[AARA] Minden Christmas Hamfest

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Fri Dec 14 10:21:12 CST 2018


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    MARA Hamfest

  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, great food, door prizes, and main prizes that any ham would 
love to win. This event provides a "hamfest fix" in a period of the year 
during which few hamfests are held.

    Christmas Hamfest 2018 - Dec 15, 2018

(See a few photos <http://n5rd.org/hf17/hf17.htm> of the Christmas 

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


  * 8:00am doors open
  * Prize drawing held approximately 2:00pm
  * Door prizes being drawn periodically during the day

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

Swap tables will be available for $10 per table for those who wish to 
sell merchandise.
/(To reserve swap tables, contact Fran on our "Contact Us" page.)/

Entrance tickets are $5 each (includes 1 prize ticket), 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 
Jerry, W5JLH (email addresses at 'Contact Us' on main menu strip, top of 

Credit cards may be processed this year for payment of entry and prize 

VE Testing - Registration for testing - 8:30am-9:30am

ARRL Forum 11:30am-12:30pm

DXCC Card Checker - ARRL Appointed DXCC Cardchecker, Bobby Baker, WM5H, 
will be present at a table to check your DX cards for awards.

Crafts & Gifts: Many tables loaded with crafts - wind chimes, candles, 
crochet, etc. - good source for wonderful Christmas gifts.

Those vendors who have agreed to participate this year in the hamfest 

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

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

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



Great door prizes drawn throughout the day!


1st Prize:
The new Icom IC-7300, 100w, 160m-6m employs a large 4.3" color TFT touch 
LCD which offers intuitive operation of functions, settings, and various 
operational visual aids such as the band scope, waterfall function, and 
audio scope.

Like on the high-end rigs, the waterfall shows a change of signal 
strength over a period of time and allows you to find weak signals that 
may not be apparent on the spectrum scope.

You no longer have to choose whether to listen to the audio or have the 
spectrum scope sweep for signals as the IC-7300's real-time spectrum 
scope offers the simultaneous operations found in some of the more 
expensive rigs! This means you can use either the spectrum scope or the 
waterfall to quickly move to an intended signal while listening to the 
receiver audio. The IC-7300's touch screen introduces a "Magnify" 
function. So, when you first touch the scope screen around the intended 
signal, the touched part is magnified. A second touch of the scope 
screen changes the operating frequency and allows you to accurately tune.

The IC-7300 employs an RF direct sampling system, where RF signals are 
directly convert to digital data. Then processed in the FPGA 
(Field-Programmable Gate Array), making it possible to simplify the 
circuit construction as well as reduce noise that can mask weak signals.


2nd Prize: (MUST be present to win.)
The ID-4100A is a D-Star mobile with big rig features.

Output power: 50W,15W, 5W (Hi, Mid, Low)
RX Frequencies: 118-174, 230-550MHz
Receiver Type: Dual conversion superhetrodyne

The ID-4100A's full dot-matrix display gives the user the ability to see 
a lot of information on the screen. For example, Repeater list or GPS 
position information are clearly arranged and easy to read.

The integrated GPS receiver shows your own position, course, speed and 
altitude on the display and can be used for exchanging position reports, 
D-PRS and searching for nearby repeaters.


3rd Prize: (MUST be present to win.)
The FT-2980 is an 80 Watt Heavy-Duty 144 MHz FM Transceiver. No cooling 
fan needed, a huge, easy-to-read display, and one-touch WIRES™ Internet 
Linking Access capability.

/CTCSS and DCS Encode/Decode Built In/
For easy repeater access, or silent monitoring of busy channels, both 
CTCSS and DCS (Digital Code Squelch) Encoder/Decoder circuits are built 
in. CTCSS and DCS configuration data may be stored independently in each 
memory channel. A "Split Tone" mode also allows operation on systems 
where CTCSS and DCS are used separately on the repeater uplink/downlink.

/Extensive Memory System/
The FT-2980R provides a total of 221 memory channels, including 200 
"regular" memories, ten pairs of band-limit memories, and an 
instant-recall "Home" channel you can dedicate to a frequently-used 
repeater or simplex frequency. Memories can store repeater shift 
information, CTCSS/DCS data, power output level, scanning status 
("Skip"), and Alpha-Numeric labels.

/WX Channels/
A special 10-channel Weather Band memory bank is provided in the U.S. 
version, allowing quick access to NOAA weather broadcasts. When the 
1050-Hz "Severe Weather" alert tone is transmitted, the FT-2980R may be 
configured to emit an alarm tone to get your attention quickly. With the 
"Weather Alert" feature enabled, the FT-2980R will scan the ten Weather 
memories, stopping only if the 1050-Hz tone is received.



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