Home and Garden Show 2010
The Flagstaff Home and
Garden Show (March 26, 27, 28) is history! Thanks to the hard
work and efforts of
many people our public information display booth was a rousing success.
Thirty-three people put their names down on the sign-up
expressing interest in learning more about amateur radio, licensing
classes and testing. Nobody who stopped by the booth to talk
walked away without a better understanding of what amateur radio is and
the vital role we play in the community. It was amazing how
people we talked to either had no idea of what amateur radio is or
does, or equated us with Citizen's Band (CB) Radio. This was
great opportunity to expand knowledge and awareness of amateur radio
and we certainly did just that. Unfortunately, because of the
construction of the dome, lots of HF interference, and the fact that
the Home Show weekend was also a DX contest weekend, conditions were
significantly less than optimal for giving visitors a chance
talk on the HF bands. This, in spite of the "stealth"
"surreptitiously" draped three stories above the display tables. VHF
worked well though and several folks took advantage of the
opportunity to "get on the air" albeit briefly. The hit of
display for many of the kids stopping by the booth were the code keys
provided by Joe, W7LUX, and the opportunity to "send" their names in
Morse Code. The smiles on their faces as they walked away
the booth said it all. Many thanks to the long hours and hard
work contributed by club members to not only make this event happen but
also make it as successful as it was. Many thanks to Kay,
and Erv, KE7QFI (the Perlstein's) who participated in set up and tear
down on Thursday and Sunday. Commendations go out to Scott,
KE7BIT, and his wife Amy, Joe, W7LUX and Mike, KF7BRW who were
there for setup and tear down and spent all three days at the show
volunteering their services. Thanks as well to Pat, KE7QFG and
KF7HSD (the Trabers) who showed up on Sunday to lend a hand.
Special thanks to Bob Wertz,
Arizona DX Association
provided us with brochures and display materials for the booth. Finally
a great big thank you to Gerry Blair of the Coconino County
Sheriff's Office, for allowing us to share their space at the Flagstaff
Home and garden Show.
Aerial view of display
(Blue tables) and anchor point for infamous "stealth" antenna.
Scott, KE7BIT, ready to
get on the air. (*)
Mike, KF7BRW and Scott, KE7BIT educating passers by at the Home Show.
W7LUX explaining the "long and short" of Morse Code to some very
attentive youngsters. (**)
A future CWer? (**)
Joe, W7LUX has a whole family hanging on his every word. (**)
Scott, KE7BIT and Joe, W7LUX talking things over. (**)
Joe, W7LUX explaining APRS
to an interested passer-by. (**)
Kay Perelstein, KF7BRV peeking over from the Red Cross table to say
* Photo provided courtesy of Joe Hobart, W7LUX and remains exclusive
property of photographer. May not be reproduced without prior permission.
** Photo provided courtesy of Mike Blair, KF7BRW and remains exclusive
property of Photographer. May not be reproduced without prior permission.