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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 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.
As in the past, we staffed two separate operating locations. Our main station was established in a field behind the Governor Livingston (GL) High School in Berkeley Heights at an elevation of 535 feet atop the second Watchung Mountain.
A special "Class F" station was established at the Summit Chapter of the American Red Cross on Springfield Avenue in Summit.
At the GL site we ran 4 operating stations in portable shelters (there was heavy rain at times!):
In the center of the site we erected a temporary 55 foot tower, which supported dipole antennas (simple wire) for the HF stations and a rotating Yagi antenna for the VHF site. Trees were used to support the GOTA dipole and the ends of the dipoles for the HF stations.
To make sure no one went hungry, a kitchen -- complete with gas grill -- was setup to provide cold beverages, meals, and snacks .
At the "Class F" Red Cross site, we set up an HF station on the side porch of the building and used dipole antennas strung between trees on the property.
Despite a rainy weekend, everyone has a great time!
We got wet and tired, but had great fun!
N2XJ ended up at #47 out of 456 stations in Class 2A, which was very close to top 10%.
And WK2I was #3 out of 24 stations in Class 1F, which was in the top 13%.
B. Club Station N2XJ (and GOTA station K2AL) - report from Andy WA2DKJ.
"Here are some numbers related to our club's performance at the GL Field Day site this year:
K2AL (GOTA) station: 317 QSOs: 309 phone, 5 CW, 3 digital
N2XJ : 1271 QSOs: 814 phone, 455 cw, 2 digital
Total QSOs (K2AL+N2XJ): 1588
QSO points : 2053 [phone QSOs + 2 x (CW +digital QSOs)]
QSO points with 2x multiplier for using less than150W : 4106
Bonus points: 1620
Total Score = 4106 + 1620 = 5726
So, how does this compare? Well.... in 2005, NPARC's GL station was 104th out of 450 entrants in the 2A category with a published score of 4046 and 999 QSOs. Due to my screw-up in submitting proof of our bonus points last year, we could have ranked higher.
It seems to me that in spite of the rain, a whole bunch of things came together to make the GL operation run smoothly. A lot of people pitched in significantly to make it all happen. I think our score reflects it.