U[date Dec. 22- Happy Holidays

efore we sign off for the year, I’d like to wish everyone the very
best wishes for the Season.  To all those celebrating, I hope you have
a very Happy Hanukah, a very Merry Christmas, and a very Happy

And to all, the very best for a happy and healthy New Year!!!

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The premier convention of the year, Ham Radio University, will be held
on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at:

Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Ave
Bethpage, NY 11714

For those of you who have never attended Ham Radio University, you are
missing out on a day in which we spread Ham Radio knowledge and know
how!  HRU is “a day of education to share ideas, experiences, knowledge
and fellowship among Amateur Radio operators.”

This is truly a convention.  There are no vendors.  There is no flea
market.  30 forums including:

Keynote Speaker Tom Gallagher, NY2RF
ARRL Chief Executive Officer

Newcomer’s Meeting at 8:30 am – geared towards HRU first-timers with an
overview of HRU, what to see and do.

30 Forums with new forums including:

National Parks on the Air, Safety in the ham shack, Growing up with
broadcasting on Long Island, Kid’s World, Military Affiliated Radio
System, Amateur Radio Solar/Jupiter Observation using a Radio Receiver
System and more!

Hands-on Workshops:
1. Cable Theory / RF Connectors,
2. Ethernet Connectors,
Preregistration required on day of event

Day-of-Event Handout
Special Event Station W2HRU and demos

Amateur Radio License Exam Session starts at 1:30 PM

Amateur Radio Club tables.

Door Prizes! Anyone who makes a donation will be entered in our main
door prize raffle that includes all major prizes. All door prizes will
be drawn in the club room and the winner’s names will be posted there.

Food and Refreshments available

Don’t miss out on this truly amazing event.  Suggested donation $5 –
no preregistration is required!

And check out the Club Room where representatives of over 30 clubs and
ham radio related organizations throughout NLI will be available to
answer questions about their groups.

Doors open at 7:30 AM with first forums at 8:30 AM

For more information, go to the HRU website at:


And stop by the ARRL table to say hello.  See you there!

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WECA will again be conducting a free Amateur Extra FCC license exam
preparatory class.  The class will run for ten weeks starting on
Wednesday, January 4th and on Tuesday nights thereafter (except for
Wednesday, 1/18) from 7-9:15 PM at the Westchester Fire Training
Center, 4 Dana Road in Valhalla.  On Thursday of the 10th week, a VE
test session will be conducted at the FTC ($15 testing fee).

Please join them 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 and answers and
provide explanations of the accompanying concepts.  There are >700
questions in the pool; 50 test questions; 37 correct (74%) to pass.
All are welcome to attend who wish to gain additional knowledge of
amateur radio even if you do not expect to take the test (or already
hold an Extra class license).


ARRL Extra Class License Manual 11th Edition w/link to Practice Exam
ARRL’s Extra Q&A Third Edition

Both are available from ARRL at:



or from Gene W2KJI at KJI Electronics, Cedar Grove, NJ:
http://www.kjielectronics.com /
or from Amazon – Be very sure to order the correct editions.

1.  Please purchase the license manual and begin reading as soon as
2.  The Q&A has answers and brief explanations for all pool questions-
a worthwhile investment.

Conduct of Training:

Subjects include:  FCC regulations, operating procedures and practices,
radio propagation, electrical principles, practical circuit components
and design, modulation, emissions, antenna design, transmission lines
and safety.  Hands-on practical on-air exercises are a highlight of the

Each class will have an instructor/facilitator who will be
knowledgeable about the subject area and will involve others who can
make contributions.  If you have an area of strong interest and
expertise that you can share with the group, please let them know.

If you would like to upgrade to Amateur Extra, please contact

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In closing, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every
one of you who took the time to write, email, and call your legislators
in our effort to obtain passage of H.R. 1301, The Amateur Radio Parity

It was your participation, the grass-roots effort that brought us
success.  With 126 Congressional cosponsors and unanimous passage in
the House of Representatives, and strong support in the Senate, we came
this close to getting it passed – with only one lone Senator standing
in the way.

My goal for 2017 and the 115th Congress, is to complete the journey we
started a little over 2 years ago.  I hope I can count on you to
continue the grass-roots effort over the next year.

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That’s it for me for now.  See you at Ham Radio University.

73 es Happy Holidays de Mike N2YBB

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