let's not let this happen here
- Western Pennsylvania Section Convention host cancels future hamfests (Sep
21, 2006) -- Just two days after hosting the ARRL Western Pennsylvania
Section Convention September 10, the Butler County Amateur Radio Association
(HYPERLINK "http://www.w3udx.org/" \nBCARA) voted to throw in the towel and
get out of the hamfest business. The main reason, cited in the HYPERLINK
"http://www.w3udx.org/images/Tell-A-Ham/tah_09_061.pdf" \nSeptember issue of
the club's Tell-A-Ham newsletter, is a lack of membership involvement.
"There is not nearly enough member involvement to staff the hamfest," wrote
BCARA Treasurer Kevin Berry, KF4RMA, who edits the newsletter and took on
tasks this year as hamfest vendor chairman, parking chairman, treasurer and
flyer preparation, among others. "The few, dependable workers have burned
out." According to the newsletter, fewer that one-quarter of the club's 80
members pitched in to make the hamfest happen this year, and nearly all
handled multiple duties during the event. The September 10 gathering at the
Butler County Farm Show Fairgrounds was the club's 29th annual hamfest.
Whether it's also the last, BCARA President Jim Love, W1JHL, told ARRL, is
in the hands of the membership. "If we can get the manpower that is required
to support the hamfest we will continue the tradition," he said. "However,
this year, as in the recent past, we have not received the needed help."
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