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Hamfest ? Hardly....

Discussion in 'Hamfest Reports' started by KQ0J, Jan 10, 2022.

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  1. KQ0J

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    I went to a Hamfest Saturday 1/09 in the Tampa Bay, FL area. It was the biggest joke of a Hamfest I have ever been to. First of all, they charged $5 to get in - not unusual , but there are free tailgate swap meets
    in the area that look like Hamcation in comparison.

    There were maybe 30 cars with tailgates set up with basically JUNK. 95% or more of that trash could have
    been better off dumped in the trash.

    What is with these Hams? Are they that broke that they are selling used components and Radio Shack crap
    from the 1970's that they can't even bother to clean off.

    Waiting expectantly for the Orlando Hamcation.
  2. W5UAA

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    I hope the Jackson MS hamfest at the end of this month turns into something better. I'm betting a couple hundred dollars in gas and hotel fees on it.

    Just checked the web site. Still LOTS of empty tables yet to be reserved.

    I may end up throwing a DX-40/VF1 and a Drake 2NT/2C/2CQ in the dumpster before I go home if this hamfest turns out to be a failure.
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  3. K0UO

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    I'm hoping Hamfest come back to their former glory, but I doubt if we're going to really see it happen. Things have really been affected, including attitudes.

    There's only a few big conventions even planned in Las Vegas this year. The Consumer Electronics Show is going on this month here and has really been toned down.

    The effort to do the online events have been interesting however there's nothing like a good eyeball get together.

    73 from,
    The K0UO "Rhombic Antenna Farm" 2 miles of wire, I'm In the Air or On the Air daily
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  4. KJ5T

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    I guess it really depends on what you are hoping to get out of the event, obviously if you are trying to sell stuff or buy stuff the more participants and quality vendors are good. Often times the $5 is to help the club out that is hosting the event. For many of these smaller hamfests it is for the local hams to get together.

    I do hope the larger events survive and that I will make it to another one. Hamcation is on my list, maybe in a few years when my Daughter is old enough to appreciate Disney World.
  5. N9LCD

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    It goes towards renting the venue and paying for liability insurance.
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  6. N8AFT

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    The Alladin Shriner's Hamfest in Columbus Ohio was a smash hit as usual this past August!
    A nice rebound for a facet of our hobby crippled by the man made flu plague...
  7. W4PG

    W4PG Super Moderator Lifetime Member 279 Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    The hamfest you are referring to is sponsored by a local ham club and occurs 2-4 times per year. It's not meant to be a "full fledged" hamfest like Orlando but an opportunity for club members and others in the area to get-together to swap/trade on a more regular schedule. FYI.


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