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UP-LiNK

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF
THE CHERRYVILLE REPEATER
ASSOCIATION II, INC.

January 2000

The New Cherryville Millennium

BOARD MEETING Jan 12 · CLUB MEETING Jan 14

HAPPY 2000 TO ALL

FROM THE PRES…

 Well, did everyone make it through the change of the millennium? If so, I’d like to know how? It isn’t until next year! I am amused, however, with the confusion promulgated by marketing types trying to make a fast buck… getting two years worth by starting over a year early. Somehow the changeover of the millennium was confused with buggy software containing a two-digit field to represent the year. Oh well. I am writing this before the ominous day when computers will stop working. Gee, I hope this makes it to press. As you may already know, being the programmer that I am, I find it hard to believe that the world is going to stop turning because of a computer bug like this. I’ve heard some hysterical things in the past two years and probably you have too. Let me give you a piece of advice: if you receive a utility bill for over $100,000, don’t pay it. It’s just that simple. Also, be sure to check the date on your vehicle. I haven’t found where to do so in either of mine. Guess I’ll just have to suffer. Oh well. 

 And now, after having had some fun, let me get down to the business at hand. Our Club. Or, better yet, our Organization. I’m going to let you all in on my little secret. Perhaps I’ll be sorry for what I’m about to say but that’s OK, I’ll deal with it. All right, here it goes: As the elected president of our organization, I have very little to do. Instead, it is the rest of the board of directors and committee chairpeople & members that do the work. I just do some coordinating here and there. As a matter of fact I don’t even have a vote at board meetings, excepted only by the need to prevent a tie vote. The important point here is that this organization is kept alive by its membership. Without members, we are nothing. This club comprises members from many different walks of life ranging in level of education, experience, interests, and beliefs. But the common interest, amateur radio, is the thread that binds us all together. Each person brings to the club certain specific talents that are unique to that individual. In effect, each of us colors the clubs’ activities & functions in our own way. Also, each of us has the capability to guide the club for the good of all. In the past year this club has done some things differently than in the past. The board of directors, committee chairpeople & members, and myself has been working diligently to affect minor changes in preparation for our future as a club. We have identified a few areas that needed attention, such as textual record keeping/historical records, by-laws edits, and tax-exempt status to name a few, and then took necessary corrective action. The bottom line is that the club now works better for you. Where this is leading is right here to you: Due to discussions with a few of the board members, I suspect that there will be several positions that are opening up for the coming election in April. Two of the member-at-large positions are up for election since their two-year ‘tour of duty’ is up. Perhaps these individuals will run again for another two-year tour. But there are other positions that will be vacated due to time constraints. I’m not going to jump the gun on any announcements but I am going to ask each of you, the general membership, to think seriously about getting involved in your organization’s decision-making engine. By the way, all four executive board positions are up for election each year. That means you can run for office, even if occupied. 

  In closing I’d like to thank everyone in the club for becoming members and participating, each in their own way. I periodically go over your comments from past years’ surveys. Also, I take to heart the many discussions we’ve had and suggestions for improvements. If there is anything that is gnawing at you, please be sure to seek out one of the board members or myself. The only thing I can promise is that we will listen. I think that everyone I have worked with will agree that although our primary focus is club business, we also know how to have fun. Won’t you join us? 

 73 de N3QDC 

DUES DUES DUES

Don’t forget to pay your Club dues at the January meeting or mail to the Club PO Box

W2GD:

SPEAKING IN HELSINKI &

new qrp contest record

6th *International* Contest/DX Meeting, Helsinki, FINLAND

21-22 January, 2000!

John will be one of the featured speakers at this meeting of the worlds top contesters and Dxers, sponsored by the Amateur Radio Club of Finnish Broadcasting Company (FBC) - OH2NM / OH2YLE - a club with long and remarkable traditions   in OH contesting.

"The Great 1999 CQ160 CW ShootOUT

(between W2GD/W8JI/K1ZM)"   

by John W2GD (P40W, etc.)    

And, in the CQWW DX CW contest, John set a new QRP world record! Operating from Aruba as P40W, John made 3338 Qs, and 5,523,280 points surpassing HI8A's (JA5DQH) 3.3M in 1991!

Congratulations John!

P40W CQ Worldwide DX Contest - CW Summary:

Band QSOs Zones Countries

160: 26 7 18

80: 424 17 61

40: 555 25 77

20: 574 28 81

15: 788 32 90

10: 971 30 94

Total: 3338 139 421 = 5,523,280

 

CONTEST CALENDAR

By the time you read this, the CQWW CW contest will be over. Band conditions were pretty good, hope you all did well.

Jan 8-9 ARRL RTTY roundup

Jan 28-30 CQ 160 CW

Feb 19-20 ARRL CW DX

Feb 25-26 CQ 160 SSB

Mar 4-5 ARRL SSB DX

Mar 25-26 CQWW WPX CW

NEW CALL

Paul Franson: W2HCA is no more - W2LE now. :"Christmas present from the FCC. I've just changed my call from W2HCA to W2LE - got tired of SCA, CA, HC, VCA, and even RCA."

FIELD DAY RECORD CONFIRMED!

Cherryville and W2GD made the jump from class 4a to 5a last summer and WOW did they do a good job! Not only won the class, but set a new all time record in that class. Our official score:

6566 Qs and 20,520 points.

That is a new all time high for Cherryville Field Day, congrats to all. The previous 5a record was 7151 Qs and 19,836 points set by K5DX/ Texas DX Society in 1988.

And by the way, Cherryville/W2GD still holds the all time class 4a record (1995, 5341 Qs, 17,472 points!) The 1999 top 4a team had only 4372 Qs and 12,888 points, so that record should stand for some time to come.

Our finish position overall was fifth, behind stations running 20a, 13a, 28a, and 7a. W3AO took the #1 overall rating from the 7a class with 26,224 points. They (W3AO) are the team that beat us out of first place in 4a last year, quite a team to beat. Their 26,224 sets an all time high Field Day record, topping the previous high of 25,260 set in 1989 by the TX DX Society/K5DX running 23a/battery.

We’ve got a great team and a great system, no one, other than W3AO last year, has ever beaten us running the same or fewer transmitters than we run.

WAY TO GO CHERRYVILLE! Many thanks especially to all the members who help with setup, teardown, food, and operations. Be ready for Field Day ’00, June 23-35th. Mark your calendars now!

NNJ SECTION ARES NET BEGINNING IN JANUARY

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) of Northern New Jersey will hold a Section-wide information and training net at 8:00 PM on Monday, January 10, 2000, on the 146.895 WS2Q repeater (-600 kHz, 151.4 Hz). While the net is labeled as an "ARES" net, all amateurs involved in emergency communications, including ARES, SkyWarn, RACES, Red Cross, etc., are encouraged to participate. The purpose of the net will be to provide a monthly exchange of current information and events and offer training, including net control and traffic handling. The net will be held on the second Monday of each month. A meeting for Northern New Jersey ARES DECs was held Saturday, December 11, at the Morris County Police and Fire Academy, in Morristown, New Jersey. For further information on the new monthly net, please contact NNJ Section Emergency Coordinator Mike Hoeft, K2MPH, by e-mail at k2mph@arrl.net.

AMATEUR

Amateur Radio is one of the most unique communities in the world. It is truly transparent. Nowhere else do you find the prince with the pauper, the professional with the unemployed, the youngest with the oldest, male with female, people of all colors, and everyone is having fun. Why? Because there is one common thread in this group – Amateur Radio. Any doubt, just attend the next hamfest.

On occasion though, we forget that it is just that – Amateur. This community is not a giant corporation with deep pockets. It is not a company with an obligation to provide uninteruptable service over a given area for a fixed fee. This is Amateur Radio. It is our portion of the spectrum to enjoy and experiment with, to bend our minds.

We all realize that our portion of the spectrum plays host to the whims of Mother Nature. When the leaves arrive or they leave, when there are storms on the sun, when weather fronts form, when meteors shower the earth, all these and a few hundred more innocuous events affect our spectrum’s effective operation. Every ‘Ham’ worth his license knows that these elements can and do affect our enjoyment.

So why do we hear the detractors, the critics, continually complain that ‘The string is too short:’ ‘ The power is down;’ ‘The ears are dead;’ "The machine can’t hear;’ ‘The squelch tail is too long – or short;’ ‘The receive site is down;’ ‘The machine is noisy;’ yada yada yada. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know when the repeater has a problem. It too is old and has probably seen its better days, but it does provide us with more social interaction and enjoyment than anything else you can name. In addition, it provides us with a reliable means of emergency communication with the appropriate arms of government, when necessary. Let’s enjoy what we have by bringing our expectations down to reality. Let’s accept what we have and stop looking for what we have not. See the glass as half full, …

Talk to some of the residents of nursing homes who feel: ‘Any day you can sit up and take nourishment is a Good Day.’ We have that same opportunity every day. When the ‘machine’ is down, we all, to a person, miss it as we would miss a good friend. Let’s appreciate Big Bertha in the same way and offer a word of ‘thanks,’ not criticism, to those who keep her in good health for they too are numbered in the ranks of unpaid professional amateurs.

Thanks for listening,

till next month

73, Guess

WB2CVL estate sale

Ham Equipment For Sale

Kenwood TS940S Transceiver w/Manual and Service Manual. $900.00

Eimac 3-500Z,  New $ 100.00

MFJ Memory Keyer, w/manual $ 40.00

Yaesu HT, FT208R, ext mic, Nc8 Power and Charger, Case(Leath) $ 85.00

Lafayette 42-0123 Low Pass Filter $10.00

Larson LM150, 2 meter mobile lip mount antenna $15.00

Safe House 49-433A, Automatic Message Center 49-308, Passive Infrared Detector $40.00

AT&T answer machine $10.00

Creative Design 218, 3 Element 10/15 Meter Beam $100.00

Wilson Telescoping Mast tower, Electric up/dn, winch tilt over,  and Ham M rotator w/2 Controls.  BEST OFFER  

All equipment is in good working order.

 To make a deal......... Call John WA2F 908-722-9045    

 

 

FCC restructures

Three license classes, one code speed

ARLB096:  The FCC has issued its long-awaited Report and Order on amateur licensing restructuring. The bottom line is that starting April 15, 2000, there will be three license classes--Technician, General, and Amateur Extra--and a single Morse code requirement--5 WPM. 

 ''We believe that an individual's ability to demonstrate increased Morse code proficiency is not necessarily indicative of that individual's ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art,'' the FCC said. 

 Besides drastically streamlining the Amateur Radio licensing process, the FCC said its actions would ''eliminate unnecessary requirements that may discourage or limit individuals from becoming trained operators, technicians, and electronic experts.'' 

 Although no new Novice and Advanced licenses will be issued after the effective date of the Report and Order, the FCC does not plan to automatically upgrade any existing license privileges. The ARRL had proposed a one-time, across-the-board upgrading of current Novice and Tech Plus licensees to General class, but the FCC declined to adopt the idea. This means that current licensees will retain their current operating privileges, including access to various modes and subbands, and will be able to renew their licenses indefinitely. 

 Starting April 15, 2000, individuals who qualified for the Technician class license prior to March 21, 1987, will be able to upgrade to General class by providing documentary proof to a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator, paying an application fee, and completing FCC Form 605. 

 The FCC's decision not to automatically upgrade Novice and Tech Plus licensees means the current Novice/Tech Plus HF subbands will remain and not be ''refarmed'' to higher class licensees as the ARRL had proposed. The FCC said it did not refarm these subbands because there was ''no consensus'' within the amateur community as to what to do with them. 

 The FCC decided to lump Technician and Tech Plus licensees into a single licensee database, all designated as ''Technician'' licensees. Those who can document having passed the 5 WPM Morse code examination will continue to have the current Tech Plus HF privileges. The FCC said it may request documentation from a licensee or VEC to verify whether a licensee has passed a telegraphy examination. 

 The FCC action also authorizes Advanced Class hams to prepare and administer General class examinations, and eliminates Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) station licenses. RACES will remain, however. 

 Under the new licensing scheme, there will be four examination elements. Element 1 will be the 5 WPM Morse code exam. Element 2 will be a 35-question Technician exam; Element 3 will be a 35-question General exam; and Element 4 will be a 50-question Amateur Extra exam. The FCC has left it in the hands of the National Conference of VECs Question Pool Committee to determine the specific mix and makeup of written examination questions. 

  Elimination of the 13 and 20 WPM Morse requirements means an end to physician certification waivers for applicants claiming an inability to pass the Morse code examination due to physical handicap. 

  The FCC disagreed with the League's suggestion that it undertake a restructuring of operating privileges along with licensing restructuring. The Commission said it wanted to give the amateur community a chance to ''reach a consensus'' regarding new technologies before it tried to restructure amateur operating privileges and frequencies. 

 A copy of the entire Report and Order (FCC 99-412) is available at 

http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/wt98-143ro.pdf or at http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991230/fcc99412.txt

 

Rumors of the death of Amateur Radio are premature! 

There were many comments flying on packet and email reflectors after this announcement came out, here are excerpts from two that I thought were best, the Editor…

"…the FCC decision is not  the beginning of the end for the Amateur Radio Service. And we all have a  responsibility to recruit the "next generation" of great operators! 

No one gets a free ride (e.g.  upgrade from current license class) without passing an additional  examination. No upgrades from novice to general, advanced to extra, etc.  And code speed is not an  appropriate measure for "promotion" within the service in this day and age. 

The bottom line is this has turned out to be a "non-event" with few if  any dire consequences. So all you Advanced licensees, take that Extra  written exam before April! "

W2GD

"Before we all start mourning the death of our beloved hobby, I want to  inject  some comments of hope. 

 This restructuring will NOT turn Amateur Radio into another CB "service"  unless we (all of us in Amateur Radio) allow it to deteriorate. The future  of  Amateur Radio is in OUR hands, not those of the FCC, the ARRL, nor the  IARU. These bodies will only do what we want of them and numbers count.  He who has the most votes on his side wins. If you disapprove of any  outcome, your camp was in the minority. That's what democracy is all   about. 

We have to face two facts. One, the world is changing and we must change  with it. Two, the FCC has laid down the law and we must all abide by it,  whether we like it or not. What's done is done. Now we must all move on. 

 If WE want Amateur Radio to remain a happy, cordial fraternity, WE must  actively work to promote growth in our numbers as well as growth in our  activity. Sitting on the sidelines, grumping about the way "it was" and   the  general decay of our hobby will only accelerate the demise of this most  wonderful of pastimes. Our future is a self-fulfilling prophecy. You and   I  and all of our fellow hams need to keep a positive attitude about the  future. 

 So, where's the good news? The FCC has gotten tough about enforcement.  This alone will help moderate the general conduct of the bands, but WE   still  need to help. Despite the so-called decline in our numbers, the activity   in  contests has skyrocketed. The "dead" mode of CW is wall to wall in the CW  contests. We ARE out there and we ARE active. Despite the explosion of  cellular phones and other wireless services, it is STILL the hams who come  through in big disasters. I could go on, but the reality is that we can  keep  this thing going and growing if we want it bad enough. It won't take a lot  of  effort, just a unified and pervasive attitude of hope, not despair. 

 Make a New Year's resolution to do at least one thing to grow our hobby.  Get some kid excited about Amateur Radio. Assume a leadership role  in your local club. Organize a special event station at a local mall.  Become an evangelist for some aspect of the hobby you particularly  enjoy, like contesting, QRP, or public service. Get the media involved.  You get the idea! 

 I look forward to the future! I hope you do also! We WILL survive Y2K  and we WILL survive Amateur restructuring! 

  Glenn K3PP 

TIME AND DATE WEBSITE

WITH Y2K FIX

An interesting and useful website is:

http://WWW.RIGHTTIME.COM

They also have a Y2K patch you can download.

HAMFEST NEWS

Mailings have gone out to vendors and magazines etc. Now is the time we have to get busy on all fronts, be sure to attend the January meeting and get involved to make OUR hamfest a success in 2000. Look for the sign up board at the meeting (and in the next issue of Uplink.)

ELECTIONS

Time again for the Cherryville Officer and Board member elections. Elections are held at the April meeting, with only those members in ‘good’ standing with dues paid eligible to vote. Ballots are mailed out after the March meeting. All officer positions are open for election as well as 2 Member-at-Large Board positions.

The Election Committee consists of those Board members not up for re-election (Board seats are two-year terms, alternating 2 or 3 open each election.) The Election Committee for this year consists of:

Ed Kita, N3MSK

John Crovelli, W2GD

Roberto Matos, K2PA.

Contact any of the above or a Club Officer if you are interested in running for a position or nominating someone.

 

dues structure

time to renew

REGULAR $30.00

FAMILY $45.00

SENIOR $20.00

Please see the Treasurer, Brian, N2RDL or mail to the Club @ PO Box 308, Quakertown, NJ 08868

CRA II CLUB INFORMATION

The Cherryville Repeater Association II is a non-profit New Jersey Corporation dedicated to Community Service Through Communication. Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 PM at the Flemington Baptist Church unless otherwise announced. Visitors are always welcome!

Also, everyone is welcome on the Thursday Night Traffic Net, at 8 PM every Thursday, followed at 9:30 by the Swap-Net, and the ARES-RACES net at 8:30 PM on the first Thursday each month (immediately following the traffic net), all on the 147.375 repeater.

 

UPLiNK A CRA II Publication

Editors Marty Grozinski, W2CG

Roster & Mailing: mjgrozi@postoffice.ptd.net

Keith Burt, KB5U

Articles & Info: kb5u@blast.net

Roberto Matos, K2PA: Interviews

K2pa@arrl.net

Many thanks to all those who have contributed articles or information for this publication, including: The ARRL, ARRL Letter, QST, The Hudson Loop, N2FF, N3QDC, N2MQZ, and all not mentioned for their help.

This newsletter is an open forum for the Cherryville Repeater Association, II Inc. and its members, of general interest Club and ham radio related interest items. The opinions contained herein are those of the authors who have contributed their work. The officers and members if the CRA II Inc. are not liable for its contents. Articles and information are always welcome, and may sometimes be edited for content, punctuation, grammar, and newsletter space.

Deadline for submission for all issues is two weeks prior to the Board meetings.

THE CHERRYVILLE REPEATER ASSOCIATION II

BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Pres

N3QDC

Rob France

(215) 766-8066

n3qdc@att.net

VP

KB2DDM

Susan MacRae

(908) 475-5299

kb2ddm@fast.net

Sec

N3ODB

Elaine Kita

(610) 252-6193

 

Treas

N2RDL

Brian Campbell

(610) 559-1509

lupinus@fast.net

MEMBERS AT LARGE:*

 

W2CGX

Barry Campbell

(908) 725-0478

barryc@compubell.com

 

KA2TOV

Mike Grohol

(908) 782-9698

mjgrohol@blast.net

 

W2GD

John Crovelli

(908) 996-3043

w2gd@hotmail.com

 

N3MSK

Ed Kita

(610) 252-6193

n3msk@amsat.org

 

K2PA

Roberto Matos

(908) 788-8253

k2pa@arrl.net

COMMITTEE CHAIRPEOPLE:

Public service

N2UYV

(908) 253-8783

tmclaughlin2@worldnet.att.net

Technical

N3MSK

(610) 252-6193

n3msk@amsat.org

Hamfest

N2MQZ

KC2CMC

(908) 454-4370

(908) 806-3998

n2mqz@aol.com

varas@sprintmail.com

Emerg Mgmt

KC2CMC

K2PA

(908) 806-3998

(908) 788-8253

varas@sprintmail.com

k2pa@arrl.net

Education

W2CGX

(908) 725-0478

barryc@compubell.com

VE Testing

W2CG

(908) 788-2644

mjgrozi@postoffice.ptd.net

Field Day

N3QDC

(215) 766-8066

n2qdc@worldnet.att.net

Holiday Party

KB3RWY

(908) 253-8783

 

Merchandise

N2VWL

(908) 475-4716

n2vwl@juno.com

Traffic net

N2MIF

(908) 638-6172

 

Programs

     

Refreshment

KB2YJX

(908) 725-0478

 

Roster

W2CG

(908) 788-2644

mjgrozi@postoffice.ptd.net

Scholarship

N2ZVY

(908) 479-6346

kc2boh@worldnet.att.net

SkyWarn

N2VWL

(908) 475-4716

n2vwl@juno.com

Uplink

KB5U

(908)-252-1974

kb5u@blast.net

NET SCHEDULE:

Hunterdon County Traffic and Emergency net

Thursday, 8:00 PM

147.375

Races net

1st Thursday, 8:30 PM

147.375

SkyWarn net

Thursday 9:00 PM

147.015

Swapnet

Thursday, 9:30 PM

147.375

Complex repeater net

Sunday, 7:30 PM

147.015

 

CLUB INFO LINE

(908) 788-4080

 

WEBSITE

www.qsl.net/w2cra

 

PACKET

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