QST is amateur radio talk for: Attention – Bulletin; It is a Ham radio Q signal that is “calling all Radio Amateur’s” attention to a “bulletin”. Thus, my title QST: HamCation…
If you did not attend the Orlando HamCation held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds last weekend, then you missed a perfect opportunity to become submerged in the world of Ham Radio and electronics. It was a first for me and I was blown away. There were easily over 5000 people there, possibly more since they had 10,000 last year. These ham-ventions are held all over the US and this one is the largest in the Southeast.
Yellow hat...Is Kelly Smiling? You Bet!
WHAT WAS IT LIKE?
There were over a hundred commercial vendors inside 3 large buildings enticing “hams” with the latest and greatest electronic devices. But that paled to where the real action was taking place. Outside there was one of the largest fairground tailgate areas around. There were rows & rows of RV’s, trucks, and cars with their tailgates or awnings opened, and swap tables filled with amateur radios, parts, computer hardware, software and more. It was like the biggest ham & electronic flea market ever, with prize drawings & food hawkers! Kelly was in 7th heaven and we soaked it all in.
NOTE: You can find Kelly in all the photos by the bright yellow ball cap he is wearing.
"Let me see, what do I get first?" he said, rubbing his hands together with anticipation.
Something Has Caught Kelly's Attention, "Hmmm, do I need that?
There Was Something For All Ages
Outside: The Tailgate Vendors Went On For Blocks (Kelly on right)
The Tailgate Flee Market: "This is just what I want at a great Price."
One of the highlights of the weekend for Kelly was when we attended a Sat. morning forum presented by Buddipole Antennas. Kelly had just bought one the week before and the presenter was the designer himself, Budd Drummond. Kelly would not only get the inside scoop on its use, but also get to meet the designer. And, it was better than that. When Budd heard Kelly had just bought one, he brought him up front, explained all the intricacies to him and had Kelly assist him with setting up his products.
Kelly Meets Budd Drummond, Designer of "Buddipoles"
Budd Drummond has Kelly Assist Him In Set-up
The Buddistick goes Segway Mobile
What’s a Buddipole? It’s an antenna system designed to be lightweight and compact for portable operations, easily fitting in a travel bag, and still not compromise on performance. Perfect for what Kelly needs.
Compact Case With Buddipole
The Compact Antenna Fully Expanded - Ready to Go
It was a great weekend and we truly enjoyed ourselves. We didn’t win any of the drawings, but hey, there is always next year.