I love hamfests… they are like going home, on some geek level, with a sort of relaxed camaraderie that takes me back to those formative teen years as a Novice (WN4KSW), the sounds of CW in the static, and the warm glow of transmitting tubes. Of course, this is a fast-growing field… so I was moved to comment in my Microship Status Report a week after this gig: “Finally, in the potential new toy category, I gave a talk last week at the Pacificon ham radio convention in Concord, CA (without the bike — just a slide show), and that gave me the opportunity to catch up on new developments in ham gear. I’ll keep you posted on details as they emerge, but we may have some excellent new HF and dual-band equipment coming, as well as both standard and custom antennas…”
PACIFICON ’97 Banquet Speaker
Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE
October 18, 1997
Steve, prior to becoming a tech nomad, operated a consulting engineering business in the Midwest. He has published three books on microprocessor-based industrial control design. His technomadic machines represent the creative contribution of industry sponsors and hundreds of volunteers. His once-radical notion of “nomadic connectivity” has become a fast growing trend.