Yep, I know, I know, this is getting redundant, and possibly boring to
folks who don't operate CW QRP, but, the internet is abuzz (pun
intended, with news of the "2013 Flight of the Bumblebees."
At least three of us nuts.... errr, hardy souls, will be going out to
either Fisk Knob Park or to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail (depending
on probability of precipitation at 11 a.m. tomorrow) and set up for this
event. If you plan to come out, and have NOT provided contact
information, please do so, because the last weather forecast was for 70%
probability of rain tomorrow.
Note, if the weather forecast is wrong, we WILL be at the highest point
in Kent County, Michigan - namely Fisk Knob Park, 17533 Algoma Avenue,
Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Be aware - there are NO facilities, except a
shade tree and a parking lot on site. Nearest restroom facilities are
about 1.5 miles away, either north or south. And, it could be windy,
because of he high location, so you may wish to bring a windbreaker
and/or light jacket.
But, if it rains, or if the probability of rain remains high, we WILL
transfer to the rest stop/picnic shelter along the White Pine Trail near
4th and Lake Streets in Sand Lake. I'll call everyone who has provided
contact info (cell phone or home phone) - sorry, my 2 meter FM rig is
not functional right now).
We encourage visitors, and/or ops who can operate ANY speed of CW.
This is far from a "speed demon" contest. The average speed is probably
between 10 and 15 WPM, and people WILL slow down to whatever speed in
comfortable for you! So, come one, come all, and join the fray!
Latest "blog" by the organizers of the FOBB follows:
Hooray! It's 2013 Flight of the Bumblebees Eve!
The four-hour contest will kick off tomorrow (SUNDAY) at 1700 UTC. That
is 1 p.m. Eastern; Noon Central; 11 a.m. Mountain; 10 a.m. Pacific; and
7 a.m. Hawaii.
The buzzing will be around the standard, non-WARC HF QRP calling
(These are 7030-7040 KHz, 7100-7125 KHz, 14060, 21060, 28060 KHz. -
We're up to 160+ bumblebees and still taking requests for BB numbers
from stations planning to operate FOBB from the field. Visit the ARS
website for details:
As with all ARS events, please keep safety in front of mind when
conducting operations in the field. Such things as weather, power lines,
terrain, dehydration and fatigue can be lethal. Above all, we want all
participants to have a fabulous and safe experience.
Richard Fisher, KI6SN
The Adventure Radio Society