Originally Published November 12, 2022
Life is fast, we should know! We knocked the activities category out of the stadium this past October, and a brief review is in order.
I know, I’ve been slacking on keeping up with writing for the website and better late than never is fitting for my tardy authoring. So, let’s take a peek at what our little club has done in the past 45 days.
The last half of September, we went to the Richmond Hamfest. We saw all sorts of toys and had a great time. Deals were made and we walked away with some good equipment. The tailgating was the highlight of the deal making. David, K4LCK upgraded to Extra. Great day!
Our first service activity included maintenance work by KD4ADJ and KO4ZNA (Steve and Kris). They visited with WD4IRW, Larry, and shimmied up his tower. Kris and Steve inspected the tower and antenna accoutrement, cleaning and inspecting fittings and feed lines as needed.
October opened with Aviation Day. Our first public display was a success. Kris and David broke out the HF gear and got us on the air nationwide. We shook hands with each other and, hopefully, some future hams.
Our second hamfest was in Lexington. I think the highlight of this hamfest was the eyeball QSO’s we had with our more westerly fellows in hobby. Ewell, KO4AMV upgraded to General Class. Way to go Ewell!
We had a great meeting with new attendants, some hams and some future hams. The meeting
focus was for “go-kits” show-and-tell. K4LCK brought a barrage of QRP rigs that dazzled some eyes with low power, long reaching finesse. Barry, K4MNF brought his Parks-On-The-Air (POTA) rig and gave a display of some high tech portability. Among others were various assortment of cleaver fitment between HT portables, totes and bags and enclosures, along with antennae that make a great bail out kit for when you just can’t leave home without radio(s).
I don’t know if other clubs are as busy as we are. I’d like to think that they are. If everyone was as busy as we were, the hobby will certainly propagate well.
Thanks for reading!
p.s.-I will try to be more diligent about getting monthly writings in. We too busy for text though! Although, ham radio and texting is a thing (email too). Too many facets! Lol I love it, and I love what we are doing.