New Providence Amateur Radio Club
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The NPARC is a general interest amateur radio club open to all. Our goals are technical growth, community service, fellowship, and fun! We also hope to encourage more people to become hams. If you are thinking about becoming a ham or if you are a ham looking for a club affiliation, we invite you to visit one of our meetings or activities and talk to some of our members.
The club was formed in the 1965, primarily by hams working at Bell Labs. Meetings were (and are are still) held in New Providence, hence the name of the club. Despite the name, there are no residency requirement for membership, although most members happen to live within 20 miles of New Providence, NJ. (New Providence is in Union County, New Jersey, 20 miles southwest of New York City.) We currently have about 50 members -- men and women -- of all ages, including students, with a wide variety of ham radio skills and interests. Please join us!
The club has 2 call signs that are used during special club activities (i.e. Field Day, Kids Day and our FM Sprint) during the year. The call signs at one time belonged to long-time club members who are now silent keys (SK - no longer alive).
Membership is open to anyone interested in amateur radio. An Amateur Radio License is not required. Annual dues are $20.00; for students it's $10.00 which you can submit with a completed membership application to the club secretary.
If you have any questions about membership, come to one of our meetings, call one of our club officers, or if you are in the New Providence area, make an inquiry on the club frequency, 145.75 MHz simplex, where someone is usually listening and can answer your question.
Club meetings are normally held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Meetings are held at the Senior Citizen Center of New Providence in New Providence, NJ (directions below). If the center is closed on a normally scheduled meeting date, we may move the meeting date or location or cancel the meeting. Check the club calendar for currently scheduled dates and locations.
Meetings begin at 7:30pm and conclude not much later than 9:15pm. Guests and prospective members are cordially invited to attend the meetings.
The meeting on the second Monday generally focuses on a particular theme, with either a presentation or demonstration related to ham radio. Important news is announced and, if necessary, any club business is handled.
The meeting on the fourth Monday is an informal meeting where anyone can bring up any topic for discussion or show off their latest project. Often the club has a kit or other building project underway and this meeting can be used to work on that project.
In addition to the two monthly meetings, club activities include:
In addition, some of our members are participants in the
club's Emergency Response Team, the
National Weather Service
SKYWARN program and some volunteer in local RACES
(for municipal Offices of Emergency Management) and/or
ARES units which are organizations
active during emergencies or public events.
Registered club members can also subscribe to the club's e-mail reflector. The reflector is a way for a club member to post information or ask general questions of all the other subscribers. Any message sent to the reflector is automatically re-sent to each of the subscribers. Generally this is a light traffic reflector, so don't worry about being inundated with mail. Also note that the default reply behavior is to reply to the original sender only and not the reflector.
For more information about the reflector including how to subscribe, visit the NPARC reflector page.
After you're registered, you can post a message for everyone to
see by sending it to:
Club Officers - 2020
We are an affiliated club (# 0213) of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a membership service organization serving Amateur Radio operators, enthusiasts, experimenters, and hobbyists.
To get the ARRL's weekly newsletter, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (no subject needed). The body of the message should say simply: subscribe letter-list
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