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New Providence Amateur Radio Club
The  Radio Club of the Watchung Hills Area
P.O. Box  813, New Providence, NJ  07974    USA
n2xj@arrl.net

 
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Club call signs are N2XJ and W2FMI



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page last modified: Mon Jan 9 22:07:19 2017

Club Information

Shortcuts to topics on this page:
* Overview
* Club Call Signs
* Membership Information and Application
* Meetings
* Activities
* Email Reflector
* Club Officers
* ARRL Affiliation

* Constitution & Bylaws

Overview

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!

See our club flyer
 

Club Call Signs

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).

N2XJ belonged to Carl Felt (SK) while W2FMI belonged to Jerry Sevick (SK). They both made numerous contributions to the hobby as well as the club.

Membership

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.

Meetings

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.

Driving Directions to the Senior Citizen Center

Activities

In addition to the two monthly meetings, club activities include:
bullet Special events, such as
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bulletSocial Events, including the December Holiday Party and field trips to points of interest, such as ARRL Headquarters
      
 
bulletCommunity Service events, such as the New Providence Memorial Day Parade 
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bulletKit building  
 
bulletRegular chatter on 145.75 simplex, the club's operating frequency.
 
bulletA Sunday night FM voice net - 9:00 p.m. on the W2LI repeater (147.255 MHz,  Tx on 147.855, PL 141.3).
 
 View the historical notes of the nets compiled by Bob Barns KB2IKC /SK from May 1991 through his last net on 1/14/2007 (Bob passed away on 1/30/2007).

bulletA bi-monthly digital net - normally held 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.

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.

For information about local activities for any of these organizations, contact the webmaster  or a club officer.

E-Mail Reflector

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:
 nparc@mailman.qth.net

Club Officers - 2017

President Paul Wolfmeyer W2PTP pwolfmeyer (at) att.net
Vice President Bob Willis K2GLS k2gls (at) att.net
Secretary Al Hanzl K2AL k2al (at) arrl.net
Treasurer Dave Barr K2YG barr29 (at) verizon.net
Activities Manager Dave Hartman AC2GL ac2gl (at) aol.com

 

ARRL Affiliation    ARRL Logo.gif (1.9 Kb)

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 listserv@netcom.com (no subject needed). The body of the message should say simply:   subscribe letter-list

 

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