Amateur radio emergency communications exercise taking place in South Jersey

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The Gloucester County Amateur Radio Club will take part in the annual Amateur Radio Day on June 25-26 for the 63rd consecutive year from their clubhouse at the Gloucester County 4-H Fair Grounds in Mullica Hill.

Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators, according to a news release. It is the largest emergency preparedness exercise with more than 40,000 operators participating each year in the United States and Canada. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend in June, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday and continuing until 1:59 p.m. Sunday.

Since the first Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs across North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radiocommunication equipment in environments ranging from tent operations in remote areas to operations inside operations centers. county and state emergencies.

This year, GCARC expects to deploy eight radio stations, each running on backup power and distributed around the property for minimal cross interference.

In order to determine the effectiveness of each participant’s drill and operative skills, there is a built-in competitive component. The main objective is to test the ability of the group to plan operations that can be effective for an entire 24 hour period, including operator stamina and a sufficient number of operators for a shift operation. The secondary part is to demonstrate the technical competence of the station which has been hastily built for this purpose.

The public is invited and encouraged to come to the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds and watch the GCARC field day in action. You’ll see temporary antennas being erected and tested, night shelters being assembled, non-commercial portable power being installed and, of course, live communications with other amateur radio operators across the world. North America who themselves operate in similar circumstances.

Vinnie Sallustio, N4NYY, leads GCARC Field Day activities.

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