On the four weekend in June every year Ham Radio operators all over the US conduct an emergency drill called Field Day. We erect impromptu antennas and set up in a field with generators for power, then try to contact as many other Field Day stations as possible.
Interested? Join us at the next meeting of the Morris Radio Club in Morris County, Northern New Jersey, every 3rd Monday.
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The Daily Record did a nice article on the event.
||Our welcome sign at the entrance to the Morris County Firefighters and Police Training Academy. This is also where the Morris Radio Club holds their monthly meetings at the EOC (Emergency Operations Center).||
||Our setup included a Zep antenna, a vertical with radials, and a dipole. The antennas were shot into trees using a bow and arrow.|
||Denville generously lent us their new portable Mobile Incident Command Center. This vehicle was modified for communications by a ham radio operator as his Eagle Scout project last year.||
||William, N8RPD, breaks the seal on his new HF privileges.|
||Henry, K2DEU and Bill, WA2VQF, take a break.|
||Hank, W2LOP, chats with Ed, K2EMJ, our cook.||
||Gene, K2TML, puts in some very early morning operating time.|
||Hank, W2LOP, fuels up the Morris Township OEM (Office of Emergency Management) Heavy Rescue vehicle "602". The Township OEM was kind enough to lend the vehilce for power. Ham radio operators are part of the local OEM infrastructure, providing communications during emergencies through RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services).||
||Note that 602 has a nice crane. The generator is mostly for runnning the welding equipment mounted aft of the generator.|
||We ran from 2PM Saturday, through the night, until 2PM Sunday.||
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