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New Providence Amateur Radio Club
The  Radio Club of the Watchung Hills Area
Box  813, New Providence, NJ  07974    USA
n2xj@arrl.net

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Club call signs are N2XJ and W2FMI

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 page last updated:  04/15/2014 00:39


* * * Next Meeting - Monday, Apr. 28 * * *
"RF Safety" - Barry, K2JV
 

Current News and Notices, Club Activities, Upcoming On-Air Events, Upcoming Off-Air Events and Past News and Notices are below.
*** Note the new sections, especially Upcoming On-Air Events and Upcoming Off-Air Events ***

Latest Club Newsletter:  March Spark Gaps

Note: All club meetings, except summer meetings, will be at the Salt Brook School (GPS Coordinates: 40.708712,-74.389318) at 7:30 p.m., unless specifically noted otherwise. We suggest you always check this web site on the day of all meetings in case of any last minute changes in time or location.  Meeting Refreshment Assignments.

  April 28, 2014 Project Meeting -- Salt Brook School.
  Presentation - Barry Cohen, K2JV
 "RF Safety"
  May 12, 2014 Regular Meeting -- Salt Brook School.
  Guest Speaker - Mike Lisenco,  N2YBB
  ARRL Hudson Division Director
  May 27, 2014 Project Meeting -- Salt Brook School.
  June 9, 2014 Regular Meeting -- Salt Brook School.
  June 23, 2014 Project Meeting -- NP Senior Citizen Center.
 

Current News and Notices (Note - 2014 Dues were Payable by January 1st -- Forms: Word, PDF)

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Thanks to the find that Al Hanzl, K2AL, made prior to our luncheon and the effort being undertaken by David Bean, KC2WUF, to scan them in, additional past issues of Mountain Spark Gaps, starting with 1987, are now available on the website via the Newsletter archive page. Scanning will be done in reverse chronological order as that is how they were filed in the book that Al discovered. Check back often to see when additional years become available.

Additional Mountain Spark Gaps Newsletters from 1986 (January - November) and 1985 (March - June and September - November) have now been scanned and are available in the newsletter archives.

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At the March 10, 2014 meeting, Rich Taylor, N2AUG, gave an impromptu presentation on some additional uses (besides finding the resonant frequency of your antenna) for the venerable MFJ-259B. He also proposed a future program/demonstration of the various aspects that make up a high-end and low-end receiver. More will follow on this as additional details become available.

Club Activities (Nets and other Special Events)

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NPARC Sunday Night Net - Al K2AL is net control on the W2LI 2-meter repeater (147.255, input +.600 MHz, Tone 141.3) every Sunday at 9 p.m.  We encourage and welcome members and non-members alike to join us on the net.  It is an informal, directed net.  We discuss topics related to our ham radio activities, club activities and other topics of general interest.

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NPARC Digital Net - David KC2WUF is net control for the NPARC Digital Net currently held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 9 p.m. local time. Digital mode and frequency are announced via the reflector sometime during the week leading up to the net. Often the operating parameters are also announced during the club business section of the NPARC Sunday Night Net the night before. We encourage members who are equipped for operating digital modes to check in to the net. Lately the mode of choice has been either PSK31 or RTTY and the signal frequency has been around 28.070.500 MHz. The net is a directed net and will be handled round-table format similar to the Sunday Night net as long as conditions permit. The net is a good forum for members who are new to digital modes as there is no pressure to "complete the QSO" quickly. Note: Talk-in should be available on the club frequency (145.750) and the W2LI 2-meter repeater (147.255, input +0.600 MHz, PL 141.3) during the net.

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NPARC Kids Net - Nick KC2ONP former net control for our NPARC Kids Net is away at school.  The Kids Net is in recess until a new net control is identified.

Upcoming On-Air Events

This is a new section of the home page and will try to list interesting on-air activities that you may want to join in. This list grew out of a request by several club members to be notified about upcoming contests that they might have operated in if they were notified.

Note: If you find an event you think might be of interest to the club members please send any information about it to David Bean KC2WUF or David Berkley K2MUN for inclusion in this list.

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ARRL Centennial QSO Party : Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014. This is a 2 part full year event to celebrate the centennial of the ARRL. The first part is working W1AW portable operation in each of the 50 states and most US territories. During 2014, W1AW will be operating in each state during 2 different weeks as well as many of the US territories. The second part is Centennial Points Challenge where you accumulate points by contacting ARRL member stations. Point values are awarded based on the position(s) held by the station/operator. The W1AW portable operations also counts for the points as well. All scoring and awards from this event will use the honor system with logs submitted to LotW. Since this is more of an event than a contest, WARC bands are acceptable for QSOs. More information is available on the ARRL web site here. The schedule for state portable operations is available here.

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ARRL Field Day : Saturday, June 28, 2014 1800 UTC - Sunday, June 28, 2014 1800 UTC. NPARC will once again make an entry into this annual test of emergency preparedness. Look for more details here as they become available. Additional information including the rules is available on the ARRL website here.

Further information on upcoming contests can be found at:

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ARRL Contest Calendar - In addition to listing all upcoming ARRL-sponsored contests, there is a link to past Contest Corrals and instructions on how to sign up to receive the Contest Update to your email account.

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WA7BNM Contest Calendar Site - Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, has created a site that includes an 8-Day Contest Calendar among many others. The 8-Day Calendar shows all contests for the next 8 days. It also has links at the top of the page to look forward or backward one week from the current calendar.

Upcoming Off-Air Events

This is yet another new section of the home page and will try to list off-air activities that may be of interest to club members.

Note: If you find an event or activity that you think might be of interest to other club members, please send any information about it to David Bean KC2WUF or David Berkley K2MUN for inclusion in this list.

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Hamvention® 2014: Friday, May 16, 2014 - Sunday, May 18, 2014. This is considered the premier ham event in the United States if not the world. It has been said that every amateur radio operator should go to this event at least once in their lifetime. Each year one or more members of our club make the trek to Dayton, OH and have a good time. If anyone plans on attending and wants to see if others are headed there, please start a thread by posting to the reflector. Additional information can be found here.

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ARRL Centennial Convention: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Saturday, July 19, 2014. Information about this event was presented by Hudson Division vice Director Bill Hudzik, W2UDT, at the January 27, 2014 meeting. Additional information is available here.

Past News and Notices

2014

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Our 2014 NPARC Auction was held on Friday, February 21 at the New Providence High School. Pictures are available here.

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2014 Dues (forms Word, PDF) should have been paid by January 1!  Renewal notices will be sent to all current members.  You may also send in the linked forms. Any questions, please contact club secretary Tim Farrell, KD2EKN. If you haven't already paid, please get your dues in soon as the grace period ended March 31, 2014.

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Kids Day was held Sunday, January 5, 2013 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Berkeley Heights Community Center.  Even with less than ideal weather (both on the ground and in the sky) we had several youngsters turn out to talk to people (other kids and adults) from around the globe. Photos are now available here and in the photo archive. Flyers (PDF, DOC) are still available for reference.

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NPARC Officers for 2014 were elected at the November 25, 2013 meeting and were formally introduced at the Holiday Luncheon on December 7, 2013. Current Officer are always shown on the Club Information page.  Four officers continue from 2013: David Berkley, K2MUN, President; David Bean, KC2WUF, Vice President; Dave Barr, K2YG, Treasurer and Paul Wolfmeyer, W2PTP, Activities Manager.  A new Secretary, Tim Farrell, KD2EKN was also elected for 2014, replacing outgoing Secretary, Hillary Zaenchik, KC2HLA.

2013

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Jim Stekas', K2UI, talk about 'A Pratical Portable Antenna' is now available online here.

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The NPARC Holiday Luncheon was held on Saturday December 7 at the Chimney Rock Inn in Gillette.  It was, once again, a fun affair.  Photos are now available.

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The 2013 Field Day Results have been posted by ARRL and are shown for NPARC on the Field Day 2013 Page.

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Take a look at the wonderful B&W, medium format high-quality photos for NPARC Field Days from 1994, 1996 and 1997, that Jim, N2TSJ, uncovered in his collection.

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David, K2MUN, presented "Software to Predict HF Propagation (Part I - Tools; Part II - Applications)" at the September 9 and 23, 2013 meeting. Click on the title to view the PowerPoint.

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The 2013 NJ QSO Party (pdf) took place on July 27 - 28 (the last full weekend in July).  We encourage members of NPARC to participate and to designate "New Providence ARC" as their club entry.  This will not affect your individual score.

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Field Day 2013 is in the books!  Great Field Day; the weather and bands cooperated.  Here are some 2013 Photos  and  Results as submitted on July 10 posted. Take a look!  Additional found photos (2003 and more from 1993) have also been posted.

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Take a look at found photos from Field Day 1993 (from David Bean, KC2WUF and Bob Willis, K2GLS).  Bob also found a set of photos from a decade later, Field Day 2003.

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Some photos have been posted from our club trip to W1AW on January 30, 2013.  As a bonus, there is also a photo of participants from many years ago.

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Kids Day was Sunday, January 6, 2013 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Berkeley Heights Community Center, 29 Park Avenue next to the Town Hall.  There was a good turnout both of club members, parents and kids.  Flyers (PDF, DOC).  Photos when available

2012

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During the July 23, 2012 meeting, David Bean, KC2WUF, discussed use of the N1MM contest logger for the NJ State QSO party this coming weekend, Saturday - Sunday, July 28 and 29.  We hope that participants will enter as New Providence ARC members.

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David Berkley, K2MUN, NPARC Webmaster introduced the new NPARC Wiki to members present at the July 9th meeting.

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NPARC had a good turnout for the May 29, New Providence, Memorial Day Parade.  See photo.

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Our 2012 NPARC digital mode series of presentations can be found at:
-- "Software to Control Radios" (Barry Cohen, K2JV):  Slides HTML; PowerPoint (0.6MB)
-- "Hellschreiber" (Andy Meyer, N2FYE): Slides (HTML)

-- "PSK" (David Berkley, K2MUN and Frank McAneny, K2EZR): Slides (HTML)
-- "Packet Radio" (Bob Willis, K2GLS): Slides (HTML)
-- "RTTY" (Dave Barr, K2YG): Slides (2.6 MB PowerPoint)

2011

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The December 12, 2011 NPARC meeting was a panel discussion of Emergency Power Systems with good attendance by hams and the general public.  Presentations and discussion were well received.  Discussion material is available here.

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NPARC is pleased to announce that the FCC has assigned a second call sign, W2FMI, to the Club.  This call sign was held by Jerry Sevick (SK) and we expect that it will be used at many special events, including Field Day, Kids Day and wherever we can use it to honor Jerry's memory.