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Field Day is sponsored by ARRL and held every year on the last full weekend of June.
- This section contains rules, setup (site, antennas, stations), operating, reporting and documentation information.
The NPARC meeting on the second Monday of each month is intended to have a specific program relevant to Amateur Radio.
The NPARC meeting on the fouth Monday of each month is expected to be devoted to some project chosen by the club.
Every Sunday at 9:00 PM (0100Z) an NPARC discussion net is held on the W2LI/R repeater.
Once a year, usually in February, NPARC holds an open auction of ham-radio related items.
Twice a year, Winter and Spring, ARRL sponsors a Kid's Day. NPARC participates regularly.
Emergency Response Team (ERT)
A subgroup within NPARC is organized into an Emergency Response Team. The team tests their equipment and preparedness regularly by participating in community activities, such as the New Providence Memorial Day Parade and July 4th Fireworks, providing communications as needed.
On the first and third Monday (when no club meeting) at 9:00pm EDT/EST (0100UTC/0200UTC), we try to hold a digital net using some digital mode (PSK31 or RTTY) on HF (7.0355 lately). Reflector emails will confirm mode and frequency.
During the year, Club members get together for trips to some favorite destinations. These include regular visits to ARRL Headquarters, Ham Radio Outlet, InfoAge and the Battleship New Jersey to operate BB2NJ.
In December, the Club holds its annual Luncheon, at which newly elected officers are introduced and the Club's prestigious awards are handed out.
2012 marks the first try at NPARC participating in a contest as a club. We are going to try for an aggregate score in the 2012 New Jersey QSO Party. Hopefully we can make this and other contests something the club members can take part in.
Tips, Tricks and Checklists
A checklist of things to look at when you think everything is OK with your digital setup, but no one is coming back to you. Some things can be applied to CW and PHONE as well.
The PL-259 UHF connector is widely used in Amateur Radio. Much has been written about its properties and there are a multitude of instructions available on how to assemble the PL-259. However, NPARC was fortunate to have a presentation by Barry, K2JV, including extensive photographs and tips on how to properly assemble a PL-259 for long-term reliability.
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