The trip up the 89 was golden. Much more scenic than the I-17 route. Did not find a hole in the wall burger, but the ride was memorable.
We arrived! Immediate went to the hotel and dropped our luggage and a quick cleanup. Room 101 has got to be a great room. It was, Friday night sleep was great for me. Jerry tossed a bit, but I feel like a rock in the morning. Off to drive around town, visit the sites we have not seen in a few years. Found our favorite cafe’ for dinner tomorrow. Tonight we meet a few ham friends and go to Rod’s Steak House. Have not had a steak like that in a few years. Done perfectly and the atmosphere, food, drinks, and friends made it the perfect night.
Saturday morning. Let’s hit the swap early. Finally get there around 8:30 or so. Walk the lots and grounds and find a few trinkets. Head to the seminars and see the one by Ned Sterns on Field Day setup. Learned a lot from his presentation. I even gave a few tricks of my own along with the others attending. Completed seminar number 1 and waited for the Repeaters Owners Meeting.
Not a lot of changes with the Repeaters Group. Some changes in backyard pairs limiting the height and ERP which will become effective with no grandfather clause. Frequency Coordinators are requesting you update your coordination every 2 years. This protects you in case someone else in the state would like your frequency among other things. Please update ASAP.
Next the ARCA meeting. I could go on and on but I will save for the General Membership Meeting coming soon.
Left for home. This time let us go back the I-17 route. Seems in 2 years there has been a lot of scenery changes with the wild fires. We even saw one west of Flagstaff. Averaged 57.3 MPG on the way back. Of course it was all downhill. But pretty impressive for a small car. I think I will plan more weekend trips around the state. I now see what I have been missing staying in the Phoenix area.
Hope to see you up North next year.