Once again the club participated in the ARRL's annual Field Day event. During a 24 hour period (2 p.m. Saturday June 26 to 2 p.m. Sunday June 27), 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 "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:
To make sure no one went hungry, a kitchen -- complete with gas grill -- was setup to provide cold beverages, meals, and snacks . This was an especially challenging Field Day since many of our stalwarts were not on site but folks stepped in and nobody went hungry or without a chance to operate.
At the "Class F" Red Cross site, we set up two HF stations (used alternately) on the side porch of the building and primarily used a pair of dipole antennas strung high between trees on the property. One was used for Digital QSO's, the other for Phone and CW.
With clear weather -- hot and a bit humid everyone had a great time, even with several visits from Murphy to create challenging equipment problems. The band conditions were mixed, with a new sunspot cycle not fully established, but 6 meter VHF was spectacular and even 80 meters lit up wildly in the mid night hours.
N2XJ finished #4 for Class 2A in NJ and #165 nationwide for Class 2A. Our station made 528 QSO's and had a grand total of 2,264 points. We had a total of 25 operators who put N2XJ on the air.
WK2I finished #5 for Class 1F nationwide and #2 in NJ. Our station of 20 operators made 389 QSOs and had a grand total 1,934 points.
A. N2XJ Results:
Total Score (QSOs and Bonus Pts):2,264
N2XJ Final Total Score last year: 4,348
B. Class F Station, WK2I, results
Total 2010 Score (QSOs and Bonus Pts): 1,934
Total Score Last year: 2,794
F-Station Manager Lou WK2I's comments (e-mail, immediately at the close of Field Day):
"Whether you visited me
at Class F or I visited you at GL, thank you all
for making this a great Field Day!!