SM Article for May 2002 QST

This is the month for the annual Cochise Amateur Radio Association (CARA hamfest. It will be held at their club location, Green Acres, on May 04, 2002, starting at 0600 hours (to early in the morning), and ending early afternoon. Talk-in will take place on their 2-m repeater, 146.76 (-) (pl 162.2). CARA does a lot of public service activities to include providing back-up communications for Cochise county government. The club is located in Sierra Vista area but has many members from Benson, Wilcox, Tombstone, and even the Douglas area. They meet on the first Monday of every month and the club web site is www.qsl.net/k7rdg. If your in the area stop by and see their facilities and/or talk with members on their repeater. Here in the state we have over 50 more clubs. The ARCA web site has been changed to "www.arca-az.org/arca". Take time to visit their web site and get to know this organization and the officers. ARCA is an organization that represents or 25 of the state amateur radio clubs here in Arizona. They do al lot more than just put on the Fort Tuthill Hamfest. By the way, have you made your reservations for Fort Tuthill for either selling or staying at a motel room? Time is getting short. Most motel rooms are gone by the middle of May. If you have not rented you selling space, you can contact ARCA by telephone or using their web site. ARCA representatives will be at the CARA hamfest so you can make reservations at this time. Donít forget to checkout our state web site at "www.qsl.net/arrlaz". This site has all the latest information and links to the many clubs here in Arizona, throughout the country, and has a listing for the entire state ARRL volunteerís. Tom Fagan, WB7NXH, has done an excellent job of setting up and maintaining this web site. Another nice place to visit when in the Phoenix area is the Arizona Science Center. Inside this building there has been placed a working amateur radio station. This station is set up to show kids what they can do with amateur radio. This station has a licensed operator on duty during science center operating hours. They can provide kids with a live demonstration of amateur radio. I do plan to be at the CARA hamfest so stop by and talk with me on ARRL events or just suggestions on how to improve amateur radio throughout the state. 73ís Clifford Hauser KD6XH.