It was however a smallish affair, maybe half the sheer volume of stuff packed into the Poplarville National Guard armory at the same event three years ago. I don't think the event's so much in decline however, it's just no longer over-stuffed. For all the right-sizing going on, I still found what I was looking for, a good clean used Yaesu FT-857D. I need a second radio that's small enough to take camping or even on a hike, and this one fills the bill. To be sure, it is a deep menus puzzlebox, but most of the settings fall into the set-it-and-forget-it realm. Anyway, it was good to find it used, because that saved me a couple hundred bucks. I anticipate that it'll take me a few weeks to get it all sorted out to the point that I'm ready to take it camping, but so far I've made a few contacts on HF with it and they were no trouble at all. Need to sort out programming in the local VHF repeater frequencies next.
Needed to pick up a handful of wire insulators, was even looking at them on a table just as I was leaving, but with a new radio in my arms my brain was overloaded so I passed. Got to put in a small parts order soon anyway.
So, successful day. Just... lots of manual to read, and a puzzlebox to sort out in the upcoming rainy days.