PARSIPPANY – Volunteers from the Parsippany Office of Emergency Management Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) participated in the National Emergency Field Communication Exercise this weekend, Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24. Last year the team took first place in the division. This year’s final results have not been released.
All over North America, amateur radio operators are going outdoors and setting up emergency communication radio stations and operating them continuously for a period of 24 hours, with the goal of successfully communicating with as many other stations participating in the event as possible.
Parsippany RACES has set up its emergency communications station at the Veterans Field Gazebo on Route 46 and operated its station from 2:00 p.m. Saturday to 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Tens of thousands of amateur radio operators across the country participate in this annual event, in order to hone their skills in the event of an emergency.
Braving the rains as could be the case in a real emergency, members contacted more than 1,000 other operators across the country, even as far away as California, during the grueling 24-hour event.
Deputy Radio Manager Al Goldberg said: “On behalf of the whole team, I would like to thank all the support from RACES for organizing another successful Field Day with over 1000 contacts. I would like to thank Michael Hartmann for his decade of service to the Parsippany RACES team and wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors.
Mayor Michael Soriano stopped by every two days to observe and wish good luck to the operators participating in the competition and to check the results. City Councilor Mike dePierro stopped by bringing coffee and donuts for the evening shift. Former vice-president of the council, Robert Peluso, also stopped by to wish the operators good luck. Captain Jay Weiners, director of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Emergency Management Office, operated on air during the event.
For any questions and inquiries, contact Eric Hubner at (973) 390-0192 Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills.