2009 Winter WonderLand Special Event

January 31, 2009 was the Winter Wonderland Special Event held yearly at the Harris Nature Center. Here is a summary of the events that took place for those in attendance.

The event ran from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Usually, about 350-400 people attend this event. Due to great snow conditions we expected record crowds! Winter Wonder Land events included: Cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and ice sculptures. A number of sled dogs were on display as well as rides on the sleds and a hay wagon. Out in the center of the grounds, a fire pit was in operation to add to the ambiance of the festival and allow for warmth to the outdoor participants.

Of course our amateur radio demonstration took place Indoors at the center.

Here’s a summary of that event Ham Radio potation of the event:

- We obtained Special Event Call Sign: W8W with the work of Bruce K2BET. The W8W coincides with the Winter Wonderland Event..

- Seven Hams contributed the set up and operate of the stations.

Bill Blick - W8EB

Bob Maron - K8RLM

Paul Streng - N8PBS

Dave Metzger - K8GVK

Joe Levine - W8JRK

Doug Kilner - KD8CLV

Bruce Tanner - K2BET

I truly apologize for any other Hams I missed in this publication. I know others were in attendance.

- The antenna erection party was held on Friday.

- Saturday morning, two independent HF stations were in operation.

- A few hand held two meter units were available for demo of local communications.

- Bill Blick provided his laptop for use as an Echolink node.

- We had several CW practice oscillators and keys for hands-on to prvide Morse adventures for interested parties.

- Special Event QSL cards W8W were sent out all contacts made.

All in all we had a great day.

Below is our QSL card and certificate use for this specail event.

Link to the Harris Nature Center Site

Harris Nature Center