Goodbye Bergenscanner

Moving to Cape May has been quite an adjustment after 38+ years of living in Woodcliff Lake.  Even though I have adjusted well, made new friends, become a "local" I still every now and then think about what's happening up north. Even though getting around on my scooter is considerably easier, I still long for the drives to Fusco's for a root beer and chips or into Park Ridge to Park Pizza for a slice of pizza. Though now it's Westside Market in West Cape May and down to Jojo's or Mario's Pizza to satisfy my  craving. It's time I leave my final permanent connection behind, Bergenscanner.com. I listed on RadioReference that I wanted someone either However before I leave I want to take a trip[ down memory lane

Listening to police scanners has given  me many many hours of pleasure. My first police scanner was a 10-channel Bearcat scanner I bought from Service Merchandise and I have been hooked ever since!
When I first got the scanner I bought the big Bearcat frequency guide and thought every town had their own frequency. The guide actually listed SPEN 1, a statewide frequency, as just being used for Hillsdale\. I also mislabeled fire frequencies for ambulance frequencies and vice versa. It took me a while to figure out that towns share the same frequencies. I bought a copy of Police Call from Radio Shack, I started to realize how radio systems work.

/ When I first got on the Internet there were different websites for New Jersey, but most focused on New York City. I decided people in Bergen County needed a better resource. Web design piqued my curiosity and  I searched Yahoo, days before Google took over everything, and found a website called Tripod where you could easily build a website using a pretty decent web editing. console without having to know HTML. I started tinkering, putting my frequency lists from my scanner and some other information.  Soon I had a friend convince me  to list every town in Bergen County. He was also the first to put everything into neatly formed tables. Remember  I was learning HTML coding on the fly.

As the site grew over the years I continue to add not just emergency frequencies, but frequencies for the local airports and other information. Through friends I learned about "PL Tones". The site was growing and I knew down the road it would need  to move off the free services of Tripod because after all the free sites used pop-up banners which got annoying really quick.  People offered to partner up with me to over to a different server. However I didn't want to lose control over the website I built After some resistance I decided to partner up with a web designer from Dumont who worked for a web hosting service. He assured me the site would remain under my control, he just handle the backend stuff, like getting the domain registered and provide free server space. Bergenscanner.com was born the summer of 2000. It was my first mistake that almost shutdown the site for good. Long story short he hosted the site on a business server, the business went under and he disappeared. I didn't have access to the information and lost the domain to a company in Louisiana of all places. After some persuasive \sweet talk I managed to gfet the domain back into my hands. As a side note after the whole debacle I immediately registered my own name "justinmattes.com" just save myself from headaches down the line. The status quo has been maintained for almost thirteen years.

Original Bergenscanner.com

2004 move to "Nocserve"

From about the time my youngest brother finished college my parents talked about moving out of Bergen County. They started visiting places like North Carolina and Lewes, Delaware, but decided they wanted to be closer to the rest of the family. I also for obvious reasons wanted to stay in New Jersey. They started visiting Cape May where friends had a house in 2012, right around this time.  They finally brought me down to check it out/. I remember the West Cape May Christmas Parade going on. Without making this post longer, they bought a house in 2015, rebuilt it in less than two years and sold my childhood home in 2016. I had wrapped up all  loose ends except one, Bergenscanner was still going. The domain was  about to expire and I just sold it.

Incidentally a friend of mine created a mailing list to exchange information on the fly. The activity dropped off during the last few years, like Bergenscanner. David decided it was time to let it go. In his closing response he named me personally so I offered this response. Best way to close a chapter in my life

Well since David named me personally I feel I need to compose some parting
comments. First I want to thank David for allowing me to participate in
such a wonderful forum. He said I encouraged him, but it was a
partnership. For those who have forgotten I was the webmaster of
Bergenscanner.com. David and I "met" while the website was still hosted on
a free website host called Tripod. We lived a few towns apart and began
exchanging e-mails with information. Over the course of time we forged a
friendship. Soon after David created NNJ-Scan, he got his ham radio ticket
and joined the Ramsey OEM. He introduced me to wonderful people like Mike
Adams, WA2MWT,SK and Joyce Brimingham, KA2ANF. Soon after David encouraged
me to get my ticket even though he knew I have CP which includes speech
difficulties. Little did I know what door David led me through. Since then
I have held memberships in some of the best radio clubs in Bergen County.
That was close to twenty years ago and I'm sorry while David and I haven't
completely lost touch, our daily emails have turned into passing
"Hellos", and in the recent years, just an acknowledgement we're still
kicking .
I have since moved down to Cape May, NJ and can no longer maintain
Bergenscanner. I have decided to close up shop. Twenty-four years is a
long run folks and now I need to move on. I want to thank David for
starting nnj-scan and letting this then "high school kid" to play with the
big folks best of luck David in the future

Justin Mattes-KC2GIK


Tiger Woods Sets the tone

My dad loves golf, he plays, watches it, breathes it, and  while I don't share his obsession, I enjoy the game. I know the Masters is played every April, I can name about 20 players on the tour. Last week my niece, nephew, my folks and I played at one of Cape May's finest courses, mini-golf courses. So I was more than in-tuned to Tiger's return  to the game after some physical and personal troubles. He played a remarkable round for what he has been through and is back on track to become one of the greatest golfers. He brought the game to the attention of young people, especially minorities. It's safe to say Tiger has more than made his mark on the game of golf This won' t be a Tiger "lovefest" but I want to show my support of what he did two  Sundays ago

At the post-round interview Tiger Woods fielded the usual questions about his game a reporter asked about his feelings toward the Commander-in-Chief. Now Tiger has had dozens of interviews and been asked questions besides golf and has answered them pretty squarely. Wood's response was not only dignified, it was smart. We all should respect the Office of the President, which is what Woods reminded all of us. He  knew the question was designed to  trick him into  bashing President Trump and his policies.  I think what's happening is the media is trying to use absolutely anything as a club to beat Trump, Woods would rather use his driver on the golf course. I think in the age of "everyone has an opinion"  and the "24-hour news cycle", people were just shocked a celebrity didn't want to share his opinion. He was actually bashed by so-called "sports-reporters" for avoiding the question. Really? I think he handled the question perfectly and to be honest showed more respect for the reporter than the reporter showed him.

There were golfing legends like Jack Nicklaus who sprung to  Wood's defense. Fellow golfers who are professional rivals, have also come out in support of what he did. Lots of golfing professionals have played golf with  politicians of BOTH political parties without revealing where the stood on political issues.    It should be noted Woods has played with President Trump and former Presidents Obama and Clinton. They might have discussed the general state of the union, but more than likely kept the conversations light

People complain that President Trump often bashes the press and they aren/t used, to this amount of push back. There's a huge difference between bashing and attacking. To me attacking means you're trying to stop them, I want an example of when Trump tried to stop the press. He's fought back forcefully, and it my opinion, he's been somewhat justified. The press is suppose to be a check on government, however in President Trump's case, they trying to take him down. They have tried ever since he announced he was running for the Presidency. Whether Woods supports him or not, he certainly has a right not to comment just as anyone else has the right  to comment.


KC2GIK at Convention Hall

It has been a week the annual National Night Out, a community event sponsored by the city. They have games for the kids, even a big slide on the beach. The fire department sets up their trucks with the Coast Guard and even the Cape May County Police brought down their mobile command unit.  Something about getting on the air under less than ideal conditions always makes hams happy!  It's part of our training in emergency communications. Over my eighteen years I have operated from the base of lighthouses, in cars, from different emergency operation centers and last week I decided to try  from a Cape May icon, Convention Hall..

 It was a bit trickier than I thought but it was something I wanted and needed to do on my own, ok ALMOST on my ow.  The first obstacle I didn't think about was Convention Hall is made of steel, not exactly great conditions for operating. Add to the fact  it is surrounded by buildings I wasn't happy with the signal.The reports into the repeater were dismal at best, I should have known better. After moving my station around, I remembered spotting  an empty table,so I ran out back out to the front of  Convention Hall and grabbed it. With some assistance I planted the antenna on top of a metal trash can, Before long I was hitting the repeater without any problems. My logging consisted of  using the "Notes" app on my iPhone, which I previously used in Italy to write a poem.Next time I might try to find an app for loggin I made six contacts which was great for the first time out. I tried to get cocky and work some simplex, but iot wasn't happening. There was another station over in Middle Township's National Night Out. He had some trouble getting on the air as well. Definitely will come more prepared,

There are a few lessons I took away from my operation. My  first thing is to bring my own extension cord, lucky there was one near by. Secondly the Cape May Amateur Radio's main repeater was down so I used the backup repeater which worked out pretty well. They also  advertised the event on their email group and I tried to get the word out. I wish I drove the point that I wanted to allow other people to get on the air, especially the younger kids. I want to setup the table like the other tables with pamphlets and other material about amateur radio. Maybe get some young kids on the air. I was proud of myself because I now say I worked under less than ideal conditions!! Can't wait to do it again next year!!!!

LOCATION: Cape May City Convention Hall, Cape May, NJ 08204

W2CMC           Bill
W2GKH           Lou
N2LTQ           Tim Stone Harbor
WB2JJO           Ray

OPERATIONAL NOTES: Had to move location within the convention centm finally got a good signal out front. Logged using iPhone “notes. Next time I will  make a sheet ahead of time to make things easier, maybe even bring my laptop


In Memory of Stephen Gold

I turned 40 back on March 15 and have been reflecting a lot on my life. One of the treasure I have in life is a wonderful family and great friends. I wrote the piece below as part as the introduction to some writings I did in high school. Stephen Gold and I met in grade school .Even though we were the same age, the school held me back which was really the start of a very bumpy road for me. We separated for awhile and were reunited at Pascack Valley High School Stephen was born with MS. Doctors said he wouldn't see his fifth birthday, he lived triple that amount of time. He was one of the first, if not THE FIRST, children in Bergen County to break the bonds of special education. i don't know the background but even though he lived in River Vale, he went to Dorchester School  in Woodcliff Lake with Darren, another kid with CP, and myself. He graduated Pascack Valley in 1996 and was scheduled to attend Ramapo College that September. Stephen didn't make it, he succumbed  to his illness just days before attending his first class. I was devastated. \My first funeral was for a friend, my age, younger than me by two months. I remember the principal of PV gave a touching eulogy. I'll never forget her last words about Stephen, "Pause, grieve, remember him and live your life". Today would have been Stephen Gold's 40th birthday

Stephen--  I have had people tell me how insight I could be when I want to, Stephen was always like that... Folks say Steve reminded them of Yoda, the wise character in Star Was. He always had an idea about people's emotions, no matter if the were good or bad. Stephen was the most outgoing of all ofus. He did it all, student council and the debate team were his favorites. I always saw a book on his lap when he was travelling down the hallways at Pascack Valley [High School].  Students and teachers alike respected Stephen, he always had advice to give without sounding like he knew it all. Students and teachers alike respected Stephen.

Even though he and Tom had MS, Steve had other problems. Doctors said he'd never see his tenth birthday. He was very thin, even thinner than I am, barely weighing sixty pounds at age eighteen. It got to the point where he couldn't lift his head if he accidentally bent it down. It was serious whenever he got sick because his immune system had so many deficiencies. Most critical was his breathing. Steve was rushed to the hospital so many times I couldn't even begin to count. I'll never forget the one time the ambulance pulled up to the school. As soon as it came, I knew it was for Stephen. Folks who really knew Steve knew it was just a precaution,  but it scared me

When I wrote the Journal, I always forgot to mention Stephen, but his wisdom somehow found its way in there. With Steve's guidance, I was able to come up with some of my best work.. It was riding on that bus I thought of Sydel's graduation letter, because Steve was the first person to really realize how I felt./


It needs to be said

Like clockwork as soon as the news of the Texas killing happened, folks on both sides of the  gun control debate went to their respective battle stations. Both took their predictable tones and finger pointing while America collectively demanded once again our elected officials "do something". I am in that camp too, but I am not hopeful it will be done because nobody actually wants the cycle to break, that's how they'll get reelected, on both sides. Nobody actually wants to fix the problem properly because neither side wants to feel they are taking rights away, gun rights or privacy rights. The clear backpacks the Parkland students oppose would work better than the strongest gun control laws because it would detect guns. It would also stop knives, bombs which the killer in this incident had and tried to detonate and any other devices or tools that could be used as a weapon. That alone would solve the problem better than any other gun laws on the books, but I don't want clear backpacks any more than I want stronger gun control measures.

It goes to say  a small - very small- part of me wanted the pipe bombs to go off, only killing the killer, nobody else. I realize this is wrong  and it's horrible to wish death on anyone, but it would have stopped a tragedy, it would have been worth it. The reality is if the pipe bomb did go off, it would have killed more people, causing more heart ache. It also would have been a powerful lesson to those gun control advocates, that it really isn't the gun at all. If the bombs went off before the shooting it would have shifted the conversation off the gun argument and onto the person who committed the crime. A man determined to kill as many people as possible no matter what the cost. This is where the focus needs to be, not just the guns. We heard the exact same thing after the Las Vegas massacre the killer had all kinds of explosives, not just guns  The sad part is this is the only way to prove that the people promoting safer schools are genuine.  They would have demanded his background be exposed, no more privacy rights for this killer.  The entire dynamic of the investigation would have changed and it would give us more insight into the killer's state of mind.  You hear time after time about the "red flags" well

 We keep asking "How do we stop these shooting?" When we should be asking "How do we stop these killings?" I have detailed my opinions on these issues before, but here it is again. Actually teach these kids the value of life, and the consequences of their actions. This is also where  "don't use y our fists to solve your problems" also comes into play. The bullying in schools has increased because of "forced social acceptance". The fact we need to "include everybody every time" has been programmed into child, they are brainwashed into  thinking any rejection is indeed the end of the world. We're teaching kids to be weaker, not stronger. They think extreme violence is the only way they can show their emotional pain. Ironically the weaker kids are, the more likely they will become violent because it's their only outlet they know. We are creating weaker kids because we're not teach them how to cope with rejection. We teach them always being accepting, but these absolutes come with a very steep price.

I think there's no single answer to these problems. I also think there's more in common to these shootings than the weapon used in the attacks. The real problem is everyone thinks they know the  cause, the puzzle is harder to solve. I believe the answer is out there but it will take many different perspectives to come up with many different solutions. People are right when they say "thoughts and prayers won't solve this problem." but neither will banning all the weapons in the world. The sooner people realize it, the safer our country will be.


JM gets iPhone

After year of getting teased about having what was incorrectly always referredto as a "flip-phone", I leaped into the 21st century and got an iPhone 6S. Yes it's a double whammy because I am well-known for my anti-Apple  views on a number of levels. Maybe I'll come around some day. The hardest thing to do was setting up all my account s where I needed to- enter passwords which are a lot easier to enter on a laptop than a cellphone. My neck is still hurting from bending down and typing on the tiny keyboard. Although people remarked that my older phone had a smaller keyboard. Still trying the justify the reasoning behind it. One of the most amusing new habits I have is asking people for their wifi passwords. Although I am not  bashful about [just handing them my phone and asking them to type it in for me

People say their phones are their computers, they do everything with them. From e-mail to eBay it seems they/'re not finding use for laptops or tablets, not me. I knew I could never say goodbye to a traditional laptop, I rely too  much on it. Downsizing to just a phone is not even a consideration at any point in time, especially with writing. Can you imagine me updating this blog or my website with just a smart phone? I didn't even put my main email on it  because I knew typing entire e-mails would be a disaster in the making. Although I have a Gmail accoubnt I+ will use for mobile e-mail and even labeled it "Mobile E-mail" on my website which is designed for short answers like a text. It will take some playing around, but I'll figure it out.

 This past weekend was the Cape May Jazz Festival so of course I snapped some pretty decent pictures. I tried with the regular camera and had better luck with the Iphone. With a little editing with Google Photos it's turning out to be a great new hobby!!

The camera phone is a definite plus. I had a camera on the cheaper phone but this camera is better. I have been shooting away, which puts me on par with most folks my age!!!  It;s still a work in progress and I don't think perfection!!

I have also downloaded the weather and radio apps whic I haven't fully explored yet because I am paranoid about data usage and paying for apps, yes I am THAT cheap!!!!!  Plus I+ rather see the numbers scrolling across the scanner screen more than anything else. Call me old fashioned but I actually think some online feeds are destroying the hobby!!!

As I use it more I find the phone has been a good thing!! I am no longer in the dark ages of technology!! You still won't catch me being a Mac computer though!!!!



For those who have read this blog, browsed m y website or have seen my posts on Facebook, it's pretty common knowledge I have Cerebral Palsy. I have had it since birth because a doctor messed up.  I was a breech baby and the doctor  let my mother's labor progress causing a prolapsed umbilical cord, when he should have performed an emergency C-Section. For the sake of time and not getting off topic I won't go into details, however it was a pretty clear cut case of medical malpractice. I found the details of my delivery almost two decades later and filed a lawsuit against the doctor. The lawsuit settled out of court and I thought that would be the end of it.......

After a few years after, there was a push t cap on what are called "non-economic" damages, that effect people who don't work, especially children and women. This was really a backdoor to lock people lock myself out of the justice system. Lawsuits like the one I filed against my doctor are extremely rare. I was one of the only people who sued the doctor nineteen years after the malpractice happened. Very few people have that option, primarily  because they don't have the mental capacity to understand the concept of a .lawsuit, let alone file one, I was "lucky" in that respect.

Of course the American Medical Association's #1 priority is to protect doctors, and doctors claim "frivolous lawsuits" drive up the cost of medicine. Doctors claim they run more tests than usual because they're afraid of getting sued, when the truth  is a lot of them get kickbacks from companies to run those tests. Doctors have also steadily increased the amount of drugs they prescribe, especially anti-depressant drugs, more on that in a second. The AMA spends millions of dollars lobbying Congress for ways to limit doctor liability. They have tried everything in the book to protect its members, even though some of them  ruin and yes end multiple lives on a daily basis. You're three times more likely to be killed by a doctor than a gun. So much for "First do no harm". It's more like, "First cover our asses." Now I'll be the first to admit, there are more good doctors than bad doctors. I've had wonderful doctors help me over the years. However  they can't circle the wagons fast enough when one of their own injures or kills a patient. I went up against. some of them, they are. a mean bunch when they're on the defense. You've heard of the "Blue Wall of Silences" in terms of police?  Well there's a "White Wall of Silence" among doctors. Only a very select few call their colleagues out when a mistake is made. They blame everything but the doctor's "did their best". "Suing won't ease their pain". "All these so-called victims want is a quick pay-day and of course the lawyers get their cut

Alright now that I got my feelings down I need to tie this into the school shootings and the recent activism by those high school students and their hatred for the NRA.  Like 'everyone else I feel awful to hear about another school shooting. It's usually a kid with real mental issues that either go untreated or the kids refuses to take his (all shooters have been male) medications properly. The doctor takes no responsibility when the medication has side effects . He usually bullied in school, been made an outcast by his peers and  tries to get help, but is told to "toughen up"., He escapes to the violence in video games or movies. Our poor fellow watches as "the good guys" kill the "bad guys" and live happily ever after. All of these thoughts and feelings are stirring inside him.  The taunts continue h;e decides the only way out of this misery is to destroy the problem.  There's no attempt to connect with this unstable person

The National Rifle Association's #1 priority is to  protect legal gun ownership and usage. It should be noted the NRA doesn't sell guns to its members nor provides them with the ammunition. They promote gun safety and provide courses on how to operate guns properly  Every time there's a shooting the shooter is immediately connected to the NRA, even though not one NRA member has committed a mass shooting.I AM defending the NRA because unlike their doctor counterparts, they condemn shootings. The NRA has been around a long time. Mass shootings have  been occurring for about twenty years.The only thing the AMA condemns is people they injured seeking justice. The AMA doesn't punish doctors when they injure or even kill a patient, they defend them!


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 love to talk but it takes awhile for people to understand my speech. I decided I needed to celebrate my 40th year on Earth with a little writing exercise. I was born on March 15, 1978 so I decided to use my Facebook status updates to promote Cerebral Palsy awareness!! Below are the fifteen status updates

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 United Staets 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 What a birthday present. Actually her due date with Peter was MARCH 15 AND  SHE FREAKED!! Thankfully he decides to make an early appearance 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. I just try to live my life the best I c an


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