Volume 2017, Number 1
Happy New Year!
Sunday Night Nets 7:00PM 146.55 MHz FM Simplex;
7:30PM 147.15 and 145.47 MHz Repeater pl 127.3 Hz
Monday, January 9, 2017
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
The BCRC By-Laws have been unchanged since 1963 and need to be brought into the 21st century. Jim KD2ARU has undertaken the tedious task and we will see the results of his efforts. See the President’s remarks below for more detail.
Last year (2016) Don AK2S commissioned Jim KD2ARU to update our By-Laws. To do that requires amendments to our by-laws. Under our current by-laws there is a procedure to do that. It reads:
“Proposed amendments to these By-Laws shall be presented in writing and shall be signed by not less than eight members of the club. They must be submitted to the membership at two successive meetings and shall be voted upon at the second meeting. Each member in good standing shall be given written notice of the proposed action prior to the second reading. The amendment shall be adopted if seventy-five percent of the votes cast are in favor of such action.”
The trustees unanimously signed off on Jim’s final amended by-laws, so we have the 8 required signatures. This was not an easy battle and many re-writes were required. At the January regular meeting we will present the fruits of Jim’s labor for your consideration as the first of two successive meetings required. Voting will follow at the February meeting.
So the next two meetings ARE VERY IMPORTANT – plan to attend!
Those who wrote the original document in 1954 and amended in 1963 did a superb job, seeing how long they have provided guidance. But times have changed over the last 54 years. Well over half of the by-laws are unchanged except perhaps for terminology. There are a few additions to keep with current practices such as the use of email (unknown in 1963).
At the January meeting we will present a side-by-side comparison of the entire current and proposed by-laws, one section at a time. Your comments and questions are crucial. Attached to this newsletter are copies of both the current and proposed by-laws. Read them please.
Yes, I know this is boring, but it is important, so let’s get this over with, one way or another, so we can get back to what we all love – Ham Radio!
73, Frank K2SQS
Get well wishes go out to Stan NB2S. He is in Cooper Hospital recovering from a heart attack. Stella needs to get some rest before Stan is released from the hospital.
Happy Birthday to Mike Stein KD2DUJ.
BCRC Holiday Dinner
We had another great turnout for 2016’s dinner! Thirty members and their guests enjoyed filet mignon or honey soy salmon and the great service and ambiance of Medford Leas Holly Room. Door prizes and a slide show of BCRC activities in 2016 enhanced the evening, but truly the best part of the dinner was getting together and chatting with club members and their families and guests. Thanks to Gene N2WFN for making all the arrangements again this year!
Dues are due!!
Still a bargain at $20 for the entire year! Bring your dues to the next meeting or if you prefer send your check (made out to Burlington County Radio Club) to our treasurer, Hugh Poling KC2OGR at P.O. Box 307, Moorestown, NJ 08057.
Newly Elected Officers for 2017
Our leadership for 2017 will consist of Pres Frank K2SQS, VP Stan NB2S, Treasurer Hugh KC2OGR and Secretary Bonnie WB2ALQ. Let’s all give them the support they deserve!
Upcoming BCRC Events
Winter Field Day - Jan 28-29, 2017
Winter Field Day (WFD) is a preparedness event (similar in some respects to ARRL FD); for event details go to https://www.winterfieldday.com/rules/
BCRC will participate for the third time in this event and a quick summary is; When – 1/28-29, setup starts at 9AM, operating begins at 2PM Saturday and ends at 2PM Sunday, followed by tear down. Where – Tabernacle EOC.
January VHF Sweepstakes - Jan 21 - 23, 2017
Once again BCRC will be entering a club aggregate score. Jack WA2RHJ has volunteered to coordinate our effort in this undertaking. What do we have to do? Get on the VHF/UHF bands and make contacts! This is definitely a low-key contest that should be fun. If we have a band opening, you can rack up some impressive grid square totals towards your VUCC award. Have some fun and help your club at the same time. See you on the bands! Details, rules and more info at http://www.arrl.org/january-vhf-copy
Outgoing QSL Club Benefit
ARRL recently substantially increased the cost for sending QSL cards via the bureau to $1.15 per ounce, plus $7.00 QSL Bureau service fee. For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds of cards — 24 ounces, or about 225 cards — will cost $34.60. The minimum charge is $8.15 for one ounce (about 9 cards) or less. ARRL Affiliated Club stations may use the service to submit club QSLs for its members in bulk (“pooling” their members’ cards together in one package) by indicating the club’s name inside the package. Club secretaries should check their club’s affiliation on the ARRL website to ensure it is current. In a “pooled” package, each club member using this service must also be an ARRL member. Proof of membership should be enclosed for each ARRL member.
Bob K2QPN will be collecting BCRC members cards for a pooled package, and BCRC will pick up the $7.00 service fee. For every 10 cards you will be responsible for $1.00. See Bob for details.
From the Editor
I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday! We had a wonderful Holiday dinner. It was a wonderful evening with friends and family. I had 2 young helpers in the Huminski Bakery before Christmas. The younger one took 2 hours frosting 1 tray of cookies and putting sprinkles on them. For every cookie she frosted; she ate a spoonful of frosting. My older helper loves to eat lots chocolate chip dough.. It is wonderful to make holiday memories. We hope to see you at the next meeting. Please remember our servicewomen and men, and our first responders.
73, Bonnie WB2ALQ
BCRC Web Page
Visit our web page often! www.k2td-bcrc.org
Check us out on Facebook: @BurlCoRadioClubK2TD
Sign up for the BCRC Yahoo Group as a source of more info on BCRC! Contact K2QPN for help on how to join.
BCRC Calendar 2017
VERY tentative for now!!
9 Meeting – “K2SQS, KD2ARU – BCRC By-Laws Update”
28-29 Winter FD
13 Meeting – TBD
18-19 ARRL DX CW
4-5 ARRL DX SSB
13 Meeting – TBD
11 Brunch – Spring Fling
18-19 Tech Class; VE Session 19th
10 Meeting & Order FD Gear tbd
8 Meeting – TBD
3 Antenna Party 9:30AM Tabernacle EOC Field
12 Meeting – KD2ARU “FD Planning”
10 Meeting – KD2ARU FD Review and K2QPN Carranza review
22 Brunch – Summer Sizzler
14 Meeting – TBD
20 Skeeter Hunt
10 GCARC Hamfest
11 Meeting – TBD
9 Meeting – K2QPN “White Elephant Sale”
28-29 CQWWDX SSB
4-5 ARRL SS CW
11 Pizza Party – Fall Festival
13 Meeting – TBD
18-19 ARRL SS SSB
25-26 CQWWDX CW
11 Meeting - TBD
12 Holiday Dinner