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AUGUST, 2015

Volume 2015, Number 8

 

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In this issue:

 

BCRC Meeting

 

Program

 

Calendar

 

President’s Corner

 

What’s Happening

 

Upcoming Events

 

Other News

 

From the Editors

 

BCRC Web Page

 

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BCRC Officers 2015

Pres – Don, AK2S

VP – Frank, K2SQS

Trea–Hugh,KC2OGR

Sec – Lance, KC2MTO

 

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Editors

Bonnie, WB2ALQ

Frank, K2SQS

 

 

 

SKEETER HUNT – 8/9!

 

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 10, 2015

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

Program

Carranza Special Event and Skeeter Hunt   

Bob K2QPN will give us a rundown of both events.

Calendar

August 9 ---Skeeter Hunt (Pennington Park, Delran)

Sept 13 -----GCARC Hamfest

Sept 19-20—NJ QSO Party

Sept 26 ---- BCRC Picnic

Oct 17  -----JOTA

Nov 14  -----Fall Out BCRC Brunch Diamond Diner

Dec 15  ------ Holiday Dinner

President’s Corner   

Don AK2S is taking a well earned vacation from writing his column.  Look for his refreshed column in September!

What’s Happening

Carranza Special Event Station N2M was an outstanding success.  Somewhere around 800 contacts were made in over 60 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.

 

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Summer Sizzler Brunch with the Bunch  was on Saturday 7/18/15 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the Diamond Diner, Route 38 East, Hainesport.  Although attendance was sparse, everyone had a great time and we ordered off the menu.  The food was delicious and well prepared and superbly served.

 

Sunshine News  Get well wishes go out to Charlie N2CE, John K2JFC, Matt W2MAT.  Congratulations to Jim KD2ARU on the arrival of grandson James Thomas Litowitz Jones.  Happy birthday to Lee KC2WH, and Frank K2SQS. I don’t have everyone’s birth month, so please let me know yours!  Tnx, Bonnie wb2alq

Upcoming BCRC Events

Skeeter Hunt  This year’s Skeeter hunt will take place on August 9th starting at noon.  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 9th 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!!

 

New Jersey QSO Party is set for September 19 and 20th.  After another successful event last year, BCRC will be sponsoring it again this year.  It should be a fun time – other hams will be looking to contact you! While strictly speaking it is not a BCRC event, it would be very nice to have a strong BCRC showing.  Please consider getting on and operating at least for a short time.  You can find details for the NJQP at the website     www.k2td-bcrc.org/njqp 

 

BCRC Picnic is set for September 26th.  Based on history this annual picnic is one you won’t want to miss.  Get out your calendar now and pencil in the date.  Details will be available shortly.

 

2 Local Hamfests Coming Soon  Both are great venues to buy/sell/browse – support these local hamfests!

 

Sept 13 GCARC will hold their annual Hamfest in Mullica Hill, NJ.  Details can be found at    http://w2mmd.org/

 

BCRC plans to have a table here so if you have any treasures you wish to sell let us know.

 

Sept 19 DVRA will have their revived and growing Hamfest in West Windsor, NJ.  Details at:     http://www.w2zq.com/hamfest-details/

Other News

Some news from ARRL:

The FCC is dropping the vanity call sign fee starting in Sept.  More info at:

http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-vanity-call-sign-fee-to-disappear-in-september
 

ARRL dues hike starts next year.  More info at:

http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-board-approves-dues-hike-hf-band-plan-2016-national-parks-centennial-event

From the Editors

Happy Birthday to Frank K2SQS and Lee KC2WH!  Yesterday  we took our 7 yr old granddaughter to the beach and the boardwalk. She had a grand time and so did we; but it will take time for us to recover.  Thanks to all who complimented me about the FD food.  I’m glad everyone enjoyed it.  But it really was a team effort.  If all you guys and gals didn’t help out it would not have happened.  So thanks go to all who helped.  Please remember our servicemen and women, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Anyone needing a BCRC name tag should see Rick W2RDS.  Hope to see you at the next meeting.

73, Bonnie wb2alq

 

You probably didn’t notice, but we editors took last month off.  This is vacation time, after all.  But we’re back.  This has been a busy year for BCRC, and we’re starting to taper off.  But we’re not done yet.  September will be a busy month with a white elephant sale, hamfests, a picnic, and the NJ QSO Party.  Hope you have taken advantage of these benefits BCRC offers its members!  If not, it’s not too late.

 

What’s your favorite ham-related activity?  Thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t decide!  It depends on the time.  There’s so many aspects to amateur radio that at any given time for me it might be DXing, or QRP operating, or rag chewing, or building an antenna or gadget for the shack, or contesting, or …… I could go on!  Some things I do know – I prefer CW to phone, and have only a minor interest in digital.  I used to enjoy VHF operating a lot more, but recently VHF activity seems very low compared to years ago.  So as time goes on things change, but fortunately for me there’s always so much to choose from I can always find a ‘favorite’.  How about you?

73, Frank K2SQS

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