Well as things slow down a bit around here I have been thinking about the fun at FDIM. So many good things went on.
I met up first thing with 3 local QRP fans. Ron N8VAR, Larry N8QNM, and Jim AB8YK. I sat with them thru the seminars and had lunch with their friends. They responded to my email about forming a breakfast/lunch QRP group in the Dayton Springfield area. There were others who responded so I will try to set a day soon for our post-Dayton get together. It was nice to meet other QRPers and we have other things in common too.
I have been thumbing thru the Conference Proceedings book and thinking back to the presentations. Wow, what a great group of presentations! The range of topics was great. Though some didn’t really apply to things I do, there was lots of good info in each. It must be difficult to spread the presentations over a range that will appeal to as many operators as possible. As can be seen by the attendance going up, they are doing a good job. The room was standing room only for the whole day. The only thing is, I am coming up with questions on the presentations now weeks after the event. I will be shooting some emails out soon!
The Buildathon was a big hit as usual. Rex did a fine job of coaxing us thru the building process. I will put up a whole post on the Buildathon soon. Suffice it to say, Rex and his crew of volunteers are excellent! Below is the semi finished product. A soldering/work station for QRP builders. There is a holder for a roll of solder that I need to finish yet.
After the Buildathon was vendor night #1. What a great crowd of exhibits and browsers. I spent a lot of time drooling over some of the gear I saw. If only I had bottomless pockets! I did get to spend a few minutes with Ed WA3WSJ at his table. I have enjoyed following his exploits on the trail by email. I hope to work him soon. Maybe today as he is on the trail to Pulpit Rock, PA. for so /PM operating. I did pick up his books on disk for my NOOK. One is finished and I am about half way thru the second. I will review them when I am finished.
I also me Jim K8IQY and talked a little about my upcoming 2N2-40 build. A very nice chap. The home brew competition was great this year. Who knows maybe I will enter next year. That means someone else is guaranteed to win. I picked up some building supplies and saw all the new Hendrick’s stuff. Again a top notch event.
I am already looking forward to 2013. If you have never been you really need to make plans!