Marconi Chapter No. 138


Quarter Century Wireless Association

(Formerly Central New Jersey Chapter)

Serving QCWA members and other Radio Amateurs in Eastern Central New Jersey.
Chapter named to honor Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), the Father of Wireless.

Chapter on-the-air every Tuesday night at 9:00 pm on the MCRA 147.045 MHz (+0.6) repeater.

Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday January 24,  2012 at 1:00 PM

    Marconi Chapter will hold its quarterly meeting in the Marconi Hotel Conference Room, at the InfoAge site in Wall, NJ (formerly Camp Evans) see link below. The main business will be a discussion of the Chapter's participation in a Sunday Brunch at Monmouth University on April 15 to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic (see the January Bulletin for details, link below). This will also be an opportunity to see the QCWA display representing the first telegraph and the first transatlantic radio signals.  Talk-in on the repeater.

Marconi Chapter 138 Vision

Marconi Chapter 138 is in the process of upgrading the Chapter facilities in the InfoAge Center. The Chapter met at its Quarterly meeting on November 16, and its plan for the future was presented. The briefing slides can be seen at Marconi Vision Plan.
There are three areas that the Chapter needs your immediate help. Slides #3 through #5 show the InfoAge Conference room. We are placing a linear diorama on the long wall, which depicts the early use of the telegraph via a working interactive telegraph display along a rail line, with a background of town scenery.  On the wall will be a stylized map & depiction of the first transatlantic communication by Guglielmo Marconi.  It is earnestly desired to complete this display by Christmas when the InfoAge will be having special programs and many visitors can be introduced our technology.  Your help is needed, no special expertise is required, please contact Bob Buus, W2OD, or Bernie Ricciardi, WB2EJT.
Work on the Chapter's own Radio Room will come after the Conference room, see slide #6.  Meanwhile, monthly participation and contribution of ideas and a helping hand by chapter members is needed to move forward. Slide #7.  With declining membership, we have declining funds.  We need to vigorously pursue eligible hams in the area and around to join the chapter, and we need to start implementing some fund raising ventures, beyond what the membership dues will bring in.
  Please contact Bob or Bernie to see what you can do to help!

InfoAge now Operational!

Now usually open on Sundays, 1 - 4 PM. The chapter needs volunteers to man our room on aperiodic Sundays to operate the station and explain ham radio to visitors. Volunteers will rotate through successive Sundays. Contact any club officer for further information, and visit the INFOAGE web site (see below) for other pertinent information.

The January 2012 CHAPTER 138 BULLETIN is now available on-line, as an Acrobat pdf document.
Click on Chapter 138 Bulletin.

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Phil Petersen's Story Book is still available!

For years, Phil Petersen, W2DME (SK), had a radio program where he related interesting amateur-related stories. These tales have been transcribed into a 91 page booklet entitled "The World of Amateur Radio" and are now available from the chapter for $20.00. Contact our President, Bernie WB2EJT , or Secretary, Bob Buus W2OD to get a copy.

Visit the Information Age Learning Center Site. The Center is being established at the soon-to-be-former Camp Evans and what was Marconi's commercial receiving station. This is to be the focal point of preservation and interpretation of New Jersey's rich communication, computers, electronics, radio, radar, satellite, and telephony history

The Marconi Chapter Current Officers, and other Ongoing Activities.

The story of Guglielmo Marconi in New Jersey.

About Chapter No. 138.

For membership info, contact the Secretary, W2OD , or any member.
For a Chapter 138 Membership Application, click on Application to download it in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.

Chapter Members: Be sure to update your current E-Mail address with Bob, W2OD.[Replace "- at -" with "@" for correct address].
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