Notice ‘HAMFEST’

It was proposed to hold a hamfest on Sunday the 21st August 1949 at Ekala, the site of the Radio Ceylon Short wave Transmitting station, and hide-out of VS7PS. For newcomers to the Ham fraternity, “Hamfest” may be defined as a gathering of the clans – or , a meeting of amateurs designed to facilitate the organization of Ham activities in experimental and social fields and to enable the participants to have an interesting and enjoyable outing. The invitation is therefore hereby extended to all VS7 amateurs, who would be interested in coming to have a look around the Short wave transmitting station, and to meet each other and in particularly to discuss about the organization known as “R.E.V.S” about which you will have already heard from VS7GR. It is regretted that the invitation cannot be extended to XYLs, friends or relations owing to lack of space and amenities. All licensed VS7s and anyone who has submitted his application for a license but has as yet received no reply, will be welcome. It is suggested that those who can come to the HAMFEST should arrive at the transmitting station shortly after lunch on the 21st. A conducted tour of the station will commence at approximately 1430 hrs. It is hoped to be able to provide a cup of tea about an hour later after which discussions concerning “R.E.V.S”, slow Morse transmissions for practice and a formation of a club, will be held.It is not expected that the activities will continue later than1700 hours. For people travelling a great distance, there is no objection to bring a picnic lunch and arriving earlier, or use may be made of the Ja Ela Rest house, only a mile and half away.The location of the site is approximately 1 1/2 miles inland from Ja Ela, which is on the main Colombo – Negombo road, at about the 13th mile.The station is identified by the lattice steel masts, which may be seen on the left hand side of the Ja Ela – Minuwangoda road, just after the 14th mile post. It is hoped that as many as possible of the VS7s will turn up to this hamfest, which if successful might be made an annual event. If you know of any VS7s who has not received this invitation, please pass on the news as the available list of addresses is not up to date.

P.H. Sollom
Asst. Supdt.Engineer
Radio Ceylon.
11th August 1949.

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