INVITATION TO 2014 W6JKV/K5AND BBQ, SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2014, AUSTIN, TX
Please join Jimmy, W6JKV and Dick, K5AND, for another great opportunity to BS, talk about new dxpeditions, meet hams and their spouses from all over the world who love 6 meters, white noise & EME, hear presentations on really neat stuff and see demos of more really neat stuff. It is also a great chance to meet and learn about the new technologies that are changing our environment from the people involved in making it happen.
This year marks the 25th time that hams from all over the world and 40 plus states will gather to eat BBQ and chat each other up. Most importantly, we get most of the hams that are aggressive expeditioners.
Over the past 4 years, we’ve added selected live video conferencing which worked out pretty well, so we will likely have a presentation or two this year as well via this venue. Of course, we will continue to have our ‘live’ local presentations as well.
This year, we’re also adding a flea market venue. You are welcome to bring a modest amount of gear that you’d like to sell/trade. You’re on your own for table/chair, and you’d be doing this out of the back of your truck or tailgate.
We try hard to make this an event that non-hams enjoy, want to attend and one where everyone feels welcome. As in the past, we will feature music on Saturday afternoon.
This year, the event venue is at back at Jimmy and Drew’s, 10915 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX; (use Google Maps and/or Google Earth to get there).
For those not familiar with Austin, it is the “live music capital of the USA”, featuring blues, rock, folk and country. So you may want to come a day early and take in some of the music or Texas history at the state capitol. Austin is probably second to Silicon Valley in high tech, plus it is hilly and has beautiful lakes. It is pretty hot at times, and we have an outstanding assortment of bats, insects, snakes and other varmints.
The event starts on Friday whenever the first person arrives. This year, we will provide a modest lunch (free), so you won’t have to forage for food and then re-park. As usual, a great Tex-Mex meal will be served at 6:30.
The event continues all day Saturday with free lunch at noon and the BBQ dinner at 4 or so. There will be free margaritas, beer, water, soft drinks & ice cream both days.
Your RSVP email is really important as it is the only way we have to keep score for the food. We will need your commitment by September 1, sooner if you can manage.
Also important is for the spouses who wish to go on the Saturday outing to RSVP to Sara Teel. (firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a follow-on email from Sara regarding the ladies’ outing, lunch, cost etc.
If you’re a vendor planning to show equipment, please coordinate your needs (one table per) with Dick (email@example.com). And finally, if you would like to make a PowerPoint presentation, again, please coordinate with Dick.
Here is a listing of several close-by motels that folks seem to like. Prices range from $110-160. Prices are seasonal, and are ‘adjusted’ for special Austin events etc, so getting a reservation in earlier is much better than later. Also, we have included a near-by RV park and one B&B for those so inclined. Even tho we understand that you all like to stay ‘with the herd’, we do not have a good way of managing this information. Please remember, it is just Jimmy and me doing this…..we do not have a committee to help us arrange (guarantee) group hotel rates, dispersing data where everyone is staying etc.
Hampton Inns ($130)
2013 RR 620N
Lakeway, TX 78734
Hampton Inn Oak Hill
6401 US HWY 290 West, Austin, TX 78735
Tel: 512-891-7474 Fax: 512-891-7476
Mountain Star Lodge (many seem to still prefer this motel) ($110)
3573 RR 620 S
Sleep Inn, 2720 US Hwy 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 ($160)
Holiday Inn Express, 15707 Oak Grove, Lakeway, TX ($129)
McCoy’s B&B, Dripping Springs, TX ($160)
Sunset RV Park, Hamilton Pool Rd (Bee Cave/Dripping Springs) ($unknown)
Average drive from these places to Jimmy’s is about 4-8 miles.
Finally, if you know someone who really loves six meters and who wants to join us, please let either of us know and we will send this invitation to them. This is an open event for those who like 6 meters.
The next correspondence will have the agenda and detailed information about the Saturday Lady’s event.
We really hope that you can join us.
Jimmy & Drew Treybig (W6JKV)
512-263-8239, fax 512-263-7142, firstname.lastname@example.org
10915 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733
Dick & Kathie Hanson (K5AND)
512-263-4121; fax 512-263-8808; email@example.com
16400 Hamilton Pool Rd
Austin, TX 78738