National Amateur Radio Contest to be held at the OEM Emergency Operations Center

Tests Emergency radio operations on Saturday, June 22 through Sunday, 23

Brian Donlin, Al Goldberg, and Alan Machbitz of the RACES Team

PARSIPPANY — For 24 hours straight, from 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 22 until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, volunteer members of the Office of Emergency Management’s RACES team will flex their communications muscles in a National Amateur radio contest, known as Field Day. The OEM Operations Center is located at One Pump House Road.

The RACES team will endure 24 hours of contacting other radio stations across the country and overseas to test emergency radio practices. Last year the team took second place in the division by the smallest of margins. They had previously been the Top Scoring team in the division in 2017.

The public is encouraged to attend and learn more about the team and other Emergency preparedness plans.

The Office of Emergency Management is spearheaded by over 50 dedicated volunteers in the Community Emergency Response Team and R.A.C.E.S. team. Free training to all interested persons. There is no cost to individuals for this training. The R.A.C.E.S. team is also always looking for new members interested in Emergency Communications and Drone operation. All other training will be provided by the OEM.

Contact Eric Hubner at ehubner@parsippany.net for more information in serving your community.

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