Once again the club participated in the ARRL's annual Field Day event. During a 24 hour period (2 p.m. Saturday June 28 to 2 p.m. Sunday June 29), 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 our main stations were 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.
We had great weather but planed for anything. Sunblock was a necessity but bug spray and bad weather gear were hardly needed.
The GOTA station continued to honor Jerry Sevick (SK) by use of his call, W2FMI, that is assigned to the club.
N2XJ finished #1 for Class 2A in the Hudson Division and #81 nationwide for Class 2A (out of 392 stations). Our station made 1,287 QSO's and had a grand total of 4,114 points. We had 36 visitors many of whom put N2XJ and W2FMI on the air.
N2XJ Results (Pending confirmation by the ARRL):
Total 2014 Score (QSOs and Bonus Pts): 4,114
[N2XJ Final Total Score last year (2013): 4,496]
Thanks to those operators who operated at N2XJ and W2FMI and to those who worked in all ways to make the weekend work!