[TexasARDF] [ARDF] ARDF champs travel notes

Kenneth E. Harker kenharker at kenharker.com
Mon May 5 20:05:52 PDT 2008

     I must confess that neither Jen nor I use 2M or 70cm FM very often, 
if ever.  What I can find on the web suggests that one of the main Bastrop
repeaters is W5QXH 443.75 +5 (114.8 Hz CTCSS tone, in & out).  I'd also 
suggest that 146.52 MHz simplex would be fine.

On Mon, May 05, 2008 at 06:45:21PM -0700, Paul Gruettner wrote:
> Ken,
> Is there a local repeater or simplex frequency that will be used for call-in?
> 73s,
> Paul/WB9ODQ
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Kenneth E. Harker <kenharker at kenharker.com>
> To: texasardf at texasardf.org; ardf at kkn.net
> Sent: Sunday, May 4, 2008 10:50:43 PM
> Subject: [ARDF] ARDF champs travel notes
>     For those of you travelling to Austin for the 2008 United States 
> ARDF Championsips, here are some travel notes:
> * To get to Bastrop from the airport, exit to SH-71 east.  SH-71 is 
>   not limited access most of the way to Bastrop.
> * The neighborhood to the north and east of the airport is not the best.
>   Prior to its development as a commercial airport, Bergstrom was an
>   Air Force base, so the area immediately around it has never been a 
>   high-rent district.  East of the SH-130 interchange (currently under
>   construction), the drive gets to be rural quickly.
> * There is some construction east of the airport where SH-130 is being 
>   built.  It's mainly lane shifts and shouldn't slow you down too much.
> * A large, multi-panel hologram is hanging above the doors leaving Baggage
>   Claim Area 3 toward the street.  The hologram was made by a local company
>   named Zebra Imaging.  I worked for Zebra in the 1999-2000 timeframe 
>   when that hologram was made in their Pflugerville facility.
> * The airport Hilton, a distinctively round building north of the main
>   loop road to/from the terminal, was once the headquarters building for
>   Bergstrom Air Force Base.
> * The cheapest gasoline in the area is a Shell station on the westbound
>   side of SH-71 just east of the Travis County/Bastrop County line.  Today's
>   price: $3.43/gallon.  In Bastrop proper, it was between $3.45 and $3.53.
> * The town of Bastrop has a low power AM broadcast station on 530 AM that
>   may or may not have anything useful to say about goings-on in town next
>   weekend.  KLBJ 590 AM has news, weather, and traffic (although it won't 
>   cover Bastrop traffic unless there's a MAJOR accident).  KGSR 107.1 FM 
>   is the best example of Austin-style music on the radio.
> * The ten day weather forecasts currently predicts high temperatures of
>   92F, 92F, and 91F for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with partly sunny
>   to mostly sunny conditions.  You can expect on-course temperatures into
>   the mid-80s in that case.  In central Texas, the daily high temperature
>   tends to occur around 5PM.
> * We strongly recommend that you carry water or sports drink with you on
>   the course to stay hydrated.  Everyone is also encouraged to bring
>   sunscreen.  There are only a few spots in the park with flying insects;
>   in general, insect repellant is not needed.
> * If you stop in at Cindy's Gone Hog Wild, ask about the Whisky Myers band.
> -- 
> Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
> kenharker at kenharker.com
> http://www.kenharker.com/
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