Volume 2015, Number 8
SKEETER HUNT – 8/9!
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, August 10, 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,
Refreshments by Lance, KC2MTO
Carranza Special Event and Skeeter Hunt
Bob K2QPN will give us a rundown of both events.
August 9 ---Skeeter
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 ------
Don AK2S is taking a well earned vacation from writing his column. Look for his refreshed column in September!
Carranza Special Event Station N2M was an outstanding success. Somewhere around 800 contacts were made in over 60 countries. Our presence was appreciated by the Mt. Holly American Legion Post, and in spite of less than favorable conditions we did well. And of course we also learned how to do things even better. Thanks to all those who attended the ceremony or made contacts during the week.
Summer Sizzler Brunch with the Bunch was on Saturday 7/18/15 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the Diamond Diner, Route 38 East, Hainesport. Although attendance was sparse, everyone had a great time and we ordered off the menu. The food was delicious and well prepared and superbly served.
Sunshine News Get well wishes go out to Charlie N2CE, John K2JFC, Matt W2MAT. Congratulations to Jim KD2ARU on the arrival of grandson James Thomas Litowitz Jones. Happy birthday to Lee KC2WH, and Frank K2SQS. I don’t have everyone’s birth month, so please let me know yours! Tnx, Bonnie wb2alq
Upcoming BCRC Events
Skeeter Hunt This year’s Skeeter
hunt will take place on August 9th 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 9th we have reserved a pavilion at
New Jersey QSO Party is set for September 19 and 20th. After another successful event last year, BCRC will be sponsoring it again this year. It should be a fun time – other hams will be looking to contact you! While strictly speaking it is not a BCRC event, it would be very nice to have a strong BCRC showing. Please consider getting on and operating at least for a short time. You can find details for the NJQP at the website www.k2td-bcrc.org/njqp
BCRC Picnic is set for September 26th. Based on history this annual picnic is one you won’t want to miss. Get out your calendar now and pencil in the date. Details will be available shortly.
2 Local Hamfests Coming Soon Both are great venues to buy/sell/browse – support these local hamfests!
13 GCARC will hold their annual Hamfest in
BCRC plans to have a table here so if you have any treasures you wish to sell let us know.
19 DVRA will have their revived and growing Hamfest in
Some news from ARRL:
The FCC is dropping the vanity call sign fee starting in Sept. More info at:
ARRL dues hike starts next year. More info at:
From the Editors
Happy Birthday to Frank K2SQS and Lee KC2WH! Yesterday we took our 7 yr old granddaughter to the beach and the boardwalk. She had a grand time and so did we; but it will take time for us to recover. Thanks to all who complimented me about the FD food. I’m glad everyone enjoyed it. But it really was a team effort. If all you guys and gals didn’t help out it would not have happened. So thanks go to all who helped. Please remember our servicemen and women, keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Anyone needing a BCRC name tag should see Rick W2RDS. Hope to see you at the next meeting.
73, Bonnie wb2alq
You probably didn’t notice, but we editors took last month off. This is vacation time, after all. But we’re back. This has been a busy year for BCRC, and we’re starting to taper off. But we’re not done yet. September will be a busy month with a white elephant sale, hamfests, a picnic, and the NJ QSO Party. Hope you have taken advantage of these benefits BCRC offers its members! If not, it’s not too late.
What’s your favorite ham-related activity? Thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t decide! It depends on the time. There’s so many aspects to amateur radio that at any given time for me it might be DXing, or QRP operating, or rag chewing, or building an antenna or gadget for the shack, or contesting, or …… I could go on! Some things I do know – I prefer CW to phone, and have only a minor interest in digital. I used to enjoy VHF operating a lot more, but recently VHF activity seems very low compared to years ago. So as time goes on things change, but fortunately for me there’s always so much to choose from I can always find a ‘favorite’. How about you?
73, Frank K2SQS
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