In September 2019, the SJRA participated in the New Jersey QSO party. In the end, they were successful in operating out of nine counties in 12 hours. Here is an excerpt from the March 2020 Harmonics Newsletter:

Twelve hours, nine counties. This was the challenge of the 2019 New Jersey QSO Party last September. In years prior, the contest was held over a weekend. The SJRA would operate as a rover station from the nine southern NJ counties over two days. This year was a bit more challenging in that we had to find a way to operate from nine counties in twelve hours. This included travel, setup, operation, and takedown. Somehow, we managed to do it with over 100 contacts. Our efforts paid off, as the SJRA was awarded 1st place in the Rover category. While operating as a Rover is fun, as social media says it, “The struggle was real.”. Between having to relocate, noisy conditions, and the four hours of driving, we actually did it. Our adventure began before the contest started. Ken K2WB had devised a precisely timed schedule for us to follow. It had our operating times and driving time down to the minute. Without it, none of this would’ve been possible. He also had our secret weapon- a custom made 40m vertical antenna. If you know Ken, you know his designs are both technical and practical, making the antenna’s deployment faster than unrolling 50ft of coax. The rest of our equipment consisted of a Yaesu FT-991, a 35A switching power supply, a portable 800w generator, a Heil Proset, and a Windows 10 laptop running N1MM. Our first county was Cumberland county. We were in an area that had a lot of room to experiment with the antenna setup and to determine all the tactical nuances that we’d need to master throughout our day. We arrived at 10:00, two hours before the start of the contest. Once the contest started, we were on the air! After 40 minutes of operation we packed everything up and moved to our next location. Our next stop was Cape May County. This location was a picnic area between the Northbound and Southbound Garden State Parkway. We found a nice table to setup on and operated for around 40 minutes again. Before we left, we saw a tree that caught our attention. It was “The Famous Shoemaker Holly Tree”, as the sign said. The tree was over 300 years old! Our next stop was Atlantic County. Here, there was a rest stop and a large parking lot. We operated out of the truck and setup the antenna on a small island. Next, we were off to Ocean County… For the full article, please see the March edition of Harmonics.   Author: Holden Correia-Fisher, KD2JPV