52nd AARA Hamfest, Rayne, LA


The Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (AARA), held their 52nd Hamfest on March 9th & 10th, it was the ARRL Louisiana State Convention.

It was the best one we have had in long, long, time! Here is a rundown on what took place.

Friday Night

The Rayne Lion?s Club provided boiled crawfish and gumbo at 6:00 PM. Norman Helms K5SAC headed up the Texas Ham Playboys band for some good

ole Cajun music at 7:00 PM. Band members were: Roland, K5EUO on guitar and vocals, Bubba (not a ham) on the fiddle and vocals, Larry, KE5RQ

on drums, and Norman, K5SAC on the accordion. Norman said: "The Rayne Hamfest, Community coffee, chicken gumbo, crawfish, ham radio, and Cajun

music all under the same roof -- just like being in Heaven"! Everyone that attended had a good time.


8:30 - Ladies Bingo

Weston Hebert KB5WI was heading up the Ladies Bingo and I understand that they made a profit this year. I have not received a actual report from

Weston at this time.

9:00 AM - AMSAT Forum

On behalf of the AARA and myself I want to thank Keith Pugh and Roger Ley for representing AMSAT at the Rayne Hamfest. AMSAT has been

represented at this hamfest for at least 3 decades on most parts due to Keith and Roger. I would also like to thank the ARRL and Mark Spencer

WA8SME (ARRL Education and Technology Program Coordinator) for his great talk and robotics demostration to our educators and new hams at

the hamfest. It is by efforts like Keith, Roger and Mark that keeps our hobby vibrant.

Again thanks,

Nick Pugh K5QXJ

11:00 AM - ARRL Forum

Guest speakers were: Glen Clayton W4BDB (ARRL Delta Division Vice President), Gary Stratton K5GLS (ARRL Louisiana Section Manager),

James Coleman AI5B (Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator), Mark Spencer WA8SME ( ARRL Education and Technology Program

Coordinator) and Roger Farbe N5NXL. David Norris K5UZ (ARRL Delta Division Director) was unable to attend.

11:00 AM - Fox Hunt

I have not received the fox hunt winners from Nick K5QXJ at this time.

Vendors attending our Hamfest were:

Palmetto Antennas, Regal-Brown, The Sign Man of Baton Rouge, Austin Amateur Radio Supply, Gifts 4 Hams / Plaques,

MCM-Computers and Hub City Amateur Radio Sales. Thanks to these vendors for being there and supporting the needs of our amateur

radio community.

Main Prize Winners:

1st Prize: Icom IC-7200 won by: Don Willingham N5KXF of Baton Rouge, LA

2nd Prize: MFJ 269 Antenna Analyzer won by: Glen Thibodeaux KF5FNP of Carencro, LA

3rd Prize: West Mountain RigBlaster Plus won by: Glenn Breaux KD5NVC of Lafayette, LA

4th Prize: Astron RS-35M Power Supply won by: Robert Baker AA5LA of West Monroe, LA

5th Prize: Harbor Freight 800 watt generator won by: Elmer White KF5NFG of Opelousas, LA

6th Prize: Harbor Freight 800 watt generator won by: Rick Fruge KF5MHJ of Jennings, LA

We were giving out door prizes every 30 minutes due to the fact that we had so many donations thanks to Glen Thibodeaux KF5FNP (Assistant

Hamfest Chairperson), for contacting numerous sources. Our attendance was up from 415 last year to 506 this year. Our club showed a slight

profit this year over last year?s profit, even by lowering our table fees from the $15.00 vendors fee and $10.00 swap table fee to all tables at $5.00

this year. All tables were sold out! The RV rental space was down a little over last year probably due to the rain on Friday morning and projected

impending WX predicted for the weekend. Thank God for holding off the rain until Monday. I think that a good time was had by all!

Great job, Herman and all the organizers! The mudbugs were good and the turnout was great.

73 Gary Stratton K5GLS

ARRL Louisiana Section Manager

Plan on attending our 53rd Annual Acadiana Hamfest on March 8 & 9, 2013.

Herman Campbell KN5GRK Glen Thibodeaux KF5FNP

AARA President AARA Assistant Hamfest Chairperson

AARA Hamfest Chairperson

Photos courtesy of: Greg Dolan K5LFT & Mel Simon WD5CAE.

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