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Andy Anderson

Announcing The 6Th Annual Virginia Mini On May 18

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At hotel in Glen Allen now (Friday night) drove by church to insure I was able to find it, look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning. I plain to be in parking lot around 9:30 or so with coffee in hand if anyone would like to show up. I also brought a projecter, looks like we will have that covered. LOL

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Hello All,

 

I will be leaving around 9am and will be bringing my large arch and a few other things. I will be stopping by a store up there to grab something for the luncheon. Look forward to seeing everyone.

 

Lloyd.

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Paula and I had a great time at the mini.  I think it gave us both more ideas on things to put into our display.  It was also great to meet everyone.   I did have one question if anyone got the link or know where do get the "Buzz Box" I would be very grateful, Paula really wants to fix several of the display item that she has had for many year and the light are now failing. 

 

Andy and Al, Thank you for pulling this together I am already excited for next years.

 

Steve.

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I am terrible with names.  I spoke to someone who had the Lynx smartstring arch setup and used Mac's for video editing.  I just wanted to keep in touch, so if they could drop me a line at [email protected], would appreciate it.

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Have not found the schematic yet but really have not had time to look ever where in Christmas shop but will this week.  I do have one of my buzz boxs here in the Ham Shack and found a web address on it from Andrew Albertson, it was andrewalbertson.com, tried to go to web site but not working.  If anyone knows Andrew you might get in touch and see if he is still building them.  I know this one is the best of the three I have. 

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I just wanted to thank everyone for the wonderful mini and for putting up with my son and I. I cannot wait for him to get older so he can really get bitten by the bug.

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Andy ,Al and everyone who attended the Va. mini thank you all. The food, friendship and knowledge was as good as it gets. We may not have a large group of people but Al's church was the perfect location and he was a great hoast .  Until next year happy decorating.          Paul

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Hardly knew your son was there.  He was very quiet.

I just wanted to thank everyone for the wonderful mini and for putting up with my son and I. I cannot wait for him to get older so he can really get bitten by the bug.

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Steve,

 

This is the response I got back from Andrew Albertson who makes buzz boxes to sell.

 

I can still make them. They are $165ea with shipping. Just let me know

 

From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Subject: Buzz box
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 16:26:21 -0400
 

I did have one question if anyone got the link or know where do get the "Buzz Box" I would be very grateful, Paula really wants to fix several of the display item that she has had for many year and the light are now failing. 

 

Steve.

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