New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (BNJARS)
Guidelines | FAQ
Now that the BNJARS
ham shack is operational, we invite area hams to come in and do some
operating from the Battleship. In order for any club to bring in
a group to operate, however, you must first make prior arrangements with
the BNJARS Chief Engineer, Dave Burgess
(WA2TVS). Dave will then arrange to have one of our Authorized
Operators present to open the shack for your use.
As in any organization,
we have a set of rules and guidelines that we must follow. Below is a brief
outline of these guidelines as well as some of the most frequently asked
||Due to the size of the ham shack, only 5 guest operators
are allowed at a time.
||All visits must be arranged at least
2 weeks or more in advance and must be made through our Chief
||.All interested clubs should download and read the BNJARS
Guest Operator Rules - this document is in PDF format and contains
more detailed information about operating the BNJARS Radio Shack.
||Only the call sign of NJ2BB is to be used when operating
the Battleship NJ Radio Station. All contacts must be logged.
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CE=BNJARS Chief Engineer
Who should make the arrangements?
We are asking that that the President of your club
make the initial contact with the CE.
Once the intial contact has been made, the President of your group may
designate one of your members to be the contact for any further communications.
Only arrangements made through this designated contact will be considered.
This will eliminate a lot of confusion of having several different people
trying to make arrangements for the same group.
Why do we have to make
In order for anyone to operate the NJ2BB ham station,
one of our BNJARS Authorized Operators (AO)
must be present to open the shack and act as control op for the station.
By making an "appointment" with the Chief Engineer, it gives
him time to arrange for one of our AOs to be present to greet you and escort
you to the shack. The ham shack is only open when one of our authorized
operators is present. The AO is responsible for showing you how to
use the equipment and the logging procedure for the shack.
may we use when we operate?
The bands/frequencies you operate on are determined
by the license class of the AO who is your
escort not by your license class. (ie.. since the AO
is the control op for the station, he can only authorize frequencies that
he himself is able to use.) At the present time we have all HF
frequencies and modes available as well as VHF (440 & 2 meter).
Where do we park?
The ship has a fenced
in parking lot in front of the Susquehana Center on Delaware Street. See
the contact page
for directions to this lot.
At times the Susuehana
Center has events that make parking at the ship difficult. You will be
advised of this when you make arrangements for your visit.
Can we tour the ship before/after
operating in the shack?
Yes, but only if you have purchased a tour ticket
from the ticket office. If your group wants to tour the ship while
you are there, you can discuss this with the CE
when you make your arrangements to operate.
Is there a place to eat?
The "Galley" on
the mess deck is open during ship hours and has sandwiches, chips, soup
and drinks available or you can bring your own lunch with you. We
do have a small refrigerator in the shack that contains some cold soda
(all we ask is a small donation to cover the cost of replacing the soda).
the most frequent questions we have had to date. We will update this
list as it becomes necessary.
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