2013 Field Day Summary

Summary - For 2013, 50 SJRA members and guests converged on Savich Field for a memorable Emergency Communications Work Shop on June 21 - 23.  Some things that happened there will live in history and some in infamy; some will be wispered in Gibson House corridors for years to come; provided here is the unaltered truth about those heady days.

Band CW QSOs CW Points SSB QSOs SSB Points Total Points
2013 QSOs by Band and Mode
80 m 39 156 67 134 290
40 m 950 3800 824 1648 5448
20 m 616 2464 598 1196 3660
15 m 227 908 403 806 1714
10 m 0 0 18 36 36
Total   1832    7328     1910     3820    11148

The club operated again as 6A (six regular transmitters run on emergency power), and total 13224 points were accumulated.  Many old faces returned for the traditional Field Day ritual, but a pleasing number of newcomers also contributed handily.  Together they demonstrated that SJRA can adeptly handle emergency communications and that this capability is not about to be lost.  The table at the right shows the numbers of contacts (QSOs) and points registered by the six regular stations.  The 40 m and 20 m stations (CW and SSB) operated exclusively on those bands, while another station each for CW and SSB split time between 80 m, 15 m, and 10 m. It can be seen that Rick (W2RDS) who captained the 20 m CW and also filled in mightily as 40 m CW captain was probably the club's hero.  Both of those stations exceeded their terrific totals from last year.  The GOTA (Get On The Air) station operated mostly on 40 m using the W2EA call sign of legendary SJRA contester Walt Schmidt, and three different youthful operators achieved the 20 QSO goal for bonus points.  Perhaps more impressive for years to come, four different GOTA coaches helped these youths to make their contacts.  SJRA totalled 13224 points, just shy of the 13318 point total of last year perhaps because we did not sufficiently utilize the 10 m band in a year that is approaching the sunspot maximum.  Next year we will be a bit wiser and will improve the total.

GOTA Scoring 2013
72 GOTA Contacts
  144 GOTA Points
    60 Basic GOTA Bonus
    60 Doubled Gota Bonus
  264 Total GOTA Points

GOTA - Up until the Friday of Field Day it was not known if GOTA would occur this year due to the late unavailability of this year's team captain.  But newcomer Ted  (KD2ARD) stepped in handily to get things underway.  Later former captains Jerry KC2JJT and Ted W2TAG stopped in to keep the effort going, and they were assisted by Ira W2IRA.  Together with three stalwart youth operators, Nate KC2UWF, Noah KC2YAT, and Zach (no call yet) these members snatched 264 points we did not expect to gain from the jaws of the aether. The second table shows the contribution of GOTA to the SJRA total.  All the GOTA bonus points were doubled due to continuous coaching.  Of course, the most important result was that the station provided new or inexperienced operators with a chance to operate.  But since 500 GOTA QSOs are allowed, it should be clear that there is room for many more GOTA operators in future Field Days.FD 2013 GOTA Youth Operator

Bonus Points - In the 2012 Field Day the effort for bonus points had lagged below the results of previous years, so the team was determined to better last year's effort.  This goal was met through the efforts of Joe KC2TN (satellite contact), Jon (solar power contacts), Mary KV2M (W1AW bulletin and information display), Carol (NTS messages), Don WA2DUE (W1AW bulletin), and Nate KC2UWF, Noah KC2YAT and Zach (youthful operators), and others.  The team scored a total of 1810 bonus points (ignoring GOTA) out of a total of 1850 available to us.  With more visible invitations and some encouragement by Shawn K2SMD, we even lured Medford Township Councilman Chuck Watson (an elected official) out to witness our emergency communications capability.  Both the Courier Post and the Burlington County Times responded enthusiastically to our invitations by publishing substantial articles about Field Day and ham radio (invited publicity) on Friday.  Finally Craig helped to secure the clubs 600 point bonus for emergency power operation by making sure throughout the 24-hour period that the generators were fueled and operating properly.

Bonus Points Summary 2012
Bonus Point Item Points
6 Emergency Powered Stations 600
Media Publicity 100
Public Location 100
Public Information Table 100
NTS Message to Section Manager 100
10 Additional NTS Messages 100
Satellite QSO 100
5 Alternate (Solar) Power Contacts 100
Copied W1AW FD Bulletin 100
Educational Activity 100
Visit by Invited Elected Official 100
Visit by Invited Official ARES-Served Agency 100
GOTA Bonus Points 120
Report Submission by .www 50
3 Youthful Operator Contacts 60
Total Bonus Points  1930

Overall K2AA Score - The overall score by the SJRA/K2AA team is sum of the regular QSO points, the GOTA QSO points, the satellite contact QSO points, and the bonus points.  The table at the left shows the stack-up of SJRA's score.  The club competed last year with 42 other radio clubs in the 6A (six transmitters, emergency power only) category, and SJRA fourth behind several new and impressive entrants in the category.  Among the more than 1200 total entrants in all categories, SJRA finished last year in 23rd place.  In 2013 K2AA improved to 2nd place in 6A and 21st overall.

Overall SJRA/K2AA Score
Item Result
K2AA QSO Points 11148
GOTA QSO Points     144
Satellite QSO Points         2
Bonus Points   1930
Total Points 13224
Place in Category    TBD
FD Place Overall    TBD

Plans for Next Year - Plans already are underway to remake the 40 m SSB antenna even better than it was before.  And the topic of next year's educational program already has been selected: "Lowering of AB-577 Towers, and Tower Safety."  The presentation will begin propmtly at 9 am on the Friday preceding Field Day, but it probably will be previewed at the May or June meeting of the club.  This program follows that for 2013 which prepared new members in the technique of raising the towers that are so important to our success.