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Objectives of the Battleship
New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (BNJARS)
- Manned amateur radio station, where the
public can see and hear live demonstrations of a radio station. Public
participation will be encouraged. Historical equipment will be used where
- Technical expertise and assistance in the restoration
and repair of the shipís radio room, antennas, interior communications
systems, and other related equipment and facilities.
- Provide training and education to the public
on radio communications, including introductory courses, history of naval
communications, Morse Code, and short presentations for children.
- Support school programs through tours,
demonstrations and educational programs.
- Support Scouting organizations by providing
merit badge courses & demonstrations during sleep-overs, operating
a "Jamboree On The Air" (JOTA) station, and other activities
appropriate for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and similar scouting
- Assist in the development, maintenance and operation
of a radio museum or display showing the history of naval communications
along with vintage radio equipment.
- Cooperate with local veteranís organizations,
whose members may have served on the USS New Jersey or other Navy
ships, by providing an on-the-air forum for veteran amateur radio operators.
- Promote communications-related careers in the
Navy and other armed forces.
- Sponsor an e-mail list and web site to
promote the USS New Jerseyís radio station and the ship itself.
- Provide worldwide publicity for the USS New
Jersey by participating in on-the-air contests and special
events. Special acknowledgment cards (known as "QSL Cards")
will be sent to those who provide evidence of working the ARS or hearing
- Provide seminars, facilities and equipment, and
support capabilities for those interested in documenting, collecting and
repairing vintage naval radios.
- Support USS New Jersey fundraising and
publicity activities, and solicit donations. Note that by federal law,
amateur radio operators are not permitted to receive reimbursement for
operation of an amateur radio station, and that commercial communications
are not permitted on the amateur bands.
- Act as a liaison between the USS New Jersey
and local amateur radio clubs in the Delaware Valley and regional
and national organizations, such as the American Radio Relay League
(ARRL) and other Museum Ship radio stations.
From a proposal for the
creation of an Amateur Radio Station aboard the
USS New Jersey by the Victor Amateur Radio Association (VARA), W2VTM, 20
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