Hi Rick -- I'm still embarrassed that I didn't think to bring my wireless mesh networked propeller beanie (click here to see these little rascals in action) -- maybe for next year we shoudl modify the code so that they help you hone in on a fellow wearer -- maybe flashing the led that points in the right direction -- or getting them to emit "hotter" and "colder" sounds...
@kfield: Sounds like you could have used a forklift to carry away everything you saw that you wanted to buy!
My chum Rick Curl had a backpack, but he had to make multiple trips back to his car to stash everything he was buying. I did see one guy walking aroudn with a big suitcase on wheels -- that was a good idea :-)
@Max, I am afraid. Really. Actually, someone told me a story about an old equipment sale that the local rad lab used to have every month. I went to it once. You could buy old oscilloscopes and other electronic equipment. Apparently the lab shut the sale down when they found they had accidently sold a cyclotron.
Don't just support the hamfest. Get a ham radio license, too (if you don't already have one). Getting a Technician Class license--the license class for newcomers--is really pretty simple. And, you can download my study guide for free by going to http://www.kb6nu.com/tech-manual.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.
I enjoy supporting charity events, The Prouty ($2.7 million in 2013 for a cancer center), Vermont 50 and Vermont 100 (support Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport), Covered Bridges Half Marathon. One is not effective doing "Em Comm" (Emergency Communications), unless a lot of time is spent before a disaster learning the operations and becoming proficient and efficient.