Forty Years in Fifteen Days

I often say my life is full of ironies based on having Cerebral Palsy, for example I love antique cars, I can't get a driver's license. I love to write poetry but my handwriting is awful...... I

Day 1

It's a responsibility of mine to promote Cerebral Palsy Awareness during the Month of March. Those who know me know for years I ignored questions about having CP. I still cringe when people come up and say "Oh you have MS" or "Are you ret****" No I have Cerebral Palsy or I prefer "CP". BOTTOM LINE: My brain is going 100 MPH while my body goes about 5MPH. I will] turn 40 on March 15. For the next 14 days, I will post a fact about my life, and how CP has affected it. I WON'T POST anything else. I DON'T expect people to "Like" or "Share" what I have to say, BUT PLEASE READ IT. Consider it a 40th birthday present...........Day 1
Day 2

CP has been portrayed in movies, such as "My Left Foot" (1989) based on the life of poet Christ Brown (play by Daniel Day-Lewis), "Door-to-Door" (2002 based on the life of Watkins Company salesman Bill Porter (played by William H. Macy), Breaking Bad Walter,Jr. (played by RJ Mittes who has CP) and recently TV's Speechless, which the main character J.J. (played by Micah Fowler) really does a great job portraying a teen's life with CP because MICAH HAS CP HIMSELF. Ironically in the latest episode JJ turns 18 and gets a tattoo. NO TATTOOS IN MY FUTURE.......12 days
P.S. YES I originally said I wouldn't post anything else, I mean written or repost anything besides CP related material. However storm pictures are EXEMPTED from the rule

Day 3 Wasn't really a status update but I uploaded a graphic from the UCP website. Hey I wasn't sure if I could write fifteen separate status updates'!! So I cheated I used a meme!!! So sue me!

Day 4-CP has been portrayed in movies, such as "My Left Foot" (1989) based on the life of poet Christ Brown (play by Daniel Day-Lewis), "Door-to-Door" (2002 based on the life of Watkins Company salesman Bill Porter (played by William H. Macy), Breaking Bad Walter,Jr. (played by RJ Mittes who has CP) and recently TV's Speechless, which the main character J.J. (played by Micah Fowler) really does a great job portraying a teen's life with CP because MICAH HAS CP HIMSELF. Ironically in the latest episode JJ turns 18 and gets a tattoo. NO TATTOOS IN MY FUTURE.

Day 5-Alright I talk about my folks helping me a lot, but my grandma, Theresa Princiotto, was always there too. We'd go over there for dinner every Sunday She took me to therapy while my mom worked. During every one of my surgeries, the day I got out of the hospital she had me at her house so my folks could get some sleep. We had great times in Florida and Lake George. She had early on-set Alzheimer's Disease that started around 70, but she hung on for over ten years and passed away in 2008. Happy Birthday in Heaven Grandma I love you ....10 days!

Day 6- Was skipped because of the massive storm in Cape May

Day 7- Day seven means I should talk about a big one speech. Moving my mouth requires the greatest control and makes my body the tightest. It is by far the most frustrating aspect of living with CP,. So it makes perfect sense I love to talk! To make matters worse I have a great vocabulary. Despite this I have done some public speaking, I've spoken in front of Senators, Doctoral students, even little kids. I gave the best man speech at Chris Mattes's wedding.............. 

Day 8-First off Happy 30th Birthday to my cousin Charles Princiotto, born 9 years and 357 days after me.  I actually have three family members in this countdown, you should know the third will make an appearance in five days. Related to CP. well it's really two sides of the same coin. On the one hand they have helped me, sometimes more than they should. On the other hand I think I might have helped them in some ways too. Like all families together we've gotten through a lot. I'm lucky to have them!~

Day 9-  I decided when I was getting stuck I'd revert back to the basics. Here we go, EATING. I'm great with a folk, knife and spoon not so much. Makes it really interesting when I'm out to dinner without family. Ok I got to admit my first prom I nervously explained to a teacher I didn't want to have my date cut my food in front of the entire table. She asked the wait staff to do it in the kitchen. There are a few other tricks up my sleeve but you know I have 6 days left

Day 10- is dedicated to therapy, Physical, Occupational and Speech I went from the time I was six months old well into my 20's. Twice a week up to five times a week when I had surgeries. They kept me moving all these years. They also saw me through some challenging times with school. Fun fact they also helped raise my brothers, while I was getting "tortured" they played with them when they were babies. In fact in a way they helped raise ALL OF US. Seeing the same people every week for 20+ years doesn't make them friends.........it makes them family! Now I have a trainer Tyler Cotterell down here. My only regret is I wish I met him sooner

Day 11- Well I'm going to cheat! Last night was the PERFECT send off to my 30's, I was with my dad, Uncle Sal , brothers Chris Mattes & Pete and a combined crew of North and South Jersey friends. Definitely some amazing peopleI am lucky guy

Day 12- Alright I talked a lot about talking and\ walking, what about just standing? The first time I stood up completely unassisted, I was around five and it was October because I planted a pumpkin in our garden in our back yard. Every day my dad carried me out there and sat me down or leaned me up against the post to watch it grow. He loves gardening and it was HIS way to pass something HE loved onto his oldest son. That day he happened to have a camera. For what ever reason without thinking he just stood me up against a fence post and turned to get his camera, he was a professional.. I called him back, he turned around and I was no longer leaning on the fence I WAS STANDING. He snapped the picture scooped me up and ran back inside to tell my mother. She didn't believe him, the next day he developed the picture.

Day 13--HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY to my youngest brother Peter (Petey) Yes I was turning 5 years old when my mother gave me a second brother. We had joint family parties and I always hated waiting two days to become older, now I don't mind. Petey has grown up= to be a smart caring and all around good guy. Wait I must still be asleep! We celebrated many memorable moments together. He also married Sue Mattes a wonderful caring woman who keeps him in line, well most of 
the time Love you brother!!!!

Day 14--Alright I wanted to cover writing, ah typing. I can write but every other body function goes down hill when I hold a pen. Actually I was five when I came home from preschool sobbing because I couldn't draw a sun. I knew how, I tried. Well That Christmas there was a big box for me under my grandparent's tree............an APPLE IIC COMPUTER, complete with drawing software/ That was a giant step forward for me

ALTERNATE VERSION OF LAST DAY Day 15.. I was born March 15,1978 in Ridgewood,NJ.. My dad, Peter, was born in Germany, mom, Mary born in Queens and both my brothers born in NYC. My mom actually went into labor on March 14th which, even though isn't uncommon I always thought was interesting. Now I know better to get into the details, but I wills say I have THREE LIVES. You see I was resuscitated TWICE and whisked off by ambulance to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital two days later. Admittedly birthdays for me are a double edge sword. On the one hand it's a reminder of what happened forty years ago. I often said it's llike a life sentence for a crime someone else committed. On the other I consider myself lucky to live this life for forty years. Do I get angry? You bet. Do I have self-pity? More than I ever admit. B


Stop the Violence

It seems the more horrible shootings occur in this country the quicker we are to point fingers. Politicians continually promise to come together only to retreat to their own talking points. People keep asking the same questions and we get little answers. When are we going to come back together to solve this problem? Not anytime soon. People say they offer "common sense solutions" to these problems but nobody ever agrees on the definition of common sense so we just keep spinning in circles.

My defense of the Second Amendment is based on my true belief that without it, all the others will fall away. I have never did or never will own a gun, but know people whop do. I unfortunately know someone who was murdered by a gun. You would think my views would change, here's why that's not the case.. An "assault rifle" wasn't used, it was a handgun. Secondly I am a firm believer of good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. It amazes me the people who bemoan police violence are the same people who only want them to have guns.   Also many of so-called "privacy advocates" seem to endorse stricter background check when purchasing firearms, so much for right to privacy. I am for extensive background checks, however the system needs to be updated.  It needs to reflect common issues about mental health because things change over time. I do believe in re-certifying gun owners. Police need re certification on there weapons, I think it's not a burden to have gun owners do them same.  I want people who own guns to be mentally stable. Unfortunately this requires more resources.

Here's where I might lose some people. Based on statistics these shootings seemed to increase during President Obama's presidency and have continued to rise. What has also been on the rise? The acces to medication under the Affordable Care   Act. Stay with me. Mental health resources were greatly increased under the ACA, including the access to anti-depressant medication, which does have its downside. There are conflicting studies on whether or not the medications caused the maniac behavior. People claim well the shooter was off medications at the time, it wasn't in his system at the time of the shooting. It's not that simple, these medications change brain chemistry, I am in the camp once something is changed, it is never completely the same. I have personal knowledge of this fact. Also it is widely known that usually these shootings occur when the shooter hhas stopped taking their medication. No I'm not saying every one who had been on medications and stopped becomes a mass shooter, but we need to look at this more closely. People with mental illness have lost their rights to complete privacy

I'm not going to pretend to get in the mind of David Hogg or any other shooting victim or survivor, they should never have been the latest witnesses to such violence. However they don't realized they're being used by the anti-gun lobby. You can accuse me of defending the NRA but you have to ask yourself this question. Why isn't David Hogg saying no to violence on TV or video games? Why if he and his supporters are so against teenage dying, they do something about drugs in schools? They are given talking points to repeat every time they get in front of the camera.  People's minds alter when they witness a tragic event Folks say David Hogg and his friends speaking out are brave, nobody denies it, but they also would serve their cause better if they accept the fact they're being used, and their fifteen minutes of fame are almost up!



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