Angel KG7ASN and Kris KR1SS are Organizers for Quartzfest* www.quartzfest.org which is a Ham Radio gathering in Quartzsite AZ during the RV show in January (Jan 19th – 26th). Quartzfest is an 8 day event full of seminars and workshops on Ham Radio and operational techniques, Alternative Energy (mainly solar) and RV'ing…and to my knowledge is the only event of its kind in the world. Included in our schedule are seminars and classes (crafts, etc.) for those who attend but are not interested in gaining technical knowledge.
We strive to provide as many live demonstrations and "Hands On" seminars and workshops during the week as is possible. Quartzfest is held on BLM Land about 6 miles south of Quartzsite AZ at the "short term BLM" Road Runner area, right off of US 95. There are no utilities (power, water or sewer) and as such, folks attending for the 8 days have to already be pretty well self-sufficient. We have attendees who show up in trailers, motorhomes, tents, vans and one a couple years ago, in a tractor/trailer rig. The BLM will not allow any commercial activity on their land but welcomes our presentation of as much knowledge as possible. Likewise, BLM rules don't allow us to make one penny more than actual expenses incurred in planning and organizing and is FREE of charge for ALL to attend. We’re able to operate solely on donations from attendees.
This said, we are not a Club or Organization and have no officers, members or dues. Quartzfest is put on solely by its volunteer Organizer(s). As Quartzfest generates no money, our speakers and presenters for seminars and workshops all donate their time and expertise as well. Raffle gifts given away in our free daily raffle drawings are provided to us, as donations by radio and accessory manufacturers.
Our goal for Quartzfest every year is to teach as much as is possible in a short amount of time, not only Amateur Radio Operations, but also techniques to sustain individuals existence in the event of emergencies or disasters. To do this, during Quartzfest, we hold a number of Seminars and multiple session Workshops. Quartzfest* 2014 will kick off with Gordon “Gordo” West WB6NOA Gordon West Radio School who will enlighten us on some interesting amateur radio topic that will include a live demo. Also during the week we’ll hold a workshop on “Full Time RV’ing” by Stephanie Mulac http://FTRVing.com, prospecting by Greg Mulac http://FTRVing.com,“Geocaching”, finding “Hidden Transmitters” by Byon N6BG www.byonics.com and Daryl NU7X.
Our HAM Workshops will include Kit Building by Joe K0NEB who is CQ Magazine’s “Kit Editor”, Emergency communications for the individual by Ron N1AHH and an Antenna Workshop that will include soldering PL-259’s, calculating the length of your dipole, putting it all together and tuning the antenna using an antenna analyzer. If you’re looking or adventure, join us on our Off Road 4x4 trip with Frank KB7IQ thru the desert? Is food more to your liking? Join us in our many pot luck and cast iron dinners…especially our worlds famous (almost) HOBO Stew hosted by Rick Paquette W7RAP and the HOBO Stew Crew as well as a Pot Luck by Roy Dickinson N5SWE and the Western Country Cousins Net. Want to take your HAM Radio Exam(s)? We’ll be giving them twice during the week. Our yard sale (swap meets) will be held on the morning of Saturday January 25th, our W7Q Special Event Radio Station and so much more…. All this and I haven’t even mentioned Crafts and the like for those not interested in Technical stuff.
To be a part of all the fun, make sure you put Quartzfest* 2014 on your calendar now ‘cause you definitely don’t want to miss it!
- Keeping up with friends: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/quartzfest_wanderers/
- Planning: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/quartzest/