Current News and Notices,
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:
August Spark Gaps
Note: All club meetings starting with the Fall 2014 school year will be at the
New Providence Senior Citizen Center
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
Upcoming Event Calendar
David K2MUN began his sessions guiding us through
a "Hands-on Antenna Modelling Workshop using EZNEC".
Many members brought their laptops and followed along. David
would love to get some feedback and is willing to try to address
some particular issues (if he can). Please send your feedback
and/or questions to k2mun at arrl dot net. Please try
and bring your same laptop(s) with you so that you can follow
along some through the more advanced analysis. The second
session of this will take place on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the new
regular meeting location of the
New Providence Senior Citizen Center. Hope to see you all
there with laptop in hand again.
Our regular club meetings have been
relocated to the New Providence Senior
Citizen Center for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
Digital Net should be held on Monday, October
6, 2014 at 9:00pm EDT. KC2WUF
may or may not be net control QRV 28.070.500 or 7.069.500 MHz +/- 1.000 kHZ Mode Center Frequency.
Mode and QRV frequency (shifting due to winter season) should be published (both here and via the reflector) a
couple of days prior to the net. All
club members and non-members alike are welcome to join in the
round-robin format. A test transmission should start 5-10
minutes prior to the net for the purposes of locating the net
Dave AC2GL gave a brief demonstration
of the "DVB-T Dongle & SDR#
Software" at the August 25, 2014 meeting.
The presentation files from the
August 11, 2014 meeting have been updated by Jon, AE2JP, based
on some of the feedback he received. The new versions of
"Software Defined Radio: State-of-the-Art & State-of-the-Future"
are available in both
formats. August 18, 2014
The August 11, 2014 meeting featured a
short discussion on impressions of the ARRL Centennial
Convention in Hartford, CT from several of the members that
attended at least some of it last month. This discussion was led
by Paul, W2PTP. After that Jon, AE2JP, gave a talk entitled
Radio: State-of-the-Art & State-of-the-Future". The
talk was inspired by two of the talks that Jon saw at the
convention. The original slides are available here in
and .pdf formats.
Another Field Day has come and gone.
By all accounts a good time was had by all. Thanks to all those
who supported our effort before, during and/or after the event.
Special thanks go out to our Activities Manager Paul W2PTP for
all his efforts in organizing all of the pieces needed to make
the weekend a success. More information will be posted on this
site as it becomes available. Also, we ask that any pictures
taken be passed on to David KC2WUF for inclusion in our
Day archives. Next to the newsletter archives, this is the
largest content to our website. 2014 Field Day Archive pages will be
created shortly after all information has been submitted for our
club entry. The pages are still being
Club Activities (Nets and
other Special Events)
Sunday Night Net -
Al K2AL is net control on the
W2LI-VHF (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. Note: TCRA has
been nice enough to link the W2LI-UHF repeater (449.975, input
-5.000 MHz, Tone 141.3) in for our net.
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
Hellschreiber (more resilient to multi-path signals experienced
on 10m) 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 simplex) and the W2LI 2-meter repeater (147.255,
input +0.600 MHz, PL 141.3) during the net.
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.
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.
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
schedule for state portable operations is available
New Jersey State QSO Party :
Saturday, October 4, 2014 1600
UTC - Sunday, October 5, 2014
0359 UTC and Sunday, October 5,
2014 1400 UTC - 2000 UTC. The
New Jersey QSO Party has moved
to a new part of the calendar,
but still has the standard
CW/Phone HF Contest, and again
this year a 2-meter FM only
contest so that the Technician
class hams can get their feet
wet in contesting. Additional
information is available
Further information on upcoming contests can be found
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.
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.
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.
Placeholder until new information becomes
During our next 2 club meetings (September 22nd and October
13th), David K2MUN will be guiding us through
a "Hands-on Antenna Modelling Workshop using EZNEC". Please try
and bring a Windows capable laptop with you so that you can get
the freeware version of EZNEC and try out some of your own
antenna models. Both of these sessions will be held at the new
regular meeting location of the
New Providence Senior Citizen Center. Hope to see you all
there with laptop in hand.
Our next meeting (September 8, 2014)
will feature ???. The meeting will begin shortly
after 7:30pm EDT and will be held at the new regular meeting location
of the New Providence Senior
Citizen Center. Hope to see you all there.
The second week of W1AW/2 operations
from New Jersey starts Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 0000UTC and
runs until Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 2359UTC. The sponsoring
club is looking for operators to run some band-mode slots for
whatever time you can manage. If you didn't read the email
forwarded by David, K2MUN, and would like more information,
contact either David, K2MUN, or David, KC2WUF, for a copy of the
email from the sponsoring coordinator. They especially expressed
a need for digital operators. For those of you looking to see
what a pileup sounds like from the other end, you might want to
give it a try. You must be able to send in an ADIF file with all
QSOs that you make during your time operating as W1AW/2.
QSL Night - Our next meeting (July
28) will feature QSL Night where everyone is asked to bring some
of their favorite QSL cards and share them along with a story or
two about one or more of them. The meeting will begin shortly
after 7:30pm EDT and will be held at this year's summer location
of the New Providence Senior
Citizen Center. Hope to see you all there.
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.
Don't forget our next big event is
Field Day this coming weekend. We will be operating from
the first field directly
behind Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights
as we have for the past several years. Setup will begin around
9:30am and all of your help will be greatly appreciated to get
us ready for the 2:00pm start to operations. Make sure you've
read the attachment on the email that our Activities Manager,
Paul W2PTP, has sent out identifying every members tasks. If you
have any problems with the tasks assigned you or you think you
were supposed to be identified on the spreadsheet, please
contact Paul directly so that things run smoothly this weekend.
N2YBB, ARRL Hudson Division Director led an informative
discussion on several current topics related to amateur radio
operations. He discussed RM-11708, CC&R's, recent FCC changes,
the ARRL Centennial among other topics.
Thanks to the find that Al Hanzl,
K2AL, made prior to our 2013 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), 1985 (March - June and
September - November), 1984 (January-June and September -
November), 1983 (January - July and September-November), 1982
(January-June and September - November), 1981 (January,
October and November), 1980 (January - Jun and September -
October), 1979 (January - March, May and September - November),
1978 (January - June and September - November), 1977 (January
- April and September - November) and 1976 (January - June and
September - November) have now been scanned and are available in
the newsletter archives.
1983 includes the change to the current club frequency. 1978 and
prior include some mimeograph copies resulting in poorer quality scans.
The task of scanning all available Mountain Spark Gaps was
completed on June 7, 2014. This includes the first Mountain
Spark Gaps circa April 1966.
Harvey Klein, WS2Q, gave an
interesting talk about "Remote Station Operation" at our June 9,
2014 meeting. He discussed the hardware and software he uses to
access his HF rig at his Home QTH from his smartphone and tablet
devices. He also discussed some of the other communications
options he employs for emergency communications.
The talks scheduled for the last two
meetings (Barry, K2JV, and Mike Lisenco, N2YBB) which both had
to be postponed have been rescheduled along with a talk by
Harvey Klein, WS2Q. Barry will give his "RF Safety" talk at the
Tuesday, May 27th meeting. Harvey will give his talk on "Remote
Station Operation" at the June 9th meeting. Mike will now speak
with us at the June 23rd meeting.
Once again this year as we have in
the past, NPARC will have a contingent of marchers in the New
Providence Memorial Day Parade. Please contact Rick Anderson
WB2QOQ if you have an interest in participating or any
questions. Please consider representing our club in the most
public display we have each year.
At the same time we are marching, the NPARC ERT will be
providing communications support to the parade organizers as
they have for the past few years as well.
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
Mike Lisenco N2YBB, ARRL Hudson
Division Director, will be unable to make tonight's meeting
(May 12, 2014). He
will need to be rescheduled for a later date. Details will
follow as they become available.
The "RF Safety" talk from Barry K2JV
scheduled for this coming meeting (April 28, 2014) needs to be
rescheduled for a future meeting. Details will follow when
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.
2014 NPARC Auction was
held on Friday, February 21 at the
Providence High School. Pictures are available
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.
Kids Day was held Sunday, January 5, 2013 from
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,
still available for reference.
for 2014 were elected at the November 25, 2013 meeting and were
formally introduced at the
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.
Jim Stekas', K2UI, talk about
Portable Antenna' is now available online
was held on Saturday December 7 at the Chimney Rock Inn in
Gillette. It was, once again, a fun affair.
Photos are now available.
The 2013 Field Day Results have been
posted by ARRL
and are shown for NPARC on the
Field Day 2013 Page.
Take a look at the wonderful B&W,
medium format high-quality photos for NPARC Field Days from
that Jim, N2TSJ, uncovered in his collection.
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.
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
Field Day 2013
is in the books! Great Field Day; the weather and bands
cooperated. Here are some 2013
Results as submitted on July 10 posted. Take a
found photos (2003
and more from
1993) have also been
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.
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.
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
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
David Berkley, K2MUN, NPARC Webmaster
introduced the new
NPARC Wiki to members present at the
July 9th meeting.
NPARC had a good turnout for the
May 29, New Providence, Memorial Day Parade. See
Our 2012 NPARC digital mode series of presentations
can be found at:
-- "Software to Control Radios" (Barry Cohen, K2JV):
-- "Hellschreiber" (Andy Meyer, N2FYE):
-- "PSK" (David Berkley, K2MUN and
Frank McAneny, K2EZR):
-- "Packet Radio" (Bob Willis, K2GLS):
-- "RTTY" (Dave Barr, K2YG):
(2.6 MB PowerPoint)
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
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.