Freeze Your Acorns Off 2023

PCARS Members:
Yes I know it’s 80 degrees outside. Yes, I know that the sun is really hot this time of year. And yes I know that February is still months away. But hey, it’s never too early to start planning how you will set up a station out in the frosty WX of Northeast Ohio in February.
Consider this your early warning for our QRP event…FREEZE YOUR ACORNS OFF for 2023! It takes place on February 11, 2023.
We did try to get a date in December but it turns out that Fred Fuller Park was out due to events being scheduled for all of that month. So we decided that we would go back to our normal time of the year…FROZEN February.
As in previous years, the operating format will be a “contest” for all participants that set up a station and operate from the FYAO site. And as in years past, the host site is the shelter house at Fred Fuller Park in Kent. The winner will receive a certificate and his or her name and call sign will be added to the FYAO plaque displayed at the PCARS Club site.
We will also be having a contest within a contest…..the Best Recipe Cook-Off. So as many as you feel you are great cooks, whip up your best recipe of chili, mac & cheese, spicy meatballs, stew, or whatever your heart desires and bring your dish to pass and have it judged by our “expert” panel of judges. (Judges to be chosen during the event to assure “NO COLLUSION – absolutely NO COLLUSION.)
The contest begins at 1500 UTC (10 AM Local) and ends at 2000 UTC (3 PM Local). For those of you setting up a station, you are encouraged to come one hour earlier to pick your operating spot. Remember, this is a QRP Event so keep your foot warmers at home. (And you know I’m not talking about heavy socks.)
Come on out and set up a station, bring lots of food, invite your friends to see what this is all about, and just have a good time with your fellow HAMS. Most importantly, we’re here to have BIG FUN so I hope to see a lot of you there.
73 for now,
Chuck W8PT
PS: Don’t forget to wear your best Hawaiian shirt!
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