Here it June already, and good timing is once again working in our favor. Our illustrious governor has graciously lifted many of the restrictions on public gatherings, and with many of our members feeling a bit safer due to the widespread availability of the COVID vaccines, we are good to go with our first live meeting of the year, and of course, Field Day!
The live meeting and Pizza Party will be held at the Pfeiffer Community Center on June 2nd, which at the time of this writing, is rapidly approaching. I for one am looking forward to seeing everyone come out for these events, and getting back to the business of doing what we do best, which is being the most active and fun general-interest radio club in South Jersey. We have a number of other fun events planned as the summer progresses, and hopefully we can get these all in without any of the severe restrictions of last summer.
So if you missed Field Day last year, here is your chance to get back into it. We will need operators around the clock, so just come out at whatever time is convenient for you. There is also always a need for help with the setup on Saturday morning and the tear down on Sunday afternoon, so those times are good as well. The main thing about Field Day is to just show up. If we could get half of our membership to just do that, we would have a Field Day of epic proportions.
There has been some great progress with the improvement projects at our Clubhouse. The Lightning Protection Project is really coming together nicely now, and we will soon have legal-limit solid state power in the HF station. The first Tech Saturday Open House was a great success, and the turnout was good. Our tech committee is doing a great job with projects, and getting things to just work better. We will also be needing to replace the rotator on the big HF Yagi, due to a failure of the old one during high winds. This was not a planned expenditure, but it is a necessary one. As you might know, it is better to take care of these problems in the summer if possible, and that is what we plan to do. One thing is for sure, our HF station will be in tip-top shape come the fall and winter DX and contest season, thanks to our great all-volunteer workforce who keep it that way. I am looking forward to hearing the even bigger signal of W2MMD on the air later this summer and in the fall.
I am pleased to see that we still have a steady flow of new member applications each month, and that most of our membership has renewed their dues for another year. This month we welcome Jim McDonald, WB2AOL, a returning member and old high school chum of mine, who now lives in Columbus, OH. We also welcome Art Olson, N2AJO, from Brick NJ; and Gary Kinney, KC2ULS, from Medford NJ. That we continue to attract new members, with many from outside our immediate area, is a testament to the fact that as a Club, we are doing things right and capturing the interest of many who are involved with the hobby now, and that GCARC is as relevant today as it was 62 years ago.
That is all I have for this month, but I hope to see everyone out for the June meeting and pizza party. And don't forget to tell your spouse and family that all home projects and family events planned for the last full weekend in June will need to be re-scheduled! Looking forward to a great turnout for Field Day, and I do so hope that we win our class this year. 73!