Volume 2015, Number 4
Spring has Sprung - Finally!
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, April 13, 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,
Refreshments by Lance, KC2MTO
We want to hear from our members! Tell us about your station, antennas, operating. Are you QRP or QRQ? SSB, FM, CW, Digital? New gadget? Meeting programs you’d like to hear? HF, VHF, UHF? What logging program do you use? Or maybe you have a question you’d like an opinion on, or an answer. Work any juicy DX lately?
We will also be taking orders for Field Day supplies!
(see below for details)
April 13------- Regular monthly meeting
June 06------- Antenna Party (Tabernacle EOC)
June 25-26---- Field Day Antenna Raising
June 27-28---- FIELD DAY!
July 6-11------ Carranza Memorial Special Event Station N2M
July 18-------- Summer Sizzler BCRC Brunch Diamond Diner
August 9------ Skeeter Hunt (Pennington Park, Delran)
Sept 13------- GCARC Hamfest
Sept 19-20---- NJ QSO Party
Sept 26------- BCRC Picnic (tentative)
Oct 17-------- JOTA
Nov 14-------- Fall Out BCRC Brunch Diamond Diner
Dec.----------- Holiday Dinner
What is H.R. 1301? 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. 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 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.1301, 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. 1301. The government’s interest in amateur communications, especially in the emergency service, is well known.
The best action you could take now is to write a letter to your representative in Washington and ask for his support in cosponsoring H.R. 1301. You can go to the ARRL website and search on H.R. 1301 to get some information on points you want to cover in your letter. The ARRL asks that you send the letter to them so they can gather the letters, sort and present them to your congressman as a large number of letters makes a bigger impression than just one letter. It could be the most important contribution you could make in supporting amateur radio and will leave a legacy for future amateur radio operators that will be remembered just as we appreciate PRB-1.
73, Don, AK2S
Field Day Supplies
At the April meeting we will be taking orders for FD shirts, hats, pins and other stuff. The club will pick up the shipping and handling costs so you only need to pay for what you order. Be sure to bring cash or check – we don’t take plastic, and we’ll only order what is paid for at the meeting. To see this year’s designs and prices go to http://www.arrl.org/shop/Field-Day-Supplies/
Field Day Meeting
The first Field Day planning meeting will be held April 27th at Jim KD2ARU’s QTH in Tabernacle at 7:00PM. All BCRC members are invited. This is a good chance to help plan things like antenna placement and station set-up. Plans now are to have 3 stations on HF, plus a VHF station and a GOTA station again at the Tabernacle EOC. We want YOUR input, so plan to join us then!
Did You Know that our very own Jack N2VW is an official ARRL card checker for WAS (Worked All States)? If you need your QSL cards checked for this award see Jack!
Spring Fling Brunch
On the last Saturday in March a bunch of BCRC stalwarts joined in the festivities at the Diamond diner (see attached picture courtesy of Skip N2EI). The Spring Fling (minus spring like weather) was well attended and from all reports a good time was had by all. Good food, plenty of hot coffee and pleasant conversation among friends. If you weren’t there you missed out on a great morning. But fear not, Don (who planned this successful venture) says there will be more brunches in BCRC’s future. Stay tuned!
Upcoming BCRC Events
Upcoming Meeting Program
For the May BCRC general meeting we will have a special program presented by Ms. Jane Weston entitled “Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve of Medford Leas”. BCRC has donated for several years to this program and it should prove to be of interest not only to the BCRC membership, but also may be of interest to your spouse. Please invite them to hear this presentation. More details in the May newsletter.
Last year’s event was quite educational so tentatively on June 6th we’ll do it again on the field adjacent to the Tabernacle EOC. Stan NB2S is chairing this year’s event so if you have any questions or suggestions Stan’s the man!
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
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From the Editors
Yesterday we had three bunny rabbits running around our back yard; they were finding Easter eggs. We had a wonderful Easter and I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Steve N2NZQ noticed a rotor sitting in its box. He has “volunteered” to help with some work around here. I should sell tickets for this event. Happy Birthday to WA2RHJ! I hope that everyone enjoyed today’s weather. We hope to see you at the next meeting. Please remember our servicewomen and men, and our first responders.
73, Bonnie WB2ALQ
The weather seems to have turned the corner. Time to get out and check the condition of antennas (mine needs work). Time to plan some outdoor operating. I’ve been working DX using QRP (both CW and SSB) and a vertical, so if I can do it with 5 watts you can do it with 100! The sunspot cycle is starting on the downside of a peak now – get ‘em while you can.
73, Frank K2SQS
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