LaPorte Hamfest, 2015

by k9am on March 9, 2015

K9AMM and I travelled to the LaPorte Cabin Fever Hamfest on 28 February. It was smaller than last year, with a lot of empty tables and fewer hams. I bought a few TAB and Editors and Engineers antenna books but nothing else. I did see W9LRS, Lou and he bought a really nice antique RCA microphone. Other than that there is not that much to remark about.

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After the fest we travelled North to eat at the Around the Clock restaurant, stuffed our stomachs and then headed back to the house, about 100 miles away.



Kalamazoo Hamfest, 19 October 2014

by k9am on October 24, 2014

Son David, K9AMM (vanity call sign) and I traveled over to Michigan this past weekend to attend the Kazoo fest, as we like to do every year. You never know what kind of weather you are going to get. In this case it was cloudy and +32° F when we arrived – brrr! It only warmed up to around 50° F later.

Bill, W9VC

We saw Bill, W9VC in the center of the hall and had a good conversation. Across from Bill was Chris and David bought a WWII Revell B-25 bomber kit from him. I bought an original assembly manual for my Heathkit SB610 monitor ‘scope.

K9AMM and W9VC


After the fest, David, Bill and I drove to downtown Kalamazoo and ended up at Bell’s Eclectic Cafe which is a brew pub with really good food. It opened at noon with a pretty good crowd waiting at the steps. After we finished our lunch, Mark, WB8SFY showed up in the parking lot to pick up a piece of equipment that was sent to him by one of my buddies in Illinois. I hadn’t seen Mark in over one year, as I couldn’t make it to Dayton this year. After a five minute chin wag, we were off headed back to home on I-94.



Son David is now an FCC licensed ham radio operator!

August 29, 2014

Last Saturday, David passed is Technician examination at the Baraboo, Wisconsin hamfest! Woo Hoo! The Baraboo hamfest was very small but nice, out in the country at the Baraboo Steam tractor grounds. The picture below is of David standing between two of the ARRL volunteer examiners, holding his certificate stating that he passed the test. […]

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Sitting in the Lab at work

August 22, 2014

Waiting for my paycheck.

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Field Day, 2014!

July 2, 2014

David and I attended the K9MOT, 2014 Field Day during 28-29 June, at the Motorola Schaumburg campus. David made his first SSB contact, using the KX3 transceiver in the GOTA station, set up by Ed, N9EP. The weather cooperated, with only one storm around sunset. Also, there were lovely breezes all day long. We used the […]

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March 8, 2014

Working Great! I picked this up at the last hamfest for not too much money and according to the sticker inside it was built in October of last year. It’s measurements seem to be right on. I loaned out my Autek RF-1 last year and I think the guy must have dropped it cause it […]

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A Trip to the Sterling Hamfest- Sunday, 3 March

March 4, 2013

At the last minute on Saturday night Greg (K9QI) called me and asked if I wanted to go to the Sterling ‘fest the next morning. I said yes having nothing pressing happening on Sunday. The ride over was a bit more than two hours through some light fog and the hoar frost on the trees […]

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LaPorte “Cabin Fever” Hamfest

February 25, 2013

Last Saturday, February 23, we mounted up and rode down to LaPorte to attend the ‘fest. Greg – K9QI and David (N0CALL) and myself had a great time and met some nice people. This event does not have an extensive menu but always has something on offer that we need. For example, the “banana mic” as […]

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