Moderator Bios

Moderator bios for HRU 2016 as of December 16, 2015.

Time Forum Moderator Biography
8:30am – 8:50am Newcomer’s meeting – NEW – an overview of HRU K2DO.jpg
Diane Ortiz K2DO
Diane Ortiz K2DO is past president of the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club, a member of QCWA, YLRL and President of the Order of Boiled Owls of New York. Diane has operated from many countries including the Turks and Caicos Islands, Grenada, the United Nations HQ and recently from the Azores as part of the Azores Nine Island Hunt. Diane wrote the YL news column for the ARRL’s QST Magazine for 10 years and the YL Contesting column in CQ Contest Magazine. Join her as she provides an overview of Ham Radio University. She will talk about what HRU is, what to do and where to go. Diane’s insider “scoop” is certain to make you more comfortable and confident, both on and off the air.
9:00am – 9:50am Introduction to Scanning W2LIE.jpg
Phil Lichtenberger W2LIE
Phil Lichtenberger W2LIE was granted his Technician license as a teenager in 1994 as N2XUT, and is a harmonic of WB2PIV and N2UZI. After being licensed, Phil was active with the LIMARC Junior Operator’s group, and attended a few ARES and SKYWARN activites. His main interest was Packet Radio and 2m voice. As with any teenager, Ham Radio took a back seat to college life, followed by years of radios in storage. After being issued a new call (KC2LPE) when updating his ticket, Phil decided to go for the vanity call of W2LIE. Nothing says Long Island like the L.I.E.! Since receiving the new call, he is active again in SKYWARN and ARES, is the Trustee for W2ATT, and upgraded to General in February 2009. In addition to Ham Radio, Phil enjoys collecting and working with reptiles, and runs his own website – w2lie.net.
9:00am – 9:50am ARRL Forum W2KFV.jpg
Jim_Mezey W2KFV
Jim Mezey W2KFV, is the Section Manager for NLI. With over 45 years of experience in Emergency Communications, Jim most recently served as ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator for Nassau County. He holds an Extra Class license and is a member or officer of LIMARC, Nassau Amateur Radio Club, Nassau County Police Amateur Radio Club, QCWA, and IPARC. A VE examiner, Field Instructor and Examiner, Jim is well versed in public service communications. He is a member of the ARRL Emergency Communications Advisory Committee and is also a certified ARRL instructor who is trained in ARRL Emergency Communication Courses as well as ICS and NIMS. He has been honored in receiving LIMARC’s N2MEI Award for Outstanding Public Service and the 2009 Hudson Division Amateur of The Year Award.
9:00am – 9:50am Intro to DXing Long Island DX Association Join members of the LIDXA discuss the why and how of DXing. This forum is for you whether you are new to DXing or a seasoned pro. Discussed will be DXing techniques, QSLing, HF propagation and upcoming DXpeditions.
9:00am – 9:50am Intro to DXing (propagation, history, techniques) W2GW.jpg
John Reiser W2GW
John Reiser, W2GW, was first licensed in 1958 and upgraded to Amateur Extra twenty years later. His primary ham radio activity is HF Dxing, and his preferred modes are CW and RTTY. He also enjoys building electronic gear, restoring vintage equipment, and operating QRP portable outdoors. John serves as the official ARRL DXCC field checker of QSL cards for the New York – Long Island Section. He makes himself available in that capacity at several hamfests in the area. You can also contact John for an appointment to have your QSL cards checked at his home in West Hempstead or another agreeable venue [w2gw@arrl.net]. John is currently President of the Long Island DX Association which meets at the Town of Oyster Bay-Ice Skating Center in Bethpage, Community Room 1, on the third Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM (all are welcome). John is also active in LIMARC and QCWA Chapter 81, where he serves as Secretary.
9:00am – 9:50am Transmitter Hunting WA2SUH.jpg
Larry Berger WA2SUH
Larry Berger WA2SUH was first licensed in 1961 and has been involved with transmitter hunting for many years, first on 10 meters and later on 2 meters. He is a member of the Plaza Repeater Group and for many years participated in Nassau County RACES activities. He serves as the Vice-President of the 10-10 International Net and is their Scholarship Manager. His sons are Matt K2MSB and Michael KC2YPO. Larry recently retired from the Nassau County Planning Commission where he worked for 42 years. The presentation will focus on what transmitter hunting is, why hams hunt, different types of hunts, hunting strategies, different types of hunting equipment and how to get involved. A demonstration of some of the equipment used on local hunts will be part of the presentation.
9:00am – 9:50am Transmitter Hunting WA2CDL.jpg
Andy Kirschenbaum WA2CDL
Andy Kirschenbaum, WA2CDL, will co-moderate the Hidden Transmitter Hunting forum with Larry Berger, WA2SUH. Andy has been licensed since 1970 and holds an Extra class license. His involvement in amateur radio has included everything from public service thru RACES, to building and experimenting. Many people know Andy from his radio repair activities. He has conducted “tune up clinics” at various hamfests in the NYC area since 1985. Andy is a member of LIMARC and the Plaza Repeater Group. Andy works in the field of radio communications systems.
9:00am – 9:50am DSTAR and Fusion WA2RMZ.jpg
Randy Gutentag WA2RMZ
Randy Gutentag WA2RMZ has been licensed since 1971. He is currently holds an Extra Class license. He is a life member of the ARRL and QCWA. He is also a member of the Cherryville Repeater Association. Randy was very active in vhf/uhf contesting and traffic handling in the late 70′s and early 80′s. For the last 15+ years he has been active in Emergency Management in Middlesex County NJ. Randy is the President of the Central NJ D-Star Group and a trustee of the NJ2DG D-Star repeater system in Martinsville, NJ.
9:00am – 9:50am DSTAR and Fusion KB2EAR.jpg
Scott Weis KB2EAR
Scott Weis KB2EAR has been licensed since 1987. He currently holds a General class license. He was a member of the board of directors of the Radio Amateur Telecommunications Society when packet and ROSE were popular back in the 80s and 90s. He was published in the 1992 ARRL DCC. For the last 20+ years he has been a volunteer EMT. He currently is very active in the D-Star and Allstar link communities, is the gateway administrator for the NJ2DG, K2DIG, and W2DGL D-Star repeater systems as well as the owner and administrator of the D-Star reflector REF020. Also Maintains a network of internet linked 220, 440 and 902 repeaters throughout the NJ, NYC and Philadelphia region.
9:00am – 9:50am LINUX for Ham Radio W2NDG.jpg
Neil Goldstein W2NDG
Neil Goldstein W2NDG has been listening to shortwave radios and tinkering since the early seventies when he used to hang out in his uncle’s ham shack. These days he can be found hanging out in Long Island parks with a QRP radio. After assembling his first PC on his dining room table around 1993, he became a computer technician, hanging up his salesman’s case and starting on a long road to his current position at the Sloan Kettering Research Institute. He has always had an interest in alternative operating systems, and installed his first Linux distribution in the mid-nineties. After first getting licensed in 2011 as KD2APZ, he started looking for all of the ways to merge his two hobbies: computers and radio. Now, a holder of an Extra Class license, he experiments with software defined radio, rig control, and digital modes, and has a well-used soldering iron. His wife Jill, KD2CHE, is also a big fan of Linux, usually preferring it to Windows on her own computers. Neil is active in the LIMARC and Larkfield clubs, has written for AmateurRadio.com as well as The Spectrum Monitor, and frequently presents at LIMARC meetings on computer-related subjects. Neil maintains radiokitguide.com, the complete list of radio kit sources on the Internet.
10:00am – 10:50am Advanced Scanner Forum W2LIE.jpg
Phil Lichtenberger W2LIE
Phil Lichtenberger W2LIE was granted his Technician license as a teenager in 1994 as N2XUT, and is a harmonic of WB2PIV and N2UZI. After being licensed, Phil was active with the LIMARC Junior Operator’s group, and attended a few ARES and SKYWARN activites. His main interest was Packet Radio and 2m voice. As with any teenager, Ham Radio took a back seat to college life, followed by years of radios in storage. After being issued a new call (KC2LPE) when updating his ticket, Phil decided to go for the vanity call of W2LIE. Nothing says Long Island like the L.I.E.! Since receiving the new call, he is active again in SKYWARN and ARES, is the Trustee for W2ATT, and upgraded to General in February 2009. In addition to Ham Radio, Phil enjoys collecting and working with reptiles, and runs his own website – w2lie.net.
10:00am – 10:50am EMCOMM in NLI W2KFV.jpg
Jim_Mezey W2KFV
Jim Mezey W2KFV, is the Section Manager for NLI. With over 45 years of experience in Emergency Communications, Jim most recently served as ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator for Nassau County. He holds an Extra Class license and is a member or officer of LIMARC, Nassau Amateur Radio Club, Nassau County Police Amateur Radio Club, QCWA, and IPARC. A VE examiner, Field Instructor and Examiner, Jim is well versed in public service communications. He is a member of the ARRL Emergency Communications Advisory Committee and is also a certified ARRL instructor who is trained in ARRL Emergency Communication Courses as well as ICS and NIMS. He has been honored in receiving LIMARC’s N2MEI Award for Outstanding Public Service and the 2009 Hudson Division Amateur of The Year Award.
10:00am – 10:50am Advanced DXing Long Island DX Association Join members of the LIDXA discuss the why and how of DXing. This forum is for you whether you are new to DXing or a seasoned pro. Discussed will be advanced DXing techniques, QSLing, HF propagation and upcoming DXpeditions.
10:00am – 10:50am Advanced DXing W2GW.jpg
John Reiser W2GW
John Reiser, W2GW, was first licensed in 1958 and upgraded to Amateur Extra twenty years later. His primary ham radio activity is HF Dxing, and his preferred modes are CW and RTTY. He also enjoys building electronic gear, restoring vintage equipment, and operating QRP portable outdoors. John serves as the official ARRL DXCC field checker of QSL cards for the New York – Long Island Section. He makes himself available in that capacity at several hamfests in the area. You can also contact John for an appointment to have your QSL cards checked at his home in West Hempstead or another agreeable venue [w2gw@arrl.net]. John is currently President of the Long Island DX Association which meets at the Town of Oyster Bay-Ice Skating Center in Bethpage, Community Room 1, on the third Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM (all are welcome). John is also active in LIMARC and QCWA Chapter 81, where he serves as Secretary.
10:00am – 10:50am Advanced DXing W2UDT.jpg
  Bill Hudzik W2UDT
Bill Hudzik W2UDT has been continuously licensed since 1961. He has operated from KP2, KR6, and V2 over the years. Bill has served as NNJ SM for 4 terms, NNJ Assistant Director for 3 years and is on his second elected term as Vice Director for the Hudson Division. He has been active with the North Jersey DX Association (NJDXA) for over 25 years serving as Secretary, Vice President and President of the organization and continues to serve as a volunteer letter manager. Bill is also an ARRL Life Member as well as a Diamond Club Member. He is an active contester and DXer.
10:00am – 10:50am Antenna Basics KA2RGI.jpg
Walter Wenzel KA2RGI
Walter Wenzel, KA2RGI, has been licensed in the Amateur Radio Service since 1983 and is an Amateur Extra Class Operator. Walter’s primary involvement in Amateur Radio is Emergency Communications. Walter has been a part of HRU since its conception. Walter has long been involved with The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club since 1982 when he studied with them to get his Novice License.. He has held various positions on the GSBARC Executive Board including President multiple times, and has chaired various committees which have included Field Day Coordinator, Volunteer Exam Liaison for their VE sessions, and the Trustee for club call, W2GSB. Walter has been part of other “Ham Radio” clubs and organizations such as the Suffolk County Radio Club, South Shore ARC, Larkfield ARC, LIMARC, and the Packeteers of Long Island. Walter has always enjoyed instructing persons in the various levels of amateur radio classes. He has been instructing Amateur Radio Licensing Classes (Novice through Extra) since January 1983, and is an ARRL Certified Instructor since 1984. He has also instructed classes on introduction to computers, soldering, kit building, basic repeater techniques and etiquette, repeater maintenance, packet radio protocols, BBS operation, basic antenna building, basic contesting. Walter was an Awards Manager for the ARRL for HF and VHF/UHF Awards and also is certified to give ARRL ARECC Hybrid Classes for EC-001, EC-002, and EC-003 and administer the exams. Walter is also a past NYC/LI Section Manager and has held almost all of the ARRL Leadership positions over the years. He has also held the position of Assistant Director for the Hudson Division. Walter also worked with the New York State Emergency Management Office as a volunteer as their Regional Radio Officer for years under Regional Director, Wayne Georgia. Today, Walter is active with the National Weather Service Forecasting Office (OKX) which is located on the grounds of the Brookhaven National Labs at Upton, NY as the Skywarn Coordinator for Suffolk County. Walter was also a Regional Skywarn Coordinator for OKX which included the Tri-State region. He is also part of a committee to update radio communications for the NWS. Walter also coordinates special events that involve Amateur Radio at the NWS Office in Upton, NY such as “Skywarn Recognition Day” which is a 24 hour on the air operation run on the first Friday in December at 0000 along with the ARRL to thank the volunteers who work with the NWS giving weather reports throughout the year and the Skywarn portion of the “Open House Tours at BNL” that the NWS is part of.
10:00am – 10:50am DMR – using and programming Digital Mobile Radio – NEW K2YO.jpg
Bernie Hunt K2YO
Bernie Hunt K2YO has been a licensed amateur radio operator for 22 years. Starting his ham carrier in Southern California he was originally KE6CAV. After he upgraded to Amateur Extra he adopted a New York call sign of K2YO. In addition to his HAM license he holds a GROL and GMDSS Maintainers licenses with a Radar Endorsement.
He has been a member of the LIMARC Technical Committee for eight years now and specialized in the digital command and control of the repeater system. In his professional life he is a computer programmer specializing in network and socket programming.
10:00am – 10:50am Young Ham Forum N2RQ.jpg
Lew Malchick N2RQ
Lew Malchick, N2RQ, was first licensed in 1959 as WV2FBX while in 8th grade. He is a past president of the Erasmus Hall HS ARC – W2ANU and Brooklyn College ARS – K2APZ. He was faculty advisor at Brooklyn Technical HS – W2CXN from 1977-2003 and continues as station trustee. He has administered the School Club Roundup (SCR) since its inception more than 20 years ago. Lew is a VE, has taught classes and has mentored students mostly at BTHS. He is a life member of ARRL & QCWA, is active in ARES, is a LIMARC director, Hudson Division Assistant Director and also served more than 30 years in Army MARS. Personal experience as a student, with students and feedback from SCR participants provide knowledge of a wide variety of successful approaches to attracting younger operators to ham radio. We hope the young ham forum will help you to be more effective in rejuvenating our beloved hobby.
10:00am – 11:50am WORKSHOP – Connectors K2KNB.jpg
Richie Cetron K2KNB
Richie Cetron K2KNB was president of the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club from 2008-2013. He currently serves as a member of the LIMARC Executive Board. He serves the ARRL as an Official Observer, a Volunteer Examiner, The Affiliated Club Coordinator for New York-Long Island, and the Public Information Officer for Nassau County ARES. He was the Hudson Division Amateur of the Year for 2012. The workshop will consist of some basic information about the selection of cable and connectors for the best possible results in transmitting RF signals. This hands-on workshop will last up to 2 hours and will include learning to solder and to crimp various connectors. Material will be supplied to the participants at no charge having been donated from the LIMARC Norm Wesler, K2YEW Memorial Education Fund. Preregistration is required at the gate during the event but prior to the workshop.
10:00am – 11:50am WORKSHOP – Connectors KD2ADK.jpg
John Wilson KD2AKX
John Wilson KD2AKX has been a Ham Radio operator since June of 2011. He’s a member of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club and a member, director and Hamfest chairman for the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club. He has been in business for himself for over 35 years running a major appliance service company on Long Island. He also enjoys kit building and making antennas.
10:00am – 11:50am WORKSHOP – Connectors KD2ADK.jpg
Robert Batchelor W2OSR
Robert Batchelor W2OSR attended RCA institutes 1959 – 1961 graduated from the V-7 course. Nassau Community College AS in Business Management. Empire State College 1986 BPS in Business Economics. Worked for Republic Aviation as a Radar Mechanic, General Microwave as Bench Technicial, US ARMY 1963 -1965, Grumman Aerospace worked on the LEM and F14 as a Cognizant Support Engineer also trained as an Air Traffic Controller, General Electric Healthcare as a Senior Field Service Engineer specializing in Protein Separations. Earned a Radio Telephone Operators License in 1960 and the Amateur Radio Extra Class License in 2004. Is involved with ARES, Sky Warn, LIMARC, NARC and Boy Scouts. Gordon West Certified Instructor. Numerous business, Boy Scout, and amateur radio awards.
11:00am – 11:50am Operating 6 meters during Cycle 24 WB2AMU.jpg
Ken Neubeck WB2AMU
Ken Neubeck, WB2AMU, has an extra class license and has been a ham since 1971. He writes regularly on VHF propagation for CQ VHF and Worldradio. He has written the book, SIX METERS, A GUIDE TO THE MAGIC BAND put out by Worldradio books and it is now in its fourth edition. He is co-author with Gordon West of the book, VHF PROPAGATION, A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RADIO AMATEURS, put out by CQ Magazine.
11:00am – 11:50am The National Traffic System in NYC/LI N2WGF.jpg
Gerard Pilate N2WGF
Gerard Pilate N2WGF will speak on Introduction to the National Traffic System. Gerard (Jerry) A. Pilate N2WGF is the Section Traffic Manager for NLI. Jerry has been active in the NTS since he became licensed in 1993. He holds an Extra class license and is a member of WECA, LIMARC and HOSARC. Jerry also serves as a Digital Relay Station and Official Relay station for NLI as well as net manager for the Nassau County VHF Traffic net and acting net manager for the Big Apple NTS Traffic Net.
11:00am – 11:50am Contesting for newcomers and non-contesters – NEW KS2G.jpg
Mel_Granick KS2G
First licensed in 1977 as a Novice, Mel Granick upgraded to Technician, General and Advanced class licenses within six months and has been an Amateur Extra since 1981. He’s been active in numerous aspects of Amateur Radio ranging from traffic handling to the early use of packet radio. With a modest station consisting of a 100 watt transceiver, 3-element tribander and 40/80 dipole up just 35 feet, he’s been successful as a DX’er (DXCC-250+), awards chaser (5BWAS) and one of the leading contesters in the 2nd Call Area, repeatedly placing in the top ten among U.S. low-power single operators in the CQ World Wide DX, CQ World Wide WPX and ARRL 10-Meter contests.
11:00am – 11:50am Antenna Modeling W2EMN.jpg
Edward Newman W2EMN
Ed Newman, W2EMN, was an avid radio experimenter in high school, but didn’t become a licensed ham until 1977. After a year as a novice, he quickly upgraded to extra, and later switched to his current vanity call. His primary interests have been HF operation and DXing, as well as building and restoring equipment.
Ed worked as an antenna engineer and engineering manager for Hazeltine (now BAE Systems). He headed Hazeltine’s Advanced Development Center for 15 years, and was awarded 6 patents.
However, these activities interfered somewhat with his amateur interests so in 2003 he retired to devote full time to his hobbies. In amateur radio, he started collecting and restoring “boatanchor” radios, as well as renewing a pursuit of DX contacts. He also became an active member of the Radio Central Radio Club.
He will provide an overview of the antenna design software called EZNEC and show that you don’t need to be a pro to design antennas on the computer.
11:00am – 11:50am Software Defined Radios – NEW W2NDG.jpg
Neil Goldstein W2NDG
Neil Goldstein W2NDG has been listening to shortwave radios and tinkering since the early seventies when he used to hang out in his uncle’s ham shack. These days he can be found hanging out in Long Island parks with a QRP radio. After assembling his first PC on his dining room table around 1993, he became a computer technician, hanging up his salesman’s case and starting on a long road to his current position at the Sloan Kettering Research Institute. He has always had an interest in alternative operating systems, and installed his first Linux distribution in the mid-nineties. After first getting licensed in 2011 as KD2APZ, he started looking for all of the ways to merge his two hobbies: computers and radio. Now, a holder of an Extra Class license, he experiments with software defined radio, rig control, and digital modes, and has a well-used soldering iron. His wife Jill, KD2CHE, is also a big fan of Linux, usually preferring it to Windows on her own computers. Neil is active in the LIMARC and Larkfield clubs, has written for AmateurRadio.com as well as The Spectrum Monitor, and frequently presents at LIMARC meetings on computer-related subjects. Neil maintains radiokitguide.com, the complete list of radio kit sources on the Internet.
11:00am – 11:50am QRP low power fun W2XS.jpg
John Meade W2XS
John Meade W2XS started ham radio in the mid sixties as WB2SLI. The QRP bug hit him when Heathkit came out with the HW-8. Since that time, he has used many of the QRP rigs out there including Ten Tec, Small Wonders Labs, MFJ, OHR, NorCal, and Elecraft. There have been many successful outings with the Long Island QRP club with QSOs far and wide with simple (but effective) equipment and antennas. His career has been in the Electronics Management industry as well as teaching Electrical Technology at Nassau Community College.
12 noon – 1:00pm Keynote Speaker DaveK1ZZ.jpg
   Dave Sumner K1ZZ
David Sumner, K1ZZ, is Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. He is responsible to the ARRL Board of Directors for managing the affairs of the League including its headquarters staff and official journal, QST.
First licensed as KN1ZND in 1962 at age 13, Dave has been active in most phases of Amateur Radio operating with special emphasis on CW contesting. Active from the first as an ARRL volunteer, he joined the Headquarters staff in 1968 for the summer, became a part of the permanent staff in 1972, and was named Assistant General Manager four years later. He was named Secretary and General Manager in 1982, with a change in title to Executive Vice President in 1985 and the additional title of Chief Executive Officer in 2001. The title of Executive Vice President was phased out in 2011.
In the 1970s, Dave was deeply involved in worldwide Amateur Radio preparations for the 1979 World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC) of the International Telecommunication Union and attended the three-month conference in Geneva as a member of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) observer team. He also served on the IARU team at the World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs) in Istanbul in 2000 and in Geneva in 2003, 2007, 2012, and 2015. Dave was Secretary of the IARU and a member of its Administrative Council from 1982 to 1989 and from 1999 to 2009. He has traveled to more than 60 countries in connection with his ARRL and IARU responsibilities. In 1989 he was awarded the Calcutta Key by the Radio Society of Great Britain in recognition of his contributions to Amateur Radio internationally. In 2014 he received the Dayton Hamvention® Special Achievement Award for his contributions to the international Amateur Radio community and for his leadership in the fight against Broadband over Power Line (BPL) interference. Apart from his professional activities, Dave served on the judging committees of the World Radiosport Team Championships in Slovenia, 2000; Finland, 2002; Brazil, 2006; Russia, 2010; and 2014 in Massachusetts, USA.
Dave holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Michigan State University where he was active from the club station W8SH from 1967 to 1970. He also holds the Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary society. He is trustee of the ARRL Headquarters club station, W1AW, and the IARU club station, NU1AW. He will retire from full-time ARRL employment in 2016 but hopes to remain involved as an IARU volunteer.
Dave resides with his wife Linda, KA1ZD, on a 15-acre “antenna farm” in rural Coventry, Connecticut, where they are active on the air. Their daughter Deryn, N1UCI, is an attorney in Washington, DC.
1:30pm – 2:20pm Working Satellites with your HT WB2OQQ.jpg
Peter Portanova W2JV
Peter received his first Amateur call sign (WN2OQQ) in 1964, the call sign N for Novice license which expired in a year, when he was a Freshman at Delahanty Institute in Jamaica, NY. The school scheduled a day of education at the 1964 Worlds Fair, Peter visited the Coca-Cola pavilion, home of K2US and his journey into Amateur Radio began. His first challenge was to find a General to administer his Novice exam. Peter got on his Bicycle and started to ride east, and look up for beams, he found a willing Ham. His next hurdle was to convince his parents, who in 1960 moved into this new house, and to erect a 10’ top section of a Rohn tower and install a two meter and six meter yagi’s and a 40 meter dipole. What parent would let a 16 year old kid allow a bunch of hams to drill large holes into a new roof, no way? Yes they said, why, it’s better than giving him permission to drive a car and we will always know where he is. Peter was a happy Ham, with an IQ of a Salesman not an Engineer a Technician license was fine with him, at that time. In 1995 Peter moved to Massapequa and renewed his interest in the Amateur Service. He joined the GSBARC, met Phil Lewis, N2MUN, and he became his friend, mentor and instructor. He was teaching both the Advanced and Extra classes, and with his easy style of education and his genius for presenting complicated Amateur theory in a simple manner Peter did what was unthinkable in 1964, becoming an Extra Class Operator. He became a Director in the club and later joined YCCC; Peter recently received his DX Century Club Award, thanks’ to LOTW and the RTTY and CW operators around the world. Peter met another Mentor at Field Day, 2008, Neil Heft, KC2KY, who was operating the Satellite station for Radio Central and the Boiled Owls. He was making a contact on AO-51, an easy-sat, while Ritchie, KB2ZPB was rotating the antenna on both horizontal and vertical plains, and they were having a great time. He was, mesmerized, again recalling 1966 and the Oscar Satellites and he thought you had to be a Rocket Scientist to talk thru our Satellites. Neil, again a brilliant Engineer and communicator used simple everyday language to explain what he was doing. Peter went home, put in the uplink and downlinks of AO-51 into his Yaesu FT-50R , went to the AMSAT site for the passes and made my first Satellite contact with Tim, N3TL, it’s that complicated and that easy, a year later he received his VUCC Award and the Oscar Satellite Communications Award.; Peter is the NY Area Coordinator for AMSAT. He will talk about how you can become a Satellite operator using your HT.
1:30pm – 2:20pm Emergency Power for Home N2HPO.jpg
Jeff_Schneller N2HPO
Jeff Schneller N2HPO is President of Acme Fire Protection Inc and has been providing fire protection systems which involve back up, emergency or stand-by power for well over thirty years. These systems include small portable generators up to large natural gas or diesel systems to run the emergency systems and other loads for buildings, nursing homes and hospitals.
Jeff started with electronics and two way radio when he was in seventh grade (1964), and has been involved as an emergency services volunteer since 1969.
Jeff remains involved with SATERN as the Amateur Radio liaison officer for New York City. Jeff was the primary Amateur Radio contact for the Salvation Army during the World Trade Center disaster at Ground Zero in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Jeff also was active for SATERN in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.
Jeff has developed a number of self-contained Amateur Radio stations in “go-boxes” a/k/a “Orange Boxes” that are useful for portable and emergency operations.
1:30pm – 2:20pm Remote Station Operation K2RB.jpg
Rick Bressler K2RB
Rick Bressler K2RB operates his Flex 5000 radio over the internet. His forum is geared at showing how to set up and operate a remote station.
1:30pm – 2:20pm Introductory guide to VHF/UHF operating – NEW WB2QGZ.jpg
  Bill Fastenau WB2QGZ
Bill Fastenau, WB2QGZ, was first licensed in the late 1970s with patient guidance and encouragement from Chuck Laufman, K2JLD and Dr. Bruce P. Hellmann, K5FY (SK). A member of the ARRL and Great South Bay ARC, Bill also serves the NLI section as an ARRL Technical Specialist for RFI and is an ARRL and W5YI VE, participating in VE sessions with GSBARC and the Grumman ARC. With more than 35 years in RF Bill has worked around the world in two-way radio, paging, TV broadcast, terrestrial microwave, satellite, and cellular. Bill is currently employed by a cellular carrier where he maintains the Radio Access Network and Outdoor DAS, and mitigates interference and PIM throughout the NY/metro market. Bill will talk about VHF/UHF operating.
1:30pm – 2:20pm Building your first ham station N2MUN.jpg
Phil Lewis N2MUN
Phil Lewis N2MUN is the founder of HRU and its first chairman. Phil is a member and current Vice President of the Order of Boiled Owls of New York contest and DX club. Phil is an avid operator and will walk you through the process of selecting, installing and operating your first ham station.
1:30pm – 2:20pm VE Session K2TV.jpg
Bob Myers K2TV
Bob Myers K2TV has been licensed since January 1960. His interest in Amateur Radio led to a 42 year career in radio and Television Broadcasting, of which almost 40 years had been with the CBS Television Network. Operating modes include PSK, Pactor, RTTY, CW and SSB all bands 160 through 6 meters and 10, 6, 2, 1.25 and 70 CM FM voice and packet. Over the years Bob has been involved in all facets of Ham Radio including DX’ing, contesting, ragchewing, homebrewing, satellite, packet, digital, public service, television and traffic handling. He never stopped finding new and interesting things to do which kept my interest in Ham Radio through the years. His wife, Marge is licensed as KA2NIE and while not very active on the air, she enjoys watching him operate and is his logger when operating from his HF mobile station.
He a life member of the ARRL and belongs to the following Ham Radio Organizations: Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (Vice President), Broadcast Center Amateur Radio Society, Metropolitan Coordination Association, Inc (Director), The Villages Amateur Radio Club (Florida); Fists CW Club and AMSAT. He is an assistant ARRL Section Manager (digital) for the New York City – Long Island ARRL section. He is also active on the various FM Satellites. You might find him on SO50 or one of the other FM satellites. You can also find him on Dstar reflector 20A most times. DXCC Honor Roll- 8 Band DXCC – 5 Band Worked all States – WAZ
1:30pm – 3:20pm WORKSHOP – Understanding and using computer-based test equipment KC2KY.jpg
Neil Heft KC2KY
Neil Heft KC2KY received his first ham callsign (WN2UDP) in 1971 when he was a 12 year old lad living in Stony Brook, NY. By 1973, Neil was just about able to copy 13 words per minute and upgrade to Advanced, about a month after his Novice license expired. (In those days, the Novice license was only good for 2 years and was non-renewable.) In the late seventies, Neil began to study Electrical Engineering at Drexel University and Ham radio started taking a back seat. When Neil completed his undergraduate work at Drexel in 1980, his interest in ham radio started to take off again. By then his Advanced call, WA2UDP, had been expired for a year and a half. When Neil renewed his license in 1981, he was issued his present call sign, KC2KY. In 1987 Neil upgraded to Extra Class. Presently, Neil works as an Electrical Engineer at Narda Microwave. Neil is also an active member of Radio Central Amateur Radio Club on Long Island. Over the years, he has held various offices at RCARC, starting as Recording Secretary, then Vice President, and was club President in 1993 and 1994. Today Neil is President of Radio Central and is editor of Radio Central’s club newsletter, Random Oscillations.
2:30pm – 3:20pm MESH Networks KD2ADK.jpg
John Wilson KD2AKX
John Wilson KD2AKX has been a Ham Radio operator since June of 2011. He’s a member of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club and a member, director and Hamfest chairman for the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club. He has been in business for himself for over 35 years running a major appliance service company on Long Island. He also enjoys kit building and making antennas.
2:30pm – 3:20pm Grounding for the Amateur Radio Station WB2BEZ.jpg
Donald Kane WB2BEZ
Donald W. Kane, WB2BEZ, has been a licensed HAM for over 45 years (ARRL Life Member) and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York with over 40 years of engineering experience including: Product Safety Evaluation; Electric Utility Substation and Plant engineering; Design and Manufacture of Diesel powered generators, including controls and switchgear; rail transit rolling stock and infrastructure engineering and electrical construction and HVAC. This seminar will present an overview of grounding and bonding, as applied to the typical amateur radio installation, with regard to power, lightning protection and RF (antenna) grounding.
2:30pm – 3:20pm Tips, Tricks and Techniques of the best operators N2GA.jpg
George Tranos N2GA
George Tranos N2GA is past president of the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club, a member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club and the Order of Boiled Owls of New York. George was past section manager of the ARRL NYC/LI section from 1998 to 2006. He was HRU Chairman from 2003 to 2006. N2GA was winner of the ARRL Herb S. Brier instructor of the year award in 2000. George has operated from many countries including St. Lucia, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Grenada, the United Nations HQ and recently from the Azores as part of the Azores Nine Island Hunt. George won first place world single operator low power operating as VP5GA in the 1999 CQ WPX CW contest. George was second place world single operator low power operating as VP5GA in the 2001 and 2002 ARRL DX CW contest. He has participated as a referee in three World Radiosport Team Championships in 2000 from Slovenia, 2006 from Brazil and 2010 from Russia. George wrote the contesting column for CQ Amateur Radio Magazine from March 2011 through July 2015. He is currently the ARRL Hudson Division Contest Advisory Representative. Join him for an informative—and sometimes humorous—journey through the best of his many “Tips, Tricks and Techniques” monthly columns. George’s insider “scoop” is certain to make you more comfortable and confident, both on and off the air.
2:30pm – 3:20pm Basics of HF operating – NEW N2MUN.jpg
Phil Lewis N2MUN
Phil Lewis N2MUN is the founder of HRU and its first chairman. Phil is a member and current Vice President of the Order of Boiled Owls of New York contest and DX club. Phil, along with Mel KS2G, are two seasoned DX and contest operators and will guide you through the HF bands, modes, propagation, on-air procedures, and using rig controls to get the most out of your HF transceiver.
2:30pm – 3:20pm Basics of HF operating – NEW KS2G.jpg
Mel_Granick KS2G
First licensed in 1977 as a Novice, Mel Granick upgraded to Technician, General and Advanced class licenses within six months and has been an Amateur Extra since 1981. He’s been active in numerous aspects of Amateur Radio ranging from traffic handling to the early use of packet radio. With a modest station consisting of a 100 watt transceiver, 3-element tribander and 40/80 dipole up just 35 feet, he’s been successful as a DX’er (DXCC-250+), awards chaser (5BWAS) and one of the leading contesters in the 2nd Call Area, repeatedly placing in the top ten among U.S. low-power single operators in the CQ World Wide DX, CQ World Wide WPX and ARRL 10-Meter contests. Mel, along with Phil N2MUN, are two seasoned DX and contest operators and will guide you through the HF bands, modes, propagation, on-air procedures, and using rig controls to get the most out of your HF transceiver.