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