September 10, 2005. The 47th annual F.A.R. FEST (FOUNDATION for AMATEUR RADIO) was held at the Montgomery County Agriculture Center (fairgrounds) in Gaithersburg, MD. It is a two day event and there was an excellent showing of AM'ers the first day (Sept 10th) when I attended (Ken W2DTC). Thanks to Frank KB3AHE, John W3JN and Steve WB3HUZ, who put the Special Events Station together, making the fester a huge success for AM'ers.
1: L-R: John W3JN?, ----?, Joe N2YR, Joe N3IBX, Steve WB3HUZ, Frank KB3AHE, Jim ____, Wayne WA1SSJ, Dave K2DK, Joe WA2PJP. There were other AM'ers at the fest but when Frank called for a group photo, this was the group in attendance.
2-4: The Special Events station: the Hallicrafters SX-88 and the Viking Invader 2000.
5: These guys made it happen: Steve WB3HUZ the antenna man, John W3JN who brought the Hallicrafters SX-88 receiver and Frank KB3AHE who restored the Viking Invader 2000.
6: $65 for the pair.
7: Fran W3SCC, Joe WA2PJP and Dave K2DK.
8: Joe WA2PJP, nice shirt !
9: Wayne WA1SSJ, a diehard hamfester and the most distant traveler to the fest being a native of New Hampshire.
10: Another regular at festers, Reid W2HU. Great looking hat Reid !
11: Jim and Paul WA3VJB enjoying lunch with Ken W2DTC (busy taking the photo).
12: The "Gaithersburg Rodent" on duty until his owner returns to the goody table.
13: Another lunch crew - Joe N3IBX, Dave K2DK and Joe WA2PJP. (The pulled pork barbeque sandwich was excellent as was the homebrew iced tea).
14-15: Tubes. Yes they had tubes !
16: Vortex Joe adds another piece to the museum. Glenn WA3CGU, Joe N3IBX and Frank KB3AHE.
17: Always the center of attraction was the Special Events station at the AM CORRAL.
18: Wayne WA1SSJ said: "Hey guys, check this out".
19: Joe WA2PJP said: "Ummm, I think I can use this thing".
20: Dave K2DK said: "Lets get a photo of this transaction"