[SECC] FW: Invitation to GARS TechFest

Hal Kennedy halken at comcast.net
Wed Nov 21 09:02:54 EST 2007

Think I received this as the former President - anyway, for all who
might be interested - here it is.....


-----Original Message-----
From: Norman Schklar [mailto:norman at schklar.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 10:36 PM
To: halken at comcast.net
Subject: Invitation to GARS TechFest


South East Contest Club
Harold E Kennedy, N4GG


Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS) TechFest 2008


Free Admission - Bring your friends    
Free Tailgating - Bring equipment to sell or trade

Free Indoor table for demonstrations - Sign up to share your expertise
or interest (reservations required). 


January 12, 2008 
TechFest : 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Tail Gate from 8:00 AM till 12:00 Noon  
Location:, St Marguerite D'Youville Church
85 Gloster Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30044 
Just off Highway 29 SW of Lawrenceville Price: Free 


You are invited to attend, participate and publicize this event in your
Amateur Radio publications. 


The Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society with the help of The Gwinnett Amateur
Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will host our 10th annual TechFest.  Last
year we began inviting regional radio groups to participate by setting
up a table with information about their activities. This will be an
opportunity for the community to become aware of several modes of
operation of Radio Amateurs and view some of the preparations taking
place by public service volunteers in the Ham radio community.  Unlike
Field day, this is not a contest or race. It is a chance to experience
parts of our hobby that you might never have seen.  Or show your friends
and family what Ham Radio is about.


*         See demonstrations of Packet Radio, APRS, IP based

*         Learn how Amateur Radio and Scouting are having fun and
working together to improve everyone's world, and how you can get your
kids and grandkids involved.

*         Take one of the Amateur Radio Exams (please read the VE
testing requirements).

*         See Amateur Radio Digital Modes in operation.

*         Talk to Amateur Radio Emergency Services personnel.

*         Visit the Tailgate lot for that special purchase.

*         HF,VHF and UHF radios will be operation.

*         Participate in the Chili Cook-Off.


Get the Crock Pot Ready! Look up that recipe for the best chili in town.
It's time for the GARS Tech Fest and Chili Cook-off. Mark you calendar:
Saturday January 12th, 2008 10:00-2:00 at the First United Methodist
Church in Lawrenceville. Directions are available on the GARS web site 

The idea of Tech Fest was first tested 10 years ago when Kevin Berry,
KF4RMA expressed interest in an event who's primary function was to
expose members of the community to the many facets of Amateur Radio. 


It's a chance to hear the truth about radios and antennas, without the
flashy spin that a salesperson might put on it. It is an event that
encourages the free exchange of ideas and knowledge. Watch the GARS web
site for the latest information on this year's TechFest. TechFest is an
inside event, so unless there is some really strange weather, it should
take off as scheduled. 


We will have our second outside tailgate which will start at 8:00 and
runs until about 12:00.  There is no charge again this year for tailgate
space.  We will supply the parking space, but we do not have tables. 


If you, or your club, have a special interest in some mode of amateur
radio or electronics and would like to share your equipment and
experiences with the community, please give David, KA4KKF, a call @
678-602-2690 or email him at ka4kkf at arrl.net to arrange for a table to
showcase your project. Space is somewhat limited, so go ahead and
reserve a table. This is also a good time for our Elmers to show up and
share some tales of HAM radio history. 


We'll do setup around 9:00 and start at 10:00 and serve lunch along with
the Great GARS Chili Cook-off around noon. We hope to demonstrate
fellowship, HF, VHF, UHF, QRP, digital communications, CW, antennas,
portable operations, electronic gadgets, Satellite, D-Star, Club and Ham
Services, our association with the ARRL, great chili and hamburgers. 


Be sure to invite your non-ham friends. This should be a great family
experience and a time for some of our younger citizens to become
interested in the Magic of Amateur Radio. 


 To view few photos from 2007


Questions or comments can be directed to me, Norm Schklar, WA4ZXV, home
770-840-9664, Cell 770-313-9410, David Adcock, KA4KKF 678-602-2690
ka4kkf at arrl.net. Tech Fest information is available on the web site
www.gars.org <http://www.gars.org/>  .


Event Contact Info:
Contact Person: Norman Schklar Email:  <mailto:wa4zxv at schklar.com>
wa4zxv at schklar.com Phone: 770-313-9410


This is preliminary information and subject to change. July 7, 2007

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