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TRINITAS TO PARTICIPATE IN HAM RADIO OPERATORS “FIELD DAY”
Emergency Management Team part of 24-hour public event on June 27–28

Members of the Emergency Management team of Trinitas Regional Medical Center will participate in “Field Day 2015”, a 24-hour event that will begin at 2pm on Saturday, June 27 and conclude on Sunday, June 28 at 2pm. The Tri-County Radio Association, Inc. (TCRA) will host the event at Watchung Reservation located on WR Tracy Dr. in Mountainside. Admission is free and the 24-hour event is open to the general public, ham radio operators, and scouting troops. During Field Day, the organization will provide information about how to become a ham radio operator and share membership information.

Field Day will draw amateur radio operators, known as "Hams," who will demonstrate and practice emergency radio communication capabilities that would be used in response to a real disaster or in post disaster relief. Approximately 35,000 amateur radio operators in the United States and Canada participate in this event sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, based in Newington, Connecticut.

Field Day 2015 at Watchung Reservation marks the return of the event "to the field" following several years when TCRA ham operators broadcast from indoor locations. Ham radio operators Paul Biener, member of TCRA and Supervisor of Emergency Preparedness at Trinitas, and Phil Solomon, Safety Officer/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Trinitas, are helping to bring the event outdoors so that interested groups and the general public can be part of the event.

Trinitas’ Emergency Management Department is supporting the event by providing a 14’ X 24’ enclosed shelter, air-conditioning units, generators, and lighting. Biener and other members of TCRA will be on location throughout the 24-hour exercise. As he explains, “This year, TCRA will set up five or six antennas and have at least three radios in operation at all times. Part of Field Day is a contest and operators earn points based on the number of contacts made, the type of power used (generator/battery vs. commercial), and the number of stations running.”

Scouting groups are urged to contact Tri-County Radio Association in advance at mailto:tri-countyradio-w2li@gmx.com or mailto:KY2MMM@arrl.net in order to participate in the day to qualify for amateur radio operator merit badges. Arrangements will be made for a Scouting representative to be on hand to present amateur radio merit badges.

"Field Day gives the Tri County Radio Association membership the chance to "show off" and drive home the point that ham operators are community members who are critical to emergency response," adds Biener.

For more information about TCRA, visit its website, www.w2li.org, or its Facebook page, Tri-County Radio Association.

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About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: June 17, 2015

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