Volume 2017, Number 8
Skeeter Hunt August 20!
Sunday Night Nets 7:00PM 146.55 MHz FM Simplex;
7:30PM 147.15 and 145.47 MHz Repeater pl 127.3 Hz
Monday, August 14, 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
DXpeditions – Jack, N2VW will present some video and slides from DXpeditions past.
A warm welcome to new member Bob N4XAT! Happy Birthday greetings go out to Skip N2EI, Jim KD2ARU, Tom W2TAW and Frank K2SQS. Keep in your prayers and thoughts Bob K2QPN’s xyl Marie recovering from carpal tunnel surgery and Bob Paglee KB2ITO continued treatments. And me who had ankle surgery on July 13 and will be non weight bearing for several months!
Thank you for your good wishes for Bonnie. I’m happy to say that the ankle surgery went well and recovery, while a long process, is apparently on schedule. She will be on a non-weight bearing basis likely for months, so we will miss the August meeting (at least). Stan NB2S, our VP, has volunteered to preside and Lance KC2MTO will take minutes – thanks Guys! This issue will be kinda bare bones due to our situation – sorry!
Summer Sizzler Brunch
The club’s summer brunch was Saturday July 15th starting at 10AM at the Golden Dawn Diner on route 130 in Edgewater Park. The Diamond Diner was closed so we had to quickly come up with a substitute. A goodly group showed up to enjoy a leisurely brunch and some good old fashioned family chatter. Next up will be the Fall Pizzafest on Nov. 11th!
Upcoming BCRC Events
Skeeter Hunt August 20th
This will be our sixth foray into the wilds hunting dem notorious Jersey Skeeters! Another in-the-field QRP event, this one will have 2 stations set up for both CW and Fone. This year features POTA activation. Join us! The more the merrier. Contact Bob K2QPN for info.
Coming up in September are three BCRC involved activities. On Sunday September 10 BCRC will have a table (or 2) at the GCARC Hamfest in Mullica Hill. BCRC members are welcome to take advantage of the tables to sell some of their treasures. A good chance to browse the flea market and meet old and new friends. http://w2mmd.org/
The second is the NJ QSO Party the following weekend September 16-17. We’ll have a lot more info on the NJQP at our regular meetings. In the meantime see http://www.k2td-bcrc.org/njqp/ for details.
Our fall picnic will also be in September, and Lance KC2MTO is finalizing plans now. Stay tuned.
Attention: Fellow BCRC’ers
There is a move afoot in the scientific community to study HF propagation during the Great Eclipse on August 21, 2017.
That community has asked amateur radio operators around the country to get on the air from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (local) to make as many contacts as possible before, during and after the eclipse period.
You have the opportunity to participate in one of the largest HF propagation studies in history. Remember that one of the purposes of amateur radio is to advance the state of the art in radio. This is your chance to be on the bleeding edge.
They are particularly interested in CW and RTTY and PSK as preferred modes but other modes are acceptable such as phone and other digital modes. There is in place a large network of receivers to “listen” to your signals. I, personally, will be trying out WSPR; a low power mode that has a computer network to receive reports.
Rather than trying to get together in one place with so many antennas and radios to set up, I would like a commitment from each club member to operate at least some time during the event from their home stations.
Logging will be required and logs need to be submitted so that the scientists can analyze the reports. Exchange is signal report and six digit grid square.
If anyone wants to operate a digital mode and needs help setting up, I will make myself available. See you on the bands!!!
73, Don, AK2S
Outgoing QSL Club Benefit
Bob K2QPN will be collecting BCRC members cards for a pooled package.
Also, Bruce WA3RHW is sending a large shipment to the buro, probably in August or September, depending on when I get the cards finished. If you wish, you can put a note in the newsletter that I will collect cards that members bring to the August meeting for inclusion in my batch, at no cost to the members.
From the Editors
Whilst Bonnie is recovering I will attempt to fill her editorial duties.
Once upon a time, long ago, I was a member of a high school class which boasted having a large number of hams. One of those classmates George K2QIJ recently became a silent key. George and I were friends for a long while. Most recently he and I chatted when I came across him on ECARS. That was a while ago. George and I didn’t always agree on things, but we respected each other’s view. So a significant part of my ham past is gone. RIP K2QIJ! He joins Walt K2PPT and Wally W2JUG as SKs, all from that same class.
BCRC Web Page
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Sign up for the BCRC Yahoo Group as a source of more info on BCRC! Contact K2QPN for help on how to join.
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BCRC Calendar 2017
9 Meeting – “K2SQS, KD2ARU – BCRC By-Laws Update”
28 - 29 Winter FD
13 Meeting – “Skywarn” by Dennis Dura K2DCD
18-19 ARRL DX CW
4-5 ARRL DX SSB
13 Meeting – tbd
18 Brunch – Spring Fling
1-2 Tech Class; VE Session 2nd
10 Meeting (& Order FD Gear) - “WX” by Don AK2S
8 Meeting – “Canals” by Doug K2QWQ
3 Antenna Party 9:30AM Tabernacle EOC Field (cancelled – rain)
12 Meeting – KD2ARU “FD Planning”
22 - 25 FD
3-9 Carranza Special Event N2M
10 Meeting – KD2ARU FD Review and K2QPN Carranza review
15 Brunch – Summer Sizzler
14 Meeting – N2VW “DXpeditions
20 Skeeter Hunt
10 GCARC Hamfest
11 Meeting – tbd
16 - 17 NJQP
9 Meeting – K2QPN “White Elephant Sale”
21 – 22 JOTA
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