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:
June Spark Gaps
* Note: All club meetings
starting with the Fall 2014 school year will be at the
New Providence Senior
Citizen Center (GPS
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.
Upcoming Event Calendar
PDF) were due by January 1! Membership
Application/Renewal forms are to be filled out and
sent or handed with proper payment to the club
secretary. 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, 2015.
Digital Net will hopefully be held on Monday,
July 6, 2015 at 9:00pm local time. The frequency will be
MHz USB for SSTV. Please checkin using B/W 8
submode and also try and indicate if you can easily
use SSB with your digital setup on the same
frequency. We had a decent showing on
SSTV during the last 2 digital nets. 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 control frequency.
Operating Conditions for the
June 15, 2015 net will be: SSTV @
Once again NPARC marched in the New
Providence Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25,
2015. A small contingent represented us.
Our next meeting will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at
Senior Citizen Center. This will most likely be
a review of our Field Day activities.
Our 2015 edition of the
Annual NPARC Auction was held Friday, February
27, 2014 at the
New Providence High
School. Fun was had by all who attended. If you
missed it, please look for our 2016 edition around
the same week in February next year. Details will be
posted on this website as they become available.
The February 23, 2015 meeting featured the talk
titled "Antenna Analysis with an
Oscilloscope" given by our esteemed vice
president Jim K2UI.
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, especially those who
braved the elements during the heavy storm period. 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
Field Day archives. Next
to the newsletter
archives, this is the largest content to our
website. 2015 Field Day Archive pages will be
created shortly after all information has been
submitted for our club entry.
The 2014 pages are nearly complete. Sorry for
the delay - KC2WUF
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(Nets and other Special Events)
50th Anniversary HF Special Event
Various NPARC members will be operating as N2XJ
throughout 2015 on the HF bands to help celebrate
our 50th Anniversary. The assignments so far are as
- Overall Event Manager - Paul W2PTP - responsible
for maintaining the operator schedule and the
- Electronic Log Manager - David KC2WUF - responsible for
gathering log files, uploading to LotW and eQSL
(when available), and
reporting progress through the year.
- Event QSL Manager - Bob K2GLS - responsible for
fulfilling requests for special 50th Anniversary
NPARC QSL cards.
More information is available
here. There is also a status page available
will be updated periodically (hopefully weekly) throughout the year.
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.
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 SSTV and the signal frequency has been 28.686.000 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 during SSTV is available on the same
frequency during the net and will probably be used
to direct traffic.
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.
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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.
events are ready to be listed.
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.
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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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scheduled meeting on February 9, 2015 is being
cancelled due to the forecasted inclement weather.
Many of the members are going to try and have on-air
meeting again. Several members "attended" an on-air
meeting we had 2 weeks ago when the meeting was
cancelled. The on-air meeting will be held on the
W2LI-VHF repeater @ 8:00pm barring any other net
using the repeater. Depending on
availability, the talk scheduled for the past 2
meetings will be made at the
February 23, 2015 meeting. Further details on that
meeting will follow.
scheduled meeting on January 26, 2015 is being
cancelled due to the forecasted inclement weather.
This is to be the beginning of a major snow storm
that may include blizzard conditions. Depending on
availability, the talk scheduled will be made at the
February 9, 2015 meeting. Further details on that
meeting will follow.
The January 12, 2015 meeting featured a brief
review of the 50th Anniversary HF Activity so far.
Kid's Day 2015
was held January 4th, 2015 at the
New Providence Senior Citizen Center located at
15 E. 4th St, New Providence, NJ. According to the
accounts received so far it was a rousing success.
Anyone with photos or other
personal accounts are asked to contact the webmaster
with specifics to post in the historical records.
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
The December 22, 2014
meeting featured a talk given by Barry K2JV on a
visit some club members took a few years ago (I
believe 2010) to the Battleship New Jersey BB62 and
the amateur radio station NJ2BB on board. This was
in preparation for a trip some members were planning
on taking the following Saturday. Due to unforeseen
circumstances, the trip was not completed as
As 2015 marks the 50th
anniversary of NPARC, we have discussed a number of
possible events to help celebrate. As was recently
posted via the reflector, the first event announced
will be the operation on HF bands (160m - 10m) of
the primary club call, N2XJ, by club members during
the 2015 calendar year. Each member will be able to
sign up for individual weeks (Thu 0000 UTC - Wed
2359 UTC) throughout the 2015 calendar year. More
information was available in the reflector posting
and will be posted on this website shortly. If you
are interested and capable of operating, please sign
up for one or more operating slots with our
Activities Manager, Paul Wolfmeyer, W2PTP. Paul had
the list available at the Holiday Luncheon and will
again have it at the next club meeting, December 8,
2014. After that, please email or call Paul to
schedule a future operating week. It is hoped that
we can work both DXCC and WAS (via LotW) as a club
during the 2015 calendar year. We plan on having all
log entries submitted to LotW (and hopefully eQSL).
Paper QSLs should also be available with details to
follow. For those of you new to the hobby or who are
unsure about operating, please seek out Elmer help
from another more experienced or better equipped
The annual NPARC Holiday
Luncheon was held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the
Chimney Rock Inn located at 342 Valley Rd in
Gillette, NJ. A good time was had by all who
In addition to the meal and good conversation, the
following awards were made:
- Perfect Meeting Attendance, etc. - David KC2WUF
- Rookie of the Year - Brian W2EMC
- Grand Ol' Ham - Jim K2UI
- Wouff Hong Award -
Finally, the 2015 officers were presented and
Activities Manager Paul W2PTP distributed the "door
prize" (2014 ARRL Radio Handbook) to the winner Bill
WA2CG. Paul also showed the signup sheet for our
50th Anniversary HF event.
Anyone with pictures are asked
to send them in for posting on the website.
The December 8, 2014
meeting at the
Senior Citizen Center featured a program by the
Mile 17 Ham Radio group for the 2014 New York City
Marathon. Bill WA2CG, Mile 17 Captain, gave an
informative talk on the groups preparation and
involvement followed by a picture slide show given
by Tim KD2EKN and a short montage of videos by Stu
KA2HZP. Also present from the Mile 17 team was Brian
W2EMC. The slide show and video was accompanied by
popcorn. A copy of some/all of the presentation
should be made available shortly.
Elections were held at
the November 24, 2014 meeting and the officers for
2015 were elected as follows:
- President - David Bean, KC2WUF
- Vice President - Jim Stekas, K2UI
- Secretary - Tim Farrell, KD2
- Treasurer - Dave Barr, K2YG
- Activities Manager - Paul Wolfmeyer, W2PTP
Our regular club meetings
have been relocated to the
New Providence Senior Citizen Center for the
upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
The "Hands-on Antenna
Modeling using EZNEC Workshop" Parts I, II and III
were held during 3 consecutive club meetings
(September 22, October 13 and 27). Part I included a
basic overview of EZNEC by David K2MUN along with a
40-meter dipole and then he added some drooping
ends. Part II was run by Barry K2JV with David K2MUN
walking around the room to help. Barry began by
reviewing the basic operation of EZNEC and then
taking the "Back Yard" dipole model that comes with
EZNEC and modifying it to show what various changes
can do to the results. He also showed the SWR graph
of his approximation of his 300 foot loop that he
had when he lived in Massachusetts which he proposed
to model at the following meeting. Part III was
Barry K2JV running through setting up a 4x70-foot
sided horizontal square-loop which he hinted at the
previous meeting. Many questions were posed during
the 3 weeks and many members came away with positive
comments on the capabilities of EZNEC for modeling
Finally, both David K2MUN and Barry K2JV have been
gracious enough to provide some information about
Part I - David's October
President's Column. (.pdf
.doc formats) are available.
Part II - Barry's outline (.pdf
.docx formats) and presentation (.pdf
.ppt formats) are available.
Part III - Barry's presentation (.pdf
.ppt formats) are available.
Barry K2JV finished up
the "Hands-on Antenna Modeling using EZNEC Workshop"
by reviewing an approximation of his 300 foot loop
that he had when he lived in Massachusetts at the
October 27, 2014 meeting. Our next meeting will be
held on November 10, 2014 at the
Senior Citizen Center.
Barry K2JV joined David's
"Hands-on Antenna Modeling using EZNEC Workshop"
demonstrating a simple dipole and refreshing us on
the various settings. Barry has graciously
volunteered to continue this subject in a Part III
at the next meeting and plans on modeling his 300
foot loop that he had when he lived in
Massachusetts. The next meeting is October 27, 2014
at the New
Providence Senior Citizen Center. Since it will
be hands-on once again, hope to see you all there
with your laptops.
Finally, it would be nice if at least a few of you
could bring your own "real-world" antenna
descriptions to be modeled. Basic element (wire,
rod, etc) dimensions (lengths, etc.) and conditions
(height above ground, etc.) is all you really need
David K2MUN began his
sessions guiding us through a "Hands-on Antenna
Modeling 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.
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
Dave AC2GL gave a brief demonstration
of the "DVB-T Dongle & SDR# Software" at the August 25, 2014
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
Defined 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
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.
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
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.
Mike Lisenco, 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
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
1983 includes the change to the current club frequency. 1978 and
prior include some mimeograph copies resulting in poorer quality
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
New 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,
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,
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.
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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
Photos are now
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 individual score.
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
Additional 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
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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
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.
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)
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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
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.
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