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    by KiKitC Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Another of the demilitarized buildings now houses the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Radio Technology Museum. Future renovations of larger buildings will include an extension of the Military Technology Museum, with over 50 restored military vehicles.

    The Radio Technology Museum, presented by the New Jersey Antique Radio Club Association, is devoted to the history of radio communications. The earliest examples of transistors and wave radios, to the advancements of recording and television make this an educational and reminiscent look at the history of radio.

    The museum is open Sundays 1-4 pm or by appointment. There is no charge for the museum, but donations are gladly accepted.

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    by KiKitC Updated Apr 7, 2009

    Just before the United States entered World War II, Marconi's Belmar station was rebuilt and named Camp Evans after Lt. Col. Paul W. Evans, a pioneer in the growth of the Signal Corps. The most important advancement in warfare, the radar, was developed here.

    But research on radar detection systems did not end with World War II. Again this site was "on the radar" when the Diana Tower Project successful sent radar signals to the moon and back on January 10, 1946. This proved, beyond a doubt, that radar waves could pierce the ionosphere. Within a year, messages to the moon was deemed unneccessary, and the dish was dismantled. However, this event changed the technology that allowed communication with space and space travelers.

    The Diana Tower still stands, but the original dish has been replaced, as the tower was subsequently used for advancement in meteorological radar systems.

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    by KiKitC Updated Apr 6, 2009

    The research that American Marconi Wireless Corporation did at this site off Marconi Road paved the way of wireless communication that we have today. In 1914, the company erected six 500 foot towers in the area, constituting the first commercial transatlantic communications installation. These towers, and the communications center built by Marconi was vital in transmitting military messages to the front in World War I, when the Navy took over the site.

    By the end of the war, when the Navy gave back the site, Marconi had changed his company's name to the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and had another production plant. Thus, the towers and station were left abandonded.

    Now, this small portion of the original tower is all that is left of the radio legacy. It is just the top portion of one of the towers, but displayed proudly by the Wall Townsip Historical Society.

    I too, used to love being by the shores of the Shark River, to experience the communication peak here. I've been able to chat with England (across the pond) from my little CB in my car. This place has always been perfect for transmitting and receiving.

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    by feline01 Updated Mar 30, 2006

    This is by far the best vegetarian/vegan restaurant in NJ. The menu is eclectic containing foods from all over the world. The chef, Omer is a master of turning meat analogs (fake meat) into delectable vegetarian treats. The soups are a do not miss as our the desserts which are all vegan. The food here is just as appealing to dead animal eaters as it is to vegetarians. I've heard many carnivores rave about the food here.

    This restaurant used to be known as Veggie Works. Omer did alot of the cooking here under his brother-in-law, Mark's, the original owner. Honestly, some things Mark did better (I miss the salad bar) and some things Omer does better (appetizers!) but Kaya's is much cleaner than Veggie Works ever was, the atmosphere is much nicer and Kaya, Omer's daughter is adorable!

    Favorite Dish: Vegetarian sausage and peppers are amazing. My husband loves the grilled gluten steak. Any of there soups are amazing but especially the Green Goddess (puree of spinach, broccoli and asparagus) and the moonlight sonata (sweet potato, spinach, yam). They have an amazing veggie philly cheese steak at lunch time that will impress anyone who loves good food. THe onion rings are my favorite ever. Sunday brunch, usually from mid-April until Labor Day, is a must-do. Vegan waffles, pancakes, tofu scramble etc..

    The old Veggie Works entrance, still appropriate!

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    by feline01 Updated Mar 30, 2006

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    Located right on the beach, this organic coffee bar/juice bar/cafe is great. Delicious coffee. They have some sandwiches and soup and most on offer is vegetarian. There's lots of little knick-knacks for sale as well. It's a great experience sitting on a bench, sipping a great coffee and watching the waves.

    Sadly, this wonderful place has moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey, about 4 miles north of Belmar. Still a beach town but the coffeeshop is no longer on the beach and Asbury Park is no Belmar. It's more urban and the beach/boardwalk is just a shell of its former glory days (anyone who is a Bruce Springsteen fan will certainly get this reference).

    Favorite Dish: Coffee!!!!!

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    by feline01 Written May 31, 2003

    Exit 98 off the Garden State Parkway or take Route 195 East until it turns into 138 East. Head north on Route 35 for a few blocks on turn right at any of the major cross streets like 18th Avenue. Any of these streets will take you right to the beach. The NJ Coast LIne will take you here by train from NY City or Newark, NJ, stopping right in the center of Belmar, about 3/4 mile from the beach.

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