History of Marconi Chapter No. 138
QCWA Central New Jersey Chapter #138, Inc. was chartered on February 15, 1982. In 1996 the name of the chapter was changed to The Marconi Chapter to honor Guglielmo Marconi and the work he accomplished in the area covered by most of the Chapter 138 membership, the central third of the state of New Jersey, USA. Currently the chapter has 125 members, many of whom are honored "Diamond Jubilee" members who have been amateur operators for 50 years or more and have reached the jubilee age of 75.
The chapter holds 3 quarterly luncheon meetings per year at a Colts Neck restaurant. The average attendance is about 30 members with a few XYLs. A local guest speaker presents a short talk on a subject of general interest to QCWA members.
Annual Awards Banquet
The annual awards banquet serves as the 4th quarterly meeting and is held in the afternoon of the first Sunday in May. The meeting is held at the beautiful Fort Monmouth Officers Club of Fort Monmouth, NJ. The newly elected chapter officers for the upcoming year are sworn in; and awards are presented to eligible Diamond Jubilee, Elmers, and other special chapter awards recipients. Attendees also have a chance to win one of many prizes given out. The meeting is well attended by over 125 members, XYLs and guests. A special guest speaker is invited to the meeting.
The Bulletin Newsletter
An eight page chapter newsletter is published on a quarterly basis. It contains information of general interest to the chapter, features a special message from the president and contains a summary of chapter events.
Tuesday Night Net
Every Tuesday evening at 9:00 p.m. local time,the Marconi chapter convenes a "home-brew" news net on the Asbury Park, NJ, repeater (147.045 MHz/+.600). An average of 25 members and amateur friends join in the net. News of chapter events, correspondence from the National, and other topics of a general interest are discussed to include an officers’ report, a regular report on propagation and band activities, sick and silent key reports, member reports, and ARRL news reports. The net concludes with a bit of nostalgia on radio events of the past.. The net has received many compliments from hams at home and while driving home on the nearby Garden State parkway as they join the net.
Other Chapter Activities
The members get together in smaller groups for lunch during the week.
The Marconi chapter is a charter member to the US National Marconi Museum, Bedford, NH.
A history of Marconi activities in the New Jersey area is being compiled. It is the intent of this chapter to record, categorize, and disseminate information on Marconi in New Jersey to others. It is of special interest to establish a lecture program that is both interesting and educational for the youth in schools and other community groups on the merits of amateur radio, technology as exemplified by the contributions and hand work of Marconi.
Program for the upcoming years is dedicated to the education of children in the schools about radio and Marconi, and to get more of the young people interested in virtues of ham radio to better serve our community into the 21st century. This is an ideal project for QCWA members who have the interest, maturity and experience to impart to the community.
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