Berryville Hamfest 2022 — indoor tables still available!

Berryville Hamfest 2022 — indoor tables still available!

The 2022 Berryville Hamfest is almost here: Sunday, August 7! Everyone’s ready to get out and get together and see some STUFF! We’ll have it all — commercial vendors for your new amateur radio equipment, antennas, cable, and parts, hats, badges, shirts, and so much more (SEE LIST OF INSIDE VENDORS), and tailgaters all over the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville, Virginia, for those treasures and bargains you’ve been looking for.

New Berryville Hamfest Website: www.berryvillehamfest.com

Check out our new website for information on the event, vendors attending, and answers to the most frequently asked questions. And if you have a question that needs answering, use the CONTACT FORM. Check it out and tell your friends!

7/22/22 Update: Indoor Table Space Available!

We still have a few spaces available in the Horticulture and Arts & Crafts Building (and ONE table available in the Ruritan Building). Fill out the no-obligation request form HERE to let the Vendor Coordinator (Mick W8BE) know what you’d like. But act soon — we have to submit our table rental order to ensure we have enough tables.

Congratulations to Audrey McElroy, KM4BUN – AR Newsline Young Ham of the Year!

 From Amateur Radio Newsline – 

 

“Really? Oh, my God!”

That was the reaction of Audrey McElroy KM4BUN after learning she had been selected as the recipient of Newsline’s Young Ham of the Year award.

Audrey, of Cumming, Georgia, is the daughter of Thomas McElroy, W4SDR, and Janet McElroy, K4PRM. Her brother, Jack, is KM4ZIA.

Audrey is 18 and an honor student who graduated in June from Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Georgia. She already has begun computer science studies at Georgia Tech.

She credits her parents with generating her early interest in amateur radio.

“By the age of like 3 or 4, I was out there helping my dad put antennas up, run coax in the hot summer heat,” she recalls. “And, I became so fascinated looking into the radios.”

Audrey passed her Tech test in June 2014 at the age of 10, took her General license exam a few years later, and passed her Extra test on Election Night 2016 at the age of 13.

In 2019, Audrey was invited to join the Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure to Curacao.

“Probably one of the best experiences in my life, not only in amateur radio but overall,” she recalls. “We were so blessed to be able to use the PJ2T station.

“And we spent day and night making contacts. We broke the record for the number of contacts made. I think we made over 65-hundred contacts in just the span of really just a few days when you count up all the hours.”

Audrey says she put her love of amateur radio together with her pursuit of biotechnology STEM studies in high school to produce a senior capstone project that involved a high-altitude balloon launch.

Her payload was small roundworms or C elegans.

“My whole project was launching them up to 100,000 feet, which I calculated using the amount of helium and everything,” she explains. “And at the same time, I was taking measurements and readings about the pressure and the temperature.”

But this was not her first launch. She credits her mentor, Bill Brown, WB8ELK, a NASA engineer, with helping her achieve success in launching several high-altitude and orbiting balloons including one that circled the globe nearly five times.

Audrey has made presentations during forums in Dayton, Huntsville, and for the Youth on the Air camp. Audrey says promoting amateur radio is a big part of her immediate future.

“Now I kind of make it my mission to bring more youth and especially women into amateur radio and STEM,” she says.

Audrey will receive her award on Saturday, Aug. 20 during ceremonies at the Huntsville Hamfest in the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

 

Congratulations and Best Wishes Audrey!

Public Service: Operators Needed – August 27, 2022

The 2nd annual CCAP Bike event will be held August 27, 2022. Our SAG/COMMS team is still looking for about 5 more operators; preferably with a mobile radio capability and ability to carry bicycles and/or cyclists to the start point at Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center. For more information or to signup please contact Steve Blankinship, ag4so <at> outlook.com or Dave Adsit, kg4bir98 <at> gmail.com. The event information can also be found here:
https://www.bikereg.com/2nd-annual-ccap-benefit-bike-tour