BOARD MEETING January 9, 8:00 PM            CLUB MEETING January 11, 7:30 PM

 

PUBLIC SERVICE

de WB2NQV

 

For the latest Public Service dates log on the CRA web site http://www.qsl.net/w2cra

 

Cherryville now has a List Server

de Barry Campbell W2CGX

 

     Cherryville now has its own email listserv account thanks to QSL.net/QTH.net. Qsl.net, you may remember, is where the Cherryville website is located, and owner Al Waller, K3TKJ set up a sister server, QTH.net for listserv’s.

     Any club member with an email address can subscribe to our mailing list, called W2CRA. The advantage of a mail list is that any member-subscriber can send one email to the server and the server then distributes the message to everyone who has subscribed. It provides a quick, convenient way to distribute information to all club members who are subscribed with only one message.

     Several members have asked if the club newsletter could be distributed on the mail list, and, unfortunately the answer is no. The reason is that often attachments are the means of distributing viruses, and Mr. Waller has wisely opted to prohibit attachments of any kind.

     If you haven’t yet subscribed, it’s really easy to do. First go to this web address: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/w2cra. Go to the section on subscribing to W2CRA, enter your email address and pick a password just for this list. Reenter the password and indicate if you want to receive each message as it is sent or if you prefer to receive list mail batched in a daily digest. At the moment there aren’t very messages on the list, so most opt for the mail as it is sent.

     This page also describes the process for sending a message to the list, looking through the archives for back messages and looking at the subscriber list.

     If you have email, join the list and keep up with the happenings of your club!

 

                                     

CRA PROGRAM SCHEDULE

de Denis KA2YYB

 

January 11     ATV

February 8      Advanced Repeater Networks Part 2

March 8              Hamfest (3/16)

 

Hamfest Calendar

Dates Event and Contact Location
20 Jan

New York City/Long Island

Section Convention
Great South Bay ARC
http://www.hudson.arrl.org/nli/

North Babylon, NY
 New York City-

Long Island

24 Feb Long Island Mobile ARC
http://www.limarc.org

Hicksville, NY
 New York City-

Long Island

2 Mar Splitrock ARA
http://www.splitrockara.org
Parsippany, NJ
 Northern New Jersey
3 Mar

Great South Bay & Suffolk

 County ARCs http://www.gsbarc.org

Lindenhurst, NY
 New York City-

Long Island

16 Mar CHERRYVILLE

Clinton                   NJ

North Hunterdon High School

 

Finally! Upgrade classes scheduled!

de Barry W2CGX

     Not only have Cherryville’s license classes moved from Bridgewater to the Red Cross  building in Flemington; and classes will be held in the spring this year, BUT, the spring class will be an upgrade class!

     Obviously there have been a lot of changes to the education program. The upgrade classes have been requested for a while now, and they’re finally coming. The new classes will concentrate first on upgrading from Technician to General, then move right into Extra class sessions near the end. Throughout the entire class, Morse code will be taught, so for those of you who need element 1, you’ll be able to get it this spring.

     It was found that one day a week of Morse code isn’t enough to learn even the 5 wpm speed. So we’re going to try something new: in addition to the code session on the Tuesday class nights, we’re planning a code session on one of the repeaters in the W2CRA system on Thursday evening, probably prior to the start of the regular net. That should hopefully provide enough practice to master the code and pass the element 1.

     The new sessions are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 19th, and run for eleven weeks to April 30th. The VE testing would be tentatively scheduled for May 2nd. All sessions are scheduled to be at the American Red Cross chapter building on Main Street in Flemington. Classes will begin at 6:30 and run until 9:30.

     More information will be forthcoming, but if you want to help the education committee out, please drop an email to Education Chair Barry, W2CGX at barryc@cnjnet.com. Indicate what you want to upgrade from and to.  You can register for the class by calling the Red Cross Chapter House at 908-782-4121.

 

**FOR SALE**

3 BEDROOM RANCH CLINTON / ANNANDALE

2200 square  foot  ranch with partially finished basement.

Three bedrooms, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen with sun porch,

865 square foot three-car garage with walk-up attic storage on three-quarters of an acre with pine grove. Oil, hot water heat.  Security system. Paved drive.

One mile to commuter train, two miles to Interstate 78, three miles to NYC bus.

Asking  $224,500. When fixed up and “spiffy”

At present property needs some “fixer-upper” work. Price is negotiable.

Respond: E-mail WB2NQV@arrl.net

 

   

 

 

DELAWARE VALLEY 2 METER FM SIMPLEX CONTEST FEBRUARY 2, 2002!

 

Don’t forget the second annual Delaware Valley 2 Meter Simplex Contest to be held February 2, 2002.

 

The contest is open to all radio amateurs. Stations within a 60 mile radius of Philadelphia's City Hall will exchange their zip code and contact number. Stations outside of the 60 mile radius will exchange their state and contact number.

 

 The contest gives individuals as well as clubs to participate in the event. Bonus points are being allowed for contacting club stations/callsigns. Clubs wishing to enter a club callsign as a bonus point contact station in the event are asked to send a note to WM3PEN@HARCNET.ORG. by January 12, 2002. A complete list of all bonus stations will be published by January 19, 2002.

 

Contacts can be made on any 2 meter FM voice frequency provided there is no interference to repeater, digital, satellite, or other activities taking place in the two meter band. Contacts on 146.52 will not be permitted.

 

Awards will be issued to individual top scores in a high and low power category. Club station awards will also be issued in the high and low power category. There is also an opportunity for Clubs to sponsor awards for their members in a high and low power categories. An award will also be issued for the highest mobile score.  

 

For further information contact WM3PEN@harcnet.org or WA3PZO@harcnet.org.

 

SAMPLE CONTACT EXCHANGE

 

1. If you live in the 60 mile radius of William Penn (Philadelphia City Hall)

      KB3AKK de WA3PZO Pse copy Nr.1 zip 19136

2. If you live outside of the 60 mile radius

WA3PZO de N3EFN Pse copy Nr. 1 PA.  

3. If you work HARC's club call WM3PEN exchange your information and make a note that it is the sponsoring club call and worth 3 points. Other club calls will be worth 2 points. All other contacts count as 1 point. Final score will be the number of contact points X the number of zip codes/states in high (10W or more) and low power (less than 10W) categories. Individual, club station, and mobile awards will be issued. Clubs can issue their own membership awards.

 

A list of zip codes up to 60 miles from Philadelphia's City Hall is available.

ENTRY DEADLINE: All logs, either paper or electronic should be received by February 28, 2002. Logs may be sent to the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 6253, Philadelphia, PA 19136 or emailed to WM3PEN@harcnet.org.

 

AMSAT-NA announces Elmer Award

 

AMSAT-NA Awards Manager Bruce Paige, KK5DO, has announced a new Elmer Award to recognize those who encourage and assist satellite newcomers. The award offers three levels--beginner, intermediate and expert. For example, Paige said, to qualify for the beginning level, a satellite operator would need to work: one school club station; four female (YL) operators; four operators age 16 or younger; and 10 operators who have been licensed for less than two years at the time of contact. Paige said qualifications for the intermediate and expert levels build on the beginner level. Any Amateur Radio satellite may be used for contacts, but contacts should be voice or CW only, and QSOs with the ISS, shuttle or any other manned spacecraft are not eligible for this award.  Contacts must be made on or after November 1, 2001. For more information, contact Bruce Paige, KK5DO, kk5do@amsat.org .

 

ANTENNA MODELING IS NEXT ARRL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM OFFERING

Building upon the success of its emergency communication courses, the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (C-CE) Program will offer an on-line course in computerized antenna modeling. Program Coordinator Dan Miller, K3UFG, said the new course will open for registration soon.

 

At least initially, the antenna modeling course will be offered once per month for up to 50 registrants. The course is scheduled to take 12 weeks to complete.  The fee will be $80 for ARRL members and $120 for nonmembers.

 

While Miller doesn't expect demand for the antenna modeling course to come anywhere near that for the emergency communications series, he's hoping it will be popular enough to eventually spin off a "live" classroom course.

 

Since the introductory Level I emergency communication course was offered for the first time one year ago this month, the popular series has expanded to three levels, with the addition of the intermediate and advanced courses.  Miller reports that more than 1600 students have signed up for seats in one or more of the series, and registrations for both on-line and live classes spiked in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

"It exceeded my expectations of one year ago," Miller said. He said he also was pleased to be able to offer the Level II and Level III classes this year.

 

Next on tap for the ARRL C-CE Program is a course on HF digital communications, which will become available early next year. The Certification and Continuing Education Program is seeking HF digital mode aficionados to beta test the course and to serve as mentors to students taking the initial classes.

 

To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Web page http://www.arrl.org/cce and the C-CE Links found there. For more information, contact C-CE Coordinator Dan Miller, K3UFG, cce@arrl.org.

 

Editor’s Note

 

The January edition of the Uplink was delayed due to an operating system upgrade on my computer that went terribly wrong.  As I write this, I am crossing all my appendages hoping against hope that I finally have this mess straightened out.  My apologies for the delay.   WA2EPY

 

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

-Theodore Roosevelt

 

CRA II CLUB INFORMATION

     The Cherryville Repeater Association II, Inc. 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     

Articles & Info:
WA2EPY, Bruce Cunningham – bcc@interpow.net

KA2YYB, Denis Albisser – KA2YYB@arrl.net

Interviews: 
K2PA, Roberto Matos – K2PA@arrl.net    

Roster &  Mailing: 
W2CG, Marty Grozinski __ W2CG@arrl.net

 

Many thanks to all those who have contributed articles or information for this publication, including: WB2NQV, W2CG, W2CGX,  KA2YYB, the ARRL,  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 of 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

CLUB INFO:

Club Info Line

Website

Packet

(908) 788-4080

www.qsl.net/w2cra

W2CRA  145.51

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD:

Pres

N3QDC

Rob France

(215) 766-8066

n3qdc@att.net

VP

KD2EL

Pete Russo

(908) 832-5798

kd2el@att.net

Sec

K2YSY

Pete Sneed

(908) 369-5095

k2ysy@arrl.net

Treas

W2NCN

Bill Greenhalgh

(908) 369-3191

greenhalgh@rcn.com

 

MEMBERS AT LARGE:

 

W2CGX

Barry Campbell

(908) 725-0478

barryc@cnjnet.com

 

N2ZVY

Patrick Mauro

(908) 470-6346

n2zvy@att.net

 

W2XT

Derry Galbreath

(908) 369-7245

galbreat@eclipse.net

 

AB2DW

Tom Deegan

(908) 236-0698

 

 

N2QOR

Justin Marchetta

(908) 439-3094

 

 

COMMITTEE CHAIRPEOPLE:

Public service

WB2NQV

 

wb2nqv@arrl.net

Technical

N3MSK

(610) 252-6193

n3msk@amsat.org

Emergency
Mgmt/ RACES

KC2CMC K2PA

(908) 806-3998
(908) 788-8253

varas@earthlink.net
k2pa@arrl.net

Education

W2CGX

(908) 725-0478

barryc@cnjnet.com

VE Testing

W2CG

(908) 788-2644

mjgrozi@postoffice.ptd.net

Field Day

N3QDC

(215) 766-8066

n3qdc@worldnet.att.net

Holiday Party

KB2RWY

(908) 253-8783

 

Merchandise

N2VWL

(908) 475-4716

n2vwl@juno.com

Traffic net

N2MIF

(908) 638-6172

 

Programs

KA2YYB

(908) 537-2501

ka2yyb@arrl.net

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

 

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

Swap Net

Thursday, 9:30 PM

147.375

Complex Repeater Net

Sunday, 7:30 PM

147.015

 

MAJOR EVENTS:

W2CRA  Hamfest

March 16, 2002

Talk-in  147.375

W2CRA Field Day

June 23, 2001

147.375