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The club operates two 2-meter repeaters. The 147.24 repeater is located 15 miles West of Saratoga Springs at Lake Nancy, in Barkersville. This repeater has a phone patch, which is restricted to members only. The 147.00 repeater is located 10 miles North of Saratoga Springs on Spruce Mountain, near Corinth, NY. This repeater offers an “emergency” phone patch. These two machines, in combination, offer excellent North to South and East to West communications far beyond Saratoga County. These repeaters are linked together at various times by the clubs third repeater on 448.225 MHz. Saratoga County ARES repeater at lake Nancy 147.360 is also supported by the club.
Look at the MAPS page for details of the locations and other information regarding the repeaters.
The PL tone required to access the 147.000 repeater is 91.5Hz.
Saratoga County R.A.C.E.S Association, Inc.
Given the concern that many hams have regarding the new "Distracted Driving Law" that went into effect in New York this past July, particularly since the law increased the penalty to 5 points on a license, I recently asked the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Counsel's office for an explanation of both the cell phone and distracted driving laws and how they apply to hams.
The opinion, which I just received, can be found on the Hudson Division website: www.hudson.arrl.org <http://www.hudson.arrl.org> and in the Files section of this group. I suggest that you read it thoroughly. It's very detailed but simply put, it says the following:
1. The use of two-way radios that are not connected to a public switched telephone service does not violate the "Cell Phone Law." Therefore, operating a ham radio does not violate the law (Section 1225-c).
2. If the equipment in the car is not capable of violating the distracted driving law (including sending text messages, pictures, e-mail, other electronic data, etc.), then the operator is not in violation of the "Distracted Driving Law" (Section 1225-d).
3. Even if the equipment is capable of violating the law (including sending text messages, pictures, e-mail, other electronic data, etc.), as long as it's not used in such a manner the operator of the equipment is not violating the "Distracted Driving Law" (Section 1225-d).
In other words, if you are just talking on your radio, you are not in violation of the law.
Please understand that the opinion carries the disclaimer that it is not binding upon prosecutors, law enforcement, or the judiciary. You may still be stopped, issued a summons, and have to appear in court to plead your case. However, the DMV opinion carries a lot of weight and should be used in preparing a defense should you receive a summons.
HAM-CON is next Saturday, February
28th. We are at: http://www.ranv.org/hamcon.html With several hundred attendees, HAM-CON is the largest ham radio event in Vermont each year and the largest ham radio event anywhere in the area in the Winter. I know it is a bit of a trip for hams in your area to attend, but it is only a 2-hour ride from Saratoga.We do get a very good turnout from hams in the Plattsburgh, NY area.