The DVRA Library is a repository of information provided by the amateur community to the amateur community. Presentations of educational content, personal memories and oral histories of Amateur Radio operators telling their stories can be found here.
The Wednesday, September 12th 2018 meeting of the Delaware Valley Radio Association will feature our annual “What I Did on my Summer Vacation” event. This is our club members’ chance to make short five or ten minute presentations showing off projects that they built or things that they did. They do no have to be ham radio related or have even been constructed during the summer. If you have something that you would like to show off, please send a private email to firstname.lastname@example.org , so that you can be added to the agenda.
Projects scheduled to be shown will include:
– “Portable HF Operating on My Camping Vacation –Preparation, Setup, Troubleshooting and Operation of a Portable 20 Meter Station at a Remote Location” by Greg Mauro, K3EA
– “Assembling an Amateur Radio Operating Desk ” by Tullio Dellaquila, K2PCG
– “Using The LCR T5 Component Tester While Constructing an Iambic Keyer and Oscillator” by Gary Wilson, K2GW
– “Modifying A Vintage 2-Meter Radio For Use With Repeaters, and Building Homebrew Antennas for the VHF and HF Bands” by Chris Tenev, KD2QFA
All are welcome to attend. A combined Directors/Business Meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, followed by a social/refreshment period from 7:30 to 8:00 PM, a five-minute announcement of this month’s upcoming activity dates, and the featured presentation at 8:05 PM. All will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 137 West Upper Ferry Road, West Trenton, NJ . Feel free to join for all or part of the meeting.
See you there. More details at http://www.w2zq.com/
To celebrate the anniversary of the refurbishment of the W2ZQ Amateur Radio station at Mercer County Airport, the Delaware Valley Radio Association will be hosting an open house on Sunday August 12th from 1 to 5 PM.
Our modern shack features two complete HF stations utilizing our two main towers (one at 100 ft. and the other at 50ft.) with beams for 40M thru 10m. We also have a complete VHF station available. The facility also houses our 146.67 MHz repeater. All visitors are encouraged to operate the station.
All hams and the public are welcome to tour and use the modern facility, which the DVRA has used since 1953. They will also have on display historical documents from the ARRL and others dating back to the clubs founding in 1930.
We will be cooking burgers and hot dogs and providing drinks so please RSVP to email@example.com to help them order the correct amount of food.
There is no fee to attend.
DVRA Field Day
SHORT UPDATE POST EVENT –
The DVRA FD event was a great effort by many club members, long time friends and several members of the public that walked up. The weather was forecast to be challenging , however the rain held off until after the initial setup was completed Friday evening and only our security team was impacted.
The DVRA operated 2A which means that we had 2 HF stations operating on emergency power. We also had in operating 1 GOTA manned by Chuck and a free UHF/VHF station which made some 50 mhz contacts. DVRA was also available via C4FM and APRS.
As to counts – DVRA made 395 QSOs – mostly 40 meters and CW !? The GOTA station logs will also add to this count. Additional points for Battery,SAT and Solar contacts, having a safety official checklist, an onsite educational activity will be tallied.
Thanks to our FD Captain Cliff, the new food team, the setup and tear down crew, the operators, guests, the Mercer Park for hosting us and everyone/anyone else that was a part of this great event.
More will follow on the event and images / videos come in.
73 NJ3U Rory
The Delaware Valley Radio Association would like to extend an invitation for you to meet with the Amateur Radio operators of your community as we participate in the National Field Day Event, June 23rd and 24th at the Mercer County Park, West Windsor N.J.
Field Day is our chance to show the science, service and skill we can offer to our community free of charge. We would love the opportunity to show you our capabilities in person. You can even get a chance to operate the radios and talk to people all over the U.S.A and the world even if you don’t have an Amateur Radio License!
Our radio stations will be fully operational at 2:00PM Saturday, June 23rd and will continue throughout the night until Sunday, June 24th 10:00AM.
Directions to the Field Day site: Set your GPS/Google Maps to 1055 Hughes Drive, Hamilton, NJ and enter the park from there. The DVRA site is 0.7 miles in, on your right at Parking Lot Number 1.
Talk-in: W2ZQ, VHF FM, 146.670 MHZ, PL 131.8
We look forward to seeing you there!
This Wednesday, June 13th 2018, the Delaware Valley Radio Association meeting will feature a presentation on “Field Day” by Cliff Green, WA2TMF.
Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill, and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills, all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio. Cliff will discuss the history of Field Day and the DVRA’s plans for operation from Richard J. Coffee Mercer County Park in West Windsor on the weekend of June 23-24.
First licensed in 1977, Cliff holds an Amateur Extra License, a BSEE, and MSEE degree. Cliff worked for two major Japanese electronic consumer manufacturers as an electrical engineer, project manager, and technical training instructor. He is now retired and has plenty of time to work the 10 DXCC countries missing from his list. Cliff can often be found operating from the W2ZQ Club Station.
All are welcome to attend. A combined Directors/Business Meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, followed by a social/refreshment period from 7:30 to 8:00 PM, a five-minute announcement of this month’s upcoming activity dates, and the featured talk at 8:05 PM. All will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 137 West Upper Ferry Road, West Trenton, NJ . Feel free to join for all or part of the meeting.
“Mercer County ARES/RACES”
by John Pugh, WJ3P
“Operating an Amateur Station Remotely”
by Bob Beyer, KE2D
The Wednesday April 11, 2018 Delaware Valley Radio Association meeting will feature a presentation on “Operating an Amateur Station Remotely” by Bob Beyer, KE2D.
As more hams face limited antenna options, or need to travel away from home often, the concept of operating an Amateur Radio station by remote control is becoming more common. Bob will discuss the concept of what is required for remote station control, some of the present options and approaches, and then talk specifically about the RemoteHams solution that he uses. After presenting slides, he hopes to actually run the application and connect to his station at home.
First licensed in 1972 when a young member of the DVRA, Bob is an active contester and enjoys CW. He currently works in the broadcast industry.
All are welcome to attend. A combined Directors/Business Meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, followed by a social/refreshment period from 7:30 to 8:00 PM, a five minute announcement of this month’s upcoming activity dates, and the featured talk at 8:05 PM. All will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on Lower Ferry Road, West Trenton. Feel free to join for all or part of the meeting.
See you there. More details at http://www.w2zq.com/
What is Ham Radio Deluxe?
The Ham Radio Deluxe is an amateur radio software suite. These five applications are the best asset you can add to your ham shack.
It contains all the tools necessary to make you more productive in this hobby. These applications are all built to work together and you can spend more time enjoying Amateur Radio.
Join us at this month’s meeting on March 14th as member Dom DiClementi, N3DD discusses Ham Radio Deluxe. Find out from a seasoned HAM with over 50 years of experience “What it is” and “How to use it”.
DVRA Members Take Part in
ARRL Contesting *
The Delaware Valley Radio Association will be competing in ARRL International DX Phone this weekend March 3-4 th. Starting Friday evening at 0000 UTC and ending Sunday evening at 2359 UTC. The DVRA has 48 hours of non stop operating planned with DX stations far and near.
N3DD Dom is heading up this exciting activity and all interested members are welcome to take part. A good time is had by all whether you are calling CQ, running a pileup, spotting and pouncing, logging or just kicking back and enjoying a coffee and conversation in our newly remodeled DVRA lounge.
Since this is a 48 hour contest, operators will spell each other off and on over the weekend. If you have a time in mind, drop Dom a note via the thread on the clubs membership reflector. Otherwise drop in a take part as you can.
We will be running both of our ICOM stations fitted with Heil microphones and linear amps to make sure we are heard clearly (59+). The combination of our beam, vertical and wire dipoles antennas will allow us to access all the available bands. N1MM contest software is capture our contacts and help us locate and execute the best strategy.
ARRL International DX Phone
This contest is designed to encourage US and Canadian (W/VE) stations to expand knowledge of DX propagation on the HF and MF bands, improve operating skills, and improve station capability by creating a competition in which DX stations may only contact W/VE stations.
Complete rules can be found via the ARRL website – click this link –
*Contesting also known as Radio Sports are defined as competitive activities in which the participants use their skills as communicators. The contest rules defined the parameters such as operating modes, bands, duration and most importantly how successful two way contacts are scored. A successful contester will understand the rules and how to their station can be utilized with the band conditions and their stamina to achieve the highest score.
73 and Hope to CU at the Shack !
by DVRA Member Mario Filippi, N2HUN
Free to Air satellite (FTA) is an esoteric (even to us hams) system of receiving TV and radio stations from around the globe using a minimum 30 inch (Ku band) diameter dish and is completely legal for anyone to enjoy. Programs from North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Cuba, and the Middle East are being broadcast 24/7 mainly to expatriates around the world for them to keep in touch with home. An FTA system consists of a dish, LNB (Low-Noise Block amplifier), STB (Set Top Box, that is, a receiver), coax, TV set and a obstruction-free view of the sky. Anyone who’s interested in news, sports, history, kiddie shows and the arts from around the world can set up an FTA system, and Mario will show you how.
Mario Filippi, N2HUN (ex. WB2JII, N3CXK) has been a ham/SWL for over 40 years and monitors anything from DC to daylight. He has written articles for Monitoring Times, The Spectrum Monitor, TeleAudiovision, MAKE magazine, RadioWorld, and several radio-related blogs such as RTL-SDR.com and The SWL Post. He lives in Ringoes, NJ with a very radio-tolerant XYL, Edith and human-intolerant cat Little Miss.
DV4Mini – What is it and What it Does by Dom DiClementi, N3DD
Disaster, Public Service and Emergency Communications
NOAA Weather Radio by Bob Cardone, KD2EIM
Weather-or-Not by Gary Wilson, K2GW
Ham Contesting by Mike Moreken, AB2IO
Latest SDR Applications by Joe Jesson, KC2VGL
Radio Direction Finding:
Simple-VHF-Direction-Finding by Gary Wilson, K2GW
Yaesu Fusion – What is it and Who is Using It? by Rory Shaffer, NJ3U