Amateur Radio Club Plans Emergency Preparedness Exercise

BERKELEY HEIGHTS – The New Providence Amateur Radio Club, Inc. of the Watchung Hills Area will set up a group of operating amateur radio stations on the grounds of Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights to participate in the Annual Emergency Preparedness test known as“Field Day” during the weekend of June 22 and 23.

The event, running from noon on June 22 until 2 p.m. on June 23, is designed to test operators’ skills in setting up and operating radio communication equipment in situations where electrical power is limited or unavailable. The idea is to simulate the conditions that can occur during a hurricane, tornado or other emergency, including man-made disasters. The stations will be on the air continuously for 24 hours,and will contact other amateur radio stations participating in this test,located in all parts of North and South America.

Field Day is an annual contest for the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL). Field Day is a way for hams to get outdoors, fine-tune emergency communication skills, and communicate under difficult conditions. A special station will be set up for the supervised use of visitors, new amateurs, and children. The public is invited to attend and to observe the operations. Food and soft drinks will be available at the operating location.

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