...Sorry, still no pix yet but perhaps later; the Brownsburg hamfest remains small-but-good (and I passed up a nice old Radio Shack desktop general-coverage receiver; maybe I should not have but I do kinda own a lot of radio receivers). Picked up some interesting books, some hex-shank drills (a luxury!) and a super-duper-powerful magnetic hex bit holder. Books from my favorite vendor, who had a custom-made full-auto Morse key set up. Naturally I gave it a try, as it's not a real hamfest without occasional bursts of code. My electronic-key sending is suboptimal, but still -- one must.
Over in Lawrence, the IHRS meet had an exhibit of crystal sets and a busy swap/sell area; I bought some old radio magazines, a nice battery-operated 24-hour analog clock (secondary time reference for my basement ham shack -- a problem with using very old, AC-run clocks is I don't like to leave them plugged in and WWV is not always easily receivable) and.... Can't go to a swapmeet without buying something off-topic! A tiny X-acto plane was offered for $2.00, American, and of course I bought it. (They seem to get mixed reviews -- this is an older one, often a good sign. Plus, a plane is a little skill-dependent and a lot sharpening-skill-dependent, so there's no way to know without using it.)
It never rains but it pours: two interesting radio events not merely the same day but both running for only four or five hours. I went high-tailing across the full width of Marion County and while it's not one of those state-sized Out West counties, we're not Georgia, either. It's well more than a half-day's horseback ride across.
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
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