FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club recently completed the first phase of a two-year program to upgrade its station capabilities as its membership base continues to grow.
The club, now in its 63rd year, is sponsored by the Borough of Fair Lawn and meets weekly on Friday evenings at 6PM at the Fair Lawn Community Center at 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn. Its lauded monthly speaker series meets on the third Friday of every month at the Fair Lawn Senior Center, 11-05 Gardiner Road.
"Our antennas did not meet the need of the club to operate successfully in contests, events or assist in our public service role," club president Brad Kerber, said. "Half of the antennas either did not operate properly due to age. Our two towers needed inspections and maintenance performed that was not being done. We made some improvements to the previous installation and took no shortcuts to make sure the work being done will last."
With newly purchased and donated equipment, the club completed a make-over for the first time since the club moved to the Community Center a decade ago.
The club continues to grow in membership having more than doubled in size reflecting the increased interest in amateur radio for both its public service capabilities (such as assistance in recent hurricanes and wildfires) to increased interest in technology and science (such as STEM programs in local schools). The club regularly participates in communication activities for such events as the Fair Lawn Memorial Day Parade and Independence Day fireworks. Many of its members also participate in a newly created RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) team of amateurs for the borough, as well as participating as part of Fair Lawn CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).
For more information, visit the club's website at www.fairlawnarc.org or call 201-791-3841.