[AARA] Black Bear & Birding SE Report

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Sun Apr 17 15:13:59 EDT 2011


*BLACK BEAR & BIRDING FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENT STATION *
Franklin, Louisiana April 16, 2011

Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday for the special event.
We had thirteen members and one XYL come out to help, to visit, to lend 
support for our endeavor and to operate and set up and take down.  Quite 
an effort and thanks and congratulations to everyone.  Herman, KN5GRK in 
Lafayette put this info on the LTN nearly every afternoon to publicize 
the event, and Saturday morning on HF he and Ken, AD5XJ, announced it on 
the Salvation Army Net for us.
It seems people in Franklin are a little more curious about ham radio 
than those in Morgan City, and we had several people come by, ask 
questions, they were given one of the CD's that Paul made up for 
studying, given some old copies of QST, gave them cards so they contact 
us later on and the reporter from the New Iberia paper was on hand to 
ask questions.  The people associated with the BEAR Festival were very 
co-operative and helpful and COX cable went out of their way to provide 
internet service, thanks to Mike for being a BEAR and staying on this 
issue.  From all the positive feedback I have received, I think we want 
to be part of this every year .
I don't have an exact count today, but it appears we made between 36 and 
40 contacts on a combination of Echo Link, 40m and 20m.  Not bad 
considering band conditions and time of day.
The QSL cards will now be printed by the BEAR Festival committee,  the 
tourist commission will supply us with envelopes and tourist folders to 
put in each envelope, and then the info needs to be put on the QSL 
cards, addresses added to the envelopes and the tourist commission will 
supply the postage.  Three or four of us can get together at the club 
after all this is ready, and knock this out in short time.
Again, thank each of you for your support.
Mike's camera died, but I did get to take a few pictures, so everyone 
can get a little bit of an idea how we were set up.
73
Jackie












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