Du Quoin IL in tornado season

We’re in Du Quoin parked on the grass across from the governor’s mansion beside a little cottage called “the log cabin” and within a long frisbee toss of the Labor Pavilion (dedicated to Union Working Men and Women of IL, not the rest of the working folks — just the union workers).

Huge thunderstorm passed through here — actually sort of camped on top of us — around 2 until 4 am this morning. Hail, rain, lightning, big thunder, the whole works. As morning light increases I hope we won’t notice any hail bruising atop our trailer. I don’t think we have any damage, it didn’t seem too severe, just rackety.

We’re in Du Quoin at the fairgrounds for the 54th Annual Wally Byam Caravan Club meeting and rally. We arrived Friday after a long and effortless drive direct from Kannapolis to Du Quoin. Our airstream is camped immediately beside the WBCCI amateur radio club station. I’m president of the amateur radio club this year so this is pretty great parking for us to keep up with what’s going on, show up a lot, and just hang out here.

Other stuff is going on at this rally than just the weather and ham radio club. We are presenting full-timing seminars, Debbie is coordinating awards for all contests and we are enjoying seeing friends from previous years and making new friends.

Jim and Debbie

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