Burlington County Radio Club



AUGUST, 2016

Volume 2016, Number 8





In this issue:


BCRC Meeting






President’s Corner


What’s Happening


Upcoming Events


From the Editors


BCRC Web Page


BCRC 2016 Calendar




BCRC Officers 2016

Pres – Don, AK2S

VP – Stan, NB2S


Sec – Lance, KC2MTO





Bonnie, WB2ALQ

Frank, K2SQS






Sunday Night Nets 7:00PM 146.55 MHz FM Simplex;

7:30PM 147.15 and 145.47 MHz Repeater pl 127.3 Hz

All are invited!

BCRC Meeting

Monday, August 8, 2016

New ham questions answered – 7:00 PM

Social hour at 7:30 PM,  Meeting at 8:00 PM

Medford Leas Linden Room, Rt. 70, Medford, NJ

Refreshments by Lance, KC2MTO


The Ham Workshop

What’s in your workshop?  What should be in the ham workshop?  Don AK2S will give us an overview of ham workshops.  Be prepared to offer your views and experiences as Don offers his take on this subject.


This feature has been expanded and can now be found on page 4 of this Newsletter. .  Look at it – there have been updates! 

President’s Corner


Field Day and Carranza 2016 are but a memory but the bottom line is participants had a great time.  Were you a participant or a spectator?  While I participated in FD with my satellite station, I did not produce the 100 point bonus but a little CW on 80 meters, which we did not have last year, completed my participation.  It was a rewarding experience and the usual “Wait ‘til next year”.  Owing to a SC vacation, I ended up a spectator for the Carranza event this year.  Upon our return from vacation my son “reminded” me I did not tell him of this year’s event, which he likes to attend with his family and, if you have not been to one, you do not know what you are missing.  It comes highly recommended.


The club provides many events during the year and if I knew a way to involve more club members, I could bottle it and make a lot of money.  Please help me get rich by attending an event of your choice either operating or social.  Participant or spectator the club has much to offer. It comes highly recommended.


73, Don AK2S

What’s Happening


Our deepest sympathy to Mabel and family of Charlie England, N2CE. Charlie was a very long time member of BCRC.  Maria, N2CIS is recovering nicely from her shoulder replacement. Happy Birthday wishes go out to: Skip Arey N2EI, Frank K2SQS, Jim Jones KD2ARU, Lee OliverKC2WH, Rod Tappen, and Tom Williams W2TAW.


Summer Sizzler Brunch

The club’s summer brunch was held July 23 at the Diamond Diner on Rt. 38 in Hainesport. We had a good group again and enjoyed the coffee, bacon and eggs, etc. This event continues to be popular with our XYLs as we had several attend.  Besides the coffee the group enjoyed some excellent conversation.  Next up in November is a pizza party (see calendar on pg. 4 of the newsletter).



An acronym for “Flight of the Bumblebees” which is a CW QRP in the field event.  We (K2QPN, AK2S, NB2S, WA3EHW and K2SQS) set up in  Burlington Township Park and operated from 1-5 PM last Sunday (July 31).  Strung up an end fed 40/20M dipole and used a KX-3 powered by a battery.  Enjoyed a picnic lunch, not so nice weather (but no rain), and good conversation while making contacts.  Took less than 10 minutes to set up and tear down.

Upcoming BCRC Events

Skeeter Hunt 

This will be our fifth foray into the wilds hunting dem Skeeters!  Another in-the-field QRP event, this one will have 2 stations set up for both CW and Fone.  This year features NPOTA activation and we will be giving out 2 numbers:  AA17 NJ Coastal Heritage Trail and AA19 Pinelands National Reserve since we will be operating from the East Point Lighthouse ILLW number US0208.  Join us!  The more the merrier.  Contact Bob K2QPN for info.  We will be operating 2 KX-3s likely using end fed antennas running on battery power.



Coming up in September are two BCRC involved activities. On Sunday September 11 BCRC will have a table (or 2) at the GCARC Hamfest in Mullica Hill.  BCRC members are welcome to take advantage of the tables to sell some of their treasures.  A good chance to browse the flea market and meet old and new friends.     http://w2mmd.org/    


The second is the NJ QSO Party the following weekend September 17-18.  We’ll have a lot more info on the NJQP at our regular meetings. In the meantime see http://www.k2td-bcrc.org/njqp/ for details.


Want to see a back issue of the BCRC Newsletter? 
All back issues are now in the Files section of the BCRC Yahoo Group website.

From the Editors

Happy August to everyone! I hope that everyone is having a great summer.  WA2WMK Cheryl was up from Florida for 2 weeks.  We had a great time at the brunch.  They serve a mean strawberry waffle with whipped cream! The heat and humidity has been doing a job on my breathing.  Deepest sympathy to Mabel and family on the passing of OM Charlie N2CE.  Please remember our servicemen and women, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Hope to see you at the next meeting.

73, Bonnie WB2ALQ


The largest gathering in the world of hams occurs every year in May at the Dayton Hamvention.  For many years this took place in the HARA Arena, a very old facility.  Word just came in that the HARA arena is out of business, forcing DARA (Dayton Amateur Radio Assn) to find a new site.  The good news is that they found a place and the Hamvention will take place on the same dates – May 19-21, 2017 – at the fairgrounds in Xenia, OH.


I’ve been to the Hamvention several times and enjoyed myself each time.  Perusing the flea market, just looking at some of the old equipment brings back memories of my early years as a ham.  Seeing the newest offerings of every major and most smaller manufacturers of ham stuff.  Finding the odd connector or gizmo – it’s true that if it has to do with amateur radio you can probably find it there.  Meeting up with friends.  Attending seminars or dinners.  If you haven’t been there be sure to put it on your bucket list.  You won’t be disappointed!    

73, Frank K2SQS

BCRC Web Page

Visit our web page often!  www.k2td-bcrc.org

Check us out on Facebook  Burlington County Radio club K2TD  (tnx Erin AC2JL for setting this up!)

Sign up for the BCRC Yahoo Group as a source of more info on BCRC!  Contact K2QPN for help on how to join.

BCRC Calendar 2016


           11        Meeting – KC2OGR “Repeater Operation”

           30, 31  Winter FD; January VHF Contest

           26        Trustees


           8         Meeting – KC2MTO “ Boy Scout Merit Badge”

           20-21   ARRL DX CW

           23        Trustees


           5-6      ARRL DX SSB

           14        Meeting – K2SQS  “NPOTA”

           19        Brunch – Spring Fling

           29        Trustees


           5         FD Meeting 7:30PM at KD2ARU QTH

           11        Meeting & Order FD Gear – W2WCC “ARES in Burlco

           26        Trustees


           9         Meeting – K2QPN  “Windows 10”

           24        Trustees


           11        Antenna Party 9:30AM Tabernacle EOC Field

           11-12   June VHF

           13        Meeting – KD2ARU  “FD Planning”

           23-26   FD

           28        Trustees


           3-10     Carranza

           11        Meeting – KD2ARU FD Review and K2QPN Carranza Review

           23        Brunch – Summer Sizzler

           26        Trustees


           8         Meeting – AK2S  “The Ham Workshop”

           21        Skeeter Hunt

           23        Trustees


           11        GCARC Hamfest

           12        Meeting – N2VW  “Contesting 101”

           17-18   NJQP

           27        Trustees


           1         Picnic

           10        Meeting – K2QPN  “White Elephant Sale”

           15-16   JOTA & Radio Merit Badge

           25        Trustees

           29-30   CQWWDX SSB


           5-7      ARRL SS CW        

           12        Pizza Party – Fall Festival

           14        Meeting – Doug, K2QWQ “Early marine radio, Morse, and Equipment”

           19-21   ARRL SS SSB       

           26-27   CQWWDX SSB

           29        Trustees


           12        Meeting - TBA

           13        Holiday Dinner

           27        Trustees