Burlington County Radio Club



MAY, 2015

Volume 2015, Number 5





In this issue:


BCRC Meeting






President’s Corner


What’s Happening


Upcoming Events


Other News


From the Editors


BCRC Web Page




BCRC Officers 2014

Pres – Don, AK2S

VP – Frank, K2SQS


Sec – Lance, KC2MTO





Bonnie, WB2ALQ

Frank, K2SQS



                  Mother’s Day – May 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, May 11, 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


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.

President’s Corner  

Dayton Hamvention   

May 15 – 17, 2015

At least once in a lifetime all hams should experience Dayton. It is akin to visiting Mecca and is the single largest gathering of hams in the world.  Why Dayton? It is within a 12 hour drive of most of the hams in the country.  The brainchild of John Willig, W8ACE in 1950 he was turned down until he met Frank Schwab, W8YCE, newly elected president of the club.  Started in 1952 by DARA on a $100 budget, it was hoped to attract 300 hams.  In actuality 600 hams from Ohio attended.  With FCC sponsorship of license exams, seven exhibitors and six forums, it became the Dayton Hamvention (registered trademark) in 1953.  The grand prize was a Collins 75A2.  In 1955, Awards program started with “Amateur of the Year” awarded.  The flea market has grown from less that 200 to over 200 spaces.  Anything and Everything can be found there.  In 1973, it became a two-day event.  It is not too late to make the trek.       

73, Don, AK2S


May 11 ------ 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

Oct 17 ------- JOTA

Nov 14 ------ Fall Out BCRC Brunch Diamond Diner

Dec 15 --------- Holiday Dinner

What’s Happening

Field Day Supplies Are In! 

At the April meeting we took orders for FD shirts, hats, pins and other stuff.  The shipment has arrived and will be available at the May meeting for pickup by those who ordered!


Field Day Meeting 

The first Field Day planning meeting was held April 27th at FD Chairman Jim KD2ARU’s QTH in Tabernacle at 7:00PM.  Eight BCRC members attended – KD2ARU (of course), AK2S, NB2S, WA2RHJ, WB2YZS, K2QPN, KC2TA and K2SQS.  Thanks to Jim for his hospitality and all the refreshments which kept us going into the wee hours of the evening.  Plans now are to have 3 stations on HF, plus a VHF station and a GOTA station again at the Tabernacle EOC, where we will be operating in class 3F.  Jim will review the results at the May meeting with full details at the June meeting.


Cub Scout Cub-o-Ree 

Surprise!!  Although a pleasant one.  At the proverbial last minute, BCRC was requested to provide a ham radio demonstration for about 280 cub scouts and their parents at the Pine Tree Educational Center in Tabernacle.  We are pleased to report BCRC was able to provide an HF station, a 2 meter VHF station, and a morse code demonstration.  Thanks to AK2S, WA2RHJ, K2QPN and K2SQS for being able to respond, and enjoy a pleasant day with the scouts!  The VHF station was in constant contact with a simultaneous Boy/Explorer Scout event  in Rancocas (manned by SJRA) so there could be Scout-to-Scout communications.  And hundreds of scouts were able to send their first names in morse code.  Might we have kindled a flame?  Check back with us in 10 years or so!


KC2FIO (SK) Estate 

On Thursday April 23 AK2S, KC2TA, WA3RHW, N2VW and K2SQS met to assist Roy’s XYL Kitty in removing several antennas, a mobile rig, and other miscellaneous items.  Attached to this newsletter is a list of items that are offered for purchase first to BCRC members.



This just in – Stan NB2S has worked DXCC Phone!  Congratulations! 

Upcoming BCRC Events

Upcoming Meeting Programs    

The June and July meetings programs will be all about Field Day plans and results, and the Carranza Memorial Special Event station.


Antenna Party

Last year’s event was quite educational so on June 6th we’ll do it again on the field adjacent to the Tabernacle EOC.  Stan NB2S is again chairing this year’s event so if you have any questions or suggestions Stan’s the man!


Field Day

Jim KD2ARU is this year’s chairman and reports that plans are well underway.  There will be a lot more detail coming up, but for now be sure June 27 and 28 are circled on your calendar.  And don’t forget June 25 and 26 for antenna raising – we need your help!  FD is THE premier operating event for BCRC again this year.  Besides setting up and operating, FD is a good time to visit with your club mates, enjoy some good food and maybe even learn something.


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 again have a special event station to recognize the event.  N2M (New york 2 Mexico) will be operated by BCRC members from July 6 thru July 11 (the date of this year’s ceremony). 


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

I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day.  Happy Birthday to Marie (Bob K2QPN’s xyl) and Happy Anniversary to Bob K2QPN and Marie. I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the nice weather. We’ve enjoyed watching our granddaughter play softball.  Congratulations to Stan NB2S for DXCC phone. Please remember our servicewomen and men, and our first responders.  

73, Bonnie WB2ALQ


Burnout.  As you can see by looking at this year’s BCRC calendar there’s a lot of club activities planned.  Under Don AK2S presidency (this is Don’s third year as chief honcho) he has managed to significantly add many enjoyable events.  Has he done it alone – no, there have been others who helped.  But it is under his leadership.  Just compare the 2015 calendar to that of 2011.  But (there’s always a but) while it’s a lot of fun we as a club must be careful not to do too much.  Let’s not let ourselves get burned out!  So a hearty “Thank You” to Don for his exceptional vision.  Now, let’s all get out and support him by participating!  

73, Frank K2SQS

BCRC Web Page

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