Have you ever heard of a Hamfest? What they are swapmets where Ham Radio operators buy, sell, and trade radio equipment. What does have to do with model trains? Well, allot! Ham operators are known to build their own radios and other projects. So there is a need for electronic parts. Sure there is the local Radio Shack. But it is known that Hams, like me, are cheap! Where can you go and get a dozen LED's for a $1.00? How about wire by the mile for a few dollars? I am NOT kidding! I have been to many of these Hamfest. You will see "radio nerds", includeing me, walking around with HT's(walkie-talkies). Don't forget the Rock Island Line t-shirt! The grand daddy of all hamfest is in Dayton, Ohio. You can spend all day there and you still wont see a faction of it! Here is a website to help you out for hamfest or techical information. www.arrl.org TECHNICAL INFO Do you live by a Ham? Have you ever experience wiered things going on at home? Heard strange voices? Look around the neighborhood, it could be a Ham. I am a Ham, hence KF4JQD, I have seen this. If I didn't ground my Ham Radio station and the layout, my lights will light with NO power applied! How does this happen? It's called induction. RF is a radio wave produce by a transmitter.The wires under your layout will act as an antenna!!! It will pick up the signal and the light will light! I have done this experiment to so people the dangers of RF power. I held a 6 foot florencant light up in the air. I had someone transmit on my radio with 100 watts.(1500 watts is max). I was like Luke Skywalker out in the yard! The reason why I am telling you this. Is the importance of a good ground. This also applies to ALL electrical appilance in your home. Is there any Ham Operators on this site? I would like to talk to them on here or on HF. Before I go. I have been asked by Ham's on the air if that is a train running in the back ground!!!!!!! Best Regards, Andy PS In the movie, "Frequency". You can't talk back in time but you can talk around the world!