[AMRadio] New England ARRL Convention in Boxboro, MA, and the ROWH

Peter Markavage manualman at juno.com
Mon Aug 25 02:32:47 EDT 2008

Great seeing see you and Steve at Boxboro and a bunch of other folks I've
talked with on the air. Great fun and laughs in the watering hole.
Attending the midnight Royal Order of the Wouff Hong ceremony was also a
highlight in my Boxboro attendance. Although the flea market area seemed
to be somewhat smaller in size then past years, from my side of the
table, there was a steady stream of buyers throughout the day. Many of
the conferences also seem to be well attended from what I was told or had
seen. All in all, a great two day activity and I even got free breakfast
on Sunday.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Sun, 24 Aug 2008 15:12:29 -0400 Larry Szendrei <ne1s at neandertech.com>
> I just got home from The ARRL New England convention in Boxboro, MA, 
> after riding down and back with my friend Steve, KS1F (formerly 
> K1MV).
> The flea market was small compared to what I remember, especially 
> considering the perfect weather both days - not many sellers, and it 
> didn't seem very much trading was taking place. I was able to find a 
> 175 
> KHz IF transformer (I've been looking for some for years), as well 
> as 
> several 262 KHz IF transformers, all NIB/NOS, and an xtal in a nice 
> round ceramic holder for 3945, which is the frequency for the "Old 
> Buzzard's Net - a daily AM net here in the Northeast. Also picked up 
> a 
> few assorted other parts, nothing nearly as exciting as the former 
> and 
> not worth listing here, but stuff that I will definitely use at some 
> point.
> I also enjoyed looking at the vendor's display of the latest and 
> greatest contemporary radio toys, but don't have the spare cash 
> right 
> now to indulge in any of that!
> I enjoyed seeing many of my friends, dinner with KS1F, WA1QIX, 
> KA2QFX, 
> W1IF, WA1SSJ, and a beer and an eyeball QSO with Pete, WA2CWA. This 
> is 
> my #1 reason for attending these things any more.
> A highpoint was the midnight Royal Order of the Wouff Hong (ROWH) 
> ceremony. If you ever get a chance to attend one of these, it's not 
> to 
> be missed. A very well-known and active AMer from the state of Maine 
> had 
> a prominent role in the sacred proceedings, but I can tell you no 
> more 
> as I am sworn to secrecy -I may even be in mortal danger by 
> revealing 
> this much!.
> We had hoped to meet up with Bruce, W1UJR, for the ROWH ceremony - 
> he 
> was passing through Boxboro on his way home from the AWA conference 
> in 
> Rochester. But he was running late, and only arrived after the 
> ceremony 
> was underway, so he resumed the long drive back to Woolich, ME. I 
> found 
> a message from him when we got back to the room shortly after 0100, 
> so I 
> called him then only to find he had come, and gone.
> 73,
> -Larry/NE1S
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