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Welcome to the W5FOC-2022 Dinner/Weekend website. The 2022 event will take place from Thursday, April 28th, to Sunday, May 1st, beginning Thursday afternoon and ending Sunday after the usual business meeting.

This social event is held every year during March or April and is the first FOC social event of the year. It is open to members and their significant others.

The weekend will kick off Thursday evening with an informal gathering for early arrivals at what most locals consider the best Tex-Mex restaurant in the area, Hilda's Tortilla Factory.

Friday there will be an optional tour of Wildseed Farms, with an optional wine tasting. Click here for details.

The National Museum of the War of the Pacific is a major tourist attraction. It is truly world class. If you have any interest in history it is a must see. If you went there when attending the 2017 W5 FOC event things have changed quite a bit. The entrance fee has gone up and because of a combination of Covid and popularity, daily attendance is limited. It is recommended you make a reservation online for the day you wish to go.  There are several options for tickets which you can check out here. One day tickets for those over 65 (most of our group) are $14. Some outdoor exhibits are free. We looked into a group rate but it requires at least 20 people and all have to attend on the same day. The savings for seniors is only $2 and we felt it was not a viable option.

George, K5TR, has opened his station for us to visit during the weekend. This station is one of the top contest stations in the world. George has the top claimed SSB score in this year's ARRL Sweepstakes, and Gator, N5RZ, one of our own operating from George's station, has the top claimed score for CW.

Friday evening there will be a reception with hors d'oeuvres at the hotel. The reception will be early enough that you can make dinner reservation in town for afterwards.

Saturday evening's banquet will be held in the Nimitz Hotel Ballroom, which is part of the National Museum of the Pacific War. The guest speaker is Michael W. Hagee, General, USMC (Retired), President and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. Admiral Nimitz was the Commander in Chief of the Paific Fleet in World War II. He was born and raised in Fredericksburg. The hotel was owned by his family.

Gator, N5RZ, will give a narrative on "The Great 2021Texas Ice Storm" and Richard, K5NA, will present his experiences with EME. We hope to have other presentations, as well. Stay tuned. Adjacent to the hospitality suite there is a room for presentations, telegraph key displays, and a remote connection for operation of the club call W5FOC.

Our hotel is The Inn on Barons Creek. It is a short walk from the hotel to Main Street, with all its quaint shops, tasting rooms, restaurants, unique galleries and museums. While a bit more expensive than past locations, we think you will find it is worth the price. And by the way, for those who want to stay longer the rates are much lower Sunday through Thursday nights. We have blocked thirty rooms and encourage anyone considering attending to book their stay as soon as possible. If you have a change of plans, you can cancel the reservation with no penalty, provided you do so at least 48 hours in advance. Our reduced price is only available by calling the hotel at (830) 990-9202 and mentioning you are with the FOC group (Overseas members - if this is a problem email Marv Bloomquist, N5AW, [n5aw-at-arrl.net] and he will try to help). Don't make online reservations - we have better rates; $119/night (plus taxes) for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights and $194 for Friday and Saturday.

Fredericksburg is a popular vacation spot for good reasons - museums, vineyards, art, unique history and German heritage, national and state parks. In addition to all the local attractions, April is the season for beautiful wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country. Take a look at this link and you will see why this area is so popular. For anyone flying in, the nearest major airports are Austin (84 miles) and San Antonio (68 miles). Here is a page with links to many area attractions. Some are also referenced in the Chamber of Commerce website above.

The registration fee inlcudes the Friday evening reception, the Saturday banquet dinner, and beverage and snacks in the hospitality room. The hotel provides breakfast.

There are two ways to register:

1) Register online and pay using PayPal.

2) Print the online form, fill it out and mail it, along with your check (payable to "Richard King), to Richard at the address below. You can also fill it out, scan it and email it to Richard -  k5na-at-ecpi.com. Send a check separately, in that case.

Richard L. King
PO Box 313
Manor, TX 78653
USA

Don't hesitate to contact one of these committee members if you have any questions.