2011 Winter WonderLand Special Event

January 29, 2011 we once again held our anual Winter Wonderland Special Event 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 had a RECORD crowd! 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 again this year.

Here’s a brief summary of the 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, tear down and operation of the stations.

Bill Blick - W8EB

Bob Maron - K8RLM

Paul Streng - N8PBS

Doug Kilner - KD8CLV

Joe Levine - W8JRK

Ralph Steinberger - KW8G

Bruce Tanner - K2BET

And the partisipation of several future HAMS. We were really excited about this.

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.

- Ralph conducted Morse Code training on the CW practice oscillators and generated a lot of interest for the hoby.

- 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. W8W, Special Events Amateur Radio Station participated in the Winder Wonderland Activites presented by the Harris Nature Center and Meridian Township Parks and Recreation program.

Link to the Harris Nature Center Site

Harris Nature Center