Burlington County Radio Club



JULY, 2014

Volume 2014, Number 7





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






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, JuLY 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


QSL Card Program:  Do YOU have a QSL card?  What is a QSL card?  What information is required?  What additional information is most helpful?  Where can you buy them?  Jack N2VW is an ARRL WAS QSL card checker and a QSL manager for several calls.  He will answer all these questions and much more.


FIELD DAY Following another successful FD AK2S will give us a short summary of the highlights and preliminary results.


July 13 ----- Sunday evening net

July 14 ----- Regular August meeting

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

July 13 ----- Sunday evening net

July 20 ----- Sunday evening net

July 27 ----- Sunday evening net

August 2 --- BCRC BRUNCH with the Bunch

Aug 10 ----- Skeeter Hunt and BYO Picnic

Aug 11 ----- BCRC Reg Meeting

Sept 6   ---- BCRC Picnic

Sept 9  ----- General Class and CW

Sept 14 ---- GCARC Hamfest (tentative)

President’s Corner   

FD 2014

FD 2014 has come and gone and is but a fond memory now, but a good time was had by all.


First, kudos to Bonnie, WB2ALQ, Food Chair, for providing a sumptuous feast to the hungry masses that gathered for the two days of FD and thank you all who brought food and drink.


Second, hearty thanks and well done to those who setup on the Thursday and Friday before FD and those who tore down on Sunday afternoon.  Without their help, FD for the club would not have existed.

Third, congrats and thanks to all those who operated and supported the BCRC (K2TD) entry into FD.  All those who could not participate were missed. There is always next year!


Reserve June 25th through the 28th for FD 2015!


73, Don AK2S

What’s Happening

July 12 - Carranza Memorial Special Event Station N2M

The Carranza operation is underway – started Monday and continues all week.  Bands and modes of your choice. Use general frequencies to give every one a chance. If possible use N1MM logging program and select DXpedition mode. Send me your contacts in ADIF format with a file name of:  N2M2014_your call_your zip code.  Example - N2M2014_K2QPN_08016


Make them contacts!  Send your logs to K2QPN@comcast.net   


Saturday July 12th is the memorial service. Setup at 1100 and service at 1300. Join us for the fun. 


Directions can be found at http://www.k2td-bcrc.org/k2td_carranzalocation.pdf   


Hope to see you there!  

Bob, K2QPN


Antenna Party 

This year’s 3rd annual antenna party was once again an overwhelming success.  Those who attended had an enjoyable day while testing several antennas.  We built a 10 meter dipole and one lucky ham walked away with a free antenna.  Missed it?  This was so much fun we may do something like it again when the weather gets cooler. 


Field Day 2014 Wow! 

Rain, wind, thunderstorms, 100 degree heat, freezing nights – where did they all go??  Good weather for Field Day?  Unheard of, but in 2014 that was the case.  Antennas were all up before Saturday – good job by those who turned out, although it would’ve been a little easier if we had a bigger turnout Friday and Thursday.  Two dipoles, two vertical Moxon’s, the triband beam, a vertical, 6 and 2 meter beams, and a couple 2 meter verticals all went up on time.  Only thing we were short of was barrel connectors for the longer coax runs we needed.


Operations began on time Saturday and continued until 2 PM Sunday.  Once again we had 3 HF stations and a VHF station set up.  Looks like we had over 30 members and guests attend – another good showing.  And they enjoyed a very nice lunch and supper on Saturday, lunch on Sunday, and coffee and donuts Sunday morning.  In addition to the BCRC provided lunch meats and cheeses, the kielbasa, hot dogs and hamburgers, we also had some enjoyable donations from members.  Potato salad, brownies, jello fruit salad, lima beans casserole, baked beans, baked ziti, banana bread, and apple cider donuts were eagerly consumed – thanks to all who donated!!


As usual, we all learned from the experience.  And learning while you’re having fun is the best way.  Thanks to all who stayed and helped with taking down everything Sunday afternoon.  Even with gravity assisting it’s a tough job when everyone is tired.  A job well done BCRC!  Now, just wait ‘til next year!!!

Upcoming BCRC Events

Skeeter Hunt 

This year’s Skeeter hunt will take place on August 10th starting at noon.  What the heck is a Skeeter Hunt?  From W2LJ’s blog “The objective is to get QRPers out of their shacks for the day; and into the fresh air and sunshine, to spread their wings and fill the airwaves with "Skeeters”.  QRP means low power, typically 5 watts or less.  So starting at noon on Sunday August 10th we have reserved a pavilion at Pennington Park on Creek Road in Delran.  The purpose is twofold – a family picnic (bring your own food and drink), and to participate in the QRP Skeeter Hunt.  We will have 2 QRP stations operating from 1 to 5 PM, one on phone, the other on CW.  Plenty of parking close by, a covered pavilion, a nearby child’s playground, and some hamming.  So come on out – enjoy the company and the great outdoors while we hunt dem skeeters!!


Brunch with the Bunch is set for August 2, 2014 at the Diamond Diner on Rt. 38 in Hainesport. This is a whole family affair that starts at 9:30AM and we expect will finish up around 11:00AM.  This one’s on you, although Don, AK2S says the club will pick up the tips.  We had a good group in March, so bring the family out for some coffee, bacon and eggs, etc (the diner has a complete menu). 


BCRC Picnic is set for September 6th.  Based on last year’s event this is one picnic you won’t want to miss.  Get out your calendar now and pencil in the date.  Details will be available shortly.


General Class and CW 

September is fast approaching.  Starting September 9th we will have a General Class license course that will last 10 weeks on Tuesday nights at the Tabernacle EOC on New Road in Tabernacle.  Interested in attending or helping to teach?  Contact Don, AK2S.


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

Happy Birthday to Bob K2QPN and Frank K2RVV!  Wow! Another Field Day is in the books! We had a wonderful turn out!  It was really good to see some of the members there! W2MAT Matt, Gene N2WFN, and N2VW Jack could all be found around the liverwurst and the rigs.  Thanks Peggy for bringing Matt out! We had beautiful weather… what’s wrong with this picture?  A BIG THANK YOU to Robin for making some wonderful potato salad. (I like to eat it but hate to make it) Someone started getting into the brownies early Saturday morning, telling me I should have made more brownies. Thank you for all the donations to the kitchen/food for FD.  We had lots of yummy food for lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch. The only problem encountered at Field Day was a large sick K2SQS.  Please remember in your thoughts and prayers Matt W2MAT and Jack N2VW who are a bit under the weather.     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


One thing I learned from Field Day – don’t be sick!  Lots of BCRC activities coming up – N2M special event, a brunch, skeeter hunt, picnic, GCARC hamfest, general and cw classes, JOTA and the NJQSO Party.  I don’t plan to be sick for any of them!  One of the classic balances we hams strive to achieve is between family and hobby.  BCRC is striving to help by having more family oriented events.  Hope you can make the time to enjoy them.   

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.