Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (BNJARS)
ROOM RESTORATION PROJECT
(alias - "THE OTHER WOMAN")
The Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (BNJARS) has brought together a group of people from all walks of life. We have engineers, technicians, teachers, tv writers, office managers, bus drivers, laborers, retired people, housewifes and former military personnel all working side by side for one common goal - to restore the Communications Center of the former USS New Jersey for the enjoyment of visitors who tour the ship. Over the past several years the "Battleship New Jersey" has been affectionately referred to as "The Other Woman" by many of our members and their spouses due to the amount of time spent with this great lady.
Most of the initial restoration of equipment and antennas has been completed. In order to bring a lot of the equipment back to life we have incorporated various aspects of the Amateur Radio hobby into the displays. Computer monitors known as the NAVMAC system, show live communications from the ham radio station - packet clusters, aprs positions, etc... so visitors can see something happening on the screens as they visit Radio Central. We have restored several of the "de-milled" radio receivers so they now receive live radio signals that are broadcast to various areas giving the ship a feel of being "alive". While we have some of the old teletype printers running in a closed loop for demonstration purposes, we hope to have live transmissions running to some of the other teletype machines in the near future.
New ideas and projects are never-ending and our crew, which works only 1 day a week at the ship, has done an amazing job. Our members have put in over 66,000 volunteer hours since January 2001. We typically have between 8-20 workers showing up for our Saturday work parties and they all find work to do.
The pictures on this site will give you an idea of what has already been accomplished as well as showing you projects that are ongoing. We have divided the early restoration pictures into several categories. Previous pictures have been archived and can be seen from the archive link at the bottom of this page.
Restoration pictures (Current Pictures) will be posted and then moved to the Archive pages.
Current Pictures Archive Pages
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