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Field Day is held each year during the 4th full weekend in June and gives amateur radio clubs around the country a chance to demonstrate their emergency operating skills. During a 24 hour marathon (Saturday 2 p.m. EDT to Sunday 2 p.m. EDT), radios all over the U.S. and Canada are operated without using commercial electrical power. Generally only power derived from batteries, generators, or other alternative energy sources, such as solar power, are used to power the radios. People may use commercial power at their home stations or at an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) after demonstrating that they have a backup power source that is not on the commercial power grid. Finally, there is a small group using commercial power without any backup power generating capability who can only contact stations that have backup power.
Field Day 2014 will be held on Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29. Links to historical results and photos from past Field Days are available below.
2011 Field Day visitors: Summit Council Members Tom Getzendanner and Ellen Dickson visit with Al, K2AL, and Paul, NPARC President, N2KDK. (Photo Courtesy of Barry, K2JV).
Complete rules for 2014 should be available soon at: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2014/2014-FD-Rules.pdf
We have been running our main station from one of the many fields located at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, NJ for many years. For several years we also ran a second station at the American Red Cross in Summit, NJ. Since 2011, we have only run the single station at the field directly behind Governor Livingston. Information on the 2 sites is as follows:
Governor Livingston High School
The main operating station is, and has been for some time, at the Governor Livingston High School atop the second Watchung Mountain in Berkeley Heights. For the past several years we have been operating the station on the field directly behind the school overlooking Interstate 78.
We operate this site as a class '2A' station meaning that we are using gasoline powered generators with 2 main HF radios, an extra VHF station and a GOTA (Get-On-The-Air) station. Antennas for main HF radios have been ladder-line fed 80 meter dipoles, while we have used a 40/20/15 ladder-line skeleton dipole for the GOTA station. For the VHF stations we have used a 30 to 40 foot tower with both 6-meter and 2-meter yagis and an appropriate rotator on the top.
Directions to Main Station:
Map of Main Station (Governor Livingston H.S.)
Each year at the Governor Livingston H. S. location NPARC sets up a number of club-owned gazebos. Instructions are easy to lose so we have stored them in the gazebo boxes and here on the website: parts inventory, assembly instructions and additional hints and kinks.
American Red Cross Colonial Crossroads Chapter
Our secondary operating location for a number of years was held in the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) / RACES station at the American Red Cross Colonial Crossroads chapter building in Summit NJ. Normally it was at 695 Springfield Avenue (County Rd #512)) heading southwest from downtown Summit. This location used commercial mains during the contest although backup power generators are available at this site and must be tested to show that they function.
Map of Red Cross 'F' Station Location
(this station will not be operating in 2011)
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