What a great weekend. As mentioned in my previous post, this past weekend was the IOTA Bash, a gathering of IOTA chasers to eat, drink and talk about island chasing in Boerne, TX, just northwest of San Antonio.. Friday night is a dinner at the AD5A QTH with XYL's included. In addition to the dinner, we only fiinished off nine bottles of wine this year, short of the record 13 a few years ago.
Saturday dawned with preparations for the presentations, breakfast at the hotel where the conference was held and the XYL's loading up for a shopping trip. The presenters included:
G3ZAY, former member of the IOTA Committee talking about the IOTA program direction and his trips to ZD8, ZD7 and his trips to Antarctica
AB5EB, was on the recent CY9M expedition to St. Paul and told the story of rough seas, tough landings and 30,000 + QSO's
K5WQG, presented on a trip to P29 which netted 45,000 QSO's on five islands
N3QQ, told us about his trips to two rare islands in Alaska and a recent trip to Cuba on the T48RRC expedition
The presentations were rich in content and the time flew by.
We finished the day with a Dutch dinner at a local restauarant in Boerne. As always it's tough to say goodbye to friends, but another IOTA Bash is in the books and we all look forward to next year.
Information will be posted on the Island Radio Expedition Foundation website regarding next years Bash in a few months time. www.islandradio.org