The Larkfield Amateur Radio Club is New York State Not-For-Profit 501c3 broad based ARRL club located in western Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. We support a host of amateur radio activities including multiple amateur radio repeaters, ARES/RACES, public service, weekly nets, monthly meetings and much more.
LARC Repeater System
WA2PNU EastNet FlexNet Network
ARES / RACES Net
Huntington – Monday Nights, 7:00 PM, 1900 local on 147.210 MHz, 136.5 PL
Smithtown – Monday Nights, 7:30 PM, 1930 local on 145.43 MHz, 136.5 PL
LARC VE Examiners hold VE sessions on the second Saturday of every even month.
Can be downloaded from the LARC GroupsIO files section
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LARC has it's own Facebook and Groups IO page. In order to join the group, you must have a Groups IO and Facebook profile. Club members with a Groups IO account can go to
https://groups.io/g/larkfieldarc and request to join the group.
To join the LARC Facebook page, go to facebook.com and search for "Larkfield Amateur Radio Club", and "like" the page.
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Every year I try to give myself a new goal with my radio hobby. One year it was to learn CW (still rusty, but can do it). One year iot was to get up to speed on digital modes. This year it was to learn and use APRS position and messaging, which included sending an SMS message with my HT to a cell phone.
I also added to the 2018 goal solar power. I'm still working on it, but I'm getting the components for a solar power system pulled together. I really wanted to be able to operate HF on battery power with the ability to recharge my system off a solar panel. The push for this was the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico, and most recently Florida. We live on an island, how long can our good fortune last of not getting hit by something bad?
I noticed this call for help for hurricane ravaged Florida in the ARRL weekly newsletter. Here's what they requested:
"Operators need to be self-sufficient for 7 days (food, water, place to sleep, power, radio, etc.). HF is highly recommended.
Volunteers must have been vetted by their local county emergency management agency, have radio equipment and antennas for VHF/UHF (SARnet), HF, and, if possible, HF Winlink capability, and their own shelter. Alternate power sources would be needed as well -- including solar, wind, or generator, as well as food and water for 7 days."
My question to you is, not would you volunteer and go, but could you fulfill the requirements if needed?
At this point in time, I'd have to say no. I have everything I need except for sustained power. Generators are out unless you can bring a week's worth of gas to the party. And the generator I own is huge, it would barely fit in my Jeep.
Food for thought...
Scott - AC2FV
LARC Makes the ARRL Homepage!
LARC was mentioned in an article relating to the Cow Harbor Race. Look for it also in the ARRL E-News later this month.
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