Saturday April 26th VOMARC (Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club) held their annual Hamfest, which included an indoor/outdoor swapmeet, exam session, breakfast, drawings for door prizes and demonstrations.
We arrived at almost 8am on the dot and business was already brisk at the swapmeet with many attendees returning to their vehicles with their new found treasures. Attendance; both sellers and buyers appeared to be down as compared to a year ago, probably because of the forecasted weather. However, while it was really cool at 8am, by 10 the air had warmed nicely and the day was gorgeous. There were good buys to be found and I enjoyed digging through various boxes of parts looking for the elusive pieces and parts I want for my spectrum analyzer project.
Breakfast, as it has been in the past, was plentiful and delicious with lots of people moving around and stopping for casual conversations. We enjoyed a leisurely meal in a relaxed atmosphere where we met and talked with Hams from outside our local area, made new friends, exchanged information about radio equipment, accessories, and programming. WARS members that attended were Bill KK6HZU and his XYL Debbie, Len WA6KLK, Don KJ6ZVR, and me.
This is the 3rd VOMARC Hamfest that I have had the pleasure of attending and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in a fun day, it’s never too early to mark your 2015 calendar for the 4th Saturday in April. It is the perfect spot and time of year to enjoy a beautiful drive out to Sonoma, find the buy you never expected, possibly take an upgrade exam, and have a meal, all hosted by friendly members of the local radio club.
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Lake County Amateur Radio Society Operations Day May 3, 2014 10:00 am to 3:00 Location: Lucerne Community Church in the Fellowship Hall 5870 East Highway 20 in Lucerne, CA 95458
All levels of Ham Radio Operators are welcome! Licensed or not!
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WARS (Willits Amateur Radio Society) will hold a meeting on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11:30 am, at Old Mission Pizza, Willits in lieu of our spring seminar. All hams and their families are welcome to attend. This is a great time to visit with old friends, or meet face to face with folks you have only “met on the net”. The club will buy the pizza and you buy your drink(s) and anything special like a sandwich or salad bar.
A speaker is being sought and will be announced shortly. We will also take ideas for activities that members are interested in for future meetings so, bring your ideas and be ready to share with the rest of us.
Dues for 2014: $15.00 each or $22.50 for two in a household are now due and payable, either at the meeting or by mailing a payment to:
WARS, PO Box 73, Willits, CA 95490.
Donations are always appreciated.
WARS (Willits Amateur Radio Society) will hold a meeting on:
Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 1130 am, at The Old Mission Pizza in south Willits.
The club will buy the pizza. You buy your own drink(s).
We will have a speaker and will take ideas for activities that members are interested in for future meetings.
Dues for 2014: $15.00 each or $22.50 for two in a household are now due and payable, either at the meeting or by mailing a payment to: WARS, PO Box 73, Willits, CA 95490. Donations are always appreciated.
In the meantime, Wednesday evenings, check into the Willits local simplex net, 146.445 at seven and then the county wide net at seven thirty 147.390 (plus offset with a PL of 103.5). The Walking Repeater net gets started at about eight on 145.555 simplex.
Thursday evenings at seven the YL net, for ladies only is held on 147.390 (the county wide linked repeater system) followed at seven thirty by the Swap net, a good place to sell/trade or just give away unused radio equipment or make your “wants” known.
Pass the word to other hams that you think might be interested in attending.