Volume 2014, Number 9
BCRC Picnic – Sunday 9/6!
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!
Monday, September 8, 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,
Refreshments by Lance, KC2MTO
White Elephant Sale!
It’s that time of the year again! Jack N2VW will reprise his annual role as auctioneer extraordinaire. Bring your donations – remember your unwanted item is someone else’s treasure - and your cash – we don’t accept plastic. This year promises to be a banner year. Pres. Don AK2S promises a short business meeting so we can maximize auction time. Come early to check out the items to be auctioned off.
Sept 6------ BCRC Picnic
Sept 8------ BCRC Reg Meeting – White Elephant Sale
Sept 9------ General Class and CW Begin
Sept 14---- GCARC Hamfest
Oct 4 – 5--- NJQP
Oct 18-19-- JOTA
What is H.R. 4969? First, a little history lesson. About 30 years ago the Private Radio Bureau, then the FCC department for amateur radio operations, established what has become known as PRB-1. In summary, it prevented local and state governments from arbitrarily enacting regulations that did not give reasonable accommodation to amateur antennas. As we all know, or should know, the antenna is the single most important part of an amateur station; without one there is no station. (except the op of course! – ed.)
This federal rule covers only public government regulations. There exist private land use restrictions that are NOT covered by PRB-1. These are known as “covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) and are found in communities like condominiums, etc. In past years it was not hard to find land use that was not covered by CC&Rs but as the population has increased, the ability to find places that are free of antenna restrictions or outright bans has become more difficult.
A bill is now before the House of Representatives, H.R.4969, which would extend PRB-1 to include land use that is covered by CC&Rs. Having bipartisan support, the bill now needs broad support in the House. While you may not live under CC&Rs now, you may have to, willingly or unwilling, have to live under these restrictions in the future.
You can do your part by contacting your representative to ask his help in cosponsoring the H.R. 4969. The government’s interest in amateur communications, especially in the emergency service, is well known.
The best action you could take now is to call your representative office in Washington and ask for his support in cosponsoring H.R. 4969.
It could be the most important call you could make in supporting amateur radio.
73, Don AK2S
Get well soon wishes go out to Skip N2EI following surgery and Charlie N2CE who has shingles. Happy birthday to Lee KC2WH. Congratulations to Hugh KC2OGR on the arrival of a new grandchild. And happy 45th anniversary to Bonnie WB2ALQ.
A Family affair and BYO picnic!! This year’s Skeeter hunt took place Sunday, August 10th starting at noon. So starting at noon on Sunday August 10th we reserved a pavilion at Pennington Park on Creek Road in Delran. Bob K2QPN brought his KX-3 and 2 antennas (one of which we tuned), Frank K2SQS brought his KX-3, and everyone packed their lunch! Skip N2EI, Don AK2S, Stan NB2S, Lance KC2MTO, and Bonnie WB2ALQ all enjoyed a gorgeous summer day in the park. Robin (AK2S’ XYL) brought a passel of grandkids, as did Bonnie, many of which enjoyed the playground. And we even made some CW QSOs – no SSB activity at all! But we tried. All in all, quite an enjoyable afternoon.
Upcoming BCRC Events
When? Saturday, Sept 6th from 3 to 7 PM.
Where? Lance and Linda Weight’s KC2MTO QTH, 15 Whitechapel Drive, Mt. Laurel
Theme: Pool party!
Cost: 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 that 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.
New Jersey QSO Party is set for October 4 and 5.
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. Everyone will be looking for NJ stations to work, so calling CQ and identifying as a NJ station is always a good strategy. You can find details for the NJQP at the website: www.k2td-bcrc.org/njqp
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From the Editors
45th anniversary to K2SQS!
Now that school has started, we will be baby sitting grandchildren 2
days a week. We had the girls outside
for an hour or 2 on Friday. Some one
was squirting them with hose … Grace was pestering her Dziadziu
(Polish for grandfather) to squirt me.
Luckily someone figured out if he wanted to live Babus (Polish for
grandmother) should stay dry. We are
looking for the fall bird and fish migrations to start. We like to go to
73, Bonnie WB2ALQ
I ordered (and just received) an end fed wire antenna suitable for QRP operation; an EF—10/20/40MKII from LNR
http://www.lnrprecision.com/endfedz/. We used Bob K2QPN’s at the Skeeter Hunt with good success. Easy to put up and works well. I still have to tune it, but it will be a good addition for portable QRP operations. And most importantly, this was a Happy Anniversary gift from Bonnie WB2ALQ! So to Bonnie WB2ALQ, Happy 45th Anniversary! Thanks for over 45 great years. You are a Saint!
73, Frank K2SQS
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