Favorite Hamfest?

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

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  1. KM4BLG

    KM4BLG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hey all,

    Just wondering, what's your favorite hamfest?

    NOTE: Dayton doesn't count. Everyone who's been probably agrees that it's the best. Haven't been but want to go.

    Mine is Shelby. It's nice because it's only a 2 hour drive away from where I live.

    Zach - KM4BLG
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  2. AE4JA

    AE4JA Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I agree, but the old Ten Tec hamfests were a blast too...
  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Kind of a silly question given that ham fests by and large are a regional thing - there may well be one in Houston, Calgary, or Johannesburg that would be the best I've ever attended but I can pretty much guarantee you I'll never see it :)

    But that said, my personal favorite is the WA Mic and Key Club fest held in March at the Puyallup Fair Grounds in, well, Puyallup :) (And for those who won't know, it's pronounced: pew-AL-up)

  4. KN7S

    KN7S Swapmeet Moderator Emeritus Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    What Dave said......
    I've been to many other WWA Hamfests which are no where near the size of Puyallup and had a very good time. Nothing I could see to buy, but met up with many old timers and had a great chat or three. Most of these are held in schools so I had no problem buying the way over priced cheeseburger to help out the school activities.
  5. KV3D

    KV3D Ham Member QRZ Page

    Shelby because it's the only large one less than an hour away.
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  6. KD5AUU

    KD5AUU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I live in Houston and there are quite a few options but my favorite has always been the Orange, Texas Hamfest mainly because I know more people personally that show up for that one.
  7. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've only been to one Hamfest since I've been ticketed and that was because I lived there in Dayton...

    Picked up my MFJ Antenna analyser there..My buddy that shamed me into getting ticket, and our wives made a day of it...

    So I don't have anything to compare it with.
    With all the Dayton hamvention-Hara rumors I am wondering if there truely will be
    a Dayton Hamvention for 2016.
    Since Dayton doesn't count please disregard this post.
  8. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I was a yute, the TRW flea market was the best. I don't know what they're like now.
  9. KE4HTS

    KE4HTS Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    VA Beach used to be my favorite. Been twice, got my first ticket there in 93', went again in 08' upgraded to general. It has gotten so small only a handfull of vendors and a very small "crowd", maybe a dozen people in the building.

    Richmond Frostfest is my new favorite.
  10. KA7RRA

    KA7RRA Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I like the hamfests at Rickreall in Feb,and OCT,and the Mike and Key in March
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