Last night at our monthly in person meeting, Steve Fleckenstein was honored by Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Management Alan Mack for over twenty years of service to Orange County in the role of Radio Officer for Orange County RACES. Steve recently retired from the position in May, but will be remaining active as the Orange County RACES Skywarn Coordinator. Thank you very much Steve for your many years of dedication to this group.


This past Saturday morning we participated, once again, in helping to provide observers and communications along the Wallkill River for this event.

We worked with the race administration both at the start line and the finish line as well as Montgomery FD and Montgomery EMS.

The morning started out cool but once the sun came up well over the horizon the day quickly got warm. You really couldn’t ask for much better weather for this type of event.

I want to thank all the radio operators who came out to help load the equipment before the event, operate during the event, and brought equipment home with them.

KD2GJH      Mike
KD2BFP      Les
N2KLC        Jim      
KD2NMG     Mike
W2MDM      Mike
KC2VTJ       Dom
KN2X           John
W2CRM       Craig
KD2UFO      Bob
KD2GWD     Matt
AA2XX         John
KD2OKX      Chad
KD2RNJ       John

KC2PJH. Pete

I know the race administration was extremely thankful that we were there to help them provide observers along the Wallkill River. We also worked well with the Montgomery FD and the crew on their boat on the river. They were very thankful for the information that was passed along to them so they knew what was going on and what to expect as the event went along.

There were a few new folks that worked this event with us for the first or 2nd time. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I hope you learned something. I hope you will come back out and work more events with us.

So our next event is July 4. The town of Wallkill fireworks. That event is already up on ARES Connect. This is a very relaxing and fun event to participate in. You can bring your family. They feed us. They do very much appreciate our extra sets of eyes and ears throughout the venue. Speaking of the venue. The location will be changed this year to the Orange County Fairgrounds.


2019 ENY NVIS Drill

Orange County ARES RACES (KC2OUR) activating the EOC.
Field expedient 80 Meter Dipole about 12′ at the center, using the crash box, TS-2000 & LDG tuner. Learned there is a fair amount of electrical noise in the EOC garage when the heater fans are running.
With KC2VTJ, KD2NMG, AA2XX, N2CE, KD2BFP, KD2GJH, KN2X and special guest KJ5HY from West Point. Well done guys.

2019 Boy Scouts merit badge class.

Today 3/30/2019 several members of OC ARES/RACES participated in teaching scouts about Ham radio and its uses in an emergency.  Every scout got to make contacts on the air from right around the local area and around the world via HF and digital modes. Scouts also where able to send emails via RF using Winlink, no wires or internet needed!!! 

Thank you to members who came out and made this day possible! (KD2GJH,KD2NMG,W2DDY,AA2XX,N2UBP,KC2PJH,KC2VTJ) 

It was a fun time playing radio and mentoring the next possible generation of hams! 

Weekly On Air Net

Orange County ARES / RACES has a weekly on air net every Monday night at 8PM on the KC2OUR Linked repeater network. However, the last Monday of the month, we have our face-to-face meeting at the Emergency Service Center in Goshen at 22 Wells Farm Rd. at 7:30 PM. All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome. You do not need to be a member in order to check in to the weekly nets or come to the face-to-face meetings. Topics differ from week to week, Q & A’s and don’t forget to stick around for Swap and Shop.

Graham Mt.: 448.325 Pl 123 in western Orange County.

Goshen: 449.675 Pl 162.2 in the central Orange County 

Mt Beacon: 443.550 Pl 156.7 in Eastern Orange County. 

Arden: 147.105 PL 114.8 in Southern Orange County. 

Walden: 146.625 ** SPLIT Input of 147.885  PL127.3  in Northern Orange

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Monthly In Person Meeting

OC ARES/RACES holds an in person meeting on the last Monday of every month.

Meetings consist of routine business, review of the different on air net topic during the past month, up coming events, past events/activations in review, equipment training among a myriad of other topics.

The meetings are held at OC Emergency Services Center in Goshen NY, Class room 1 (first class room on the right) at 7:30PM.

All members are strongly encouraged to attend. Along with any amateur radio operators who are interested in Emergency Communications and may be willing to Join our team.

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KC2OUR provides multisite linked coverage of Orange County and surrounding areas. Along with EchoLink,IRLP, APRS DIGI’s & iGates and WinLink nodes.

KC2OUR Linked Repeaters:

Graham Mt. 448.325 PL 123 (Location: Western Orange)

Goshen 449.675 PL 162.2 (Location: Central Orange)

Mt Beacon 443.550 PL 156.7 (Location: Eastern Orange)

Arden: 147.105 PL 114.8 (Location: Southern Orange)

Walden: RX 146.625 / TX 147.885 PL127.3 (Location: Northern Orange)

EchoLink KC2OUR-R:
IRLP: 431832

OC ARES / RACES supported repeaters that are not part of the linked network:

Newburgh N2HEP: 146.430/147.435 PL71.9
Newburgh N2HEP:449.475 PL71.9 (Location: Eastern Orange)

Finchville WA2VDX: 146.760 PL100 (Location: Western Orange)

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