Field Day 2007: 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 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:

  • 1 VHF station on 2 and 6 meters (single side band voice and Morse code)

  • 2 HF stations on 15 through 80 meters (single side band voice, RTTY  and Morse code)

  • 1 GOTA (Get On The Air) HF station that visitors could use to make  long distance voice contacts and experience the magic of amateur radio

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!

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2007 Results:

A. Class F Station results and statistics

K2JV writes:

We made a total of 703 QSOs of which about 2/3 were CW for a score of 2358 points. We also had 1210 Bonus Points out of a maximum available 1450.

This year's total: 3568  (ARRL reported 3468!?)

K2JV placed 2nd among ALL 32 of the 1F stations in 2007.

2007: K2JV was # out of  stations in Class 1F, which was in the top 13%.

B. 2007 N2XJ Results (GOTA Station Call:WB2BOI)

Participants: 28 
Power Source(s): Generator (Power Multiplier: 2X)
Score Summary: CW DigitalPhone Total
Total QSOs   32158501176
Total QSO Points  642108501502

Claimed QSO Score = 3,004  (1502 times 2)

Bonus Points: 
100% Emergency power      
Media Publicity
Set-up in Public Place
nformation Booth
NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC
Copy W1AW Field Day Message
Formal NTS messages handled - No.=8
Natural power QSOs completed
Site Visit by invited elected official
Youth participation
Youth operators =2
Youth participants =2
GOTA Bonus
Submitted via the Web
Non-traditional mode: Slow Scan Television
Non-traditional mode: Hellschreiber
Non-traditional mode: Throb 
Total Bonus Points

N2XJ Final Total Score for 2007:    4534

2007: N2XJ ended up at 97th out of  400 or so stations in Class 2A.

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
(of these 243 were VHF phone, 13 were VHF CW, and 1 was VHF 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