Smiths Falls Hamfest 2009
Last week (Saturday 9th May 2009) I attended the Smiths Falls Hamfest, another local hamfest for me. I bought a few items, mostly components, and the usual book which this time was the ARRL edition of Introduction to Radio Frequency Design by Wes Hayward, W7ZOI. This copy came from a consignment table of a local radio club at a bargain price.
Like the Iroquois Hamfest it was nice to meet old friends and to put faces to callsigns. This time I met Gord, VE3FRB, face to face for the first time. Gord and I had worked each other in the past using D-Star and D-Rats.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Eastern Ontario, you may be interested to note that Smiths Falls is the Ontario town where the captured WWII German fighter pilot Franz von Werra escaped from a train to finally gain freedom in the then neutral USA. The history of Oberlautnant von Werra’s time in captivity and attempted escapes from the British and Canadian forces was brought to the cinema in the 1957 movie ‘The One that Got Away’, where Hardy Krüger played the intrepid and elusive Oberlautnant.