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
See our club flyer
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
Jerry Sevick (SK). They both made
numerous contributions to the hobby as well as the club.
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
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 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
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.
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
Google Map location of Salt Brook School
Driving Directions to the School
Salt Brook School (GPS Coordinates:
40 Maple Street
New Providence, NJ 07974
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.
In addition to the two monthly
meetings, club activities include:
- Special events, such as
ARRL Field Day
and our Annual Auction
- 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
- 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
Tx on 147.855,
- 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
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.
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:
Dave Barr K2YG||
pwolfmeyer (at) att.net|
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American Radio Relay League
(ARRL), a membership service organization serving Amateur
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