It was a difficult decision to cancel the Fall QR Picnic, but with the aftermath of Hurricane Marie headed in our direction, it seemed a good decision. My regrets to all who were disappointed by the last minute change of plans.
It was good to see many of you at the Cleveland Hamfest. The weather was perfect and the sales and socializing was spirited. Congrats to all who found good deals or won prizes. With no hoopla, the entry fee for attendants and flea market vendors was reduced this year by a dollar.
Thanks to Chuck, K8CVM for the photo of Tom Southam, W8WLI in his PRC jacket. That jacket has some history on it.
Time for me to grumble.
I’ve always enjoyed the Mobile Check-In. Hearing all the eager hams heading for the Hamfest fires me up and puts me in the running for hourly prize drawings. I understand that for the past few years the Hamfest Association’s repeater has been out of commission so they operate in simplex mode using the their repeater output frequency. Total confusion for everyone, some newbies, some traveling from a distance who might actually need “talk-in” driving instructions or info on which gate to use. Imagine the hassle of discovering while driving that you need to recall how to manually enter a simplex frequency in order to check-in.
The Hamfest Association needs to remember that attendees are customers and that kind of confusion is NOT good customer service! You shouldn’t have to start the your hamfest event with frustration.
It’s Homebrew Show and Tell night!
Our October 1st meeting will be another fun evening for you to how off a favorite homebrew project or kit that you’ve built. It makes no difference how big or small it is, or how sophisticated your item. Bring it and share it!
We’ll also be discussing ideas for projects that could excite and motivate young people, perhaps inspiring them to join the ranks of amateur radio.
In addition, Tom Bedocs, K8DMM, who gave us his excellent program on oscilloscopes and promised part 2, has additional video and information to share of the topic, time permitting
Hal Rogers, K8CMD
President, Communications Director