We're more than just another radio club...we're TARA!
TARA ELECTION OF OFFICERS
CURRENT TARA OFFICERS
TARA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TARA CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
Packet Radio "N2TY" BBS/NODE
Field Day Team
Public Service Events
Radio Direction Finding Team
Volunteer Examiner Liaison
N2TY VHF/UHF REPEATERS
TARA RAGCHEW NET
TNT TRADER NET
TARA'S EDUCATIONAL TEAM
Troy Amateur Radio Association, Inc. holds election of officers at their regular business meeting each June. The office of President, V.President, Treasurer and Secretary are all one year terms of office The Board of Directors are elected to 2 years terms, with the exception of a special seat for outgoing presidents, which is a 1 year term*.
Note: For anyone sending
e-mail to our members at the below e-mail addresses, our provider blocks all e-mail as spam the first time you send to a
person at an @n2ty.org address. I look at this list and approve valid
messages daily. Once approved, messages from your e-mail address will never be blocked again.
President: Karen Smith, KS2O Tel:518-273-6594
V.President: Randy Stein, KL7TJZ
Secretary: Chris D'Allaird, AK2CD Tel:518-339-4104
Treasurer: Jack Culliton, N2LBZ Tel:518-271-6763
Packet Radio "N2TY" BBS/NODE
Ray Ginter, N2ZQF - 518-858-7676
Field Day Team:
Steve Kopecky, KF2WA, Assist. Chairman - 518-674-4150
Ray Ginter, N2ZQF, Chairman - 518-858-7676
Karen A. Smith, KS2O, Assist. Chairman - 518-273-6594
Robert Isby, N2LUD - 518-283-3235
James McKnight, K2LM
James McKnight, K2LM
Roy Warner, N2OWC - 518-283-8485
Karen Smith, KS2O - 518-273-6594
Public Service Events:
Radio Direction Finding Team:
Dick Neimeyer, W2ABY - 518-489-0799
David Jaeger, K2DEJ - 607-435-7492
Volunteer Examiner Liaison:
Our club newsletter is simply called the "TARA News"
which is published monthly. For 3 consecutive years ('93,'94' & '95), the
TARA News earned a distinguished award from Amateur Radio New Service
(A.R.N.S.) for its excellence in journalism, the only newsletter from the
Capital District that enter this national newsletter competition.
The TARA NEWS was not published for a few months due to a computer problem. It returned in October of 2010 With a new editor, Dick Neimeyer, W2ABY.
In February of 2018 the
newsletter was taken over by David Jaeger, K2DEJ.
TARA began building up its TARA BBS/NODE throughout 1996, under the direction of Kim Fan, N2ZLA, and Ray Szlasa, N2VLY. Nearly 12 years later this system is still up and running, with many improvements/additions since those early days.
Presently--this system has a 1200 baud FlexNet Node (N2TY-1 - located in North Greenbush) using a Paccomm Tiny II TNCs, on the frequency of 144.910MHz. Once a user connects to "N2TY-1" the system will provide access to our new FlexNet Node and from there connection to TARA's BBS ( type "M") on this same frequency. The N2TY BBS is using the popular F6FBB BBS Software, version 7.00. This new system was built and installed by KE2PW, Rusty; Mike, KC2JCJ; Russ, WB2LXC; Jim, K2LM and Bob, K2BJG who provided a LOT of support from his home in Florida.
If DX'ing is your game, we have you covered, just connect to our new DX Spider which will get you a fast internet DX Cluster connection. As of October 10, 2001 the N2TY BBS became the main BBS in the Capital District and that still holds true today.
This whole project wouldn't be posible without the many contributions of our member/friends. A special thanks to Tim, AA2WQ and Jim McKnight, K2LM (EX-WA2UMH), for keeping this system maintained. Thanks to Wells Communications for providing us with a building and tower space. Several Antennas for this system were made possible by a donation from Steve Bozak (WB2IQU) and the BOZAK Antenna Co, Clifton Park, NY.
The TARA "Full Service" Repeaters - N2TY have been in service for several years now, located just above the Campus of RPI, in Troy, since August of 1995. Originally TARA's complete repeater system (145.17MHz & 449.225MHz) were located at the Wells Communications site, in North Greenbush, NY. The first of our repeaters, an older solid state RCA. This repeater went into service back in 1991 and was located at the home of W2VS, until a more permanent site could be located. This 440Mhz RCA repeater and Sinclair cavities were quickly replaced later that year by a newer set of cavities and a much more compact solid state RepCo Repeater, running 30 watts. This new repeater was donated to the club by John Pritt, N1JP, who personally installed it at the Wells site, with assistance from Bob Isby, N2LUD, TARA's then repeater manager. The antenna for this repeater is a Diamond F718A brand antenna and fed with 7/8" hardline. (** originally TARA was assigned the pairing of 442.150/447.150MHz by UNYREPCO, that was later changed to 449.225/444.225MHz due to intermod problems.)
Our 2 Meter Repeater went into service back in late 1992 and it's a complete Motorola Micor repeater, running 75 watts. This repeater was obtained thru a donation from the New York State Police and was brought to life by John, N1JP. TARA has always taken their repeater system seriously and back in 1995 it spent approximately. $1,500.00 outfitting this system with a brand new set of Sinclair PASS/REJECT cavities, 7/8" hardline connectors and a new commercial grade collinear antenna, manufactured by Telwave. Part of funding for this project came from a Repeater Fund established by the late J.William Adriance, AA2DC. Since the addition of this new equipment and the move to the new repeater site, our coverage has greatly increased. We now have station regularly checking in from Kingston, NY (south), up to Lake George Region (north), right out west to Amsterdam, NY. These repeaters are used heavily and they are crossed linked full time. During inclement weather, SKYWARN Nets and travelers assistance can be found on these repeater.
June of 2001, TARA members make the decision that the 145.17 & 449.225 Mhz repeaters should be completely rebuilt. Funding for this project was made possible by donation's from members/users of this system. In just a couple of months nearly $3000 was raised for this rebuild. Under advisement from our technical Guru's it was recommended that we replace both sides of the repeater with much newer GE Master II repeaters. These units are proven to be extremely durable and they'll handle the heavy demand that we put on them. Also, a new repeater controller will be added with many added options. The controller of choice for the new system is the Link-Comm RLC-3. This controller allows of up to 8 ports and many additional features, including autopatch capabilities! Within time we hope to add a Davis Weather Station to this system that can be directly monitored by the users of this system. All of these additions are welcome news for our aging repeaters. August of 2004 the new repeaters were unvialed and placed into service. The complete repeater rebuild was completed by Scott Krone, N2YCA. The membership of this organization is greatly appreciative of the enormous amount of time that Scott put into this new system.
Once again in August of 2005 we were forced to make some additional repairs to our repeater system. This time we needed to replace our hardline's running up to the antennas. We needed to raise nearly $2,200 for this project and the membership came through in record time. In a little over one week we were able to raise the funds needed for this project. In the end we decided on putting up a new run of 250' of 7/8" hardline to the 2 Meter side of the system. Also, we ran another 150' of 7/8" hardline to replace the 440 side too. In turn we took the existing run of 7/8 hardline on the 440 side and used this for a dedicated IRLP/ECHOLINK link. TARA received a very generous donation from Steve Bozak, WB2IQU, of BOZAK ANTENNA COMPANY of Clifton Park. This donation included 2 brand new BOZAK 440 MHz - 6db gain - vertical antennas. All of the antenna's and hardline were installed by Robert Isby, N2LUD, who graciously donated his personal services. This project was completed in early September of 2005!
Fast foward to June 2009 and we find that James McKnight, K2LM has become our new repeater technician. Instantly he began doing a complete service on the entire repeater system an made numerous repairs. Also in November of 2009 the City of Troy made repairs to the antenna railing on top of the water tank. This has been a problem for many of years and it was great to finally get this taken care of. Later November Jim installed the new WD-100 Weather Radio which provides automated weather updates 24/7.
The TARA repeaters are available for anyone wanting to use them for public service events or nets. All we ask is you let us know your intentions so it can be approved by the board of directors.
In January 2016 both repeaters were upgraded to Yaesu DR-1X (Fusion). They are running in automatic mode. so will work with both Fusion digital radios and traditional analog FM radios. Repeaters are linked in analog FM mode only.
The membership of TARA has established 3 very distinct and attractive awards that are bestowed each year to those that have given their personal best, just like those whom they are named after. The first such award to be presented is the Thomas M. Remmert, Achievement Award, presented annually to a member for their "positive accomplishments and attitude towards our club." This award was first presented to Thomas M. Remmert, N2TTA (now N2TR), back in 1994 at the annual Field Day Dinner held at Frear Park. Other recipients of this award are:
Jack Culliton, N2LBZ, 1995
William J. Eddy, NY2U 1996
Karen A. Smith, KS2O 1997
Kenneth T. Davis, KB2KFV 1997
Stephen Kopecky, KF2WA 1998
Tim Davis, W2KHU and Gloria Davis, KC2BRY 1999
MacDonald Smith, KB2SPM 2000
Marilyn Davis, KB2JZI 2001
Randy Stein, KA2TJZ 2002
Hollins M. Meaux, N2YQW 2002
Nick Demos, NW2D, 2003
Roy Warner, N2OWC, 2004
Margaret Warner, N2PEK, 2005
Kenneth T. Davis, KB2KFV, 2006
Karen A. Smith, KS2O, 2007
Robert Isby, N2LUD, 2008
Kenneth Smith, WA2TQK, 2009
Beth Whiting, KC2BSC, 2010
Susan Fritts, KC2IBI, 2011
Ray Ginter, N2ZQF, 2012
The second award that TARA presents each year is the William J. Eddy, NY2U, Community Service Award, in honor of their founding president, known to club members as "Mr. Bill". This award will be presented to those that have given "outstanding service to the community and his fellow amateurs through participation in the Volunteer Examiner Program, SKYWARN and other public service activities." This award was first presented on June 18, 1996 to William Eddy, NY2U. On September 28, 2011 Mr. Bill passed away after a long ilness. May he rest in peace!
Stephen Kopecky, KF2WA 1997
Gerald Murray, WA2IWW 1998
Paul "Skip" Wilson, KE2XF 1999
Karen A. Smith, KS2O 2000
Randy Stein, KA2TJZ, 2001
Roy Warner, N2OWC, 2002
Margaret Warner, N2PEK, 2002
Kenneth T. Davis, KB2KFV, 2003
Pat, KB2SRC & Barney, KB2KDY, 2004
William Kelly, KC2JDW, 2005
Beth Whiting, KC2BSC, 2006
Craig M. Wood, W2XAD, 2007
Cummings, N2HIC, 2008
Howie Cummings, N2HIC, 2008
Mark Tremblay, KC2NXA, 2009
William Lambertsen, N2UIF, 2009
Robert E. Dillon, Jr., KT2D, 2010
James McKnight, K2LM, 2011
MacDonald Smith, W2VLT, 2012
MacDonald Smith, W2VLT, 2012
Field Day June 24, 2001: TARA presented Paul "Skip" Wilson, KE2XF, with a new award in his name. Skipper was of one of TARA's founding members. Skip also was one of those hams that always gave his club 100%, no matter what you asked of him. He was actively involved in many of the functions that our club supports and he was our 1st Field Day Chairman, back in 1991. On December 12, 2001 Skipper passed away after a long battle with cancer. May he rest in peace!
Stephen Kopecky, KF2WA 2002
MacDonald Smith, KB2SPM, 2003
Randy Stein, KA2TJZ, 2004
Karen Smith, KS2O, 2005
Kenneth Smith, WA2TQK, 2006
Richard Carter, WA2COI, 2007
Hollins Meaux, N2YQW, 2008
Ray Szlasa, N2VLY, 2009
Roy A. Warner, N2OWC, 2010
Charles Friderici, KC2KVZ, 2011
Richard Neimeyer, W2ABY, 2012
Richard Neimeyer, W2ABY, 2012
In September 2014 the net was discontinued due to lack of interest, it was replaced by the TARA Ragchew Net on the same time/date as the former Trader Net, Sunday at 830 PM on the TARA repeaters. This is a net where hams can check in and discuss any topic of interest to them or ask questions of other hams.You do not have to be a member of TARA to check in to this net, all hams are welcome.
TARA had the ONLY weekly amateur
trader net found in the Capital District, the TNT Trader Net, found on the
145.17 & 447.075 MHz repeaters each Sunday, at 8:30 PM. This net was first established back in the summer of 1991, making its debut
on the 147.27 MHz (WA2SPJ) repeater on Bald Mountain.
1995 - 126
Check-ins = $126.00
TARA's Educational Team is looking for a volunteer(s) to step forward so we can again hold classes like we did in the past. If we get enough folks that are interested in starting up a class we'll post the time/dates here on the TARA web pages, keep checking back.
Here is a link to a local group holding classes: Capital Area Radio Enthusiasts (CARE)