|[AMRadio] Thanks, Sorry for the Delay|
ars.w5omr at gmail.com
Mon Sep 17 12:13:07 EDT 2007
Todd, KA1KAQ wrote:
> On 9/17/07, Geoff/W5OMR <ars.w5omr at gmail.com> wrote:
>> You know, Todd... your new 'position' requires you to travel (at your
>> expense) to several AM'ers around the country, now. Snapping pictures,
>> and recording audio samples so that we might all enjoy through this
>> wonderous venue call 'The Internet' now falls into your capable hands.
> Yep, everytime I see the name 'BELTON' posted, I get envious.
Speaking of which, 5th and 6th of October. I guess I'll have to suffer
through Bob/W1PE tell me how I'm not representing the North Texas guys,
;-) (Just kidding, Bob!)
> Been hearing about that 'fest for years, more recently the one Brian was
> discussing on the mountain top also.
Mena! I heard Brian/WA5AM tell this story on the air... where
Jim/Win/W5WN had some batteries on a table, just charging them (not
charging, as in 'for sale') but apparently someone else came by, saw the
setup and complained to an 'event official' who came over to find out
what the heck was going on. Finally, Win convinced them that he indeed
was NOT selling anything, just had setup a folding table (tables are
handy for holding drinks, ashtrays, batteries, etc..) to charge his
batteries. I think he had a couple of -big- batteries, an inverter, and
some 'small' batteries he was charging. There might have even been a
solar panel involved, I don't remember the exact story. They finally
left them alone, when they were satisfied no one was selling anything in
the 'no-sell' zone.
Even with that, all things considered, I've heard nothing but good
reports from the Mena Hamfest, on Queen Willamena Mountain, in SW Arkansas.
> Went to Hamcation in Orlando in 2005, but got there on the wrong day. Been to Gaithersburg FARfest once, got there late also because of a stubborn RA-1000. The local stuff is nice bcause it's close and easy, but traveling around is a lot of fun.
I was at Dayton this past year, and so were KA1KAQ, WB3HUZ, WA3VJB and a
plethora of other hams that I never got to see. But, at least I can say
that I've actually -been- to a Dayton Hamfest, once in my life.
> You can bet that once I get moved and settled (and build a baby to
> keep the wife busy)
Work, work, work. You're making me tired with all this talk of physical
> I'll be making it a point to get over that way.
> I've actually met radio folks out in the Portland/Vancouver area,
> Florida, Maryland, and around New England. It's always enjoyable to
> put faces with names/voices, and see what goodies they're hiding in
> their radio room.
Oh, dear. I guess I'd better get busy cleaning up what I've got -now-.
Otherwise, I'm liable to load down your vehicle with stuff you won't
have room for to carry back! :-)
But, seriously... you're welcome to c'mon down to SOUTH Texas. I'm sure
the North Texas guys would welcome you, too... but I was speaking of us
SOUTH Texans (who -do- understand power, and the consequences of 'peace
in the neighborhood'!)
SPEAKING OF HAMFESTS!
This is what's happening in the San Antonio area, in Jan of 2008;
Amateur Radio Fiesta 2008
Jan 12 San Antonio Radio Club's Amateur Radio Fiesta 2008" 8AM-2:00PM
Previously- "San Antonio Swapfest"
NEW location: Schertz Knights of Columbus Hall, 509 Schertz Parkway,
*(Schertz is to San Antonio, what Garland is to Dallas)*
Admission $3 advance, $4 at the door (Free admission for children <age
Dealer Tables $12 each Flea Market Tables $7 advance $8 at door
Tailgate Spaces $5 each in advance $6 at door
Extra Prize Tickets $1 each or 12 for $10
Set up- Dealers: Friday 5PM-9PM
Dealers, Flea Market, and Tailgate: Saturday 6:30AM - 8AM
This is -significant- because in previous years, there was -no-
tailgating at the prior place, the hamfest is now on the NorthEast side
of town (easier access to Austin and points north) and prices are the
same as they've been for the last 10 years, or so.
And, I don't know about anyone else, but it's a popular thing at Belton
to show up Friday (noonish or so) and enjoy in some early swapping,
comradare', bbq, pickin' and grinnin', etc... The major difference is,
it would be a crap-shoot as far as the weather in San Antonio in
January. It's been as cool as 35 for a high in Jan on that Saturday,
and as warm as 90+ degrees. That's because there's only two types of
people that predict the weather in South Texas... fools, and Damned
Yankees (all those -north- of the Colorado River in Austin, TX) ;-)
Should be a fun time, regardless. There's no limit on hotels in the
area, either. Plus, bring the XYL (or Significant other) and explore
the River Walk, The Alamo and other wonders that San Antonio is home
to. Keep in mind, San Antonio is the 7th (or 8th) largest Metropolitan
area in the United States. (and it only snows here once every 10 years,
Driving your AM Rig without a scope,
is like driving your car at night, without headlights. (K4KYV)
73 = Best Regards,
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