k4kyv at charter.net
Thu Oct 18 09:04:52 EDT 2007
> Our local hamfests ban computer scrap entirely. No computer items allowed
> whatsoever. Anyone found selling computer debris is escorted off the
> property. Has worked brilliantly for he last 5 years. It a pleasure and
> blessing to only find proper radio stuff at local festers.
> Ed, VA3ES
Just about as annoying at hamfests is the non-radio related arts 'n crafts
junk. I have seen some hamfests that were more like a general fleamarket,
with jewellery, paintings and drawings, dolls, etc. in addition to all the
computer scrap. If you looked hard enough you might find a little radio
stuff scattered in between.
One of the most pleasant hamfest flea markets I ever remember was in the
early 80's at Chattanooga, TN. It was held at the UT campus, in a parking
lot next to the cafeteria. The flea market was divided into two distinct
sections. One was for arts and crafts and other non-radio items, while the
other was strictly for radio and electronic items. There were loads of
vintage parts on display. To cap it off, there was a very mellow sounding
local rock band playing - not too loud, just right for pleasant background
music, but you could still easily talk over it. The cafeteria opened for
lunch, and they had a good menu of real food instead of the normal hamfest
Unfortunately, they held the hamfest at that venue only one year. From then
on, it became a typical indoor flea market with practically nothing of
interest to me. I attended the indoor event once and decided it was not
worth the trip.
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