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Discussion in 'Hamfest Reports' started by KQ0J, Jan 10, 2022.

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  1. AA3C

    AA3C XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Unfortunately, been a couple in the DFW area and were the same. I was excited to go but they were quite disappointing.
  2. KA5WHO

    KA5WHO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Everything mentioned here, I saw at the recent Nearfest in Deerfield,NH hamfest.
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  3. W3HR

    W3HR Ham Member QRZ Page

    You haven't been to the York, PA hamfest. :p
  4. N3KCB

    N3KCB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Want hamfests to get better?

    1. Pick a desirable item out of your collection of equipment that you do not need or want anymore.

    2. Take it to a hamfest and put it on a table.

    3. Sell it for substantially less than available on the internet.

    4. Be completely honest about it's condition so that the buyer is not disappointed after purchase.
    N2ICZ, AC8MA, K1APJ and 7 others like this.
  5. AH7I

    AH7I Ham Member QRZ Page

    Last Saturday's Atlanta hamfest was pretty good.

    I was given...
    A box of 50 unused 2-56 taps.
    A Lapp 40 Amp 0-20 Volt adjustable power supply that needs a little work.
  6. WA4VQW

    WA4VQW Ham Member QRZ Page

    OP, if you are in Lakeland, then try the Plant City event in early December. It was decent a few years back. Ditto for Brooksville last February.
  7. KQ0J

    KQ0J XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    WA4VQW = I was there the last 2 years and it was pretty darn good ! I had 3 tables of gear and I sold most of it.

    I always price things very reasonably to move - but there are a lot of guys that buy my stuff and I see it later at a higher
    price on their table. I provide honest descriptions and usually have power to test things. Lakeland is not too
    far away and I have to say its the best one that is in he Tampa bay area that I have been to.

    As a seller I want to get gear to hams that will use it - not let it rot in a basement.

    The free swap in St. Pete in the park is usually FB but not as nice as Lakeland.
  8. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    You want the items for sale clean? How about the folks selling them. Gee, I would be totally embarrassed taking somebody to a fest that i was trying to get into the hobby...
  9. W9FL

    W9FL Ham Member QRZ Page

    "What is with these Hams? Are they that broke that they are selling used components and Radio Shack crap from the 1970's that they can't even bother to clean off."

    I realize this is an older posting, but these are my thoughts exactly.

    I see so many items at hamfests, Ebay, and here in the QRZ swapfest, that if the seller would only take a few minuets with glass cleaner and a paper towel, the item would be much more likely to sell.

    When I see dirty items, I think that they were not well taken care of by the owner, and there very well could be something wrong with it.

    Car dealers have it figured out, and they have the used cars that they are selling detailed.

    Who wants to buy a filthy car, and who wants to buy filthy Amateur radio equipment? Not me.
  10. WX7JM

    WX7JM Platinum Subscriber Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    The recent ham fest I went to was also smaller than I remember it and not many vendors. I did see some good rigs on sale like an FT-991 and an IC-7400. I was just happy to see other hams and meet the sellers.
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  11. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Lucky you.

    Has not been a hamfest in Anchorage for years.

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