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Max-Paul

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Just want to make a quick note.

Thanks to all involved with making this happen. Enjoyed myself, learned a few things and met a great group of people.

Also for any of the vendors that provided items for the door prizes. A hearty thanks for your generosity. Due to the number of items given, no one went home empty handed. And I assure you, we will remember.

Anyway, home safe with smile on my face thinking of time spent with a great group of people.

Thanks

Max

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I had a great time today! Well worth the 3 hr trip to Kansas City for this. I am excited for what this year has to offer for everyone. I will start working hard fellow PCer's on HAM PLUS 2011 in Wichita!!!

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I also want to say a big "Thank You" to everyone who made this event happen and to the Vendors who supplied the door prizes. I enjoyed meeting, learning, and talking with everyone there.

Looking forward to future HAM-PLUS's in the future!!

It made me start on the projects for this year instead of waiting to Nov. like last year. I have to realize I can't do everything at once. Need way to many controllers, just like everyone else. Baby steps, one at a time.

Mike

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I was one of the unlucky people that had to work this weekend during the HAM. If anyone has any video of the presentations, I would be interested. Hopefully I can make it in 2011.

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Had a great time. Thanks to all the folks involved in putting this together. Great folks, great time, great organization, great material. I came away with some very good ideas to improve and make my show easier put on this years and years to come. Thanks again.

P.s. Would still like to touch base with the attendees that use AL equipment and software. Would be great to have a meeting of the minds to discover how we're working up sequences and such. Let me know if anyone is interested.

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I was one of the unlucky people that had to work this weekend during the HAM. If anyone has any video of the presentations, I would be interested. Hopefully I can make it in 2011.

You missed a great day from my perspective. Jim Wright took some video so he'll see about posting it.

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Excellent stuff you all! Thanks to all who joined us, what a fantastic turnout for our first event! I can't thank the Monkhouses enough, not only for joining us, but for all the goodies they gave us all! You two are wonderful, and we appreciate everything very much.

The vendor support we had was really great, to have that many contributions right now was super, thank you all!

We are working on getting the presentations, photos and some video snippets online. You will be notified when things are available.

Thanks again to everyone....it was fantastic! :santasmileyitty:

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I would just like to throw in my compliments to all involved with organizing this event.

To have something like in the (fairly) local area is invaluable!

Cheers!

-jim

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Steve & Sean -

Was just looking at your photos...this one sums up everything, I love it!

http://www.christmasatthemckinneys.com/images/100_0735.jpg

Was great to meet you guys, thanks for coming!

Tyson

Hey!! I dont remember seeing those in the door prize give aways. Dont tell me that was drawn while I was out of the room. Great picture guys. ;)

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Hey!! I dont remember seeing those in the door prize give aways. Dont tell me that was drawn while I was out of the room. Great picture guys. ;)

LOL...no Max you didn't miss anything. That was on their personal website, I just thought it was pretty cool. :-)

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Thanks to all the people that set this up. Learned more than expected and then some more. Look forward to hopefully this happening again next year.

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LOL...no Max you didn't miss anything. That was on their personal website, I just thought it was pretty cool. :-)

I am really bad about holding a straight face on the net. Just so I am clear, I was just having fun, aka joking. Now that would make one heck of a door prize though. While I have your ear bent Tyson. What size file do you or Tim want those photos? Right now they range between 4.5 to almost 10MB each. I have a few for sure that might be of interest.

Thanks

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I am really bad about holding a straight face on the net. Just so I am clear, I was just having fun, aka joking. Now that would make one heck of a door prize though. While I have your ear bent Tyson. What size file do you or Tim want those photos? Right now they range between 4.5 to almost 10MB each. I have a few for sure that might be of interest.

Thanks

Excellent! Just a simple 900 pixels on the long side will be fine for web use.

Thanks!

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I want to thank Tim, Tyson and Jim for getting this together. I am new to all this and the help I received at the HAM-PLUS was great. I did not know that so many people had the same virus as me and the cure is to hang all these lights. Walter and Jackie put on a wonderful presentation and I have some of my problems for next year solved. Thanks again. Ron

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You missed a great day from my perspective. Jim Wright took some video so he'll see about posting it.

I'd like to see the videos!

TED

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