HACKENSACK — The Nutley Amateur Radio Society will be re-activating the radio room of the World War II submarine USS Ling (SS-297.) The USS Ling is a Balao class fleet submarine, 312 feet long, weighing approximately 2,500 tons and is a permanent museum ship, berthed on the Hackensack River at 78 River Street, Hackensack.
The Nutley ARS will be participating in the Museum Ships Weekend Event sponsored by The Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station. It is expected that amateur radio operators will activate amateur radio stations on over 70 museum ships worldwide during the event. The object, of which, is for amateur radio operators (HAM radio operators) to confirm contact with as many of the “activated” museum ships, as possible, in a 24-hour period.
The Nutley Amateur Radio Society is one of the older Amateur Radio clubs in New Jersey, having celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2009. The society is devoted to the advancement of radio communications and public service. Housed at the Nutley chapter of the American Red Cross, the group has furnished communications on behalf of servicemen throughout the world during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Many of the society members are also affiliated with the Office of Emergency Management and are qualified radio operators in the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) or the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). The Nutley ARS had also assisted with emergency communications during the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
For years, the Nutley ARS has conducted free courses in electronics and Morse code for students to obtain their amateur radio license. Today, NARS offers prospective Hams a place to obtain their licenses via the society’s frequent license exam testing sessions.
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