ARRL NNJ FIELD DAY PRESS RELEASE 2018

Submitted by KA2PBT on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 02:32

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Contact:         June 17, 2018

Ed Efchak, Public Information Coordinator

eefchak@gmail.com/wx2r@arrl.net

802-282-6700

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Field Day Demonstrates The Critical Need For Emergency Communication And  Local Public Service

Through Amateur Radio

 

Members of the Northern New Jersey amateur radio clubs will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, beginning  at 2PM on Saturday, June 23 ending Sunday, June  24 also at 2PM local time.

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary "ham" radio stations in public locations during Field Day weekend to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Over 45,000 "hams" from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network.  Ham operators train and prepare to support emergency communications by providing radio links when other communications channels aren't working.

This year's event is particularly poignant in the wake of the impact of hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico; the latter which left critical communications solely to the responsibility of amateur operators in the first critical days after the storm struck. “In disasters, we've learned that cell towers won't work and ham operators play a huge role when that happens.” said Rob Roschewsk, American Radio Relay League Northern New Jersey Section Manager. “Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of amateur radio during a communications outage.” “Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a generator, solar or battery-powered transmitter and communicate effectively with others,” Roschewsk added. "In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down....amateur radio remains contemporary and more important than ever". 

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator;  there are more licensed US operators today than ever before. And local clubs such as those listed on the attachment, make it easy for anybody to get involved .

For more information contact Ed Efchak at wx2r@arrl.net or eefchak@gmail.com  or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio or the local ARRL Northern New Jersey Section site at www.nnj.arrl.org.

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NORTHERN NEW JERSEY FIELD DAY LOCATIONS  JUNE 23-24, 2018

As of June 17, 2018

Club

Location

Contact

Contact Information


721st Mechanized Contest Battalion

143 Buckhorn Drive,

Washington (Warren County)

Nick Mohr

424-272-1662

info@wc2fd.com

Bergen Amateur Radio Association

100 3rd Street

Cresskill

Jim Joyce

201-664-6735

K2ZO@ARRL.NET

Carteret Volunteers ARC

Carteret Park,

Carteret

John Wyatt

732-927-0411

W2VTV@ARRL.NET

Cherryville Repeater Association

910 Milford Warren Glen Road, Milford

Kurt Cathcart

908-268-4367

kurt@kuhlroad.net

Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club

Memorial Park,

 Fair Lawn

Ed Efchak

802-282-6700

WX2R@ARRL.NET

Garden State Amateur Radio Association

1540 W Park Avenue

Tinton Falls

Howard Suffill

732-460-1885

W2GSA@ARRL.NET

Jersey Shore Amateur Radio Society

Riverwood Park,

Toms River

Chris Wreck

201-595-9684

K2HVE@MSN.COM

Metroplex ARC

33 N Central Avenue,

Ramsey

John Acovino

201-887-7936

John_acovino@yahoo.com

Morris Radio Club

Central Park

Hanover

William Loftus

 

WA2VQF@ARRL.NET

New Providence Amateur

Radio Club

Gov Livingston HS

Berkeley Heights

Paul Wolfmeyer

201-404-6914

pwolfmeyer@arrl.net

Nutley Amateur Radio Society

DeMuro Park/Magaret Street/Nutley

Frank Levine

973-698-6864

KC2AUP@ARRL.NET

Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club

Marucci Park

Spring Lake

Joe Kruzewski

 

732-618-5328

Joekru1@hotmail.com

Ramapo Mountain Amateur Radio Club

30 Cannici Drive,

Ringwood

Lee Smith

 

LEECSMITH@AOL.COM

Raritan Bay Radio

Amateurs

Manalapan Twp Town Hall/Manalapan

S Lance Andrew

732-536-8071

piratepage@aol.com

South Plainfield Amateur

Radio Club

2520 Plainfield Ave

S Plainfield

Marvin Bronstein

732-887-0875

K2VHW@ARRL.NET

SplitRock Amateur Radio Club

Roxbury Horseshoe Lake, Roxbury

Mike Greenfeld

866-457-6687

info@splitrockara.org

Sussex County Amateur Radio Club

21 Sunset Inn Road,

Lafayette

John Santillo

201-452-1010

N2HMM@warwick.net

Tri-County Radio Association

Watchung Reservation/Loop Drive/Mountainside

 

Paul Biener

 

pbeiner@comcast.net

Wayne Amateur Radio Club

St Joseph Hospital,

Wayne

John Demetrius

973-432-0011

jdemetrius@buchbinder.com