Once again the club participated in the ARRL's annual Field Day event. During a 24 hour period (2 p.m. Saturday June 25 to 2 p.m. Sunday June 26), 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.
This year due to last minute changes we staffed only our main station in the field behind the Governor Livingston (GL) High School in Berkeley Heights at an elevation of 535 feet atop the second Watchung Mountain.
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 . Many folks stepped in and nobody went hungry or without a chance to operate.
With beautiful clear weather -- pleasant temperatures and just the right breeze everyone had a great time. The band conditions were excellent, threatened nastiness from a CME a few days previous didn't happen, and 6 meter VHF was spectacular. On HF all bands were very active with 15 meters providing a great, sunspot driven addition to this year's activities.
The GOTA station was also a success this year and, for the first time, honored Jerry Sevick (SK) by use of his call, W2FMI, that, has been assigned to the club.
N2XJ finished #1 for Class 2A in NJ and #47 nationwide for Class 2A. Our station made 2,062 QSO's and had a grand total of 6,120 points. We had a total of XX operators who put N2XJ on the air.
A. N2XJ Results:
Total 2011 Score (QSOs and Bonus Pts):6,120
[N2XJ Final Total Score last year (2010): 2,264]
F-station operation was greatly missed but all the planning in advance paid off heavily in the excellent operating environment at the Governor Livingston site. Thanks to F-station manager Lou Alexander (WK2I), both for his usual excellent planning as well as the flexibility to make it all work essentially flawlessly for the N2XJ site.
Thanks also to those operators who moved from their F-station commitment into operating slots at N2XJ. Those, added to stalwarts at N2XJ, made for an excellent Field Day.