W2CRA

 

UP-LiNK

 

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF

 THE CHERRYVILLE REPEATER

 ASSOCIATION II, INC.

 

March 2000


 


BOARD MEETING Mar 8                                    ·                                       CLUB MEETING Mar 10

CHERRYVILLE

 HAMFEST

 

Saturday

March 18, 2000

All Indoors

North Hunterdon

Regional High School

Highway 31 South

Clinton New Jersey



HAMFEST

 

      As we approach the Hamfest, I want to take this opportunity to thank the Cherryville Board Members and especially Rob and his associates for taking a fledgling DATABASE and bringing it up to world standards. Susan your letter that was designed and implemented to cover the ARRL list of clubs is a godsend. Anyway the club has a lot to be proud of and deserves a pat on the back for an amazing turnaround from the Warren County Fairgrounds days.

 

      A couple of things still need to be done and we are working on that everyday.  Keep your chins up and your feet on the ground and lets do it together as the Cherryville Repeater Association has always done it before. 

 

       Hey by the way the way the SIGNUP 2000 is attached and if you do not see your name there I assume you will be out of town that day????? Get in touch with Mike (KC2CMC@earthlink.net) or myself  (N2MQZ@aol.com) to put your name on the on the list.   Vendor Reservations: KB5U (Keith) kb5u@arrl.net or N2MQZ (n2mqz@aol.com).

 

      Randy (N2MQZ) 908 454-9560 

      1 888 379-2926 (beeper) 

      Club Info Line: 788-4080

 

    FRIDAY SET-UP 

        4 PM (time to be confirmed)

        Unload and set-up tables

        Signs, Kitchen, etc

 

    SATURDAY

        Members Arrive by 5:30

        6 AM Vendor set-up

        Members help vendors to

        move merchandise to tables

        8 AM Doors open to public

        2 PM End of show

        2-4 Table tear-down & cleanup

 

    Sunday Rest and say thank you!

 

 


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.

    Here is the current slate of candidates for the upcoming election:

PRES:N3QDC 

VP: KB2DDM  

SEC: OPEN  

TREAS: W2NCN                    

      AT LARGE:       KD2EL,   KA2YYB    

 

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.

 

UPLiNK

 

      First of all, some of you may have noticed that you did not receive an Uplink in the ‘snail’ mail lately. To conserve on postage costs, all members with e-mail now receive the Uplink electronically. If you would prefer to receive the paper version by mail, let Keith or Marty know. If you have e-mail and are not receiving it electronically yet, please send us a note with your e-mail.

 

HELP WANTED: Uplink Reporter

      In order to get more Club info into the newsletter on a timely basis, your help is needed. This would include info from the Board and / or Club meetings, as well as info on happenings during the month preceding the meetings. With the Uplink going out just before the meetings, some announcements made at the meetings are ‘old news’ or obsolete by the time the next Uplink comes around.

 

      Especially, information on Club happenings, Public service events, repeater activities/repairs, member info and updates. If you would like to be the Uplink ‘Club Reporter’, contact Keith or Rob. And also, anyone can forward this type of info anytime!

 

Thanks, Keith

More ham websites

 

      Here is a great site to find your exact latitude/longitude, works great and it’s free:

http://www.juggling.org/bin/un.cgi/map-find

For ham parts and supplies, check

http://www.jadeprod.com/

For a listing of available callsigns, and those about to become available (after the two year waiting period.)

http://www.carroll-usa.com/vanity/

And for Satellites:

http://users.erols.com/hheidt/

http://nasa.asu.edu/asusat/

 

POWER COMPANY ACTS ON AMATEUR COMPLAINTS

 

      After prodding by the FCC, Pacific Gas & Electric Company says it's making headway in mitigating long-standing power-line noise complaints from several Northern California amateurs. Not all complaints have been resolved, however, and several new ones have sprung up in the interim.

 

      The hams involved in the initial complaints had been unsuccessful getting the West Coast power company to investigate their reports of severe noise, so they turned to the ARRL and the FCC for help. In late November, the FCC wrote PG&E to remind the utility of its obligation to rectify equipment problems that cause harmful radio interference. The FCC requested that the company correct the problems "within a reasonable time" and report back.

 

      The complainants were four hams in the Los Gatos/San Jose area and another in Berkeley. ARRL Lab Supervisor Ed Hare, W1RFI--the League's point man for RF interference issues--says the League has since received reports from additional hams in PG&E's service area. Those complaints were forwarded to PG&E for resolution.

 

      In a letter to the FCC, PG&E Manager for Operations and Construction Robert Lipscomb summarized progress in clearing up the initial complaints. The work included replacing poles, guy wires, insulators, and transformers as well as installing radio/television interference "clips" at one site and re-routing a service drop at another. Lipscomb conceded, however, that the utility still has additional work to do. PG&E personnel continue to work with Hare in resolving the complaints. Hare says not all of the five hams who complained have been contacted by PG&E. One still has severe interference, he says, and another has intermittent interference.

 

      The FCC's Part 15 rules obligate utilities and others that fall under their provisions to not cause harmful interference to licensed services and to cease operating a device that's causing harmful interference upon FCC notification. The ARRL Technical Information Service offers more information on how to deal with power line interference at http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/rfi-elec.html. Amateurs suffering from interference believed to be emanating from power generation or transmission facilities may contact Ed Hare, W1RFI, 860-594-0318; rfi@arrl.org

 

Good bye Form 610

 

      Forms 610 phased out: With a single exception, the venerable FCC Form 610 now is history. The FCC phased out the documents February 16. Amateur Radio applicants now must use the Universal Licensing System forms (Forms 605, 606) for all purposes. There is one exception: FCC Form 610B Club Station application continues to be valid until the FCC finalizes its privatized club station call sign administrator program.

 

SPECIAL service clubs

 

      ARRL says "thank you" to exemplary Special Service clubs: Every two weeks, a Special Service Club will be featured in the ARRL Special Service Club Spotlight at http://www.arrl.org/field/club/sscspot/. The first ARRL Special Service Club Spotlight features Carl Hayden Community High School Amateur Radio Club of Phoenix, Arizona. This page is open for all to see and enjoy. If you'd like to suggest your SSC for the ARRL Special Service Club Spotlight, send your information, including e-mail and Web site addresses, to Dan Miller, K3UFG, at dmiller@arrl.org. Photographs, particularly those that highlight club activities, are especially welcome.

 Dan Miller, K3UFG/Field & Educational Services

Note: Cherryville is a Special Service Club. We should have someone suggest CRA for the spotlight.

 

Enhanced DXCC

 

      The ARRL DXCC Desk says that effective April 1, 2000, DXCC members may have their cards checked by local card checkers without having to mail cards to ARRL Headquarters.  Under the new program, DXCC card checkers will be able to check all awards except 160 meter DXCC, as well as all QSLs from any current DXCC entity. This will apply to both new awards and endorsements. QSOs made up to 10 years prior to the current year will be eligible for field checking, while older cards and those from deleted entities still may be sent to ARRL HQ. The current DXCC Field Checking program ends March 31, 2000. Reappointment of DXCC Card Checkers under new criteria will be necessary. For more information, contact

Bill Moore, NC1L, dxcc@arrl.org; 860-594-0234. —DXCC

 

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There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."


HAMFEST SIGN UP SHEET

BE SURE YOU ARE ON THE LIST


 

 

 

 

Tables

Admissions

Parking

Fundraising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairs:

Mike &  Randy

 

KB5U

N2UYV

WB2F

N2ZGG

Co-Chairs:

WB2NQV

 

 

N2MQZ

KB2RTS

KA2TOV

WA2JVK

Treasurer:

N3ODB

 

 

KC2CMC

N3ZSD

KB2WEX

 

Quartermaster:

N2WYJ

 

 

K2YSY

N2SUP

N2RDL

 

Food:

Lisa (no-call)

 

W2RIJ

KB2SQT

W2RIJ

 

Admissions:

N3ZSD

 

 

N2VEK

 

KB2EBL

 

Publicity:

KC2EVJ

KC2DWF

 

N2QOR

 

 

 

Talk-In:

N2VWL

W2CGX

 

N3QDC

 

 

 

Prizes:

KC2EVJ

KC2CXH

 

KB5U

 

 

 

Tables:

KB5U

 

 

KA2TOV

 

 

 

50/50

N2ZGG

 

 

KC2EVJ

 

 

 

Parking:

KA2TOV

 

 

N3ZSD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KC2DWF

 

 

 

 

Food

Security

Club Table

Signs

Setup

Talkin

Medical

Relief

 

 

   

 

Takedown

 

 

 

KD2EL

N2QOR

K2PA

N2VEK

N2MQZ

N2VWL

N2QOR

KC2DMM

N2WYJ

 

NU2W

 

KC2CMC

W2CGX

 

W2GD

 

 

W2NCN

 

K2YSY

 

 

 

 

 

KA2YYB

 

W2RIJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KC2DWF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KC2EVJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To sign-up or for more information, contact Randy at 908-454-9560 0r n2mqz@aol.com.

 

 


The DX Contest

By W5EOW

 


Every morning 'bout half past four,
I slip on my pants and sneak out the door,
Out to the shack I run like heck,
To warm up the tubes and get a frequency check.
Listen 'bout an hour, don't hear a thing,
Haven't worked a furriner since way last spring.
Hear a CQ, my heart gives a bound,
Till he signs W5, just across town.
Now some folks say there aint no hell,
But thay ain't hams, so they can't tell.
When fall rolls around I take another chance,
And buy 66's instead of new pants,
Buy a new receiver when the old one's best,
But I'm durn sure ready for the next contest.

Radio, Jan. 1937

 

 The Cherryville Memorial Scholarship

 

      It isn’t easy surviving in today’s technological, three commercial a minute, DVD, Pentium III, 500 MHz, ITV, cellular phone, world wide web, satellite downlink world. Did I almost forget to mention our hobby’s own particular technospeak? Things like: link packages, remote sites, packet radio, 2 meter repeaters, SkyWarn, net tonight, hamfest, field day, the novice tent, 440, 220, QRP, SSB, CW, HF, and not to forget to mention…10-zero-10-zero-10-zero. 

 

And, it continues to change every day of every year.

 

The changes to Ham radio in general, and the CRA in particular, would no doubt amaze the Hams of the 1960’s, let alone those of you who remember amateur communication in the 1950’s, 1940’s or in the pre-world war II era.

 

The world keeps changing, and we need to keep up with the times. The purpose of the CRA scholarship is to send a deserving scholarship recipient towards their future-so they can keep up with what the future holds. And the future for many high school graduates who do not attend a post-secondary school could be unclear. Help give them a clear path!

 

If you are the parent, grandparent of a graduating high school senior, or you are graduating from high school-take advantage of the Cherryville Repeater Association’s memorial scholarship.

 

Applications must be completed accurately and thoroughly on the enclosed forms provided and be received by the scholarship application screening committee by no later than March 31 of each award year.

 

Forward all applications to the Cherryville Repeater Association II at the address provided on the application form.

 

Award Notification

 

The scholarship committee will notify applicants eligible for a scholarship award by May 30 of each award year.

 

For more information, please contact N2ZVY or call 908-479-6346.

 

Low Power FM service

 

      The FCC adopted rules creating a new, low power FM radio  (LPFM) service.  Many people have operated LPFM radio in the past and now it looks like they/we will be able to do this legally at 2 power levels, 10 watts and 100 watts!  For more information on the service: http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/prd/lpfm/  

Kevin Custer-W3KKC has started a list for the discussion of the service.  If interested in this new list:  http://www.onelist.com/subscribe/lpfm-service.

 

 

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, W2CGX, N2ZVY, N2OCW, W2GD 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.

 

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  

  


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 W2CRA·145.51 

 

 

446.475-                W2CRA

444.850 +              W2CRA

224.120 -               K2PM

147.015 + (5Z)     WB2NQV

147.375 +             WB2NQV

 

  CHERRYVILLE REPEATER ASSOCIATION II PO BOX 308 Quakertown NJ 08868