Field Day 2017: Report and Final Results


Once again the club participated in the ARRL's annual Field Day event.  During a 24 hour period (2 p.m. Saturday June 24 to 2 p.m. Sunday June 25), 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 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,

  • 3 HF stations on 10 through 160 meters (one ran mostly SSB and CW; the second ran Digital; the third was a Get-On-The-Air station running only SSB).

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

2017 Final Results:

N2XJ finished #1 for Class 2A in the Hudson Division  and #65 nationwide for Class 2A (out of 389 stations). Our station made 1220 QSO's and had a grand total of 3,222 points. We had 51 visitors many of whom put N2XJ and W2FMI on the air.

N2XJ Final Results:

Score Summary:
  CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 230 161 829  
Total Points
Claimed QSO Score = 3,222
   (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 elected official 100
GOTA Bonus 0
Submitted via the Web 50
Social Media 100
Safety Officer 100
Total Bonus Points 1,050

Total 2017 Final Score (QSOs and Bonus Pts): 4,272

[N2XJ Final Total Score last year (2016):    2,524]


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