Recent SNJ Happenings...

NEAR-FEST XXX is ON! - (Posted: 10/01/2021)

NEAR-FEST XXX is ON!  We are looking forward to seeing all our friends, new and old, after a very long two-year absence at Deerfield at 0900 on Friday October 15th.

Although there are no state or local mandates we want everybody to feel safe at NEAR-Fest.  We are asking all attendees to bring their own preferred masks and hand sanitizer.   PLEASE respect the wishes of others and wear a mask when inside any of our buildings and observe a 10’ or 2m distance from others whenever possible.  We also request that you don your mask when interacting with any member of our staff, inside or outside.  They have expressed their concerns.  Remember if we didn’t have them we could not do NEAR-Fest! Kindly honor their wishes.

Tickets will be on sale at the gate.  Admission is $15 per person and $10 for inside parking which includes flea market selling space.  You can save $5 on your admission tickets if you buy them in advance.  They are available BY MAIL (do not mail later than Monday October 5th)Mail to NEAR-Fest, 316 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead MA 01945, checks or money order payable to NEAR-Fest and a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Also available in person at Ham Radio Outlet in Salem NH and at Ross W1EKG’s clock shop, 40 Walnut Street in Whitman MA.

We look forward to our “Grand Homecoming”.  It has been a very long two years.

Gloucester County Amateur Radio Club Hamfest and Southern New Jersey Section Convention - (Posted: 08/30/2021)

The Gloucester County Amateur Radio Club Hamfest and Southern New Jersey Section Convention will be held on September 12, 2021 at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds in Mullica Hill. Admission is $10 and doors open at 8 AM. There will also be VE Testing available.  Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy W3TOM and Vice Director Bob Famiglio K3RF  will be there and be speaking in the morning. Find out what happing at the ARRL. There are also many other good presentations planned. Please stop by the ARRL table and say hello. For more information go to their website


Tom Abernethy, W3TOM                         Bob Famiglio, K3RF


The SNJ ARESMAT supports the 2021 New Jersey Triathlon - (Posted: 07/19/2021)

This past Sunday the 2021 NJ Triathlon was held at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, NJ. Earlier in the week the Ham Radio organizers requested 1-2 operators to fill positions at the beginning and end of the bicycle leg of the event. The SNJ ARES Mutual Assistance Team fielded a Type 4 team of three operators 1 for UHF/VHF Phone communications.

Operators were tasked with directing the riders to either complete a 2nd loop of the course or head to the end of the segment. Riders completing the first or second loops of the course were intermingled. This made it a challenge to steer them to the correct lane. All operators, event staff and local police worked together and did a great job keeping the riders on track.

In addition to the event’s stated duties, MAT members also cleared overhead branches from the bike lane, directed motorists to the park’s open entrances and even drove a spectator that had “misplaced” his car around the area.

This was the team’s first Public Service deployment and was a warm up for the MS City to Shore bike ride this fall.

Participating Team Members: Silke KC2ENS, Glen KD2FFR, and Tim NJ2N


The SNJ ARES Mutual Assistance Team consists of emergency communications operators from around South Jersey. If an SNJ County finds itself shorthanded during an emergency, ARESMAT operators will deploy to that county as needed to supplement the local EmComm group’s local operators. The local EC tasks the Mutual Assistance Operators as needed – in effect, they become his operators.

The SNJ ARESMAT is looking for operators to join the team. Any license class is acceptable, as is any experience level. For more information email:


1)  A Type 4 Team is equipped with dual band HTs for Voice communications. Types 1-3 add Digital Modes (FLDigi/FLMSG and Winlink), HF, and HF Digital Modes. All team types can operate portable, on emergency power, and are self-sustaining for up to 72 hours.