My makeshift 2 Meter setup besides my bed

The antenna is a simple mag-mount on my bed

One of the routines I missed most  when we  moved down to Cape May was talking on 2 meters. My old setup included an outdoor antenna  which did ok getting into the local repeaters and even doing a little simplex work. It worked great especially since my bedroom was on the second fl;oor! Although my signal was spotty at times. I did a lot of simplex work with local hams as well. It was a sad day when the 2 meter antenna came down in Woodcliff Lake. I had been off HF for a year already u p there because of all kinds of complications
Months after we settled in Cape May members from the Cape May County ARC came to try to get me on the air with a whip HF antenna, which annoyed my dad because the wire was hanging out the window and the antenna was hanging of the fence which is belongs to out neighbor. When I ask him ifd it was OK his reply was, "Do you plan to contact Mars?", I was going to reply no Uranus but I remembered I needed his permission. Well right after that happened my laptop died and with it any attempts at PSK. I tried SSB contacts  but heard nothing and that meant it was a bust transmitting as well. I eventually told my fellow Cape May hams to come take the HF antenna down. I was depressed about not being on the air but there was nothing I could do. It seemed like a total loss./

As more time passed I got to know members just by listening to the local repeater on my scanner. I got to know some of the hams by voice, just like I did when I first started up north. The urge to get on the air became overwhelming. One day I visited my friends at the Cape May Firehouse, the assistant chief is also the OEM coordinator . I saw a 2-meter radio and asked if I could try it out, make sure it worked. After dropping my callsign a few times, a member of the Cape May ARC came back. We had a great QSO, the folks at the firehouse were happy the radio was getting some use!!. I was ecstatic, every time I heard a conversation on my scanner, I would hop on my scooter,race down to the firehouse to try and catch them on the air. It was cat and mouse game, a game thatg didn't last long

Finally the urge to get on the air was too much. One day I just searched "2-meter mag mount" on ebay,  picked the closest location and did a "Buy-it-now". Part of me couldn't believe I did it. A few ,,days later the package arrived in the mail. With some assistance from Dad I was on the air within minutes. I made my first contact on the air/. It was a real relief!! FINALLY SOMETHING!!

For all you hams out there if you're ever in Cape May County I monitor the 146.6100 (-.600) repeater with a pl of 141.3. If you're in the area, drop your callsign. Catch you on the air.........73 de KC2GIK


Supporting Local Breweries

Dear Assemblyman Andrzejczak,

I just want to e-mail a quick note in support of your bill A-2196 with
regards to craft breweries in the State of New Jersey. Requiring craft brewers to provide a tour before serving their product is an
unnecessary burden on them. It requires staff to take time out to show people the operation when they could be serving customers. It also requires paperwork that truthfully is rarely reviewed and doesn't provide insight into the brewery's operations.
On a personal note, I have met you through Cape May VFW Post#386. I moved down here two years ago and have m et many wonderful people like yourself and Kart and Kurt Hughes, owners of the Bucket Brigade Brewery in Cape May Courthouse. What you may not know is I am very much a fire buff. I grew up in Woodcliff Lake in Bergen County and was involved in emergency management. I also supported the local fire department. Right before I moved down to Cape May the chief, who I have known since we were in high school made me an honorary member of the department. It means a lot to me and In need; to look out for my "brothers and sisters" anyway I can. Karl and Kurt have shown me the same type of brotherhood. Passing this bill will make their
lives, and the lives of other New Jersey brewers easier. Please do your best to get A-2196 passed

Thank you for your time

Justin Mattes-KC2GIK


Response to Hawaii

First of all I am sorry citizens of Hawaii had to go through minutes of per hell thinking they were under attack. No matter what they themselves deserve our thoughts and prayers. The realization that this could happen to them should worry us, as citizens of the US, as people of peace and humankind in general. Before I begin a few thoughts on the atmosphere we are now in. I want to say this ISN'T meant to be political in the sense it shouldn't matter the President of the US is a Republican or the Governor of Hawaii is a Democrat. Let's face it the people who want to kill us don't care our political preferences. With all the finger pointing I want to break down a general response, local, state, and federal. It should be noted the entire "incident" (later labelled by state and local officials a "drill) was an hour and twenty minutes give  or take according to Hawaiian officials.

 All that being said the error was caused by state and local officials,NOT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. To those who say the president didn't act "presidential", I need to ask, what would you have done differently? By the time he was notified, or any other president would be notified, the incidentt was pretty much over. ALSO for the record it didn't matter  if he waas on a golf course or sitting in the Oval Office, his reaction would have been the same. I also think if Hillary Clinton were in the exact same position she would have yawned, pushed a "reset button" and been on her day They are many who criticize Trump's response. To them I ask what response was needed? Basically an internal human error caused a nuclear scare. People were in panic, when they found out the response they were angry. When they found out Trump's reaction, all of the heat immediately shifted on him.

 What if Trump were in the Oval Office, was immediately notified of the incident?
What if he launched an attack on North Korea? Then what? How wou ld the Democrats. the media react? IMPEACH TRUMP! Ever since Trump announced he was running people have questioned his mental stability. Doesn't his reaction to the Hawaii incident prove he is very stable? I would impeach the Governor of Hawaii long before I'd point the finger at Trump! He   was an idiot when he said the person responsible would be "reassigned". Reassigned? I don't want that person anywhere near an emergency alerting system. The guy should be charged with causing public panic without cause!! I also wouldn't blame Trump if he sent national representatives to monitor Hawaii's emergency management plan. I would send  FEMA in to take over the operation, if only temporarily. They need to investigate what happened to prevent it from happening again


Air scanning in Cape May

Usually when I write about scanner related activity it has to do with a working fire or interesting police activity, but in Cape May the two biggest things are marine and aviation scanning. I'll address the marine scanning in another post maybne during the summer months when there's more activity on those frequencies, but it seems air scanning is always active. The planes are high in the sky so the signal goes a LOT further and Cape MaY has a lot less  RF interference than Bergen County so I can pick up signals way into Central Virginia on VHF air so I have tried programming the frequencies for all the ATCC down into Virginia. I listed the frequencies from north to south and have had a lot of success. I can still get a lot of the New York  ATCC as well! I also  have been doing some scanning via the Internet using the website LiveATC.net which has almost all the ATCC frequencies across the country. I usually switch between the different centers but seem to listen to the western centers the most
Cape May County has it's own airport on 122.7 own of my best catches over the summer was a Caost Guard chopper patrolling the coastline, and I can also get Delaware Coastal Airport on 123.000. Seems the aviation band is always active
As a bonus I look-up the flights using Flightaware and use GoogleDocs worksheet to keep  track of the flight locations. Just something to do during the winter months!

You can view my log here

SEC59 SEA ISLE 133.1500
SEC59 SEA ISLE 281.4500 *
SEC58 COYLE VHF 121.0250
SEC58 COYLE UHF 254.3000 *
SEC10 WOODSTOWN 125.4500
SEC10 WOODSTOWN 363.0000
SEC51 CASINO 1 127.7000
SEC51 CASINO 285.4000
SEC53 ENO 127.2750
SEC53 ENO 354.1500
SEC17 SWANN 134.5000
SEC17 SWANN 360.7000
SEC15 BLUE RIDGE 133.6500
SEC15 BLUE RIDGE 285.6000
SEC54 SALISBURY 120.9750
SEC54 SALISBURY 257.7000
SEC39 SNOW HILL 121.3750
SEC39 SNOW HILL 236.8750
SEC18 DUPONT LOW 132.5250
SEC11 CAVERT 133.9000
SEC11 CAVERT 281.4000
SEC12 BROOK 126.8750
SEC12 BROOK 285.4500
SEC04 PINION 133.9750
SEC04 PINION 307.0250
SEC50 YORKTOWN 120.7500
SEC24 COFIELD 123.8500
SEC24 COFIELD 323.0000
SEC34 NORFOLK 133.8250
SEC34 NORFOLK 327.8000
SEC31 AZALEA LOW 134.5000
SEC31 AZALEA LOW 263.1000

AIR SEARCH 123.1000
AIR-TO-AIR 123.4500
ACY T APP/DEP 327 385.5000
DOVER APP/DEP 132.4250


Cape May Christmas Season 2017

Every year Cape May turns into a winter wonderland, the town really its back it it's roots. All the Victorian-era houses become cooler than usual because they light up for Christmas. From before Thanksgiving until after New Years the Nations Oldest Seaside Resort becomes one of the Oldest Christmas Resorts. The first Friday in December is dedicated to not one but two tree lightings, one at Rotary Park, the other at Congress Hall. I was lucky to catch both, but had better luck with the first lighting because I got close to- the tree.

The tree lighting at Congress Hall was even more crowded than the one in Rotary Park so I didn't even try too hard to shoot it. I knew getting shots on the night of the tree lighting would be difficult but  I just wanted to see what I could shoot. Below is a blurry attempt but I promised myself that I wouldn't be disappointed if I didn't get the perfect shot. After all night shooting is a very difficult under perfect conditions. These were less than perfect conditions!!

Saturday was the annual.to the West  Cape May Christmas parade. Night skies light up with lights from floats designed by local businesses and other organizations . Unfortunately since it is a night parade photographing it  can be a bit tricky but I did manage to get better shots than I did last year, I got a new camera last Christmas so I was ready this year. I also went to the parade early to stake out a good spot. I was pleased with the results and have even a better plan for next year.

A few days after the festivities calmed down Cape May had its first snow of the 2017-2018 season!! It was enough to cover the grassy areas a n d the building but not cause a problem with getting around via scooter. I shot the first snowfall last year but this was a surprise! I bundled and headed out, but before I got too far I felt I had to take a shot of the house. As you can see it's not the best angle but I was in a rush to cruise around for better shots. Though I am sure I'll have lots of other chances this year