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    <p align="center"><big><font face="Tahoma"><big><big>AARA 56th
              Annual Hamfest - Rayne, Louisiana  March 11 & 12, 2016</big><br>
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    <p><big><font face="Tahoma"><big>We are proud to announce that
            David  Assaf III W5XU, who was one of the members of the
            DXpedition to South Sandwich VP8STI and South Georgia VP8SGI,
            will be giving a forum at our hamfest Saturday, March 12.
            This will be the FIRST hamfest presentation covering this DXpedition
            (<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.intepid-dx.com/vp8/index.php">http://www.intepid-dx.com/vp8/index.php</a>) to the South Pole.
            Come to our hamfest and hear firsthand how David W5XU and
            the rest of the team risked life and limb so HAM Operators
            could log these rare contacts. Because David W5XU has many
            personal stories to share and hundreds of photographs, this
            will be the last forum of the day.<br>
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    <p><big><font face="Tahoma"><big>Some hams and vendors have
            requested permission to put firearms related items on their
            tables. The City of Rayne is allowing this. Expect to see holsters,
            scopes, reloading supplies, gun cases, stocks, ammo cans,
            parts and other firearm related items on vendor tables. In
            addition to some individual tables having items, we have two
            vendors with tables. Essential Arms
            (<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.essentialarms.com/">http://www.essentialarms.com/</a>) who specializes in AR-15
            parts and accessories and Landry Guns
            (<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.landryguns.com/">http://www.landryguns.com/</a>)who is a Class 3 dealer.  <u><b>Just
                be clear that </b></u><u><b>NO FIREARMS</b></u><u><b>
                are allowed in the building. Just firearm related items
                only.<br>
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    <p><big><font face="Tahoma"><big><b>AARA Hamfest Website: 
              <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest">http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest</a></b> <br>
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    <p><big><font face="Tahoma"><big>---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br>
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    <p><big><font face="Tahoma"><big>We hope to see everyone at the
            Rayne Hamfest this weekend.  Matt and I will be there Friday
            morning so if you are coming early and want to<br>
            meet with us to discuss ARRL and/or ARES issues we will be
            available.  The ARES forum starts at 9 am and the ARRL forum
            starts at 10:30 am.</big></font></big></p>
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      <p><big><font face="Tahoma"><big>73,</big></font></big></p>
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      <p><font face="Tahoma"><big><big>Scott Wren, KD5DFL<br>
              La. Section Emergency Coordinator<br>
              Section Manager as of April 1st.</big>  </big>  </font></p>
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                      face="Tahoma"><font style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">The
                        Northeast Louisiana Hamfest in Monroe,
                        Louisiana, on April 16 is now only six weeks
                        away. </font></font></small></small></b></p>
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                        following grand prizes will be given away:</font></font></small></small></b></p>
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                          style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">          </font></span><font
                        style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Yaesu FT-450D HF/6M
                        Transceiver</font></font></small></small></b></p>
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                          style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">          </font></span><font
                        style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Yaesu FT-60R 2M/70cm
                        Handheld Transceiver</font></font></small></small></b></p>
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                          style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">          </font></span><font
                        style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">MFJ-259C Antenna
                        Analyzer</font></font></small></small></b></p>
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                      face="Tahoma"><font style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">The
                        following forums are scheduled:</font></font></small></small></b></p>
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                        style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Louisiana Contest Club</font></font></small></small></b></p>
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                        style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">ARRL Update</font></font></small></small></b></p>
            <b><small><small>
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                        style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Operating a Remote Ham
                        Station (by Scott Dickson, W5WZ)</font></font></small></small></b></p>
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                      face="Tahoma"><font style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">License
                        testing will be at 9AM sharp.</font></font></small></small></b></p>
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                      face="Tahoma"><font style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">There
                        are flea market tables still available.<span
                          style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Sign up
                        soon so you can more likely get your choice of
                        table location.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 
                        </span>Go to <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://twincityhams.org/tables">http://twincityhams.org/tables</a> and
                        register.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>You
                        can pay with PayPal.</font></font></small></small></b></p>
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                      face="Tahoma"><font style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Hope
                        to see you there!</font></font></small></small></b></p>
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                        City Hams Hamfest Committee</font></font></small></small></b></p>
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