Not quite Dayton

But I’m willing to lay down a bet that they didn’t have one of THESE there! And no, it wasn’t for sale!

I went to the OMARC Hamfest this morning – the hamfest for the Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club.  Their club facilities and the hamfest are located on the grounds of Project Diana, which is located at the site of Camp Evans of  Fort Monmouth in Wall Township, NJ . Project Diana was the Signal Corps project to conduct the first ever EME transmissions – back in 1946. 
Actually this was not the first antenna.  The first one looked like this (below) and was immovable and EME attempts could only be made when the moon was in a certain part of the sky.
The steerable antenna came later; and has been restored as you can see in the first two pictures above.
And while the hamfest was small, it was somewhat of a success for me.  I purchased a nice looking DMM for $20.  I have a Radio Shack DMM, but the Analog to Digital Converter chip in it has a very annoying lag time.  You put the probe tips on the measuring point, and you literally have to wait a few seconds for the display to give you a voltage reading.  This meter that I purchased today, a Protek Model 6100 reads much faster.  Yeah, it’s not a Fluke, but then again I don’t own Begali paddles, either.
I also bought a T-shirt and a couple of Amateur Radio Active stickers.  

A large one to tack onto the shack door and a small one to slap on my tool box.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Not quite Dayton”

  • Holger K2HES:

    Thanks for the nice write up Larry. Glad you could make it. Our site is one of a kind with all the history. I am very happy you decided to share that portion of it with your readers. What better place for an amateur radio club?
    Hope to see you at our fall Hamfest too! Our website is or post to our forum at We would love to hear from your readers.73.
    Holger, K2HES
    OMARC, president

  • KQ2RP Chris:

    No matter how small the hamfest, there’s always something…

  • Jeff N2lxm:

    Glade you had a good time Larry. All the O.M.A.R.C. Members thank you for comming. I to picked up something I was looking for. Hope to see you at our Fall tailgate Hamfest. 73’s de: Jeff N2LXM O.M.A.R.C. Special Event Chairperson.

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