“Community Service Through Communication”


July 2000



BOARD MEETING July 12  8:00 PM                                         CLUB MEETING July 14 7:30 PM




      Hi all.  Hope you enjoyed FD weekend as much as I did.  Did a little research this morning, curious what the old 6A record might be.  I found the current 6A FD record is held by W4AT (Orlando ARC), set in 1994:  4735 QSOs 15434 points  So with our 6,600 or so QSOs and approx. 21,000 points* we have raised the  bar roughly 25%!


       If band conditions hadn't taken a significant turn for the  worse the last 8 hours it would have been an even bigger margin.  So it  appears we may now have the 5A and 6A records.  The W3AO group (PVRC contest  clubers) hold the 4A record having beaten us in 1998 by a relatively small  margin - maybe a new goal for us to consider e.g. get the 4A record back).  


      The teamwork during the CRA FD setup and teardown was fabulous.  Everyone  has a role in this event and did their jobs well.

  73, John W2GD

Outstanding FUN!! Cherryville All The Way!!       

20 Meter Beam

*More FD Info and Scoring Inside

CRA FD: 20/40 CW Tent and Diner



     As a veteran of many CRA II Field Day efforts, I really want to congratulate the club on a job well done. We keep getting better and better at this every year. As always, there were a few glitches, but overall, this was a super effort. Here a few of the things I thought were especially good.


     a. We erected 310 feet of tower (7 towers), 8 monoband beams, a tribander, 7 rotors and various dipoles in 6 hours. If you've ever been involved in a tower raising before, you know that putting up one single tower requires many hours and days/weeks of planning. Granted that ours are only up for 1 day a year, but we get all this stuff up in the air and back down again in just a few hours. I dare any other club to match us.


     b. Reference above... We take all that stuff down and pack it away again for next year in FOUR hours!!!!! We had a really good-sized crew for clean up this year and most everyone hung in until the end. You've heard it before, but, when we've been at it since Friday afternoon with little or no sleep, it's REALLY, REALLY nice to have lots of rested helpers to put all the toys away for the next time. A special thank you to the dedicated ones who came out/stayed through the cleanup process.


     c. Big kudos to the Novice Tent crew. They beat their own best score from last year and added a bunch of CW Q's to sweeten the pot! Now if we can only pry Cheryl's fingers off the mic.!!! And all of that with a bum rotor.


     d. The ever-diligent satellite crew had a super year too! I think they were heard on every satellite pass that was within range. That's a first for Cherryville. I worked with them for the last few hours and I can tell you that these guys worked everyone else that was on the birds this weekend. Some of them several times!?!?! When you look at the complexity of what they are trying to do in the field, it's amazing they make any contacts at all. It's just that daunting. When's the last time you worked a full duplex contact on 144/432 MHz with a path length of 78,000 miles?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




     e. We experienced a few technical difficulties too. These were viewed as a learning opportunity and we quickly overcame the problems. This is exactly what Field Day is all about; dealing with emergency conditions and making it all work. I dare say that we are as good at it as just about any other group, anywhere.


     f. The food crew did their usual outstanding job. Many thanks from the rest of us!!! Neither the coffee nor the chili claimed any lives...At least none have been reported to me. (Although the chili nearly killed me)...good job Chas., or is that Carlos????


     g. Many thanks to all the FRC ops that help us to get to the top of our class each year. These guys put in a HUGE effort and do a bang up job. How many of you have made a thousand or more HF contacts in the last year.... or ever??? More than one of our guests passed the thousand mark in less than 24 hours!!!!!!!


     h. As we have now made the move to 6A, there are more operating positions to fill. We did a good job this year, but we need to do better. 20 SSB, 40 SSB and VHF were all unmanned for some period of time during the wee hours. We need more relief operators in the 02:00 to 07:00 EDT hours. You don't have to be a contest wizard during the off hours. Don't be afraid to try. And don't complain about the late hours, either. Every one of the big guns started contesting by working the off hours. It's called paying your dues. Hell, I had to work the day shift at Sandy Hook for the 160 test! I think we made a dozen or so Q's in 10+ hours.


     i. If it isn't the best thing we do, it's probably the thing we do best. Cherryville has been at the top of our class (4A, 5A or 6A) almost every year and we are almost always in the top ten nationwide, if not the top five. Now that's impressive!


     Many thanks to all who participated in whatever way they could. You are all winners. Field Day is a learning experience above and beyond all else. It's a time to show new people the ropes and teach them how to do what we've been doing for some years now. Come with a willing attitude and a strong back and we'll help you learn to put up towers or make lot's of contacts in the "contest".


     Just remember that NO ONE starts at the top. I was so intimidated by the CRA II machine that I didn't even go to Field Day the first year I was a member.  See how times change.


     Hope to see all the regulars and a few more new faces at next year's effort. Mark your calendars NOW!!! It's always the fourth full weekend in June...


73 es good luck in the contest,


ARRL FIELD DAY - Year 2000


Call:          W2GD (+ KB2ERI)

Class:         6A

ARRL Section:  NNJ

Location:   Hunterdon County Library

                   Flemington, NJ

Club:  Cherryville Repeater Association II


BAND        CW        SSB       BAND TOT.


80               431        554        985

40               1077      947        2024

20               940        1215      2155

15               334        289        623

10               97          189        286

Novice        24          293        317

6                 17          177        194

2                 0            33          33

Satellite       0            43          43

Solar           0            7            7


Totals          3113      3547      6660


Claimed Score with bonus points:


 A NEW 6A Record Claimed!


Station Description:


80 & 75      Pair IC765 and Separate Inverted Vs at 50 feet

40CW        FT1000D/IC746 Cushcraft 402CD at 50 feet

40SSB        FT765 and Dipole at 50 feet

20CW        FT1000MP and 204BA at 50 feet

20SSB         FT1000D and 204BA at 40 feet

15M            IC765 and 4 ele Cushcraft at 50 feet

10M            IC765 and 4 ele Cushcraft at 40 feet

Nov           TS930S, Cushcraft A4 and 80/40 doublet at 40 feet

VHF           Assorted Xcvrs, 6 ele Hygain 6M, 2M Boomer at 40+ feet

SAT            The usual stuff

Supports:  8 separate Rohn 25G towers, 20-50 feet, 330' of tower used


Scoring Detail:

             SSB            QSO           Pts       3547

             CW            QSOs         *2        6226

             Tot.QSO Points                       9773

             X 150W Pwr Factor          =    19546


Claimed           Bonus       Points:

             7.3.1           Emergency            Power              600

             7.3.2           Media                    Publicity          100

             7.3.3           Public                     Location          100

             7.3.4           Public                     Info Booth      100

             7.3.5           Message               Origination     100

             7.3.7           Satellite                                           100

             7.3.8           Natural                   Power              100

             7.3.9           W1AW                  Message         100

             7.3.10         Special mode        APRS               100

             Bonus       point          subtotal                 =    1400


The CRA II Generator!



First time for me as an operator, had a great time Kudo's to all Involved......

   Randy  N2MQZ


Field Day was a blast.  I have to exercise my voice more for next year!

Brian N2RDL


When the bands get real slow,

Even John needs some rest





      Although their setup was minute compared to the Cherryville RA setup, The West Jersey DX Group put in a fine effort on Field Day from the Country Hills FD property on Milltown Road in North Branch.  Using Doug Rue's call W2EN, their 3A NNJ score was a respectable 7900 points with over 2200 QSOs logged. Some of the notable CRA members who operated at W2EN were Pete NO2R, Paul W2LE and Marty W2CG.


       One highlight of the WJDXG FD event was that the entire operation was from inside the Somerset County Emergency Management Command Post Van, 99M.  It sure was a pleasure to operate from a fully air-conditioned mobile facility in the 90-degree heat. A couple of operators were overheard saying it was their first ever FD in true comfort.  It maybe hard to get them to operate in any other manner in the future.  





JULY 14  "Space Communications, OSCAR13, and EME (moon bounce)"

         Chris Fagas WB2VVV


AUG 11   "Transmitter Hunting" antennae construction and testing

         Ed N3MSK, Brian N2RDL, Denis KA2YYB


SEPT 8   "The E.O.C., the Community, and Hams"

              !!! IT'S BRING A BUDDY NIGHT !!!


OCT 13   "APRS, theory and practice"

         Ronald Hepburn N2LCZ and associate


NOV 10   "What's Happening at the ARRL"

         Frank Fallon N2FF, ARRL Hudson Division Director


DEC 8   CRAII Awards Banquet


JAN 12, 2001  About verticles... (in the works)


Denis KA2YYB


 Hamfest Calendar




July 16

Sussex County ARC

Augusta, NJ

July 16

Mid Atlantic ARC

Kimberly, PA

August 13

Jersey Shores ARS

Bayville, NJ

Sept. 16

Delaware Lehigh ARC

Schnecksville, PA

Note: CRAII is not responsible for typographical errors or spousal intervention. George, N2VWL  



4th of JULY PARADE, Lebanon NJ

      Hope you were all there and everything went well. Press time was just prior to the event.


Buck's County Horse Park Horse Trials

Sunday, August 13th

Saturday/Sunday, November 4/5 (we may only do one day, not sure yet)

Need at least 12 people for each event (the more people the easier it is!)


Tentative schedule: Arrive on the grounds approx. 8:30, end of the day will be probably by 4:00 p.m.... lunch will be provided (I promise!)

Bring a chair, and clothing appropriate for the weather at the time!  (Rain or shine)


Susan KB2DDM


September 17th????    Skylands Triathlon,

                                                   Spruce Run State Park





     There has been a change in leadership within the Mount Holly SKYWARN  Technical Committee. Rob Hill, WX3ROB has stepped down as committee chair and John Holmes, WX3W (former WX3TAZ) has taken over as  chair. 


     As a result, the website will be reconfigured and the list servers,  now owned and moderated by Joe Miketta of NWS have been revamped.  If you  are interested in joining the discussion list-server, which will continue to bring you updates on the  Technical Committee meetings and issues, announcements pertaining to our VHF nets, the Official Mount Holly Quarterly SKYWARN Newsletter "The  Weather Report", as well as varied discussion threads relating to SKYWARN and weather in general, feel free to go to:



     For severe weather watches and warnings for our forecast coverage area  only, please feel free to join this read only list:


     If you are interested in hurricane 2000, feel free to subscribe to:



     If there are any questions, feel free to email deborah@warwick.net  

Thanks... Deb McKay



      The World Radiosport Team Championship 2000 countdown clock is ticking. More than 100 competitors from around the world are making final preparations for WRTC-2000, and many already are on their way to Slovenia to take part in the event. WRTC-2000--akin to the Olympics in the sports world--gets under way next week.  The international Amateur Radio competition will be held in Bled, Slovenia. The on-the-air portion of the competition will be July 8-9, concurrent with the IARU HF World Championship event. WRTC-2000 events begin July 5 with a welcoming and organizational meeting and conclude July 11 with the awards ceremony. 


       "Few will return with a medal--all will return with memories of excitement, camaraderie and passion that will be with them forever," says National Contest Journal Editor Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV, who's also a contestant in WRTC-2000.  This third WRTC will test the mettle of world-class contest operators at relatively modest stations running 100 W on CW and SSB on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. The WRTC-2000 Organizing Committee is providing all sites with equivalent antennas--three-element triband Yagis for 10, 15, and 20 meters, and a Windom antenna for 80 and 40 meters, both mounted approximately 12 meters (just under 40 feet) above ground.  


      The top-scoring team from the last WRTC in 1996--Jeff Steinman, N5TJ (ex-KR0Y) and Dan Street, K1TO--will defend its title in this year's WRTC as one of two special teams. WRTC-96 was held in the San Francisco Bay area.  ARRL Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, will be the Chief Referee at WRTC-2000. The WRTC-2000 Organizing Committee President is Tine Brajnik, S50A, of the sponsoring Slovenia Contest Club.  


      National Contest Journal will offer complete coverage of WRTC-2000. Starting July 3, the new NCJ Web site http://www.ncjweb.com will provide on-the-spot coverage. Daily reports and photos will be posted on the NCJ WRTC special coverage pages.  For more information on WRTC-2000, visit http://wrtc2000.bit.si/ or contact the Organizing Committee at scc@bit.si.





      Following are the special call signs the WRTC competitors will be using next  weekend in the WRTC/IARU contest.  The WRTC contestants will find out their  call only 5 minutes before the event and are not allowed to identify their  real identities during the contest so work em ALL!  If you do there is an  award waiting for you, details at  



S5 callsigns during IARU HF contest and 3rd WRTC event at Bled July 5-11 2000.  S511E    S521H    S531R    S541F     S561C    S571W    S581I S512T    S522R    S532N    S542B     S562P    S572L    S582A S513A    S523W    S533G    S543C     S563X    S573O    S583D S514U    S524G    S534J    S544Z     S564Q    S574V    S584M S516M    S526O    S536P    S546Q     S566Z    S576K    S586U S517W    S527K    S537L    S547B     S567F    S577V    S587N S518N    S528D    S538F    S548X     S568Y    S578R    S588S S519I    S529A    S539D    S549L  Several S5A-S5Z callsigns will be also used. QSL manager for them all is S59L.





(JUST 80 contacts for DX and 160 contacts for Europe).

Please send your logs to: wrtc-logs@s5.net





      My NCC teammate Ron, K8NZ does a really nice job of describing our WRTC location and station below.  And we're line of site with the YCCC team of K1ZM/N2NT about 5 km away.


Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend and plan to participate in  this historic competition July 8/9.  Lots of prizes for the deserving.


p.s. I will have email access in Bled, Slovenia.  July 6 - 10.

  73, John W2GD


      As some of you may have seen our referee is Robert, S57AW and we will be  operating from a location about 20km east of the capital near the small   town  of Litija.  We have a hilltop location that has a home on it (I understand  some teams will be operating out of tents) with many creature comforts.   


       Our station will consist of two FT-1000MP's along with Dunestar 600  bandpass  filters for each radio. We have both become pretty familiar with S5  propagation by intensive study of the various logs made available to us and  hope to put that knowledge to good multiplier use.  


       It is our understanding that we will be at our site sometime during the day  of July 7 and be allowed to operate using our own calls /S5.  Look for us and  any others that may be tuning up for this great event. Hope to put many Warriors into our WRTC log on 5 bands and see some of you  after returning on July 19.    

VY 73,  Ron, K8NZ 




     The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday

     mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that

     comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's

     the unbounded joy of not having to be at work.

     Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday

     morning are most enjoyable.



     A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the

     basement shack with a steaming cup of coffee in

     one hand and the morning paper in the other. What

     began as a typical Saturday morning, turned into

     one of those lessons that life seems to hand you

     from time to time.  Let me tell you about it.



     I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the

     band on my ham radio in order to listen to a

     Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came

     across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous

     signal and a golden voice. You know the kind, he

     sounded like he should be in the broadcasting

     business. He was telling whoever he was talking

     with something about "a thousand marbles".



     I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he

     had to say. "Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're

     busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but

     it's a shame you have to be away from home and

     your family so much.  Hard to believe a young

     fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours

     a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your

     daughter's dance recital."



     He continued, "let me tell you something Tom,

     something that has helped me keep a good

     perspective on my own priorities."



     And that's when he began to explain his theory of

     a "thousand marbles." "You see, I sat down one day

     and did a little arithmetic. The average person

     lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live

     more and some live less, but on average, folks live

     about seventy-five years."



    "Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up

     with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the

     average person has in their entire lifetime. Now

     stick with me Tom, I'm getting to the important




     "It took me until I was fifty-five years old to

     think about all this in any detail", he went on,

     "and by that time I had lived through over

     twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking

     that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had

     about a thousand of them left to enjoy."



     "So I went to a toy store and bought every single

     marble they had.  I ended up having to visit three

     toy stores to round-up 1000 marbles. I took them

     home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic

     container right here in the shack next to my gear.

     Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble

     out and thrown it away."



     "I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I

     focused more on the really important things in

     life. There is nothing like watching your time

     here on this earth run out to help get your

     priorities straight. "



     "Now let me tell you one last thing before I

     sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for

     breakfast. This morning, I took the very last

     marble out of the container. I figure if I make it

     until next Saturday then I have been given a

     little extra time. And the one thing we can all

     use is a little more time."



    "It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend

     more time with your family, and I hope to meet you

     again here on the band. 73 Old Man, this is K9NZQ,

     clear and going QRT, good morning!"



    You could have heard a pin drop on the band when

     this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a

     lot to think about. I had planned to work on the

     antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet

     up with a few hams to work on the next club

     newsletter. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my

     wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you

     and the kids to breakfast."



    "What brought this on?" she asked with a smile.

    "Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time

     since we spent a Saturday together with the kids.



    Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out?

     I need to buy some marbles."

Public Service Don'ts and Dos


      ARRL Vice President Kay Craigie, WT3P, presented a portion of the "Public Service Wants You!" forum at the Dayton Hamvention-ARRL National Convention 2000 on May 20. "Public Service Don'ts and Dos" looks into what motivates Amateur Radio operators to volunteer for public service activities. Now, she's sharing her notes and Power Point presentation on the ARRL Public Service Web Page, http://www.arrl.org/field/pubservice.html.


Antenna Designer

Louis Varney, G5RV, SK


      Louis Varney, G5RV, who invented the world-famous G5RV antenna, died June 28. He was 89.


      The G5RV multiband wire antenna for HF is among the most popular of all antenna designs. Varney first described the G5RV in the November 1966 issue of the RSGB Bulletin. He employed a full-size and a double-size G5RV, both fed with open-wire feeders, at his own station.


      Varney remained an active radio amateur until very recently and kept regular on-the-air schedules. He was an RSGB member for 74 years and served as life president of the Mid-Sussex Amateur Radio Society.


His wife Nelida is among his survivors.





WB2DOH is selling his operating ham radio station

Date:   6/26/00 12:51:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time

From:   B. PHILSTYN  (WB2DOH )
















Many extra's  

Total price $1,000 (one thousand dollars) (this is a buy that will not come along again, it's over $5,000 worth of equipment.) I am now retired and will be moving into smaller quarters and no room for equipment.


All equipment is set up and operating.


I can be contacted at (732) 264-4957  Hazlet, NJ







     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. 




A CRA II Publication    



Articles & Info: N5RA, Keith Burt – N5RA@ARRL.NET

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

Roster & Mailing: W2CG, Marty Grozinski



             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, N2OCW, W2GD, KB2DDM, KE2HG, WX3DEB, N8YIB,  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. 







Rob France

(215) 766-8066




Susan MacRae

(908) 475-5299




Pete Sneed

(908) 369-5095




Bill Greenhalgh

(908) 369-3191





Barry Campbell

(908) 725-0478




Patrick Mauro

(908) 470-6346




John Crovelli

(908) 996-3043




Ed Kita

(610) 252-6193




Roberto Matos

(908) 788-8253



Public service


(908) 253-8783




(610) 252-6193




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Emerg Mgmt


(908)806-3998 (908) 788-8253

varas@sprintmail.com k2pa@arrl.net



(908) 725-0478


VE Testing


(908) 788-2644


Field Day


(215) 766-8066


Holiday Party


(908) 253-8783




(908) 475-4716


Traffic net


(908) 638-6172








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Races net

1st Thursday, 8:30 PM


SkyWarn net

Thursday 9:00 PM



Thursday, 9:30 PM


Complex repeater net

Sunday, 7:30 PM





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