SCARA Field Day 2016 Club Station K2BR

In Memory of Edward R. Clark W2KP


Our Field Day operations for 2016 were dedicated to the memory of Edward R. Clark, W2KP(SK). Ed was very important to SCARA in many ways not the least of which was his participation in the planning, setup and operations for many SCARA Field Days. His technical expertise and operating skill were an integral part of Field Day. Although Ed is no longer with us he is fondly remembered by many of our members.


The Field Day Chairman this year was, Bill, KC2AAY. Field Day set-up was overseen by Bill, N2UNO who made sure that all tasks were assigned and completed. We operated from the Canale Training Center on English Creek Ave. in Egg Harbor Township. There were about 40 members and guests who attended the event. Thanks to everyone who assisted before, during and after Field Day.
The PSK31 station, which was operated by Tim, KD2EGR and Donnamarie, KD2ERC and Bill, W2MWI completed 75 contacts. Tom, AB2KP, added 4, 6 meter contacts from New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. This operating event was promoted and reported about in real time by our Facebook (Search for SCARANJ on Facebook editor, David, KD2KVZ.
The public information table was manned by our president Bill, KC2ONQ. Tim, KD2EGR, and Donna Marie, KD2ERC, procured the food for this event. Food items were also supplied by other members and spouses.
Here are the raw numbers before adding any bonus points:
There were 427 contacts made with the breakdown as follows:

CW 214



We operated 4F from SNJ with a power multiplier of 2 because all contacts were made using less than 150 watts. CW and digital contacts count for 2 pts. each. Phone contacts are worth 1 pt. each. Therefore our total QSO pts. equal (2 x 214) + 138 +(2 x 75) = 716. Multiplying 716 x 2 (our power multiplier) = our claimed score of 1432. To this value we add bonus points for 100% emergency power (400 pts.), set-up in public place (100 pts.), information booth (100 pts.), site visit by invited served agency official (100 pts.), site visit by elected government official (100 pts.) W1AW FD message copied (100 pts.), educational activity (100 pts.), Natural power QSOs completed (100 pts.), Satellite contacts completed (100 pts.), Social Media (Facebook) was used to promote and report on the event (100 pts.) and FD entry submitted via the web (50pts.). This raises our claimed score to 2782. The FD message was copied by KB2MN via CW.
Although our score is somewhat lower this year as compared to previous years, the excercise was a successful club endeavor. It has tested our overall readiness to setup communications and operate under adverse conditions.

Bill, KC2ONQ, ran two successful Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge courses during Field Day. Bill has put a lot of time and effort into getting the Scouts introduced to an interested in amateur radio.

FD Pictures taken by Bob, WA2YSA
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Last Updated... July 20, 2016, 0030 UTC
Till next year... 73's KB2MN