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At the AFCEA Technology Center at Forestburg Scout Reservation, scouts have the oportunity to earn technology related merit badges, learn about ham radio, and even earn a ham radio license.

Major station equipment currently includes an Icom IC-746PRO, a Kenwood TS-2000, and a TM-D-710 wAPRS beacon(w2fsr-1). The antenna farm conists of one long-wire HF antenna, 2 G5RV's in orthogonal directions, a 6 element 6-meter beam, a 2 meter horizontal beam, 2 vertically polarized 2M/440 MHz antennas, and a 2 m / 440 MHz long-boom satellite array with Yaesu az/el rotor.

Other tech center equipment includes short-wave listening equipment, lots of boat anchor gear, soldering and test equipment, and a small computer network.

During the summer, the amateur radio station is part of the Technology Center Program Area of the Forestburg Scout Reservation summer camp program. This center runs class-style instruction in 9 merit badges (Astronomy, Communications, Computer Programing, Electricity, Electronics, Energy, Nuclear Science, Radio, Space Exploration, and Chemistry) and a technician ham-radio license course. VE tests are provided every Thursday evening by the Orange County Amatuer Radio Club). In addition to classroom-style instruction, the FSR Technology Center offers scouts the opportunity to utilize the equipment in a hands-on fashion during open area time.

In the winter, a smaller station is maintained for use by licensed hams who visit Forestburg Scout Reservation. Scout troops who would like to use the W2FSR station but do not have access to a licensed operator may contact Nathaniel at w2naf@arrl.net  or Kenneth H Brockel (khbrockel@verizon.net) to arrange for a volunteer operator. The station is operational 12 months a year.

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is an international event that occurs during the 3rd weekend of each October. During JOTA, scouts from all over the world talk to each other over ham radio through the efforts of volunteer operators. For JOTA 2015, W2FSR/K2USA will be running from OMARC at their station in Evans Area Diana Moon Bounce site, Wall NJ.

Tech Center equipment is made available through the generous donations and grants made by many individuals and organizations.

Forestburg Scout Reservation is a boy scout camp owned and operated by Monmouth Council BSA.

Please QSL or more info please contact Ken, WA2FPB, 908-309-3436, khbrockel@verizon.net.

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