The present Fair Lawn Radio Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) organization has a long and glorious history. [see below].
Originally founded in 1956 as the Fair Lawn Radio Club, it was later reorganized in the spring of 1960 and became the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club. Thus, this group is one of the oldest radio organizations in Northern New Jersey. It is now North Jersey's fastest growing ham radio club.
The organization is a general interest radio organization; but the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club (FLARC), during its more than a half century history, has always been dedicated to helping our community and our country when needed in times of crisis. In the early days it was Civil Defense and RACES - today it is OEM and AREC as well as RACES.
The Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club organization can be considered part of the Borough's available emergency resources. Many of our members are also RACES (Radio Amateur Civilian Emergency Service) members and CERT members (Community Emergency Response Team). We are presently hosted by the Fair Lawn Parks & Recreation Department at the Fair Lawn Community Center.
We are one of the few amateur radio organizations in New Jersey that has a permanent location. Our facilities include two large rooms, workbenches, test equipment and five operating positions.
The club station (W2NPT) is equipped with two Icom 746 Pro HF stations that can use a Mosley 5-band HF beam and an 80m through 6m vertical antenna.
For VHF, we have a 2-meter sideband station with an 11-element beam. The beam antennas are all mounted on a 20-foot tower that is on the roof of the two-story building. We have operating equipment for all three types of VHF digital operation D-STAR, System Fusion (C4FM) and DMR. We have a VHF repeater that supports analog and DMR communications.
Other equipment includes a 2-meter FM station, 2-meter APRS station, 2-meter packet station, 2-meter/440MHz D-Star station, 220MHz FM station, and a 900MHz station -- with antennas for all. A second tower is also on the roof with a 5-element 6-meter beam. (220MHz and 440MHz beams will be added to this tower in the future.)
Our latest additions are an AREDN mesh network installation operating on 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz.
There is a full test bench with all kinds of test equipment, including a station monitor, oscilloscopes and antenna analyzers. For photos of the various operating positions and the club museum, click here.
With over 100 members, we are actively engaged in a wide variety of amateur radio activities. The club supports the local community by providing communications for public events and emergency response. Field Day in June sees a large group of participants. Our annual auction on the day after Thanksgiving draws sellers and buyers from all over the tristate area. Interest in radio contesting is steadily growing and it offers the ham with more modest home facilities the opportunity to learn from and operate with experienced contesters. We regularly host well-known speakers who educate and inform us on a variety of topics. Our monthly newsletter, The Resonator, is one of the finest club publications around, and it is available for free on this website.
We hope to see you soon at one of our Friday evening gatherings or at an operating event.
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Some history of our group --
This newspaper photo, from the Bergen Evening Record in 1957, shows some of the earliest members of the Fair Lawn Radio Club -- some who are still active with us !! Back then, the club was full of high school teenagers - mentored by older hams who taught them electronic basics, operating techniques, contesting and DXing, as well as Morse Code (which at that time was required in addition to the written test to obtain an FCC Amateur Radio license). On the right in the photograph is Lowell Vant Slot, W2DLT (who has not changed his callsign over all these years!)
And below is a certificate issued to Harold Kennedy WA2QPW (now N4GG) which clearly confirms the existence of the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club at least in August of 1960. (Webmaster note: I tried all my tricks to remove the flash reflection but have been unable to do that.)
And shown below is the real Harold Kennedy WA2QPW at his home station in 1960 or so ...
We're hoping to have more exciting history and reminiscences of the club from our old-timers. They are sharing memories and working on writing it all up this very moment !
Our Fair Lawn club has been affiliated with the local civil defense (now called OEM) and RACES (still known by that name) for all the years of our existence ... here's a photo (thanks again to Van, W2DLT) from back in 1956 - when there were weekly in-person operating drills and even mobile patrols around town ...
Below is the original WB2RLO QSL card --