Burlington County Radio Club



January, 2017

Volume 2017, Number 1





In this issue:


BCRC Meeting




President’s Remarks






Upcoming Events


Other News


From the Editor


BCRC Web Page


2017 Event Calendar




BCRC Officers 2017

Pres   Frank, K2SQS

VP      Stan, NB2S

Trea   Hugh, KC2OGR

Sec     Bonnie, WB2ALQ





Bonnie, WB2ALQ

Frank, K2SQS




Happy New Year!


Sunday Night Nets 7:00PM 146.55 MHz FM Simplex;


7:30PM 147.15 and 145.47 MHz Repeater pl 127.3 Hz

BCRC Meeting

Monday, January 9, 2017

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


By-Laws Update

The BCRC By-Laws have been unchanged since 1963 and need to be brought into the 21st century.  Jim KD2ARU has undertaken the tedious task and we will see the results of his efforts.  See the President’s remarks below for more detail.

President’s Remarks  

BCRC By-Laws

Last year (2016) Don AK2S commissioned Jim KD2ARU to update our By-Laws.  To do that requires amendments to our by-laws.  Under our current by-laws there is a procedure to do that.  It reads:


“Proposed amendments to these By-Laws shall be presented in writing and shall be signed by not less than eight members of the club.  They must be submitted to the membership at two successive meetings and shall be voted upon at the second meeting.  Each member in good standing shall be given written notice of the proposed action prior to the second reading.  The amendment shall be adopted if seventy-five percent of the votes cast are in favor of such action.”


The trustees unanimously signed off on Jim’s final amended by-laws, so we have the 8 required signatures.  This was not an easy battle and many re-writes were required.  At the January regular meeting we will present the fruits of Jim’s labor for your consideration as the first of two successive meetings required.  Voting will follow at the February meeting.


So the next two meetings ARE VERY IMPORTANT – plan to attend!


Those who wrote the original document in 1954 and amended in 1963 did a superb job, seeing how long they have provided guidance.  But times have changed over the last 54 years.  Well over half of the by-laws are unchanged except perhaps for terminology.  There are a few additions to keep with current practices such as the use of email (unknown in 1963).


At the January meeting we will present a side-by-side comparison of the entire current and proposed by-laws, one section at a time.  Your comments and questions are crucial.  Attached to this newsletter are copies of both the current and proposed by-laws.  Read them please.


Yes, I know this is boring, but it is important, so let’s get this over with, one way or another, so we can get back to what we all love – Ham Radio!


73, Frank K2SQS


Get well wishes go out to Stan NB2S.  He is in Cooper Hospital recovering from a heart attack. Stella needs to get some rest before Stan is released from the hospital.


Happy Birthday to Mike Stein KD2DUJ.


BCRC Holiday Dinner

We had another great turnout for 2016’s dinner!  Thirty members and their guests enjoyed filet mignon or honey soy salmon and the great service and ambiance of Medford Leas Holly Room.  Door prizes and a slide show of BCRC activities in 2016 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 again this year!


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.


Newly Elected Officers for 2017

Our leadership for 2017 will consist of Pres Frank K2SQS, VP Stan NB2S, Treasurer Hugh KC2OGR and Secretary Bonnie WB2ALQ.  Let’s all give them the support they deserve!

Upcoming BCRC Events

Winter Field Day - Jan 28-29, 2017

Winter Field Day (WFD) is a preparedness event (similar in some respects to ARRL FD); for event details go to   https://www.winterfieldday.com/rules/ 

BCRC will participate for the third time in this event and a quick summary is;  When – 1/28-29, setup starts at 9AM, operating begins at 2PM Saturday and ends at 2PM Sunday, followed by tear down.  Where – Tabernacle EOC. 


January VHF Sweepstakes - Jan 21 - 23, 2017

Once again BCRC will be entering a club aggregate score.  Jack WA2RHJ has volunteered to coordinate our effort in this undertaking.  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-copy



Other News

Outgoing QSL Club Benefit

ARRL recently substantially increased the cost for sending QSL cards via the bureau to  $1.15 per ounce, plus $7.00 QSL Bureau service fee. For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds of cards — 24 ounces, or about 225 cards — will cost $34.60.  The minimum charge is $8.15 for one ounce (about 9 cards) or less.  ARRL Affiliated Club stations may use the service to submit club QSLs for its members in bulk (“pooling” their members’ cards together in one package) by indicating the club’s name inside the package. Club secretaries should check their club’s affiliation on the ARRL website to ensure it is current. In a “pooled” package, each club member using this service must also be an ARRL member. Proof of membership should be enclosed for each ARRL member.

Bob K2QPN will be collecting BCRC members cards for a pooled package, and BCRC will pick up the $7.00 service fee.  For every 10 cards you will be responsible for $1.00.  See Bob for details. 

From the Editor

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday! We had a wonderful Holiday dinner.  It was a wonderful evening with friends and family.  I had 2 young helpers in the Huminski Bakery before Christmas. The younger one took 2 hours frosting 1 tray of cookies and putting sprinkles on them. For every cookie she frosted; she ate a spoonful of frosting.  My older helper loves to eat lots chocolate chip dough.. It is wonderful to make holiday memories.   We hope to see you at the next meeting. Please remember our servicewomen and men, and our first responders.  

73, Bonnie WB2ALQ

BCRC Web Page

Visit our web page often!  www.k2td-bcrc.org


Check us out on Facebook:  @BurlCoRadioClubK2TD


Sign up for the BCRC Yahoo Group as a source of more info on BCRC!  Contact K2QPN for help on how to join.

BCRC Calendar 2017

VERY tentative for now!!


             9        Meeting – “K2SQS, KD2ARU – BCRC By-Laws Update”

            28-29   Winter FD

            24       Trustees


            13       Meeting – TBD

            18-19   ARRL DX CW

            28       Trustees


            4-5      ARRL DX SSB

            13       Meeting – TBD

            11       Brunch – Spring Fling

            18-19   Tech Class; VE Session 19th

            28       Trustees


            10       Meeting & Order FD Gear tbd

            25       Trustees


             8        Meeting – TBD

            24       Trustees


             3        Antenna Party 9:30AM Tabernacle EOC Field

            12       Meeting – KD2ARU  “FD Planning”

            22-25   FD

            27       Trustees


            2-9      Carranza

            10       Meeting – KD2ARU FD Review and K2QPN Carranza review

            22       Brunch – Summer Sizzler

            25       Trustees


            14       Meeting – TBD

            20       Skeeter Hunt

            29       Trustees


            10       GCARC Hamfest

            11       Meeting – TBD

            16-17   NJQP

            23       Picnic

            26       Trustees


             9        Meeting – K2QPN  “White Elephant Sale”

            14-15   JOTA

            24       Trustees

            28-29   CQWWDX SSB


            4-5      ARRL SS CW        

            11       Pizza Party – Fall Festival

            13       Meeting – TBD

            18-19   ARRL SS SSB       

            25-26   CQWWDX CW

            28       Trustees


            11       Meeting - TBD

            12       Holiday Dinner

            26       Trustees