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Hamfests and the Younger Crowd...

This year has been an exciting year (so far) as hamfests go for me as I had the opportunity to attend the 2019 edition of the Dayton Hamvention! I made the trip from Blaine to Xenia (a little over 3.5 hours) with both of my parents in tow. We arrived at the gate around 1:30pm and made our way through the EMCOMM vehicles and proceed to some of the vendor buildings. My first stop was at the Elecraft booth to get a look at the new K4. What a cool rig! We then wandered through the Kenwood and Yaesu Booth where my friend & the President of W8MWA, Cory (WA3UVV), was working. After a quick chat (and taking a peek at the FT3DR) we grabbed the always important free Yaesu Yaesu FTdx101D hat and moved on to a few other booths. I made my way to the ARRL's massive section of building 2 to renew my membership, mostly to take advantage of the offer for a free book (Portable Antenna Classics was my choice). After renewing I made my way to the Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiati


Welcome to my new blog! This will mostly be used to keep track of my adventures through Amateur (Ham) Radio, as well as some of my other hobbies! But before we get into all of that here is a little about me. My name is James Cameron Hale, though I prefer to go by Cameron. I was born in April of 1997, that makes me 22 as I'm writing this. After years of wanting to get my amateur radio license, I passed my Technician test in March of 2017 during one of WVU Amateur Radio Club's Tech-In-Day Sessions, I upgraded to general in October of 2017 and finally to Amateur Extra in February 2018. My other hobby high power rocketry combined with my University's radio club finally gave me the push to get my license. I also hold a GMRS license under the call of WQWA393. I’ve been interested in radios since I was a kid, using FRS radios and ultimately CB for a little while. My interests now revolve around emergency communications, HF/VHF/UHF comms, APRS (most