We got featured on Ham Talk Live with Neil Rapp! We chat about our experiences at YOTA and our plans of bringing such an event to the Western world.
Huntsville Hamfest was superb!
In my last post I mentioned why I was inspired to come. I found it on the W5KUB webcast:
The main push for me to go to the Huntsville Hamfest was this livestream a few weeks before. I was in the chat and mentioned I never been and wasn’t really planning on it (but probably could go), then Katie Allen WY7YL persuaded me.
Good call Katie. I really loved it.
This hamfest was really special to me not only because of the big focus on youth (hosting a youth lounge, and being home to the Young Ham of the Year award), but also because my fiance, Jesten, got to come along and check out all this crazy nerdy crap that I do. She’s the best ever. Soon she’ll be licensed – it’s a (tongue in cheek) requirement before we get married 😛
Anyway, I mentioned youth lounge. It was the first thing I checked out:
And I checked out a whole lot more stuff – the feature-crazy new Kenwood TH-74 APRS/TNC/DSTAR handheld, a few forums and the YHOTY award to name a few:
Later Then there was a cool storm.
Later, we checked out a Barnes & Noble to find Jesten a book to read on the 6-hour drive home. I found this:
On Sunday, Jesten and I also checked out the Space and Rocket museum. It was great!
Finally, gotta mention the southern comfort food. Half the reason we went was to break our diet. We ate at Chick-fil-A, Zaxby’s, Bojangles, and Betty Mae’s Restaurant. Stuff we don’t get in St. Louis.
Saturday night after the Huntsville hamfest, I watched a bit of the W5KUB livestream that he hosts. The main push for me to go to the Huntsville Hamfest was this livestream a few weeks before. I was in the chat and mentioned I never been and wasn’t really planning on it (but probably could go), then Katie Allen WY7YL persuaded me.
So I went. And I had a really great time! It deserves its own blog post soon.
But real quick, I wanted to mention the short call I had with Tom, Don Wilbanks AE5DW, another guy whose name I forget, and Chris Brault KD8YVJ – winner of the ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim award.
Check it out here on YouTube, or pan the embedded video to 2:40:30 below. Give or take. The link has been messing up a lot.