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2014 FSAARC “Hanging Judge Hamfest”


The 2014 Hanging Judge Hamfest appears to have been a good success! Although the numbers aren’t officially in, judging from the numbers in attendance, we have had a successful 15th annual Hanging Judge Hamfest! Hopefully you were able to make it to the hamfest and got to see all of your friends that you talk to on the amateur bands. Many thanks to N5JUD for being the emcee for this year’s festivities. Thanks also go out to everyone who helped set up – take down, collect money or helped out in any way. It takes a lot of folks working together for the good of the FSAARC club to make this happen each year. We ALL make the hamfest a success every year. This year’s hamfest started at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning April 5, 2014. Hams and non-hams alike checked out the goods for sale inside Columbus Acres in Ft. Smith, AR. VE Testing began at 9:00 a.m. After all the testing was over, there were 7 new Technicians, 6 new Generals and 2 new Extras! Congratulations to all those who tested and passed their exams Saturday. The Southwest Times Record newspaper made it to our event and W5EMP- James Wood Jr., KF5ZPK- Clayton Zoecker, and WQ5R- Gary McCrorey had a photo published in the Sunday morning paper. A forum was done around 11:00 a.m. Prizes were given away on the hour with the Grand Prize being given away at 2:00 p.m. With that the hamfest came to an end and the volunteers took down the tables and chairs and helped vendors get loaded up and on their way home. We hope to see you at the 16th annual FSAARC Hanging Judge Hamfest next year!

Jeff Ricketts, K5KDX


The FSAARC VHF QSO Party at Rich Mountain State Park was an overall success with several fine contesters in attendance.  Hugh; WA5R, John; W5ATW and the gang got the antennas assembled and the towers up in short order Saturday morning.  Royce, KE5TC and Levi, WA5WRN were present for the tower raising party and Levi got some great photos! Once the stations were on the air we had time to take a breather and test the stations, confirm our output power and get computers set up for logging. The highlights include a contact with J69MV; a good 2,526 mile double hop to Saint Lucia Island on Saturday made by Roy, K6CKS on 6M.  Another good contact was made to ZF1EJ on Cayman Is. at 1,345 miles one hour later on 6M with Cory, K5GTO at the mic.  Within minutes Cory nailed XE3N in EL60 on the Isla de Cozumel, a very rare six meter contact!  On Sunday morning 6M came alive and Gary, WQ5R took a shift at the six meter station and was immediately pounded.  Gary logged a nice haul to VE2TK in FN25 east of Ottawa racking up a 1,297 mile hop. Gary continued to rack up really great 1200 mile hops into VE2 and VE3, W1 and W2 all morning.  Jimmy, W5JNL served lunch to the crew and Jeff, K5KDX took over as operator and Rory K6CKS logged and the team cranked out a total of 374 contacts on all three bands before going QRT.  There was a lot of good fun, good conversation and good food all weekend.
submitted by Rory Bowers, K6CKS

Museum Ships On The Air

There will be over 60 special event stations located on board museum ships across the U.S. on the air on June 4-5, 2011.  There will be all kinds of ships on the air including the USS Batfish a WWII sub located in Muskogee, OK.  The Broken Arrow club will sponsor the operation from the sub.  There are two Ham stations at the War Memorial Museum in Muskogee, WW2SUB, the Batfish and W2OK the USS Oklahoma.  Only a part of on of the mast from the USS Oklahoma is on display at the museum.   Most of the special event stations will have qsl and certificates available for the contacts made.  If you have time listen to the bands and see how many of the museum ships you can contact.  Two of the FSAARC club members Levi, wa5wrn and Royce, ke5tc will be operating from one of the stations as they are also members of the Broken Arrow group.

Field Day Photos

Photos from the 2011 Field Day in Greenwood have been posted on the web gallery. 

Field Day 2011


Thanks to Gloria Fitzgerald, KE5EJR, for the excellent pictures. 


You can see them here.


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