Field Day 2011: Report and Results

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Once again the club participated in the ARRL's annual Field Day event.  During a 24 hour period (2 p.m. Saturday June 25 to 2 p.m. Sunday June 26), hams in the US and Canada tried to make as many radio contacts as possible using radios running on emergency power (batteries, generators, solar panels, etc.). In addition, we used the event to promote ham radio participation to the general public, as well as our emergency support capabilities to the public, elected officials, and emergency response organizations, such as the Red Cross.

This year due to last minute changes we staffed only our main station in the field behind the Governor Livingston (GL) High School in Berkeley Heights at an elevation of 535 feet  atop the second Watchung Mountain.

At the GL site we ran 4 operating stations in portable shelters:

  • 1 VHF station on 2 and 6 meters (single side band voice and Morse code) using rotatable beams on a tower and,

  • 3 HF stations on 10 through 80 meters (one ran  mostly SSB, the second SSB and CW and the third was a Get on the Air, GOTA, station).

To make sure no one went hungry, a kitchen -- complete with gas grill -- was setup to provide cold beverages, meals, and snacks .  Many folks stepped in and nobody went hungry or without a chance to operate.

With beautiful clear weather -- pleasant temperatures and just the right breeze everyone had a great time.   The band conditions were excellent, threatened nastiness from a CME a few days previous didn't happen, and  6 meter VHF was spectacular.  On HF all bands were very active with 15 meters providing a great, sunspot driven addition to this year's activities.

The GOTA station was also a success this year and, for the first time, honored Jerry Sevick (SK) by use of his call, W2FMI, that, has been assigned to the club.

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2011 Results:

N2XJ finished #1 for Class 2A in NJ  and #47 nationwide for Class 2A. Our station made 2,062 QSO's and had a grand total of 6,120 points. We had a total of XX operators who put N2XJ on the air.

A. N2XJ Results:

Score Summary:
  CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 273 20 1769  xxx
Total Points
Claimed QSO Score = 4,710
   (QSOs x 2 multiplier)


Description Points
100% Emergency power 200
Media Publicity100
Set-up in Public Place100
Information Booth100
NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC 100
W1AW Field Day Message100
Formal NTS messages handled - No.=10 100
Natural power QSOs completed 100
Site Visit by invited served agency official100
Youth participation
  Youth operators=4
  Youth participants=4
Submitted via the Web 50
GOTA Bonus (W2FMI) 180
Total Bonus Points 1,410

Total 2011 Score (QSOs and Bonus Pts): 6,120

[N2XJ Final Total Score last year (2010):    2,264]



F-Station Comments

F-station operation was greatly missed but all the planning in advance paid off heavily in the excellent operating environment at the Governor Livingston site.  Thanks to F-station manager Lou Alexander (WK2I), both for his usual excellent planning as well as the flexibility to make it all work essentially flawlessly for the N2XJ site.

Thanks also to those operators who moved from their F-station commitment into operating slots at N2XJ.  Those, added to stalwarts at N2XJ, made for an excellent Field Day.