HAMCOM 2015 - No Tailgating!

Discussion in 'Hamfest Reports' started by N5SKE, Dec 7, 2014.

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  1. AC9EX

    AC9EX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very well put Clint, A lot of time and effort are put forth by the few so the many can attend these events, I have been involved with a few non ham events and the work involved is quite time consuming. My hat is off to all that take their time to plan and put on such events so we the masses can attend and maybe get a few valuable trinkets! THANK YOU!
    Todd
    AC9EX
     
  2. NS5F

    NS5F Ham Member QRZ Page

    You made very good points...Again Hamcom seems more of a national demonstration event for vendors rather than the "traditional" hamfest flea-market and that is fine.
    We need an event like that for those who are in the market for new items and wish to put "hands-on". I am not in that market but I have no axe to grind with the change at all and as I had mentioned previously, at worst it will increase the attendance of events that are more of the less new equipment marketing and more traditional Hamfest type complete with tailgate type flea-markets and all the other items I, and note I said "I" look for. While I am disappointed in the change I understand Hamcoms market and I wish Hamcom the absolute best of luck. It's good that it is there for those who want that type of event. It's still a "win-win" for those who have an interest in seeing new gear first hand. 73 de NS5F
     
  3. K5LXP

    K5LXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been regularly going to Hamcom since the late 90's when it was still at the Arlington Convention Center. I recall hearing some guy on a repeater there kvetching about having to drive "all that way" (from somewhere in the DFW area) and then pay SIX BUCKS to park. Just shows you can't please some people. The class of event the Hamcom folks put on and continues to put on is what brings me (and a few friends) all the way from Albuquerque every year much less across DFW, and I would gladly pay $6 to park if that means having a great venue. The LAST thing most people want is to drive any distance to roast or get soaked in a parking lot selling/looking at junk. Yes, an indoor $30 table plus admissions probably isn't worth selling a few small items. So go in with a few other guys to bring more, and share the table manning duties. Maybe get your club to buy a table and have a group space for members to sell things. Maybe use that admission to go to a few forums and expand your horizons a bit. There's more to a hamfest than sitting around trying to unload a moldy heathkit and a 486 laptop.

    When I started going to Hamcom it was good and I've only seen it get better over the years. The move to Irving can only be seen as a good thing. Kudos to the organizers, and looking forward to coming in a few weeks.
     
  4. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sounds like the plan -- looking forward to the new location. This will be twice as close to me -- no 65-mile trip one way on the toll road. Should pull in more folks who are farther west, and didn't want to go previously. Hopefully the fact everyone will be indoors, other than the trek to / from the car, will reduce the BO level to bearable. The only sucky thing is no crashing the breakfast feast at Poor Richard's and no quick jaunt to HRO after the event.
     
  5. AD5WO

    AD5WO Ham Member QRZ Page

    The tailgaters were my favorite part of Hamcom, I will not attend Hamcom this year, I'll just save my money for a hamfest with a tailgate section!
     
  6. K5BIZ

    K5BIZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    ME TOO! I won't be coming back. Tailgate area is where the bargains are! Last year, How many folks came early to the tailgate area to buy stuff and then move it inside for a quick 200% markup. People inside know EXACTLY what everything's worth and they are trying to get eBay prices without paying the eBay/PayPal fees. As far as commercial venders, their "show price" is 10% off their MFR's List Price, in other words, their regular store prices.

    Last year at the HamCom tailgate I got a Fluke 77 VOM for $25. A Shure 450 mic for $2 (works great too). A McElroy P500 bug for $20 that only need a weight. Vibroplex Blue Racer and case for $10. Meter probe set for $2. and... I needed to make some plexiglass insulators for some dipoles and I found a whole box that someone made made.... for free. I scarf the whole box and saved hours cutting and drilling.

    I went inside several times and except for the same stuff that's now 200% overpriced, I saw nothing worth getting. As for the commercial stuff, I can order it through their website and get it without the added Hamcom ticket/parking cost and Texas sales tax by just waiting a few days to get it.

    The other added benefit to a tailgate is the ability to see some really weird folks in complete safety. Who's the guy in the full Scottish Kilt playing the bagpipes last year? He did a great job!... but I bet he won't be coming back this year to play inside.

    Well, there's always GAINSVILLE...
     
  7. KC5COF

    KC5COF Ham Member QRZ Page

    From the Hamcom webpage:

    "Registration Results
    We had a few people who said our move to Irving would be the end of us. We'll we would like counter that statement with this fact. Ham-Com 2015 pre-registration totals are in and our numbers are up not 10, 20, or 30 percent but over 40%. It's going to be a great convention! "

    So far not seeing a negative effect of the move.... I am sure there will be hiccups with the new venue but I am sure they will be ironed out quickly. And as for the outdoor tailgating... I would always just do a quick scan due to the heat and head back inside... so not really missing anything with it being gone.

    Chris
    KC5COF
     
  8. K2HAT

    K2HAT QRZ Volunteer Volunteer DX Helper QRZ Page

    http://www.hamcom.org/

    Registration Results
    We had a few people who said our move to Irving would be the end of us. We'll we would like counter that statement with this fact.
    Ham-Com 2015 pre-registration totals are in and our numbers are up not 10, 20, or 30 percent but over 40%. It's going to be a great convention!
     
  9. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hack, cough. I feel a <snort> cold coming on. Hack. I think I might be too <sniff> sick to work Friday.:p
     
  10. WA5KM

    WA5KM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I remember when there was monthly electronics sale under some freeways in Dallas. It evolved to a full blown festival that took up a couple of blocks. We gladly drove there from Louisiana, but now I am not so sure. Also, guys in the DFW metro, don't complain about drive time. :(
     
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