I attended the Town Council meeting in South Plainfield, NJ. Our mayor issued a proclamation declaring June 23rd through June 29th as Amateur Radio Week in South Plainfield. Most of the members of the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club were on hand, and we had our picture taken with the mayor.
One of our members, Wayne N2LRE has the actual printed proclamation, and he is going to scan it, and when I get an image, I will post it here. (Got it! You can see it below ……)
Here is an aerial view of the park:
The red mark shows the gazebo from where we will be operating. The tree directly to the left of the gazebo is about 75 feet away. This will be the support for the EARCHI end fed antenna for the CW station. The trees “above” the gazebo are almost exactly 100 feet apart and will support the full sized G5RV, which will be used by the SSB station.
We have invited the mayor and members of the Town Council to come out and visit the site on Sunday morning, as this was the time most convenient for them. We have also invited several officials from the Hudson Division to come by and visit us also. In addition, I have spoken to one or two of the Scout Leaders in town and have invited them to bring their troops by for some “hands on” radio experience.
Due to the effort put forth by my fellow members of SPARC, what was proposed as a “Field Day on the Fly” operation is taking shape rather well and is coming together very nicely. We’re looking forward to not only having a lot of fun, but also to presenting a very favorable view of Amateur Radio to any and all passers-by.
72 de Larry W2LJ
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Very cool on the Field Day plans. I have the same EARCHI UNUN and with a 53 Foot piece of wire and 5 Watts have checked into the Island nets several times with S5 to +5 reports. It was very exciting. I have a portable MFJ-902 Tuner and a MFJ-822 with a Yaesu FT-817ND. I literally just ran the wire from the UNUN to a Mop pole stuck up in my chain link fence to a rake (plastic fingers) stuck up as well. Nothing was over 11 feet up and I was making contact! I listened to 40 Meters, it was very clear, last night as well but no luck making contacts with it. Keep up the great blog. You are encouraging to read and also informative!
Many Mahalos and 73,