Reply To Fred Fred: Thank you so much. Just to let everyone know, the expense involved in one of the larger events is staggaring. I have donated over $900.00 of my own funds just to get the 13 Colonies going! Well worth it! Example: Certificate card stock, thousands of postal stamps, 9x12" envelopes to match, tape, stickers, return labels, QSL cards, mucho printer ink, Long distance calls, and more. The problem is that all of this stuff has to be purchased immediately AFTER the close of the current event for next year! WHY? possible postal rate increases, $$ increases in supplies (which happens every year), and on & on..BUT, the 5 days of operating makes it all worth while. I am not trying to discourage anyone, believe it or not, we work on the event most of all year and it is fun preparation, especially when you have to work with +/-30 operators-all great and dedicated folks. So again I say, heed Fred's advice and plan WELL in advance.