HamCation 2018

posted 2/28/18

 

A number of IOOK Vice Presidents attended the HamCation this year.

Here are some photos that Bob - N0BIX submitted to photo document the event.

He has also sent along a few comments for each photo.

 

Sunset on the way to Orlando...

 

Hotel lobby in Murfreesboro, TN...

 

Florida welcome center...

 

Florida welcome center...

 

Jean taking a photo at the welcome center...

 

Welcoming dolphin

 

Sign at the fairgrounds

 

Thursday 2/8 (day before hamfest opens)

 

John and Chick's motor coaches

 

Lou and Skip's 5th wheels

 

Lou saying "Hello"

 

John, Sandi (who didn't want her picture taken) and Lou in their rig

 

Jan and John's welcoming mat

 

Jean, Jan and John in their rig

 

John, Bob and Chick in the rig

 

Jan, Jean and Jan Pratt on the way to potluck

 

View of the lake at the fairgrounds

 

The potluck in progress

 

Sandi, Lou, Skip and Jan enjoying the food

 

Bob, Debby and Chick chowing down

 

Debby, Chick, John and Jan pausing for a photo

 

Sandi, Lou, Skip, Jan and Jean eating

 

Sandi feeding "pigeon"

 

Birds circling their nest

 

Since the hamfest isn't open, the guys go to an electronic parts store

 

Jan, Debby and Jean enjoying good conversation

 

Everyone was playing with their smartphones when I started to take this photo, but Debby knew what I was doing

 

The following are from Saturday, 2/10.  No photos from the first day of the hamfest were taken since Jean and I spent the day at Epcot.

Epcot photos will be at the end of this web page.

 

Debby, Jan, Jean and John starting out for the hamfest

 

Lou joins the group

 

Jan Debby and Jean see what they came for

 

Jan and Jean getting a closer look

 

They were good - touching but no buying

 

Max (who flew in from Memphis), Jean, Miriam, Jan, Dan and John having a midday rest

 

Dan, John, Bob and Lew

 

Lew, Joe (Lew's son) and Lou

 

Lew, Sandi, Chick, Debby, Lou and Joe

 

Chick, Debby, Lou and Joe

 

Time for a Jan and Jean picture

 

Jean models the $3.00 hat she got at a nearby flea market

 

John at the real flea market

 

Lou tried to figure out Joe's electronic puzzle

 

We are headed to the Waterfront for dinner

 

The line-up in front of the Waterfront: Max, Lew, Miriam, Bob, Jean, Jan, John, Debby and Chick

(Lou and Sandi are already inside - guess they couldn't wait)

 

Here is the waterfront

 

John, Jan, Sandi, Lou and Jean at our end of the table

 

Debby, Chick, Lew, Miriam, Max and Joe at their end of the table

 

Another view of the last

 

John, Jan, Sandi and Lou

 

Max, Joe, John, Jan and Sandi

 

Jan, Sandi, Lou, Jean, Bob and Debby

 

Sunday, 2/11 - last day of the hamfest

Lou, John and Bob on their way to the hamfest

 

Bob actually bought something

 

Chick getting ready for tomorrow's departure

 

Lou, John, Bob and Chick hanging out

 

Time for a John and Jan photo

 

Another one of John and Jan (Looks to me like John is impersonating KBob)

 

Chick, Lou John and Skip with Skip reporting that his Jan won't be joining us for dinner as she is down with the flu

 

Skip, John and Lou getting ready for dinner

 

Lou, tonight's griller

 

Our last meal together - Skip, Bob, Chick, Debby, Lou, Sandi, Jean, John and Jan

 

John and Jan - Now what was so funny?

 

Monday, 2/12

Bob and Jean start their trip back north with a side trip to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse just south of St. Augustine

 

Jean and sign

 

Bob and sign

 

Tallest lighthouse in Florida

 

Bob ready to go up

 

Looking up

 

The Fresnel lens reflected in a mirror

 

A view to the northeast

 

The view to the east

 

Looking south (Editor's note - that is a Goodyear Blimp)

 

Down to the west

 

Down to the southwest

 

Looking down

 

Bob realizing it was harder going up than down

 

Some older Fresnel lenses that were used

 

Jean at the Mexican restaurant we ate at our last night out

 

Bob and Jean really enjoyed their trip

 

Road sign for Valentine's Day

 

Bob and Jean spent Friday, 2/9, the first day of the hamfest, at Epcot since that was forecast to be the best weather day

Entering Disney World

 

Entering Epcot

 

A distant view of Spaceship Earth

 

Outside the Seas with Nemo and Friends exhibit

 

Entrance to The Land building - we saw Soarin' which was great

 

Inside The Land dome

 

Bob getting up high to take the next photo

 

Spaceship Earth

 

The monorail at Epcot

 

Bob was warned that he would not be allowed to return to our group of friends without a photo of him in Mickey ears

 

Interesting flowers at Epcot

 

Jean taking a picture of a flower butterfly

 

Said butterfly

 

Colorful begonias at Epcot

 

Bob at one of many fountains at Epcot

 

Another fountain - is an upside-down waterfall a waterrise?

 

A view across the lake at "Italy" on the left and "America" on the right

 

Another view, this one showing "Italy" and "Germany"

 

And here is "St. Mark's Square"

 

Looking up at a "German" village

 

Armored figures on display

 

A fireworks barge entering the lake

 

A visit to "China"

 

A more encompassing view of "China"

 

Looking back to Spaceship Earth from "China"

 

Now a visit to "Norway"

 

"Norway" where grass grows on roofs

 

More "Norway"

 

An interaction closeup

 

A very nice view across the lake with "Mexico" on the right

 

A mariachi band outside the Mexican restaurant where we ate

 

Jean had to get a selfie inside the restaurant

 

Many thanks to Bob - N0BIX for sharing his collection of photos and providing the comments for each one!

It looks like the gang had a good time.

It would have been nice to have had a few more photos of the hamfest.

Photo contributors:  Bob, Jean, Chick, John and Jan