Greetings all! Spring is officially here, we have turned the clocks ahead by an hour, and the salt has finally been washed off the roads. I hope that everyone is getting back outdoors and enjoying the warmer weather. But before I go further, there is one other thing that is important in April, and that is the deadline to pay your dues. While officially April 1st, we have traditionally accepted them up until the April membership meeting. If you have not paid your dues yet, please do so at your earliest convenience, to avoid being dropped from the roster. Our operating budget is based on and dependent upon all of our current members' dues.
The grounding project is back under way, this time in the VHF room of the clubhouse. All equipment has been removed, and the walls have been stripped down to the studs. We saw last year how nice the HF room turned out, so we are confident that the VHF room will turn out great as well. Speaking of the HF station, the remote station now has its own radio, which is up and running. The advantage is that the two radios are now configured for either local or remote operation, and there is no need to re-configure them when changing control modes. We are still running on the temporary HF antennas, which are serving us well until we get the new tower up. Our club station is our pride and joy, as well as the envy of many area clubs. I am happy to report that it is getting even better.
We still have a lot of projects that need to be done in and around the clubhouse, so if you have some time or some skills to donate, please let us know at the meeting, or contact me or Al KB2AYU by email or phone, and we will be happy to put you to work. There is a whiteboard in the clubhouse with all of the projects listed on it that need to be done, and there are a bunch of them. We are going to knock out as many of them as we can, because the season to do that work seems to go by fast for some reason. We also have a lot of antenna work to do this year, but we are trying not to put our regular maintenance on hold, so we could use some extra help with that.
We are getting ever closer to my favorite event of the year, Field Day! This event is the most fun weekend of the year for a lot of hams, and one that you must experience if you have not done so. For those of you who are regulars, be sure to sign up your station with Vinnie, N4NYY, our able and enthusiastic FD Chairman. And if you need help with building or borrowing an antenna, call me. I have made many FD antennas over the years and I currently have half a dozen different ones that are available for use at W2MMD. Last year was great, but this year will be even better.
Warmest wishes for a speedy recovery to Jeff, WB2ZBN, who is out of service due to recent surgery. Jeff's regular contributions to the club are almost too numerous to list, including publications, the web site, the club house, and hospitality at the meetings. Get well soon Jeff! And a big thank you to Chris, AD2CS, who is picking up the slack for just about everything that Jeff does for us. Chris has really been an asset to the club in the short time that he has been a member, and we really appreciate his efforts. He will be editing and publishing Crosstalk this month, in case you were wondering about that.
That's about all I have for now, except that I would like to welcome two new members; James Kinkade KC2JAX of Bridgeton NJ; and Steve Burkhead, no call yet, from Glassboro. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the April 6th meeting in Williamstown.
Until then, 73 de K3TS