Category: President’s Message

June 2018

President’s Message June 2018


June is Field Day month and I want to remind all of you that it is the one event that needs full support from the Club. From set-up to take down, the more hands available the faster and easier the event goes.

Field Day is an event designed to give us a taste of what communications would be like during a major emergency. Remember that amateur radio was established on a national basis for exactly that reason. Field Day is that opportunity to show that we can fulfill that role.

The conditions, under which LIMARC would have to set up an emergency communications center in a field in Wantagh, are clearly outside of the realm of likely.  However, the spirit of cooperation in setting up our site, and the skills learned, have real practical value. The more opportunity to practice the more ingrained the skills become. From safety to operating skills, there is much practical knowledge to be learned and re-enforced.

We will be at the site on Friday night to begin some of the set-up. Several members will be staying overnight and some stations will be up and running. Set-up continues Saturday morning at 7 AM. We will be on the air from 2 PM Saturday until 2 PM Sunday, when take down will take place.

Please try to make time to help out in any way, and of Couse, including operating the stations throughout the 24 hour period. Check out the website for more information.

See you there!

Richie Cetron, K2KNB



May 2018

President’s Message May 2018


In most volunteer organizations thee is usually a small percentage of the members that take care of most of the issues facing the organization. It is just the way that it is.  There are times however, when a larger number of members is necessary to insure the overall success of the organization.

We are trying to make sure that our general meetings have an interesting pre0session and a good topic for the main agenda. We do this in part to make sure that you have a fun evening out, and also to help in sure that a quorum is resent at every meeting. We cannot take a legal vote without a quorum.

We are working to improve out media image. Through the website, a Reflector, and other media to come such as Facebook and Twitter,  we want to present a dynamic representation of who we are and what we do. Your membership in the Reflector, and your support with articles and information  will help us to reach a broader base.

We will have another HF station day after the May 12th VE Session at Levittown Hall. It is a great opportunity to have hands von experience with HF radio as well as digital modes. If we build it, will you come? We hope so.

Finally, Field Day is almost upon us. We generally set up 5 stations requiring tents, towers, wires, generators, networking, assembly and disassembly. It is a really important event because it goes to the heart of why the government allows amateur radio to exist; preparing for emergency communications to assist in a national disaster. This is a large group effort and one of the times that we really need you to step forward.  We all need to build it together and they will come!

Richie, K2KNB


President’s Message April 2018

President’s Message- April 2018


There are many things that LIMARC does that go under-reported or not reported at all. Welcome to the Media Age and Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Letting our members and others know what we do, and the contributions of amateur radio in general, is something that is really important, particularly in keeping amateur radio alive.

The International Space Station is a combined effort on that part of many countries to promote science as well as the peaceful use of space. In almost every case, there is a ham radio operator on board who may come from just about any country. The ham astronauts are free to use the radio during their break time, just as we do. It is a pretty big event when a school or museum for example, can schedule a QSO with the ISS. When a ham radio operator is on the air from the ISS, it becomes know as ARISS, or Amateur Radio on the International Space Station.

LIMARC has been the sponsoring radio club for several QSO’s, just recently at Freeport H.S. Thousands of students had the opportunity to listen as several of their classmates asked questions of the astronauts and hear their answers. Lost sometimes is the fact that this is strictly a ham radio operation. The ham astronaut connects to an earth station operated by a ham radio operator. We impress that on the students so that they understand that they are transmitting their signal through a ham radio station. All of the excitement and great public relations for the space program generated through these contacts, simple would not exist if it were not fo ham radio.

We are proud of LIMARC’s contributions to the program and very proud of amateur radio and all that it can do.

Happy Easter and Happy Passover!


Richie, K2KNB



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