Burlington County Radio Club



OCToBER, 2015

Volume 2015, Number 10





In this issue:


BCRC Meeting






President’s Corner


What’s Happening


Upcoming Events


Other News


From the Editors


BCRC Web Page




BCRC Officers 2015

Pres – Don, AK2S

VP – Frank, K2SQS


Sec – Lance, KC2MTO





Bonnie, WB2ALQ

Frank, K2SQS



BCRC Picnic – Saturday 10/10!


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, October 12, 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, Medford, NJ

Refreshments by Lance, KC2MTO


Fox Amateur Radio Satellite Update 

Don, AK2S – our own rocket scientist – will give us the latest scoop on this project. 


Oct 10------ BCRC Picnic  1PM – 5 PM (details below)

Oct 12------ BCRC Regular Meeting

Oct 17-18--- JOTA

BCRC Picnic

Saturday October 10

Oct. 10th is the date for the picnic, from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM in my (Lance and Linda's) backyard at 15 Whitechapel Drive, Mt Laurel.


DIRECTIONS: From Rt. 38, take Hartford Road 3/4 miles toward Medford, crossing Union Mill Road intersection, continue on Hartford Road 1/4 mile turning left onto Whitechapel Drive.


The picnic will be before the October regular meeting (Oct. 12th). The picnic is a bit of a potluck with the members bringing salads, baked beans, deviled eggs, etc. and deserts. The club will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, ice, knife, forks, spoons, plates.


Please respond to Lance,  lanceweight@comcast.net,  if you and your family are coming and what you are bringing (salad or desert or deviled eggs, or baked beans or soft drinks ) and I will send a general response with a list of what everyone is bringing to everybody starting on the 6th.   

Thanks, Lance.

President’s Corner         

DX – Some Thoughts

What is the definition of DX?  Well, in amateur radio circles, it is contacting a station that is not in your own entity (countries are entities but entities are not necessarily countries).  As a corollary, isn’t this also the definition of enhancing international goodwill?  Aren’t we, as amateurs, supposed to be enhancing international good will between countries?


Our own special event station, N2M, and the recognition of the Mexican flyer Emilio Carranza, does much to promote good will.  Many European stations commented that they were surprised that the USA operators would honor a Mexican pilot.  If you did not participate in N2M this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next year.


Don’t we, as humans, reside in our own little “entity”?  Shouldn’t we be enhancing goodwill between our “entities”? As amateur radio operators, we can accomplish this by getting on the air and contacting other “entities”.  If you are intimidated by the “super” operators, don’t be; they were in your position at one time and they had to overcome their fears and anxieties just as you will overcome yours.  There are experienced operators within BCRC that would be happy to host you in their “shack” and let you observe and make that first contact.  If you don’t think that we weren’t nervous during our first contact or when we first tried a new mode, think again.


Begin enhancing good will from your “entity” at my “shack” or another member’s “shack” of your choice.  The dividends can be immense if you just give it a try and some day you will be the “super” operator to a new ham. Field Day, N2M, JOTA or the VHF contests are the perfect time to accomplish this goal.  Remember, if you don’t make a mistake, you haven’t learned anything. 

73, Don AK2S

What’s Happening


Happy Birthday to WB2ALQ Bonnie.  And feel better soon goes out to Charlie, N2CE & Matt, W2MAT.  Congratulations to Tom, W2TAW on upgrading to Extra at the GCARC Hamfest!


Gloucester County Amateur Radio Club Hamfest

The GCARC held their annual Hamfest in Mullica Hill, NJ on September 13th.  BCRC had a table which several members made use of to sell their surplus stuff.  Almost a dozen BCRC members showed up and enjoyed the company and flea market.  Tom, W2TAW upgraded to Extra and Frank, K2SQS got 2 crab traps!  We sold some BCRC stuff.  Atlantic Director Tom, W3TOM visited us and SNJ SM Skip, N2EI was there as well.  All in all a fun and successful day!


New Jersey QSO Party

The NJQP was September 19 and 20.  Once again the number of logs increased by roughly 10 percent.  The NJQP is growing!  When the results are finalized they can be found at  www.k2td-bcrc.org/njqp.    More next month!

Upcoming BCRC Events

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)

Jamboree on the Air is the third week in October, this year being October 17th and 18th.  The purpose of JOTA is to get local scouts, be they Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or Venture Crews involved with amateur radio by talking to other scouts around the world and the scouts get credit towards their radio merit badge.


This year the BCRC is setting up stations at the Tabernacle EOC with the local Scout troop there.  We will have three stations; one for SSB, one for digital modes and a two meter FM station. How can you help?  Join us at the EOC.  We are in need of operators and general help to get us setup.  If you can spare a little time, you can standby at your home station to talk to the scouts in the local area either simplex, on the County Linked Repeater system.


Want to see a back issue of the BCRC Newsletter? 
All back issues are now in the Files section of the BCRC Yahoo Group website.

From the Editors

BOOO!! Happy Halloween!  Finally it is fall-migration season!  We love to go down to the hawk watch in Cape May.  You get to see many raptors and we like to see the many kinds of water fowl.  We went to the decoy show in Tuckerton and made sure to stop by the Ol’ Barney RC’s food booth.  Hope to see everyone at the BCRC picnic and the next meeting.  Please keep in your thoughts and prayers our first responders and service men and women.

73, Bonnie wb2alq


When Bonnie said fall migration, my first thought was striped bass!  Not birds!

73, Frank K2SQS

BCRC Web Page

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

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