I was up this morning before the sun headed to the Findlay Hamfest.

It’s a 2.5 hour drive from here, a journey that’s equal parts north and east. The first leg of that drive is thru farming communities in Indiana and Ohio. It was a beautiful trip with blue skies and sunshine with the windows rolled down. Along the way I passed at least a dozen Amish families headed to church in horse drawn buggies.

They were expecting 2,000 attendees for the 79th annual hamfest this year and I would guess they got close to that. The Hancock County Fairgrounds have always been a good venue for this event and it got even better with a large, new, main building.

I ran into a couple of friends while there. Dan, KB6NU was down from Ann Arbor and Bill, W9VC was up from Richmond, Indiana. Virtual events can’t compare with a chance to press the flesh and catch-up with old friends.

I didn’t bring much home, a few old radio books written early in the 20th century (juvenile fiction) and a small panel meter.

The first thing I looked at was an incredibly nice Heathkit HG-10B VFO that was so clean I decided to buy it ($65) to hopefully one day pair with an equally clean HW-16 transceiver re-creating my Novice station. But if you snooze you lose and by the time I was ready to carry it to the car - it was gone!

I got back home about 2:30pm ready for a nap! I expected a good time and got it and I suspect I’ll be back again for Findlay 2022.