Thursday was pretty much filled up with speakers presentations, but afterwards there was ample opportunity to meet and talk with many other people who are active home brewers. A bunch of us had a chance to sit down and talk with Farhan as he showed and explained the circuitry in some of his projects he had brought with him. Among them was his 'Sweeperino' , 'Specan', and the uBITX design he is working on finalizing.
I have been having some problems with a knee for a little while now. And after the long drive up Wednesday, and sitting around most of Thursday it let me know that walking around the Hamvention would not be appreciated. So I spent most of the day Friday at the hotel and took my wife out for dinner before I went over to 'Club Night' and the home brew contest. I had a short time to talk to some of the Club members at different tables and several of the others in the home brew contest. I spent the next couple of hours doing demos and explaining the AD8307 power meter probe I had entered. I had been hoping to get either the Spectrum Analyzer or SNA Jr. V3 finished in time, but had to go with one of my earlier project. After the contest was over I had a better chance to talk to the other in the contest and look at their entries.
I also met Dave VE3OOI , and several other members of the Peel Amateur Radio Club in
It is extremely gratifying to know that others think your work is of enough interest that they will go and build something based on what you had done.
He later sent me a a copy of the manual they had produced for the kit. They went into a whole lot more detail in their manual than I had ever considered for the kits I had put together for my club. I guess I will have to put more effort into my documentation next time.
He also sent a picture of some of the 30 club members that attended their 'build a thon' earlier this year. It looks like they have a very active group of home brewers.