Recent SNJ Happenings...

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.

Local Amateur Provides New Evidence of the Hindenburg Disaster - (Posted: 05/21/2021)

Not to long ago Bob Schenck, N2OO was at a memorial service for the Hindenburg disaster. He approached Dan Grossman, a renowned expert on airships, and mentioned that he had a film of the disaster his Uncle Harold Schenck had taken when it happened. His uncle had offered the film up at the time but no one seemed interested so it was actually a surprise when Dan Grossman jumped all over the opportunity to view the film.

This film showed the disaster from a totally different angle than all the news footage had shown. With the help of this footage and experts around the world a new investigation was started on how the Hindenburg actually exploded and many questions appear to finally be answered.

NOVA, a documentary series by PBS TV, just aired the story on Wednesday evening at 9pm. It can still be viewed from the PBS TV web page at