October 7, 2006. The Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club (OMARC) held it's hamfest at the historic Camp Evans area in Wall, NJ. This is the site where project Diana first bounced and received radio signals off the moon. There is a wealth of history here and some of the club members were happy to share the knowledge. The weather was good and while the hamfest was small, it was a fun event. Click HERE to see the amazing history of Camp Evans.
1: OMARC members Pat Brannick N2BZD and Bob Witham WD2U greated buyers and sellers at the entrance.
2: Tailgaters in the foreground with the Silent Sentinel Satellite Tracking Antenna (TLM-18) in the rear. This antenna in its service lifetime had tracked mankind's first satellites, changed the course of meteorology, and contributed to the saving of countless thousands of lives threatened by hurricanes and typhoons worldwide.
3-5: A few boatanchors at the fest.
6-7: The OMARC club building and the station yaggi.
8: Jeff Harshman N2LXM, OMARC member and President of the Garden State Amateur Radio association.
9: Mark Emmanuel N2CBO, OMARC member and NJ MARS Director who also net control for a FEMA exercise running the day of the fest.
10: A small part of the clubhouse museum. This equipment is a circa 1950 homebrew EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) station similar to the one used in the Diana project where man first bounced signals off the surface of the moon.
1-13: Oh no.... trailer trash. Actually there were some nice goodies in there.
14-15: How many radio clubs can boast their own real live, working Duck.
16: Larry Wilkins KB2RIS, OMARC historian. I received an email from my friend Jeff WR2E that Larry was a silent key July 2007. While I had just met Larry at the hamfest, I remember that he was very enthusiastic about telling me the story of the radio/radar/wartime history of the site and it's positive contribution to our country and Larry took the time to answer all of my questions. Larry was a gentleman and he will be missed by all.
17-18: Near the fest site, was one of the many Marconi antennas that carried messages across the Atlantic Ocean.