Bob Peters rwpeters at
Thu Oct 18 14:00:36 EDT 2007

Pete I agree totally...A Flea Market is a just that...I purchased a 35
MM slide scanner and a Halogen lamp and a tire inflator at Belton
instead of all the over priced BA deals...I crappy looking DX100 for
an Apache with scuffs and scratches for $350  any more all these Ham
sellers are looking at E Bay pricing...
Why bring it to a flea market...

As far as the scooters I agree...Handicap only ... I know at HamCom
there are two wheel motor driven , golf carts ect ect...I have a scooter
but I can only walk about 25 feet before I need to set down..

Bob W1PE 

-----Original Message-----
From: amradio-bounces at
[mailto:amradio-bounces at] On Behalf Of Peter Markavage
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 12:46 PM
To: amradio at

What about Hi-Fi stuff - not ham related but still an interesting facet
of electronic stuff. You start limiting no CB's, no computer related
parts (cables, boards, plugs, etc. etc.), no Hi-Fi, no public address
amplifiers, remote control stuff (planes, cars, dogs, etc.), or other
"non-ham" electronic type items, is probably not a good idea. Vendors,
when gathering their "stuff" for a flea market, aren't going to spend
the time to separate out what might not be considered "ham-related". As
Dave pointed out, there can be many visitors(potential buyers) to a
hamfest that are not hams. Why limit the vendors (actually putting a
burden on the vendors) to limit what they can display for potential sale
(i.e. hand towels in assorted colors that say "I love ham radio", etc).
Next you'll be requiring hams to wear ties and suit jackets and leave
all the belt hanging HT's in the car or home. I love a hamfest that has
a variety of products including non-ham related stuff. Driving these
vendors and potential buyers away is not the answer to a continuing
successful hamfest in today's hamfest arena.

Last hamfest I sold a Sears circular saw, brand new wide carriage
printer, a flat-bed scanner, several motors, a bunch of CD's, VCR
movies, and a number of "non-ham" related stuff, and a number of
"ham-type" products.  I would have been real pissed if you stopped me at
the gate and said I couldn't try to sell those products. As someone else
said, if you're not interested in what's on the table, "keep on

Pete, wa2cwa

On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 13:01:34 -0400 "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at>
> On 10/18/07, Geoff/W5OMR <ars.w5omr at> wrote:
> > Robert Nickels wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > There are plenty of computer and flea markets and craft fairs if
> you
> > > like that kind of stuff.  I'm all for keeping the "Ham" in
> Hamfests!
> >
> > Ditto!
> >
> > I'm also not too much in favor of seeing 40 channel sympathized
> CB
> > radios at a HAM Fest, either... but the older Brownings, and
> Robyn's and
> > other tube-burning rigs, that are easily converted up to 10m..
> that's
> > different.
> Yeah, you start to talk a pretty fine line when it comes to the 
> 'radio' stuff. Old wooden or Bakelite BC radios aren't really 'ham 
> radio' items either, but most of us enjoy seeing and sometimes buying
> them.
> The rule I came up with for our Guest Speakers and Forums/Workshops 
> pretty much says it has to be about amateur radio, the history or 
> radio, military radio, broadcasting, and related technologies. This 
> way you cover RADAR to the ENIGMA, Amateur to 2-way.
> Applied to the 'fest itself, it wouldn't leave a lot of room for
> the
> ceramic lawn toads, crocheted blankets, or beer can biplanes. Junk
> sales are a dime a dozen, good hamfests are not. Trying to turn 
> them
> into a 'something for everyone' free-for-all defeats the purpose of
> having a hamfest to start with, and is more in line with the view 
> some
> hold of trying to turn amateur radio into cell phones and PC games.
> Bah.
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ
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