Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Volume 49 Number 12 www.BARA.ORG
Presidents Message the club’s continued success went to
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Bulletin Editor Phil Barber,
BARA Holiday and Awards
WA2LXE. The Board of Directors
President’s Message 1 Dinner A Huge Success recognized Phil for “his dedication to
Upcoming Events 2 keeping the club informed through
VE Exam Schedule 3 What wonderful evening Sunday print and electronic means for many,
Public Service Information 3 night was! The Annual BARA Holi- many years in publishing the Bulle-
day/Awards Dinner was attended by
Link of the Month 3 tin”
over 70 people who enjoyed good
November Meeting Minutes 3 food, great conversation, a look back While Phil could not attend the din-
K2GLW Recovering 4 at 2011 and celebrated the work of ner, a presentation will be made at
For Sale 5 some of our best members. the January BARA meeting or when
Phil is next able to attend.
ARRL Recognizes W2ML 5
It was my pleasure to Emcee the I read a lot of club bulletins and
W2MLS Recovering 5
event and celebrate those who have very, very few are as well done as
Contest Scores 6 donated so much of their time to our our BARA Bulletin. He puts a lot of
WA2PNI Recovering 6 club. work into each month’s edition and
Morning Coffee with Santa 6 Our guest for the evening was Gene, we have a lot to thank Phil for. The
DX Rumors 7 K2KJI and his lovely wife Mary Ann club’s success is closely tied to it’s
along with Randy, WA2RMZ. communication with members and it
is this Bulletin that goes online
Gene was kind enough to donate a
lot of prizes as well as the grand monthly and is seen by thousands
NEXT MEETING who drop by our website to see what
prize, a dual band HT!
BARA is doing. It is no small feat to
The winner of the Blue and White put out a newsletter each month and
January 8, 2012 Phil does a wonderful job of keeping
points award recognizing the many
7:30 PM hours he has put in organizing flea it entertaining and interesting.
Municipal Building Senior Center markets, working with Westwood
350 Hudson Avenue. Following the awards presentation
High School and keeping Kit night
we were treated to a wonderful
Township of Washington, NJ going was Jim Joyce, K2ZO. Jim
won dinner for two and with fate power-point presentation by Chuck
07676 Lemken giving a retrospective of
smiling on him, also won the grand
BARA’s activities during the year.
prize, the dual band HT.
.REMINDER All in all a great night for BARA!
BARA Dues are DUE Second Prize went to Tony, K2AMI,
who was celebrated for the work he Holiday Season is Upon Us!
$20 per member does organizing the VHF contests As the trees and menorahs go up and
$30 per family and the behind the scenes hours he candles are lit in remembrance of
See Bob Javits at a meeting, or mail puts in keeping BARA going. Tony times past, take a moment and reflect
your check, payable to BARA, to also won a free dinner and one of the on the joys of our shared hobby, the
Bob Javits prizes Gene donated. friends we share good times with and
the growth of BARA. Very few
123 Lincoln Blvd
The Bill James Award, recognizing clubs are growing in spite of the
Emerson NJ 07630-1030 the member who has contributed to
(Continued on page 5)
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BARA BULLETIN Upcoming Events
The BARA Bulletin is published
monthly by the Bergen Amateur Dec 6 - Kit Night
Radio Association. Subscriptions
are included in the annual member- Dec 9 -11 - ARRL 10 Meter Contest
ship dues. Membership is open to
Dec 13 - Kit Night
anyone interested in radio communi-
cation. Dec 18 - ARRL Rookie Roundup - CW
Dec 20 - Kit Night
BARA RESOURCES Jan 3 - Kit Night
QSL Bureau: Jan 7, 8 - ARRL RTTY Roundup
Warren Hager, K2UFM
Jan 8 - Business Meeting
Bob Javits, WB2AIU
Jan 10 - Kit Night
Jan 20 - VE Test Session (to be confirmed)
Phil Barber, WA2LXE Jan 21, 22 - ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes
Ira Hosid, N2WAA
Don Younger, W2JEK
Donnan917’at’aol.com BARA KIT NIGHT
Hamfests: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Jim Joyce, K2ZO Westwood Regional H.S.
Webmasters: 701 Ridgewood Rd., Township of Washington, 07676
wm’at’bara.org Room 114
Tony Izzo, K2AMI
David Levine, K2DSL ♦ Build a kit related to Amateur Radio (partial BARA funding available)
♦ Diagnose/repair a defective piece of equipment
♦ Discuss radio and computer problems
MEMBERSHIP ♦ Technical assistance available
APPLICATION ♦ Seek/give technical opinions
Interested in learning more about
amateur radio and meeting new
NOTE: If the High School is closed during the day, there will be no Kit
Night at the High School. Depending on the circumstances it may
people? Then join the Bergen
be held at the Washington Twp. Senior Center.
Amateur Radio Association (BARA).
Dues are still only $20 per year.
Send your application request to:
123 Lincoln Blvd.
Emerson NJ 07630-1030
Welcome New Members
e-mail to wb2aiu’at’arrl.net. Donald Raffaele, WA2YCP
Please include your name, address,
town, zip, call sign, license class,
Atilano Villar, KB2NGX.
and phone number.
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LINK OF THE MONTH
PUBLIC SERVICE VE EXAM SCHEDULE
W2ML Receives Lifetime
ARES NET The next VE test sessions Achievement Award from CQ
Second Monday of each month are scheduled for:
7:30 PM http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/
January 20 (tentative) 2011/11/w2ml-receives-lifetime-
W2AKR (K2GCL) Repeater
at 7 PM achievement.html
146.790 Mhz; PL 141.3 Hz
A training net for all stations interested at
in Public Service Westwood Regional H.S. Tnx, K2DSL
communications. Room 123
K2BAR NETS The FCC has imposed a BARA Meeting Minutes
Testing fee of $15.00
SSB Net: per exam/retest. The Vice President, Bruce, WG2Y,
Mondays 9:00 pm Required documents: called the meeting to order at 7:30.
10 Meters – 28.375 MHz • Two forms of ID required
for all transactions. The Pledge of Allegiance was fol-
Net Control: Jim, K2ZO
• Original CSCE if prior lowed by a moment of silence to
FM Nets: test credit. remember silent keys. A special re-
Mondays 8:00 pm • If license upgrade. membrance was given for Ralph,
original and a copy of KB2IZB, and Jerry, WB2JSU.
current FCC license
2 Meters: 146.79 MHz. Health and Welfare: Al Cundall, is
PL 141.3 Questions may be directed to: out of the hospital. Tom, W2PNI, is
Net Control: Joanne, KC2QGH Don Younger, W2JEK still at Prospect Heights Nursing
201-265-6583 home. He has 4 more weeks of re-
Wednesdays 9:00 pm covery. Tom, WA2CAI, is out of
2 Meters: 146.79 MHz. Question Pool effective dates: the hospital and is feeling better.
Technician, Element 2-July 1, 2010
Net Control: Noel, N2OEL Guests: Don Raffaele, WA2YCP.
General, Element 3 - July 1, 2011
Thursdays 8:30 pm Extra, Element 4 - July 1, 2008 License upgrade: None reported.
70 cm: 444.100 A new General Exam Question Pool
PL 141.3 is in effect as of July 1, 2011. Officer Reports:
Net Control: Ben, KF2ID
Study guides and sample tests October Minutes: The minutes of
Thursdays 9:00 pm should reflect the appropriate the October meeting, as published in
Technical Net question pool date. the November BARA bulletin, were
moved for acceptance by Harvey,
2 Meters: 146.955 MHz.
Sample tests available at QRZ.COM KC2AWX, and seconded by Robert,
KC2ORX. The membership ap-
EchoLink via K2FJ-L http://www.qrz.com/p/testing.pl
Net Control: Gordon, W2TTT
Daily FCC report of new and The Treasurer’s report for Novem-
renewed callsigns available at:
Meeting Programs ber was read. A motion to accept
Are there any topics of interest to the http://www.qrz.com/new_hams was made by George, K2YLH, and
club that you would like to see a presen- .html seconded by Richard, K2ZB.
tation or demonstration? Is there a sub- The membership approved accep-
ject you could lead a discussion on? tance.
Please contact Bruce, WG2Y
Wg2y ‘at’ hotmail.com (Continued on page 4)
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(Continued from page 3) BARA Nets: Noel, N2OEL. There being no nomi-
Monday 8:00 BARA Babes, 146.79 nation from the floor for the position
Hudson Division Report: Hudson MHz. Joanne, KC2QGH. The net is of Treasurer, a motion to close the
Division Awards Luncheon will be doing well. nomination was made by Jim,
held on November 13th at Biagio’s in KC2VRY, and seconded by Noel,
Monday 9:00 pm 10 meter net,
Paramus. N2OEL. There being no nomination
28.375 MHz, Jim, K2ZO. Been get-
from the floor for the position of Vice
ting lots of check-ins.
BARA Annual Awards and Rec- President, a motion to close the nomi-
ognition Dinner: December 4, at Wednesday 9:00 pm 2 meter Net, nation was made by Jim, KC2VRY,
Maggiano’s Little Italy at the Shops 146.79 MHz, Noel, N2OEL. About and seconded by Josephine,
at Riverside in Hackensack. The din- 8-10 check-ins. WB2EKV. There being no nomination
ner starts at 5:30. Tickets are $25.00 Thursday 8:30 pm 444.100 MHz, from the floor for the position of Presi-
per person. Ben, K2IFD. dent, a motion to close the nomination
Thursday 9:00pm Technical Net, was made by Warren, K2UFM, and
Committee Reports: 146.955 MHz, Gordon, W2TTT, seconded by Joanne, KC2QGH. The
thanked Noel, N2OEL, for filling in membership voted to elect the slate as
VE Testing: Don, W2JEK. The next for him. He also reported that some- presented by the Nominating Commit-
test session will be November 18th at times the net can go on until 11:30. tee. One vote was cast for each officer
7:00 at the Westwood Regional Jr./ The net closes only to be reopened and the slate for 2012 was elected.
Sr. High School. A list of dates for again by another topic.
the 2012 sessions has been submitted Field Day: For the second year in a
to be approved by the Board of Edu- Bill James Service Award: BARA row, BARA took first place in the 4F
cation. Once approved, the dates will recognizes an outstanding member class.
be listed. for his or her service to the club.
Nominations to be made should be New Members: Donald Raffaele,
QSL Bureau: Warren, K2UFM, given in writing to one of the Execu- WA2YCP; and Atilano Villar,
hand carried 3 lbs. of cards to New- tive Committee members. The re- KB2NGX.
ington. More cards will be going up cipient will be awarded at the De-
in a couple of weeks. cember dinner. Program: David, K2DSL, gave a
presentation on N1MM Logger.
Fox Hunt: Charlie, N3CRT, and New Business:
Denver, K2DEN, have been declared A BARA Box was auctioned off.
the winners. They will be the Fox in Election of Officers: Bill,
the May 2012 fox hunt. Warren, WA2JKY, reported that no one had The meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.
K2UFM, declared the pizza was approached the Nominating Commit-
good. tee seeking to run against any of the Respectfully submitted,
officers currently serving on the Kelly Palazzi, KC2SKL, Secretary
Kit Night: Jim, K2ZO, reported that Board: President Steve, W2ML;
when the school is closed due to in- Vice President Bruce, WG2Y; Treas-
clement weather, the janitors might urer Bob, WB2AIU; Secretary
not be there to open up for kit night. Kelly, KC2SKL; Trustee Bennett, K2GLW Recovering
In the alternative, the Senior Center KO2OK.
in Washington Township can be Bruce, WG2Y, asked for any nomi- I am sorry tro have to miss my first
used. nations from the floor for the Trustee dinner as a BARA member, but I am
position. stuck at home recuperating from a
Portable Day: The brainchild of
There being none, a motion to close bout of pneumonia.
Steve, WI2W, was held at Pascack
Brook Park in Emerson. Steve was the nomination for Trustee was made
by Harvey, KC2AWX, and seconded Please extend my best wishes for the
unable to attend due to a family
by George, K2YLH. There being no holiday season to one and all.
emergency so Jim, K2ZO, reported
that it was well attended with sta- nomination from the floor for the
position of Secretary, a motion to 73s
tions making much DX.
close the nomination was made by Gordon, K2GLW
Robert, KC2ORX, and seconded by
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growing numbers of ham radio opera- A Special Recognition Award From
tors. BARA seems to be one of the The ARRL Hudson Division
few that is welcoming new members Was Presented To Steve, W2ML, For His Many Years and Many
year after year. Let’s give thanks for Accomplishments In and For Amateur Radio
While the season seems to have be-
come about shopping for toys for our
children and bigger toys for ourselves,
let us remember that it is the warmth
of friends and family that we really
celebrate. I know this has been one
wonderful year for Heidi and I. Yes, I
have had a rough year medically, but
without the club’s backing and help I
would not be here today writing this
You will all be in our prayers during
the season and I look forward to a
New Year full of fun and sharing the Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, ARRL Hudson Division Director; Steve W2ML; Bill
laughter that is our club’s forte. Hudzik, W2UDT, ARRL Hudson Division Vice Director; and Tom Raffailli,
WB2NHC. Photo from ARRL Hudson Division website.
Now it’s time to take a few minutes
and reflect on how good band condi- W2MLS Recovering
tions have become. I promised sun- Mike, W2MLS, and Janice Snuffer, KC2JPA, will not be attending the
spots and it just took a year longer
than I thought to get here. Time to
turn on the radio and enjoy HF! A week ago today Mike had a successful living donor kidney transplant.
The kidney is fine and just like with any other Major surgery Mike is
So from Heidi, W2MLW, and I, have healing and resting
a wonderful holiday season and a
He is not allowed visitors or to go out by crowds. Not even stuffed ani-
Happy, Healthy and prosperous New
mals or flowers for 7 more weeks. But he wanted me to write and wish
all his BARA friends a safe and happy holiday season He'll see you in
-73- Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML
2012. - - de Janice, KC2JPA
Proud to be President of BARA
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MEMBER REPORTED CONTEST SCORES SUBMITTED Tom, WA2PNI, is still at Prospect
FOR AGGREGATE CLUB SCORE Heights Nursing home. He has 4 more
weeks of recovery. He is doing well and
WAE RTTY Contest asked that we publish his room number.
Power QSOs QTCs Points Mults. Score
K2DSL Low 573 589 1,162 465 540,330
CQ WW SSB Contest
Power QSOs Points Countries Zones Score
W2JEK QRP 24 20 13 1,782
KC2SST High 404 1,180 209 51 306,800
K2DSL Low 252 673 114 51 111,045
CQ WW CW Contest
Power QSOs Points Countries Zones Score
W2JEK QRP 83 198 62 35 19,206
K2DSL Low 573 1,573 267 80 545,831
K2TWI Low 533 1,536 253 75 503,808
W2AW* Low 752 2,152 107** 30 294,824
WI2W High 236 644 113 59 127,512
WA2LXE Low 186 506 139 58 89,562
* Operated by N2GM - Single Band 10 Meters
** DXCC on single band in one weekend - Wow!!
Mode Power QSOs Sections Score
From “Down Under”
W2JEK CW QRP 107 51 10,914
Please pass on our best wishes and Happy
W2JEK SSB QRP 43 27 1,296
Holidays to all at the BARA dinner.
K2DSL SSB Low 344 80*** 55,040
73, Andrew, KC2KIS/VK3KIS, and
*** Clean Sweep - All ARRL/RAC Sections Barbara, KC2KLF/VK3AGU.
ARRL 10 Meter Contest
Start - Saturday, Dec 10, 0000 GMT (Friday, 1900 EST)
End - Sunday, December 11, 2359 GMT (Saturday, 1859 EST)
Max operating time - 36 hours
Exchange - W/VE/XE stations will send RS(T) and State/Prov.
DX stations will send RS(T) and serial number.
Modes - SSB, CW or mixed
Power - Low = 150 watts max, High = >150 watts, QRP
Work each station once per mode.
Technician Class License is permitted SSB operation
Santa stops by the morning coffee get together at
between 28.3-28.5 MHz.
Paramus Park to check who has been naughty or
Ten Meters has been a hot band lately - join the fun nice. Photo courtesy of KC2SKL
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Edited by N2GM
4F9HXB = PHILIPPINES. Hans, DL5SDF is QRV from Mindanao Island, and has been active on 10 meters using CW
around 0000z. QSL to home call.
5Z4EE = KENYA. Sig, NV7E is QRV from Nairobi for the next four years. Activity is on 160 to 10m.
6W/AA1AC = SENEGAL. Mark will be QRV from La Sonome to December 11. QSL to home call.
A61TX = UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Michel, OD5TX is QRV for one year. QSL via W4JS.
A92GE = BAHRAIN. David, has been QRV on 20 meters using CW around 0400z. QSL direct to HC.
AP2IA = PAKISTAN. Ijaz, has been active using SSB on 12 meters from 1200 to 1600z. QSL to HC.
Y0/VE1AWW = SABLE ISLAND. VE1AWW is QRV until December 31 in his spare time while on work assignment.
D2AK = ANGOLA. G7COD is QRV from Luanda for the next 12 months on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.
D2SG = ANGOLA. MM0SSG is QRV for six to nine months. He may usually be active as his spare time permits.
FH4VOS = MAYOTTE. Bruno, DH1BL is QRV for the next three years. Lately he has been active on 20 m SSB.
FH8NX = MAYOTTE. until March 1, 2013. Activity is generally on 20 to 10 meters using SSB.
FR8NE = REUNION ISLAND. until July 2012. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using mostly CW. .
FY8DK = FRENCH GUIANA. Bruno, FJ5IF is now QRV for several years. Activity is on the HF bands using mostly SSB.
II0ZM = ANTARCTICA. From the Mario Zucchelli Station at Terra Nova Bay until mid February 2012 in his spare time on
40 and 20 meters using only SSB, generally around 0700 to 1000z and then after 1800z.
J6 = ST. LUCIA. QRV as J68FF, J68UN, J6/WD9CMD, J6/N7BF, J6/WF2S, J6/K9CJM, J6/AA4OC and J6/WU1B until
December 12. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK with three stations. They will
also be QRV as J68UN in the ARRL 10 Meter contest.
J28FJ = DJIBOUTI. Jacob, KB0ZIA is QRV on the HF bands. QSL to home call.
J5JUA/ J5GQZ =GUINEA-BISSAU. Joao, CT2GQA is QRV for the next five years. He is active on 80, 40 , 20 and 17 m.
KC4AAC = ANTARCTICA. KD0MUM, Francis, is QRVthrough April 2012 at the Palmer Antarctica base on
Anvers Island operating on 20m, in his spare time, from the KC4AAC club station. QSL via K1IED.
RI1ANC = ANTARCTICA. Alex, RD1AV is QRV from Vostok Base until the end of 2011. Activity is on the HF bands,
using CW, SSB and digital modes. QSL via RN1ON.
S79DF = SEYCHELLES. Davide, IZ3EFL is QRV for about one year. He is currently active on 20 meters but hopes to be
QRV on other bands as well. QSL via IV3TDM.
ST2AR = SUDAN. Robert, S53R is QRV from Khartoum. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters. QSL to HC.
T6SM = AFGANISTAN. IZ7VLL, Salvatore, is QRV from Shindand until March 2012. Activity is on 3.5
through 50 MHz. QSL via IZ7VLL.
T30HC = WEST KIRIBATI. Udo, DL9HCU is QRV from Tarawa Island. His length of stay is unknown. Activity of has
been on 20 meters using CW around 0600z. QSL to home call.
T5/TA1AMC = SOMALIA. Murat, TA1AMC is active in Mogadishu for three months in his spare time.
TJ3AY = CAMEROON. Henri, F6EAY is QRV while on work assignment. He is active on 40 to 6m using SSB and RTTY.
V63RR = Micronesia. Macca, K7JA, Chip, and KL7MF, Janet, will be QRV as V63RR and V63QQ, respectively, on 14
through 50 MHz between December 5th and 12th. QSL via K7JA.
VK0TH = MACQUARIE ISLAND. Trevor, VK8TH is QRV from Macca. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters.
XU7ACY = CAMBODIA. Pete, NO2R is QRV for at least a year. He is active on 40 meters using CW and soon on 160 and
80 meters as well. QSL via W2EN.
XV9DX = VIETNAM. OM2DX, Mike, over the next three years will be active on all bands on CW, SSB and Digital.
XV4Y = VIET NAM. Yannick, is QRV from south of Vietnam. Activity is mainly on 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters from 0700 to
0900z and then 1300 to 1500z. QSL direct via OK1DOT.
YA/KI4WDW = AFGANISTAN. Denny will be in for another year.
ZF2HZ = GRAND CAYMAN. K9HZ is QRV on 1.8 through 50 MHz on CW and SSB. QSL via K9HZ.
ZK2PM = NIUE. Phil, VK3APM is QRV for about a year. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL to HC.
ZP5X = PARAGUAY. ZP5DBC, LU8EOT and LU9ESD will QRV for the ARRL 10 Meter Contest, December 10th and 11th.
ZS7KX = ANTARCTICA. Gerard, ZS6KX is now QRV from Queen Maud Land until February 2012. Activity is currently
on 20 meters using SSB around 1400z. QSL to home call.
Z23MS =ZIMBABWE. RW3AJX, Mikhail, is on a two to three year work assignment and has been QRV on 20 SSB.
Z21BB = ZIMBABWE. Fernando, EA4BB is QRV from Harare for two years while on work assignment. He plans to be active
on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via W3HNK.
Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season to
all BABA Members and Their Families.
Page 8 Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML Bob Javits, WB2AIU
318 New Milford Ave. 123 Lincoln Blvd.
Dumont, NJ 07628 Emerson NJ 07630
Next Business Meeting
Sunday, Jan. 8th at the
Bruce Lemken, WG2Y Jim Jackson, NS2K
Twp. Of Washington 47 Furman Drive NS2K’at’ARRL.NET
Senior Center Emerson, NJ 07630
201-967-7041 Steve Holly, WI2W
Secretary Bennett Norell, KO2OK
Kelly Palazzi, KC2SKL KO2OK’at’ARRL.NET
14 Tuve Lane
South Hackensack, NJ 07606 BARA Bulletin
KSTENOGRAPHER’at’aol.com Phil Barber, WA2LXE, Editor
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
169 Woodland Ave.
Westwood, NJ 07675