January 2023 Meeting

Greetings to all and Happy New Year.  The next meeting will this coming Tuesday 1/10/2023 at 6:30PM.

  • The meeting will be held at the Fort Atkinson Public Library but will be in the upstairs meeting room – not the lower room. Probably will not be a ZOOM meeting this month as the logistics for the room have changed. We will have to see what’s available for future meetings.
  • You may click this link to download a copy of the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club Constitution that can be printed out for your records.  Note the section on election of officers.  Nominations will open this meeting with election to be held in February and the Officers will take office in April.
  • Hamfest 2023 will be reviewed and a flyer for 2023 will need to be updated/made as an example.

See you on Tuesday!

December Christmas Party

Yes, it’s time to celebrate all of the good things that have happened this year in Amateur Radio in Jefferson, Rock, and Walworth Counties — and all of those other areas that the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club in which has been able to be an influence. We’re going to celebrate with a Pizza Party on December 13th, at 6:30 pm, at the Community Room at the Dwight Foster Public Library, located at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson (map and directions). Our meeting will start at 6:30 PM and will run until the pizza and cookies run out, or the library staff kick us out for having too much fun.

It’s also a great time to renew your membership while you grab a slice of pepperoni! Can’t make it in person? Use our Online Membership form link at https://www.w9mqb.org/MembershipForm/ to apply, check your current membership status, or renew for 2023.

Join us!

November 2022 Tri-County ARC Meeting

The next TCARC meeting will be November 8, 2022 in the larger downstairs Community Room at the Dwight Foster Public Library, located at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson (map and directions). Our meeting will start at 6:30 PM and should run through 8:00 PM. Check your email for a second reminder with October meeting minutes that will be sent out on Friday.

Aren’t getting those minutes? Join the club! No, I didn’t mean that I don’t get them, I meant that literally: become a member using our Online Membership form link at https://www.w9mqb.org/MembershipForm/ to apply, check your current membership status, or renew for 2023.

For those of you who can’t make the meeting in person, we’ll also be on Zoom (Meeting ID: 498 306 5761, Passcode: 36061741) with a link to the meeting here: Link to Join Zoom Meeting.

See you on Tuesday, November 8th!

October 2022 TCARC Meeting

Reminder, the next TCARC meeting will be October 11, 2022 in the larger downstairs Community Room at the Dwight Foster Public Library, located at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson (map and directions). Our meeting will start at 6:30 PM and should run through 7:45 PM. Check your email for a second reminder with minutes that will be sent out this weekend.

For those of you who can’t make the meeting in person, we’ll also be on Zoom (Meeting ID: 498 306 5761, Passcode: 36061741) with a link to the meeting here: Link to Join Zoom Meeting.

See you on October 11th!

September 2022 TCARC Meeting

It’s time for the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club’s September meeting. We’ll be meeting in the larger downstairs Community Room at the Dwight Foster Public Library, located at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson (map and directions). Our meeting will start at 6:30 PM and should run for 90 minutes, as we review the events of the summer and plan ahead for Fall and Winter club activities.

For those of you who can’t make the meeting in person, we’ll also be on Zoom (<inactive link>) with a link to the meeting here: Link to Join Zoom Meeting.

See you on September 13th!

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish… err, Egg MacGuffins!

The Jefferson County Fall Refresh ham fest ran this past weekend and we’d like to thank those of you who came out for the event. While our spring HamFest is an indoor event held in the Activity Center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, our Fall “refresh” is held outdoors, about 1/2 mile north on Jackson Avenue.

This made the day a far more relaxed event than our Spring HamFest. This year, we had just under 2 dozen vendors and about 80 attendees. While that was smaller than last’s year Fall event, those who came enjoyed the mix of things people were selling (Yay, Nixie tubes!!! Antennas! ) from the tables set up behind or inside their cars, and several of those selling commented they really liked how easy it was to set up — and cleanup!

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It was a far more relaxed event that our normal Spring Ham Fest, with just under 2 dozen vendors and about 80 attendees, significantly smaller than last’s year Fall event. Those who came enjoyed the mix of things people were selling (Yay, Nixie tubes!!!) from the tables set up behind or inside their cars, and those selling commented they really liked how easy it was to set up — and cleanup!

We also had some delicious food served this year! A special thanks to Brian, KB9OXS, and Karen, KB9PHC, for donning their aprons and making it both a fun AND tasty day for those who attended. At the start of the day, I enjoyed a Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit and some good hot coffee that got me up and running in search of deals! Around 10, I saw someone fighting to devour a quarter pounder with cheese — sorry, a “0.11364 kilogrammer with cheese” — and looking very happy about the challenge. Yes, the menu had a number of “uniquely named” items, so ordering was almost as fun as eating.

The Tri-County ARC is going to have a discussion about the event at our next club meeting, and we’d love to hear from you. If you came, let us know and let us know what you liked and what could be improved. If you didn’t attend. we’d live to hear why not… and what might change that for future events! While the comments won’t be shown, click the “Leave a comment” link above and let us know, and we’ll include your comments in the meeting!

Now, I just need to organize a little better so I have room for my new finds… plus my calendar tells me I have only a month before Ozaukee and the HRO SuperFest, so I had better get moving! See you there or hear you on the air!

73!


The “We Screwed Up and You Save” HamFest Sale

Ever have one of those days where nothing goes according to plan, and that one significant step just messes everything up? Yeah, we’re having one of those months here.

After getting our website back up after being down for a day and a half, we discovered that somehow, one of the linked Fest listings listed the ticket price at $5, rahter than the prices liste on our flyers.

Oops.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When the advertising you published offers a lower price than you planned, have a sale! So, effective today, the Club decided to drop the online ordering and adjust our price to $5 for all admission tickets purchased on the day of the Fest. With the reduced ticket price, we won’t bring the credit card scanner, so all ticket purchases will be cash only.

If you already purchased online, we’ve already refunded the difference back to your account, with our thanks for supporting amateur radio in Jefferson, Rock and Walworth Counties here in south-central Wisconsin. Enjoy the $2 or, even better, bring it to the Fest to spend on cool Ham gear.

If you haven’t purchased tickets already, here’s the 4-step plan to save you money and impress your friends: (1) Show up at 892 N Jackson Ave in Jefferson, WI (click for a map). THIS Saturday, Aug 6th, between 8AM and noon. Follow the signs to enter at the South entrance; (2) Buy a $5 cash ticket, glowing in the knowledge that you’re getting HamFest fun at a discounted price; (3) Search through up to 50 vendors offering the coolest in Ham gear, electronics, antennas, and other unique finds; (4) Take your stuff home and brag to your friends about your skill as a bargain hunter!

Here’s the Fest flyer — just ignore the old pricing!

See you Saturday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall HamFest 2022

Yes, it’s time for the second annual Fall Jefferson County HamFest! The event was so well received last year that we’re bringing it back again for 2022. We’re adding a few things — food, some improved organization — and taking a few things away — VE testing — to better fir the outdoor space and unpredictable weather of a Fall event in Wisconsin.

Based on the success of the Spring Fest, we’re also offering discounted tickets for the event here on the club website. We’ll open registration for the event in two weeks, so grab the cheap tickets while they’re available: the $8 admission will be $1 off if you purchase in advance! 10′ x 10′ drive-in-and-sell Vendor spots will be $10, and you can sell from the back of your car, van, truck, or pop-up tent.

Here’s a link to the Fest Flyer:

See you on August 6th!

HamFest 2022 Results

Our HamFest 2022 review and audit took place last night at the April Tri-County ARC club meeting. If you weren’t able to attend, here are some of the key facts we discussed.

  • The final online order was made at 6:24 AM on Sunday.
  • Between mail-in and web orders, we pre-sold 106 tickets and 94 tables BEFORE the Fest.
  • Given an expected attendance of 250-300, we pre-printed another 200 tickets. To put it mildly, we grossly underestimated the demand. The final pre-printed ticket was sold at 8:31 AM!!! Our new ticketing system provide itself as we were able to generate and electronic tickets until we were able to generate and print more tickets around an hour later.
  • Our official attendance was 471!!!
  • We pre-sold 94 tables to vendors. 8 were assigned to vendors who couldn’t attend. We sold an additional 4 tables the morning of the Fest, resulting in an official table count of 90 tables.
  • The Fest returned a nice profit, which will support the Club’s activities over the next year. With a planned tower move for the repeater, these funds will be put to good use later in the year!

For those of you who may have been stuck in the line to purchase tickets, thank you all for your patience! We failed you by not thinking large enough as we did not expect a turnout nearly DOUBLE what we planned for.

Our online web software processed orders for about half of the tickets and tables (39 of 90). For a first year, and for not having advertised the tool, we were very excited at that result. Additionally, when we ran out of tickets, the ability to generate and sell tickets online was the only thing keeping us running until we could print more tickets on the spot.

We’re viewing this as a good start, and are working with the software vendor to adjust for some of these things we’re learned. Have any suggestions you’d like to make? Email us and let us know!

Mar 5th — Note Date — HamFest 2022 Follow-up Club Meeting

Our next Tri-County ARC meeting has been rescheduled, now taking place on Tuesday, March 5th, at 6:30 PM at the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Ave, in Fort Atkinson. We’ll be meeting in the upstairs conference room and on Zoom (Meeting ID: 498 306 5761, Passcode: 36061741) with a link to the meeting here: Link to Join Zoom Meeting.

The bulk of the meeting will be spent reviewing last week’s HamFest 2022. We’ll share some of the tentative early results of the Fest including attendance, number of vendors, and a tentative report as the the financial results. Come prepared to share what you saw, both good and bad, and what me might want to improve for next year’s Fest.

We also plan to discuss potential dates for 2023 ann the possibility of a Fall 2022 event, so bring you calendars to identify both personal conflicts, as well as other events happening that weekend.

This meeting replaces the meeting next week scheduled for April 12th. Unless you’re planning to come in to check out the latest Jeffery Deaver thriller, please update your calendars and join us THIS Tuesday instead,