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JANUARY, 2015

Volume 2015, Number 1

 

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In this issue:

 

BCRC Meeting

 

Program

 

Calendar

 

President’s Corner

 

What’s Happening

 

Upcoming Events

 

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

 

 

 

              Happy New Year!

 

Sunday Night Net 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, January 12, 2015

New Hams discussion session – 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

Winter Field Day 

Don AK2S and Bob K2QPN will lead a discussion about the SPAR Winter Field Day.  What is it?  When is it?  Where is it?  And BCRC’s plans to participate in 2015.     

Calendar

Jan 11----- BCRC Sunday Evening Net – 7:00PM

Jan 12----- Regular monthly meeting

Jan 24-25—Winter Field Day and ARRL VHF Contest

Jan 18----- BCRC Sunday Evening Net

Jan 25----- BCRC Sunday Evening Net

President’s Corner

Through the Looking Glass

We hope that everyone had a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

 

Now down to the serious business of having fun.  Once again the officers and trustees of the BCRC bring to the membership a calendar full of exciting events.

 

At the top of the calendar is the resumption of the CW class started last year.  This will be held at the QTH of Hank, KC2TA, and will be started on January 20th.  See Hank at the meeting for details.

 

Hot on the heels of this event is a warm-up for June’s Field Day; Winter Field Day will be held on the weekend of January 24th and 25th.  This year the low key contest will be held in conjunction with the ARRL’s January VHF Contest that we also enter as a club activity. These contests offer a perfect event for the beginning contester and inactive ham alike to sharpen their skills or just get on the air.  We are going to start setting up at 8:00 AM on Saturday to be ready for a noon start.  The Winter Field Day contest ends at noon on Sunday and then the easy part of tearing down.  We will have the use of a HEATED tent setup behind Nixon’s General Store in beautiful downtown Tabernacle.  The three stations will be K2QPN, Bob’s IC-7000 for CW and Digital modes, his Elecraft KX3 with 100 watt amp for SSB (this is a perfect time to try one of these fabulous radios in person) and the VHF activities will be covered with AK2S, Don’s IC-7000.  A detailed plan will be the subject of the January program at the club meeting. Stay tuned!!!

 

Also new on the calendar is an effort to have a radio merit badge day for the Boy Scouts.  Planning will begin in February for a May time frame event.

 

The popular brunches will be expanded to three times this year and, of course, the ever popular June Field Day, the picnic and the crown jewel, the Holiday/Christmas Dinner in December to conclude what promises to be a great year for the BCRC members.

 

We are looking forward to all members joining in the fun.  We want you!!!

 

73, Don, AK2S

What’s Happening

Dues are due!!  Still a bargain at $20 for the entire year!  Bring your dues to the next meeting or if you prefer send your check (made out to Burlington County Radio Club) to our Treasurer, Hugh Poling KC2OGR at P.O. Box 307, Moorestown, NJ 08057.

 

BCRC Newsletter:  Frank and I are looking for contributions to the newsletter.  We would really like it if someone wanted to do a regular column, but any news or short article or info is welcome.  We try to get the newsletter out on the Tuesday or Wednesday before the regular meeting because we hope it serves as a reminder of the upcoming meeting.  If you’re interested please reply to this email.  Thanks!  Bonnie wb2alq

 

BCRC Holiday Dinner:  We had a record turnout for 2014’s gala!  Thirty two members and their guests enjoyed filet mignon or crab stuffed flounder and the great service and ambiance of Medford Leas Holly Room.  Door prizes and a slide show of BCRC activities in 2014 enhanced the evening, but truly the best part of the dinner was getting together and chatting with club members and their families and guests.  Thanks to Gene N2WFN for making all the arrangements and especially for his choice of desserts – the fried ice cream was superb!

 

Newly Elected Officers for 2015:  Congratulations and best wishes go out to Pres AK2S, Don; VP K2SQS, Frank; Sec KC2MTO, Lance; and Trea KC2OGR, Hugh!  I hear they have a full slate of activities planned along with trustees K2QPN, Bob; KD2ARU, Jim; and KC2IYC, Ray. 

 

Congratulations to Skip N2EI for being elected as the new ARRL SNJ Section Manager!  Skip succeeds George W2GSS who served 3 terms as SNJ SM.  Thanks George for your service, and best wishes to Skip as he takes over the SNJ helm.

 

Outgoing QSL Bureau Shipment:  Jack N2VW plans to make a shipment after the Jan meeting, so if you have a few cards to send, Jack will try to accommodate.  Bring them to the meeting.

Upcoming BCRC Events

Winter Field Day and January VHF Sweepstakes will be held Jan 24 - 25, 2015.  These two events happen to coincide this year.  SPAR Winter Field Day (WFD) is a preparedness event (similar in some respects to ARRL FD); for event details go to   http://www.spar-hams.org/contests/winterfd/index.php

BCRC will participate for the first time in this event and details will be presented at the January regular meeting.  A quick summary:  When – 1/24-25/15, setup starts at 8AM, operating begins at noon Saturday and ends at noon Sunday, followed by tear down.  Where – Tabernacle EOC.

 

Once again BCRC will be entering a VHF Sweepstakes club aggregate score.  Jack WA2RHJ has volunteered to coordinate our effort in this undertaking and will be detailing plans at the January meeting.  We will have a club K2TD station set up making both WFD and VHF SS contacts.  What do we have to do?  Get on the VHF/UHF bands and make contacts!  This is definitely a low-key contest that should be fun.  If we have a band opening, you can rack up some impressive grid square totals towards your VUCC award.  Have some fun and help your club at the same time.  See you on the bands!  Details, rules and more info at http://www.arrl.org/january-vhf

 

We can sure use your help – operating, set-up, and tear-down.  Want to stop by to see what’s going on?  We’ll have a heated ‘tent’ (BIG), coffee and extra chairs (or bring your own).  We’d enjoy your company!

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From the Editors

WOW! We have started another New Year! Time goes by way too fast.  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  We certainly did!  It’s a real pleasure watching the 2yr old, 6yr old and the 7yr old open their gifts and take in all the wonders of Christmas.  Thanks to Gene N2WFN for putting together our holiday gala.  The food was delicious and the company was even better. Happy Birthday to Steve N2NZQ (#2 son). Please remember in your prayers Matt W2MAT who is under the weather and a get well to Peggy his daughter.  Please remember our servicewomen and men and our first responders.  Don’t forget to see Jack N2VW for a BCRC name badge. 

73, Bonnie WB2ALQ

 

Last January I asked the question “So, why did YOU join a radio club?”  Did you find your answer?  I sure hope you enjoyed the ARRL Centennial year activities, especially the on-air ones.  I did.  They were certainly a huge hit within the ham community and resulted in a great increase in stations on the air.  A large benefit is that a bunch of hams that had been inactive for years, in some cases many years, were enticed out of “retirement” and once again became active.  Here’s hoping they found a renewed interest in ham radio.  Another benefit is that some ‘new’ hams who may not have been active, or were active only on VHF, got on the HF bands and discovered a new world.  It was an exciting year!  There has been a substantial influx of new Tech class hams nationwide whose interest in emergency communications and the critical role ham radio plays “When All Else Fails” sparked a desire to get a license.  Too many seem to buy an HT and then only use it sparingly, or not at all.  There’s a lot more to amateur radio they haven’t explored.  Knowing how to use an HT is one thing, knowing how to operate, communicate effectively and efficiently, and set up an emergency station and network is quite another.  So this year my question is “How do we expose newer amateurs to the world of Ham Radio?” and “What can we do to help them become better, more experienced, members of the ham community?”  It’s not much, perhaps, but it’s a start.      

73, Frank K2SQS

BCRC Web Page

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