Field Day

Nashua Area Radio Society N1FD QSL Card
Nashua Area Radio Society N1FD QSL Card

***** For information on our 2018 Field Day operation, see our Field Day 2018 Article.

The annual ARRL Field Day is one of the Nashua Area Radio Society’s most important activities. Field Day is sponsored by the ARRL and is all about being prepared and trained to establish emergency communication in the event of a disaster or other public need. Also, Field Day is great fun for Ham Radio operators across North America!

The Nashua Area Radio Society has a long and rich history of many successful Field Day operations. We provide multiple towers and beams and we will typically mount a 7 to 10 station effort operating SSB phone, Digital, and CW on multiple bands. You can learn more about our Field Day activities by reading the many articles about Field Day here on our Blog.

Our Field Day operations are a major undertaking for us each year. As a result, we begin planning each year’s Field Day operation many months in advance. Also, we make a significant investment in Field Day related equipment each year.

2017 Field Day Highlights

Our 2017 Field Day Highlights Video

Our 2017 Incident Commander was Dave Merchant, K1DLM. N1FD was again 7A in 2017. We had a lot of fun and made quite a few contacts. The video above shows some highlights from our 2017 Operation. Additional Field Day highlights and memories can be found in the picture gallery below:

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2016 Field Day Highlights

Our 2016 Field Day Highlights Video

Our 2016 Incident Commander was Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC. N1FD was 7A in 2016. We had a lot of fun and made quite a few contacts. The video above shows some highlights from our 2016 Operation. You can see a summary presentation of our 2016 operation here. Additional Field Day highlights and memories can be found in the picture gallery below:

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Operating and Score Summaries

Our performance improved in 2017. Here’s a summary comparing our 2017 results to previous years –

Field Day Score Summary

Score Category201520162017Change from Last Year
Total Score7,2109,2929,832+540 (+5.8%)
QSO Points5,5207,3627,842+480 (+6.5%)
Bonus Points1,6901,9301,990+60 (+3%)

A table of our 2017 Operating Results follows below.

2017 Field Day Results

Band and ModeNumber of Contacts
6m SSB226
15m SSB387
20m SSB19
40m SSB182
75m SSB172
20m CW497
40m CW719
80m CW111
Digital Station105
GOTA Station59
Satellite Station12

In 2016, we were 7A. A summary of our 2016 Operating Results follows.

2016 Field Day Results

Band and ModeNumber of Contacts
6m SSB97
15m SSB176
20m SSB192
40m SSB528
75m SSB228
15m CW37
20m CW612
40m CW524
80m CW41
GOTA Station25
Satellite Station3
70cm DATV Station1

In 2015, we were 8A. A summary of our 2015 Operating Results follows.

2015 Field Day Results

Band and ModeNumber of Contacts
6m SSB12
10m SSB52
15m SSB198
20m SSB163
40m SSB175
75m SSB236
15m CW135
20m CW524
40m CW229
80m CW57
GOTA Station17

You can view pictures from all of our Field Day Operations here.

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