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Huge crowd gathers at the golf course


11 December 2014

Hams and fans convened at the Indian Creek Golf Club on December 11 for the annual MARS Christmas Party. MARS President Tom Brewer, K5MET, welcomed the guests then David Gilpin, K5GIL, captured the audience with his recitation of Gary Pearce’s (KN4AQ) “A Ham Radio Operator’s Night Before Christmas.”

But food and culture were not the only attractions. Santa and Ms. Claus were on hand, keeping a list and checking it twice. The highlight of the evening came when the usual assortment of quality door prizes, including HTs, books and other ham gear, were distributed to the lucky winners. Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, took home the grand raffle prize, a Kenwood TM-V71A dual-bander.

Plans are in the works for next year’s party tentatively scheduled for December 10, 2015. Meanwhile, please check out some snapshots of the night’s festivities.

Photos courtesy M D Brown ©2014

Allan Batteiger, WB5QNG, and Debra Batteiger

Barbara Taylor, N5QAK, and Scott Taylor, N5MJQ

Darrell Crimmins, KG5E

David Gilpin, K5GIL, and Tom Brewer, K5MET

Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, and Lisa Chapman

Bill Wright, KD5YYK

Laura Flanagan and Robert Webster

Andy Parcel, KE5KOF, Carol Parcel and Drew Parcel

Russell Fish, W5SGV, Lee Cheever, W5IG, Ann Cheever, WB5NAX, and Beth Blankenship, KF5LBE

Mike Marshall, AF5CL, Granger Spain, AF5BG, Dale Finley KB5NFT, and Mary Finley

Lee Roehrig and Jerry Roehrig, K9KBH

Cathy Darrah, KD5YXK, and Steve Darrah, KD5YPB

Lori Norup, Lee Norup, K5WXR, J. J. Henry, N5IMS

Marisa Marshall, KF5OWW, and Mike Marshall AF5CL;

Bill Krueger, AE5BK, and Van Kozak, AF5HK

Randy Johnson, W5WZY, and Melanie Johnson W5WZZ

Tom Brewer, K5MET

The hungry crowd

Tom Brewer, K5MET

Steve Darrah, KD5YPB

Kevin Grantham, N5KRG

David Gilpin, K5GIL, recites “A Ham Radio Operator’s Night Before Christmas.”

Liz Brown, K5EMB, and David Gilpin, K5GIL

David Gilpin, K5GIL, gets a little help drawing the first prize.

Elliott Reep, K5EJR, wins the Electric Fly Swatter.

Marty Crimmins, K5VQM

Van Kozak, AF5HK

Russell Fish, W5SGV

Dale Hiatt, KC5MAY

Laura Sugg

Deborah Lewis wins an HT.

Marisa Marshall, KF5OWW

Lee Roehrig and Darrell Crimmins, KG5E

Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, wins the big prize!

Darrell Crimmins, KG5E, Santa, Marty Crimmins, K5VQM, and Ms. Santa

The Crimmins family with Mr. and Ms. Claus.

Lisa Chapman and Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, with Mr. and Ms. Claus.

Leilani Anderson, Santa and Ms. Claus.

Liz Brown, K5EMB, Santa Claus (Marvin Malm, KD5ZFY) and Ms. Claus (Christina Malm)

Lee Cheever, W5IG, with the Claus duo.

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