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  • Field Trip to Battleship 2022

    Visit the New Jersey, Saturday, August 13, 2022

    Picture of the battleship in 2004. N2CTW photo.

    About the Battleship and Ham Radio

    The Battleship New Jersey (https://www.battleshipnewjersey.org) has been open as a museum since 2001. Some of us remember when the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (https://nj2bb.org/) was being formed with the help of the Victor Amateur Radio Association. We even had a visit from Joe Cramer N2XYZ, back in 2001, to recruit volunteers.

    At that time the ship had just been towed to Camden from Seattle. It had been decommissioned, and all useful equipment removed. Since then thousands of volunteer hours have been spent restoring the interior and creating interpretive displays showing the history of the ship, from World War II to the 1970s.

    The museum has become a fixture in the Philly/Camden tourism circuit. It’s time we go down and see the ship, and especially the radio room and Amateur Radio Station on board.

    August 13th Visit

    Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022
    Time: Arrive 10 AM or so. Stay at least until 1 PM or so
    Costs: Admission, parking, travel
    What to do: Self-guided tour, visit NJ2BB station, get on the air, celebrate WWII Victory Day.

    What Will We Do?

    Tour the ship!

    There is a self-guided tour of the ship, which can be done at your own pace. That Saturday is also “WWII Victory Day Aboard the Battleship ” which means there will be special presentations and demonstrations, not related to our visit (see this calendar link)

    Antennas on the superstructure (2004 photo) n2ctw

    Visit the Radio Room

    The Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Club (NJ2BB.ORG) has invited us to come behind the scenes and off the normal tour route to see theirradio room (FACCON 2) and get on the air. Plans are to be on 40 Meters during our visit, and perhaps other bands. While 20 Meters will probably not make it up to Princeton, 40 Meters should be able to reach via ground wave. The battleship has very good antennas!

    We are still figuring out how to arrange groups going to FACCON 2, as the station can only accomodate 3 operators at a time.

    If you want to operate, bring your own headphones. 1/4″ or 1/8″ jacks? check back here later. Each operating position is capable of phone and cw, and bring your own key if operating CW. As a special treat, we may be able to operate using their WW2 (CW only) equipment. check back here later!

    Bring an HT for coordinating with others in our group going in and out, let’s use 146.55 direct. (we will update with more details later too.)

    Can’t Make it?

    Listen for us on 40 meters (and perhaps other bands– will update this page later) using NJ2BB. Sometimes their 2 Meter station can reach the DSRC Repeater, too. Chances are good that operating times will be around noon.

    Say you are coming!

    Please leave a comment on this page to say you will (probably) come. That will help us plan visits to the shack.

    Practicalities

    Cost:

    Admission and self-guided tour is $25 for adults $20 for kids. https://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/visit/purchase-tickets/

    Parking:

    There are several parking areas, though the special event on the ship may fill many of the close parking lots. https://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/visit/visitor-information/parking/ Also, don’t forget to donate a dollar if you take the Tramcar Shuttle!

    Mass Transit:

    You can take the RiverLIne light rail to the waterfront (link) from Trenton to Camden. the line terminates just outside the Battleship. It’s 67 minutes from Trenton, costing all of $1.60 each way ($0.75 for seniors.) Trains leave every half hour. How much gasoline can you buy for $3.20? Here’s a map: RiverLine (link)

    Bring exact change for the ticket machine, and don’t forget to get your ticket stamped before you board.
    Consider parking in Bordentown (link), or any of the other RiverLine lots (see link for more options)

    Food

    Their website doesn’t advertise any food on board. You may want to bring a water bottle and something to snack on. (this may be updated, check back before you come)

    Tell others you will be there

    Leave name or callsign, number in your party, and perhaps intended arrival time. This will help us plan the visits to the radio room. (Alternative: send a note to Charlie or Don, and we might remember that you did.) (click here if comment field is not visible)


  • InfoAge Visit Photos- 2022

    We had a blast visiting the InfoAge Science and History Museums!

    The 60′ Dish at INFOAGE SPACE EXPLORATION CENTER (ISEC)

    Ten members of the DSRC toured several of the InfoAge museums on Saturday, July 23. The tour began with a visit to the Radio Technology Museum, a wonderful collection of radio and television technology.

    Radio Technology Museum exterior with sign
    Bust of David Sarnoff and book “Empire of the Air”

    We were greeted by none other than David Sarnoff himself!

    Docent explains early RCA TV camera

    Their docents provided a fine tour of radio technology from crystal radios to Television! (And a Theramin too…)

    Of course, there is a thoroughly modern Ham Station!
    And, of course, a tube tester
    Here are some of us… posing with David S.

    More photos to come, but here’s Don talking to himself– via the moon– on 1296MHz

    AK2S sends his call to the moon from the ISEC facility.

    It was quite a fine day. Some of us also visited the computer museum and model railroad display.

    Charlie N2CTW


  • Ride MS – City to Shore 2022- Ham Help Needed!
    about 20 bicycles riding down a wooded road
    Several thousand riders participated in the 75 mile ride on Saturday

    This year’s Bicycle event Ride MS – City to Shore will be here before we are ready for the end of the summer.  The event will run September 24th and 25th this year.  Last year several of us participated on either Saturday or Sunday or both. The role of ham operators is to help riders who are in trouble… or to report situations where others can help. It’s also a good way to practice emergency communications.

    We use local repeaters (mostly only one repeater) to report things like the position of the Support and Gear trucks, tire repair cars, and how far along the riders are.

    The ride starts before dawn on Saturday, and ends mid-afternoon on Sunday. If you work both days, there is dinner, breakfast and a hotel bed in Ocean City, NJ.

    DSRC will be sending out an e-mail to the club e-mail reflector on how to volunteer. The sooner you volunteer, the easier it is to run.

    John operates radio from rental truck
    John, KD2AAR Helped by running a SAG wagon (Support and Gear) to pick up stranded riders and their bicycles.

    Here’s our page about last year’s event:

    http://n2re.org/dsrc-group-helps-with-ms-150-bicycle-ride-9-25-21

    Last year they even made a Video (click here)

    New hams welcome.

    Operations are on 2 meters and maybe 440 MHz.

    COVID Safer Participation?

    Concerned about social distance and transmission of COVID virus?

    • volunteer to be a communicator along the route (not SAG wagon or rest stops)
    • volunteer only for one day, Saturday or Sunday to avoid staying in Ocean City, and don’t go to dinner, breakfast or lunch (those are fun, but you are being safe)
    • most of your contact with others will be via your radio. The SAG and aid folks will come buy, but you can maintain good social distance.
    • Wave instead of accepting fist-bumps from grateful riders.
    • Find a safe place to go to the bathroom.

    I don’t know that this will be totally safe, but it should be safer.


  • Remembering Field Day 2022

    This year’s Field Day was a great success. Newly licensed ham Fran O’Connell, KD2YMX, shared his impressions of David Sarnoff Radio Club Field Day and some of his photos, too. Here’s his report.

    An essay by Francis KD2YMX

    I was informed by a colleague/friend from the IEEE that she (Rebecca Mercuri, K3RPM) had received a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to train girls and women in the use of ham radio. The project is called M.O.R.E for Make Operating Radio Easier. I asked Rebecca if I can take the training if I bring my wife Barbara. She said yes! My wife and I worked through a few weeks of training with Rebecca, Pat: K2PAT and Don: AK2S. We both passed the technician test by early 2022.

    Since then, I had been making contacts and making new friends around the world using the EchoLink Voice over IP application.

    When we received our Yaesu FT-65 radios as part of passing the tech license on the MORE project, I immediately started programming it to make contact with nearby repeaters to Plainsboro, NJ. My wife and I use the Simplex mode to stay in touch when close, but out of sight.

    I joined the David Sarnoff Radio Club (DSRC) and I’ve been getting a lot of training information and helpful hints from Pat: K2PAT, Henry: KD2VZQ, John: KD2AAR and others.

    The talk of the nets of DSRC these past few months was Field Day. I was intrigued to learn more about this event and to attend. Our family are campers, so we are used to being out all day so that aspect was welcome to me.

    I planned to attend part of Saturday and just a bit of Sunday’s program. However as I heard more about it, I realized that I wanted to learn how to setup antennas and radios. The camping training came in handy and a lot of the setup involved moving equipment from the cars to the sites and setting up canopies and tables. Thank you to John: NU3E, and John: KD2AAR for taking care of breakfast, lunches and dinner.

    HF Maypole at dusk

    I was amazed by the setup of the long wavelength antennae. The antenna wires were strung through what would become the “top of the May pole”. After all of the wires were strung (80 meter, 40 meter and I think 20 meters) the May pole was erected by a group of members using guy wires to lift the top of the pole and hold it in place vertically while other members staked down the guy wires in 3 places from the top of the pole and 3 places from the middle of the pole.

    VHF/UHF and Off-Center HF antenna “Tower”/ladder

    While that was going on, a team member was using a slingshot to shoot a guy wire up over a tree branch. The weighted wire came down from the tree branch and it was then used to pull up an antenna end into the tree.

    I was mesmerized by Josh: NG2V communicating over CW. I had never seen that in action. Charlie: N2CTW was trying to cue me in on what was happening, but there was so much activity, that I just had to sit back and marvel.

    I got to transmit on 2 meters over phone early Sunday morning on Charlie’s rig. That was neat. I walked around the field and watched Rebecca, K3RPM making contacts on 20 meters using a 5 Watt radio and a buddy pole.

    I marveled at John: NU3E making contact with Australia using digital modes. All the things that I studied for in the Technician license was now visible to me!

    This Field Day opened my eyes to what can be done with our radios. I look forward to making an antenna that will help me to get more range with my HT. I will also look into buying a radio to work on high frequencies. And I look forward to our next DSRC meetup and Field Day.

    Until Next Year…


  • Planning Field Day 2022
    ARRL official log for Field Day

    We have created a page to explain what Field Day is, and why you should join us on June 25th and 26th,

    Find the page HERE

    Mark your calendar too. Also, get in contact so we can include you in the planning!

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