[AARA] Minden Christmas Hamfest - Dec. 15

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Fri Nov 30 08:47:28 EST 2012




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    *MARA Activities*



  *Annual Christmas Hamfest *

This very popular event is held in December and draws participants, 
including dealers, from surrounding states and has gotten bigger each 
year. There is plenty to see and do for everyone, including testing 
sessions, special classes and great food. Door prizes are given that any 
ham would love to win. This event provides a "hamfest fix" during a 
period of the year during which few hamfests are held.


  *Minden Amateur Radio Association - Hamfest 2012 - Dec 15*

(See a few photos <http://www.n5rd.org/photos8.htm>of our 2011 Christmas 
Hamfest.)

Location:
Our Annual Christmas Hamfest is held at the Minden, LA, City Hall 
located on 520 Broadway St, Minden, LA.

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Prizes:

Great door prizes drawn throughout the day!
1st Prize:
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Tailor-made for DX'ing, the new Kenwood TS-480SAT HF transceiver raises 
the bar on portable performance. Yet its separate control panel is 
perfect for base station use. The 100W TS-480SAT boasts a built-in 
antenna tuner.

General Features

  * 100W model with built-in Antenna Tuner with the TS-480SAT
  * TX/RX 16-bit AF digital signal processing
  * Separate LCD control panel with speaker
  * Continuous RX: 500kHz (VFO: 30kHz) to 60MHz
  * TX covers all Amateur bands 1.8MHz to 50MHz
  * Other features include a TS-950 class quad-mixer
  * PSK31 compatibility
  * Packet cluster tune (with TM-D700A)
  * PC-based control
  * Optional IF filters

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2nd Prize: (MUST be present to win.)
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The Kenwood TM-V71A is a true dual-band operation radio so 
VHF+VHF/VHF+UHF/UHF+UHF operation is possible. The detachable control 
head is easily connected with the optional remote cable.

General Features

  * High RF Power Output (50W)
  * 1,000 Multifunction Memory Channels
  * Dual Receive on Same Band (VxV, UxU)
  * EchoLink® MEMORY (Automatic Dialer)
  * EchoLink® Sysop Mode For Node Terminal Operation
  * Multiple Scan
  * Invertible Front Panel
  * Choice of 2 Backlight Colors (AMBER/GREEN) For The LCD Panel
  * 104-Code Digital Code Squelch
  * "FIVE-IN-ONE" Programmable Memory

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3rd Prize: (MUST be present to win.)
[]  The Worlds most popular SWR/RF analyzer just got incredibly better 
and gives you more value than ever! The MFJ-259B gives you a complete 
picture of your antenna's performance. You can read antenna SWR and 
Complex Impedance 1.8 to 170MHz.

Read Complex Impedance as series resistance and reactance (R+jX) or as 
magnitude (Z) and phase (degrees). You can determine velocity factor, 
coax cable loss in dB, length of coax and distance to a short or open in 
feet. You can read SWR, return loss and reflection coefficient at any 
frequency simultaneously at a single glance. Also read inductance in UH 
and capacitance in pF at RF frequencies. Large easy-to-read two line LCD 
screen and side-by-side meters clearly display your information. 
Built-in frequency counter, Ni-Cad charger circuit, battery saver, low 
battery warning and smooth reduction drive tuning and much more.

Super easy to use! Just set the bandswitch and tune the dial -- just 
like your transceiver. SWR and Complex Impedance are displayed instantly!
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Participating Vendors:
Those vendors who have agreed to participate this year in the hamfest 
include:

Main Trading Company <http://www.maintradingcompany.com>
Furnishing our prize radios

Palmetto Antennas, LLC <http://www.palmettoantennas.com>

The SignMan of Baton Rouge <http://www.thesignman.com>

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Times:
8:00am doors open. Prize drawing held approximately 2:00-3:00pm, with 
door prizes being drawn periodically during the event.

Talk-In: 147.300 PL186.2 (NLA Link System)

Swap tables will be available for $5 per table for those who wish to 
sell merchandise.

Tickets:
Entrance tickets are $5 each, available at door at the hamfest.
Prize tickets for the drawings are available at door or from club 
members and are priced: $1 each, 6-$5, 15-$10, 35-$20, 50-$25, 100-$50.

Tickets may be obtained from any member or contact Fran, KD5LKB, or 
Dusty, N5COL (email addresses at 'Contact Us' on main menu strip, top of 
page).

VE Testing - all levels, 9am to 12pm
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  *Field Day Activities *

Field Day activities for the club are held in conjunction with the 
ARRL's annual Field Day in June of each year. This national event tests 
the skills in setting up temporary communication equipment for possible 
use in emergencies, and contacts are made to as many other stations as 
possible during the two days. It provides family fun and operating 
experiences for all who wish to participate.


  *Field Day 2012 - June 23-24*

This year's Field Day activities will be held on June 23-24 (Sat & Sun). 
We usually gather around 3:00pm to 4:00pm on Friday to put up the 
antennas, operating tents, and general setup of the area. Some of us 
camp out on the site and make contacts with other stations to test our 
equipment. As always, a lot of fun during the Friday setup and evening.

Each year we have operated a 2A setup, which means two HF rigs. We have 
one SSB, one CW, a GOTA (Get On The Air) tent for inactive hams, young 
people, or those merely interested in amateur radio, and a 6-meter 
operation. (The latter two do not count in the 2A classification.)

Check with members for definite plans, which will be posted here closer 
to the field day time.

See a few photos <http://www.n5rd.org/photos.htm>of our 2012 Field Day.

Our Field Day site is just south of Sibley, LA, approximately 2 miles 
and to the west of Hwy 7 with a turn on Fraisier Road.

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*JESUS WILL SET YOU FREE*

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