The Delaware Valley Radio Association (DVRA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to the promotion and preservation of the amateur radio hobby.
With over 120 members and a fully equipped radio station, the Delaware Valley Radio Association is one of the nation’s oldest radio clubs, having been founded in 1930.
- A fully equipped club radio shack with 2 HF stations, HF digital mode capability, VHF & UHF and EME stations. Regular hours of operation are maintained for members and guests.
- Shack activities include participation in major on-air contests, an Open House event, Jamboree on the Air and Special Event stations W2T and W2P celebrating the Battles of Trenton and Princeton.
- 2 Repeaters, one operating in Yaesu System Fusion C4FM digital mode and the other in dual mode (analog FM and C4FM)
- Monthly club meetings with informative ham radio presentations
- A club picnic in August and holiday party in December
- Participation in Public Service Events
- Training and Exams sessions held regularly
- Fun and competitive Field Day activities with multiple stations and different modes
- An updated, informative and easy to use Website
- A place to share experiences with others with similar interests
Informative presentations are given at the monthly DVRA Membership meeting which is held at 7PM on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except August and December). The presentations cover a wide range of ham radio related topics. Recent presentations include such diverse topics as Software Defined Radio dongles, Satellite Image and Data Reception, a cross country Moon Bounce expedition, the ARRL Volunteer Monitor Service, HF Mag Loop construction, Spy Radios and QSL card chasing. If you would like to give a presentation, or have a topic that you would like to see presented, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . A meeting notice, with details on the monthly presentation, is posted to the club website and sent by e-mail to club members. The monthly meetings are open to the public.
The August meeting is held on a Sunday at the W2ZQ station and is conducted as the Club Picnic and Open House. The December meeting is held on the 2nd Wednesday and is conducted as a Holiday Potluck celebration. A Spring Swap Fest is held in late April. See the website Calendar for this year’s dates.
The DVRA participates in the annual ARRL Field day. The ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth full weekend in June, thousands of radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
Typically, we construct and operate two temporary / remote stations. Over the past few years, the DVRA has conducted Field Day on the grounds of the W2ZQ station or at Mercer County Park. In the spirit of operational preparedness, we run the equipment on generator power. Check the website calendar for the location and dates for this year’s Field Day. Antenna setup will be on Friday at 3pm. Station setup will be on Saturday morning at 9AM. Operating will commence at 2pm on Saturday and end around 12pm on Sunday. Food will be available throughout the event on Saturday and Sunday.
The DVRA Field day is low key. The focus is threefold: constructing and operating remote stations, learning contest operating skills in a non-competitive atmosphere, and meeting and interacting with other club members. Try to join us; it’s always a good time!
We always need help with the planning and operators for the event. Contact Dom at email@example.com to volunteer.
Radio Station – Click on the Radio Station link to view detailed station information. As part of the station operation, the following activities are offered:
- Regular station hours for members and guests
- Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4pm;
- Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8pm
- Operators Club – A DVRA club member can gain acceptance into the W2ZQ Operators Club by logging 25 QSOs using the club call sign, W2ZQ. For more details click here.
- Operator and Key Holder Training – are available during regular station hours. Contact Dom at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule training.
- Operating Events – see the website Calendar for this year’s scheduled operating events:
- Contests – participation in the major ARRL and CQ contests, as well as the NJ QSO party. Operators of any experience level are encouraged to participate and are always needed.
- Special Events Station – Call signs W2T and W2P are used to commemorate the Battle of Trenton and Princeton and starts on December 26th
- Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) – This event plays hosts to local Scouts who are earning their Radio Merit badge and is typically held on the 2nd Saturday in October.
License Exams & Training
License testing is held on the 2nd Saturday of odd numbered months. For more information, click on the Test Sessions link.
A preparatory class for the General Class exam is held periodically. Watch the website for any announcements.
The DVRA Antenna Committee was formed to focus on the design, construction and installation of amateur radio antennas for club members. The two goals of the antenna committee are to hold antenna construction events and to assist club members with antenna projects.
Club members can be helped with a site survey in order to optimize the available space along with other considerations such as aesthetics and possible restrictions on installation. The committee can also help members with the design, material procurement, construction and testing of their antenna system.
As an added member benefit, the Antenna Committee has an MFJ 259C antenna analyzer that can be borrowed by club members. The analyzer will be loaned out for one week periods.
Club construction events are held throughout the year. Recent construction events include Field Day antenna construction, 2m ground plane antenna and coax jumper construction and 20 meter dipole construction and testing for loaner antennas. Look for listings on the website Calendar for upcoming Antenna committee events, as well as articles and announcements on the website.
For more information, or to request help with your antennas, contact Greg at email@example.com
Special / Tech Projects
A series of Special projects and demonstration are held each year. Some recent events:
- CW classes
- Fox hunt training, directional antenna building and Fox Hunts
- Winlink and Digital mode demonstration
- QRP / Portable operating event
- Kit Building sessions
- Home station construction seminar
Some of the above projects will be held again this year as well as additional events. Look for the listings on the website Calendar for upcoming projects, as well as articles and announcements on the website.
If you have an idea for a project or a seminar that you would like to conduct or attend, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Public Service Events
For many years, the DVRA has provided radio communication for:
- The local March of Dimes / March for Babies – This is a one day event at Mercer County Park, typically held the last Sunday in April
- The cycling segment of the NJ Triathlon – this is a two day event at Mercer County Park, typically held the last weekend in July
Check the website Calendar for this year’s dates.
The club operates two open repeaters, one on 2 meters and one on 440MHz. Click here to go to the Repeater information page.
The 2 meter repeater is home to the DVRA Tech Net held every Sunday night at 9PM and the New Ham Net which is held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7PM.
- Attend the monthly Membership Meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Committee reports are given for all club activities at 7 PM, followed by a presentation on a ham radio related topic at 7:30 PM.
- Keep an eye on the club’s W2ZQ.com website for activities that might interest you. Current club events are highlighted with articles and the website Calendar is kept up to date with all of the club’s events. Also, from the front page of the website, you can subscribe to get newly posted articles emailed to you.
- Join the “W2ZQ Membership” google group. Update to date club information is posted there as well as informative articles and links posted by members. Go to googlegroups.com and follow the instructions…..our group is called “W2ZQ membership.” You can also subscribe to have the posts emailed to you.
- Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram, #dvra_w2zq
- Join our nets: club announcements are made on our nets. The Tech Net is held every Sunday at 9pm; and the New Ham Net every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Both nets are held on the 2m repeater, 146.67Mhz
- Club announcements occur every half hour on the 2m repeater, 146.67 MHz.
- Stop by the Club Station during our operating hours. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4p and Tuesday and Thursdy, 6-8p. Our station is staffed by members who are involved in club activities and can offer operating and technical advice as well.