36th Annual Winterfest: Feb 26, Northern Virginia
The mid-Atlantic Winterfest 2012 is six weeks away, so it is time to start planning your visit to Northern Virginia for the 36th Annual installment of this regional ham radio event.
What? Winterfest is a regional hamfest that routinely attracts between 500 and 1000 paying attendees. The large, heated indoor area accommodates more than 100 tables operated by commercial vendors, clubs, ham radio organizations and individuals. In addition, the great bargains can be found in the outdoor tailgate area.
When? The main event is on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Tailgating starts at 6 am, the indoor sales area opens at 8 am. Amateur radio exams are offered in the same location on Saturday Feb 25, 2012 from 9 am to 12 noon.
Where? Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA. GPS coordinates are listed on the website (http://www.viennawireless.org/winterfest.php).
Who? This event is run by the Vienna Wireless Society, a not-for-profit ham radio club located in Northern Virginia.
Why? First of all, because it's a lot of fun. Importantly, the proceeds from this event help support the activities of the Vienna Wireless Society, which include community service, emergency preparedness, and technical innovation.
How? Tickets are $6 at the door. Tables are available for $25, while they last. Outdoor tailgating spots are $15, and available the day of the event. Both table and tailgate prices include one admission. See the website for details about which vendors will be present, the talk-in frequency, and other information.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Jack Welch, AI4SV
Chair, Winterfest 2012