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Overview

The NPARC is a general interest amateur radio club open to all. Our goals are technical growth, community service, fellowship, and fun! We also hope to encourage more people to become hams. If you are thinking about becoming a ham or if you are a  ham looking for a club affiliation, we invite you to visit one of our meetings or activities and talk to some of our members.

The club was formed in the early 1960's, primarily by hams working at Bell Labs. Meetings were (and are are still) held in New Providence, hence the name of the club. Despite the name, there are no residency requirement for membership, although most members happen to live within 20 miles of New Providence, NJ. (New Providence is in Union County NJ, 20 miles southwest of New York City.)   We currently have about 65 members -- men and women -- of all ages, including students, with a wide variety of ham radio skills and interests. Please join us!

See our club flyer
 

Club Call Signs

The club has 2 call signs that are used during special club activities (i.e. Field Day, Kids Day and our FM Sprint) during the year. The call signs at one time belonged to long-time club members who are now silent keys (SK - no longer alive).

N2XJ belonged to Carl Felt (SK) while W2FMI belonged to Jerry Sevick (SK). They both made numerous contributions to the hobby as well as the club.

Membership

Membership is open to anyone interested in amateur radio. An Amateur Radio License is not required. Annual dues are $20.00; for students it's $10.00 which you can submit with a completed membership application to the club secretary.

If you have any questions about membership, come to one of our meetings, call one of our club officers, or if you are in the New Providence area, make an inquiry on the club frequency, 145.75 MHz simplex , where someone is usually listening and can answer your question.

Meetings

Club meetings are normally held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Meetings are held in the cafeteria at the Salt Brook School in New Providence, NJ (directions below).  If the school is closed on a normally scheduled meeting date, we may move the meeting date or location.  Check the club calendar for currently scheduled dates and locations.

 Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude not much later than 9:15 p.m. Guests and prospective members are cordially invited to attend the meetings.

The meeting on the second Monday generally focuses on a particular theme, with either a presentation or demonstration related to ham radio. Important news is announced and, if necessary, any club business is handled.

The meeting on the fourth Monday is an informal meeting where anyone can bring up any topic for discussion or show off their latest project. Often the club has a kit or other building project underway and this meeting can be used to work on that project.

Google Map location of Salt Brook School

Driving Directions to the School

Salt Brook School (GPS Coordinates: 40.708712,-74.389318)
40 Maple Street
New Providence, NJ 07974
908-464-7100

 

 

 

 

 

From the center of New Providence, take Springfield Ave east about 0.7 mile and turn right on Maple Street.  The school is just down on the left. Park in the right side parking lot and enter through the doors to the far right of the lot to get to the cafeteria.

Activities

In addition to the two monthly meetings, club activities include:

  • Special events, such as
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  • Social Events, including the December Holiday Party and field trips to points of interest, such as ARRL Headquarters
          
     
  • Community Service events, such as the New Providence Memorial Day Parade 
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  • Kit building  
     
  • Regular chatter on 145.75 simplex, the club's operating frequency.
     
  • A Sunday night FM voice net - 9:00 p.m. on the W2LI repeater (147.255 MHz,  Tx on 147.855, PL 141.3).
     
     View the historical notes of the nets compiled by Bob Barns KB2IKC /SK from May 1991 through his last net on 1/14/2007 (Bob passed away on 1/30/2007).

  • A bi-monthly digital net - currently held 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. Current NCS David Bean KC2WUF.

In addition, some of our members are participants in the club's Emergency Response Team, the  National Weather Service SKYWARN program and some volunteer in local RACES (for municipal Offices of Emergency Management) and/or ARES units which are organizations active during emergencies or public events.

For information about local activities for any of these organizations, contact the webmaster  or a club officer.

E-Mail Reflector

Registered club members can also subscribe to the club's e-mail reflector. The reflector is a way for a club member to post information or ask general questions of all the other subscribers. Any message sent to the reflector is automatically re-sent to each of the subscribers. Generally this is a light traffic reflector, so don't worry about being inundated with mail.

For more information about the reflector including how to subscribe, visit the NPARC reflector page.

After you're registered, you can post a message for everyone to see by sending it to:
 nparc@mailman.qth.net

 

Club Officers - 2014

President David Berkley K2MUN k2mun (at) arrl.net
Vice President David Bean  KC2WUF kc2wuf (at) arrl.net
Secretary Tim Farrell KD2EKN kd2ekn (at) arrl.net
Treasurer Dave Barr K2YG barr29 (at) verizon.net
Activities Manager Paul Wolfmeyer W2PTP pwolfmeyer (at) att.net

 

ARRL Affiliation    ARRL Logo.gif (1.9 Kb)

We are an affiliated club (# 0213) of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a membership service organization serving Amateur Radio operators, enthusiasts, experimenters, and hobbyists.

To get the ARRL's weekly newsletter, send e-mail to listserv@netcom.com (no subject needed). The body of the message should say simply:   subscribe letter-list

 

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