Thoughts on Orlando HamCation 2019 – Steve Hicks

2019-03-08T11:16:38-04:00February 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Whenever I return from a hamfest, I get the same question from those that didn’t get to participate: “How was it?”  Everyone has their own idea of what makes a good hamfest, but over the years I’ve seen a lot of commonality among views across the ham community.  For example, for outdoor swapfests the weather is always an important element -- if you’re able to browse at a leisurely pace with a little sunshine and a nice breeze while examining radio goodies, it always beats freezing rain!  This is one of the reasons that HamCation, held every February in Orlando, Florida is always a favorite of ours at FlexRadio. The weather is always above-par and last weekend was no exception with highs in the low 80s, plenty of sunshine and just a touch of rain.  I called home to check on my daughter and she informed me that back home in Austin it was “graupeling” (I had to look ‘graupel’ up again to remind myself that it is ‘soft hail’ or ‘snow pellets’). No thanks, I’ll take the weather in Orlando! For this year’s HamCation, we were asked by the Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC) to present to the club the day before the hamfest at their monthly meeting.  If you’ve ever put on a technical convention or hamfest, you know it’s a lot of work and it’s a little like going to your own wedding reception -- everyone else gets to enjoy the festivities and you’re lucky [...]

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