The 2018 Athens Hamfest has come and gone and even before I see preliminary numbers, I have to call our event a major success. I wish to thank everyone who volunteered their time to work the event–without our dedicated volunteers, the Athens Hamfest just wouldn’t happen.
I also want to thank Drew McDaniel, W8MHV, for donating a Yaesu FT-70DR handheld transceiver as a major door prize and Carl Denbow, N8VZ, for donating a Baofeng UV-82X handheld transceiver as an hourly door prize.
I did something new this year. As I was determining how to disburse the door prizes we received from Universal Radio, R&L Electronics, the ARRL, Debco Electronics, N3FJP Software, RF Connector Guy, and others, I pulled aside a $25 ARRL gift certificate to be awarded to one of our hamfest volunteers. As the hamfest was winding down, I made a ticket for each of our volunteers and asked Jane Yonally, KB8YPM, who was at our event representing the ARRL, to draw a winning ticket. She agreed and the volunteer who won the $25 ARRL gift certificate was Miles McFadden, KD8KNC, who had manned the East Gate for just about the entire period of the hamfest. Congratulations, Miles! A prize-draw for the hamfest volunteers is something I should have thought of doing years ago and it is something I plan to do every year from here on out.
I received several unsolicited comments praising our Athens Hamfest and I received no negative comments about the event. This is a testament to the work of our volunteers. Again, thank you very much for helping to make our hamfest a success!
Eric McFadden, WD8RIF
President, Athens County Amateur Radio Association