• Delta Div Hamfests

    From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jun 4 11:33:06 2021

    UPCOMING ARRL HAMFESTS & CONVENTIONS

    Carter Strong Louisiana Delta Swap-Fest
    06/05/2021
    Location: Cheniere Lake AREA 1
    104 Cheniere Lake Dr
    West Monroe, LA 71291
    Website: http://kc5dr.com
    Sponsor: Louisiana Delta Radio Club
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Talk-In: 147.135 + PL 127.3
    Public Contact: Joseph Holland , KB5VJY
    6019 New Natchitoches Rd West Monroe, LA 71292
    Phone: 318-348-0153
    Email: kb5vjy@gmail.com

    **

    Knoxville Hamfest and Electronics Convention, ARRL Tennessee State
    Convention
    06/19/2021
    Location: Kerbela Temple
    315 Mimosa Ave
    Knoxville, TN 37901
    Website: http://WWW.W4BBB.ORG
    Sponsor: Radio Amateur Club of Knoxville
    Type: ARRL Convention
    Talk-In: 147.300 T100
    Public Contact: Jim Norman , N4CFB
    2521 Pendelton Dr. Knoxville, TN 37924-1570
    Phone: 865-310-8310
    Email: n4cfb@arrl.net

    **

    McMinn County ARC
    07/17/2021
    Location: Athens Regional Park
    101 Regional Park Dr.
    Athens , TN 37303
    Website: http://mcminnarc.com
    Sponsor: MCARC
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Talk-In: 147.060 - 600 Pl 141.3 and 146.490 Sim
    Public Contact: Paul Eakin , KJ4G
    1063 Glenrock Road Sweetwater, TN 37874
    Phone: 850-591-0442
    Email: pauleakin@comast.net

    **

    2021 Greater Nashville & Middle Tennessee HamQuest
    07/31/2021
    Location: James E. Ward Agricultural Center "Wilson County Fairgrounds"
    935 E. Baddour Parkway
    Lebanon, TN 37087
    Website: https://midtnhamquest.com/
    Sponsor: Wilson County Amateur Radio Club
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Talk-In: 147.105 + Tone 156.7
    Public Contact: Bill Uthoff , KK4WU
    528 Cedar Grove Road Lebanon, TN 37087
    Phone: 615-483-5982
    Email: kk4wu@bellsouth.net

    **


    Shreveport - Bossier Hamfest
    08/14/2021
    Location: Louisiana State Fair Agriculture Bldg.
    3206 Pershing Ave.
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    Website: http://www.shreveporthamfest.k5sar.com
    Sponsor: Shreveport Amateur Radio Association
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Talk-In: 146.820 CTCSS 186.2
    Public Contact: Bob Davis , KB5RD
    4355 Colonial Drive Shreveport, LA 71119
    Phone: 318-230-1242
    Email: bobn5zvw@gmail.com

    **

    Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest 2021
    08/28/2021
    Location: Cedars of Lebanon State Park
    328 Cedar Forest Rd
    Lebanon, TN 37087
    Sponsor: Short Mountain Repeater Club
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Talk-In: 146.910 MHz, 114.8
    Public Contact: Curt Porter , N4MEY
    3902 Ivy Dr Nashville, TN 37216
    Phone: 615-650-0806
    Email: portercw@bellsouth.net

    **

    W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention
    09/24/2021
    Location: Mainstay Suites and Convention Center
    410 Pine Mountain Road
    Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
    Website: http://w4dxcc.com
    Sponsor: SEDCO
    Type: ARRL Convention
    Talk-In: none
    Public Contact: Dave Anderson , K4SV
    1271 Red Fox Road Tryon, NC 28782
    Phone: 828-777-5088
    Email: davek4sv@yahoo.com

    **

    Until next time,

    73 ES DX

    DE K5UZ WB4RHQ

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jun 17 11:33:35 2021
    Greetings Delta ARRL Members and Amateurs!

    It is with great pleasure to announce our first ARRL State Convention in
    15 months in Delta Division:

    The Knoxville Hamfest and Electronics Convention, ARRL Tennessee State Convention is this Saturday 06/19/2021!

    Location:
    Kerbela Temple
    315 Mimosa Ave
    Knoxville, TN 37901

    Website: http://WWW.W4BBB.ORG

    Sponsor: Radio Amateur Club of Knoxville
    Talk-In: 147.300 T100

    Public Contact: Jim Norman , N4CFB
    2521 Pendleton Dr. Knoxville, TN 37924-1570
    Phone: 865-310-8310
    Email: n4cfb@arrl.net

    We note further from Lou WB3JKQ and the RACK website:

    RACK board approved plan to proceed with the Hamfest set for June 19,
    2021 and we have approval for ARRL TN State Convention. However, COVID
    rules may prevent having a normal indoor convention. We may have to
    limit number of inside tables so make your reservations early. If you
    are a dealer willing to setup outside, please let me know and your space requirements. We could have a shared generator to provide power for
    several dealers parked near RACK Van.

    You would have to provide your own tables/tents for the outdoors with a
    reduced rate for spaces. Outdoor setup would be on Saturday only. Tents
    must be supported without stakes because of asphalt surface.

    At this time can only have a few single inside tables. COVID rules
    will not allow having a large cluster of tables shared by multiple
    non-family groups.

    At this time, we do not know if VE Testing will be possible. Please let
    us know if you would like to have testing. Number of applicants may be
    limited because of room size. We have decided to have VE testing using
    back low ceiling room that was used of clubs. Testing registration at
    12:30

    Free club tables will not be offered unless capacity limit restrictions
    are removed. We are interested in Expo tables for family groups that
    want to display items not for sale. Examples would be homebrew
    equipment. We plan to offer 6 club tables staged in the west end and
    will send out specific invites soon.

    We hope you will enjoy our food and drink concessions by
    JustSayQueso.com food truck. A custom developed menu for our Hamfest
    will be posted in a few weeks. RACK receives a percentage on the
    sales.

    We do not have any arrangements with local motels or hotels. The two
    closest in downtown Knoxville are Hampton Inn and Executive Inn.
    Hampton is brand new and shows price of $111/night. It you want luxury
    then consider Holliday Inn, Hilton, or Marriott and Embassy Suites. For
    more reasonable prices consider Merchants and I-75 area - Quality Inn,
    Main Stay and Super 8 priced $65 to $90 and about 5 miles north from the Hamfest.

    As of 5-27 we have been offered a Hamfest rate (10% off) the Hampton Inn
    as follows
    Booking Link:

    https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?&ctyhocn=TYSHSHX& corporateCode=2789242

    (above URL all on one line)

    Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Knoxville-Downtown
    Company Name: Hamfest 2021

    Tentative Forum Schedule - Main Lobby North End.

    8:45 - 9:15 ARES District 8 Meeting

    9:30 - 10:45 ARRL TN and DELTA Division Update

    11:00 - 12:00 Digital Modes - PSK, FT4, FT8 by Burt Wagner WB4RA

    For more information, go to:
    http://www.w4bbb.org/knoxville-hamfest

    June 13, 2021

    Lou - WB3JKQ

    Ldreinho@att.net

    We will see you at the TN state Convention!

    73 ES DX

    DE K5UZ WB4RHQ

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Aug 23 19:01:13 2021
    Just in case you have not heard the Queen Wilhelmena is still being
    planned for this year.

    This will also serve as the Arkansas State Convention Hamfest for this
    year.

    I hope that to see many of you there, but we all understand if you do
    not feel safe in attending, this wonderful outdoor event on the top of
    the mountain.

    Hamfest Details:
    Event Name: Queen Wilhelmena Hamfest
    Event Date: September 10-11, 2021
    Event Time: 8-4
    Event City: Mena
    Event Sponsor(s): Queen Wilhelmena Hamfest Association
    Event Facility: Queen Wilhelmina State Park
    Event Facility Address: 3877 Hwy 88 west
    Exams being given: ARRL Sponsored Exams (Take your test
    to get your ticket or upgrade now that FCC license fees have been
    postponed from taking effect)
    Talk-In Freq: 146.790
    Event Web URL: http://menahamfest.net
    Contact Name: James Carnathan
    Contact Call Sign: N5AD
    Contact Email: n5ad@att.net

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    ARRL Arkansas Section
    Section Manager: James D Ferguson Jr, N5LKE
    n5lke@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------

    **

    As a side note, the Queen Wilhelmena Hamfest is the oldest hamfest
    west of the Mississippi River.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 27 21:08:27 2021
    Greetings Delta Members!

    Here is a reminder for the hamfest this weekend:

    Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest 2021

    Date: Saturday 08/28/2021

    Location: Cedars of Lebanon State Park
    328 Cedar Forest Rd
    Lebanon, TN 37087

    Sponsor: Short Mountain Repeater Club

    Talk-In: 146.910 MHz, 114.8

    Public Contact: Curt Porter , N4MEY
    3902 Ivy Dr Nashville, TN 37216
    Phone: 615-650-0806
    Email: portercw@bellsouth.net

    *****************************************************************

    Preparations for potential Hurricane Ida should be underway on the Gulf
    Coast. Let's keep a sharp eye out on this one and be ready to act by
    tater this weekend.

    We will have more information later as the situation develops.

    73

    DE K5UZ WB4RHQ

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Sep 10 20:17:27 2021

    Greetings Delta Members!

    Hurricane Ida pushed ashore on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
    This was the most powerful storm to hit the LA and MS coasts in decades
    causing some serious destruction in her wake. I want to commend those of
    you who spent tireless hours the past days helping the response and
    recovery operations that are still ongoing. Amateur radio came through
    as the communications bulwark again as most commercial and public service systems failed or temporarily went dark. Several of you in LA and MS have
    spent days bringing the messages through and providing that lifesaving electronic link to the world. Hams save lives! Yes, we do and to those of
    you in ARES/RACES or any of our served agency and NGO partners who have
    worked those hours and are still providing our valuable services, we thank
    you again. We will have a more detailed story coming out via these emails,
    the ARRL ARES Letter, QST and possibly CQ.

    *****************************************************************************

    THIS WEEKEND'S EYEBALL QSO EVENT:

    Queen Wilhelmena Hamfest, ARRL Arkansas State Convention

    Start Date: 09/10/2021
    End Date: 09/11/2021

    Location: Queen Wilhelmina State Park
    3877 Hwy 88 West
    Mena, AR 71953

    Website: http://menahamfest.net

    Sponsor: Queen Wilhilmena Hamfest Association

    Talk-In: 146.790

    Public Contact: James Carnathan , N5AD
    200 Loftis Creek Ln Mena, AR 71953
    Phone: 479-243-4921
    Email: n5ad@att.net

    In case you may have missed it, we are making progress with
    enforcement:

    August 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

    09/09/2021

    The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL
    and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enhance compliance in
    the Amateur Radio Service. This is the VM Program Report for August
    2021.

    ! Licensees in Pawcatuck, Connecticut; Wamego, Kansas; Valley Cottage,
    New York; Long Valley, New Jersey; Columbia, South Carolina, and
    Maryville, Tennessee, were sent Advisory Notices concerning operation on frequencies that were set aside for Haiti earthquake emergency
    communications by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Emergency Coordinator.

    ! Licensees in Prineville, Winston, Silver Lake, and Roseburg, Oregon;
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Houston, Texas, were sent Advisory
    Notices concerning failure to identify, as required by Section 97.119(a)
    of the FCC Amateur Radio Service, pursuant to a nationwide rule
    compliance review of operations on 3.819 MHz and 3.953 MHz.

    ! A former licensee in Seabrook, Texas, was sent an Advisory Notice
    concerning operation with an expired license.

    ! An FT8 operator in Orion, Michigan, was sent to an Advisory Notice
    reminding him of the 200 W power limit on 30 meters.

    ! A licensee in New Caney, Texas, was sent a final notice that his case
    was being referred to the FCC for license revocation or deletion of
    voice privileges from his license.

    ! A Good Operator commendation was sent to an operator in Roseville, California, for Exemplary Amateur Procedure on May 21, 2021, during the 40-meter California Rescue Communications Net.

    The revised total for VM monitoring in July was 5,746 hours — the
    highest number of hours monitored since the inception of the VM
    Program.

    The IT staff at ARRL Headquarters completed work on an automated system
    for Volunteer Monitors to report monthly monitoring hours and Incident
    Reports.

    - Thanks to Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, Volunteer Monitor Program
    Administrator

    ********************************************************************

    Ed and I will see you at Mena tomorrow!

    73 ES DX

    DE K5UZ WB4RHQ

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Oct 15 17:03:57 2021
    Greetings all!

    I had a great time last weekend in Slidell for the Ozone Club's Slidell
    EOC Hamfest. The new location was quite impressive at the Slidell
    Municipal Center. It was great to see everyone both old friends and new
    and to get to socialize in person once again. Thank you Pres. Dave, K5OZ,
    John, KF5OPB, and the club for the great hospitality. Also, all of you
    who participated in ARRL/LA ARES forum with AI5B, K5JMR, and self get a
    round of applause for the great participation and interest exhibited. TU!

    This weekend's eyeball event is in Chattanooga, TN:

    Hamfest Chattanooga 2021
    10/16/2021
    Location: Camp Jordan Amphitheater - (Parking Lot)
    Camp Jordan Pkwy
    East Ridge, TN
    Website: https://www.w4am.net

    Sponsor: Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Talk-In: 146.790, pl 107.2

    Public Contact: Gary Ownsby, AK4ZX
    5251-C Highway 153, #127 Hixson, TN 37343
    Phone: 423-308-3477
    Email: info@w4am.net

    NOTICE: OUR RAIN CONTINGENCY PLAN IS NOW IN EFFECT.

    Though Saturday, October 16th is expected to be good weather for our
    hamfest, Friday night has a higher chance of rain than we find to be
    acceptable since our event was to be on grass.

    To eliminate problems with wet grass and mud, we are exercising our Rain Contingency Plan and relocating our event to the parking lot just across
    the street from the Greenspace. This parking lot location provides
    level parking, nearby restrooms, and easy access. The new location is
    less than 100 feet from the original site.

    Use this link for more details:

    https://www.w4am.net/hamfest-chattanooga-2021/

    73 ES have fun in Chattanooga!

    DE K5UZ

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 11 12:26:32 2021
    Greeting Delta Members and Amateurs.

    I put forth a brief reminder of the two hamfests along the Gulf Coast
    this weekend, one in MS and another in LA.

    A two-day event is in Ocean Springs, MS:

    Jackson County ARA Hamfest

    Start Date: 11/12/2021 - Open to public from 4:30 - 8:00 PM
    End Date: 11/13/2021 - 8:00 AM to 3:00PM

    Location: St. Martin Community Center
    15008 Lemoyne Boulevard
    Ocean Springs, MS 39564

    Website: http://www.jcmsara.com/

    Sponsor: Jackson County Amateur Radio Association

    Talk-In: 145.110 Neg 123

    Public Contact: John Ryan, KJ4NJT
    10480 Klein Road Apt 192 Gulfport, MS 39503-3519
    Phone: 843-410-8295
    Email: KJ4NJT@arrl.net

    See the flyer at:
    https://www.JCARA-Ham-Fest-Event-Flyer-2021.pdf (jcmsara.com)

    The second event is the Greater New Orleans Hamfest: Saturday 13
    November, 2021:

    2021 The Greater New Orleans Ham Fest

    11/13/2021

    Location: VFW Hall
    1133 Hickory Ave.
    Harahan, LA

    Website: http://ccarg.org

    Sponsor: Crescent City Amateur Radio Group

    Talk-In: 146.82 repeater PL Tone 114.8

    Public Contact: Joe Glorioso, N5OZG
    727 N ATLANTA ST METAIRIE, LA 70003
    Phone: 504-288-7084
    Email: Joen5ozg@hotmail.com

    I do have business in the NOLA and Gulfport area this week and weekend
    so I will be attending both events, Jackson County on Friday and the
    Greater New Orleans Hamfest Saturday.

    73 ES DX

    DE K5UZ

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Nov 26 09:13:58 2021
    The Lawrence County Amateur Radio Club in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, has announced on their website (www.w5wra.org) the date of Winterfest 2022.

    Typically the first hamfest in Arkansas each year, the 2021 event was canceled due to COVID-19. However, as of now, they're planning to hold
    the 2022 Winterfest the second weekend of February.

    Setup will be after 3pm on Friday, February 11, and the doors will
    open at 8am on Saturday, February 12. All tables will be $10 each. The
    event will be at the Hoxie Convention Center, where it has been the last several years. There will also likely be an ARRL Forum and VE Testing,
    as both of these have been done in years past. Details on those will be
    posted as soon as possible.

    US 67 is a straight shot northeast from the Little Rock Metropolitan
    Area, at its junction with Interstate 40 at Exit 155...2 miles east of
    the junction of Interstate 30 and Interstate 40 at Exit 153. Look for
    the Hoxie exit...it's around a 90 minute to 2 hour drive from central
    Arkansas. There are plans to build a 40 mile segment in northeastern
    Arkansas and southeastern Missouri...eventually linking to, and then
    becoming Interstate 57, which currently runs through portions of
    Illinois and Missouri. How long that will take to complete is anyone's guess...but US 67 is "interstate grade" all the way to Highway 412 in
    northeast Arkansas. This highway runs east to west across northern
    Arkansas, and further west, it also goes through the communities of
    Harrison and Eureka Springs.

    For reservations, or more information on the Lawrence County Winterfest,
    call or contact Dale, K5ZXH, at (870) 759-2067, or via email to
    stratton_dale at yahoo.com -- from their website, it appears that
    talk-in will be on the 147.045 repeater, which is also available
    on Echolink on node 593943 with the callsign W5WRA. The repeater
    itself is located in Imboden, Arkansas.

    Note that this is the same weekend as Orlando Hamcation in Florida.
    So, for those in the MidSouth wanting a hamfest, but not the expense
    and distance of Orlando Hamcation, the Hoxie hamfest is a nice compact
    hamfest to go to.

    Also, I understand from Rick, KA2BSM, that the MidSouth Amateur
    Radio Association (MARA) is planning to hold its 2022 Freefest on
    Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Bartlett, Tennessee.

    Like with the Lawrence County Winterfest, the 2021 Freefest was
    canceled due to COVID-19 issues. For more information on Freefest,
    send an email to Art Barnett at memphis.freefest at gmail dot com

    Bartlett is located on the east side of Memphis, Tennessee, off
    of Interstate 40. It's about a 2 1/2 hour drive from central Arkansas.

    From their website, here are directions to Freefest:

    Bartlett Station Municipal Center (behind the library)
    5868 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN
    North side of Stage Road just west of Bartlett Boulevard

    Talk-in on the 147.03 repeater, +600 KHz offset, PL Tone 107.2

    From Arkansas:
    I-40 east to Covington Pike, Exit 10 - turn left on Covington Pike -
    turn left on highway 64 (Stage Road) - cross RR Tracks - FreeFest
    on left

    From Mississippi:
    I-240 North - 40 East - first exit Sycamore View Rd - left on
    Sycamore View Road (becomes Bartlett Boulevard) - left on highway
    64 (Stage Road) - FreeFest on right just before RR track

    From Millington, Tennessee:
    51 South - 40 east - Covington Pike Exit 10 - left on Covington Pike -
    right on 64 Stage Road - Cross RR Tracks - FreeFest on left

    From highway 385:
    Highway 385 - Highway 14 Austin Peay Highway South - 64 Stage Road
    exit - left on 64 Stage Road - Cross RR Tracks - FreeFest on left

    From East of Memphis, Tennessee:
    I-40 west to Sycamore View Road exit - Stay right onto Sycamore View
    Road which becomes Bartlett Boulevard - left onto highway 64
    (Stage Road) - FreeFest on right just before RR tracks

    From highway 64:
    Exit highway 64 East - cross Bartlett Boulevard - FreeFest on right
    just before RR tracks

    Note that the tracks are an active line with CSX transportation,
    so at times, you may have to wait for a freight train to clear the
    railroad crossing.

    Lastly, for road conditions and construction information, visit the
    website of IDriveArkansas at https://www.idrivearkansas.com -- you
    can click on adjacent states (Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri) for related websites.

    The IDrive Arkansas website indicates the following items:

    Traffic Patterns:

    Normal, Slow, Very Slow, and Stopped. In the case of the latter two,
    you may wish to consider an alternate route. Exit Numbers and Mile
    Markers are available. Traffic Cameras are available at selected
    locations.

    Construction Zones:

    It's said that "the two seasons on the road are winter, and road construction". This option shows construction zones, gives details,
    along with current and future lane closures.

    In Arkansas, traffic fines DOUBLE in WORK ZONES when workers are present...and if you are stopped by law enforcement. Personally, I
    feel it should be much more than that, along with impoundment of
    one's vehicle, and revocation of one's drivers license.

    On some maps, available detour options are shown.

    Highway Closures:

    If the highway is closed for construction or flooding...or if there
    is an incident (i.e. a vehicle wreck/accident), it will be so noted.

    Weather:

    This option notes weather radar, warnings, and current conditions.
    Obviously if there are visibility restrictions (fog, smoke, blowing
    dust, haze), precipitation (rain, snow, or ice), or severe weather
    (tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds, flooding), you will need to
    consider either alternate routes, detours, or even postponing your
    trip until the weather clears.

    For more details on weather warnings for Arkansas, you can go to https://www.weather.gov/lzk -- the website for the National Weather
    Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. You can click on the arrows for
    adjacent weather sites...including those located in Memphis, Tennessee... Jackson, Mississippi...Shreveport, Louisiana...Fort Worth, Texas...
    Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma...Springfield, Missouri...and Paducah, Kentucky.

    With visibility restrictions, you'll need to slow down, use low beam headlights, leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front
    of you, and allow extra time to reach your destination. Deadly chain
    reaction accidents in areas of fog, smoke, blowing dust, etc. have
    occurred, because people were driving too fast for conditions...and
    many are injured or killed as a result.

    With wet, or snowy/icy roads, it takes a far greater distance to stop
    safely than on dry pavement. You can easily lose control of your motor
    vehicle, and become involved in a huge traffic accident...and may be
    seriously injured if not killed.

    As a side note, the speed limits are NOT suggestions. Many feel that
    it's with "the flow of traffic", even if they are driving above the
    speed limit. On many multi-lane roads and interstates, the left lane
    should be used for passing...slower traffic (doing the speed limit)
    should stay in the right lane instead.

    For more hamfest information, go to www.arrl.org -- click on the
    Hamfests And Conventions link, enter the desired criteria, and click
    SEARCH.

    As a side note, I have NOT heard ANY information on hamfests either
    in Russellville (normally the first Saturday in March), or Fort Smith
    (normally the first Saturday in April). The Russellville Hamfest
    website is at www.arvarf.com -- and the Fort Smth Hamfest website
    is at hangingjudgehamfest.com

    As of Nov. 25, 2021, there is NO MENTION of a hamfest on the
    Russellville website, and there is still data from the 2020 hamfest
    on the Fort Smith website. Both of these hamfests in 2021 were
    canceled due to COVID-19 issues.

    However, Mena is planning to do their 2022 Hamfest on Sept. 9-10,
    2022 -- it's always the weekend after Labor Day, and it's the oldest
    hamfest west of the Mississippi River. Their website is located at www.menahamfest.net

    Also, the K5BOC Memorial Hamfest is set for Oct. 8, 2022 -- it's a
    small hamfest on Petit Jean Mountain. Their website is located at
    www.k5boc.net

    At this time, I'm not sure which of these I'll be able to attend.
    Health and financial issues, not to mention long drives or rides,
    are very hard on me physically.

    Daryl Stout, WX4QZ
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jan 20 17:12:46 2022
    The Russellville, Arkansas Hamfest, scheduled for March 5th, 2022, has been CANCELED.

    Just a few minutes ago, I posted the official statement on Facebook.

    With the uncertainty of COVID-19, there were not any other alternatives.

    I am very sorry and disappointed for myself and many other fellow Amateur
    Radio Operators in the area. Many other Conventions and Events are also rethinking their 2022 schedules. The International DX Convention that's in California, just canceled. I suspect that there will be more.

    The club is going to try and have an outdoor or open air event in the fall,
    if at all possible. Possibly a Tailgate or Swap Meet of some sort.

    73 - John, WB5BHS, President, ARVARF

    ***

    As a side note, the current number of Covid-19 cases in Arkansas (most
    are with the Omicron variant...with some of the Delta variant, and some
    with both) are increasing on an average of 10,000 per day. Back on the
    12th of January, there were over 11,000 new cases.

    As of now, the Lawrence County Winterfest at Hoxie is still set for
    Saturday, February 12...the same weekend as Orlando Hamcation. However,
    with the rise of Covid-19 cases, it wouldn't surprise me if many of
    these events are also canceled. Please call before you travel, to be
    sure you aren't going to waste a trip.

    Daryl, WX4QZ
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jan 27 17:10:39 2022
    Greetings Delta Members and Amateurs

    It has been a busy two weeks thus far for K5UZ. Last week was the ARRL
    Board of Directors meeting and I have been working on related matters of
    the ARRL Board and the ARRL Foundation. Progress was made on several
    fronts as we continue to see the changes at HQ with respect to improving
    member benefits and services. I will provide a full account of what
    transpired as the final details of our work is completed. At any
    measure, it is good to be back in the Division.

    ************************************************************************

    I want to remind everyone that this weekend is the ARRL Delta Division Convention hosted by the Jackson Amateur Radio Club Capital City hamfest
    in Jackson, MS, January 28th and 29th, 2022. Our special guest from
    ARRL HQ will be the new Education and Learning Manager, our very own
    Steve Goodgame, K5ATA. Steve is from Abbeville, MS and is currently
    working both at HQ and telecommuting. Steve has a proven track record
    with schools and education involving amateur radio and will be giving us
    a good look at the direction ARRL is going with lifelong learning and education. Let's turn out at the convention/hamfest forum and support
    Steve and his efforts.

    Here is the information on the JARC Capital City Hamfest:

    Jackson MS Capital City Hamfest 2022, ARRL Delta Division Convention
    Start Date: 01/28/2022
    End Date: 01/29/2022

    Location: Mississippi Trademart
    1200 Mississippi St.
    Jackson, MS 39201

    Website: http://www.msham.org

    Sponsor: Jackson Amateur Radio Club

    Talk-In: 146.76- 77hz

    Public Contact: Ben Waltman , KE5JKD
    118 Harmony Circle Crystal Springs, MS 39059
    Phone: 601-892-3209
    Email: jarctreasurer@outlook.com

    Be sure to drop by the ARRL table for any card checking or just to shoot
    the breeze with W5XX, WB4RHQ, K5UZ, K5ATA or any other ARRL official
    that may be in the house. We will see you there!

    ************************************************************************

    UPCOMING HAMFESTS/CONVENTIONS

    Winter-Fest 2022
    02/12/2022
    Location: Hoxie Service Center
    500 SW Lawrence
    Hoxie , AR 72433
    Sponsor: Lawrence County ARC

    Talk-In: 147.045
    Public Contact: Glendal Floyd , W5WEC
    104 Larkspur St. AR Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
    Phone: 870-759-2626
    Email: w5wec@suddenlink.net

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    MTARS Tullahoma Hamfest
    03/12/2022
    Location: First United Methodist Church
    208 West Lauderdale St.
    Tullahoma, TN 37388
    Website: https://www.qsl.net/mtars/
    Sponsor: Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society (MTARS)

    Talk-In: 146.700 -600 offset, PL Tone 114.8
    Public Contact: Larry Cagle , K4WLO
    100 Urban Farms Lane Manchester, TN 37355
    Phone: 251-680-3520
    Email: k4wlo@arrl.net

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    10th Sevier County Hamfest
    03/19/2022
    Location: Sevier County Fairgrounds & Exhibit Hall
    754 Old Knoxville Hwy
    Sevierville, TN 37862
    Website: http://seviercountyars.com
    Sponsor: Sevier County Amateur Radio Society

    Talk-In: 146.940 No Tone
    Public Contact: Richard Sawaya , N4JTQ
    2005 Spence Mountain Loop Sevierville, TN 37876
    Phone: 606-207-7349
    Email: n4jtq@live.com

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    April Fool Hamfest
    Start Date: 04/02/2022
    End Date: 04/03/2022
    Location: Crossroads Arena
    2800 South Harper Road
    Corinth, MS 38834
    Website: http://acares.reiselt.com
    Sponsor: Alcorn County ARES

    Talk-In: 146.925 MHz, no tone
    Public Contact: Harold Bullard , K5WHB
    7 County Road 303 Corinth, MS 38834
    Phone: 662-415-6817
    Email: harold.bullard@gmail.com

    ************************************************************************

    Memphis FreeFest
    04/09/2022
    Location: Bartlett Station Municipal Center Auditorium
    5868 Stage Rd.
    Bartlett, TN
    Website: http://maraonline.org/freefest
    Sponsor: Mid-South Amateur Radio Association

    Talk-In: 147.03/147.63 (PL 107.2)
    Public Contact: Art Barnett , WA4PSS
    4133 Minden Rd. Memphis, TN 38117
    Phone: 901-619-5573
    Email: wa4pss@gmail.com

    ************************************************************************

    Until next time,

    73 ES DX

    DE K5UZ
    WB4RHQ

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    Director: David A Norris, K5UZ
    k5uz@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Feb 9 16:52:14 2022
    Greetings Delta Division Members,

    This weekend the eyeball events are in Hoxie, AR and of course the ARRL National Convention in Orlando. I will be in Orlando as the newly
    elected ARRL Foundation President (not to be confused with Rick, K5UR,
    ARRL President) and for the first time in quite a while unable to attend Winter-Fest in Hoxie. Section Staff will be handling the Forum and ARRL
    table.

    Some of you have inquired as to the ARRL Membership application or
    renewals through the ARRL affiliated club. There is a specific form the
    club uses to report and apply in order to get the rebate or commission
    as we like to call it. Via the ARRL Club Commission Reconciliation Form,
    clubs can retain $15.00 per NEW ARRL member and $2.00 on renewals. The
    form can be downloaded from the ARRL website as a pdf at

    http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Membership/ARRLAffiliatedClubMembership Application.pdf

    (above URL all on one line)

    Thank you for your interest and a chance to help both the ARRL and your
    club!

    ***********************************************************************

    Upcoming Hamfests

    Winter-Fest 2022
    02/12/2022

    Location: Hoxie Service Center
    500 SW Lawrence
    Hoxie, AR 72433

    Sponsor: Lawrence County ARC

    Talk-In: 147.045

    Public Contact: Glendal Floyd , W5WEC
    104 Larkspur St. AR Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
    Phone: 870-759-2626
    Email: w5wec@suddenlink.net

    **

    MTARS Tullahoma Hamfest
    03/12/2022

    Location: First United Methodist Church
    208 West Lauderdale St.
    Tullahoma, TN 37388

    Website: https://www.qsl.net/mtars/

    Sponsor: Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society (MTARS)

    Talk-In: 146.700 -600 offset, PL Tone 114.8

    Public Contact: Larry Cagle , K4WLO
    100 Urban Farms Lane Manchester, TN 37355
    Phone: 251-680-3520
    Email: k4wlo@arrl.net

    **

    10th Sevier County Hamfest
    03/19/2022

    Location: Sevier County Fairgrounds & Exhibit Hall
    754 Old Knoxville Hwy
    Sevierville, TN 37862

    Website: http://seviercountyars.com

    Sponsor: Sevier County Amateur Radio Society

    Talk-In: 146.940 No Tone

    Public Contact: Richard Sawaya , N4JTQ
    2005 Spence Mountain Loop Sevierville, TN 37876
    Phone: 606-207-7349
    Email: n4jtq@live.com

    **

    April Fool Hamfest
    Start Date: 04/02/2022
    End Date: 04/03/2022

    Location: Crossroads Arena
    2800 South Harper Road
    Corinth, MS 38834

    Website: http://acares.reiselt.com

    Sponsor: Alcorn County ARES

    Talk-In: 146.925 MHz, no tone

    Public Contact: Harold Bullard , K5WHB
    7 County Road 303 Corinth, MS 38834
    Phone: 662-415-6817
    Email: harold.bullard@gmail.com

    **

    Memphis FreeFest
    04/09/2022

    Location: Bartlett Station Municipal Center Auditorium
    5868 Stage Rd.
    Bartlett, TN

    Website: http://maraonline.org/freefest

    Sponsor: Mid-South Amateur Radio Association

    Talk-In: 147.03/147.63 (PL 107.2)

    Public Contact: Art Barnett , WA4PSS
    4133 Minden Rd. Memphis, TN 38117
    Phone: 901-619-5573
    Email: wa4pss@gmail.com

    ***********************************************************************

    Until next time,

    73 ES DX

    DE K5UZ
    WB4RHQ

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    ARRL Delta Division
    Director: David A Norris, K5UZ
    k5uz@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jun 17 20:41:28 2022
    Greetings Delta Member and Amateurs.

    This weekend is the Tennessee State Convention hosted by the RACK
    Knoxville Hamfest and Electronics Exposition. WB4RHQ and I will be in attendance and looking forward to seeing everyone again.

    Field Day is next weekend. Be sure to invite your local officials and
    EMA managers. This is the time for us to highlight amateur radio and
    what we are capable of. The WX will be hot in the Delta Division so take appropriate measures for the heat.

    *************************************************************************

    Upcoming Conventions and Hamfests:

    Knoxville Hamfest and Electronics Convention, ARRL Tennessee State
    Convention
    06/18/2022
    Location: Kerbela Temple
    315 Mimosa Ave.
    Knoxville, TN 37901
    Website: http://WWW.W4BBB.ORG
    Sponsor: Radio Amateur Club of Knoxville
    Talk-In: 147.300 T100
    Public Contact: Jim Norman , N4CFB
    2521 Pendelton Dr Knoxville, TN 37924
    Phone: 865-310-8310
    Email: JimN4CFB@gmail.com

    18th Annual MCARC Hamfest
    07/16/2022
    Location: McMinn County Expo Center
    Athens Regional Park, Decatur Pike
    Athens, TN 37303
    Website: http://mcminnarc.com
    Sponsor: McMinn County Amateur Radio Club
    Talk-In: 147.060 (-) 141.3
    Public Contact: Phil Prichard , KC4JIY
    1978 County Rd. 50 Riceville, TN 37370
    Phone: 423-368-1473
    Email: KC4JIY@yahoo.com

    2022 Greater Nashville & Middle Tennessee HamQuest
    07/30/2022
    Location: James E. Ward Agricultural Center "Wilson County / Tennessee
    State Fairgrounds"
    935 E. Baddour Parkway
    Lebanon, TN 37087
    Website: https://midtnhamquest.com/
    Sponsor: Wilson County Amateur Radio Club
    Talk-In: 147.105 + Tone 156.7
    Public Contact: William Uthoff, KK4WU
    528 Cedar Grove Road Lebanon, TN 37087
    Phone: 615-483-5982
    Email: kk4wu@bellsouth.net

    Shreveport Bossier Hamfest
    08/14/2022
    Location: Louisiana State Fair grounds AG building
    3205 Pershing Ave.
    Shreveport, LA
    Website: http://www.k5sar.com
    Sponsor: Shreveport Amatuer Radio
    Talk-In: 146.820 open no tone
    Public Contact: Robert Davis , KB5RD
    4355 Colonial Shreveport, LA 71119
    Phone: 318-230-1242

    Huntsville Hamfest, ARRL Southeastern Division Convention
    Start Date: 08/20/2022
    End Date: 08/21/2022
    Location: Von Braun Center
    700 Monroe St. SW
    Huntsville, AL 35801
    Website: http://hamfest.org
    Sponsor: Huntsville Hamfest, Inc.
    Talk-In: 146.94 100 Hz
    Public Contact: Mark Brown , N4BCD
    146 Smith Mill Rd Fayetteville, TN 37334
    Phone: 256-503-8887
    Email: mark.n4bcd@yahoo.com

    Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest
    08/27/2022
    Location: Cedars of Lebanon State Park
    328 Cedar Forest Rd
    Lebanon, TN 37087
    Website: http://www.smrclub.com
    Sponsor: Short Mountain Repeater Club
    Talk-In: 146.91-
    Public Contact: Doug Carroll , KN4YSU
    2241 Henry Cove Rd. Hillsboro, TN 37342
    Phone: 615-787-7672
    Email: kn4ysu@gmail.com Email: bobn5zvw@gmail.com

    73 ES DX

    DE K5UZ WB4RHQ

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    Director: David A Norris, K5UZ
    k5uz@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)