RACES participated in National Emergency Field Day Exercise

Members of Parsippany RACES with Council Vice President Robert Peluso and Mayor James Barberio
Radio Officer Michael Hartmann setting up the telescoping mast antenna

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Office of Emergency Management Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (R.A.C.E.S.) volunteers participated in the National Emergency Communications Field Day Exercise this past weekend, Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2016.

The objective of the event is to challenge licensed Amateur “Ham” Radio operators across North America to set up an emergency communications station, and operate their radios for a continuous 24 hour period.

In the event of a large scale disaster, Amateur Radio can be the only form of reliable communications out of a disaster zone. This event provided an opportunity for Hams to practice their skills in emergency communications. The unofficial motto of the Amateur Radio service is “When all else fails.” Tens of thousands of Ham Radio operators throughout the country participate in this annual event.

Parsippany OEM Director Eric Hubner, Assistant Radio Officer Nik Karkanis and Brian Donlin operating at Veterans Park during the 2016 RACES Field Day

The Parsippany OEM RACES team completed over 500 contacts throughout United States and a few oversea contacts.

The Parsippany OEM RACES team set up their emergency communications station at the Veterans Field Gazebo on Route 46, and operated their station from 2:00 p.m. Saturday to 2:00 p.m. Sunday.