CQ cartoon, May 2021

Anyone involved in a hobby knows that part of the fun is sharing it with your friends and family. For amateur radio buffs, “hamfests” are combination swap-meets, bull-sessions and conventions with guest speakers and sometimes educational opportunities.

Although some clubs held “virtual” hamfests on Facebook or Zoom, it sure was great to get back to holding events in person.

In reality, the first few hamfests that I attended were somewhat sparse. I think folks were still nervous about being exposed to large crowds of people for fear of contracting COVID-19 — and who can blame them?

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