I arrived home a few hours ago from Dayton. Saw a few familiar faces: Mike WB0SND, Mike WO9J, Jerry K9GAS, John K9KEU, Rex WA6GYC, Pete N9HXW, and Janis AB2RA. I did not get to talk to Janis, only said hello from the back of a golf cart as it was pulling away. Also saw but didn't speak with Steve W8TOW and Brian W8KHZ. Rode over there with Greg WB9DNZ, Scott (I can't remember his call sign) and Greg's son. The hamfest has become mostly commercial vendors and professional flea marketeers. I saw more empty spots in the flea market than last year I believe. But the wx both Friday and Saturday was great. Never rained and it was sunny Saturday; cloudy on Friday but much more comfortable that the previous six or so years. Let's hope this is the start of a nice stretch. The 1620 station had a booth but there was zero sign of any transmitter gear that looked like a real radio station. Never saw a rig or audio processor there and no antenna. Outside in the racetrack I saw a few bargains: An Inovonics 222 for $50, A nice clean Cardwell BC339 air variable loading cap 2500 pF for $20, and pairs of NOS Cetron 572Bs for $80. I didn't need any of those so I left them and when I went back on Saturday the 222 and capacitor were gone (to good homes I hope). I took one of the 572B pairs home. Now the downers: Few AMers in attendance. Maybe I missed some. I scrounged and scrounged through every box of garbage in the whole flea market and managed to find only ONE 810 size grid grip. Those things are absolutely the hardest part to find. Those crappy ceramic jobs were everywhere. One fellow was selling little bags of copper washers, around 30 to a bag for $1 each. Mostly though, I found the sorts of odd ball small parts I'm looking for missing. No coil clips for example. There were plenty of vintage receivers and AM / CW rigs plus some larger plate and mod. iron, and RF parts (caps and inductors) but I wasn't really looking for any of that. No big mauls anywhere as far as I could tell. However, my opinion is I'm sure markedly different from that of someone getting started in vintage radio. For example I saw a very nice early '40s HRO and a desirable KW Matchbox. There were a few items I would have jumped on seven or eight years ago. So the old rule that a hamfest is as good as your finds applies.