Burlington County Radio Club



AUGUST, 2014

Volume 2014, Number 8





In this issue:


BCRC Meeting






President’s Corner


What’s Happening


Upcoming Events


Other News


From the Editors


BCRC Web Page




BCRC Officers 2014

Pres – Don, AK2S

VP – Frank, K2SQS


Sec – Lance, KC2MTO





Bonnie, WB2ALQ

Frank, K2SQS




Skeeter Hunt – this Sunday 8/10!


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 11, 2014

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


New Jersey QSO Party (NJQP)

Bob K2QPN will summarize past BCRC sponsored NJQPs.  This year’s date and rules have changed.  Bob will detail the changes and answer all questions.


Aug 10------ Skeeter Hunt and BYO Picnic

Aug 11------ BCRC Reg Meeting

Sept 6 ------ BCRC Picnic

Sept 8 ------ BCRC Reg Meeting – White Elephant Sale

Sept 9 ------ General Class and CW Begin

Sept 14----- GCARC Hamfest (tentative)

Oct 4 – 5 --- NJQP

President’s Corner   


What is Advocacy?  The Wikipedia definition of advocacy is the promotion of a cause or point of view.  The effort to change what is into what should be and to help set the agenda.  Each of us should make an effort to advocate for Amateur Radio and our club; the Burlington County Radio Club and ourselves as Amateur Radio operators.  We have had some great recent successes: the Brunch with the Bunch, and the Skeeter Hunt, not to mention Field Day.  In the immediate future is the club picnic.  Join in the fun as we plan and do events together.  Be a mover and shaker; make the club better by suggesting an agenda item or a program you might be interested in.  The BCRC is our club; advocate for it.            

73, Don AK2S

What’s Happening

Condolences to Jack WA2RHJ, and Erin AC2JL on the passing of Jack’s Father (Erin’s Grandfather).


Carranza Special Event Station, N2M, was an outstanding success.  Somewhere around 500 contacts were made in over 40 countries.  Our presence was appreciated by the Mt. Holly American Legion Post, and in spite of less than favorable conditions we did well.  And of course we also learned how to do things even better.  Thanks to all those who attended the ceremony or made contacts during the week, including K2QPN, AK2S, NB2S, WA2RHJ, WB2YZS, N2VW, KD2GFG, WA3RHW, W2MAT, KD2CBM, K2SQS, KC2OGR and KC2TKR!  Hope we didn’t miss anyone.


Brunch with the Bunch  was on Saturday 8/2/14 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the Diamond Diner, Route 38 East, Hainesport.  Everyone had a great time and we ordered off the menu.  The food was delicious and well prepared and superbly served.  Everyone is already looking forward to the Spring Fling in March or early April. I did not hear any negative comments from anyone; of course I probably would not hear them anyway. If I did, I would ignore it.


Attendees: Charlie, N2CE, Mabel and son Chuck; Matt, W2MAT; Jack, N2VW, and Maria; Don, AK2S and Robin; Lance, KC2MTO, and Linda; Hugh, KC2OGR, Josie and daughter Christina; Ray KC2IYC, Joanne and son Matt; Stan, NB2S; Rich, KD2GFG.  We would entertain a motion to hold it more often, if there were any requests and a consensus.  (Ed. Tnx Don AK2S for the report)

Upcoming BCRC Events

Skeeter Hunt 

A Family affair and BYO picnic!!  This year’s Skeeter hunt will take place this coming Sunday, August 10th starting at noon.  That’s right – the day before our regular meeting!  What the heck is a Skeeter Hunt?  From W2LJ’s blog “The objective is to get QRPers out of their shacks for the day; and into the fresh air and sunshine, to spread their wings and fill the airwaves with "Skeeters”.  QRP means low power, typically 5 watts or less.  So starting at noon on Sunday August 10th we have reserved a pavilion at Pennington Park on Creek Road in Delran.  The purpose is twofold – a family picnic (bring your own food and drink), and to participate in the QRP Skeeter Hunt.  We will have 2 QRP stations operating from 1 to 5 PM, one on fone, the other on CW.  Plenty of parking close by, a covered pavilion, a nearby child’s playground, and some hamming.  So come on out – enjoy the company and the great outdoors while we hunt dem skeeters!!

BCRC Picnic


Saturday, Sept 6th from 1 to 5 PM.


Lance and Linda Weight’s KC2MTO QTH, 15 Whitechapel Drive, Mt. Laurel    Theme: 

Pool party!   


FREE to BCRC members and their families.  There’s no pool but just act like there’s one!  The club will provide grilled burgers and hot dogs along with the condiments, chips, plates, plastic ware etc.  You are invited to bring side dishes and desserts and drinks.  Don’t forget to bring chairs (or beach blankets if you want to sit on the ground!).  If you plan on bringing a side or something, please let Lance know.  Hugh might bring his ukulele, Ray his accordion.  Got a “beachy” or “pooly” CD?  Bring it along – rumor has it the Beach Boys are invited.  Be there – or be square!

General Class and CW 

September is fast approaching.  Starting September 9th we will be having a General Class license course, which will last 10 weeks on Tuesday nights at the Tabernacle EOC on New Road in Tabernacle.  We expect to have a VE session at the conclusion of the course.  Interested in attending or helping to teach?  Contact Don AK2S.


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From the Editors

Happy Birthday to Frank K2SQS.  Happy anniversary to Stan NB2S and xyl Stella; they’re celebrating their 50th!!  Please remember in your thoughts W2MAT and N2VW who are a bit under the weather.  I hope that everyone has been enjoying their summer.  We took our 6 year old grand daughter to LBI for an overnite adventure.  She had a blast…we were exhausted! Now we are awaiting the arrival of the two elder grandchildren.  The teenagers will liven up the house!  Please remember in your thoughts and prayers Matt W2MAT and Jack N2VW who are a bit under the weather. Please remember our servicemen and women, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Anyone needing a BCRC name tag should see Jack N2VW.  Hope to see you at the next meeting.

73, Bonnie WB2ALQ


Did you ever have an idea that worked out better than you hoped?  How about worse?  Well I have an idea, but don’t know which way it will go.  I’ve had a lot of fun operating QRP, and some of that was operating QRP in the field.  Over the past few months I’ve heard about some QRPers that go out and operate for 3 or 4 hours from a park or someplace.  My idea is that sounds like fun and I’d like to try that.  First will be the Skeeter hunt, but I’d also like to try say, maybe a lighthouse.  Or a beach.  Maybe even get some fishing in.  Maybe some parks. How will they turn out?  I don’t know.  Maybe having someone along to help might be nice.  I’ll try to let you know how that idea turns out. 

73, Frank K2SQS

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