Family Amateur Radio Event
1993 & 1994
Listen to the live broadcast of Ham Radio & More from F.A.R.E.
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I take credit for creating the idea of F.A.R.E. but these events took a committee that included EVERY amateur radio club in the Phoenix area, plus all the emergency groups like the Red Cross, the Maricopa County Sheriff, and many more. In order to make it a real family event, we had Ronald McDonald perform, other singing and dancing acts, a dunk tank that featured yours truly getting soaked, face painting for kids, and yes, we even had table tennis featured. Every amateur radio club showed their stuff, including the amateur tv group, a remote controlled airplane club, Amsat, repeater groups, the Boy Scouts, and so much more. And, yes, we had a huge swapmeet which started at 6am, an HF station making special DX contacts, and I even did my radio show live from there. It took place at Rawhide in Scottsdale, Arizona and I repeat it took over 100 volunteers to put it in. We made enough money that every club and organization was able to help fund their non-profit groups. The real goal was to display amateur radio to the public and to get FAMILIES involved. We had more than 1000 people show up each year, but due to many circumstances, we discontinued the event after 2 years. Fried Heyn, WA6WZO, Southwest Division Director, from the ARRL, supported our activities and was present at the event. He was, IMHO, one of the few really bright spots for the ARRL. Again, this event would never have got off the ground without the support and very hard work of about 100 people, licensed hams and not.
Len, KB7LPW (now KH7LW) (e-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The huge crowd gathers to check out the super deals at the F.A.R.E. hamfest.
Cars are parked and tailgating has begun........who can get the best deals?
Boat anchor central.....................
I can sure use that tower now!
Len Winkler, KB7LPW, organizer & Fried Heyn, WA6WZO, Southwestern ARRL Division Director
More great stuff......
The ATV (Amateur TV Group)
More ATV members. Larry Dillie, N7NOU, ATV President
Ronald McDonald comes to entertain the kids and they LOVED him.......also, the adults did.......
More entertainment with a Mexican dance troupe.
The BIRD LADY was a hit with the kids & also a licensed ham.
The audience is spellbound by the entertainment.......
Kids and adults, alike, love great entertainment (especially when it is free) hihi
Of course, the big hit at any ham event: THE RAFFLE TABLE WITH PRIZE DRAWINGS
Ham trying to cover all the activities on more than 15 acres!
The Maricopa County Sheriff Mobile Command Center. We kicked off the communication posse at this event.
An inside look at the Command Center,
Our DX station operating, using Senator Barry Goldwater's callsign, K7UGA.
The Arizona Repeater Association which had more than 20 Arizona repeaters active.
AMSAT was there...........
Vendors doing business.
Len Winkler, KB7LPW gets dunked over & over again....proceeds to charity!
Yep, we got table tennis involved also, another family activity. The Phoenix Table Tennis Club showed up to assist.
The American Red Cross was there and always helped out.
Remote control airplane using ham frequencies..............got lots of attention.
Len gets a helping hand to get his show connected & on the air................Ham Radio & More Show on more than 70 commercial radio stations, shortwave WWCR, and streamed on the Internet; yes, even back then!
Len Winkler, KB7LPW, live on the air, along with GREAT friend, sadly missed, Barney Fagen (KB7KOE, sk)
Len Winkler, KB7LPW, (now KH7LW) live on the air and hamming it up, as usual.................
A GREAT TIME had by all............
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