Thus went the recorded CQ message on the IC-7000 from our display at the fair. (Did you know that the IC-7000 has the ability to record four voice files? I didn’t until we started operating on Monday morning).
The bands didn’t cooperate much, and it wasn’t until Tuesday evening that we started making any real number of contacts. The total was around 30.
But the real value of our setup and operation was fourfold:
- First, we got some great exposure for OEM and for our ARES unit. In fact it appears that we’ll have two new members; a father and son team, and the son is 15 years old (been licensed since he was 12).
- Second, those who came an operated learned a lot about the use of the IC-7000, which is of course one of our major goals. I’m now pretty functional on this radio and before the fair, I wasn’t
- Third, two of our newest members got some training on setting up the trailer and it’s antenna systems. Special thanks to John K7JLT, and Jake K7JRC, who put out an extra effort to be there to help with setup.
- Fourth, this was the most operating we’ve ever done from the trailer, and we learned quite a bit about the ins and outs of using the trailer in a real operational situation
Special thanks to the following for their help and their presence:W7ILD – Todd KF7THT – Sheri K7JLT – John K7JRC – Jake N9IIS – Dave K7EWB – Eric K7VV – Vince KD7LA – Marty KD0DUA – Patrick W7SDP – John As I was hooking up to the trailer on Wednesday morning, our coordinator from the Fair staff came by and told us she hoped we would be there for the entire fair next year. Whether we can or not, it’s very nice to have been that well received. PS: More pictures coming. Our PIO staff took a number and I’m waiting to get them from Cory and Kim