WEARC and ARC² Participate in ARRL Field Day

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Members of both WEARC and ARC² participated in the annual ARRL Field Day Event on Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23, 2024. Saturday morning with temperatures quickly soring into the 90's the members worked on setting up the stations and antenna's.  With time to spare the group was set up and ready to run by the 2pm start time and settled rig...

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WHY AMATEUR RADIO?

  There are several compelling reasons why people choose to get into ham radio: 1. Personal Enjoyment and Hobby: Many people find operating ham radio to be a fascinating hobby. It offers opportunities to communicate with people around the world, experiment with different modes of communication (voice, digital, Morse code, etc.), and parti...

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HOW TO START WITH HAM RADIO

Starting with ham radio can be an exciting journey into the world of amateur radio communication. Here are the steps you can follow to get started: 1. Learn About Ham Radio: Familiarize yourself with what ham radio is all about. It's a hobby that allows licensed operators to communicate with each other using various frequencies and modes. Youtube h...

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WEARC & ARC² Gear Up For Field Day

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Club Members from both WEARC and ARC² met at the American Red Cross building in Fairfield, NJ (Essex County) on Saturday June 8 for a final prep for this years ARRL Field Day.  Field Day is June 22, 2024 starting at 2pm through June 23, 2024 2pm - Come out and join us and learn more about Amateur Radio For info contact CJ Melhorn (KD2TZX) by e...

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Field Day - NE2S remote input

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While on-site at WEARC Field Day 2024, please take advantage of the temporary remote input for the NE2S repeater in Livingston, NJ which will be available throughout Field Day weekend.  Using the remote input frequency will allow your signal to be full quieting into the repeater while using a HT on low power from our Field Day site.  We w...

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WEARC and ARC² Scout out Field Day Location

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 Over the last month the West Essex Amateur Radio Club and the ARC ² Clubs have been on site at the American Red Cross doing site surveys on where they will set up stations, antennas, and the ever friendly Guests on the Air (GOTA) for field day 2024.  The WEARC and ARC² will be operating from the American Red Cross Building for 2024 ARRL ...

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ARRL Annual Field Day - June 22 to June 23, 2024

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West Essex Amateur Radio Club - Arc² ARRL Field Day Event Saturday June 22, 2024 - Sunday June 23, 2024209 Fairfield Rd, Fairfield, NJ (Essex County) Come out and visit the West Essex Amateur Radio Club along with Arc² at the American Red Cross building in Fairfield, NJ (Essex County) when our amateur radio operators participate in the most popular...

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Moving the Red Cross Radio Room

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During a recent emergency drill, Bill, NB1LL, realized the existing Red Cross Ham Operation Radio Room would not be functional during a crisis; it was too small to accommodate the personnel and equipment needed.  As Regional Lead of the American Red Cross New Jersey Region, Ham Operations, he set out to find ...

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Repeater Operational Tips

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The question of how a repeater controller works has come up several times in the past few months. Below are some relevant facts about the operation of a familiar repeater controller. The post that follows will focus on high impact items for repeater users, including specific PL and timing details about our local VHF FM repeater, NE2S, on 146.595 MH...

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Meshtastic Waterproof Device - BEST DESIGN

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Let's build my version of the LoRa Meshtastic ESP32 device. What do we want to achieve:  1. As waterproof as it can be. 2. No 3D Printed needed. 3. Battery that can run for a couple days. 4. Easy USB waterproof connector that can be used for charging.   5. ON/OFF switch WITH LED ON/OFF indicator  6. High gain antenna. ...

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If you like FT8, perhaps you will love JS8Call

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I got into using FT8 this summer when camping. In 2023 now post COVID I had to adapt to having other campers close by which made it embarrassing to be talking to myself late at night and possibly annoying my fellow campers. I was lucky and able to download all the software and get it running on my laptop during a wet day and then spend the night ex...

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Blind Mic Test

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I believe most hams have the same question as I did. Does it pay to spend a lot of money on a high quality microphone? This question bugged me for quite some time so I decided to do something about it. I came up with the idea of doing a blind mic test with several different mics on the air. I used the following mics in the test (with their approxim...

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The best commuter backup communications plan (Part 1 – The problem, the bad solution and a possible solution)

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As many people that commute daily to work, I take all the complex systems that support me for granted. I start my day in the suburbs of New Jersey driving my car to the train station, get there 5 mins earlier and check my phone to see how the line is operating. The train is almost always on time, I get a seat and enjoy my 5G connection to read the ...

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J-Pole Antenna Tuning

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We have a new project!!!! Tuning a J-pole antenna is a crucial step in optimizing its performance for a specific frequency or frequency range. The tuning process involves adjusting the lengths of the antenna elements to resonate at the desired frequency, which ensures maximum efficiency and a low standing wave ratio (SWR). Here's a guide on how to ...

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2 Days with an X6100

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This is that radio that people either love or hate. I'm in the middle. Right out of the box it feels solid but that was the last moment I felt only one way about this radio. The manual states that the initial few charges should take about 8 hours. I found that it took much less time to get the steady green light. And that unsettled me, because a fa...

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Simple Guide for a POTA activation

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To conduct a POTA (Parks on the Air) activation, which involves operating amateur radio equipment from a designated park or natural area, follow these general steps: Research Parks: Identify parks or natural areas that are eligible for POTA activations. You can visit the POTA website (https://parksontheair.com/) or use the POTA mobile app to find e...

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WEARC Fox Hunt April 2023

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The fox: Bionics MicroFox 15 (@146.565 MHz) https://www.byonics.com/mf The "hunting weapons": MWRF Source SMA Male to SMA Female 6GHz Attenuator 2W (30 dB) The greatest transceiver of all times: Baofeng UV5R   SDR: Nooelec RTL-SDR v5 SDR - NESDR Smart HF/VHF/UHF (100kHz-1.75GHz) USB C Male to USB female adaptor Compass: BIJIA Orienteering...

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Grover Cleveland Special Event - 2022

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The West Essex Amateur Radio Club returning to normal operations held our annual outing at the Grover Cleveland House in Caldwell. During this event the club operates station W2EF at the birth place of President Grover Cleveland. This event provides an opportunity for the community to visit a historic location and learn about Ham Radio as the club ...

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Meshtastic

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Meshtastic is an open-source, low-cost, long-range, and secure mesh networking platform that has been gaining popularity among technology enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers. This platform enables people to create decentralized, private, and resilient wireless networks that can operate without the need for centralized infrastructure or internet con...

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AREDN

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Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) is a mesh networking solution that utilizes amateur radio frequencies for communication. This technology provides a versatile and reliable solution for emergency communications during natural disasters or other emergency situations. Ham radio operators have long been involved in emergency communication e...

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Unexpected passing of our President Don K2DEG

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I am shocked and sad to have to report that Don, our club president, has joined the silent keys on the other side of the DX. Don passed on 26th December 2022 from complications recovering from COVID. None of us anticipated losing Don so suddenly and I am sure many of us would have wanted to share the New Year with him, all of us will miss his wisdo...

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First Public Display of the WEARC Satellite Tracker

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Our satellite tracker has finally come of age. It made its first public appearance during Field Day 2022. After some last-minute upgrades, the project was considered deployable and set to work tracking satellites for real. After a night research we were armed with a list of potential targets. The list was short, only 14 possible satellites and only...

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"Flying Solo"

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I've been out a number of times with the guys running portable, but always using all or mostly their stuff. I was hemming and hawing over batteries and first portable antennas. But sooner or later you just have to jump in. I recently purchased a Bioenno BLF-1212A and made a 20M dipole. I chose the battery mostly due to its max continuous current dr...

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WEARC Parks on the Air Activation of Wawayanda State Park - 10/16/2021

 Had a Great time at our Park's on the Air Activation of Park K-1636 Wawayanda State Park. Thanks to Matt Kaufman, K2ATV, Metin Serdar Serbetci, KD2UAF, Rich Kopelaw, KD2WJR, and Stan Rogacki, K2EXX. And we even had our newest Member Max, K9D0G show up!! LOL!! Forecast was supposed to be rain all day, but it turned out to be a Totally AWE...

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2021 ARRL Field Day Event

 West Essex Amateur Radio Club's 2021 ARRL Field Day Event.  Thanks to all that showed up to make this event a memorable one. Special Thanks to all my Friends from the Montclair University Repeater Group! You guys are awesome. More pictures and videos to come.   We had a great turnout of Club Members for this years Field Day.&nb...

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2021 Field Day

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Come Join Us!!! We at the West Essex Amateur Radio Club, will be having a Field Day Event at Rockpoint Community Church, 400 North Haledon Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508 starting at 2PM Saturday, June 26th, and continue through the night for a full 24 hours, until 2PM Sunday, June 27th. All are invited!! Come see us operate, learn more about how y...

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New Operator Considers HF Antenna Options

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For someone that has no technical background in engineering or electronics, getting started in amateur radio during a global pandemic presents some unique challenges over and above that which would normally be faced by such an individual. This blog post will chronicle one man's journey through the uncharted waters (for him) of getting started in am...

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Neither Cold, Nor Snow, Nor Howling Winds!

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That's right! Neither Cold, Nor Snow, Nor Howling Winds, will keep these Hams from going out and testing their gear and making contact. The same held true for a couple of us WEARC Club Members. Lou Mercado - KD2TSC, Wayne Oshin - KD2UXU, and Metin Serdar Serbetci - KD2UAF. This past Saturday we packed our gear and went to Eagle Rock Reservation, in...

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2021 Winter Field Day - The Rookie's First

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Winter Field Day 2021 was a new experience for me in my Ham Operators Journey.  This was my first Contest that I ever participated in. Had no idea what to expect.  Except, that I was going to have a Blast!  While no Records were broken, Lessons were Learned.  New Friendships were started.  Old Friendships were For...

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Starting a New Life for the Clubs Donated IC-701

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Long before I joined the club a couple of years ago, a club member, now a silent key, donated his IC-701. He was Harold K2IBM an active member who recently went silent key. Since we have been getting some new club members there is a need for a "loner HF station" so a new member who has not yet invested in a rig can get on the air. In the past these...

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How to Set-Up and Test Your Station

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A beginners guide to practical testing, setting up your equipment and how to start at Homebrew. This is a blog of the first run of this presentation captured from a Skype Club Meeting held Wednesday January 27th, 2021. The recorded video and a downloadable set of slides are below.  Part One – How to set-up and test your station • We review typ...

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Ideas for Your First HF Station

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New to Ham Radio?Questions about setting a up station?Which radio do I buy?Which antenna should I use? WEARC will help you find the answers to these questions and more. This is not a sales pitch. This presentation will highlight the options available for setting up a station in your home or apartment. You can enjoy all of the fun of communicating h...

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Sharing my antenna tuner

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After a club.meeting some members asked for a demonstration of using an antenna tuner. Although there are a lot of YouTube videos and articles online I did not see an example like the one I was given as a young operator. Loading an incandescent light bulb Using a light bulb as a dummy load is a good way of seeing how tuning affects power. Fun as we...

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Covid Has Not Deterred VE Testing by WEARC

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The West Essex Amateur Radio Club of Essex Fells, NJ, continues to conduct VE testing with the examinees remaining in their cars under a covered car port at a local office building in Fairfield, NJ.The club has been conducting the VE testing concurrently with the American Red Cross Amateur Radio Club so they could utilize the facility as well for t...

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In the midst of a Global Pandemic what are we to do?

The Absolute Fact is Clear. We are in the Midst of a Global Pandemic. With so many casualties due to Covid-19, and the World Powers frantically looking for a cure. What are We to do? Are we to live our lives in Fear? Or, like many others, would we choose to Live? Yes, there are the obvious truths that many are walking around with the virus unknowin...

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Sad passing of member Harold - W2IBM

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Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Harold was a resident of West Caldwell, New Jersey since 1973. In his later retirement years, Harold became a snowbird who spent his winters in Longboat Key, Florida. An army veteran and a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, Harold was an electrical engineer who worked on the space program at Genera...

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So you passed your Technicians Exam, What Next?

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OK, you finally got the nerve to go and take the Technician Exam, and Wallah! You passed! What next? Well, I believe we've all been in that same position. Lucky for you, you're in the right place if you took the Exam at a local Radio Club.Stick around and ask questions. Pretty much everyone in the Hobby is willing to help out a New Ham. If you're a...

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Our Holiday Party

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Our annual Holiday party was held on Saturday December 14th, 7PM at Don Pepe II. Spouses, significant other, and other were invited. We had a great record breaking turn out this year, over 20 people attending! Our President Don awarded a liquid prize to the person having the nearest birthday. This was won by Harold W2IBM.

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WEARC Goes to the ARRL

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Don K2DEG and Benett AC2NI took a trip to the ARRL on June 11th, 2019. We won't bore you with all the details but.....  Both Don and I have been hams for many, years yet neither of us had ever been to the ARRL. We decided it was about time. Our group was supposed to be larger but 2 members' personal commitments caused ...

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Battleship New Jersey Visit

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On November 2, 2019, members of the West Essex Amateur Radio Club embarked on a ham-centered field trip to the battleship New Jersey located in Camden New Jersey. In attendance were members Bret, (AC2NI), Steve, (AC2EI), Phil, (KD2PQZ), Henry (KC2WRQ), Steve, (N2DH), with the group being led by our esteemed president, Don (K2DEG). We were warmly re...

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Club Meeting Location:

American Red Cross Office

209 Fairfield Rd

Fairfield, NJ 07004

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