The meeting was opened at 7:32 p.m. by President Al Hanzl K2AL
Al introduced visitor Bill Hudzik W2UDT, ARRL Northern New Jersey Section Manager.
Al announced that the annual auction will be held either the first or second Friday in April (4/4/03 or 4/11/03) depending on space availability.
Al also announced the club is planning a trip to Ham Radio Outlet, in New Castle, DE., to visit the store and have lunch on a Saturday in February. Interested members should contact Al or any club officer for date and time.
Network Operation, Bob Craig, W2EAL
Bob Craig presented a talk on network operations, including:
* Traffic Nets such as NJVNE, JVVNL
* Training Nets such as UCTN weekdays 10:00 p.m. 449.975 MHz
* Emergency Nets such as the monthly Red Cross Net
* Informal Nets such as the Sunday NPARC RTTY and Voice nets
Bob also described proper net protocol and operation. Additional information on schedules, frequencies and time, is available on the ARRL web site, www.arrl.org under the public service menu.
Improving handheld range, Ralph Milnes, KC2 RLM
Ralph gave a pitch for the Tiger Tail, a simple 20" wire added to a hand held antenna to improve range, with an impressive demonstration and testimonial.
NPARC gift to the school, Barry Cohen, K2JV
Barry gave a presentation on the gift to the school, being a NASA program to prepare the students to talk to the International Space Station (ISS) via ham radio. Barry described the process and the volunteers needed to support the program.
Door prizes were awarded.
Next meeting Jan. 27, 7:30 in the library, project night.
The meeting was closed at 9:04 p.m.
Bob Willis, K2GLS, Secretary.