Many amateurs in Washtenaw and peripheral counties frequent an informal net each weekday morning from about 8AM to 8:30AM on the Washtenaw repeater sitting on the 145.150 MHz amateur frequency. This repeater is tax-payer funded and has a fantastic reach with its antenna sitting high atop a tower that is located at nearly the highest point in the county.
It has been the practice for regular net participants to have an annual potluck dinner. This last Saturday (July 16th) Wes (N8QM) and Sandie hosted the event.
Wes and Sandie Cardone’s property in Chelsea, Michigan, is the site of the Equiscape Gardens, a therapeutic petting zoo. They set up a potluck-dinner site and table deep in the forest where the attending amateurs were able to dine and fellowship.
In the photo shown on the right, going from left to right:
- and Matt-W8MAP
Here’s a little background. Mike is a retired architect. Aeryck works for Kroger and travels throughout SE Michigan doing preventive and corrective refrigeration maintenance. Howared is an electrical engineer (like Wes) at Ford Motor. (We all know Wes) Ricke is a retired electrical engineer. Matt is the senior pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Ann Arbor.
The dinner dishes everybody brought were fantastic. Howard brought venison hotdogs. These were particularly tasty and a delight to the taste buds.
Wes fired up a nice and quite large campfire. The campfire used a 200 lbs tree stump as its hub. This enabled the roasting of wenies without having to squat (a delight to the back for us older folks)!
Sandie gave a tour of the back of the property. This included a chance to see the apple trees that she planted last year, fenced off to keep the deer out. The plan is to let the apple blossoms remain next year allowing the root systems to fully develop. The trees will then be able to produce grocery store style apples that the deer will love. Yes, that’s right. The deer, not people. The object is to increase the size and quality of the deer population and thereby the hunting experience.
All in all, this was a simple event that all attendees and their families will certainly remember for the rest of their lives.