June 27, 2013

Greetings fellow Rag-chewers and radio enthusiasts. Our regular monthly meeting of the Grande Ronde Radio Amateurs Association was held Thursday evening, June 27, 2013, at the La Grande fire station on Cove Avenue. It’s summer so I guess we have to endure sparsely attended meetings. Oh well, folks are busy.

There are still lots of things going on. I’ll hit the high spots:

Union County Fair. As I’m sure most of you are aware, the club will be having a fair booth for the first time ever this year. This will be the best opportunity we’ve ever had to introduce ham radio to the general public. Our booth will be decorated with colorful banners, maps and other ham stuff. We’ll have past issues of QST Magazine for people to look at as well as sample study materials for license testing. If that weren’t enough, we’ll be operating a special event station from the booth! We’ve been sanctioned by the ARRL to operate using call sign W7GRA. Check it out on page 95 of the latest issue (July) of QST Magazine. You’re excited, right? Here’s the deal; to make this a success we need help manning the booth. The fair will run from Wednesday, July 31 through Saturday, August 3 for about ten hours a day. One or two people can’t do it all. WE NEED YOU TO HELP. For more details email me at bikeguru08@yahoo.com or phone me at 541-963-0338.

2nd Annual Swap Meet will be held on Saturday, August 17, at the Union County Fairgrounds 4-H building. If you have radio stuff to sell contact me and I’ll put you in touch with Swap Meet chairman Mike Orcutt KF7STP.

ARRL Field Day was held last Saturday and Sunday, June 22nd and 23rd. We made 301 contacts with three stations operating out at Bird Track Springs Camp Ground. A good time was had by all.

Tomorrow, Sunday June 30, we’ll be having another FOX HUNT here in La Grande. It starts at 3:00 PM. For details call Graham at 541-963-3953.

Finally, check out the completely revamped and updated club website at W7GRA.org. Tom Bingham has done a complete make-over on it and it’s really SHARP!

Until next time,

Mark K7OWG