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APRIL 4th, 2009
Railwatch Day Special Event Station
Folkston Train Depot
Folkston, GA

Come on out for a day of radio, trains, and good food!

Folkston Trainwatch Platform
Railwatch Days is an annual event that draws railroad fans from all over the Southeast for a day of shared interests, food, and photography. The historic Folkston Train Depot was rebuilt less that 10 years ago and has been thoughtfully equipped to accomodate rail fans. A museum contaiing many locally historical documents, drawings, and artifacts has been established and is a must see for rail fans. Here is an excerpt from the Folkston CoC website:

"The train watcher’s platform is located on the east side of the Nahunta Sub at MP 602.6 The platform is equipped with a scanner tuned to CSXT’s frequency 160.590 and 160.320...Ceiling fans were installed for those warm days and nights. Lights and electric outlets are available. Flood lights shine on the tracks from each end of the platform for night viewing. A Picnic table and grill are also available for visitors."

This year, CCARS received permission from the Folkston/Okeefanokee Chamber of Commerce to operate a special event station in recognition of this celebration.

We hoped to invite the public to participate and observe as we communicated with other operators all over the world for the duration of the event. We also had interactive displays of antique CW equipment and information on Amateur Radio. Thurston, W6NY, dressed to look (as closely as possible) like a telegraph operator of long ago, adding another historic and publicly familiar facet to the event. Contacts were referred to the CCARS website for more information and special certificates were printed with pictures from the event and details of the contact.

Although a number of people participated and a good time was had by all, the Gods of Propagation were not smiling on us and only a few contacts were made.

Still, it was a warm, sunny day and there were lots of facinating trains to see and we made quite a few new friends. You can be sure we will be trying again soon!
PHOTOS
2M Fun Net
Monday 8:20 P.M.
KG4PXG
146.685 MHz[-]

Echolink Node 8345

Nassau Trader's Net
Thursday 8:00 P.M.
W4NAS
146.835 MHz[-] [t127.3Hz]

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