TARS Holiday Party

In Lieu of our December meeting, TARS had their annual Holiday Party, held at the Capital City Country Club.

1a Group

1b Group

There were many eyeball QSOs. We once again met each other’s spouses.

2a Eyeball QSO

2b Eyeball QSO

Our Prez, Gerry, WA6POZ, was the emcee for the evening. He wore out the batteries in the mic and they had to supply him with a fresh set.

3 Gerry

We had a buffet dinner of steak, chicken and all the extras. There was enough for seconds (and thirds).

4 Food

Larry, KI4MAJ, last year’s recipient of the TARS and Feather Award, held the audience in suspense while he read the presentation for this year’s award.

5 Larry

The award was presented to Stan, K4SBZ.

6 TARS and Feathers

Gerry and Norm handed out the door prizes.

7 Gerry and Norm

There were many, sometimes valuable, prizes this year.

8a Gerry with Prize

8b Gerry with Prize

Norm, K4GFD, was in charge of the drawing.

9 Drawing

And the prizes brought smiles to their lucky winners.

10 Eric and wife with Prize

Everyone went home full of good cheer, prepared to take on another year of Amateur Radio challenges.

 Happy Holidays!

(Photos by Sal, K4YFW, and Stan, K4SBZ)

TARS 2014 Field Day

On Saturday, June 28th, dozens of radio amateurs gathered in a small clearing in Tom Brown Park to embrace the many joys of their hobby.

We ate donuts.  Donuts - Junior.

Testing produced new amateurs and several upgrades. Testing - 2  Testing - 1

We did some Training and people took home some nice antennas.  Training - 1 Training - 2

Phil’s GOTA Station was very successful.  GOTA - 1 GOTA - 2 GOTA - 3 GOTA - 4 GOTA - 5

Andraew assisted Tom at the Satellite Station.  Satellite Station - 1 Satellite Station - 3 Satellite Station - 2

Jeff Lockwood provided an alternative emergency power with his Solar Station and answered a lot of questions about it. Solar Station Jeff Lockwood

Our CW Station got most of our points, as usual. CW Station

And, of course, there was the Phone Station. Phone Station Rig Phone Station - Winston Phone Station - Brady Phone Station - Andraew Phone Station - Andraew - Winston

Everyone is ready to do it again next year!