The History of Avaya Lincroft (LZ) and the Dick Turrin Memorial ARC

by Tom Brown / W2EQ

Avaya Lincroft

The Lincroft New Jersey facility is pictured above from the early 2000s. Prior to 1980 the land at 307 Middletown-Lincroft Road in Lincroft, NJ, was home to the Tomahawk Golf Driving Range. The Lincroft facility was built in the early 1980's and first occupied in 1982 by Bell Labs. In 1983 the Bell System underwent divestiture and those in the Lincroft facility became part of American Bell. Name changes over the years included AT&T Information Systems Laboratory, AT&T Information Systems, and simply AT&T. While there were active ham radio operators working in Lincroft, there was no organized ham radio club at the facility at this time. In 1991, NJ2DX created the LZ location code for Lincroft in the CQWE contest. AT&T vacated the building in the late 1990's. In October of 2000 Lucent Technologies spun off Avaya Inc. who moved their people from the Holmdel, NJ, location to the Lincroft location breathing new life into the facility.

W2IMU club station
W2IMU Club Station from early 2000s

At that time W2EQ and W2JLK were instrumental in forming the Avaya Lincroft Amateur Radio Club. The group established a club station on the site memorializing the callsign of silent key Dick Turrin, W2IMU, an ex-Bell Labs employee. The club station consisted of a Kenwood TS-570D(G) feeding a roof mounted Cushcraft R7 vertical antenna and an Icom 2 meter FM rig feeding a roof mounted Ringo Ranger. It was very common to find club members working DX in the club shack during lunchtime. Projects were also often in progress on the club workbench which was equipped with a full array of test gear. Avaya Inc. vacated the Lincroft facility by the end of 2009. The Avaya Lincroft Amateur Radio Club was renamed the Dick Turrin Memorial Radio Club and is now only active periodically for contests and other special events using the W2IMU callsign.