After the May 5th meeting, the airwaves were busy until late into the night with hams talking about our CAUHF Group meeting with Gordon West and his presentation on weak signal VHF, UHF and Tropospheric Ducting. He spent a few minutes in the beginning talking about ways the weather and atmospheric conditions affect radio signals, especially those in the VHF and UHF bands. He played some recordings of some incredible UHF QSO’s between California and Hawaii (2500 miles)–absolutely amazing! And he told us how we could do the same with very little equipment.
He went on to talk about the future of amateur radio and he says it is a bright one–so long as we continue to recruit young people into the hobby and teach them what we know and have learned up to now. Some of the younger generation are already challenging us experienced hams with new digital methods and ideas.
He also had some great ideas for re-energizing an amateur radio club, getting more people involved and recruiting new members! We took notes!
The banquet food was amazing at Delicious Temptations. We had a choice of broiled pork loin chops or broiled salmon. Chef Tony and his staff put out a very nice spread with fresh vegetables–and a fresh strawberry pastry for dessert! He invited us to come back and hold a meeting in his restaurant at any time in the future!
The food was great but again, the main event was GORDON WEST, WB6NOA. Just like those three or four in our group who have met him in person, last night’s meeting was one we will never forget! Just remember, you can get his wisdom, teachings and antics every Wednesday night LIVE on Ham Nation. Just go to www.twit.tv and click on the Live Stream button.
We warned him to expect more inquiries from other Arkansas clubs–there are many other fine clubs around The Natural State.
The meeting concluded with a raffle drawing for a new Baofeng UV-5R dual band radio, a nice set of Craftsmen screwdrivers, a 2-pack of Craftsman nylon tool bags, a Greenlee wire stripper and a Lufkin 25 foot steel measuring tape. One person WON TWO prizes! How lucky can you get?
Did you miss this special meeting? Well, don’t miss another CAUHF Group Meeting! All of them are SPECIAL! See you on June 2nd, 5:30 p.m. OUTSIDE on the grounds of the State Capitol.