Meeting Information

Our next meeting will be on the 14th of February at the Safety Training Center, 2914 County Road 48, Canandaigua at 1930. Our program will be by Rich, WB2JLR, and will be "HCJB - Ecuador, a powerful shortwave station I worked at several years ago". All are welcome and I hope to see you there.

73, Tom KB2NCI

Check the minutes of the last meeting using the link to the left.

SIARC meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm in the Ontario County Safety Training Facility (EOC), County Rd. 48, Town of Hopewell. Directions from Downtown Canandaigua.

Upcoming Events

Drumlins Hamfest, April 21

Special News

W2ACC on 224.260 - 1.6 MHz PL 110.9

The W2ACC 220 repeater is now linked to the KD2SL 220 repeater in Syracuse. There is a Friday night net at 7PM that all are welcome to join.

KD2HVC 444.300 +5 MHz DSTAR

The Stanley DStar repeater is online and fully operational now. The call is KD2HVC and the frequency is 444.300 +5 MHz.

Update for K2BWK.

The K2BWK Dstar repeater and gateway have been upgraded to Icom G3. G3 makes features available for the new generation of Dstar radios. IRCDDB is also enabled as it was before. Freestar is not available at this time, but may be in the future. Thanks to Larry N2MLH for his help to install the upgraded system. Steve KD2OM

If you would like information about joining SIARC, please look at our membership page.

SIARC holds Amateur Radio Exams every other month on the 2nd Wednesday. Pre-registration is desired, but walk-ins are welcome. For details check our Exam page.


The SIARC VE team is now a member of the Laurel-Volunteer Examiner Coordinator.
As a result of this change, all exams are now given free of charge. Please follow this link for more information about the Laurel-VEC.

Please check the exam schedule here

New Items, News, and Reports

The Geneva W2ONT repeater is back on the air at 147.090 + pl(110.9).

The KD2HVC DStar repeater, is now located in Stanley NY in a very good location. The frequency is 444.300 +5 MHz. It is operating fully with very good coverage. Give it a try.

Read the latest Smoke Signals for event details and News!

For the Latest information about Amateur Radio in Ontario County go to:

Ontario County Ham Radio

Special News


K2BWK D-Star Repeaters

The K2BWK D-Star repeater system is available for use as K2BWK B on 443.500 +5MHz and as K2BWK C on 147.375 +.6MHz. Registration is not required for listening or local use. If you want to use the gateway services, registration is required. K2BWK is connected into the ircDDB system which allows many more reflectors and options than the standard Icom network.

The link to the registration and status site is K2BWK. An email will be sent when the registration is approved. You must then login to the site and enter your personal information. Please enter the information carefully. This document has some details on the process. Instructions Pay special attention to steps 8 thru 10!

An excellent document about D-Star is here D-Star for Dummies


Here is a program file for the ID-880H that will allow easy linking between reflectors and other repeaters or stations. It uses the C0 and C1 memory slots to hold the CQ and Unlink commands so the operator just needs to press the DR button, rotate the dial to the desired reflector, key the mike then use the M/Call button to select CQ or Unlink. It also has many local analog repeaters and some Ontario County public safety channels. Be sure to change the MyCall from NOCALL to your own. Right click and select "Save link as" to download the file. ICOM 80/880 K2BWK program file. Be sure you check the settings after you load the file. Things like GPS, messages, display color, etc.

A different method of using the DR mode available to the newer radios is detailed in this document. ID-880H DR Mode Graphic. This method seems easier to switch to different repeaters since we have several now. A text document explaining this operation is here.ID-880H DR Mode. The links in the document are no longer correct but the rest is accurate.

SIARC Mission

SIARC is not for profit corporation located in Ontario County, N.Y. Currently we maintain the K2BWK 2 meter repeater on 146.820 with a negative (-) offset and pl of 110.9. The Ontario County RACES W2ONT repeaters, 442.200 and 145.45 with 110.9 pl tone are also maintained by SIARC. Our mission is to promote amateur radio in the region, provide a public service to the community as an ARRL Special Service Club, and have some fun while we are at it. Members pursue many different interests from rag-chewing on local repeaters to exploring the latest in communication technologies. Some SIARC members are using APRS which uses VHF radios to allow tracking of mobile stations. Many also serve the community on a regular basis through the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and the FEMA Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES), both long standing programs that have provided emergency communication services through many disasters.

Club Officers Directors
Tom Sanders, KB2NCI President Bob Hess KD2GMX
Steve Benton, WB2VMR Vice President John Park WA2SSJ
Raymond J. Dreimiller AB2UY Secretary John Greco KD2GTA
Stan Avery, WM3D Treasurer Dave Hunter N2EZY
Liaison to Wayne County RACES and Drumlins ARC
Jay Hamill KC2TCM