Ham-Ex and Hamvention 2012

The Ham-Ex this year did not look as crowded as it was last year. However, I still met many fellow hams there. It’s hard to say what caused less people to show up – unusually warm weather for mid-March, or the CQ WPX contest.

Nevertheless, the hamfest was a hit. Amateur radio club of Peel (P.A.R.C.) had a booth with some cool and useful hamshack gadgets  they build in the club on Saturdays. The fleamarket did not have many vendors this year, however, this resulted in less junk and more good offers. Some of my favourites:

  • Kenwood TS-520S in great condition – $150 (why I didn’t buy it?)
  • Kenwood SP-520 (speaker) – $30 (welcome to my shack!)
  • Brass straight key in great condition with very heavy base – $12 (thank you to Stan VE3STN)
  • Ten-Tec electret mic (powered) – $35 (will be tested soon)

I plan to drive to Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio in May this year. That must be fun but haven’t found a company yet as it would be boring to drive alone for 7 hours.


About va3paw
Ham radio enthusiast, software developer

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