FARS Winter Banquet - January 20, 2017

The FARS Winter Banquet was help Friday evening, January 20, 2017. The Foothills Amateur Radio Society (FARS) presented this ham radio event and fete. This annual event is open to anyone who wants to attend, but reservations are required.

This year we invited the West Valley Amateur Radio Association (WVARA) to join us at our 2017 Winter Banquet. We welcome West Valley members.

Sign-ups are closed.

Our program

VKØEK Heard Island 2016: DXing, exploring,
and communicating in the extremes.
Bob Schmieder, KK6EK
January 20th, 2017 - 6:00PM

[QST Cover October 2016]
QST Cover, October 2016

During March/April, 2016, a team of 14 men sailed from Cape Town, South Africa, to Heard Island, in the middle of the Indian Ocean and nearly to Antarctica.

It was the first scientific expedition in more than 15 years, and the first activation for amateur radio in 19 years. During their 3-week stay on the island, the team logged more than 75,000 QSOs, including more than 3200 on 160 m; implemented numerous IT innovations such as real-time online logs (DXA), live internet connection and Skype interviews, help desk, GPS tracking, two websites, and Facebook and Twitter; and were the first to enter and explore a new (10-year-old) lagoon, and collect samples of the rocks, soil, sediment, and water.

The project was much more than a pure radio DXpedition; it was a multidisciplinary exploration into advancing the technology and techniques of 21st Century expeditions to remote and environmentally sensitive sites, sure to be a topic of concern and discussion for future DXpeditions.

Speaker Bio

Robert Schmieder, KK6EK, has been organizing and leading scientific expeditions for 35 years. He is the founder of the nonprofit oceanic research organization Cordell Expeditions, which has to its credit more than 1000 discoveries, including new species, range and depth extensions, and first observations. https://vk0ek.org/

Among his notable DXpeditions are 3Y0PI, XR0X/Y, VK0IR, XR0Z, K7C, TX5K, and VK0EK. He is the author of seven expedition books, is honored by four names species, and is listed in the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

Raffle prizes for the Banquet

We had over $1,500 in prizes for the banquet raffle. Here is a list of prizes (and winners) raffled at the banquet. [Photos courtesy of Bob, WB2URF.]

[Elecraft KX2 Transceiver]

Elecraft KX2 Transceiver is just 13 ounces, outputs 10W and cover 9 amateur radio bands from 80m to 10m. It's powerful 32-bit DSP offers dual watch, stereo audio, user-programmable filter bandwidths, noise blanking, noise reduction, and auto-notch. RTTY and PSK data modes are built-in. And much more.
Winner: Peri, KI6SLX.
[Kenwood TM-V71A]

TM-V71A - Kenwood 2M/440 Mobile radio with Echolink; 50-Watts on both VHF and UHF; 1,000 Multifunction Memory Channels; Dual Receive on Same Band (VxV, UxU)
Winner: Cliff, K6CLS.

GP5 SSB - CountyComm GP-5 SSB General Receiver LW/AM/FM/HF(2.5-30MHz)
Winner: Wilko, AG6DK.

TBJ-1 PVC Tri-Band Antenna - 146MHz/220MHz/440MHz J-Pole Antenna by Edison Fong, WB6IQN, donated by Ed himself.
Winner: Scott, N6NXI.
[Bioenno Power BLF-1203W] [Bioenno Power BPC-1502DC]

Bioenno Power BLF-1203W - 12 Volt 3Ah LFP Battery (PVC) - LiFePO4


Bioenno Power BPC-1502DC 14.6V, 2A AC-to-DC Charger (DC Plug) for 12V LiFePO4 Batteries
Winner: Kristen, K6WX.
[MFJ-392B Headphones]
MFJ-392B Headphones
Winner: Linda, KK6GZP.
[Lido LM-801EXP]

Lido LM-801EXP Adjustable Cup-holder Mount w/ belt-clip/button mount and AMPS plate
Winner: Bill, K6VWO.
[MFJ-121B Clock]

MFJ-121B Dual Clock - 12/24 Hour LCD Atomic Clock
Winner: Wilko, AG6DK.

Winner: John, W1JDS.

[MFJ-1702C Antenna Switch]

MFJ-1702C - 2 Position Coax Switch with Surge Protection - UHF Female SO-239 Connectors
Winner: Steve, K6OIK.
[Maxx Mount AM-LSP]

Maxx Mount AM-LSP - Large Smartphone / Standard GPS - Automobile Mount
Winner: Bob, KK6EK.
[Powerwerx BT-JUNIOR]

Powerwerx BT-JUNIOR - Battery Tender Junior - Charges GelCells and Sealed Cell Batteries (12V)
Winner: Peri, KI6SLX.
[SRH77CA Antenna]
Diamond SRH77CA - SMA 2M/440cm HT antenna (2 prizes)

Winners: Vic, AB6SO and Mikel, KN6QI.
[Power Pole 10 pack]
Anderson 30A Power Poles - 10 pack
Winner: Mark, K6MDHK.
[Raffle Prize]

Silver Teflon PL-259 connectors (2 prizes)

Winners: Mark, K6MDH and Vic AB6SO.

Banquet attendees are encouraged to wear their club badges to show their club pride. We have stick on name tags for those who don't have or forget to wear their club badge.

Schedule: 6:00PM - Open Bar (No Host)
7:00PM - Dinner
8:00PM - Presentation
9:00PM - Announcements, Awards, Raffle

Refund Policy

Cash or Check Payments

Full refunds will be made for cancellations received by 6:00 PM on Monday, January 16th, 2017. Refunds are paid by check. Allow up to 30 days to receive your refund.

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Full refunds will be given for cancellations received by 6:00 PM on Monday, January 16th, 2017. However, if the cancellation is more than one hundred and fifty (150) days after payment was made, the refund may be reduced to cover processing expenses. Refunds are paid via PayPal. Allow 15 days to receive your refund.

Last updated June 3, 2017