IL, IA, MO, WI, IN - what are the best or larger Hamfests - in the Central Region?

Discussion in 'Hamfest and Convention Calendar' started by KB9UMT, Jul 23, 2013.

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  1. N9SOX

    N9SOX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Go a bit further north and the Chicago FM Club will be sponsoring Radio Expo 2013 in Belvidere IL on 9/7. I've never been to this one but may go this year since it's close to the QTH.
  2. N0IU

    N0IU Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you want to come to St. Charles, MO (the next county west of St. Louis), the St. Charles ARC is having their annual hamfest:

    No, its not a "mega-fest" or anywhere close to that scale. It all depends on what you are looking for in a hamfest. For me, I go to these smaller local hamfests for "eyeball QSOs" to catch up with guys I haven't seen in a while and to support the sponsoring club. I might pick up a few odds and ends from the vendors, but I gave up waiting for a hamfest to pick up a "bargain". If I want something and have the money, I just order it and don't wait for a hamfest and hope I can find what I want cheaper than from an online source.

    Hamfests are more social events for me than serious shopping expeditions.
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