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Field Day 2010

 

Field day is an annual Amateur Radio event for North American hams sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  Field Day is an emergency communications exercise whereby hams are challenged to set up an emergency communications station, and talk to as many other participating hams as possible within a 24 hour period.  The ARRL established a point system so hams can measure their success against other participating stations.  In the literal definition, Field Day is not a contest (but don't tell that to the participants).  Radio operations commence at 2pm Saturday, June 26th, and run continuously through to June 27th at 2pm, local time.  From a participation stand-point, this is the largest organized on-air event of the year for North American hams.

 

West Essex ARC W2EF
Bonus Points Claimed: 1090

7.3.1. 100% Emergency Power. A UST 1200 W electric generator powered the station on June 26 from 1905 to 2000 UTC. It was available throughout Field Day.
 

7.3.2. Media Publicity. Sent West Essex ARC Field Day operation photos and captions to The Progress, Caldwell, NJ, on July 10 (see Site Visitation by an elected governmental official)


7.3.3. Public Location. The West Essex ARC operated from the Essex Fells Borough Service Building Second Floor.
 

7.3.4. Public Information Table. The Public Information Table at the Field Day site had ARRL brochures and QST magazines. There were five visitors signed the visitors’ log:

7.3.5. Message Origination to Section Manager.

NR 1 R HXE W2EF 21 ESSEX FELLS NJ 1500 UTC JUNE 27
TO RICHARD KROHN N2SMV
ARRL NNJ SECTION MANAGER
23 SWEETMANS LN
MANALAPAN, NJ 07726
BT
WEST ESSEX AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
OPERATORS ARE PARTICPATING IN 2010
FIELD DAY FROM W2EF X
10 AMATEURS AND 5 OTHERS
HAVE VISITED THE SITE X
73
BT
HAROLD W2IBM
AR
 

7.3.8. Alternate Power. John, N2NO completed six contacts with a Wilderness Radio Sierra transceiver powered by a Radio Shack lead acid gel cell battery. The RF output power was 3 W. The battery was previously charged by an ARCO 1.2 amp Solar Panel. .

Call Class Section YYYY/MM/DD Time(UTC) Band Mode
N4YE 1D VA 2010/06/27 0402 80 CW
W2RC 2A NLI 2010/06/27 0403 80 CW
W8AV 2A OH 2010/06/27 0405 80 CW
WD2K 4A ENY 2010/06/27 0407 80 CW
W8GK 2A WV 2010/06/27 0410 80 CW
KU2M 1D NNJ 2010/06/27 0411 80 CW
 

7.3.9 Field Day Message.

 

7.3.10. Educational Activity Bonus. Ray K2DEE demonstrated how to setup and operate a 2 meter packet radio station with Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) software.


7.3.11. Site Visitation by an elected governmental official. Essex Fells Mayor Edward P. Abbot (right) visited the West Essex Amateur Radio Club participating in Field Day from the Essex Fells Service Building on June 26th. Ray Linke, Verona, demonstrated transmitting and receiving Morse code over a high frequency radio. Field Day is an emergency preparation drill sponsored by the ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across North America participated in Field Day, many from portable stations using emergency electrical power. The West Essex Amateur Radio Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM at the Essex Fells Service Building, 307 Runnymede Road. For more information see
http://www.wearc.org.

 

7.3.12. Site Visitation by a representative of an agency. American Red Cross North Jersey Regional Chapter Radio Officer Harold Engelke, W2IBM, participated in Field Day with the West Essex Amateur Radio Club.

 

7.3.15. Field Day Youth Participation (40 points). Michelle Currenti, age 15, and Lauren Currenti, age 17, each made one phone contact:

Call Class Section YYYY/MM/DD Time(UTC) Band Mode Operator
N4NE 5A GA 2010/06/26 2358 20 PH Michelle
N4NEF 1D MI 2010/06/27 0002 20 PH Lauren