New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (BNJARS)
Launch | BNJARS at Dayton Hamvention 2007|
| Museum Ship Weekend 2007 | JOTA
Oct 2007 |
LAUNCH - May 4, 2007
| After a few misfires
the balloon was launched at approximately 10:30am. The APRS system recorded
the first beacon at 1458Z and the last at 1610Z. I a still amazed at how
well that system works! The last reported position was only about 600 feet
from where we found the payload. Still intact and only minor damage to
the lower part of the arrow shaft 2m dipole. The PALCS Near Space Balloon
was recovered safely! It landed in a Christmas Tree Farm near Delta, Maryland.
last reported position was only about 600 feet from where we found the
payload. Still intact and only minor damage to the lower part of the Arrow
Shaft 2m dipole.
| To celebrate our success we stopped
for pizza at a local shop. Ron, Al and Dave - see Mr. Hutto for your slices
(he took home the left overs).
Many thanks to all the BNJARS members who participated in this project.
Harry-AA2WN, Ed-W2KP, Ron-K3ZKO, Al-K2SLA and Dave-KC3AM
at Dayton Hamvention - May 18-20, 2007
| One of the biggest
draws to the booth this year was a 16 inch projectile we had on display
at the front of the booth. You wouldn't believe how many people stopped
to check it out. They all wanted to see if they could
pick it up and it was quite surprising to see how many pictures were posed
with our "display".
In addition to the booth we also
gave a forum telling about our restoration projects in the Radio Room.
Included was some information about "Museum Ships Weekend" which
was going to be held in June.
| The biggest thrill
for BNJARS was the opportunity to present a special QSL card to Bill McArthur,
KC5ACR, NASA Astronaut for the contact we made with him on the International
Space Station on New Year's Eve 2005. Many thanks to the ARRL officials
who helped arrange a time for us to do the presentation. We were told we
could only have a few minutes but once we did the presentation, Bill just
wanted to talk and of course we weren't about to turn him down. He was
quite enthusiastic about the contacts he made while on the ISS.
Gene, Ski, John S, Joe, and Harry
Dave B, Gene, Harry, Ski, Margaret and John S
Ship Weekend - June 9- 10, 2007
successful Museum Ships Weekend. We had 71 ships from around the world
participating. Band conditions weren't the greatest but we were still able
to make lots of contacts. Below are a few pics from our event.
15 Museum Ships 45
States 18 Countries
Not bad for poor band conditions.
on the Air (JOTA)- Oct 2007
JOTA, 2007, after a shakey
start turned out to be quite successful. 4 Cub Packs were represented which
totaled 54 Webelos Cub Scouts and 14 adults and leaders. Band conditions
proved to be less than optimum, however, we had the boys talking to places
like the Azores, Isle of Mann, Italy, Florida, and No. Carolina. JOTA contacts
were made on 17, 20, and 40 and 2 m, SSB, TV, and PSK-31.
All of the leaders expressed
their thanks for a great day, and many of the cub scouts expressed their
personal thanks to our Radio Club and to all those who helped. The 50th
Anniversary JOTA patches have all been ordered. Those helping out included
Harry, Margaret and Dave, Al, Wayne, Gene, Ray, Ed, Brian, Jean and Lou,
Ted, and Rich. Ron Cohen provided TV and 2 M coverage from his home QTH,
and the scouts got a great thrill out of seeing themselves and Ron on TV.
The Scout units were primarily from the Baysea District located mostly
in the Cape May area of the State.
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