[AMRadio] Hamfests

david knepper collinsradio at comcast.net
Thu Oct 18 09:36:50 EDT 2007

Has anyone ever considered that our XYLs also enjoy attending  hamfests. 
My wife enjoys accompanying me to hamfests because of the variety of items 
for sale that are non-ham related.  Many ladies, as you know, are not 
interested in rummaging through a box of old tubes or drooling over some old 
boatanchor.   If you don't care to look at computer equipment, etc., then 
walk on but please don't put a sign up at the gate restricting sales to ham 
gear exclusively.

Dave, W3ST - W3CRA
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "D. Chester" <k4kyv at charter.net>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 9:04 AM
Subject: [AMRadio] Hamfests

>> 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 
>> a
>> 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 slop.
> 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.
> Don k4kyv
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