I attended Southeast Linuxfest this weekend in Charlotte NC. It was good to see alot of old friends and meet new ones. In the long run it is great to meet people that you have Mentored to be an Ambassador and i defintiely had that pleasure at SELF meeting award (i forgot your name) and his lovely wife.
I arrived at SELF around about 1PM brought in the Fedora Event box and banners and helped get the table set up and running with the help of SPOT. I know there has been alot of Discussion about the “Beefy Miracle” as the F17 name but it also gives us a chance to have fun and support some of the Communities we are in. At SELF we had a Food Drive with a local Food Bank. Of course the Family had to be feed so after Dinner i went down to the Lobby where I and Nick Bebout and John Delaney worked on burning media and had some good conversations on what should and should not be a blocker of releases.
Saturday up early to set the table up and get it running with the help of Paul Frields later in the Day nb and I headed for the Lobby to work on the the Ham Radio APRS stuff, which due to a hardware issue we ran into a roadblock so I will contact the vendor and get this issue taken cared of. For Lunch we went across the street and had a couple “Beefy Miracles” chips and drink for lunch. then back to the expo area to check on the table to be sure the people working the table was given a chance to take a break..Being in NC of course for Dinner we wanted Bar B Que, so after asking the Hotel desk where to go they recommended at place call Mac’s Speed shop which was a mix of a country Western and biker bar it was a great place with great people and great food. It was good to spend time and talk to Clint Savage (herlo) and his coworker.
Sunday back to setting up the table at oh gawd 8 hundred hours, got it set up and talked to the SELF staff to find out where our 10am to 1pm Ham Radio VE Test Session would be held, Checking the room and showing it to Nick who is also a ARRL VE it was time to start getting ready for the Test Session .
We had contacted a local VE to help us with this Session because we could nt find enough VE in Fedora who would be attending SELF. I am drawing a Blank on the Gentlemans name but he turned out to be a local Judge for Charlotte . We had 7 Candidates to take the exams which in the long run ended up with 4 new Technician Class and 1 new General class radio operators.
Sunday there seemed to be something going around Nick and John both were not feeling very well, and my wife was starting to feel sick about the time we left as well, so about 2 we said goodbye and I got to see the lady who came to pickup the stuff from the food drive and she was surprised by the amount of food and the cash donations as well.