January 18, 2012

Sands Christmas Meal 2011

Hi Folks,
This is a very belated blog, much to my frustration I had a logging fault which has now been sorted out.

Our last event for 2011 was our Christmas meal.  The group went back to Trungs for an oriental banquet that was excellent.  It was good to be able to see the year out with a social group event.  I will just publish some photos from the even and move on to the next blog "All our Yesterdays" A revew of the 2011 contest and special event season.

This picture was taken by Bob G1OCK

 Our network Guru Faris and Martin to his left

Emma on the left & Martin are expecting to hear the patter of tiny feet in a few months time

Paul & Steve

Just before the start of the contest season I introduced an award for the most improved member of the year.  Our group chairman presented the award to Paul M6APB.  I well remember the look of sheer terror on his face way back in March when it was suggested to him that he was the next operator on air after a short time observing how the radio and logging software worked, but he took the mike and squeaked out a very quiet M0SCG.  Since that time he has taken part in "The National Science and Engineering work where he got to grips with PSK31 data communications,  a special event GB4HRH SSB to celebrate the Royal wedding and quite a number of contests including IOTA.  It has been a pleasure to see Paul and others raise their game and improve their basic knowledge, operating procedures and skills.

  The prize was a weather station.

Kathy, Barrie and Stephany were also given gifts in recognition of their generosity throughout the year.  Kathy and Barrie are the owners of Oysterber Farm and allow us to use Hankcocks Hut for our station, the meadow for our antenna farm and an evening meal which is always excellent often cooked by Stephany G1LAT.  Barries gift was a bottle of wine and the ladies were presented with a bouquet of flowers.

                                                           Kathy, Barrie & Stephan
First Course

It was nice to meet Joe and Claire with their new arrival Oskar who was well behaved throughout the evening and had a smile for everyone.

A firm favorite with most members is the shredded duck and pancakes, Damien Annette are in the forefront of the picture with Bob, Linda, Ian and Joe as you look around the table.

Here are our newlyweds Jenni and Mark..... I will no doubt have a contract and bounty stuck on my head when Jenni sees the picture.

Our chairman Kev with his wife Hazel can be seen here.  They say every picture tells a story and this one is no exception.  This is Kev's second Christmas meal of the day the first being around 4 to 5 hours earlier when he attended his works meal..... despite asking for small portions at his earlier meal his pleas fell on deaf ears...... Kev is just looking at the second course out of a 5 course banquet and he's thinking "you expect me to eat that!"

Linda and Ian

This has to be one of my favorite photo's of Ian as he explains the finer points on a subject with care and enthusiasm.... I have no idea what he was discussing but I have seen this gesture so many times and its a pleasure to be able to catch it on film.

However I do have a word of caution

Taking on a two year stint as chairman of Sand can leave you like this!

No worries the tender loving care of Linda will soon have him back to normal.

All it remains for me to do is wish all our blog readers a very happy and healthy New Year from all at Sands Amateur Radio Contest Group and we look forward to working many of you during 2012
(The reluctant contestor)

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