, comments or hear users that do not comply with this policy, please send email to TWIT@Weca.Org.


New tones on the two meter (147.060) repeater

WECA has upgraded the two meter repeater system. Please click here to read more about this new and improved system that is now in place. Kudos to the WECA Technical and Repeater Directors for their hard work!

If you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to Repeaters@Weca.Org.




WECA wear returns!     

WECA wear 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 shirts. Please click 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 to



Public Service Events                 

WECA's 2018 Public Service Events:

When Event name Where

Stay tuned for the 2018 Public service calendar.

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 PublicService@Weca.Org.

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 PublicService@Weca.Org.



Extra Class Ham Radio prep class!

Class began on January 2, 2018

Have you 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 offering an Extra Class License preparation series that began on January 2, 2018. Click here to download the course flyer.

For further information, please contact Larrie / W2UL by sending email to Education@Weca.Org.




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 Membership@Weca.Org.



WECA has DMR on 447.475

WECA 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 dot org.

Instructions how to create a DMR "code plug" -  click here.

New code plug for Connect Systems CS-750/800 is available.


Please welcome our newest WECA members

Callsign   Name   Location
KD2HTB   Ernie   Harrison
AC2QH   Larry   Croton on Hudson
N2CJ   Glenn   Rivervale, NJ
KD2IBT   Lew   North Salem
KO8SCA   Adrian   Bayside
KA2IIA   Ron   Putnam Valley
KD2OQW   Vito   Harrison

If you would like to join WECA, please send email to


WECA has a D-Star repeater on 443/448.1875

WECA 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 W2ECA's gateway is now connected to the Internet. Dial up 448.1875 and hear distant D-Star conversations in progress.

See a "U-Tube" video about D-star by clicking here.

Need a D-Star code plug for W2ECA's D-Star repeater? Please click here

To register for W2ECA, please click here.



News from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

·        AMERICAN 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.

·        Part 97-113 (3)(i) - use of Amateur Radio for emergency preparedness. Click here to read

·        FCC Rules for Part 97 - Amateur Radio, click here to read.



WB2NHC is on YouTube!

 Tom Raffaelli / WB2NHC and the involvement of Ham Radio Operators helping the Red Cross was featured in a YouTube video.

To view this video, please click here.



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.
Click here to view or download this treasure trove of information about RFI, Ferrites, Baluns and Audio interfacing.



Want to learn about "Return Loss"?

OK, so 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?

Dwight / N2FMC has found a few URLs that discusses and calculates Return Loss.

Here is a link that discusses the math, please click here.

This link compares SWR to Return loss in a chart, please click here.

Another SWR chart link, please click here.

And finally an online Return Loss calculator, please click here.


Traveling abroad 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 publication.


See the latest ARRL Letter - lots of headlines!

Please Click here to see the current issue.

Issues going back to 2000 can be viewed by clicking here.



Having troubles using the WECA Repeater system?

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 Repeaters@Weca.Org 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 & Directors:

At the June 12, 2017 meeting, the following Officers & Directors were elected into office.

President - Simon Rosenberg / KD2DOE
Executive Vice President - Bill Bohnenberger / KA2OFM
Vice President / General Counsel - Michael Weitzner / N2EJI
Treasurer - Andy Farber / N4OOX
Secretary - Barry Brown / K2BLB
Director at Large
- Stan Rothman / WA2NRV
Digital Modes - Simon Rosenberg / KD2DOE
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 DirectorJoe Alioto / KD2MOP
Repeater Operations Director
- Dwight Smith / N2FMC
Social Activities Director - Richard Kautz / KC2HZW

Directors and honorariums appointed by the board

- 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 WECAgram@Weca.Org.

Past issues of The WECAgram

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".

2018 meetings , lists, dates and calendars are online

Please click here for the 2018 WECA meeting list

Please click here for the 2018 Ham Radio testing dates

Please click here for the 2018 Public Service event calendar


Found - old WECAGRAMS!

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!

February 1980                August 1981                  September 1987              January 1988

If you have some old WECAgrams that could be "PDF" scanned, please send email to Peter / N2TFC - webmaster at weca dot org

WB2NHC - Tom Raffaelli was awarded Ham of the year!

Tom 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 Emergency Services.

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 area.

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.

Amateur of the Year Award Sponsored jointly by:
 The Peconic Amateur Radio Club
 Westchester Emergency Communications Association - WECA

As printed in the Hudson Division Awards Diner pamphlet from November 12, 2005

Don't know what Ham Radio is ?

The Ham Radio hobby has made it ! Well, now there is a "Ham Radio for Dummies" book on the market. Check this out by clicking here ! Available in many book stores like Amazon, Barnes & 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 County, NY". 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 !

Please 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 and volunteer!

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.
 Public Service Events Calendar






The Westchester Emergency Communications Association
Post Office Box 831
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591-0831

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Last update – Thursday, February 8, 2018

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