Flint Hills Amateur Radio Club returned to Beaumont, Kansas on October 23, 2021 with a special event station (WØT) in honor of the Beaumont Historic Hotel.
The city of Beaumont built a beautiful community center where we set up our base of operations. The community center represents an old Frisco Railroad depot that used to sit on the site several years ago.
Historic Beaumont Hotel Special Event October 23, 2021
Written by Wayne Schlueter, KDØWAT
Photography by Vic Bilson, KØVAB
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FHARC proved they could do portable operations as well as socialize together since it had been a long time since we were together in one place for the past two years. Why I remember getting together down at Braums in Andover for coffee and donuts or over at Ed’s rec hall for coffee and donuts. Those were good times and I still remember all the faces.
Well Dick Hammond, NØTGR was making calls and contacts from home remotely in his ham shack. Believe me, Dick made the day making seven contacts. As they say, not bad for an amateur! Thank you, Dick for your participation we all would like to thank you in person but for right now we will leave it at that.
We had Steve Saner, KDØIJP working on a new radio a Yaesu FT-91. Steve was just trying out this new radio and had to learn to operate all the controls. What better way to learn and help us make contacts for our Special Event? Thank you, Steve for working with us during the Special Event.
We also enjoyed the story of Perri learning to back the truck with the gooseneck trailer attached. Steve, Perri’s instructor, had positioned props for his demonstration before the actual event. But Perri’s explanation of the event with the truck were truly amazing.
Larry worked FT8 on a Yaesu FT857 with an antenna boot strapped to the caboose.
Larry was able to make great contacts after John re-secured loose jumper wires.
Wayne Schlueter, KDØWAT set up a homemade dipole antenna for 20 meters. He attached a 32-foot-tall fiberglass pole to his truck and extended the ends of the dipole wires out to two painter poles.
The setup allowed Wayne to make great phone contacts on a Yaesu FT-857. One of his contacts was with NL7V at North Pole, Alaska. Check it out, North Pole is just east of Fairbanks. Who knew?
Dinner was at the Beaumont Hotel.
Zack and Jean Wilkerson drove in from El Dorado and joined us for dinner. Zack had an interesting week after cutting off a tip of his finger and Jean filled us in with the details.
So as the sun sets slowly in the west, the Special Event at the historic Beaumont Hotel ended without an issue and was another great and successful time for the Flint Hills Amateur Radio Club.
We received a total request for eight QSO cards and I believe everyone had a great time at dinner as well.
Dinner was shared with (L-R) Wayne and Barb Schlueter, Dennis Gaskill, Bern and Shin-Ae Meyer, Steve and Perri Saner, Jean and Zack Wilkerson, John Lucas, and Vic Bilson (not pictured).
We still have lots of QSO cards and hope to do this event again next year from Beaumont. It truly is a great place to work contacts from and the facilities are fantastic. So come out next year and join us for an enjoyable time.
And for those of who came, thank you all for coming!