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Revised NJ QSO Party Leads Off October

Save Oct 4 and Oct 5 on your calendar for the New Jersey QSO Party.  This is a great friendly contest that is becoming more popular.  This year's date was matched with the California QSO Party, so that 10 m to 80 m contacts should be hot and heavy.  If you have not participated in a contest before, just be ready to give those California folks your CQP serial number and your state, and don't forget to mention that you are participating in both contests!  California operators will need the RST and your New Jersey county for the NJ QSO Party.  You will need their county and CQP serial number f

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ARRL VHF September Sweepstakes Approaches

The September ARRL VHF Sweepstakes happens on Saturday and sunday, September 13-14 this year.  This is a great contest to get into the swing of contesting as it is pretty informal, and one can compete reasonably easily.  There are competion categories for just FM, 6m and 2m, and VHF 3-Band as well as for those with a whole farm of antennas.  Activity starts at 2pm Saturday September 13.  Hope to hear you on the air.

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It's almost like being at the SJRA Field Day...

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New web host for the SJRA web site

The migration of the SJRA web site to a commercial web host has been completed.  Along with the server migration, significant security fixes have been installed and Drupal has been upgraded.  Members are welcome to log in to view the latest Harmonics, and back issues.  If you are a paid sjra member without a user id please contact the sjra-web team (using the link on the home page of the web site) to request a log-in account.  At this time we are unfreezing the web site content, so be sure to look for upcoming changes and improvements in the weeks ahead.

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Inexperienced Hams - Your Opportunity for Field Day

New and inexperienced hams, your time to get into Ham Radio is waiting at the SJRA GOTA station on June 28 and June 29.  Working with the SJRA GOTA coach you will have a chance to operate for SJRA and gain points for Field Day.  You will get experience with calling CQ, responding to contacts, and logging contacts that you make.  GOTA stands for Get On The Air, which is what you will be doing.  And in the process you will be earning points for SJRA!  . .

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SJRA CW/RTTY/PSK31 Gurus - Prepare to Shine!

Now is the time to start honing your CW/RTTY/PSK31 skills and equipment in anticipation of the annual W1AW Field Day Bulletin.  A perfect copy of the W1AW Field Day message is a must for any card-carrying CW or RTTY/PSK31 expert, and you can receive a round of applause for presenting the genuine article to Bonus Points chairman KV2R prior to July 10.  Note you can do this at home!

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2014 Field Day Planning Begins

Don't be left out on Field Day (June 27-29) this year.  Planning has already begun for SJRA's annual effort at Savich Field in Marlton.  You can assure your place as an operator by negotiating with your favorite band captain for a slot (see Field Day schedule on this web site).  But many other tasks are still open as well, and there never are enough participants.  Field Day is a great chance for less experienced amateurs in the club to absorb the expertise of those who have been working the event for decades.

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ARRL November Sweepstakes Dominates November Ham Radio Contests

The annual ARRL SSB November Sweepstakes will occur on Saturday and Sunday, November 16-17. The Sweepstakes offers an opportunity to achieve WAS in 24 hours or to earn a Clean Sweep mug.  It is perhaps the most popular HF radio contest in the United States.  The required exchange is rather long, including a consecutive serial number, a precedence (transmitter power, etc), your call sign, and your check (year of first licensing).  The contest begins at 4pm local time, and entries must be submitted effectively by December 2.

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Joe Taylor K1JT Is SJRA November Guest Speaker

Princeton University Professor, Nobel Laureate, and WSJT author Joseph H Taylor will be the honored guest speaker at the November meeting of the SJRA at the Gibson House on November 20.  Professor Taylor, K1JT, is an active ham, has been a ham radio operator since his boyhood days in Cinnaminson, was formerly an SJRA member, and is an Honorary Lifetime Member of SJRA.  In 1993 he and Russell Hulse were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery in 1975 of the first binary pulsar system.  Professor Taylor will speak on topics of interest to ham radio enthusiasts.

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SJRA Christmas/Holiday Party December 18 - Updated

The annual SJRA Christmas/Holiday Party has been scheduled for December 18, the night of the usual December members’ meeting.  The dinner will begin at 6:30 PM at the Gibson House.  The price of the party for members or guests is $15.00 (half price for children), as SJRA is picking up a portion of the cost. The evening will include presentation of some club awards and more than the usual good times and opportunities for story-telling.  Please sign up at the November meeting or contact KV2R to reserve your place, as we do need to provide the caterer with a reasonably accurate head count.

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