5/16/2016

First Cape May Working Fire

Well last Monday  night there was another  good thunderstorm down here in Cape May and  lightning hit two houses over on the other side of town. Of course the famous Cape May fire horns w ere going full blast however it was the thunder bthat woke me up! I grabbed the scanner tuned it to Cape May fire and boy was it busy. Lightning DID strike more than  once because a row of houses caught fire. Pretty soon trucks  from Lower Township and even Wildwood were racing into the city I was still half asleep but knew this was going to b e big!The radio traffic bounced between the main Cape May Fire frequency and their fireground.

Since Lower Township is just north of Cape May they got dispatched to the scene first but stayed on their own frequency while their chief talked to Cape May directly.   The Coast Guard has \a base down in Cape May and hey're very active in the community! So when Cape May has a fire they call the Coast Guard for mutual aid.


Cape May County does the majority of dispatching for the fire departments. I just have a little BC125AT down there right now so I can't hear everything. Although  unlike North Jersey where I want to listen to as possibly  , I am only interested in Cape May for now, although that's going to  change when we move dow n there for good. I have already planned how I'll setup my radios down here. Use the BC15T just to scan Cape May City and enable the marine service search on the sacanner. The use the BC996T  as my work horse mainly searching for military UHF. I have this setup DOWN pat!!

5/12/2016

Rochester Review--Part II

Like all other conventions getting there and the action on the trading floor is only  part of the fun. Nestled between the Wednesday Welcome Reception Dinner and the Friday Night Auction is Thursday night which usually means an actual night on the town. Clark Wothe usually acts as our recreation director and always finds something that emphasizes the city we're in. This time it was a boat ride through part of the Erie Canal
system. Around five thirty a bunch of us assembled in the hotel lobby and piled into our cars to make the twenty minute trip from Rochester over to  Lockport where after a quick bite we b/oarded the boat to travel the Genessee River and the  Erie Canal. I have never traveled on a canal before and while I have seen the process on TV and understand how it works, sitting on a boat while it rises  is a completely different adventure. The boat we were on was originally the west coast and the pilot gave a little history of how it got to t he Erie Canal

Another little bonus is I FINALLY saw "dock plates" in use. Ever now and then I get  email request for dock plates and I had no idea what they were or that they were even collectible. However people can say the same thing about automobile license plates I guess.  Unlike automobile plates, dock plates are stationary that are like street numbers on houses

I watched documentaries on the Panama Canal on TV  but to be in an actual working lock is quite an experience! The only thiung missing was of course my scannere, which was being repaired.....again. although the boat had a marine radio parked on Channel 16 (156.800). I never monitored an actual river before but there wasn't a lot of traffic