Huntsville Hamfest 2009 has come and gone, but the memories linger.
In preparation for the hamfest Tim – N8DEU had requested a box from AMSAT Headquarters and we were well supplied with books, CDs, hats + shirts. Of course a big banner helps attract even folks that are not already AMSAT fans. We collected a few renewals, and sold most of what we had the first day – but the fun part for me is talking to everyone . . . We tell stories, answer questions, and make plans for future projects and activities.
Alan – WA4SCA was down from Nashville to help out, as well as my daughter Shelby. There were times all 4 of us were actively engaged with people crowding around the table. Tim also presented two forums, one on satellite operations with handheld equipment, and another one on APRS. There was a steady stream of presentations in each of the six forum rooms all day Saturday. If you missed this hamfest this year, make your plans now to attend next year.
Our guest celebrity this year was Andrew Koenig – KE5GDB, recipient of the 2009 Young Ham Of The Year Award. He is active on satellite and you may have followed his discussions on the AMSAT-BB email reflector, or seen his website http://www.thathamkid.com … He spent some time visiting with us before stopping to visit with Ted Randall – WB8PUM in the next booth. During Andrew’s interview on Ted’s QSO radio show, he answered many questions about AMSAT and really did a great job promoting the many aspects of this fascinating hobby.
I hope everyone else had as good a time at the Huntsville Hamfest as I did, even better if possible. I really enjoy discussing the variety of interests, and how we can tie all these pieces together : balloon tracking telemetry, VHF/UHF antenna design, orbital dynamics, circuit design and brute-force fabrication of hardware… All these disciplines come together and make us all proud to be called a HAM. And to be associated with AMSAT just puts icing on the cake, as these folks have a passion that just makes stuff work – in orbit no less…
73 for now /;^)