Field Day 2016: 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 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 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 3 operating positions 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,

  • 2 HF stations on 10 through 160 meters (one ran mostly SSB and digital and the second SSB and CW.

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.

Sunblock was called for while the bug spray and foul weather gear was stowed this year.

2016 Results:

N2XJ finished #5 for Class 2A in the Hudson Division  and #129 nationwide for Class 2A (out of 376 stations). Our station made 737 QSO's and had a grand total of 2,524 points. We had 40 visitors many of whom put N2XJ on the air.

N2XJ Results:

Score Summary:
  CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 72 36 521  
Total Points
Claimed QSO Score = 1,474
   (QSOs x 2 multiplier)


Description Points
100% Emergency power 200
Media Publicity 100
Public Location 100
Public Information Table 100
W1AW Field Day Message 100
Natural power QSOs completed 100
Site Visit by invited served agency official 100
Submitted via the Web 50
Social Media 100
Safety Officer 100
Total Bonus Points 1,050

Total 2016 Score (QSOs and Bonus Pts): 2,524

[N2XJ Final Total Score last year (2015):    1,814]


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