One of the things I enjoy the most about going to Hamvention with my group of friends is the funny things that go on. Kennie KC8BBU, Mark KB8RBT, Missy KB8VFK, and Doug KD8EZD are great friends. We have been going to Dayton as a group for about 6 years now. It all started when I lived within a few miles of them in Southern Ohio. When I moved away we continued the tradition and it became a reunion of sorts each spring.
Anyway as with most groups of friends the ribbing abounds and it never stops. Of course someone falls asleep in a chair at sometime over the weekend. This year it was Missy. Of course I took a pic with my cell phone. I posted it on Facebook for her birthday with a comment about getting old. My 50th is coming up in a few months so there will no doubt be retribution!
One of the guys made a comment about not being able to find the flush button in the Port o let. He was quickly instructed to look under the horizontal cover that was below him. Of course he couldn’t find it!
A couple of weeks before Hamvention, Pam my YL was trimming the Ivy at the back of the house. She accidentally cut a section of RG-8X that runs to my VHF/UHF antenna. I told her we would be able to get some replacement cable At Dayton. On Friday Doug bought a spool of 300 feet of 7/8′ Heliax. When Pam showed up On Saturday with me she was told that they had bought the replacement cable for her. Of course her eyes bulged when she saw the size of the cable. The running joke all day was how we were going to lift the spool so we could put it on top of my compact car for the ride home.
Kennie had some PC’s on the flea market table without Hard Drives. One brilliant person after looking at them ask a question. “What operating system do these have?” The ensuing explanation of how a computer works provided a whole weekend of snappy comebacks “yeah but what operating system do they have?”
The best bit of the weekend I got second hand. The group was on their way home on Friday night. As they passed a local dairy/restaurant operation. Mark asked what they were going to have for dinner. Doug very dryly said that he wanted Ice Cream as he pointed to the dairy place going by. The rest of the way home Doug commented on how he really wanted ice cream. When they passed a small Ice Cream stand near home later, Mark almost put Doug out of the vehicle as he brought it up again. We ended up at the original place on Saturday evening for our group dinner. Of course we had the delicious Ice Cream! Check out Young’s Jersey Dairy if you are interested.
Good friends make a hamfest so much better!