Burlington County Radio Club



MAY, 2016

Volume 2016, Number 5





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
















































      Mother’s Day – May 8th!


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


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

BCRC Meeting

Monday, May 9, 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


Windows 10 and Other Computer Hints

Bob, K2QPN, our resident computer wizard, will offer his experiences with the new operating system.  Bring your questions!    


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

Just Say “Yes” to get in the Game

Don is looking for some volunteers – read on!  (ed)


I read an interesting editorial in QST a while back by Kay Craigie, N3KN, now past President of the ARRL.  In it she details her experiences in amateur radio and how she came to be President of the ARRL.  It all started when she was asked to be the editor of her club newsletter.  She knew nothing about writing newsletters but she just said “Yes”.  Eventually, not without stumbles and falls, she wrote an award-winning newsletter.  Her friends helped her all along the way as she took on more and more adventurous tasks.  She eventually became President of the ARRL just by saying “Yes”. 


“If you want to play in a game, go to where it is played and find a way to get in.  Good things happen when you are in the game.”     -- Chris Mathews


If you want to get into the game of amateur radio, you are in the right place. The BCRC is a general interest club and if you are interested in any specific aspect, we probably have people who are knowledgeable in that area.  You have found the way into the game by joining this club. As many of our members can attest, good things happen when you get in the game.


The call is going out for volunteers. We need someone to bring coffee (decaf), donuts and cookies to the May meeting.  The lucky volunteer will be reimbursed by the club for expenses.  We also have new people who need a Technician course.  We have such a full slate of activities we will not be able to run a Technician course until next year. Another lucky volunteer needs to “Elmer” these  prospective hams and teach them the Technician course so that they can get in the game. You get the satisfaction of sharing your knowledge and of helping to expand the amateur radio ranks.  The moral of this story is: when the call goes out for volunteers, just say “Yes”.  Many exciting things when you get in the game.


The lucky volunteers can contact me at:     Email: ak2s@arrl.net


Thanks and 73, Don, AK2S          

What’s Happening


Happy anniversary to Bob, K2QPN and Marie; and happy birthday to Marie.  Happy Birthday wishes also go out to Maria, N2CIS and John, K2XU. Please remember in your thoughts and prayers Charlie, N2CE and Maria who are under the weather. Please remember and send condolences to Sheila, Matt W2MAT(SK)’s wife, and to Ray, KC2IYC and Matt, KC2UWO on the sudden passing of Joanne KC2UWL (SK).


Field Day Supplies

At the April meeting we took orders for FD shirts, hats, pins and other stuff.  They have come in and will be available at the May meeting. 



That’s short for QRP To The Field!  QRP of course refers to a power level of 5 watts or less.  Anyway, on Saturday April 23rd a group of intrepid BCRC adventurers took to the wilds of Pakim Pond in the Brendon T. Byrne State Forest.  We set up 2 QRP stations – 2 KX-3s, one on 20 meters, one on 40 meters – using end fed half wave antennas flung into nearby trees.  Operations commenced just before the rain started around 10AM and ended just as the rain was ending around 2PM.  The Pavilion provided excellent cover from the rain, although it was slightly chilly.  We had a good time working stations across the US and Canada.  And we activated NPOTA area AA19 – the 2nd NPOTA activation for K2TD this year.  Everyone packed a lunch and enjoyed the day in the great outdoors while doing some hamming.  Attached to this newsletter are a few photos from the site.      

Upcoming BCRC Events

Antenna Party

This annual event has proven quite educational and beneficial so, starting at 9:30AM on Saturday June 11th we’ll do it again on the field adjacent to the Tabernacle EOC.  Stan, NB2S is again chairing this year’s event so if you have any questions or suggestions Stan’s the man!  We’ll be checking out some Field Day antennas and hopefully building new ones.  Come on out and help us build, test and repair.  Pack a lunch, some water, and a chair – we’ll even have a station or 2 set up for some operating.


Field Day

FD is rapidly approaching.  Jim, KD2ARU is this year’s chairman and reports that plans are well underway.  There will be a lot more detail coming up, but for now be sure June 25 and 26 are circled on your calendar.  And don’t forget June 23 and 24 for antenna raising – we need your help!  FD is THE premier operating event for BCRC again this year.  Besides setting up and operating, FD is a good time to visit with your club mates, enjoy some good food and maybe even learn something.


Carranza Memorial

Each year since 1929, the Mt. Holly American Legion Post 11 has held a memorial service to honor Capt. Emilio Carranza, an aviation pioneer who died in a severe thunderstorm in the Jersey pines in 1928.  He was returning from a diplomatic mission to New York.  This year BCRC will again have a special event station to recognize the event.  N2M (New York 2 Mexico) will be operated by BCRC members from July 3 thru July 9 (the date of this year’s ceremony). 


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

Wow, what a rough patch BCRC is going through.  First Hank KC2TA, then Matt W2MAT, and now Joanne KC2UWL – all Silent Keys.  These are indeed sad times for BCRC.  Hopefully this reminds us to make the most of every day.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected.     



Bonnie, wb2alq and Frank, K2SQS

BCRC Web Page

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

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 – AK2S  “The Ham Workshop”

           23        Brunch – Summer Sizzler

           26        Trustees


           8         Meeting – TBA

           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