Once again the club participated in the ARRL's annual Field Day event. During a 24 hour period (2 p.m. Saturday June 24 to 2 p.m. Sunday June 25), 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:
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.
The weather was very good, few clouds, with some breezes, but a bumper crop of insects made some of us uncomfortable. The dragonflys were out in force helping as best they could. Band conditions were mixed -- nothing like the spectacular conditions of last year. 6 meters was disappointing; 10 meters was mostly dead; 15 moderate; 20 a zoo. A lot of successful Phone operation on 40 meters. Overall, not the best but certainly not the worst.
The GOTA station also had moderate success this year and, for the second time, honored Jerry Sevick (SK) by use of his call, W2FMI, that is assigned to the club.
N2XJ finished #1 for Class 2A in the Hudson Division and #73 nationwide for Class 2A (out of 406 stations). Our station made 1,535 QSO's and had a grand total of 4,604 points. We had a total of 35 operators who put N2XJ and W2FMI on the air.
Total 2012 Score (QSOs and Bonus Pts): 4,604
[N2XJ Final Total Score last year (2011): 6,120]
F-station operation was missed again this year.
Thanks to those operators who operated at N2XJ and to those who worked in all ways to make the weekend work!