Fall Fest 2003
By Boyd Garrett - N5CTI
The Countryside Homeowners Association
held a Fall Fest from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on October 18, 2003. There were
a variety of activities ranging from crafters to kids games to a hay ride
through a part of our 380 acre nature preserve, all for free - well, you
had to pay the crafters if you bought something from them.
In order to raise the profile of
Amateur Radio in our community, I arranged to have a demonstration station
set up for the event. The idea was to show some of the "neat" things we
do with our radios, as well as, inform folks about the often-unnoticed
services that Amateur Radio provides our communities. We tried to employ
a low-profile antenna setup to let people weigh the benefits of Amateur
Radio in their community against the visual impact of antennas (hopefully
minimal!) in their neighborhoods.
I'd like to thank everyone who helped
me with our Amateur Radio Demo:
- Bill McCourt - WF1L was irreplaceable with the contribution of his 40 meter ham stick dipole, mast sections, skills and know-how.
- Larry Hughes - K3HE lugged a huge rectangle of particle board which
he put up with photos and descriptions of LARG activities developed by
Norm Styer - AI2C. We had the ARRL Archie Comic Book for the kids and
of course, the LARG Code Card.
- Randy Sly - K4SLY, after running home to attend to an errand, returned to help Dale Harrison - K3CN and me disassemble the antenna and mast and
pack everything up at the end.
- Tom Garasic - NA4MA came all the way into Sterling to drop off the club sign and easel.
- Joe Sheinman -W2BHK, and other area Amateurs and Bill, Larry, Randy and Dale spent some time chatting with Countryside residents.
Amateur Radio Demonstration
Filmed By Boyd Garrett - N5CTI
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Oh, and along the way, I managed to chat with Amateurs from Boston down through Pennsylvania and on to
Tennessee and somewhere in 5-land - forgot to ask the location!, not to mention Iowa and Ohio.
Bill, Larry, Randy and Dale spent some time chatting with Countryside
residents whose interest was sparked by the "big antenna" and "funny sounds;"
although I'm sure Larry's Emergency Communications vest attracted some