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OCSD Volunteers Participate in National Communications Exercise

Each year, during the fourth full weekend in June (this year June 22nd & 23rd), the American Radio Relay League and the Canadian Amateur Radio Association sponsor an emergency preparedness and communications exercise called Field Day. During this twenty-four hour exercise, individuals and groups of amateur radio operators deploy into the field to practice field emergency communications.
 
This year the Orange County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (OCRACES) will be operating from Craig Regional Park, 3300 N. State College Blvd. in Fullerton.
 
OCRACES is a group of volunteers who work within the Communications & Technology Division of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Each year these volunteers, and dozens of other ham radio operators within many cities in Orange County, donate hundreds of hours preparing for emergencies and disasters by assisting with supplemental emergency communications.

Much of this work involves duties that are imbedded within the operations of the various Emergency Operations Centers operated by either the County or the Cities. This event provides an annual “public face” to these dedicated volunteers.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit our operations during the Field Day event which begins at 1100 hours on Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 and runs continuously through 1100 hours Sunday, June 23rd, 2013. The operations site will be at the top of the hill near Cabana Number 2.

OCRACES will be operating from the OCRACES Emergency Communications Vehicle as well as a communications trailer which has been assembled by one of our members. In addition to the radio operating activities, OCRACES members will be conducting a variety of field radio experiments during the exercise.