[AARA] AARA 56th Hamfest Update

Herman Campbell Kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Thu Feb 18 14:08:29 CST 2016

The Acadiana Amateur Radio Association will sponsor its 56th Annual 2016 
Acadiana Hamfest and the ARRL Louisiana State Convention, at the *Rayne 
Civic Center, ****210 Frog Festival Dr, Rayne, LA 70578* on March 11 & 
12, 2016. The Friday Crawfish Boil will be held again on Friday, March 
11th @ 1800 hrs, due to the tremendous success of this event in previous 

The Preregistration deadline has been changed from February 15, 2016 
to*March 6, 2016.*  You can go to our hamfest website and download the 
form, flyer, schedules, etc. here:


Want to see who the major vendors are? OK....In no particular order, we 
will show you who is coming...up first on the list is *Houston Amateur 

Our very good friend Phil Parton with *KENWOOD *will be joining us again 
for this years event. Phil has been with us for several years and we 
always welcome him back. *KENWOOD *has some of the finest radios around. 
If you want to come see the latest from them, it will be on display at 
the hamfest. Phil will be able to answer any of your questions and then 
you can purchase that radio you have had your eye on at one of the 
vendors at the event. What more could you ask for???

What big three radio manufacturer do you like? Well if one of them is 
*Yaesu*....you're in luck because they will be at our hamfest March 
11-12...Come by say hello to the factory rep and you will be able to put 
your hands on the latest and greatest that Yaesu has to offer. Then 
after you test drive it at the booth, there will be major vendors that 
will be able to sell you that radio you just fell in love with. Come on 
down and enjoy the show!

Interested in running your station with solar? *BeReadySolar* will be on 
site to help you get the most out of your purchase and help you design a 
system that will be perfect for any setup. Stop by and give them a look!

Looking for a name badge with your call sign? Need a new hat? How about 
a stamp to use on all those raffle tickets you are going to buy? 
Well....*The Sign Man of Baton Rouge *can fix you up! He always has 
great deals on accessories so come get you something.

Palmetto antennas always has a HUGE assortment of connectors and 
adapters. If Jerry doesn't have it you don't need it.... Cable and 
wire...he has it!

Of course we have *Main Trading Company *coming back this year. Richard, 
Tammy and the gang are all gearing up to give you a heck of a deal...Let 
that bell ring for you!

Got confirmation that *ABR Industries* will be joining us this year as 
well. They have some fantastic coax assemblies. Go check them out but 
then come buy their stuff in March at our hamfest..

Want to bring your RV to the show? No problem! There are over 600 RV 
spaces at the Rayne Civic Center. $20.00 per night is the rate. Where 
else can you find a better deal. Sites include water and electrical with 
a dump station on the premises. Link to the website found below.

Need a hotel room while visiting the hamfest? *Best Western Hotel Rayne 
* has a hamfest special rate just for you. Be sure to call the hotel 
directly and mention the AARA hamfest to receive the rate.337-334-0060 
Special Room Rate $74.99 for King Bed & $82.49 for Double Queen.

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