Field Day 2015: Report and Results


Once again the club participated in the ARRL's annual Field Day event.  During a 24 hour period (2 p.m. Saturday June 27 to 2 p.m. Sunday June 28), 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:

  • 1 VHF station on 2 and 6 meters (single side band voice and Morse code) using rotatable beams on a tower and,

  • 3 HF stations on 10 through 160 meters (one ran mostly SSB, the second SSB and CW and the third was a Get on the Air, GOTA, station).

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 foul weather and the planning payed off.  Full rain gear, tarps and towels were required, but no subblock nor bug spray were needed as the high winds and heavy rain drove almost everything away.

The GOTA station continued to honor Jerry Sevick (SK) by use of his call, W2FMI, that is assigned to the club.

2015 Results:

N2XJ finished #3 for Class 2A in the Hudson Division  and #205 nationwide for Class 2A (out of 391 stations). Our station made 462 QSO's and had a grand total of 1,814 points. We had 40 visitors many of whom put N2XJ and W2FMI on the air.

N2XJ Results:

Score Summary:
  CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 10 0 452  
Total Points
Claimed QSO Score = 944
   (QSOs x 2 multiplier)


Description Points
100% Emergency power 200
Media Publicity 100
Set-up in Public Place 100
Information Booth 100
W1AW Field Day Message 100
Natural power QSOs completed 100
Site Visit by invited served agency official 100
Youth participation
  Youth operators=1
  Youth participants=1
GOTA Bonus (W2FMI) 0
Submitted via the Web 50
Total Bonus Points 870

Total 2015 Score (QSOs and Bonus Pts): 1,814

[N2XJ Final Total Score last year (2014):    4,114]


Thanks to those operators who operated at N2XJ and W2FMI and to those who worked in all ways to make the weekend work!