New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (BNJARS)
| BNJARS at
Dayton Hamvention 2006| Commissioning Day &
Memorial Day Weekend |
| Museum Ship Weekend 2006 | Balloon
Launch | JOTA Oct 2006 |
at Dayton Hamvention - May 19-21, 2006
another year of Dayton Hamvention is behind us. Same as last year, we had
a great time manning the BNJARS booth (#319). though we were not asked
to put on a forum discussion this year, we still managed to get the word
out about our restoration efforts on the Big "J", what a great
museum She is, and our sponsorship of the Museum Ships Weekend Event. We
didn't take a head count but the numbers may have been down a bit from
last year. Not due to any decrease in interest in our work but the overall
decreased attendance of hamfests everywhere. As I mentioned, we weren't
asked to do a forum this year and several visitors to our booth were disappointed.
We've already placed our name on the list for next year so hopefully we'll
be asked to present at Hamvention 2007.
of the biggest draws to the booth this year was a special display promoting
Museum Ships Weekend Event. A BIG thank you to Margaret for putting together
the PowerPoint presentation of the ships and the poster of all the ship
pictures. We were visited by several operators from the various ships and
they all expressed their appreciation for our sponsorship of this event.
I think we added one or two new ones to the list as a result of the display
veterans stopped by and talked about how BB-62 saved their lives while
serving in Vietnam. It still amazes me how many people have either served
on the ship or seen her in action. Guess that comes with nearly 50 years
of active service. Also surprising was the number of people from the New
Jersey area that stopped by who did not know the ship was in Camden and
did not know it was now a museum! Nearly all promised to pay us a visit.
| Saturday morning
we were visited by Ron W8RJL (President of Battleship Wisconsin Radio Club).
Ron brought along his father Ned (W8BQJ). Ron was returning the favor his
father did him some 52 years ago. Ron took and passed his Novice test at
Dayton Hamvention in 1954! Dave had quite a long chat with Ned who was
a Navy SeeBee (Construction Battalion) many many years ago.
to our booth personnel - Dave WA2TVS, Margaret KB2BRR and Harry AA2WN.
Day & Memorial Day Weekend Operations
we didn't have any formal event scheduled for these days, several of our
members got on the air on Saturday, May 21 to make a few contacts. In fact
we even had a visit from members of the SCARA group who got us on the air
on Sunday May 21. Thanks everyone for celebrating the ship's Commisioning
Over the Memorial
Day Weekend, May 27-29, 2006, BNJARS had a special visitor to the shack.
On Sunday May 28, Bill Edgar, N3LLR, visited the BNJARS shack with
SNJ Section Manager Jean Priestley, KA2YKN and Lou Priestley, N2HQL. Bill
seemed to be quite impressed with the station setup as well as with all
the work BNJARS members had done on restoration of the Radio Room.
Memorial Day, Monday May 29, Dave, KC3AM and Mike, W2OF operated the station
for several hours and talked to a lot of veterans who had either served
on the ship or one of her sister ships. Several even mentioned they saw
the booth at the Dayton Hamvention. Thanks guys for putting us on the air
for a special weekend.
Ship Weekend - June 3 - 4, 2006
was our first year as the sole sponsor of this event. There were 71 Museum
Ships participating from around the world. Band conditions weren't the
greatest but we still managed to get a few contacts. You can view the list
of ships here.
to the efforts of Gene "Ski" Furmanski and others we made over
100 contacts using "all Navy, all Battleship" gear including
the remote Red Phones and the AN/URT-23E. These contacts were made from
the Transmitter Room local handset, FACCON 1 Red Phone and the Red Phone
located on the Nav Bridge at the Captain's Chair. Ski says for next year,
he wants to get the Red Phone at the Admiral's chair wired for use as well.
Now if we can just get him to take a microphone in hand and say something!
Sunday afternoon the gang powered up the AN/URT-23 Navy transmitter, set
for 300 watts, and operated Radio Teletype (RTTY) in the All Navy All Battleship
style that has been worked towards for a long time. Two contacts were made
using a Model 15 teleprinter and the Model 28 TD (tape reader) on the transmitter
side while a Model 28 RO (receive only) printer took care of the incoming
traffic. The Harris HF receiver and the '17E terminal unit covered the
as the first contact was established, the ribbon in the 28 RO broke, meaning
we would not be able to see what the other Ham was typing. Ed quickly decided
that he could stretch his out going message until a new ribbon was installed
in the 28 RO. Little did he know that it would take several minutes to
travel to the TTY repair shop, return to FACCON 1 and install the ribbon.
Gene H. was quite amused as Dave proceeded to install the new ribbon while
the print head was bouncing around in unison with Ed's typing. Ed never
missed a beat and the far away Ham was never the wiser of our Keystone
Cop act onboard the BB-62.
BNJARS members participated in one form or another over the 2 day period.
They consumed lots of coffee, 5 cans of Dinty Moore stew and 2 loafs of
Thanks to the entire BNJARS
crew for making this another very successful operation and keeping the
voice of the Big "J" alive and well.
SOME STATS FOR THE WEEKEND
470 total contacts
11 different Countries
21 BNJARS members
are a few pictures from the weekend:
Wayne WA2LET and Jean KA2YKN operate in the shack
Ted N3OWM operates from the bridge
Using a "green-key" to do some TTY operations
Copying a TTY message
BALLOON LAUNCH - June 10, 2006
Alan filling the balloon as Ron, K3ZKO, Harry, AA2WN
and Yassar Antar look on
| We had success!!!!!!!! We did have a
minor glitch with the set up of the TinyTrack TNC so it did not transmit
We were able to recover the payload and
the parachute with the help of Union Fire Company #1 from Oxford PA. The
payload landed in the top of a 70+ foot tree at the entrance to the Horseshoe
Boy Scout Camp on Jubilee Road in Chester County PA. Total travel was about
30 miles line of site. We have 20 minutes of video from the 1st 20 minutes
of the flight as well as still pictures taken every 5 minutes throughout
The MCW beacon was on 146.565 and was how we
actually determined we were in the correct area. Once we zeroed in on the
MCW beacon we found we were able to hear the APRS beacon direct (thanks
to the 70' tree) and that data was decoded and displayed on Ron K3ZKO's
Ladder on the way up to retrieve the payload
The team from left to right
Dave KC3AM, Harry AA2WN, Alan Hutto Teacher, Ron K3ZKO, Yassara Antar Teacher,
and Wayne WA2LET
on the Air (JOTA)- Oct 2006
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