Volume 2014, Number 4
Spring has Sprung!
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!
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,
Refreshments by Lance, KC2MTO
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)
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)
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!
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
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!
Memorial Each year since 1929 the
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From the Editors
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
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
73, Frank K2SQS
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