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Thank You we Activated K-4994

Bands were not in good conditon in the early morning, and we could only make (2) local 10 meter contatcts.  After  attempting to activate the park with two difffent vertical antennas we change our strategy due to band conditions. I put up a sloper antenna with a L-feed configutation and 9:1 Palomar unun. 

I made contacts on both 20 Mts and 40 Mtrs after the antenna change

Work me this morning from the Parks on the Air Park below. Visit the Spotting Page and look up K2AA  or you can find me on the  listed frequencies' below.  Please check the Pota Spotting Page  at the link  above, as I may move  + or -  slightly due to occupied frequencies.

I  will also be monitoring the K2DX/R Repeater 145.390 Input 144.790 PL Tone 91.5 during my activation.

Visit the Spotting Page and look up K2AA  or AA2SD you can find me on the  listed frequencies' below or check the Pota Spotting Page (click the green button above)

Join me call signs (AA2SD or K2AA)

Please note the Parks on the Air Location below:

Brendan T. Byrne State Forest (NJ Pinelands) POTA Park K-4994

Located next to the Lebanon State Fire Tower NJ

Saturday April 29_2023 

Note New Times Below

Frequencies To Track My Parks on the Air

(If the frequency is busy I will be up or down 3 or 5 from the planned frequencies below- we do not work split frequencies)      

Lebanon Station Firetower in New Jersey

Brendan T. Byrne State Forest

Explore the serenity, unique ecology and history of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

With just over 38,000 acres, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest is the second largest state forest and is located in the pine barrens. The forest offers many outdoor recreational activities such as camping, hiking, mountain biking, birding, fishing and hunting. History enthusiasts will enjoy returning to the early 20th-century by visiting the historic village of Whitesbog where the very first cultivated blueberry was developed. Hikers may pass through natural white cedar swamps, and areas where remains of stone and brick structures indicate the location of a once bustling town.

List of fire towers

In order to aid its efforts in wildland fire suppression and fire protection, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service operates a system of 21 fire towers at locations throughout the state of New Jersey in the United States.[2] From these fire towers, using an instrument called the Osborne Fire Finder, or an alidade, and topographical maps, trained fire observers are able to spot and triangulate the location of possible wildfires. After ascertaining the location, the observer will file a "smoke report" which will be investigated and appropriate action taken by a local firewarden.[2]

Founded in 1906, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service is the largest firefighting department within New Jersey and is an agency within the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, a division of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. With 85 full-time professional firefighters (career civil service positions), and approximately 2,000 trained part-time on-call wildland firefighters throughout the state, its mission is to protect "life and property, as well as the state's natural resources, from wildfire."[3] The agency covers a primary response area of 3,719,638 acres (1,505,284 ha) comprising 77% of the state's land area and administered by three regional divisions. This primary response area includes the state's rural and suburban areas, as well as its public state parks and forests. In 2014, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service responded to 1,063 wildfire events that destroyed 6,692 acres (2,708 ha). The service conducted controlled burns or prescribed burns on 15,326 acres (6,202 ha) statewide.[4]

The first fire lookout towers were often privately constructed during the late nineteenth century—many by large-tract landowners or corporations. However, after the creation of the Forest Fire Service, the state began erecting towers—some temporary, others permanent. The oldest erected by the Forest Fire Service that is in continuing operation is Culvers Station (then called the Normanook Fire Tower), first used in 1908, along the ridge of Kittatinny Mountain near Culver's Lake and the Culver's Gap.[a] Many of the state's fire towers were built during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). More were erected during World War II, to aid both the Forest Fire Service and to the Aircraft Warning Service, operating from mid-1941 to mid-1944, in which fire observers were assigned additional duty as enemy aircraft spotters. During World War II, the Lakewood Station was "used to listen to German U-boat communications in the Atlantic Ocean 12 miles to the east".[6] Fire towers are located at key points of observation and on diverse terrain from northern New Jersey's mountain-and-valley terrain to the comparatively flat and low-elevation coastal plains in the south and central sections of the state. Today, these 21 towers provide New Jersey an inexpensive and effective first response system that aids the New Jersey Forest Fire Service in quickly suppressing and in preventing damage caused by reported wildfires. The Forest Fire Service estimates that 25 percent of wildfires within the state every year are first spotted by a lookout.[7]

A number of these fire towers are listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.

Osborne Fire Finder

The Osborne Fire Finder is a type of alidade used by fire lookouts to find a directional bearing (azimuth) to smoke in order to alert fire crews to a wildland fire.