BEARS to host art from Pitcairn at fest
“CQ, CQ, CQ. This is VP6MW.”
This is how the ham radio contact would start every summer for many years. A group of seven or eight ham radio operators throughout the United States would anxiously await this opening call.
One local operator from Morgan City, KA5LMZ, Jackie Price would await this call every Sunday at the same time and on the same frequency.
Meralda Warren, VP6MW, a direct descendent of the mutineers from the mutiny on the HMS Bounty would be calling from Pitcairn Island.
Occasionally, area ham operator, KC5RFM, Archie Lovell, would join in on the contact.
Meralda Warren is now a very well-known artisan in the South Pacific area, having traveled to many of the islands in the chain. She and her mother, Mavis, make and sell decorated Hattie plant leaves. In addition, Meralda has written a cook book that is printed in Morgan City by Delta Printing including watercolor florals. She has also brought back the age old craft of tappa cloth making, the same way the original inhabitants of Pitcairn did years ago.
Deborah Price, N5FMI, will have several of Meralda’s pieces of art at the Bear Festival on April 20.
A table will be set up at the Special Event station of the BEARS (Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service).
A photo album showing Pitcairn Island, the Warren Family and some of the activities will also be shown.
Visitors are invited to see the ham radio operation of the BEARS, and take a look at the items from Pitcairn Island.