Fort Wayne Hamfest 2016

posted 11/15/16

 

The Fort Wayne Hamfest occurred on Saturday, 11/12 and Sunday, 11/13/2016

 

Here's part of the hamfest flyer...

 

Friday, 11/11/16

 

Keith - WA8ZWJ and Marian - WD8CJD left home late Friday morning and had lunch at Farmer Brown's which is on our way to the hamfest.

 

Here is a neat old photo that is inside the restaurant.  Farmer Brown is on the cart on the right.

Sorry for the reflections of the lights and windows in the photo...

 

Here's a shot of Farmer Brown from last year...

 

After lunch we headed toward the motel in Fort Wayne.

Once we checked in it wasn't long before the rest of the group began arriving as well!  Bob - N0BIX took this shot...

 

Here's a shot of Bob taking the shot from above!

 

Before too long it was time to head to the hamfest to drop off the stuff for the flea market.

Keith is checking some paper work prior to departure...

 

Bob is in the copilot seat.  Randy - AB8CO is in the back.

 

 

Keith lit up a cigar to enjoy along the way...

 

We arrived at the hamfest about 4PM which is when the doors opened to let folks drive inside to set up.  Yep, there was quite a line...

 

Still enjoying the cigar while waiting in line...

 

Bob was taking the previous shots...

 

Once inside we got busy.  Here are Keith - WA8ZWJ and Randy - AB8CO.

 

 

Making progress...

 

Randy snaps a shot with his phone...

 

Here's what he was taking a shot of...

 

Set up group photo!

L-R - N0BIX, Flat KBob, AB8CO and WA8ZWJ

 

Selfie of the set up crew by Randy...

 

It was going on 6PM when the group got back together in the lobby of the hotel...

Dave - W8TVC, Randy - AB8CO and Bob - N0BIX

 

John - KF8KK, Keith - WA8ZWJ and Marian - WD8CJD

 

Big Al - KB8FJB

 

Jean and Bob - N0BIX

 

Time to head across the parking lot to dinner...

 

No fun being had here!

 

 

 

Big Al is having some fun too!

 

The Tavern At Coventry is across the parking lot from our hotel.  We always enjoy the great service and fantastic vittles served there!

 

Bob is taking a pre dinner shot...

AB8CO, Jean, WD8CJD, KB8FJB, KF8KK, WA8ZWJ and W8TVC

 

N0BIX - the camera man!

 

Jean and Marian

 

After dinner Bob enjoyed some dessert!

 

John enjoyed some dessert too!

 

Then we went back to the lobby of the hotel.  Here's Bob!

 

Jean, WD8CJD, KB8FJB, WA8ZWJ, KF8KK and W8TVC

 

Here's a group photo from Friday night...

 

Bob captured a rare moment for Keith to have his cell phone out.  I haven't a clue why I had my cell phone out!

We had a fun visit!  After all, one of the biggest reasons for us all coming to this hamfest is to visit!

 

Saturday, 11/12/16

 

Randy and Keith are enjoying "early" breakfast before heading to the flea market.  Marian is visiting.

 

Bob is enjoying "first" breakfast.

Before long Keith and Randy headed towards the hamfest.

 

Here's the later breakfast group.  Jean, W8TVC, KB8FJB, WD8CJD and KF8KK.  Bob is enjoying "second" breakfast!

We like to tease Bob about his 2 breakfasts.  We tell him it reminds us of Loyd - K8EI at HamVention!

 

At the hamfest, the first folks we see are Jim (Stoney) - WB8JIM, Joe - KD8GIL and Audrey - KC8DTM.  

Glenn - W8AK had taken the car out of the arena to the parking lot after dropping stuff off inside.

 

Before too long Gary - WB9DIA arrives!

 

Here's a shot of Gary and Keith...

 

Glenn - W8AK has come back inside!

 

Randy - AB8CO is minding the store while Keith roams a bit...

 

As you can see, Glenn's table is beside ours and Gary's tables are behind us...

 

Bob and the Michiganders arrive around 9AM when the doors open for the non vendors...

 

Waiting in line for tickets...

 

Time to fill out the tickets...

KF8KK, W8TVC, KB8FJB

 

The "late" group has made it to our booth!

N0BIX, KF8KK, W8TVC, KB8FJB

 

Keith taking the earlier shot I suppose...

 

 

 

Rob - KV8P has found our booth!

 

N0BIXie has gone upstairs to take some shots.  If you look carefully under the ARRL banner you can see Rob and Keith waving hello!

 

Cropped from that earlier shot of Rob and Keith waving...

 

This will give you a feel for how far away Bob was for those shots.  Yes, that is Bob on the balcony...

 

Some shots of the flea market.  This is looking southwest...

 

Now looking west...

 

Now looking northwest...

 

I wish I had a better expression on my face!  Bob chose to post this shot to Facebook to show folks we made it to the hamfest!

 

Keith and Randy taking a load off while Dave is shopping in the background...

 

Bob taking pictures as usual...

 

Here's Big Al!

 

Randy is minding the store...Keith is headed out to the van for a cigar and a soda...

 

What a gorgeous November day!  This is what Keith saw while sitting in the van...

 

I am back inside now...

 

Bill - N8TQ has arrived!

 

Before too long the Michiganders and Bob decide to head out for lunch.  They are done with their shopping!

 

Beautiful weather!  The afternoon temperature got up into the 50's!  Not bad for mid November!

 

Randy - KA0AZS and his XYL...

 

Audrey - KC8DTM, Ron - KD8ENJ (HamVention Chairman) and Glenn - W8AK

 

The guys have made it to lunch!

KB8FJB, W8TVC, KF8KK AND N0BIX

 

Then look who shows up at the same restaurant for lunch after doing some shopping near the hotel!

Marian - WD8CJD and Jean

 

During one of Keith's walks around the flea market he sees this Zenith Trans-Oceanic.  What memories!  Keith's dad, WA8BNW had one back in the 50's!

 

Later Keith see this Eico 720!  This is what Keith used as a Novice transmitter!

It was a good thing that Dad had a bunch of crystals in the Novice bands!

 

A short while later Keith spots this Drake 2B receiver.  Yes, that was part of his Novice CW rig as well!  What fond memories!

 

Well, it's 4 o'clock and we have closed up shop for today.

 

After some visit time in the lobby it is time to head to dinner...

 

 

Gary - WB9DIA and his friend Susan joined us for dinner...

 

Jean, WB9DIA, KF8KK, KB8FJB, W8TVC, WA8ZWJ, Susan, WD8CJD

 

Camera Man Bob!

Randy did not join the group for dinner this evening.  He met his cousin for dinner across town!

 

Susan and a blurry Marian...Bob should have used the flash...

 

Dave and Keith

 

Camera Man Bob again...

 

Gary, John and Big Al

 

Jean and her dinner..

 

Jean and Bob

 

Gary and John

 

Saturday night group photo in the lobby!

 

Visit time...

 

Keith caught a shot of Dave and Bob checking their cell phones for something...

 

Sunday, 11/13/16

 

Frost on the pumpkin...so to speak.  There was a heavier frost on Saturday morning that Keith neglected to get a shot of...

 

Randy, Marian and Keith enjoying early breakfast while Bob enjoys "first" breakfast.  Dave is just visiting...

 

Another shot of Camera Man Bob taking a shot...

 

Big Al has joined the early group...

 

Before long, Randy, Keith and Marian head to the flea market while the rest of the gang have the late breakfast and then head towards home.

 

Here Marian is looking at Gary's sales items while Susan and Gary get their flea market photo taken.

 

Susan is looking on while Randy, Marian and Keith get their shot.

We now have three tables and have expanded some since Glenn and Audrey will not be here today.

 

In the distance you can see Randy and Marian visiting some.  Yes, attendance is down today.  Looking southeast...

 

These folks are across the aisle from us.  They have 3 tables and repeatedly told passer bys that EVERYTHING is FREE!

 

Looking northeast...

 

Looking northwest from our booth...

 

Randy has made a purchase!  It is a pair of GMRS radios for him and Marilyn.

 

Randy - KA0AZS stops by for a visit...

 

Marian has purchased a book!

 

Gary and Susan are enjoying an early lunch while visiting with Randy and Marian...

 

Randy has made another purchase!  This is a soldering station!  Cool!  Er...a....HOT!

 

Sales were slow today but we still sold enough to make it worth our while to spend the time!

 

It is after 1PM.  The hamfest officially closes at 2PM and we decide to head out for lunch.  Yes, all the remaining sales items are on the cart.

 

Saying our goodbyes!

 

The tubs are loaded in the van!  Time to head out for lunch!

 

As usual, lunch is in Decatur, IN at the Back 40 Junction!  It's about 30 minutes south of the hamfest.

 

Here's a selfie that Randy took!

 

Needless to say, we managed to get all fed up!  The all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet also had ham, turkey, chicken, fish, brisket, ribs and shrimp in addition to all the assorted side dishes!

 

Here's a neat looking cart decorated for fall...

 

The red caboose is on display at the Back 40 Junction as well!

 

It was a fantastic weekend!  It was great seeing the gang and getting some quality visiting time in.

Yes, the attendance did seem to be down some this year.  Our theory on that was, because of the beautiful weather for mid November, folks chose to stay at home and take care of outdoor chores rather than come to the hamfest.  We are hoping that the lack of attendance was not a trend.

We are enthusiastic about the upcoming Yuma Hamfest in February and the Dayton HamVention in May!

Thanks for taking the time to look at our memories of the Fort Wayne Hamfest 2016!

Contributing photographers are AB8CO, N0BIX and WA8ZWJ.

Respectfully Submitted,

Keith - WA8ZWJ