Hamcation starts on Friday 8 February 2013. This is a great place to pick up parts, new and used gear and see the latest products from the vendors that turn out.

It is also a FB time for QRP operators to gather and have some eyeball QSO’s with one another. This month we have moved our outdoor portable ops to the 3rd Saturday but we will gather on Saturday 9 Feb 2013 at 1115 EST at the QRP ARCI booth in the main exhibit building. This year we want to get a jump on the lunch crowd and find some food and a place to sit and tell our stories of QRP victories and homebrew toys we have made recently.

After lunch at 2:45-3:45PM there is a QRP Forum featuring QRP Hall of Famer and Past QRP ARCI President,  W4QO, Jim Stafford speaking on QRP – Working 5BDXCC with QRP. Come by and learn from an expert how to stalk DX with low power and great methods. After Jim’s session rumor has it that some Flying Pigs will have a FP STYle rogue operation and be setting up some gear in the open area near the Forum. Gossip is that some KX-3 ops with magnetic loops plan to have an antenna shoot out. Bring your rig and join in the RF fray!

The QRP ARCI team has offered their booth space to us as a meeting and hang out place so stop by and see who shows up! Share your QRP stories and experiences. We’ll see you there!

Remember, to watch for an update on the outdoor ops for Saturday 16 Feb 2013 and get a look at a steam engine powering a battery charger for QRP portable ops that KK4VB put together!

72,

Kelly K4UPG for the Group

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