Once again the club participated in the ARRL's annual Field Day event. During a 24 hour period (2 p.m. Saturday June 23 to 2 p.m. Sunday June 24 ), 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 Colonial Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross on Springfield Avenue in Summit.
At the GL site we ran 4 operating stations in portable shelters:
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 a dipole antenna strung high between trees on the property.
With great weather -- cool and dry -- everyone had a great time!
A. Class F Station results and statistics
This year's total: 3568 (ARRL reported 3468!?)
K2JV placed 2nd among ALL 32 of the 1F stations in 2007.
B. 2007 N2XJ Results (GOTA Station Call:WB2BOI)
Power Source(s): Generator (Power Multiplier: 2X)
Claimed QSO Score = 3,004 (1502 times 2)
N2XJ Final Total Score for 2007: 4534
C. Results For 2006 for comparison:
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 than 150W : 4106
Bonus points: 1620
Total Score = 4106 + 1620 = 5726