After paying my entry fee I was greeted at the door by N1XIO. He had a real nice backpack rig setup, so I had to take his picture.
As I walked in I was surprised how many people and vendors were present.
The place was packed with Ham's, and full of all sorts of possible new toys.
Ohhhh yea! The Elecraft Booth
A friend for Kimber!Huntsville also had some great QRP based forums this year. Jim Stafford, W4QO gave a great QRP presentation. John Henry, KI4JPL & Glen Popiel, KW5GP provided some great information on Arduino, and how it was utilized to transform a Ten-Tec model 506 Rebel into a JT-64 machine. Very cool. The Arduino information is defiantly worth a second look. Buddipole also presented information on some different Buddipole configurations.
During the forums I won a great door prize.
80 Meter QRP Transceiver Kit - Model 1380
Thank you to the guys at Ten-Tec for donating this sweet door prize. It will be my first kit build! I guess I need to brush up on my soldering skills!
Saturday night I headed out to Monte Sano for the evening events!
I ate some BBQ, mingled, and met some new friends.
It was a fun night on the mountain. After the festivities I set out in the dark and activated Monte Sano! Afterwards I crept back to my campsite, and passed out in the back of my Jeep. What a great weekend. I didn't even spend too much. Just purchased some 26g Wireman antenna wire to redo my SOTA antenna. Pics in the future!
I would like to say thanks to Steve WG0AT, John W9FHA, Gary W0MNA, Martha W0ERI, and everyone else I had the privilege of meeting. It was a great learning experience to meet such knowledgeable hams, and share their stories. Also thank you Craig, NM4T, for putting together a great event on Monte Sano.
The Huntsville Hamfest was a great event. I recommend it to anyone next year!