Burlington County Radio Club




Volume 2014, Number 11





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



BCRC Holiday Dinner Dec. 16!


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, November 10, 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


ARRL Centennial Convention! 

Skip N2EI attended the Centennial Convention this past July.  Skip says it was a great time and will tell us all about it, perhaps accompanied by a few pictures.    


Nov 10----------- BCRC Regular Meeting

Nov 4, 11, 18, 25- General Class and CW continue

December 16----- Annual Holiday Dinner

President’s Corner   

Rocket Science?

I write this on the heels of the spectacular and frightening Antares launch failure; fortunately no one was injured.


As you might expect, I share a bond with the NJ students and the others whose experiments were lost when the rocket exploded as I have lost some of my own hardware under similar circumstances.  It is almost like losing family.  It is like testing a match, you can test all you want but you have to hope the one you select works.


AMSAT is the US organization that designs, builds and launches amateur radio satellites.  I was fortunate enough to assist in the development of the first three satellites and I hope to play a larger role in the next series which is in the very preliminary phases.  AMSAT has asked the general amateur radio community to submit ideas for the next series, designated Fox II. You could be a part of this effort and maybe see your idea fly in space.


While there is technology and science in amateur radio, it is possible to enjoy the hobby without a technology background.  There are plenty of hams that like to DX, contest, engage in casual operating and rag chewing.


We in the BCRC have a great cross-section of interests so it is possible to find someone in the club who shares you interest and with whom you can become friends.


I would hope that everyone enjoys the hobby in their own way but remember, it may not be rocket science. 

73, Don, AK2S

What’s Happening


Another successful JOTA for BCRC.  Don’t have numbers, but quite a few scouts stopped by to see what ham radio was about and to make some contacts on-the-air!  The event was once again held at the Tabernacle EOC (thanks Corky!), as well as at Pine Hill.  While there were a few blank stares, many eyes lit up when they saw their name appear on the PSK31 screens!  Thanks to everyone who participated!


General Class and CW

The classes continue all month in November, every Tuesday evening at 7 PM for CW class, and 7:30 PM for the general class.  Missed sessions so far?  Not too late to join.  Location is the Tabernacle EOC on New Road in Tabernacle.  We expect to have a VE session at the conclusion of the course.


New Jersey QSO Party was October 4 and 5

We should have more info at the November meeting, as logs were not due until Oct 25, so look for a summary from Bob K2QPN at the Nov. regular meeting. 

Upcoming BCRC Events

Holiday Dinner will be held on Tuesday December 16th (see attachment for details) beginning at 6PM in the Holly Room at Medford Leas.  Make your reservations ASAP (don’t forget to indicate your choice of Filet or Flounder, and how you wish your filet to be cooked – med rare is the default).  As usual it’s a BYOB affair.  No increase in price this year – still $32 for an exquisite repast.  Bring your reservations and checks to the meeting or mail them to Gene N2WFN (address is on the attachment).  Door prizes and a slide show of 2014 BCRC activities are included.  Don’t miss this end–of-year gala event!


NOMINATIONS for next year’s officers will be opened at the November meeting, voting in December at the December 8th meeting, and installation of the 2015 BCRC officers at the Holiday Dinner December 16th.  Think about serving as an officer – new ideas are always welcome.


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

Your editors are on vacation, so while we know the editorials are a highlight of the newsletters, please be patient.  We will return next month.  This newsletter is being produced by The Great Pumpkin!

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.