The numbers are in, and the first AM Rally April 1-3 was a huge success, with nearly 1,500 contacts reported on the 72 logs submitted. Unique call signs logged numbered 665. Event co-organizer Clark Burgard, N1BCG, feels the actual number of contacts was quite a bit larger, because not all participants submitted logs, although logs continue to trickle in past the entry deadline. Burgard said he’s been hearing a lot of newcomers on AM lately, and he believes the AM Rally is a factor.
“Perhaps the most endearing moments were an exchange between an op who got his General and an IC-7300 just in time for the event, and a report from an old timer, who said that he’d ‘dusted off my DX-100 and got her ready a week early for the Rally. First time back on AM since 1969,’” Burgard recounted. “This was just a sample of the positive spirit shared that weekend.”
Burgard said that several AM “tall ships” anchored throughout the bands greeted newcomers and helped all to make some easy contacts.