Radio Day in the Park, Starkville

Well, the Day in the Park was a success. We had a couple of potential new hams come by and we were able to get our hands on some great equipment, courtesy of MFJ. The Xiegu G90 is an incredible little radio packed with features and will get you excited about QRP operations, if you’re not already excited about it. We had 20+ in attendance throughout the day and beautiful weather, with a light breeze most of the morning. Below are some pictures from the event, taken by John (K5DDT). John, we thank you for capturing the day so well. It was well attended and I thank everyone for coming out and having a great time.

If you’ve been on the Magnolia ARC Facebook page, or checked in to the W5YD net recently, you’ve probably heard something about the MagARC and Lowndes ARC clubs getting together for a Day in the Park on July 13th. With the LoCoARC meeting night falling on July 4th we’ve decided to get the clubs together on July 13th for a Radio Day in the Park and we’ve invited the public to attend.

The plan is to grab a quick breakfast at Vowell’s and head over to McKee Park, located near the Starkville Sportsplex on Lynn Lane, for our Day in the Park. As usual there will be a station or two setup, but we’ll either use one of these or an additional setup as a GOTA station.

Mark, W5TXR, has indicated that he would be interested in doing a satellite communication demo that day. Here’s what I’d like to see for this event, since we hope to have a good public turnout. Whether or not you setup a working station try to bring something related to amateur radio that you feel comfortable talking about.

Homebrew projects would be great to have represented and would give a “station” if you will for kids to go to and ask questions. Ask yourself what your favorite part of the radio field is and bring something relative to that. I want everyone to be involved as much as you want to be involved. Don’t leave that park wishing you’d brought something or had done something more.

Antennas, Go kits, portable station, HT, computer, QSL cards, CW key (I’ll bring a practice key from MFJ for someone to demo with), etc… N5ZNI, Jeff, has his QSL cards in albums. How cool would it be for a kid to come up and flip through an album and see a QSL card from a battleship or one of the cool cards from W9IMS with Nascar stuff.

This is a great opportunity for us to showcase what we love about amateur radio and spark interest in someone else, so don’t just come out and be there. Come out and share your excitement about amateur radio with whoever comes by.

We’ll have a blast together, undoubtedly, and I bet we’ll recruit a few more folks into the world of ham radio. I can’t wait to see you there.

73 de K5RFL, Caleb

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