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Club Meeting Notice


Until further notice, because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, our in-person general meetings and VE test sessions at the Canale Center have been cancelled. Our general meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM over our club VHF repeater K2BR 146.745 MHz, (-) offset PL 146.2Hz. Please tune in for our meetings if you are available.



SCARA Breakfast Club Net


SCARA holds a daily breakfast net every day on the K2BR VHF repeater at 9:00 AM. There will usually be a topic of discussion. It is a great way to stay in touch with local amateurs. Please check in if you are available.



AUXCOM On-line Training Notice

It is requested that AUXCOM volunteers consider taking the following free on-line FEMA ICS NIMS courses.

ICS-100 (IS-100.c) Introduction to Incident Command System
ICS-200 (IS-200.c) Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response
IS-700 (IS-700.b) An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
ICS-800 (IS-800.c) National Response Framework, An Introduction

These courses will familiarize individuals with the procedures and protocols of modern day emergency management functions and help individuals fulfill their roles in any emergency situation.

Click here for a link to the Emergency Management Institute Web site.

Then click on "Independent Study".



Monthly VE Test Sessions

On the first Thursday of each month SCARA holds a VE test session. For information call Larry, KB2MN, 609-287-5340 -or- kb2mn@arrl.net. The test location is the Canale Training Center, 5033 English Creek Ave, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234. The doors open at 6:30 PM and testing begins at 7:00 PM. Pre-registration is required. Be sure to bring your photo I.D. and current license if you are upgrading to a higher license class. The current testing fee is $15.

Special Notice: During the current COVID-19 situation, we are not holding our in-person Amateur Radio test sessions.
Here is a link to a resource for "remotely" testing for your initial license or upgrade.

hamstudy.org/sessions


Contact the WB5QNG (WY5I Group) or any others on the list to register for a remote test. You will need to have a computer and internet access with a webcam. The test group does not have to be in your geographic area. Several test candidates that contacted me have used this service and obtained and / or upgraded their license.

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Club Repeaters

146.745 mhz -.600 MHz offset - PL 146.2 Hz
448.775 MHz offset - 5.000 MHz - PL 146.2 Hz (new PL tone - changed from 118.8 Hz)
Location: Tony Canale Training Center in Egg Harbor Township

Monthly Club Meeting: 2nd Thursday night of the month 7:30 P.M.
Location: Canale Fire Training Center at 5033 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ (609)407-6700

Annual Dues - $20.00 (family $25.00)

Join SCARA! Click here for printable application / renewal form.

SCARA News

SCARA VHF/UHF Nets

SCARA runs the following weekly nets every Monday night starting at 7 PM, on our VHF repeater. The frequency is 146.745 MHz (-) PL 146.2 Hz. Membership in SCARA is not required to participate in these nets.

7:00 PM: AUXCOM (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) practice net.
Following AUXCOM Net: SkyWarn practice net.
Following SkyWarn net (or at time annouced at the end of the SkyWarn Net): SCARA K.I.S.S. Net (Keep it Simple and Swap Net) A formal net with the intent of helping hams with problems they are having, sharing information, and listing "for sale " items. We will usually have a radio trivia question and perhaps a topic of discussion.

ARRL Audio News

Listen in every weekend on Saturday morning at 8:40 AM for the ARRL Audio News. The broadcast can be heard on our club VHF repeater K2BR on 146.745MHz. Following the transmission, the saturday morning version of the breakfast net will begin at 9:00 AM.

SCARA HF Net

SCARA runs an HF net on the third Sunday of every month at 10:00 A.M. Eastern time on 3.928 MHz + or - QRM. Our first net was held on March 17, 2002. Over the years, we have logged many contacts on the net. All licensed amateurs with operating priviledges on the net frequency are welcome to join us. The club call sign is used by the net control station and QSL cards from K2BR are available. We are looking for volunteers to be net control operators. Contact Larry, KB2MN, if you would like to be NCS for one month or more.



Club DUES: Single member $20 and Family member $25. Please pay at next meeting or send a check to: SCARA, PO Box 121, Linwood, NJ 08221. Thank you.

Club officers for 2021

President- David Larcombe KD2KVZ
Vice Pres.- Marie Conover KD2BAQ
Acting Secretary- Salvatore Emma KB2DMU
Treasurer- Bob Webb WA2YSA

Board of Directors for 2021


Art Masker K2AUX
Tom Hurst AB2KP
Al Womelsdorf KD2PNR
Bill Schwoer KC2AAY
Jason Schollenberger KD2QED

Service Positions for 2021

Newsletter Editor: (Open)
Internet Website: Larry KB2MN
VE Liaison: Larry Schall KB2MN
Club Trustee (K2BR): Bill Schwoer KC2AAY
Sunshine: Bob Webb WA2YSA
Field Day: TBD
Refreshments: TBD
Repeater: Bill KC2AAY, Jason KD2QED
Youth Committee: Hunter Greb KD2JUB
Out Going QSL Cards Mgr: Vince Alvino W2KU
FaceBook: Dennis Emerick KD2JJF, Bill Paulus KD2EOY

SCARA on the Web

Website: k2br.com
E-mail: scara@k2br.com
FaceBook: "Southern Counties Amateur Radio Association - K2BR"


CLUB ACTIVITIES

SCARA is active in various events throughout the year. Helping as a public service with communications at various events has been a strong point for our club. We have worked some of these events in conjunction with other radio clubs.

Field day is a big event for us. Over the years, it has provided the opportunity for experienced members ("Elmers") to pass on knowledge and operating expertise to those new in the hobby. Horizons have been opened as new modes and methods are explored. The old and the new blend together. Whatever your interests are, or your experience level is, there is a place for you at Field Day. Give it a try next year. All are welcome.

Our club has been active during the National and International Amateur Radio Lighthouse-Lightship Weekends in August. Using our club call-sign (K2BR), we have operated from the Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, New Jersey, putting it "on the air" for the first time in 40 years! Click here for more information about ARLHS (Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society).

To sum things up, Public Service and promoting Amateur Radio is what our club has been doing for a long time. Along the way, many fond memories have been created. Hopefully, some of these memories will be revisited on the pages of this website.




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Last Updated... January 1, 2021