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Burlington County Radio Club

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K2TD

APRIL, 2014

Volume 2014, Number 4

 

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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 2014

Pres – Don, AK2S

VP – Frank, K2SQS

Trea–Hugh,KC2OGR

Sec – Lance, KC2MTO

 

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Editors

Bonnie, WB2ALQ

Frank, K2SQS

 

 

                       Spring has Sprung!

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Photo by Bonnie WB2ALQ

 

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, April 14, 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, Medford, NJ

Refreshments by Lance, KC2MTO

Program

HT in English!  Don AK2S will be presenting a short tutorial on handhelds.

Bring in your HTs and manuals! Both before the meeting starting around 7PM, and after Don’s presentation, help will be available to answer your questions, and help program your HT. No questions?  Bring your HT in anyway so others can see it.

 

We will also be taking orders for Field Day supplies (see below for details) 

Calendar

April 13-------- BCRC Sunday Evening Net – 7:00PM

April 14-------- Regular monthly meeting

April 20-------- BCRC Sunday Evening Net

April 27-------- BCRC Sunday Evening Net

June 07-------- Antenna Party (Tabernacle EOC)

June 26-27----- Field Day Antenna Raising

June 28-29----- FIELD DAY!

July 7-12 ------ Carranza Memorial Special Event Station N2M

Sept 6 --------- BCRC Picnic (tentative)

President’s Corner  

Technician License Class and VE Testing Session

Congratulations to all who received their Technician license at the recent class and to those who upgraded or received their General class license.  The event was sponsored by the BCRC at the Tabernacle EOC on April 5th and 6th.  It takes the combined efforts of many people to arrange and conduct the class and testing session that followed.

 

Our thanks go to “Corky”, KC2TKR, for the use of the EOC as both a class site and testing facility.  It was the perfect venue.  Thanks also to Jack, WA2RHJ, for teaching the class and to Frank, K2SQS for coordinating the VE testing session.  And, of course, thanks go out especially to the “unsung heroes” of the entire event that, without whose help, we could not have had this event. 

 

But this raises the question “Is Amateur Radio a truly classless society?”

The answer is left as an exercise to the student!

What’s Happening

Field Day Stuff 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 years 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 15th at the Diamond Diner on Rte 38 in Hainesport at 7:00PM.  All BCRC members are invited (pay for your own refreshments).  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! 

 

Tech Class and VE Session:  The weekend of April 5th and 6th BCRC held a Tech class and a follow-up VE session.  As a result we now have 20 new Tech licensees and 5 new General class hams!  As usual, Jack WA2RHJ did an excellent job in preparing the candidates, and the VE team oversaw a most successful licensing session.  Next we can look forward to a fall General Class program (see Don AK2S for details).

 

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 braved the wind driven rain and joined in the festivities at the Diamond diner.  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

Antenna Party Last year’s event was quite educational so tentatively on

June 7th 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!

 

Carranza Memorial 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 Jersey pines in 1928.  He was returning from a diplomatic mission to New York.  This year BCRC will have a special event station to recognize the event.  N2M (New York 2 Mexico) will be operated by BCRC members from July 7 thru July 12 (the date of this year’s ceremony).  The May regular meeting program will be a presentation by Bob K2QPN, who is chairing this special event, on the Carranza Memorial and details of our involvement.

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From the Editors 

I hope that everyone enjoyed today’s weather.  I am so tired of winter’s cold, wind, and snow.  It felt like spring today!  Congratulations to all of new hams and congratulations to all who upgraded this past Sunday!  Thank you to all who helped with the class and VE testing.  Jack WA2RHJ did his usual wonderful job with the class and Frank K2SQS for organizing the VE testing.  We had a very nice club brunch at the Diamond Diner.   It was good to see some xyls come out to activity.  I hope we will have another brunch in the fall.  At our house we are getting ready for Easter.  Next weekend we will make 100 lbs of kielbasa (an old family recipe; It is a 60 year old tradition). The grandchildren love to help.  The Wood Stork (see my photo at the top of the newsletter) is a signature wading bird of Florida. Unfortunately the ’Flinthead’ is on the endangered list. Their feathers were prized for ladies hats in the early 1900s.  Please remember our servicemen and women, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Anyone needing a BCRC name tag should see Jack N2VW.  Hope to see you at the next meeting.

73, Bonnie WB2ALQ

 

The weather seems to have turned the corner.  Time to get out and check the condition of antennas.  Time to plan some outdoor operating.  I noticed Scott KD2EQP building a 10 meter dipole.  I also had a call from an old high school buddy who was happy to work Czech Republic on 10 meters.  The sunspot cycle is at a peak now – get ‘em while you can.         

73, Frank K2SQS

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