Video: Drone footage of the Glacier Waterton Hamfest

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Jul 20, 2017.

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  1. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    Just completed today, a nice overhead view of the recent Glacier Waterton Hamfest

    The GW Hamfest, is the longest running hamfest in the USA. In its 83'rd year now, they have been at this location for over 30 years. It's a special type of hamfest which emphasizes friendship, families, camping and amateur radio. This year, QRZ.COM was a primary sponsor and in the video you'll see the QRZ bus next to the meeting tents where events and seminars, including a QRZ talk, were held.

    The GW hamfest is also an international event with regular members from both Canada and the USA in attendance.

    I've been to this event three times in the past 7 years and have had a wonderful time at each event. The location is spectacular, right next to Glacier National Park, the Flathead river, and a ton of great outdoor activities. It's the place to go for a great ham vacation.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2017
    WD4DXQ, N0TZU, N8QIO and 4 others like this.
  2. W8KBF

    W8KBF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Drones are prohibited in National Parks and can result in a fine. Be careful where you post the video.
  3. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    Thank you for the warning. This video was shot OUTSIDE the national park, on private property. It's a silly rule anyway, IMHO. It's the typical kind of knee-jerk regulation that we've grown to expect from our federal government. More people are probably hurt from bear encounters and falling tree limbs than attack drones.
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  4. ZL1PDT

    ZL1PDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Now that was very good and very nice dual purpose ( hamfest and field day ) vans with antennas the way to go not in buildings, Many thanks,
    Pieter, ZL1PDT,73
  5. W5MBH

    W5MBH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Beautiful place to have a hamfest - thanks for sharing.
  6. W8KBF

    W8KBF Ham Member QRZ Page

    You think this rule is silly and a knee-jerk regulation. Congress passed a federal law that one can bring into the national parks a loaded AK-47 assault weapon but it is against federal law to bring a BB gun or bow and arrow into the national parks. You are correct, today's silly congress is completely out of control.
  7. M0UOO

    M0UOO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Love the location and all the mobile homes..


  8. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Rangers are aggressive and pushing major fines on drone use. I just came back from my third trip at Zion this year--exploiting the $10 Senior pass:) I saw someone get nabbed flying a dji Phantom.

    In the case of Zion, most drones are quite noisy and one can argue that the sound is disruptive. My Spark sounds like an angry bee hive. If used (which I didnt) it would echo through the canyons and ruffle the long horn sheep:)

    One concern in the parks is drone recovery--there are certainly places on the east side of Zion where a crashed drone would and should not be pursued. But dumb people would do it anyway.

    There is now a 'drone pilot' license, Fred. Maybe the NPs should require that as a gate to use drones in the NPs.
  9. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Glacier Waterton is a beautiful set of parks..but beware the border crossing. I almost got arrested for bringing in a package of baloney from Waterton to Glacier back during the stupid ban on beef imports. What got me off was the meat was US, imported as packaged slice baloney into Canada (think 'Oscar Mayer') , bought in Canada, and then driven across the border into the US.

    Hard to believe that the US border folks would arrest for baloney, but that's what they wanted to do...they did confiscate it. No lunch.

    No baloney.
  10. N7PMS

    N7PMS Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks to Fred & Robin for spending their weekend and Robin's birthday with us, It was a pleasure to meet you both.

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