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GSARA Hamfest – May 2016

GSARA Hamfest

Stone Mountain Amateur Radio Awareness Day W4BOC

W4BOC is a special event in Stone Mountain, Ga. Event from 1pm to 5pm. A special QSL card is available from KK4KHS. Send a SADE to Mike Smith KK4KHS 5191 La Paloma Dr. SW. 30047

Public Contact Email: kk4khs@arrl.net
Pubic Contact Phone: 404.509.3104
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AMRC.TOTR/events/
Location: Stone Mountain Ga. Near the Welcome Center and City Hall
Event Date: September 19th, 2015
Event Title: Stone Mountain Amateur Radio Awareness Day W4BOC
Talk In: 145.450 – Pl 107.2
Public Contact Info: W4BOC, Celebrating the first 43 years of Alford Memorial Radio Club http://totr-radio.org/,
Stone Mountain Amateur Radio Awareness Day and Preparedness Month, we will be taking amateur radio to the street, downtown, featuring Emergency Power

Amateur Radio Awareness Day activities typically focus on increasing public awareness. According to DHS, National Preparedness Month is aimed at encouraging Americans to prepare for emergencies and to raise public awareness about the importance of being prepared.

This Stone Mountain Amateur Radio Awareness Day, September 19, the Alford Memorial Radio Club, will sponsor a 5-hour Emergency Power Operating Event for stations operating off the grid. “It is not a contest,” “It is simply a demonstration of what we amateurs can do without having to rely on the, internet or commercial mains, and what we will do whenever the need arises.”

There is no set exchange; contacts may be casual, but operators are encouraged to share information on their emergency power sources in addition to the traditional signal report, name and location. GOTA station maybe up and running so encouraging comments for newbies is always helpful.

 

Rochester Hamfest – June 6th

Come one, come ALL!

When: Saturday June 6, 2015

Where: MAP-> 360 Maiden Ln. Rochester, NY 14616

Gates open 7 AM – Rain or Shine

Website: www.RochesterHamfest.com

It’s “Back to Basics” with everyone’s annual favorite: The Rochester Hamfest.

Everything you want in a Hamfest is here: Good food, lots of fun, and a 16 acre flea market!

Only $8.00 per person admission and $10.00 per car to tailgate

  • Youths under 16 admitted free with a paying adult
  • Free VE Testing
  • Back at Barnard with over 16 acres of flea market space
  • Fantastic food
  • Hourly door prizes
  • 50/50 Raffle

ARRL Centennial Trip – July 17 – 19, 2014

ARRL Centennial Convention Center

ARRL Centennial Trip:

Our trip to the ARRL Centennial was all we expected and more.  Taking the car on the ferry is the way to go. Driving around is no big deal but taking the ferry makes the trip more fun and relaxing.

We took the 6 AM ferry across Long Island Sound, the remainder of the drive to Hartford was about an hour. Unlike Long Island, the commuter traffic into Hartford was minimal.

The Hotel and Convention Center were outstanding and my guess, based on the people attending the dinner;  is that there were about 1000 people who attended the full schedule.

The forums were well done and most has standing room only. I attended the DX, QRP, RFI and Amateur Satellite forums.

Once you have made the pilgrimage to Dayton as we did last year, any Hamfest/Flea Market is small in comparison. The ARRL did a good job of bringing the major vendors in as well as many groups and organizations from around the globe. I was surprised that TenTec was nowhere to be found.

Rick Roderick K5UR was the guest speaker at the Thursday luncheon. Let me just say Rick’s record of personal achievements and Ham Radio awards were truly amazing. Rick’s Ham Radio stories were great to listen to and also humorous in some cases.

Rick’s focus as a motivational speaker was to incite us older Hams to build an ARRL / Amateur Radio LEGACY for the next 100 years. Our takeaway was to elmer young people  and preserve the future of Amateur Radio.

 The True Magic of Ham Radio:

Two Old Friends Meet By Chance

Two Old Friends Meet By Chance. John WA2KSM and Bob MD0CCE

 

When my friend John (WA2KSM) and I sat down at the luncheon which was attended by over 900 people, a man sat down next to John. He looked over at John’s name tag and said Your badge is labeled wrong!

Your name is Jack not John and you live in Hicksville, NY not Shirley. John looked at him and said… How did you know that? The gentleman’s name is Bob MD0CCE from the Isle of Man!

Bob proceeded to tell John that he originally lived in Westbury, NY and in 1961 John was his first ever CW QSO as a novice!

What other hobby could randomly bring together two Hams that had their first QSO 53 years ago.

 

Rejoining The Brookhaven National Lab Amateur Radio Club

Brookhaven National Laboratory Amateur Radio Club

The Brookhaven National Laboratory Amateur Radio Club

Recently, I rejoined BNLARC after being away from the group for many years. What a great group of guys and gals are part of the membership now. The fellowship offered is most enjoyable.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of some BNLARC members, the club is humming along once again. The club membership has been greatly expanded due to on-site Tech and General classes.

In addition to holding classes, the club is actively participating in Skywarn training, kit building, weekly technical nets, CW classes and more. Of course Field Day is going to be a fun and exciting event this year especially for the new hams.

Click on the image to visit the Brookhaven National Radio Club’s Web Site.