|[AMRadio] NEARfest (was Re: Radio Operators)|
DonC at martineer.net
Sun May 3 18:03:10 EDT 2015
I discovered another that is "reasonably" close two years ago that I
thought I'd mention too to go along with those you mentioned. The wife
and I attended the Joplin, Mo. Hamfest and found it a GREAT hamfest as
well. Unfortunately we couldn't go last year, but already are planning
to go this year in August. It draws amateurs from a fairly large area
and seems to have a great selection of gear, but at the same time keeps
the "small fest" feel. I hope it is as good as it was in 2013, and I
hope I get to see as many friends again as I did that year, maybe even
more, that I talk to regularly.
I noticed that Hamcomm (Dallas fest you mentioned??) is trying to return
to a better venue from what I and others think Plano was. Maybe that
will revive it somewhat and make it worth attending once again. From
here, Belton is further than Joplin!!
On 5/3/2015 3:55 PM, Jim Wilhite wrote:
> In my area many of the small hamfests have almost died out. It seems
> if they are not big they aren't surviving.
> Of course the premier fest in the area where I live is Belton with
> Dallas coming in second. The only ones that do well are associated
> with larger cities. Oklahoma city is now bordering on a small fest,
> somewhat due to the fact they have been gypsies in the last few years
> and have settled on a poor location. The fest in Claremore, near
> Tulsa is a good one and I understand the Austin, TX is good. It is
> strange that we hear little of anything in the Houston area although I
> know there is one there.
> I haven't been to the Little Rock or Ft. Smith, AR fests in a long
> time so don't know how they are doing. The same goes for the Duke
> City fest in Albuquerque but I do know from reports the fest in
> Midland, TX is suffering. It is a sad commentary for me to attend one
> of the fests only to meet and greet old friends. I do try to find
> some parts when I need them so the commercial guys can make a little
> money. I hope the smaller fests come back before I am unable to
> attend, right now I am leery of driving to one of the big ones in the
> larger cities.
> Thanks for the reports guys.
> -----Original Message-----
> Isn't it the only major hamfest in New England with maybe Boxboro coming
> in second.
> As far as the "entire Northeast" you obviously have never been to the
> Sussex Hamfest in Northwestern NJ and there are several others here in
> the "Northeast" that could be considered "great".
> You need to cross the Hudson Larry once in a while.
> Pete, wa2cwa
> On Sun, 03 May 2015 11:29:07 -0400 Larry Szendrei <ne1s at securespeed.us>
>> NEARfest is by far the best hamfest in New England, and probably in the
> entire Northeast.
>> Long, rambling answer to a short question...
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