Favorite Hamfest?

Discussion in 'Hamfest Reports' started by KM4BLG, Nov 22, 2015.

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  1. AE4LH

    AE4LH Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I lived in Virginia, I used to enjoy attending the Frostfest in Richmond, and
    Zach, I used to enjoy going to VA Beach's hamfest, too. I'm sorry to hear it's gotten so small. Richmond's Frostfest was always fun. It was out on the east side of Richmond when I lived there. Enjoy. It's coming up quickly.

    http://frostfest.com/wp/

    I'll be at the hamfest in Schertz, TX this weekend!!

    http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/san-antonio-radio-club-fiesta

    73 de David AE4LH
     
  2. WA2ISE

    WA2ISE Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Bergen Amateur Radio Association (Bergen County NJ) is pretty good in that it's about 5 miles from my QTH.
     
  3. W8EJO

    W8EJO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Shelby Hamfest just outside of Charlotte, NC.
    http://www.shelbyhamfest.com/

    I've been to many, many hamfests in many states over the years (including Dayton at least 15 times). Shelby is a favorite of mine. It is well attended, has an extensive flea market, on-site camping and a park like setting.
     
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  4. KC9UDX

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  5. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Having taken Dayton out of the equation Timonium, MD has always been very good but like many no where near the attendance and vendors etc. of years past just a sign of the times in fact believe they moved to a smaller venue this past year. Again as Dave indicated it's kind of a regional thing unless you don't mind the travel.
     
  6. N8GBU

    N8GBU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Taking Dayton out of the mix I have a set order #1 Toledo Hamfest by TMRA #2 Findlay Hamfest in Findlay Ohio # 3 Monroe Mi. hamfest. Toledo has a nice venue with plenty of parking a lot of vendors and easy to maneuver through the crowd one of my pet peeves. Easy to get to just off of I-75, plenty of place to stay and the casino is also very close. Findlay I like the layout but it's short ways off I-75 but they do have a talk in. Lots of vendors both indoors and out and the food is pretty good.
     
  7. NS1X

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    Exclusive of Dayton, I'd rank the Orlando Hamcation as the best. Nice location, especially at that time of year when some need a break from the winter up north. Huge layout with lots of vendors and flea market booths.

    Second is from 1-land, the Deerfield flea market in the spring and fall. However, I'm afraid moving the spring date to April may make this a very chilly event this year.
     
  8. WA2CWA

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    For a local NJ hamfest, the Sussex Hamfest in Northwestern NJ is my favorite, even though it's roughly 75 miles from my location. On a U. S. regional level, the Boxboro Hamfest/Convention in MA gets great marks from me. For each passing year, Dayton gets further down my list of favorites.
     
  9. KA5ROW

    KA5ROW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Been a ham sense 1983. Been to Mena, Ar many times, Ft.Smith, Ar hamfest 7 or 8 times , Rogers, Ar only once 30 years ago, and this year Russellville, Ar for the first time, and it was nice. So for me I guess it would be Mena. I never been to a big city hamfest like ham com in Dallas and it's only 4.5 hrs away, but maybe in a few years.
     
  10. AD7DB

    AD7DB Ham Member QRZ Page

    The best I've ever attended was the 1986 ARRL National Convention held in San Diego. Nearly (99.9%) tied with that was the 2014 ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford.

    In terms of annual recurring hamfests, I like the Yuma Hamfest, held in February each year. It's just the right size and a good mix of activities.
     

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