One of the oldest radio clubs in the USA, the Delaware Valley Radio Association takes pride in our modern club station in our shack atop “Wireless Hill,” a county location five miles north of Trenton, NJ, which includes HF, VHF, and UHF capabilities for education, contesting, message handling, emergency communications, and other activities.
The primary HF operating position has an Icom 7600, Tokyo HyPower Solid State HL-1.5KFX Linear Amplifier, and LDG AT1000Pro2 antenna tuner. The secondary HF operating position is a full Icom station using an IC-756 Pro 2 with matching IC-2KL 500 watt linear amplifier and IC-AT500 antenna tuner. A third operating position is primarily dedicated to VHF, UHF, and C4FM digital but can also operate HF using a Kenwood TS-2000. A lounge/conference area and a well-equipped workshop complete the facility.
Our main HF Antennas are a 2 element Yagi for 40 meters (Force 12 Magnum 240N), and a 14 element 20, 15, and 10 meter (Force 12 C31XR) multi monoband Yagi turned by an M2 OR2800 rotator atop our primary 100 foot tower. Our secondary 50 foot tower has a Cushcraft A3S triband beam and various VHF/UHF antennas. A SteppIR Vertical covers 40-6 Meters. Dipoles for 80 and 160 meters are strung between the towers and various supports.
The shack and club station are open to visitors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 PM; and on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 PM local time.
We invite all to visit the shack and club station. Check w2zq.com/calendar/ for additional planned operations or feel free to call the station at 609-882-2240 or on 146.67 MHz as members may be there anytime. You may even contact our Club Station Director Dom DiClementi, N3DD at N3DD@ARRL.net if you’d like to make an appointment to visit at other hours.
Local W2ZQ repeaters are on 146.67 MHz(-) (FM analog) and 442.65 MHz(+) (Yaesu System Fusion). Both repeaters use 131.8 PL. The 442.650 machine is currently in digital mode only covering NJ from New York City to Philadelphia. The Wires X room number for W2ZQ-DVRA is 28381.
We also maintain a strategic AX.25 packet digipeater supporting the East Coast Flexnet 220 MHz backbone. Local user access is on 145.01 MHz. Connect to W2ZQ-2 for the digipeater and W2ZQ-4 for the PBBS.
One of the oldest radio clubs in the USA, the Delaware Valley Radio Association was founded in April 1930 by amateur and commercial radio operators “to extend knowledge of the Radio Art to its members, promote good will between associated persons of the radio fraternity and the general public, and to serve as a means of social contact among its members.” It has served the community for 88 years.
The club first met July 9, 1930 and was issued the call W3AQ in September 1931. It was incorporated as a non-profit in 1938. Due to the post-war call area shuffle, it was then given W2ZQ in October 1946.
The DVRA became a charter affiliated club of the American Radio Relay League in 1931. Our certificate is personally signed by Hiram Percy Maxim, founder of the ARRL, and is proudly displayed in the club shack.
Over the decades, club members have run hamfests and other events. Even a club orchestra was formed to raise funds, and later a Women’s Auxiliary. In February 1939, the Delaware Valley Radio Association became incorporated under the laws of New Jersey as a non-commercial, non-profit organization.
The DVRA met in various locations around Trenton before acquiring the present W2ZQ shack building in 1952. Current meetings are held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in West Trenton near the shack.
Club meetings have had many speakers. One was DVRA Vice-President Lt. Amory (Bud) Waite, W2ZK, who, as a USN Radio Officer, saved Admiral Byrd during his 1934 polar expedition. Recent presentation topics have included PSK31, Video Editing, Antenna Modeling, Interesting QSL Cards, Drone Operation, Portable EME, and our annual Field Day planning meeting.
DVRA members are also active in ARES, RACES, and NTS, and the club station has served as the NJ State RACES Net Control Station. Members provide communications for walk-a-thons and bicycle tours and work closely with the Boy Scouts for Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and teaching Radio Merit Badge. They also provide emergency communications support to the Red Cross, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, and other county, state and national disaster relief authorities. Recent hurricane and flood disasters proved the need and utility of the amateur radio services to elected officials.
Although the Delaware Valley Radio Association had a humble beginning in the early 1930’s, today the DVRA has over 85 active members. The men and women of the DVRA come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, but one thing brings us together…“Fun, Fellowship, and Service for Amateur Radio Operators.”
Please explore our site to learn about our latest activities, enjoy more photos and videos, and see how you can join in the fun!
Our Current QSL showing part of our Portable Antenna set up for Field Day 2003. QSL us direct or via LOTW or the bureau.
W2T and W2P QSL Information
As our shack and club station are located at the highest point along the route of march of General Washington’s troops from their crossing of the Delaware River down to the Battle of Trenton, we are excited to annually run special event stations W2T (“Washington to Trenton’) Dec 26-30 and W2P (“Washington to Princeton”) Dec 31-Jan 3. These historic victories enabled the new nation to maintain its recently declared independence.
Special QSL’s are available for a self-addressed stamped envelope sent to W2T or W2P c/o DVRA, PO Box 7024, West Trenton NJ 08628-0024
For those who contact both special event stations, a fun certificate offering a “Commission as a Lieutenant in the Continental Army Signal Corps” is available from the same address for a fee of $5. If you work a total of 3 Revolutionary War battles, you can upgrade to Captain; 4 to Major; 5 to Lt. Colonel; and 6 to Colonel. Just send a note listing the special event stations that you worked and a $5 fee.
Have fun with this! Make sure your tricorner hat fits over your headphones!
Promotional video on the special event prepared by KB2RMS: