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Hakata Reunion - October 16-18

World Wide Direction Finders Conference # 8 May 2-5, 2019


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Attendees at the Las Vegas Reunion

Marshall Kornblatt, Ed Fickes, Ken Baldwin, Dennis Mitzner, Harry White (host), Jerry Sword, Ken Quimby, Steve Gerber, Tom Jameson, Tom Carroll and Terry Brown in Las Vegas on 3Oct18. Looking out from the back of Harry’s home.

To all:

Janelle and I want to thank those, that were able to attend, for making this one of the most fun and memorable reunions we’ve had in my fifty-one years of knowing you. Albeit, some of the early ones I don’t remember too much, but that loss was self-inflicted.

We are so fortunate to have friends like you, and I only ask that God keeps us healthy and safe for the future, until our next reunion.

I want to thank Terry for having the idea of getting together in Las Vegas and planting the seed.

And we can’t forget Harry and Jeanie White for their hospitality and help in putting this reunion together for us. Thanks, Harry.

I know it is only October, but Costco already has Christmas trees up for sale, so Janelle and I wish you a premature though heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

God Bless America,


Det K Kamaksan

In May of this year we had a reunion of several Det K Kamaksan vets who served together 1978-79. The Field Station Korea commander and staff came up to open the gates for us (Det is dormant but still in US inventory right now).  We may do another one next year and try to get in vets from the other Dets (J and L).

Robert Walsh

Germany Reunion

Heidwinkelers – Please send a response to Tom Garrett indicating if you think you will attend, don’t know or will not attend.

From: Thomas Garrett []
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 1:02 PM
To: Thomas Garrett
Cc: 'Chuck'; 'Paul Erickson'; 'twilkie38@gmail. com'; 'Warren Buckler'; Lee Banner; Bianka Beckmann; Walter Boyd; Dan Franks; Dee Garrett; Elke Hiebbner;; Karin Janowski; Ron Mummert;;;; Calvin Smith
Subject: German Reunion

I've been having trouble the past 2 weeks trying to send emails with cc addresses.  I finally corrected the problem by using really small print.

The plan I have come up with is to fly into Berlin 9/12 (Wed) and depart 9/17 (Mon) for Helmstedt.  I'll fly out from Newark or NYC  Tues night so I will arrive in Berlin late Wed morning.  We will be staying at the NH Berlin Kurfuerstendamm 4 star hotel near center city.  It's 1.1 km from the Berlin Zoo and I figure it would be a good place to visit Sun.  A site lists the hotel as the #2 best value of over 1,000 places to stay in Berlin.  Sites showing hotels to rent in Berlin show the average rate per night (for our hotel) is $104 per night (plus city tax.) for the cheapest room and about $124 per night for the next higher priced room.  The cheap room has no free cancellation but all others do if canceled about a week in advance.

This is an English speaking hotel with free WiFi.  There is a fee for the breakfast buffet, laundry facilities, exercise equipment etc.  There is tour and ticket assistance.  This should help with the Hop On/Off buses.  There are 3 companies (2 with red buses) and one has tour information in English and one has headphones for the English information.  

Tipping information:  Housekeepers 3 Euro per night (on bed or nightstand).  Waiters round up to the next Euro and never leave tip on table.

Most restaurants and stores only accept cash.  Even some hotels.  Water is not free in restaurants and you won't get tap water.

Most planes fly into Tegel airport (the closest).  You can take buses, subway or taxis to get to the hotel.  The cheapest taxi is Uber at about 20.35 Euro (with 10% tip).  Add an extra 25-30% between 7am and 7pm due to traffic.  You would be wise to change some money into Euros before leaving the airport. The taxis probably want cash.  Get most in Berlin where the exchange rate will be better.

This brings us to our trip to Helmstedt.  There are trains to and from Helmstedt and Berlin via Braunschweig.  The cost is about $25.  I'm sure most of us would want to drive or ride there because we will need cars to drive around the Helmstedt area. I figure at least half of us will need to rent cars (less depending on the size of the vehicle).  I'm hoping the hotel will give us information on how to rent close to the hotel.  I'm not sure this information can be obtained if we rent prior to leaving for Berlin.  We would need to drop the cars off at the airport drop off location.  I sent an email to the hotel over a week and half ago for this and other questions and haven't received a response.

We will stay at the Best Western Hotel near the old autobahn exit to East Germany.  Cost $105 per night.  There are guided tours of areas in Helmstedt.  2 are in English and another in English if we pay extra for hiring someone.  There is the Palaeon-Research and experience Center and Schoeningen Speere: archaeological science w/ insightful entertainment.  We could visit some of the large East German cities by car and explore on foot or city tours if available.  There are tours of the VW plant in Wolfsburg-a little on the expensive side.  We will leave Helmstedt 9/22 (Sat).  Some may want to stay longer.

Please provide input on what you think we should be doing and pass this email to anyone you think might be interested in attending.

I apologize in the delay in providing this information.


Courtesy of Ben Phillips:

There is a reunion this Oct. 16-18, 2018. It will be in Mesquite, Nevada, which is about 82 miles NE of Las Vegas. It is for guys that were at the 14th USASA Field Station, Also known as Hakata, Japan. But it is also for all ASA guys. We will use the Virgin River Casino Hotel; Cost is $32.00 - $40.00 a night plus 12.5% tax. You can contact John Maloney or Gus Cone at or phone # 253 531-1783. Remember it is open to all ASA guys and girls.




World Wide Direction Finders Conference # 8

Bath County, VA

Thursday, May 2 – Sunday, May 5, 2019

More pictures of the area & our accommodations:

The Warm Springs Inn:

The Inn at Gristmill Square:

Please coordinate all reservations through our host:

Tom (aka Spike) Richardson


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Reservations Made

Mike & Linda Pederson

Raymond & LuAnn Freese

Eliseo & Iryna Lujan

Dale & Cindy McCune

Tom & Sarah Harrison

Jim Layden

Larry Hertzberg & Guest (name?)

Joe Howley & Sue Hammer

Tom & Dana Richardson

Stan Perdue

Steve Whitaker

Stephen & Barbara Hill

Walter & Claudia Hutchins

Rhonda Crawford

Diane Terranova Evans

Mary Armbrust-Withro

Rick & Joanna Sundell

John & Barbara Berry

Jim & Donna Malato

Lisa Dale-Laraway & sister Cindy

Wayne & Cherie Johnson

Ken & Liz Jones

Dave & Johnnie Kruse

Bob & Patty Garrison

Mike & Debbie Langille


Duffy Webmeister/Co-host: Stan Perdue


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