The MARA Annual Christmas Hamfest, one of our most enjoyable activities, was
held this year on December 20, 2014. This popular event always draws
participants, including dealers and sellers for the swap tables from
surrounding area and states. As always, there was plenty to see and do for
everyone, including testing sessions, great food, and many door prizes and
main prizes to provide that "hamfest fix" during the Christmas season.
This year's hamfest is dedicated to the memory of our beloved president,
Dusty Collins, N5COL, who became a SK in June of this year. His dedication,
hard work, and countless hours spent for the benefit of our amateur radio
club will be forever remembered by our members. We will remember his
sometimes pointed wit and his ability to 'get things done' for our
organization. He was rather the 'glue' which held together our club in many
In honor of Dusty's work, a percentage of the profit from this year's
hamfest will be donated to the ARRL Louisiana scholarship fund, which is
used for further education by worthy Louisiana recipients.