2016 Miena Hamfest a Great Success!

Members Enjoying Miena Hamfest

Note: This article has been republished from VK7 Regional News

It was the biennial VK7 (Tasmanian) Hamfest last Saturday at Miena in the Central Highlands – no not a bovine festival but our central gathering of amateur radio enthusiasts.

We had over 150 people roll up to the Great Lake Community Centre which is a fantastic facility.

A huge thank you to:

  • NBNCo (Lalla and Dylan VK7NZ) who bought up the Sky Muster truck and provided free WIFI for the event. They froze their butts off answering NBN questions outside – very brave!

Thank you to our traders:

  • TET-Emtron (Mark and Kay) from VK6
  • TTS-Systems (Dave, Claureen and Rusty) from VK3
  • Moonraker (Danny)
  • Stirling Heights Vineyard (Geoff & Jenny)
  • Eastern Zone ARC with Connectors and Antennas (Nick VK3VFO) from VK3
  • LD Antennas (Ken VK7DY)

We also had information stands from:

  • ALARA (Linda VK7QP)
  • SOTA (Reuben VK7FREU and Justin VK7TW)
  • SDR (Scott VK7LXX)
  • DStar (Clayton VK7ZCR)

And our preloved equipment stands:

  • VK1CJ – John & Ronnie
  • VK1AW – Andrew and Liz
  • VK7WL – NTARC Team

We had attendees from VK1 (ACT), VK2 (NSW), VK3 (Vic), VK6 (WA) and VK7 (Tas) along with John K1JD from New Mexico who is a fellow SOTA enthusiast.

Linda VK7QP on the ALARA Stand let me know that ALARA has three new members and lots of ALARA merchandise was sold, so it was a really good day. I also understand that we have NBNCo Lalla very interested in doing the next Foundation Licence course as well.

A huge thank you to all our volunteers in the kitchen who again excelled and provided wonderful food the whole day.

A huge thank you to Dave VK7OB and his helpers for a huge day for a fantastic day out in the Central Highlands of Tasmania.

(73, Justin, VK7TW)

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