Published in The Coast Star on February 5, 2004

By Fred Carl
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Home-schooled students [above] recently gathered around the wireless transmitter key to spell their names in Morse code with the guidance of Ron Olender of the Ocean-Monmouth Amateur Radio Club.

By Fred Carl
      Twenty home-schooled students who recently visited Camp Evans were born into a world of advanced wireless communications.   It was hard for them to imagine a world without cell phones, radios or television.   But they were given a glimpse back to a time when another home-schooled student changed the world.
     Guglielmo Marconi was schooled at home.   As a boy, he read about the work of American scientist Benjamin Franklin, and he read about a new scientific discovery by German scientist Heinrich Hertz. Mr. Marconi would improve Mr. Hertz’s discovery into a system of communication upon which modern society depends.
     Ron Olender, president of the Ocean-Monmouth Amateur Radio Club [OMARC], and fellow OMARC members Russ Brahn, Bernie Ricciardi and Bob Witham hosted the visit in a Camp Evans building built by Marconi 90 years ago.  The students enjoyed a hands-on demonstration of Marconi’s wireless. Each student spelled his or her name in morse code.
     The OMARC hosts had worked at Camp Evans to help keep America’s electronic defense the best in the world.  They told the students how they enjoyed excellent careers with good salaries because they learned science and engineering.
     Also visiting Camp Evans with her home-schooled grandchildren was InfoAge member and virtual volunteer Doris Tucker.  Mrs. Tucker has volunteered to help build the science-history center at Camp Evans from her home by writing biographies of radio stars inducted into the National Broadcaster Hall of Fall for the InfoAge web site. Camp Evans will be the new home of the Hall of Fame, once located in Freehold. Mr. Ricciardi of OMARC is a virtual volunteer who provided information for more than 90 web pages on amateur radio history from broadcasts authored by his late friend and former Camp Evans co-worker Phil Petersen.  The Infoage web site has grown to nearly 800 pages.
The home-schooled visitors enjoyed their visit to Camp Evans and meeting the members of OMARC.  The parents were pleased to learn that the father of wireless technology was a home-schooled child as well.The OMARC members are looking forward to the transfer of the Camp Evans historic district to be able to bring more students, more amateur radio classes and events to the public.  This spring Infoage and OMARC will be working to open the historic Project Diana site to help education and interpret Camp Evans roll in the development of America’s space program.  Anyone interested in helping is invited to visit the Infoage web site at http://www.infoage.org.

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