Burlington County Radio Club



december 2018

Volume 2018, Number 12





In this issue:


BCRC Meeting




President’s Remarks




Other News




Upcoming Events


What Hams Are Up To


From the Editor


BCRC Web Page


2018 Event Calendar






BCRC Officers 2018

Pres- Stan NB2S

VP-    Bruce WA3RHW

Trea- Hugh,KC2OGR

Sec-   Bonnie WB2ALQ





Lance KC2MTO



Sunday Night Nets 7:00PM 146.55 MHz FM Simplex;


7:30PM 147.15 and 145.47 MHz Repeater pl 127.3 Hz

BCRC Meeting

Monday 10, December, 2018

7:00 PM - New ham questions answered

7:30 PM - Social hour

8:00 PM - Business Meeting

Program follows Business Meeting

Place: Medford Leas Linden Room, Rt. 70, Medford, NJ (When you enter Medford Leas from Rt 70 keep right, all the way to the right, keep going through the parking lots, all the way to the right, to the right in the back.)

Refreshments: Coffee & home-made treats




Everyone is asked to bring one home-made item to the meeting on December 10; enough for five people. That way there will be plenty. Cookies, crusciki, baklava, cake, brownies, pie or fruit cake. There will be plates and knives, forks, spoons and napkins provided.

President’s Remarks

Looking forward to our annual BCRC Holiday Dinner on December 18. Medford Leas puts on a wonderful meal. It will be a great time, especially since Mable England and her family are joining us!


The Pizza Party on November 10 at Angelo’s Pizzeria was great! We all had a great time.


I am looking forward to see what treats are being brought in for the party at our meeting!


Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


December birthdays:  Happy Birthday!!


Maria N2CIS, Jack N2VW wife, is home still receiving almost daily visits from a Home Health Care Team to change dressings and do some PT. Healing is kind of slow but there has been definite progress. Marie, Bob’s K2QPN xyl, is doing better after neck surgery.

Other News

Jack, N2VW, was in the recent CQ WW DX CW Contest. He was on the air for 15 hours of the 48 hours allowed and made his best CW score in years. A total of 426,816 points with 101 countries contacted earning another DXCC award.


LOST SQUADRON-FORT LAUDERDALE Dec 5, 1000Z- 1500Z, NB4RC, Deerfield Beach, FL. North Broward Radio Club. Lost Squadron-Fort Lauderdale. 14.325. QSL. North Broward Radio Club, 4116 NW 1st Street, Deerfield Beach Fl 33442. joeyjet@bellsouth.net


USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor Day. December 8, 1400Z-2200Z, Tucson, AZ. Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club. CW: 14.040 7.040; PSK: 14.070 7.070; FT-8: 14.074 7.074 18.100; SSB: 14.250 7.200. Certificate. Email request for certificate to qsl@tucsonham radio.org. Operating from the USS Arizona Memorial on the University of Arizona campus.


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec 8, 1700Z-2359Z, NI6IW, San Diego, CA. USS Midway (CV-41) Museum Ship. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. 14.320 7.250; PSK31 14070; D-STAR: FEF001C. QSL. USS Midway (CV-41) COMEDTRA, 901 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego CA 92101.


BATTLE OF TRENTON Dec 26-30, 1400Z- 2200Z, W2T, Trenton, NJ. Delaware Valley Radio Association. 14.200; 7.200. Certificate & QSL. DVRA/W2T, P.O. Box 7024, Trenton, NJ 08628. Work both W2T and W2P (Battle of Princeton in January) and get a certificate of Commission in the Continental Army Signal Corps. See website for details: www.w2zq.com.

QST, December 2018, pg. 96


BATTLE OF PRINCETON Dec 31-Jan 3. W2P (‘Washington to Princeton’). 1400Z- 2200Z, W2P, Trenton, NJ. Delaware Valley Radio Association. 14.200; 7.200. Certificate & QSL. DVRA/W2P, P.O. Box 7024, Trenton, NJ 08628. Work both W2T and W2P (Battle of Princeton in January) and get a certificate of Commission in the Continental Army Signal Corps. See website for details: www.w2zq.com.

Upcoming BCRC Events

BCRC Holiday Dinner – 12/18.


Winter Field Day 1/26-27 2019 (more on this at the January meeting).

What Hams Are Up To

Can anyone tell me what 8.6 stands for? I will give you a hint. It is not the Richter Scale. It is not the size of the increase in the national debt per year.


I will tell you what it is; it is the number of points expressed in millions that was scored by the crew at Mark’s, K2AX, contest station in Winslow Township during the CQWW (WW = worldwide) DX CW contest.


This contest is one of the “Big Four” contests in the world; the others being the CQWW SSB, ARRL International CW and ARRL International SSB.


If you are a member of the Frankford Radio Club, the country’s oldest contest club, of which several of our members are also members of FRC, it is one of the two big contests you have to participate in yearly in order to maintain your membership. Unfortunately, this contest occurs the weekend of Thanksgiving in this country; note that there are no other nations that celebrate Thanksgiving (on that date) so it is not likely to change any time soon.


Anyway, the point is that there are a lot of great CW operators in this world. They come out of the woodwork to participate in these two CW contests. I feel privileged to be associated with such great operators.


My job that I volunteer for is to work the overnight hours to keep the station on the air while everyone sleeps. Mostly I have the run (sic) of the whole station at night. I must say, comparatively, I am not that good of an operator yet but I keep working at it.


There are two ways to approach contesting. You can look around for stations calling “CQ contest” that sit on a frequency and call CQ. Those who move around to work the guys calling CQ are called the descriptive term “Search and Pounce “operators while the guys who sit on a frequency are called “Runners”. If you want to score a lot of points you need to run. In contesting there are stations that represent new countries that you work and you get extra credit for working them one time, generally once per band and they are called “multipliers”. It is like Field Day when we get a power multiplier for using only 100 watts on the transmitters. And, of course, as the contest goes on, it becomes more difficult to find new stations to work.


With so many stations on the air it is possible to work DXCC in one weekend. While I was at home for part of the contest sleeping, I put in several hours at my home station and I worked 98 countries. So, give contesting a try, who knows you may like it and you don’t have to be a super operator to compete you can just compete against yourself or trying to beat your score last year.



Don, AK2S

From the Editor

Members, this is your newsletter. Your input is welcome: your antenna news, your shack updates, and equipment you have for sale. And, your personally written ham radio/STEM oriented or EM/Races related articles would be welcomed for inclusion.


Looking forward there are some opportunities for leadership coming in the next year:  Newsletter Editor, Field Day Leader, Picnic Coordinator (arranges a place and coordinates pot-luck contributions), Holiday Dinner Administrator.  Perhaps you have some time to take on one of these activities. Remember the Three Musketeers credo: “All for one and one for all”.   


Thanks for the Sunshine input Bonnie WB2ALQ and the editorial assistance of Frank K2SQS and Bonnie. Thanks for the special technical assistance from Hugh KC2OGR, BCRC Web Master. And a shout out to Don AK2S for contributing articles for your enjoyment.


Lance Weight



BCRC Web Page

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BCRC Calendar


10      Regular Meeting with Holiday Party

18      Holiday Dinner

TBD   Trustee’s Meeting


January 2019:

14      Regular Meeting

22      Trustee’s Meeting

26-27 Winter Field Day