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North Plainfield H1N1 Vaccine 
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North Plainfield Borough New Jersey Health Department February 2013
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North Plainfield Borough in Somerset County has an Information Station that Borough emergency and health officials use to speak directly to motorists in a 25-75 square mile coverage area. Signs tell motorists what radio channel to tune to. The below use example is provided by Rich Phoenix, the Borough's chief radio station operator.

"During the wave of H1N1 inoculation and immunization programs [in 2011], President Obama declared that TIS stations could be utilized to help inform the public as to when and where H1N1 clinics would operate in local communities. We carried the announcements, here, in North Plainfield, and the TIS station was highly effective in drawing a good response of residents wishing to be immunized. We were very fortunate to have a highly responsive Somerset County and State of New Jersey effort to support our clinics and, once again, via the President, we were authorized to broadcast the advisory.

"In the history of our TIS, we have also broadcast advisories of upcoming street fairs, parades, processions and fireworks displays. As disparate as they may seem in relation to typical TIS information, each clearly qualifies as viable traffic information, since key Borough streets are shut down for each event – even the fireworks. We are a tight-knit compact community, and 4th of July fireworks are displayed very near some of our thoroughfares, which must be barricaded for the duration.

"...We are very fortunate on 1630 kHz. regarding our nighttime coverage, as there is no commercial station giving us co-channel skywave or adjacent channel splatter.... Although the Commission has not seen fit to provide the TIS service much protection, the proof is clear that TIS provides a valuable, sometimes lifesaving service to residents and motorists and – at the very least – deserves some respect."

Rich Phoenix, RMC
Borough Clerk & Chief Operator of WPQJ970 1630 AM Radio
New Jersey Radio Museum President

See "Radio Comes to the Rescue in North Plainfield," New Jersey Municipalities article, February 2013.
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Information Radio Stations is a generic term synonymous with Travelers Information Stations (TIS), Highway Advisory Radio Stations (HAR) / Highway Information Systems & Low Power Radio Stations (LPR). Operation of the stations is governed by FCC Part 90.242 Rules. A FCC license is required. Information Radio Stations may be fixed or portable. Subcomponents may include transmitter, antenna and ground system, digital voice player, wattmeter, cabinet with conventional or Corbin locks, lightning arrestors for RF, power and telephone lines, coaxial cable. Most stations employ black maximized antennas to discourage ice accumulation and security measures to prevent unauthorized program access. Options include synchronization, battery backup, solar power, remote programming by local, network or telco, multi-station audio distribution via RF or LAN / WAN or wireless network.