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Leonard Signoretti, Jr, N2LEN, has been involved in the radio hobby since September 1976. He has been a ham since January 2000. Len was the first person to introduce the NYC metropolitan area to internet linking. On September 12, 2001, Len installed his own repeater system in NYC. In 2003, he relocated to upstate NY. Several repeaters in the Upper New York State region, with service coverage encompassing the NYS T-way from Harriman-Kingston-Albany-Saratoga Springs/Clifton Park Region/Glen's Falls Taconic Parkway north of I-84 to Mass Pike / Northern Catskills Ski Region.The system combined with the Hunter/Windham Mountain Ski resort repeater provides for traveling hams from the surrounding areas to stay connected from NYC area via EchoIrLP, north to Northern Catskills / Hudson Valley / Capital District region via RF links. This system is open to everyone and also available for emergency response and traffic if needed. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/N2LENREPEATER/Offering communications throughout the world via internet linking, Len has become world renowned. Running EchoIRLP, Echolink node number 6269 and IRLP node number 4207. Len was also the first person to experiment with cross linking using his repeater system as a main hub to allow different internet linking systems to communicate with each other. Len’s experiments with internet linking has been documented on many websites for free download.

Len was also the very first person to start up weekly internet and RF nets. He selected net control stations from throughout the world. Some acted as net control stations at their computer, simplex link and/or repeater. His nets have been heard throughout the world offering nets with topics that include help forums, tech nets, repeater builder’s nets, global “JOTA” nets, Christmas and New Year’s holiday nets as well as weekly Swap & Shop Tech net schedules. Through the continuing popularity of internet linking, Len’s Yahoo news group “Echolink”( http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/echolink )has a membership of over 6000 users. Its main goal is to provide a help forum for beginner, intermediate and advanced hams to share common interests regarding the technical aspects of amateur radio, specifically regarding amateur radio and voice over IP.

Len’s efforts as a ham and humanitarian have truly paid off. On September 11th 2002, after a 3 week collaboration with a special internet linking team, Len spearheaded the “N2LEN 9/11 Commemorative Net”. Using the N2LEN repeater as a central hub for traffic, specially written internet conference server software and utilizing the donated bandwidth from hams throughout the world, the global link for the 9/11 net was formed. Word of Len’s efforts made news throughout the world. The ARRL was also informed of Len’s special heartwarming net gala. The ARRL president, Jim Haynie, W5JBP, was invited to address this global repeater/computer link up the evening of 9/11/02.( http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2002/09/10/1/ ) From as early as 6am EST repeaters, simplex links and computer users began connecting to Len’s server system. By 5pm there were already over 1,000 stations throughout the world who connected to show support and to commemorate those who lost their lives and those who assisted in the recovery effort of 9/11. The net officially began at 9pm EST. Len began by reciting the words to “America” by Samuel F. Smith. He then addressed the net with some very heart warming words and was then opened up for check in from repeaters, simplex links and computer users from throughout the world. With a total of 4 net control stations, check ins were heard from repeater clubs throughout the world. Many stations representing amateur radio clubs added additional thoughts of commemorations. Len also prepared a prerecorded interview with Charles Hargrove, N2NOV, the district coordinator for NYC ARES. Charlie explained to Lenny how well the NYC amateur radio emergency service helped in the rescue and recovery efforts of 9/11. This was heard throughout the world. This net, which was only scheduled for 90 minutes, lasted well past midnight. A final count listed over 1,000 actual check-ins from throughout the world. Len even supported the most recent Space Shuttle disaster in Texas and linked his repeater and donated internet bandwidth to listen to the W5NAC repeater in Nacogdoches, TX. The recovery efforts were heard here in NYC 24/7 over the local repeater system. The Second Annual "N2LEN" 9/11 Commemorative Net, with over 2000 amateurs checking in either over the air or on a online database via the 9/11 Net website. ( http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/08/13/2/?nc=1#ARRL ) Len’s continuing efforts to promote internet linking has also been noted here in the NYC area. He has been asked to give presentations to many different amateur radio clubs in the greater metropolitian Tri-state area and now to clubs in the nothern Hudson Valley region of New York state. In 2003, he gave a presentation at Ham Radio University in Oyster Bay, Long Isla His presentation was well received amongst the hams that attended. Len continually demonstrates his technical expertise in the area of internet linking and amateur radio. He was the first to provide this service to NYC and continues to strive to promote new and innovative ideas to bring amateurs together from all over the world.

In 2003 Len was awarded the ARRL Technical Achievement Award. The specific achievement Len was recognized for was the unique Echolink repeater/internet linking system he has implemented, one of the first in the New York City area. That system was used to link repeaters across the world to form a special "9/11 commemorative net" on September 11th, 2002. Over 1000 stations,worldwide, connected to commemorate the victims and heros of 9/11 including ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP. Continued work bringing Echolink to Amateur Radio made Len the Committee's choice for the Technical Achievement Award.

In 2010 Len took over the position of Greene County NY ARES Emergency Coordinator. He was also appointed to the position of Greene County RACES Radio Officer. Len holds his ARES & RACES meetings at the Greene County Emergency Services, located in Cairo NY.

In 2012 Len was appointed to the position of Central District Emergency Coordinator for Eastern New York covering the four counties of Greene, Columbia, Ulster, & Sullivan.

In 2012 Len was appointed to the position of New York State RACES Region 2 Coordinator covering counties from Yonkers, NY to Albany, NY

In November 2013, Len was awarded the ARRL "2012 Special Recognition" For Outstanding Contributions to the Amateur Radio Service. Len spearheaded the "Emergency Communication Effort" in Greene County, NY for 6 days during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

2015-2017 Migration of repeater system from analog to digital DMR

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