As you know, winter is hamfest time in Florida. I want to continue the AMSAT
tradition of a strong showing at our local hamfests, which helps us by
generating interest in the satellites and new members for AMSAT. We have the
best cadre of Area Coordinators and active members in the nation here, and I
want to thank you for all your past help. Let's take a look at the upcoming
hamfests and get a plan together for who's going to do what.
We have coming up soon:
Okeechobee Hamfest in the Woods 11/29, Robert I think did this one last
The Tampa Bay Hamfest 12/6-7, this is one of the bigger ones. I know several
have mentioned they would be there. I plan on having a portable station
there as well. This would be a good one for new folks to get involved with,
because it can be busy, but you'll usually have more than one person to
Ocala Hamfest 12/13 Dave mentioned he'd be there. I should be available,
although I may have my in-laws in tow...might send them off to Silver
Springs during the 'fest.
Ft. Myers 1/17 Robert and I usually do this one together, but I -might- have
a problem this year. AJ4LU and I are planning to do a limited rover entry in
the VHF contest, which starts that afternoon. I'm not sure if I can swing
Desoto 1/31 Robert has done this one in the past I think...
Highlands 2/7 Went once I think and it was tiny...
Orlando 2/13-15 EVERYONE needs to be at this one if possible. Last year it
was the best hamfest for AMSAT other than Dayton, and we were drowning at
times. Let's start planning what we can do special for this, and if we can
get the trailer setup again Dave?
Enough for now...please let us know if you can come out and help.
73, Drew KO4MA
We will be carrying the Thursday night net on the KI4SWB repeater in
Melbourne on an experimental basis to see how it goes starting this week.
The repeater is on 442.400 (+) with a 107.2 PL. It should automatically
connect at 1925 and disconnect at 2030 if all goes well. Thanks to Mark,
KI4SWB and Kevin, N4KLB for their efforts in getting the repeater configured
for the net. Please give a listen and check in if you're in the area!
Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.